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5 STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR ART! | How to Develop Your Art Style | Beginner Art Tips

So one of the questions I get almostnon-stop is “how do I find my art style” *awkward pause* jazz hands I've been thinking a lotabout what an art style is and I think I would define it as a collection of theartist's inspirations and their skill level and skillset and their personallazy tendencies that you know influence their art and that's all collectedinside a visual form and you'll notice by that definition anyone who draws hasan art style – I assume when they ask this question what they really mean ishow do they improve upon the art style that they already have so I've come upwith four -*interrupts herself off camera: “actually ignore what I'm saying it's actually a five step processcue the tutorial!” ♪ there's no way to move forward, unless you know where you're at so STEP ONE: so what I want you to do isjust draw a character without looking at any referencesjust put down something on the paper and that is your 'art style' – for the purposesof this video I'm going to pretend that this is my art style so that I can showthat you can literally start from anywhere and use these tips and improve -there is my art style, look at that isn't he a cutie? -whatever you've drawn this is your art style whether you like it or not it'syours, you can let it evolve slowly with you over time and years or we cantake steps to improve it both ways are equally valid but I'm going to talkabout today how to consciously adapt and improve your art style – I've been drawingand forming my art style for about ten years and I've noticed some things thathave happened over that time that I can condense and abbreviate into some easyto follow steps so we've completed step one, we've put our art style down onpaper and we can see it and it's represented in front of us and it'sperfect and it represents your current skill level and like the things thathave inspired you up until this point and if you're comfortable with the waythis looks you can skip the rest of the video, ifnot that's okay that means you have an eye for seeing the flaws in your ownwork and that can definitely help you improve at a faster rate and continue topush yourself in the future – so how can we take our art style to the next step?we're going to hone that desire to improve our artand use it to our advantage, for this we're going to look back at step numberone so the drawing you just made we're gonna look at it and analyze it andfigure out what about this drawing needs to be improved and DON'T SAY EVERYTHING!no, no.

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we're gonna look at one specific thing that we see as the most pressingand important thing to improve upon, for me looking at this, honestly, I like him butI think I'd like to take my art style in a direction that has a bit more form toit because this little guy is looking very thin.

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heh – okay for you, you may want toimprove the way you draw eyes or the way you draw hands or legs or things likethat just try and pinpoint one specificelement for me it's going to be form we're going to redraw our picture fromnumber one and really hone it in and try to improve that element that I want toimprove which is form, so his head already has a lot of form but I want togive his body some more dimension and form to it so I'm going to just thickenup these shapes basically and maybe even give him some feet — so whatever you'vedrawn for step two is what you're able to achieve just by thinking about whatyou needed to improve and applying it to your art but you may have realized thatthere's a better way to do this references which leads us to step threelet's look at real-life art is a representation of real life especiallyif you're drawing people like we are today so don't be afraid to look at thesource if you're drawing people look at people if you're drawing houses you lookat houses – back in the height of like the deviantArt days there was this reallyweird stigma about using references you'd often see like in the descriptionof a drawing that someone had posted “no reference used” or “without reference” asif that was some kind of achievement and that looking at references was somehowcheating – I'm not telling you you have to use references to improve but.

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clap* actuallyyeah it's gonna help you improve way faster okay? like.

