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Nsio asks: Would you want artistic guidance? by Nsio Nsio asks: Would you want artistic guidance? by Nsio
I have considered making tutorials and exercises about drawing. That's why I'm asking: would you want me to do some? Even though I'm drawing in japanese manga-style (if you can call that even a style), the methods I use are applicable basically in any field of art.

Art has a lot of liberties, but I believe there are many rules that should be followed. I mean, there certainly are valid reasons why some drawings look better than others. Thus you can't simply ignore issues by saying "it's my style" or "I took artistic liberties". I don't perceive myself as an artist, I'm simply following certain rules to achieve the look I seek. That said, you don't have to be artistically talented to become good at drawing. These rules can be learnt by anyone. The more realistic look you aim for, the more stricter the rules are.

That said, I didn't born with polished skills. It's been all thanks to vigorous practice and love towards manga (also naivety at the beginning). I've been drawing around 10 years, and it took me 6 years to understand that I don't know anything about drawing. Now I'm at point where I can say that I know a little at least.

I can't teach you how to draw. But I can help you learn how to see. Seeing is fundamental part of drawing. Many people draw things the way they think they look, not the way they really are.

I believe in honesty, so if someone asks me what I think about their drawings, I say what I really think. I may like it, but it automatically doesn't mean it's a successful drawing (and vice versa). My personal opinions and artistic views might contradict each other a lot. However, I can't give in depth critiques to everybody. I have few "apprentices" and they are my priority. I'll compile common issues within tutorials if I decide to make them.

Note: the examples are all drawn by me. It took some effort to do things horribly wrong.
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AKAFoxtail Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I cant slap those that strive to share what they know.

SUPER, amazingly helpful tutorials man, they break down a lot of things I had/still have trouble with. Good to see people reaching out to those still learning. <3
Killerkirb Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
So my guide to success is being slapped in my face a lot! Got it.
ShinigamiRyuku Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Girl on the right looks great.
vicio-kun Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pls make more...we need it! You are great!!
NadiaThePanda Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ouch! T___T my face is red!
anakure Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn! I draw like the first image T-T... 
Appypollyloggies1 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I think you need to slap a LOT of faces on deviantart :giggle:
seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Thank you for the tutorials ^^  :hug:
blahjerry Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Im a pretty bad artist who needs help. If it means that i can become better then slap me as much as you wish. 
Wirlog Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
dude, I will follow your tutorial for a while. You're really good at explanations.
and thanks for upload so good guiding material.
(for free)
SnowyWinterWolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014

How about yes.
ZeoKenX Featured By Owner Edited Jul 3, 2014
Yeah Ive been drawing for around the same time gap as you Nsio and came to a conclusion that the easiest and most effective way to draw "what it is" oppose to "what you think it is" is to learn things that hardly change in ALL styles of drawing figures,and thats bone structure.The reasoning being is because the bones while they come in various sizes hardly change from a rules espect due to the fact that bones are FIXED meaning they cannot bend on their own.Its the muscles that aid the movement to bones,not the bones itself.

So,from the concept,Ive learn that once you understand where bones are,you WILL know where muscles connect because they have to follow Bones no matter what,of course unless your character can change shape,gets injured ect.But thats basically from knowing HOW and WHY before you can experiment and slap WHERE.

So I beg anyone that is a rookie,learn bones and practice it to a science then apply it to your manga drawings and youll see dramatic improvements instantly.I kid you not.
Nsio Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. That's how I also started to study the human figure: through skeleton and the bones. In fact, my wireframe sketches are based on skeleton, although I'm not drawing the actual bones.

I especially studied the articulation and the joints of the human body to figure out how to go with convincing proportions. Now that I have the proportions pretty much in place, it's much easier to update my knowledge with anatomical details. Although it's not bad to study just anatomy, I find that it's not useful unless one knows the skeleton first.

I also suggest that people study the the bones first :)
yezuus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
I agree that it's more important to study bones than anatomy but I will also contend that it's more important to study gesture(line of action, rhythm, line, weight, balance, twist, etc) and then using 3d shapes to simplify the anatomy so you can memorize it easier.
Nsio Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's hard to say what should be practiced first. Although I implemented line of action very early in my drawings, I didn't really understand its meaning until much later. Things you mentioned require pretty good artistic understanding. I find it easier to study limits and boundaries first and breath life into drawings later. Nonetheless, those aspects are more important than skeleton or anatomy, no argue about that.
TRACER70 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I have seen your tutorials, and I think you are doing a great job in them.
I have learned a few things reading them, thank you for taking the time.
GingerCat-P Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dunno, that 3rd one looks pretty good to me... :XD:
UndeadKnights2016 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   General Artist
your tutorials have helped me improve so thank you!
bakahazunano Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Need a baseball bat to slap me with?
ANTi-GRAV Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
looking forward to more of your tutorials. 
smileyboxaloo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love your tutorials u w u they're really helpful, I can see how much work you put into your art :3 would you mind giving me a little advice? ; w ;
Shiro-Ni-Iro Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
please teach me Nsio-sempai! may you slap my face for the last one?
Spicy-karrotz Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
teach me sensei -___-  btw could you look at my stuff? i wanna be the very i never was
SpasticElegance Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my gosh! Please make drawing tutorials for the poor and unfortunate people who would love to draw like you. (please imagine this begging with big puppy god eyes, puckered lip and ridiculous amounts of crying) Please a'master, I would sure love to draw like you Masta. 
LordRahl8 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yes I don't Draw as well as I would like and can use all the help I can get
TheFancyTunaFish Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
*//7// * Hi, new watcher, here. Please give me the slap of initiation, I am ready to improve, sensei!
Nsio Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Mm, I don't think I will be able to provide much of a slap for you, because you don't appear to make too obvious mistakes ^^'. Or what's even better, you may be a master of deception, making the mistakes part of the art. It looks like you have all the cookies to keep improving by yourself, so to say :D

