Oh no! Here are tips coming from a very rookie illustrator who is still trying to find her voice in the industry.
Take the opportunity to draw from life at least.. 10 times a week? Every day preferably. This will train your eye to observe! I prefer doing gestures! I am not necessarily saying to draw a basket full of fruit but people at your school, Starbucks, park, dogs at the beach.etc. Try to draw anything in motion. Don’t forget the scenery too! It doesn’t have to be perfect at first. You will get the hang of it!
Study from artists you admire. This was something I just started doing last year and it really helped me! Study from successful artists in the industry you want to be in or just anyone in general. Find out how they problem solve! Break their work down. This can help you get out of the rut of drawing the same mistake over and over again or getting the hand of drawing hands (get it?! badpun). Of course, these are STUDIES. Don’t upload these drawings unless you did some work that was inspired by them.
Try to draw every day! I am trying to get back into the swing of this! Have a sketchbook to do your daily life drawings and studies from.
Make an effort to try something new for each piece, even if it is something small. It all adds up in the end.
DON’T DON’T DON’T look at your work as failures. Instead of saying “wow.. I suck..” go “okay! What can I do better next time?” STAY POSITIVE! If an illustration doesn’t come out exactly how I wanted it to be, I usually just tell myself “well! I will try to do a better job next time!”
RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH! Stop assuming everything is in your brain. If you can’t draw a dog running, look up videos of dogs running then study the video! Then draw a running pooch! :)
That is what I got! STAY POSITIVE and HAVE FUN! <3
I like emoticons like “uwu” and “eue” because I can’t see them as faces so I just read them aloud as noises and associate that noise with the appropriate emotion and it makes me feel like people are doing little friendly birdcalls at each other.