nozomi being Fucking Frightening is so important to me
First, referencing things isn’t the same as tracing, or whatever it is that makes people buttmad. Everyone references; you have to. You think when I did that Star Trek cartoon I just drew Picard’s gorgeous man face from memory? No, I put down a picture of him, and went over a couple of times until it worked as an animation model. Even during most drawings, I’ll load up google images, looking for ideas for poses, expressions, hand positions, etc. And then I’ll start drawing it and realize it doesn’t look right, so maybe I bring it in as a layer and just keep working elements over both images until I figure out why it doesn’t look right. Takes a long time. Eventually if you draw the same kinds of poses and angles enough you just end up remembering how to do it. Artwork is about cheating in such a way that no one can tell that you’re a fraud. No artist is as good as you think they are. The people that get upset when they see someone drawing a first draft figure sketch over a photograph always amuse me. It’s like seeing the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain for them, since they think art is this pure, unknowable force that comes out of the ether, and any kind of reference diminishes this intrinsic link to THE TRUTH of ART. (That’s dumb.) So long answer to short: yeah, sure.
The most important thing, though, is to just draw what you have fun drawing. One of the reasons people give up on drawing is because they jump right into it, trying to draw hyper realism for no reason other than “I need to get better,” and then they of course give up because they’re not enjoying it and the lack of success is depressing. Or they have something in their imaginations and they try to draw the whole damned thing right away with no drafts or sketches, and after one or two tries, give up. A lot of young artists spend more time complaining or planning than actually enjoying drawing. So as long as you’re enjoying whatever process you’re working under, keep doing it. You’ll bore of it and expand out into new things eventually.
I kept myself going for years just drawing stupid, shitty comics with dumb facial expressions. Any time I made a leap forward it was usually because I saw someone else do some move or stroke that I liked, and tried to figure out how to do it, too. No fancy classes or tutorials. Just goofing off.
Man dogs are like “I hope senpai notices me”, the organism.
I was talking about why Chef Gordon Ramsay was so angry all the time, and explained that he originally wanted to be a professional soccer player but suffered a really bad knee injury and couldn’t play anymore, so he poured himself into cooking and culinary arts to help with his anger issues, but his abusive alcoholic father disapproved of his cooking and died before ever tasting any of it and I realized that Gordon Ramsay has the most anime backstory ever.
Hey! you’re getting sick?
Hi I’m Malk and I have twenty stories in progress and instead of finishing them I start new ones because I have no discipline.