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Emberra555 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So I was thinking that I wanted to relearn all the basics of drawing, you know all that stuff you learn in high school? Or maybe you learned it in elementary school, I dunno, my schools didn't put much toward the arts so I only learned the basics in high school.
Since I can't afford the 236$ fee at my local art school right now I was wondering if anyone knows of any useful online resources or even some books (that aren't too expensive) that would help me.
Sorry if this sounds stupid, and thanks in advance for anyone's help.
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,
I agree with the suggestion of Loomis books and you can probably just search youtube and the internet for terms like:
drawing human anatomy
drawing perspective
image composition
color theory
lighting in art

here are some other links:
FIGURE DRAWING RESOURCES (may contain nudes):
Figure Drawing in the USA and Canada: [link] 900 schools and galleries that offer figure drawing sessions you can attend
human anatomy for artists: [link] small images are free/ large images available with membership
human comic art reference photos: [link] huge professional photo reference site
lovecastle: [link] male, female, big cats, horses, hands, heads
pixelovely: [link] people and animals
PoseManiacs: [link] anatomical drawing references
Quickposes: [link] nude photos for figure drawing
Zvork Virtual Lighting: [link] interactive lighting on 3d human models


FORUMS AND LEARNING RESOURCES:
Artpapa: [link] - teach, learn, show, browse art and forums.
Beyond Art Tutorials [link] drawing and digital tips and tutorials
Conceptart: [link] - art, forums, portfolios, tutorials, and jobs
CGhub: [link] Computer graphic artist work, tips tools and forum with some jobs
CGTalk: [link] CG forum
CrimsonDaggers: [link] livestreams, challenges and chats focused on improving fundamental skills
DeviantArt: [link] forums and galleries
Deviantart Tutorials: [link]
DrawingBoard organization: [link] forums galleries and a few jobs
i draw girls [link] (theartclasses.com) drawing tutorials and videos
SheezyArt: [link] Art, critiques, scoring, clubs
Storm-Artists: [link] - art showcase and discussion
the art classes [link] drawing tutorials and videos
TAD: [link] The Art Department- High quality online art school
wipnation: [link] art articles, interviews and inspiration

and more than anything else, just practice your butt off.
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Emberra555 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow thats a lot of resources. Thank you so much. They seem like they will be really useful! :D
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could add your forum posts to my favourites =P
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind compliment!
The links I just posted are part of my big list of art related sites: [link]
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Napoleon15 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Successful Drawing by Andrew Loomis.
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Emberra555 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I looked up this book online and it seems pretty good. Are the other books by the same author worth a look or is this one the most useful?
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Napoleon15 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
They're all very good. Figure Drawing for All It's Worth is probably the other must have if you're doing people and such. Successful drawing covers a lot of stuff like perspective, which is really important, but some people seem to overlook a lot, where as the other one, as the name implies, mostly covers drawing people. I'd get them all if you can afford it. They're probably some of the best drawing books I've ever bought.
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CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've been working my way through such things in the past few years. I picked one particular element of design then focus the work I did to keep that element in mind. You don't put everything else aside, but you focus on one thing more than the other.
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Emberra555 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a really good way to go about things. Knowing me I probably would have tried to mash them all together at the same time not giving each the attention they need. Thank you so much! I think this will help a lot.
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