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...And when I say that, I'm not talking about me. lol I know that I have a lot more to improve. x3

This is a simple tutorial, who is also a friendly tip... :3
Some people often say that they would like to draw like me... But Lemme told you guys a thing... Don't try to draw like me... Try to draw, BETTER THAN me! <3

- Step #1: SET YOUR GOAL!

My improvement come from that way to think...
I used to think about Bernal's art....

"Someday, I'll be more awesome than this guy! >:3"

Of course that's not my desire to bypass no one... This is more like a "manthra"... Believe me, You'll work A LOT better if you have a goal. I call this system as "Master and pupil". I called this way to always remember me that I'm just a student, a pupil, who need to learn everyday if I prettend to someday be as great as my master.
Bernal used to be my "master". (Even if he didn't know it.) I tried to learn his style. His anatomy, coloring, and shading. I tried to apply his techniques at my style, that's a really important thing that I'll need to.

- Step #2: CREATE YOUR IDENTITY!

Or your art will be always at the shadows of the biggest artists, like: "Oh, I like your style, it reminds me of Bernal!"
Do you remember? I don't want to be like Bernal, I want to be BETTER THAN him! xD
Once you have created your style, it gets even more easer to pratice.

"Oh, I want to have a cartoonish style, with some cold colors, kinda a mix of cartoon and realism!"

Cool! Now we need a master! Who's the artist who have a cartoonish style? We have a lot! Elton Portilho, Chalo, Dennis Carrigan...! And Who's the artist that have cold colors? Bernal, Karabiner, Strype...
A important thing that you need to keep in mind, is that you can change your master whenever you want, according to you needs... My first master, for example, was Elton Portilho... You guys can even look at my old drawings, and check my old cartoonish style. lol

- Step #3: PRATICE. PRATICE. PRATICE... AND PRATICE MOAR!

Pratice is the key. The more you pratice, more you'll improve. Draw as much as you can! And and the beginning use as much references as you can from your master! Try to copy (Yes, copy!) the thing you liked the most at your master's style. (Don't worry, You'll change that later, when you feel the need to apply your own touch!)
Besides your master's refs, Always search for anatomy tutorials, coloring, and pose references! DON'T TRACE. Tracing is the worst way to learn (And steal arts. o.o) Cuz you can get your master stroke, but you'll be always at his shadow (And will be called art thief. lol)

-Step #4: DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP!

...I know that at any moment of Bernal's carrer, he had to call on someone. lol So You don't have to be different! <3

Tutorials are really amazing, but when you have someone by your side throwing some tips and critiques you work tend to be improved faster!
Ask for the artists help, ask for critiques, ask for your friends opinion and search for some course of your interests!

Of course you can learn all by yourself, but It'll take a longer more to you reach your goal if your effort don't be enough.

-Step #5: BREATHE KNOWLEDGE!

Always take a lil' time to appreciate art, read interesting stuff, admire drawings, and techniques, watch interesting stuff like fantasy movies, and fantasy games to enrich your imagination. She's now your best friend on the road to awesomeness! Creativity is more important than any tool, than any technique! Cuz without her, you can be a amazing designer, but empty of ideas! Don't forget that!

-Step #6: DON'T BE AFRAID TO ACCEPT CHALLENGES TO IMPROVE!

Remember, the highest motivation you have, means the highest goal you can reach! I was just a admirer of anthro style, some time ago.. (To be exact, 2 years ago.) and now I'm praticing really hard to be more awesome than my actual master: Showkaizer. (If you don't know him, try to search for him at FA) "Oh, you gotta be kidding me! Showkaizer? Are you crazy?" Nope! I'm not crazy, I just take the highest goal I could find. I want to improve that way, and someday I'll get it. :) Your limit is imposed by yourself, remember that! The good artist never declines a challenge to improve! He's everyday learning something new, don't ever stop to learn! Great artists would never be where they are today if they hadn't taken risks. Remember that even Jesonite someday had to pratice eyes, mouths, and hands... ^^

Good luck on your journey fellow! :3
And this is how someday I'll be among giants! :heart:

