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zoologicalpt:

BIRD BEAAAKS. This one doesn’t teach how to draw but it0s the introduction to that. Quite a lot of people I give classes to have this idea that the beak is an apendix of the bird’s skull and not a part of the skull that doesn’t have feathers covering it. And because of that wrong notion beaks are drawn poorly and with no sense of weight or even being part of the bird’s head.

So this art tip of the week is just the very introduction to the concept of drawing beaks. Just explaining what the beak actually is.

Hope you like it, even though its a simpler one. 

CHEERS and tons of love

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Five things you’ll learn in art school

lise-art:

Art school was always at the top of the big list of “Things I really ought to do” that I’d accumulated at the age of approximately fifteen. They sat us all down to fill in our applications for further education, and with the encouragement of my frankly clueless careers advisor, I slapped the most prestigious art school in the country at the top of my list.

Weeks passed and eventually I received an invitation to the entrance exams of several schools, one of which was indeed my first choice – the famous academy that was notoriously difficult to get into. The exams went wonderfully, I’d rarely been as pleased with my work as I was on the three days that I spent with all the other hopeful entrants, putting in every single drop of artistic skill and creative energy that we had in us to impress the judges.

Soon after I attended the entrance exams of another school, in a dingy little town not far from the capital, which I’d sort of accidentally listed as a choice in my application. It went horribly. During the first task I spilled water all over my watercolour painting, after which I promptly decided “That’s that”, and made very little effort in the remaining stages of the exams. I often recount the story of the interview with the judges, where I made no secret of having very little interest at all in being accepted at the school.

I tell you this, because I did not get accepted to the first, top-of-the-league school, the one which every young artist in this country aspires to attend. I got into the second, with top marks from the exams and high praise from the judges for speaking my mind in the interview.

A promising start to my life as an art student, no?

Anyway, during my time at this art school I wasn’t particularly excited about, I learned many things which may be of use to you aspiring young artists of today, and shall recount them here, in list form.

  1. Being stuck in a room full of artists makes you see your own work in a completely different light. During high school, nay, my entire childhood, I was always the one who was good at drawing. Nobody questioned it, art teachers sang my praises and my peers begged me to draw for them. That all came to an abrupt halt upon setting foot in a room full of brand new art students, every one of which had grown up thinking they were the best at what they did, much like myself.  There were meticulous traditional oil-painters, photography visionaries with endless imaginations, comic artists itching to get all their uniquely witty ideas down on paper… and then there was me. Suddenly my portraits of singers and film stars didn’t seem half as impressive as they had back at home. My mechanical pencil looked pathetic compared to the artisan paintbrushes and high-end pens everybody else seemed to have endless supplies of. Even my digital art looked lacklustre when faced with their sketchbooks brimming with gorgeous studies and fantastic concepts that I simply couldn’t bring myself to compete with.But that’s just it; you’re not competing. You’re all there to learn, and where some of the class may know a bit more about certain methods, it doesn’t mean you’re not as good an artist as the rest of them.
  2. You’ll have to learn the “rules” of everything, essentially. We all know how tedious it is to paint a colour wheel, draw those ridiculous grids for portraits, having to do every god-forsaken form of perspective task you’re given… the list goes on. That doesn’t stop after high school art class, oh no. You’ll be doing all that and plenty more right from the get-go at art school. It’s dull and cries of “It’s useless” will be heard from the mouths of many students. However, sitting through all of that is the best boring thing you could possibly do. You know the saying “learn the rules in order to break them”, and that applies to this particular subject hugely. You may well scoff, thinking you’re comic art or photography doesn’t need you to know any of the theoretical stuff, but boy will you regret it. All those times you think something doesn’t look right but you can’t for the life of you think what, I can guarantee you it’s something you’ll learn to fix by doing all that mandatory practice.
  3. Everything has been done before. That’s a fact, right? Now, we all are aware of this on some level, and this will be especially clear at the beginning of your art studies when suddenly all the ideas you had seem a bit shameful when you sit in art history class seeing it all there, done by somebody a hundred years ago and miles better than you ever could. Even looking at the work of your classmates, you’ll see the same themes, motifs, and colour schemes you’d been so proud of in that one drawing you did a while ago, and it’ll feel like a nasty smack in the face. Fast-forward a few years and you’ll look back in quite some amusement, because it really doesn’t matter. A good idea will endure the test of time, and the same is true for art. I draw funny little dogs. Cecil Aldin did the same thing at the turn of the century, but that doesn’t mean I should stop doing what I’m doing. If anything, drawing inspiration and joy from the work done before yours is a real privilege, one which can give you strength and motivation to carry on creating things you, and probably others, will love.
  4. Letting go of perfectionism is hard, I know. Sometimes you just can’t bring yourself to put down that paintbrush, especially when you’ve got a brilliant idea that just HAS to look exactly right… But then you accidentally smudge that ink or realise your proportions are completely off if you look at it from a different angle. The biggest change in my attitude towards my work throughout the years happened in art school while trying, and inevitably failing at various techniques. A sort of art-themed motto I tell myself every so often really is the key; “Improvisation is the most important skill of any good artist.” When you muck up a piece, don’t bin it. So you’ve got a great big blot of ink in the wrong place, it doesn’t matter. Do another blot on the other side, make it look like you meant it to be there. That’s what an artists does, mucks up and pretends it’s supposed to look like that. Nobody will question it.
  5. Art school doesn’t magically make you a “proper” artist. There are lots of people I know who have graduated from art school but classify themselves as hobbyists, and many professional artists who never studied art. What it will do is give you a chance to try things you’d never get to, nor think about trying at home. You’ll meet other artists who do all sorts of different things, and make useful connections. You’ll learn about the technicalities of setting up your own exhibition and what it takes to do various art-related jobs. But it’s completely up to you whether you will be a professional artist or a hobbyist when you leave. And that’s a fact.

