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I can look and draw any pictures I see but I want to be able to create my own without looking at other pictures or ideas, Where / how would I go about doing that?  Animation, Japanamation, lanscapes etc.

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I would say animation is the good choice.

Dear AndaAIa :

   Art and drawing is an acquired skill or as Charles Ludlum ( founder of The Ridiculous Theater Co. , ) once said : " Artists are just people , who do what they did when they were children ...... they just kept doing it , till they got better at it ." I would add , that : it's the motivation to ;"keep doing it " , that is the secret .

So, in answer to your question : I think it is important to use models , as subjects until you can draw from the reservoir of experience . Even , then you'll find drawing from life or using a model will reveal , nuances and details that you can't really imagine .

  I find working on drawing and paintings , starts with a mood or feeling , I want to capture , rather than a literal , mental , image . Then I use whatever is available , as a starting point and go from there .

  Trying to work from just your imagination , is admirable and can be done . However , most artists , I know who are stiving for realism , do start with a model , in one way or another .

  Also working from life , will give your work , an unexpected depth .

  That said , I have noticed several " how to books " on the market , for animation and the extreme perspectives used in that area .

  Good Luck , with your work .


" Peace is possible , it only needs to be experienced ."

Focus on one thing for a while. Choose one subject and draw it often from photos and from life.. Study it., draw it often enough that you have memorized its detail. I do not mean in one view.I mean in multiple views. In order to draw from your head you need to understand how something looks and how it is built. Shape based drawing strategies, understanding proportions, these all help. Practice practice practice. You can learn how to draw and paint from your head. Good instruction helps a lot. Just keep at it!

If you want to get better keep trying. I mean that in a sincere way. I used to copy pictures out of coloring books when I was a kid, and I learned all of the fine motor skills I needed to draw. It grew from there. I would even say that I only drew things I could look at for about 10 years... until I was 10Tongue out

If you can draw things you look at I am sure you are ready to try something of your own. But be patient with yourself, it takes time and practice to improve.

Mike Malaska


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