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Offline Ciasmi Violette

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« on: March 12, 2005, 03:21:38 am »
Well...Ive kinda been in a huge artist slump for about a good 2-3 months. I cant really get a good idea or image in my head to draw, because i cant randomly draw people like most do.

So ive gone back to what i used to do when i first started drawing, which is "copying" other pictures.  If your wondering, i find pictures from anime and other stuff, and draw it in mmy sketchbook, kinda bigger that it was in the original.

Now...i wanna know if this is actually good for me to draw unoriginal pictures, cause basically they are just copies, just redrawn (poorly sometimes) in a different size. Cause i dont think that they might not really help me improve, and might throw off my stlye a bit....

meh...i dont know,  ':p'

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2005, 03:29:51 am »
Now, I'm not a great artist by any strech, but I have friends who are. They say that copying and even tracing a picture are a way to learn, that once I got down the basics I could devlope my own style. That is one technique I am using.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2005, 06:38:19 am »
Having been a musician and realizing that art and music is the same thing, different sense, I understand blocks ':shock:'

Copying others is a great way to find inspiration. Look at Jazz renditions .....same title, different tune. Classical....same tune different interpetation, etc. '<img'>

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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2005, 10:56:33 am »
Copying can be a good thing sometimes, but it needs to be done in adition to learning the basics. It *is* possible to learn to draw well that way, but it means your "style" will be limited to those you've seen before, and you'll struggle if you try and change things. My advice would be to do some referenced drawing and life drawing in addition to your work in others styles to stop yourself getting too stuck in a style (disney animators actually do this regularly because they work so much in a highly stylised.... style >>)

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2005, 09:45:59 am »
Of course it's not wrong. It can't be wrong if you're keeping it to yourself. You're just... drawing. You're not trying to claim the art is yours, or anything.
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2005, 09:46:35 am »
Of course it's not wrong. It can't be wrong if you're keeping it to yourself. You're just... drawing. You're not trying to claim the art is yours, or anything.
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2005, 12:59:45 pm »
Thats how I first learned to draw. I thought I couldn't draw anything until one day I just started copying other people's pictures. At one point I just broke away from that, and using what studying others art had taught me, I could pull the images from my mind and put them down on the paper.. well, sometimes. Everytime I see something I really like, I can try and put it into my own art.

Copying pictures teaches you how lines go together and form the picture. You have to be able to see that to be able to draw, at least that's what I believe.

Just don't stop drawing on your own. Even if you don't like the way it turns out, it's still practice.

You might try getting one of those little wooden artist puppet things. You can pose them however you want, draw the basic shape and then add in what details you want. They're great to help you find cool poses!
*Anyone know if somefur has made an anthro one? That'd be cool.*

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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2005, 06:55:03 pm »
I think it's a perfectly fine thing for you to be doing, I used to draw off of other pics a lot also, and occasionally still do. It's a good way to practice, especially in getting proportions, poses and such right. And if you use pictures from many different sources, it's a good way to expand your style and find out what's easy for you to do and what's not. Also, there's a sense of satisfaction when you can compare your picture to another and see how close it is. I don't particularly believe in tracing, seeing as that's not going to improve your drawing ability at all. And of course, definetly continue to try your own pictures. If you don't, you won't be getting anywhere either, right? So don't worry about it, and just keep trying!
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2005, 04:21:48 am »
Well, as long as you don't claim it as your own art, you're alright with me.  It's a pretty ok way to develop a style.
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