Q:What books did you start out using? I want to be able to better illustrate, and your illustrations are fab-- how can I get to be as good as you? :)
Hey, thanks so much anon!
I was lucky to have a lot of books as a kid, and I guess I started drawing ever since I can remember! Of course I grew up with the Disney classics, and I’d try drawing the characters after I’d watched a movie. For a while I used to be obsessed with Arthur Rackham and Brian Froud, and did lots of copies of their work using watercolors and Prismacolor colored pencils (until I realized I didn’t know what I was doing at all.) Then I discovered Lisbeth Zwerger, who is now one of my all time favorites. There are countless other artists who’ve inspired me that I can’t begin to name them all.
When I got into high school and college I did lots of figure drawings, studied anatomy books, and all that academic stuff. Now none of the technical stuff has stuck with me, but the drawing mileage helped me be comfortable with plain drawing and getting my characters to look believable. I guess that’s when your drawing begins to look “effortless”, a term I’ve heard used a lot but could never really define. I’m still learning tons every day and it’s pretty exciting to think where we could all be 5 or 10 years from now!
Just draw a lot every day, and look at things that interest you. Not necessarily just art, but anything and everything that you find inspiring. You’ll find yourself getting better, and after that just let your imagination lead you. Good luck! :)
*Edit: Additional books and artists I think are great to study, if you want to start on a traditional approach: Andrew Loomis’s figure drawing lessons (available for free if you search online), "Spirit of the Pose" by Karl Gnass, “Color and Light” by James Gurney if you’re a painter, and Claire Wendling’s amazing drawings. Doing master copies of your favorite artists is very helpful too!
It’s been ages since my last post - sorry! I’ve been toilin’ away at getting work done in between getting over several colds. Luckily I was able to finish this fun illustration for the end of summer - featuring surfin’ cats :D
If anyone is interested in a print, I’ve set up a new shop at Big Cartel. Check it out here!
Q:The etsy shop UniqueWorldofImages has stolen your work. :(
Thank you so much for letting me know! I’ve messaged them already.
This is the reason why I don’t post art online sometimes, but it happens. :/