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millilicious:

starrify-everything:

Please tell me if any of the links aren’t working
Faces:
Face Tutorial
Quick Face Tutorial
Profile Anatomy
Drawing Heads
Basic Head Layout
How to Draw Ears
Drawing Noses
How To Draw Mouths
Lips
Lips Ref
Semi-Realistic Eye Tutorial
Tips for Drawing Eyes
Manga Eye Tutorial
Pixel Eye
Expressions
Step by Step Expressions
How to Avoid the Same Face
Head Angles
Beards
Hair:
Drawing Hair In Pencil
How To Draw Braids
Another Braid tutorial
Headband Braid Tutorial
How To Draw Hair
Hair Tutorial
Another Hair Tutorial
Also Another Hair Tutorial
Tutorial: Hair
Tutorial for Hair
Simple Hair Tutorial
Hairstyle Tutorial
50 Male Hairstyles Revamped 
Let’s Do Hair!
Curls
Pixel Hair Tutorial
Manga Boys Hair Tutorial
Bodies:
A Guide to Drawing the Human Body
How To Draw Hands
Hand Tutorial
Hand Gestures
More Hand Gestures
Arm Tutorial
Feet Drawing Guide
Foot Tutorial
Drawing Feet
Knees
Sitting Poses
Drawing Torsos
Abs Tutorial
Clothes and Accessories:
Clothing Tutorial (Notes)
How to Draw Flower Crowns
Helmets and Hats
Hoods
Fashion
How to Draw Tights
Jeans
Boot Tutorial
Plaid Tutorial
Lace Tutorial
Armour Tutorial
Creatures:
Wings
Folded Wings
Tutorial on Creature Design
Bat Wings on Humans
Pegasus Wings
Animal Legs on Humans
Dragon Tutorial
Dragon Wing Tutorial
Dragon Hands and Feet Tutorial
Dragon Mouth Tutorial
Dragon Head Tutorial
Dragon Scales
Clawed Hand Tutorial
Basic Horn Tutorial
Sauropod Tutorial
How to Draw Centaurs
Werewolf Anatomy
Animals/insects:
Animal Noses
Basic Animal Anatomy
Paw Tutorial
Fur Tutorial
Pixel Fur Tutorial
Painting Fur
Ponies
Horse Tutorial
Horse Proportions
Horse Hooves
Horse Legs
Dog Anatomy
Simple Dog Tutorial
Wolf Paw Tutorial
Wolf Head Tutorial
Drawing a Wolf
Canine Leg Tutorial
Feline Comparison
Big Cat Paw Tutorial
Lion Head Tutorial
Cat Faces Tutorial
Snow Leopard Tutorial
Tiger Tutorial
Fox Tutorial
Rabbit Drawing Tips
Butterfly Tutorial
Rat Tutorial
Owl Anatomy
Feather Tutorial
Bear Anatomy
Objects:
Glowing Stuff
How to Draw 3D Rooms
Gun Ref
Slime Tutorial
Chain Tutorial
Gemstone Tutorial
Bullet Metal Tutorial
Lightsaber Tutorial
Gold Coin Tutorial
Jewel Tutorial
Nature/Food:
Tree Tutorial
How to Create Stars (With Photoshop)
Stars Tutorial
How to Draw Clouds
How to Draw a Rose
Simple Roses
Grass Tutorial
Another Grass Tutorial
Quick Grass Tutorial
Bush Tutorial
Rain Tutorial
Water Tutorial
Underwater Tutorial
Fire Tutorial
Snow Tutorial
Light Tutorial
Light Sparkle Tutorial
Mountain Tutorial
Another Mountain Tutorial
Moon Tutorial
How to Draw a Apple
Strawberry Tutorial
Colours:
The Psychology of Colour
How To Colour
Colour Blender
Colour Scheme Designer
Colour Meanings For Roses
Color Hex
Colour Harmony
Skin Colour Palette
Pastel Colours
Greyscale Tutorial
Colouring Cloth
Hair Colouring
Photoshop Colouring Tutorial
Other:
Pixel Art Tutorial
Another Pixel Art Tutorial
Photoshop Brushes
Photoshop Layers Tutorial
Glitch Effect (with Photoshop)
Gimp Soft Shading
Blending Tutorial
Free Digital Sculpting Tool
Skeleton Drawing Tool
Repeating Pattern Tutorial
Free Art Programs
Silk - Interactive Generative Art
Creativity Cards
Don’t Know What to Draw?