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just just do it! – sowe're gonna need some references *snap* here I've printed out some references of somepeople – I was gonna say all different shapes and sizes but they all kindalook very similar don't they? anyway what we're going to do is we'regoing to look at these and apply them to our art – what about real life isdifferent from our art? even the most cartoony of art styles reference reallife in some way so there's nothing wrong with studying the human body andlooking at it and figure out what it looks like you know? so what I'm going todo is redraw one of these references situated here and so we're going to dois we're going to try and redraw that reference – let's take a look at it here – so onething I'm picking up on that I'm looking at in real life that's different from whatI drew here is that I drew the neck the exact same width as the body kind oflike I'd done in number one and number two, the neck is the same width of thebody but if we look at real life we will notice that the neck is much skinnierthan the shoulders so I'm going to apply that to my art style here and we'llnotice that I'm missing a lot of elements that a human body has like earsso we can add some of those and maybe a nose, and hair too! why not? let's give himthis guy's hair – and now that we've started adding form to our characterthere's room to add clothes so we might as well do that – so you'll see there's abit of an evolution here we had our original art style we added some form toit and now we're looking at real life and adjusting what we thought of as formand applying it more of a real life spin to it and the more often you do this andthe more times that you do this you're going to pinpoint different things thatyou notice like maybe the way wrinkles happen on a shirt or the way fingersfall in your hands and like the way you can bend feet and different things soevery time you do this you're gonna pick up on some more things and so Idefinitely recommend doing that over and over and over again however if you'relooking at your number three and it's not really seeing the improvement thatyou want and you're having a hard time recreating that reference onto paperdon't worry just keep practicing but something you can try in the meantimewhich I think will be very helpful let me get this [sketchbooki] out of the way -is instead of printing this out in full color or grayscale as I did you canprint it out at 30% opacity this time I accidentally did it in color but I'm notgonna reprint it again *hehe* I hit the wrong button anyway now you'll see all thepeople on this page are lighter the whiteness of the paper is showingthrough a little bit more and a really good exercise you can do after you'veprinted it out at 30 percent opacity is trace over these characters and onething you can do is you know trace the outside of them like this and try tolike add some muscle memory and realize what the shapes are but what I wouldprefer to do and what I would recommend is to look for the shapes inside thecharacters you can look for circles and squares and of course the line of actionwhere's the weight of the character? what I like to do is look for the non genericlooking shapes, like a 'wobircle' or a 'squiglaure' and just build yourcharacter from there – what do these shapes make you think of? and anyone wholooks at them can see a different shape it's kind of like looking up at a cloudtry to break it down and simplify it – you can even draw a line cross where thefacial features are so you can get an idea of where those lay on the facewhere are the ears compared to like the eyes? and things like that and you can justkeep doing this it's quite fun and this will really help you understand like thestructure of the human body and how you in particular will break it down – and justkeep doing that until you get a pretty good grasp like try using differentshapes like a triangle or circles for the knees and things like that and try to besoft and squishy with your lines ooh! this is a reall-I love this pose becauseyou can see the bottom of the shoe and you can see every time I do a differentpose I'm seeing different shapes and the arms and the legs because of the way thecharacter is bent up.

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“bent up?' I guess how the pose is laid out would be a betterway to say that and this is really really fun if you're bored and don'tknow what you draw as well and try making the skeleton as well- what shapes do see in all the different body parts? so there I've done four of theseand you can see I'm finding the different shapes and the way the bodyand the character is laid out so now that I've done that I'm going to givethis guy another go and try to use these shapes that I found like maybe thistriangle or this will 'woblircle' so we know let's do our line of action hereit's just gonna stand there pretty stiff so we have our circle for our head – don'tforget the ears we know the ears line up with theeyebrows at least they have with the characters we were looking at noteverybody's the same of course let's use that 'woblircle' ♪ you'll see after Ihave traced these references and found those shapes inside the human body I cannow apply those to my art and you'll see the difference like the shoulders noware wider than the hips they're not that straight stickman that we started withand there's a little bit more form and volume to our character and even theface changed a bit here I went in a bit more of a realistic direction with theproportions of the face we lost that perfectly round shape that we had before -our hands are still sloppy blobs but you know baby steps – even paid attention towhere some of the wrinkles were and applied that to our art as well so youcan see how our art style is evolving slowly over time here so yeah lookythere I would call that improvement especially since step one – if you aren'tseeing any improvement with your art stick around step three for a little bitlonger you're basically training your wrist andyou're getting that muscle memory and you're understanding the shapes andyou're learning you're teaching yourself these different things and that candefinitely take time so there's no shame in thattake your time luckily arts fun so enjoy the processso what could possibly be step four?! STEAL?! but isn't that plagiarism? yeah step fouris “Steal like an artist” but if you're looking at your art and you're still notthinking that you have an art style what you probably really mean is that your art doesn'tlook like so-and-so's art and I hate to break it to you but umyou're not so-and-so and you never will beand there's nothing wrong with that the world is made of many people and manydifferent art styles and that makes it the fun and creative and diverse placethat it is I mean imagine if everyone just drew the same stickman over andover and over again like no different colors, no variations, museums wouldfeel more like torture chambers – but maybe you're looking at some artists youfollow on Instagram and you just wish you could draw a little bit more likethem and you're feeling an urge to copy them why don't we figure out the rightway to do that so here are some artists that I follow on Instagram that I reallyreally like and of course I will have their information linked in thedescription definitely go check them out look at that gorgeous art oh and you'llsee when you look at this there's many different things that make up an artstyle not just the basic drawings of it put like the width of the line artused or the style of coloring or the medium used for coloring there are manydifferent things that go into an art style and make it upI'm obviously focusing on the basic drawings [or structure] of it so I'm not going to worryabout mediums or variations in the way of line-arting or coloring your drawingyou may have heard that saying “good artists borrow.

