I’ve been thinking about taking a serious break from my requests for some time to spend some time improving my art.
I’m not a confident person, and though people tell me differently, I still have doubts about my work. I know, that no matter if it’s good or not, you can always improve.
I started drawing almost two years ago, and ever since, I just improved by doing requests which is why I wonder if a break would help me improve it better than just keeping my requests going to improve while working (like I used to).
(Besides, I’m aware of things I need to improve, like the anatomy of the face, the shading of the hands and clothes…)
Please don’t just tell me if you think my art is good, I appreciate it, but it’s not helpful about what I asked.
Hi, I’m an artist too and I just started painting last September
I think practicing on your own will improve your skills better than doing requests
Since you choose what you want to paint
I am also studying anatomical drawing and trying to draw more details, hands, hair and portraits
It’s important to practice and know the fundamentals of anatomy, light and shadow.
I just started taking orders now, and I’m still taking breaks to gain more experience
It’s corny but to learn how to make a good draft sketch
Anatomy is awfully complicated, but it’s insanely cool when you can draw anything straight from your head and it will look natural and correct anatomically
Good luck with your training))
I would love to do that, but I don’t have the time to do both. Besides my drawings, I have edited requests, review requests, coding requests, coding my own stories, and so much more to do (And I’m still in school). The only thing I’ve ever created for myself (since I started with requests) is the profile picture I have.
Unfortunately, I don’t have my very first pieces anymore (I changed the device I’m using), the oldest one that I’ve saved on this device would be this:
Thanks, but I don’t use an airbrush, just some soft brushes combined with a brush to blend (Blend not blur).
And what exactly do you mean by the anatomy? As I mentioned above, I’m aware I need to practice (most importantly) the anatomy of the face, hands, and the shading of the clothes. Is there something else about my anatomy you think is important for me to be improved?
I like how you blend the colors and the small details (like tattoos).
Here's what I noticed
1st drawing: focus on the length of body parts
the leg going straight down is much bigger than the rest, and the knee is a little too high up
the other leg that’s on top is too short; move the knee slightly more to the right
the hand with the palm facing the audience has fingers 3-5 a little too high
2nd drawing: watch out for how big the head & arms are in comparison to the rest of the body
toros is too short
legs are pretty small/short in comparison to the head & arms
I love the way you drew the hair
3rd drawing: watch out for how big the head is in comparison to the body
shoulders can be a little more broad; the average adult has a shoulder width of a little under 3 heads
I like how the yellow paper doesn’t look flat on the face
It’s hard to always say for sure if the anatomy is off, since you’re going for Episode’s style rather than a 100% realistic style. Starting with realism helps to transition into a cartoon-ish style.
From my observations, I’d say full pieces would be more helpful for you. That way, you can see how all the body parts are fitting together and be able to fix any anatomical awkwardness.
Taking requests may put a lot of pressure on you, so take your time. Your art is looking super interesting and nice already. Good luck! It would be cool to see your art improvement in a few months or a year.