this convenient quick erase thing doesn't work for trad. artists though... lol
other than that, great tutorial XD
I would practice on real paper, because that's much, much easier. You can apply traditional skills on digital medium after all.
You may also try "passive" line practicing. That means practicing something entirely different while gaining some experience on some other field at the same time. In this case, whatever you are practicing, you will still need to draw those lines, so you may get better at drawing lines even though you aren't actively practicing it (it's still advisable to focus on just line drawing every now and then).
For example, when I'm drawing my pose practices, I'm actually practicing body language and visual story telling as well, which are important for comic drawing. By doing this, I don't need to come up with a story, plot or panel layouts, but I still get to practice things that will be useful in comic drawing. When I'm practicing panel layouts, I don't care about the line quality, because that allows me to draw far more pages in shorter time and with less effort. I'm still sketching things though, so I get rough practice on poses, viewing angles, backgrounds etc. Quantity over quality.
Making line is easier than before! (in computer. Cause, still, pencil is the best for control :v)
Drawing circles is just as important as these shapes. The shapes I presented here just have additional twists in them, making them harder to replicate consistently.
It mostly depends how large drawings you are going to draw. Either way, it's important to practice full arm range from small to large. Generally smaller is easier but if you draw just small, you won't be able to draw large shapes because they require different arm motions.
Make sure that you have tablet drivers installed and running. You should be able to test this in the driver configurations. If pen pressure is working, adjust the sensitivity so that you can easily draw both thin and thick lines (also mind how hard you actually press the pen). Also make sure that your brush settings allow pressure detection and that the minimum size of the brush is at 0%.
Now it should be just up to the precision of your hand. I'm afraid that photoshop doesn't have pen stabilizer, so the lines will easily look wobbly.
I think this sorta thing actually helps you later when you start experimenting with styles.
Maybe he is one of those talented folks that doesn't need to practice to be able to draw well, because he has innate above-average dexterity.
I'm not good at drawing, but surely, I can draw straight line free hand (and with both hands) because I practiced at drawing straight lines free hand over and over.
I still have problems with curvy lines, for this I keep drawing random circles for practice.
To avoid waste of money in the future from crappy how to artist i'm thinking about just learning on my own based on what i see, and getting advice from actual GOOD artist that have good work and tell you things you need to learn as a painter/artist.
Problems with lines is everybody's thing, I still can't draw proper circles, but that's what the templates are for! I use them for practice until I learn how to properly make shapes :-D
You can also use a cup to start with or a quarter to help with circles! And they got triangle or circled shaped rulers at hobby lobby or office max. And templates/drafting supplies.
I hope this helps!! It has been helping me.
To learn to draw shoulders, I also took references from one of his drawings (though for most, I 'learned' by copying and observing real shoulders).
Is one of the few that takes in account the whole articulation of the shoulder (clavicle, scapula, humerus) that allow a great degree of movement for the arm (you don't only rotate your arm, you can move it slightly upward, downward, forward and backward, thanks to clavicle and scapula). Many artist forget about that, and when they draw somebody that raise his arm, the whole drawing turn awkward.
Seriously, looking at how people around you move everyday is the best way to learn about body movements and what the body can do and what it cannot.
There's also a few photo books that you can pick up of humans doing incredible (and nearly impossile but non photoshopped) Poses!! You can pick them up at Barnes + Noble, I have a few laying around here and there. :-D And I'm sorry hun, but anybody draws better than chris. Plus his personality and attitude is terrible.
If you wanna learn from him go ahead, no ones stopping you. Just be wary of any mistakes that you find in the books when it comes to anatomy, dont' copy what you see from those books, if you like the pose then draw the pose but based on what you know the body can do.
Happy learning sweet heart!
I rarely copy from the works of another human being. I know everybody can draw wrong things. Even Leonardo.
When I look at tutorials, then I try to see if I can see the same thing in reality.
Anyway, I still believe his drawing are better than mine.
Thank you so much!
I usually draw my lineart sketchy first so that I just get rough idea what I'm going for. Then I make a new layer and draw the lines as if I was inking them. That said, I try to draw each line as if there were only one chance to make it. Of course I need to undo and redraw a lot, erase and fix, but this way I minimize the clean up, because I keep the drawing clean and I also clean the drawing while I'm still drawing it. When I'm done with the drawing, I reduce the size to 70% so that the small mistakes will blend in smoothly in the drawing.
I have no words to explain how much help this tutorial has helped me. For years I have been searching for a tutorial like this to help me stop doing thick, over-pressured outlining (and sketches which is frustrating me the most). Whenever I ask my friends that do fine outlining/sketching for tips they simply say to do it lightly, which wasn't much help. Just, thank you so much, definitely going to check out your other tutorials! <3