I think it depends on the person and a lot of factors. Time specially, because practice everyday helps a lot. I've been trying since 2007 (with a huge pause) till today. And I've been using corel painter and photoshop, I recomend both, they are very good programs !
It depends on the person. Practise a lot, browse tutorials, try out new things, and never stay on the same level. If you got something wrong in your previous art, and someone points it out, don't make the same mistake in your new drawing! Not even if it's hard...
Check out draw it again and improvement meme's. You will see artists who don't improve a lot in years, you will see ones who improve quite a lot. I've met ones who had normal improvement for 4 years, then in the 5th year...improve so much more than in last 4 years together! I'd say it only depends on you.
I think that it matters about practice and effort.
The more practice you do, the better you will get, and while practicing, you should be positive and confident. Nothing should put you down about your art, and effort plays a role as well. The more wholeheartedly you draw, the better you will become.
Hi Officialpoypoy, the only way you can get better at digital art, is practice... practice, practice and practice. There is no secret, just practice, remember that, PRACTICE! . So here my little tips:
- Get a wacom tablet - Go here, try to see all the videos, for beginners is the best ( I even see this videos) [link] - Once you feel confident with yourself , then you can jump right here: [link] - Don't stop, don't stop, keep drawing, practice, practice and practice
Software: - photoshop - if you can't get photoshop try gimp (I was using it for a very long time, gimp is just a tool, just like photoshop) - Artrage - Corel Painter - Krita (open source just like gimp).
I don't think being Good/Bad is as important as the fact that you at least create something.
Create, Create, Create.
Eventually, you won't be a n00b anymore.
Practice makes Perfect?
Also, figure out why/what you're creating before you randomly start, and make lots of compositional thumbnails to brainstorm the best way to pose a frame.....so you don't waste hours of time refining a poorly executed composition?
Digital art like any other at medium takes time to master. People have different learning curve so what might be 1 year of progress to you might take someone else one month. That does not mean you should be discourage it just means that if you want to archieve to their level you need to work harder.
One of the best wasy to improve is by studying photographs/realism and trace professional art works. Tracing is a good tool to practice your techniques especially when you are just starting out. However, you need to remember that traced drawings [b]should never be uploaded online[/b]- they should only for you to see.
In my opinion, there are two keys to becoming skilled in anything.
PRACTICE and EXPOSURE.
Practice is obviously important because it's the only way you can begin to improve in your art. When working with digital media, decide what you want to focus on improving. It could be shading, or maybe you need to work on your line art a bit more. Spend the most time on what you want to work on the most and go from there. Don't feel pressured into finishing your piece. It's all about the process, not the end result.
Exposure is also really important because you'll need to look at digital art done right in order to determine your progress. Inspiration is crucial, but some people don't understand that you need to look for inspiration rather than wait for it. Exposing yourself to great digital artists can help you be inspired to improve and to try new techniques. Also, exposing your art to art communities helps you receive needed critique. Critique is another really important key to improvement.
There's no magic trick to be good at digital art. Practice and expose yourself to the art world and you will see results in your art in time.
If you look at your art and the original, you can see a lot of things you need to fix.
The first thing you should get use to is when you look at something you should sketch everything out to get an idea of the layout. (What goes where?)
The more time you put into the sketch to get it right the better it will look without needed to go back to adjusting the sketch.
Not everything is going to work with you until your hand skills improve. You can work with hand writing just to get use to the tool in your hand and do what ever you need. Then that skill will make drawing a little easier.
If you learn from drawing life you learn it in a perspective view. Not flat like cartoons. Then you start to work with perspective, that would be easy.
If you just draw anything you feel like drawing then you should not expect learning much, but sometimes doing what makes you feel good helps to relax. Nothing needs to be really hard unless you use pressure as a reason to work harder and improve faster.
Competition can do that even if the people you compete against don't know you are competing against them. You just struggle to be better as soon as you can.
Then what could take you years could only take you months. A word of caution; It is a mental stress state, and it can encourage Jealousy, Rage, and Hate, depending how hard you push yourself, and how much you feel you need it. So, it is better if you don't show that to the people you are competing with.
It takes for 'freaking' ever. However you can cut that time a good bit if you practice and practice the right stuff. I don't practice much but I try to practice that which will help me the most. Don't take after me though, or you'll never get there.