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Sasha © Jeremy Bernal

Mellany Mellons © Elton Portilho

Annie © Jesonite

Amaterasu by Showkaizer
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Sarukai-Tosinoku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very resourceful and motivational. :D
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Curls4life Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great stuff! Both helpful and amusing ;)
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BundleOfLove Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
:3 thanx I have a lack of imagination i used to draw things like copying the same :3 well...now i will start imagining the artists :D Im good at drawing animes and cartoons but not human sketches -_-
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Phantasm09 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Great Advice. Always admired Chalo's and Jesomite's work
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Hegebat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is the best advice i have read
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Scottman23 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm getting to be boss at shading but bodies expression and 3D lighting too are what I need to work on creativity I kick in the b*lls!
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SapphireAboleth Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
This is quite helpful..

Thank you, sir!! =] :thanks:
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harleighwar Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
cholasan and you are my master and thanks you helped a young artist on his road to greatness i will always remember you for this master.
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Sassafras1560 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Every time I read this is when I start to doubt my writing or drawing skills... It does cheer me up after ready all of this because it's very good advice.
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LingeringSentiments Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:iconkaminaplz: Believe in yourself with a burning passion so hot that could scorch the nay sayers everywhere and leave the world dazzled~!
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RE-Enn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Parabéns Yamiikarus!!
Com esse texto você conseguiu dar força e motivação pra quem esta começando como nós,na arte não é só a qualidade do seu trabalho que importa mas também o seu carisma.
O carisma é a chave pra que as pessoas se identifiquem com você e sua arte e se inspirar em você.Com o tempo tudo isso se torna parte da sua arte e as pessoas vão ficar fascinadas pelo seu trabalho mesmo sem te conhecer,e é ai que vão pesquisar o seu nome,querer saber quem é o artista,isso tudo deve ser muito gratificante.
Um ótimo texto cara,parabéns de verdade!
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wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very good advice indeed!!!!
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SneakyAlbatross Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
0.0 wow... there is a lot of stuff here i dont do... especially using references. so .. about tracing. does tracing the skeleton form of a mannequin cease to learn you faster? i dont know ... i just never really think i can improve much so i wish to seek guideance
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MaryRock777 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Thank you, will motivate me to draw more :) peace!
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Magnus-Bowser Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Interesting!
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demonshadow3 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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DaskalT54-351 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very motivating text. Thanks a lot for posting this. I think that it'll help me to get proper motivation and goals. Thanks again.
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Yamiikarus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Heey, you're very welcome! :3
I'm glad you find this useful, bro! Now its time to work, and be among giants! >:3
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DaskalT54-351 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I did. This text gave me motivation to work on my drawing skills.
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Schwarzer-Carnifex Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student General Artist
With this help, I'll be up in the giants too!
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Aren-Kitsune Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Needed this... Great inspiration =3
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Deakka Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is perfect!
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DancingPope Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
the PRATICE. PRATICE. PRATICE... AND PRATICE MOAR thing doesn't really work when I've been doing that for 9 years with barely any improvement whatsoever leading to me wanting to slit parts of my body with sharp objects... >_>
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zp92 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very Very useful advise coming from a fellow awesome artist...I can show this to others who ask me the same questions!

But the part where you say "Dont be afraid to ask for help" Sadly there are some good artists who think they are too important to give help to those who really need it. Hubris I think its called. It sometimes gives the others a feeling that they will never become a good artist :(
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Danilofanzineiro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
Very nice!
It´s useful, i try! =)
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Yamiikarus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
W00t! Obrigado! Espero mesmo que ajude! :33
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MaceTheBarrowsLord Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist
You forgot to say 'draw porn', which is what 3/4 of them are best known for.
I'm just sayin' :shrug:
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Yamiikarus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
There's difference between porn and erotic art. Jesonite and Chalo don't draw porn... (At last not anymore) and they're pretty known!
If you're good for what you do, the people will see that, will show their support.

Also, they try to catch that public. You need to know what public is your target. If they public are teh perverts, you can't judge them for that. That's their choice... :)
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MaceTheBarrowsLord Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist
I would be interested to know the EXACT different between porn and erotic art, because porn is defined as the "creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire."
You may argue that their pictures have other appealing elements such as good anatomy, perfect colour and shading, symbolism.
In the end, they all boil down to the same primal characteristic of sex appeal, and porn is not art.

