Beginners get really frustrated with not being able to draw consistently because they don’t have a good handle on the hard skills. If you can’t pull a pen across the paper without wobbling, how could you hope to reliably draw something as complicated as the human body…?
Framed Perspective 1 by Marcos Mateu-Mestre contains excellent information for the comic or concept artist: someone who needs to create a believable (but not technically perfect) world, to add mood and atmosphere to their cityscapes or room interiors, or direct attention within a frame. It does so by teaching applied perspective.
Drawabox is basically a really solid drawing exercise plan for absolute beginners. I do hear often that it’s “too hard”/”too long”, and I admit that it does ask you to do a lot of work. However, the value you get back for your efforts is pretty incredible. In fact, I think any artist could benefit from doing these exercises… and you can’t beat the price, which is free…
It’s been about 1.5 years since I started Starfallen, and it’s been a learning experience the whole way. Webcomics are something I’ve been interested in since back when RPG World was the new hotness, but back when I first discovered them, I didn’t really understand… well. Anything about how to make or maintain them.
There is no right answer that fits everyone. Some people can study with death metal blasting from their headphones; some like complete silence. Some people love meeting new faces, and some prefer a little alone time. Doesn’t it make sense that your approach to your career should be the same way?
It’s here :). You can now read Starfallen at its official home at star-fallen.com!
I remember this book being so famous that even non-artists had heard of it. For good reason, because this is a simple, beginner-level classic that teaches you how to turn off your doubts and just draw.