...unless there are any specific field of art that you have troubles with. Is that the case?
TheFancyTunaFish Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Yasuko Takasu (Fangirling) [V1]  OMG!!! YOU TALKED TO ME AHH! //Screaming internally.
Yes Sensei! I am extremely afraid of drawing backgrounds. Asking me to draw a background is like asking me to stick a needle in my eye. 
I can do simple little things, like water, and clouds. But when it comes to architect.. I just curl into a ball and cry.
What would you recommend for someone afraid of background drawing? I'm also afraid of digital painting, and drawing things coming toward me, like if I drew a chick holding her sword out towards us, how would I even format the arm without making it look weird?
Lastly, do you have any tips on clothing? Sometimes I have trouble figuring out the movement of clothing on the body, and it makes my clothes looks stiff, when I want them to be beautiful and flowing!

Nsio Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What, is it in someway special if I respond back? xD 

Basically you will need to look a lot of references when you are drawing backgrounds. You see, you can't really drawn anything if you don't know how it looks like. So study photos of street views and such. Also study paintings and drawings with backgrounds and analyze the composition in them. You can usually get the job done with simple background if there is strong composition in it. That said, study composition too.

What comes to painting, I can't help with that. I'm drawer and I have never liked painting. I can't do that, and I don't bother to practice doing it because I prefer working with lines.

Foreshortening is hard and it requires a lot of true knowledge about the subject you are drawing. If you draw an arm that's coming towards, you will need to remember that it's length is the same, even if it looks shorter. That said, you need to draw it look like it's as long as it should be. The closer something is, the larger it looks like. Quite obvious, but still so hard to do. I usually try posing in front of a mirror or I draw a sideview of the subject to see where the body parts go and then imagine how it looks from the intended angle.

With clothing, you must remember that there is the body underneath. You will also need to remember that when you manipulate a piece of clothing, draping will occur. I suggest taking some sort of a towel and analyze how the drapes form up on it when you hang it with only one arm, then two arms, moving your arms together and apart and then dropping the towel on the floor. You can also take some sort of object and drop the towel on it and check how the drapes form up there. And if it's windy there, you could hang a piece of clothing on something and see how it flutter in wind. If you want to do empiric research, that is.

So basically, clothing is subject to various forces such as gravitation, wind and human manipulation. The clothing stretch or compress depending on the nature of the manipulation. When compressed, the drapes appear quite random. When stretched, the drapes follow the forces that apply them. For example, if you sit still, only the gravity affects your clothing. if you raise your arm, the drapes would appear somewhere around the armpit. Your clothing is still subject to gravity, which pulls the clothing towards the ground.

I could go on about the matter to eternity without really getting any deeper in it. Just research references and analyze why they look like they do. When you know what's really happening, you can draw anything out of your mind without relying too much on references.

End of essay. Haha! xD
TheFancyTunaFish Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student General Artist
D//: It's just really nice when someone so talented has time to respond to their watchers, lol. Thank you for the essay. I saved it in a note and I will constantly use it for help, sensei!
Kain-Moerder Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks for the motivation. Made this my desktop wallpaper.
PrinceCaeruu Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Thank you for these tuts, it greatly helped me! And what lucky apprentices, again thank you so much!
Sand-Gale Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist

You are so nice :O what a fortunate apprentices! I think... -
T-Tthank you for taking some of your time to make tutorials... I really appreciate that. >.<
- I have been looking through them a little, I totally love the way you explain xD its kinda comic its seems effective x)

- the ones of dinamisn are awesume~ o my drawings are as still as the floor ._. oh well...

Lol, I have to admit that some of the themes you have talked in your tutorials are ones that i have been trying to evade for quite a while hahaha! 
(T-T i guess i cant really keep hiding cliche)

Oh well.. i was wondering that maybe... o.o could you touch the subjet of children and aging in one of your tutorials? ;_; i would totaly love you? Okey okey!! please dont run, i wont stalk you!! TT~TT
(that was probably detonated by the way too cute little girl in your "know the rules" tutorial ._.)