better than school tbh

millilicious:

starrify-everything:

Please tell me if any of the links aren’t working

Faces:

Face Tutorial

Quick Face Tutorial

Profile Anatomy

Drawing Heads

Basic Head Layout

How to Draw Ears

Drawing Noses

How To Draw Mouths

Lips

Lips Ref

Semi-Realistic Eye Tutorial

Tips for Drawing Eyes

Manga Eye Tutorial

Pixel Eye

Expressions

Step by Step Expressions

How to Avoid the Same Face

Head Angles

Beards

Hair:

Drawing Hair In Pencil

How To Draw Braids

Another Braid tutorial

Headband Braid Tutorial

How To Draw Hair

Hair Tutorial

Another Hair Tutorial

Also Another Hair Tutorial

Tutorial: Hair

Tutorial for Hair

Simple Hair Tutorial

Hairstyle Tutorial

50 Male Hairstyles Revamped 

Let’s Do Hair!

Curls

Pixel Hair Tutorial

Manga Boys Hair Tutorial

Bodies:

A Guide to Drawing the Human Body

How To Draw Hands

Hand Tutorial

Hand Gestures

More Hand Gestures

Arm Tutorial

Feet Drawing Guide

Foot Tutorial

Drawing Feet

Knees

Sitting Poses

Drawing Torsos

Abs Tutorial

Clothes and Accessories:

Clothing Tutorial (Notes)

How to Draw Flower Crowns

Helmets and Hats

Hoods

Fashion

How to Draw Tights

Jeans

Boot Tutorial

Plaid Tutorial

Lace Tutorial

Armour Tutorial

Creatures:

Wings

Folded Wings

Tutorial on Creature Design

Bat Wings on Humans

Pegasus Wings

Animal Legs on Humans

Dragon Tutorial

Dragon Wing Tutorial

Dragon Hands and Feet Tutorial

Dragon Mouth Tutorial

Dragon Head Tutorial

Dragon Scales

Clawed Hand Tutorial

Basic Horn Tutorial

Sauropod Tutorial

How to Draw Centaurs

Werewolf Anatomy

Animals/insects:

Animal Noses

Basic Animal Anatomy

Paw Tutorial

Fur Tutorial

Pixel Fur Tutorial

Painting Fur

Ponies

Horse Tutorial

Horse Proportions

Horse Hooves

Horse Legs

Dog Anatomy

Simple Dog Tutorial

Wolf Paw Tutorial

Wolf Head Tutorial

Drawing a Wolf

Canine Leg Tutorial

Feline Comparison

Big Cat Paw Tutorial

Lion Head Tutorial

Cat Faces Tutorial

Snow Leopard Tutorial

Tiger Tutorial

Fox Tutorial

Rabbit Drawing Tips

Butterfly Tutorial

Rat Tutorial

Owl Anatomy

Feather Tutorial

Bear Anatomy

Objects:

Glowing Stuff

How to Draw 3D Rooms

Gun Ref

Slime Tutorial

Chain Tutorial

Gemstone Tutorial

Bullet Metal Tutorial

Lightsaber Tutorial

Gold Coin Tutorial

Jewel Tutorial

Nature/Food:

Tree Tutorial

How to Create Stars (With Photoshop)

Stars Tutorial

How to Draw Clouds

How to Draw a Rose

Simple Roses

Grass Tutorial

Another Grass Tutorial

Quick Grass Tutorial

Bush Tutorial

Rain Tutorial

Water Tutorial

Underwater Tutorial

Fire Tutorial

Snow Tutorial

Light Tutorial

Light Sparkle Tutorial

Mountain Tutorial

Another Mountain Tutorial

Moon Tutorial

How to Draw a Apple

Strawberry Tutorial

Colours:

The Psychology of Colour

How To Colour

Colour Blender

Colour Scheme Designer

Colour Meanings For Roses

Color Hex

Colour Harmony

Skin Colour Palette

Pastel Colours

Greyscale Tutorial

Colouring Cloth

Hair Colouring

Photoshop Colouring Tutorial

Other:

Pixel Art Tutorial

Another Pixel Art Tutorial

Photoshop Brushes

Photoshop Layers Tutorial

Glitch Effect (with Photoshop)

Gimp Soft Shading

Blending Tutorial

Free Digital Sculpting Tool

Skeleton Drawing Tool

Repeating Pattern Tutorial

Free Art Programs

Silk - Interactive Generative Art

Creativity Cards

Don’t Know What to Draw?

better than school tbh

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