I used to practice, but the tool I was using to practice with went down for a week and destroyed the momentum I had built up.
I'm trying to improve myself. There is a lot that I need to work on. But here are some steps I take:
1: turn off netflix 2: turn on some awesome music 3: whip out my tablet or paper and pencil 4: draw like a madman 5: get frustrated and discouraged 6: hop on deviantART and get some inspiration 7: repeat steps 2-7
In all seriousness though, having a direction or and end goal of where I want to be or what I want my art or a certain piece to look like has helped me a lot. I have to remind myself that sometimes it will take more than inspiration and motivation, and at those times discipline will have to kick in.
It takes about five years of dedicated practice to become employably-good at art, whatever medium you're using. Once you have a good grasp of how to do a good picture in one medium, it's a lot easier to pick up another one; you've got all that stuff like anatomy and composition under your belt, and you've got a bunch of techniques from your first medium that you can adapt to a new one.
There are, for instance, groups of people who approach Photoshop almost exactly as if they were painting in oils or acrylics, because that's what they learnt first.
Go here, get the Preston Blair book, and start doing these exercises. You will get a lot better, a lot faster. Yes, you think you're beyond them. You're still at a stage where you could use them.
If you want some honest advice from me, all I can say is don't draw/paint with the sole intention of getting better. It will only lead to frustration. Just do what you love, enjoy the process of every piece you start, keep doing it, and naturally you WILL get better the more you work on it! (It still comes down to the "practice makes perfect" thing, but that's just how I look at it.)
I recently decided to make a list of all the things I need to improve so now when I feel like drawing but don't know what to draw I pick an item (fingers, arms, lighting, color theory, etc) and practice that. Or often pick a picture to paint that has what I'm looking for (lots of hard light or maybe lots of hands?) When I'm satisfied with my results I check the item off the list.
It'll take many, many years. Try to get a solid base of fundamentals in art to start out with. Things like anatomy and color/light theory are things you need to learn anyway, so try to learn them properly. The most important thing to improve fast, is to practice a lot, and keep challenging yourself. Try drawing things that you didn't draw before, or you can't draw that well, so you'll learn.
Practice hard! It's really no different with any other medium, because with art some aspects transcend all mediums, like you have to get anatomy, lighting, composition skills right. Once you have those there's really not much about the actual digital art part that's complicated. For practising, I know it's boring, but try drawing from life, you don't even need to practice it digitally, because it's the basic stuff that is the most important. Remember improvement is a long way! If you notice improvement really quickly, then it means you still have a long way to go, but usually when it's harder to notice improvement, it means you've gotten better! Usually once you're at a decent level improvement will come slower, but never give up! ^^ I've been drawing digital for 2 years now, I still have many things to work on.
PRACTICE. And practice some more. I find its easier to practice if the practice is in the guise of actual work or projects. Give yourself projects to do, see them through, and then move on to the next one. Over time you will get better and better. Just make sure it keep it challenging. Make the projects include stuff that you're not totally comfortable drawing, etc. If it doesn't come out perfect, or you're not happy with it, don't stress and give up, just know that's an area that you need to practice more in.
You'll be surprised at how much improvement you see if you just constantly work at it.
Just like a language, art takes a life time. It takes years just to learn the basics, years to even make something half decent. More years to become a master. Don't be disillusioned and think "Oh if I just draw anime, I don't have to learn the fundamentals of art". If you want to be good, go back to basics, get a sketch book, draw from life, draw forms, learn anatomy, bones, muscles, expressions, poses, dynamics, light, colour, perspective.
I have SO MUCH to learn, and you should never think its easy.
If you want to be good, go set up some life drawing sets, get some flowers, some drapery, draw it. Draw it again in the night time, in the day, with a light, without a light, with the light behind. Do a thousand studies. Then a thousand more.
It takes a long time, just like any other type of art. It is no easier, or harder, than other types of art. It just has it's own challenges and skill sets. I have been doing digital art for close to seven years now, and I still have so much to learn and I always well. You will have to practice as much as possible, and don't expect magical results right off the bat. Your first pieces will be shit and they will make you angry and you'll probably want to quit. But if you hang in there you will get better as long as you keep drawing, keep yourself open to critique, and keep trying to find new things to get better at.