great artists steal”whichI googled it and it's accredited to Pablo Picasso but no one knows if heactually said it but basically it comes down to that there's nothing that iscompletely original and the thing that you think is creative is inspired orstems from something that was created before it so to steal like an artistdoesn't mean to plagiarize as it may sound but it means to study and totransform what you see that was created by someone else and then you transformit into something that is new and your own so that's what we're going to donext *clap, clap* a good way to do this is to find an artist that you really really like soI'm just gonna pick one of these let's go with sophiescribble and we're goingto pinpoint one thing we really like about their art style and what I likeis the way that the feet and the hands are really small compared to the headand they sort of like taper down into a point I think that's really really cuteand I would like to incorporate that into this art style that we've got goingon – so we're going to look at it but we're not going to stare at it – so whatwhat did I say in my head? “oh well I like the way the hands and the feet aresmaller than the body” I've put that into words now I can flip it over and I can'tsee it anymore and now I'm going to try and incorporate those elements into myown art style so we've got our head we've got those shapes that we learnedfrom using a reference our 'woblircle' actually it's more like a 'Trilircle.

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'I'm drawing this way bigger than that because I'm just terrible at drawingthings the same size more than once but that's fine – we all have our flaws – andso what I'm going to do is I'm going to incorporate what I liked about sophiescribble's art and that is make the hands and the feet really small and every timeyou draw your art style will probably change about it and if you likeit you can keep it and if you don't like it just go back to the way it was it'syour art style and you get to make those decisionsso you'll see every time I draw he's gonna look a little different so youwant those little tiny hands like so and then we need the little tiny feet aswell so we'll tape for them down to a little point – wrinkles – forgotsuspenders — and if we look, flip this over and we look back at sophiescribble's art, wewill see this drawing doesn't look like a direct copywe just took a little bit of an element of their art and applied it to our ownand we can continue to do that with our other inspirations like this onesomething I really like about Anna Cattish's art style is the way they draw ears and ifyou look at it they're very circular and in some of their other illustrations youcan usually see both ears at the same time and that's something that's reallycool about their art style and then the way they draw it ears is they have a bigcircle and then they have like a J shape and that makes the ear so now that I'veput that into words I can kind of visualize it in my head I want to flipit over so I don't see it anymore and then I'm going to apply it to this artthat we've already made – those big round ears, like that -wow, that's cute, I love it and again if we flip this back over itdoesn't look like it's a direct copy of their art style it's just one littleelement that we stole and we've made it at our ownthis is Schmoe Draws and I've always really loved how fluid and expressiveher poses and her characters are so I'd like to incorporate that into our art style, since it's still looking a little stiff kind of ran out of room on this paper soagain we're using those shapes that we learned from the reference I'm going touse a I'm going to use a line of action that's a bit more 'squaggilly' so that hispose will be more 'squaggilly' – we have to follow that again those tiny feet thatwe ripped off SophieScribble and every time I draw this I kind of get a littlebit lazy about certain things that I really liked and I kind of just drawthem softer or quicker and you'll see these faces look very different eventhough they have the same elements and that's because my own wrist movementsare creating different things that are differentiating me from other artistsbecause they're my own little lazy tendencies — you may have noticed on theinterwebs you'll see like an art style that looks so similar to another artistthat you followed that it's almost like assuredly copied you know what I'msaying and I'm not talking about the people whotrace that's completely different the people who like copy almost directlyfrom one specific other artist I think that usually happens among newer artistswho haven't really been around as long and they only have that one inspirationand they think to be an artist they have to draw exactly like that person to beconsidered good because that person has so many more followers than them andthey think if they draw exactly like them they'll get those followers and Ithink that's a very immature mindset and you can look at this artists work andyou can see that each element of their drawing is almost completely copied fromanother artist but even though they've copied every single element it's obviousthat this drawing wasn't made the original artists that they'recopying it from I think there's a lesson in that because it means no matter howmuch we try to copy someone they're still going to be those little spins onit and that are something specific to the artists hands so even when you'recopying someone it's gonna have a little spin out of it that's yours and that isinherently your own and I'm mentioning this because I want to tell you to notjust copy one person you need to research you need to look into all thesedifferent artists and keep your eye open to different artists and inspirationsthat can influence you in their own way the more art we expose ourselves to thebetter our own art style is going to get because even if we're not directlylooking at another art style and trying to pinpoint what we like about theirsand applying it to our own the people that we're following is still going