Well, anyway, I want to thank you again :3 hopefuly that hard as hell brainy of mine will benefit from your tutorials :P

Nsio Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm probably even too nice... people should learn to see their mistakes on their own and not just by letting me say them a loud ;D (though I'm fine at giving little push at first). Drawing tutorial has been useful for me too, as I have to try to explain my understanding to myself before I can explain it to others. It's also challenging in a good way to try to come up with an examples to visualize the points. I believe saying things straight at face with some humorous aspect is both effective but also considerate towards everyone. I really don't want to give an image that "you are bad, I'm good", because honestly, I wasn't very good at drawing myself either.

Accepting the facts you are avoiding is the first step towards becoming a better artist. Frankly speaking, there are a lot of things that I have never drawn before, but I can still apply my understanding about general things (such as perspective and proportions) in order to draw them. Also, if you never draw hard things, you will never learn drawing them either and they remain hard forever. For example, I have always been drawing hands visible. I have also learned some common hand positions by heart, so I can draw them with muscle memory.

What comes to the children and aging, I'm afraid I have too sexually charged style that children may turn out to look too much like lolis ^^'. Also, I haven't drawn old people much at all, so even though I could drawn them, I'm not probably the right person to actually teach aging. I also find that it's more specialized tutorial as I'm currently focusing on more general things. However, if I'm able to fit aging in another tutorial, I might as well do that.

You're most welcome. I hope you can utilize my tutorials effectively too :D
Sand-Gale Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist

Thats true.. xD I have meet amazing people that are so good in what they do, and in life itself... and usually they had to learn their things the hard way o_o apparently it makes knowledge more significant and lasting.  They are so tough xD

Oh and there IS a saying that teaching you learn more .. or something like that, you can now testify that is true ~.~

And well~ - for you to consider it is or than I can ask xD  thank you!~

>.< I'll make sure to learn from your tutorials 

Foxiruu Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
thank you very much for making these tutorials!! i.... have just started drawing manga 3 months ago and your tutorials have really helped me!! thank you!! :iconyea-plz:
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
"Seeing is fundamental part of drawing. Many people draw things the way they think they look, not the way they really are."
The book "Drawing on the right side of the brain" says something like that.

Kudos on your tutorials.
dweebzilla Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Are you willing to take another apprentice?
Nsio Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would rather not. I don't have the time to tutor more people, unfortunately.
Lamar154 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your tutorials so much, I been trying to get back into drawing (lately making music) and these will help me. Just need to study and draw now...
Nsio Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to hear my tutorials have been useful :)
FireReinsStudio Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And another thing, it's amazing to have different friends on various levels...some barely draw and thus,on level 1. I have a friend (she's been drawing for a couple of years((prolly she's on level 2))) and I haven't seen a lot of improvement (she draws mainly wolves and manga girls). And I have,yet, other friends who are level 3...and boy, are their art breathtaking. :D
FireReinsStudio Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the tutorial(s). I haven't read all of them yet but I find them very informative to any artist no matter what skill level they are on. I think I'm between 2 and 3 on this image...I need to especially practice on anatomy of both animals and humans. I'm good at head shots but I'm limited on the rest of the body's anatomy. 
I like the idea of the an art apprentice. I don't think I could,given that school causes me both frustration and tiredness,but I think a lot of other artists would benefit for your idea.
Nsio Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome! After having a look at your gallery, I would say you are yet to surpass phase 2. The jump from 2 to 3 is really hard and takes a lot of understanding about various things which I call rules. Jump from 3 to 4 is still beyond my comprehension.. :D

I started tutoring some people in order to test my understanding about drawing and my ability to teach others. :)
FireReinsStudio Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad I'm taking an art class then. I hope to understand the rules better. (especially anatomy). I'm starting to draw other subjects like dogs, so I can practice more in different areas! (I'll start with animals first). 

Do you have any ideas on how to improve contrast in your drawings? When I shade, I over shade...and all the areas become the same,grey area, no difference in contrast.
VivienneAsh Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
FireReinsStudio Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What does this beautiful link show me? :)
VivienneAsh Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
just what the name implies :) Foundations of Light and Shadow
Nsio Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to hear you are taking art classes. If there are assistants present, make sure to ask them a lot of questions! They know the stuff and do their best to help you out.

I'm not sure if I know how to explain how to get good contrast. But the less values you use, the more impacting the contrast becomes. Also, the bigger the difference between two values is, the more contrast you will get. Using only black and white for example: . Even if you have more values in your drawing, just have steep difference between them  (pay also attention to the back light in this piece).

It's then just up to knowing how the light falls on the object and how to simplify the lit and shaded areas ^^'
momogatari Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Q__Q youre sio awesome are you can take as a apprentice also? I like your work very good but i want to get better Xd
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