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Art critique and advice; beginner artists are welcome to post here; includes an oekaki. (NO FLAMES)

Artists, read before posting!

Before you post your art to ask for critique, please read these tutorials. They explain the basic principles of drawing and figure drawing. Most posts where these basics are missing will never get a response, as people are quite frankly sick and bored of explaining over and over that you would have to pretty much learn how to draw first, before you could improve.

Courtesy of Arne Niklas Jansson: Basic and comprehensive drawing and painting tutorial
Courtesy of Bakaneko: Figure Drawing Basics, Further Anatomy, Hands

These were brought to my attention by Aeresque#Artist. Courtesy of Scribd: Drawing the Human head, Drawing Dynamic Hands, Dynamic Figure Drawing
And for those of you who want it a bit easier, we also have the whole thing as one neat rar with all three books in pdf form.

NEW! These were brought to my attention by MajorTom in #fchan. Courtesy of Andrew Loomis: Creative Illustration, Drawing the Head and Hands, Eye Of The Painter, Figure drawing for all it's worth, Fun with a Pencil, Successful Drawing, Drawing Dynamic Hands.

If you think you know a good basic tutorial that would fit in here, feel free to contact me under Xenofur in IRC and I will add the link.

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[-] [+] No.1736
Should I get into this field or am I not yet ready? 
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My very first sketch, Was randomly doodling and I started to like where it was going.
Should I finish it?
All (Positive) Critique welcome

No.1737 - Link Reply Report 1737

Above all things, I'd recommend actually looking at a man (?) lying down and attempt to recreate this image, or at least study what people look like from many different perspectives and in various poses to understand how everything typically locks together.

You were trying something not many new artists try and I can appreciate that, but anatomically, everything about this creature is ever-so-slightly off.

No.1738 - Link Reply Report 1738

I'm in the process of studying anatomy, and I'm actually getting better, to the point where I drew this without reference and it's only slightly off :D
Is there anything specific I should look out for? like proportions, Joints, etc..?

No.1739 - Link Reply Report 1739

I think you might be looking at art with the wrong kind of mindset, my friend

If I were you, I wouldn't look at drawing and art as something that you're ready or not ready for. There's really no point where you're graced with the blessings of the universe to be an artist. It's a mindset, whether or not you're ready.

If by 'going into this field' you mean art and design, then the best time to 'get into it' is right now. Every day will be a learning experience and a stepping stone on an endless path. Personally, I'm about to graduate from a university with a BFA in graphic design. I still don't consider myself ready in several aspects, despite being ahead of the pack in many areas.

Do what you love. If drawing and studying anatomy are your interests, it's safe to consider yourself ready.

Whether or not you're "good" is an entirely different story. You have a lot of room to improve, but everybody does. Even the best out there never stop practicing. Get comfortable receiving critique because it's an artist's best tool. I suggest reading this article here for some insight.
alistapart dot com/article/design-criticism-creative-process

I just wanna point out too that this particular board can be an incredibly toxic environment to a beginning artist while simultaneously being a useful, readily accessible tool for critique. Don't just come here for input, create an FA account and ask for real critique. Ask your friends and family for honest feedback, maybe try and make friends with an established artist. You'd be surprised, some of us thoroughly enjoy teaching.

Quick and dirty critique on that sketch, though. You do need to work on your basics. Not only in anatomy, but general sketching. I'm sensing a bit of struggle between you and your tablet. maybe experiment with your brush settings until you find something that flows more naturally, like pencil on paper.

Here's a nice resource for anatomy practice. I recommend studying anatomy from life before studying anatomy from another artist's approximation

posemaniacs com
check out their 30 second drawing tool

Good luck out there, hope this was of some help

No.1746 - Link Reply Report 1746

Thank you very much, you've been of great help, I'm on it.

and i am open for critique