toinfluence our art in little subconscious ways and that's never gonna be a badthing even though you're copying elements of the art style again itdoesn't look exactly like their art style it's still inherently your ownbecause you're not just tracing it you know I'm also not copying every singleelement of their art style I'm just taking little bits of it andapplying it to our own and when you mismatch a bunch of different artiststogether like an element or two from each of them you can create somethingthat's entirely new and it avoids you looking like you're just a clearanceshelf version of Jackson Pollock so even though I copied from SophieScribble itdoesn't look like their art, and even though we took elements from AnnaCattish's style it doesn't look exactly the same it looks like somethingspecifically our own and then when it came to Schmoe Draws we didn't reallytake any element from it it we more took inspiration from the softness and the fluidity of her poses and we were able to come up with that but again doesn't looklike exactly like their art style it's our own – does that make sense? I'm nottelling you to copy I'm telling you to steal (but not plagiarize) it's differentand I'll even mention that you can do the same thing you did in number threeif you're having a really hard time recreating an element from one of yourfavorite artists you can always print it out at 30 percent opacity andtrace it out I definitely recommend printing out at 30 percent opacityinstead of just tracing it with another piece of paper on top of it because ifyou trace it really well and it looks good and there's like no trace of theold artist there and you trace it and it looks really good you might be temptedto post it online which don't do okay and then you can get that muscle memoryand learn those shapes that this specific artist uses again trace it out- what are the shapes you see in this artist style? you can study this and figure outthe shapes and pay attention to how does this differ from when we tracedreal-life references? look how big those pupils are, isn't that cute? even try to putyour own spin on it like their eyebrows are way up here what if we drew theeyebrows we've been drawing, how does that look on this style? kinda funny *hehe* addsome of your own elements to it they're definitely just a fun exercisewe're not going to be posting these online it's just for study – thereyou go and because I printed it out at 30% opacity you can still see theoriginal drawing there and now I can't really post this online because it'lllook like I traced it because I did because I remember back when I was like6 or 7 and I was tracing little Pokemon drawings out of my Pokemon books like weall have to start somewhere and it's actually really good for teaching yourwrist these specific shapes that's why I don't really frown upon tracing Ijust don't think you should pass it off as your own because obviously it's not -back to the lesson, ahem, class – so what I want to do is take all of these differentthings that we've learned and I'm going to apply it to our very first drawing byredrawing it right next to it which is I guess step 5 “redraw” – this is a good wayto track your progress and see what you've learned in that time but I'mkeeping in mind the form that we added the shapes that we learned from lookingat real life and then the different elements that we 'stole' from the artiststhat inspire us so I know heads have like a 'shircle' shape that round headand our “sqirgle, ' big ears, spenders don't forget those tiny feet, SophieScribble – I need to clean up the face there's a little too many lines in there – color inthe hair make it look separate from the body and it's always good to experimentwith different things it'll definitely influence your art style as well don'tbe afraid to just try something even though it might look bad – little hands, some wrinkles, there we have it does that look like improvement to you? *hehe* not too shabby! and you can do this for any element ofyour drawing like hands or legs or ears like you can follow all these steps forjust one specific element as well not just the whole overarching art style sothere we have our new art style we've mixed elements from our favorite artistsor inspirations we've also increased our skill level and our knowledge of anatomyand shapes and we've learned and as well as our little lazy tendencies have beenapplied and are like little inaccuracies they're all enveloped in this specificart style and it's created something that's original and new and belongs tous – look at that – it's not a direct copy of anyone it's ours and whatever you'vedrawn is yours so there's my five steps to finding your art style if you've madeit all the way through to the end guess what go back to step one and go againlike that's how an art style is it's ever-changing and constantly evolvingand if you want to just take some steps to improve it you can start back at stepone or just continue drawing and let it evolve naturally yeah so rinse andrepeat until you die anyway I wish you all best of luck with your art styles Iknow you can do it and don't ever feel ashamed for where your art style is atthis point in time it's going to evolve and where it is now it's exactly whereit needs to be but if you want to take it the next step and begin to improveyou can follow some of these steps and just enjoy the process you don't have toconstantly be improving to be an artist art can also just be a little hobby whenyou come home from your job at the nuclear power plant you know it's justart I'll always be there and that's what I like about it allneed is a pencil and a paper and you've got hours of enjoyment but ifimprovement is what you're looking for I gave you some steps to do that as wellanyway thank you guys for watching best of luck with your art styles and I hopeyou all have a delicious evening full of WAFFLES! ♪ ♪ bye! ♪ and plz don't take what I say as Gospel, look around! find your own way to approach developing your art style! You've got this! ♪.

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