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So...How do you actually Practice Art? by Selenada So...How do you actually Practice Art? by Selenada
I've decided to take some time and do this tutorial/guide on how to practice drawing. I remember myself being so lost and confused about art at how to practice it that I wished someone would tell me how to, so if you need help, here it is!

!!If you know how to practice then this tutorial is not for you!!

I hope this will be of help for someone.
If you have some other questions about practicing feel free to ask, I will add questions and answers here in the description.
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A-iker Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much
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Resennar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
This is really helpful to me, thank you for making this!
Maybe now I can stop comparing my art to others and actually make my art my own ^^
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Finasol Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Wow, lovely tutorial. I've always been very self-conscious when it comes to drawing and I'm always haunted by the possibility that I'll never draw like my favorite artists, but this has really given me some light on my future with art. Thank you so much! Love 
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LightJinx512 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student
What a amazing tutorial! I feel better about my art just for reading it! Thank you! 
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RuiRafael Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Eheh... lovely tutorial. I particularly love the emphasis on really studying your object of reference, not just copying it.

Visual aid is awesome, and it's quite necessary for us to increase our visual library, no doubt. Some types of exercises even adhere to the random drawing of whatever pops into our heads, begining to give shape to some strange surrealist drawing, but, showing off our own limited visual library. We'll often think of objects and draw them the same and the same, from animals to even chairs (and not to mention clothes our characters wear!).

On the alchemy of drawing, there is also something else we so often throw aside. We have 5 senses, and conveying them into the drawing is as important as it is subtle. The warmth of the tree on the sun, the cold of it's shaded bark, it's rugged & hard surface, the smell of a small patch of resin, the bickering sounds of a hundred of bugs...
This is but one example.
I often prefer life-drawing for this very reason, there is so much that is ignored, and may very well enrich our drawings beyond any comparison. Life-drawing is more than just sitting outside, it's actually "being" there, feeling with all you can!

Your eyes are but one tool that may be used in art!
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Selenada Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautifully put into the words! :D
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somisistaA Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
omfg you are so amazing and i can't even ughfacepalm 
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Haven-DaSilva Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Some good info, but I'd have to strongly disagree about the reference section. Perhaps it is different for everyone, but when I've set out to learn human proportions or complex angles, doing trace sketches repeatedly for practice laid the foundations in my memory, and in turn I'd be able to just sit down and draw figures accurately from scratch, without even sketching much. Traditional referencing was always a much slower process.
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Air-KC Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
this is a very nice tutorial, thank you f'or sharing this ideas with us its very helpfulOh, Olaf 
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BedlamTrap Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've spent a great many years browsing tutorials here on dA and among other sites, especially around 8 years ago when I started teaching myself. I can say with a straight face and full conviction, that this is the best tutorial of all! Sure you can find tuts on how to draw the human figure, look at someone's illustrated chart of muscle placements, see how they created their magnum opus from start to finish.

But this one is the tutorial that, if followed whole heartedly, will help you do better.

Thank you very much for this. It was a great confidence booster!
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