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Need Help With Realistic Drawings

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TheBlueRoseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
I would like some advice with drawing more realistic looking drawings and portraits, i would like to get a lot better at drawing, so any good advice about what might help me get better would be much appreciated... Thanks!
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013   Digital Artist
Since you say you use a sharpie, it might not hurt to try with a pencil. In most drawing classes, you'll learn with a pencil first. It's generally easier to control than a pen and you might find it easier to shade. I've basically been learning by studying up on anatomy and just drawing from photos. Learning anatomy is important, otherwise you end up with creepy looking drawings which are shaded realistically, but the features are in the wrong place (I used to do those. :D)You don't have to smudge with a smudge stick or a tissue. I don't smudge mine, I just like to shade with the pencil. I prefer the look, but experiment and see what works for you.

If you're having trouble with shading in general, it's probably worth doing some things like this to build up your skills: [link] [link]
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TheBlueRoseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
wow thanks, thats very helpful... i just love how bold sharpie looks so i end up using it, but maybe i should try pencil while i'm learning to shade
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:iconrovanna:
Rovanna Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013   Digital Artist
Once you learn the basics of shading, you'll be able to translate the skills to using the pen. :D
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:iconthebluerosegirl:
TheBlueRoseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
really? i'd like that cause i love bold colors and inks!
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:iconrovanna:
Rovanna Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013   Digital Artist
Yep. A bit part of 'shading' is learning about light and shadows, so that will apply to whatever medium.
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TheBlueRoseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
hmm good advice, that makes sense
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LudwigvanKickass2 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Study from life. Sit down and draw still lifes, study anatomy, study perspective, etc.
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TheBlueRoseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
its hard for me to draw people i know haha, it always turns out looking awful
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LudwigvanKickass2 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So? Keep drawing. Tricks and shortcuts won't make you better.
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TheBlueRoseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
very true, thanks for the advice i appreciate it
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:iconbladenx:
BladenX Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
A book by Lee Hammond called "How To Draw Lifelike Portraits From Photographs" changed the way I draw forever.
It helps with everything, not just portraits.
The new version also comes with a DVD.
Lee Hammond is absolutely amazing.
She's one of the best.
Do a google search and you'll see how good she is.

The book is well worth the price.
I hope that helps.
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Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love Lee Hammond. I have about 6 of her books. Her "How to Draw Real People" was my first art book that got me drawing. Over 10 years ago.
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:iconbladenx:
BladenX Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
She's insanely talented and a good teacher too.
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TheBlueRoseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
thanks so much for the advice, i will definitely check it out.....
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:iconbladenx:
BladenX Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
My pleasure.
You'll be glad you did.
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:iconthebluerosegirl:
TheBlueRoseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
i hope so, i really want to have professional level drawings, and i've been drawing for many years but still have the same problem
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:iconbladenx:
BladenX Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
What problem are you having?
Maybe I can help.
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TheBlueRoseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
well every time i see a realistic drawing i notice the way shading can add to the realism, but every time i try it just ends up looking weird
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Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Try using a Kleenex for shading. Tortillions can be harsh whereas Kleenex is softer and gives more control (for me anyway). Get a good set of pencils and learn them. Learn your soft/hard pencils. Learn the grades and how to apply them. This will give you more control when shading.
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TheBlueRoseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
wow... that was very helpful, thanks i will definitely try that out, shading has never been my strong point so i think i'll try that out
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BladenX Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Are you using tortillions?
Do you use good paper?
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TheBlueRoseGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
this might sound kinda lame but i just use sharpies and thick paper (so it doesnt leak thru the page)
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