And I agree whole-heartedly, the public is extremely perverted, which kind of makes it hard for non-porners like myself to gain any recognition.



P.S. Thank you for responding in a civilised manner.
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Yamiikarus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Nope. Porn isn't art, but what they do isn't really porn... :3

Porn (at last in my concept) is the expression of vulgarity, while eroct art is someting more... "smooth"..
Erotic art doen't explores the pleasure at the pic, it has the objective to TRANSMIT the SENSATION of pleasure, with sensuality.

Sensuality is really different from vulgarity.

Sensuality is when a sexy schoolgirl sits crossing her legs, hiding her parts, and make a povocative to give the viewer the simulation of the sensuality...
Is very different when there's a schoolgirl with her legs spread, touching herself and showing her parts to everybory. This is vulgar, this isn'r sensual.

Art can involve erotism... But never can involve porn. Cuz as you said, porn isn't art.

They don't need to draw porn to hit the perverts... Just a bit of erotism can cath a great attention... ^^
Its hard to explain a feeling... When you draw something erotic and non-porn, you can feel the same integrity as drawing a """"traditional art"""" (just putted between a lot of quotes cuz people tend to say that art is hit the deepest feeling on a canvas, or something like that.. but even erotic art can reach that)

Want to see great examples?

Erotic art:
[link]
[link]
[link]

They're nude exposed, but thare's a difference between them and stuff like this: [link] don't you think?
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MaceTheBarrowsLord Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist
I indeed see differences in the examples, the first three have a lot more to them than the last.
They have style, and somewhat meaning.
However, you haven't based your argument on the 4 artists you mentioned above, most of whom do partake in the "schoolgirl with her legs spread, touching herself and showing her parts to everybody" style of drawing.

Like so:
Elton - [link]
Jeremy - [link]
Showkaizer - [link]

I hope you can see where I'm coming from, stuff like this get's unreal praise and is proclaimed 'art' by many.
It is not art, it is porn, and like you said, vulgarity.
My point, still, is that tons use porn instead of real art to gain attention, which in my view, is cheating.
Please don't take this as personal attacks on them, I'm merely working with what I have here.
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Yamiikarus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
THIS drawings aren't art indeed. But We can't generalize. Just because this drawings aren't art, we can't say that EVERYTHING THAT THEY DO isn't art. Erotic artists are mostly paid to draw those things.

Elton - [link]
Jeremy - [link]
Showkaizer - [link]

Its very different from the others...

This isn't cheating, this is a mix of need to be seen and get attention (publicity), and gain life.
Designer isn't really the greatest way to gain money, and just a few ones like Jesonite and Chalo pleases the public with non-porn art and get money with that. (But even Jeso made porn a loooooong time ago.)

I'm not taking it personally cuz I know that I'm not drawing porn... But I can't discard this idea... If I get paid for it, I'll do it.
Life isn't fair. If you need attention, you need to resort to the method that you have.
We can't judge the artists that use that method to gain their life.

Of course that some artists like to draw those kind of things too, and the ppl who call this stuff "art" are wrong. Porn isn't art.
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northernborn Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student General Artist
inspiering ! realy liked to see how other ppl stars their drawing " career " this gives me new ideas how to improve !! thanks alot :D
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Zedrin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
One thing about art is it's largely a social thing as well... And a lot of up and coming artists don't know how to behave or act rational, especially when it comes to criticism. Maybe add something like this?

"If someone is being objectively critical of your work, take it as one of the highest compliments that you can receive, because they're not only pointing out what you did right, they can also see what you're capable of and are urging you to go further. 99% of the time, even if they're harsh, a critic is not a troll."

I just wrote a journal on the topic, actually. :u That and diversity in trade. But art has a lot to do with attitude as well. If you're planning on adding to this, you might get some ideas from it. :P
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COLONO Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
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Yamiikarus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
WTF XD
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I haven't read all the way through yet but this makes me feel like tiresome " practicing " on a league game from stracraft 2 and doing MA's XD
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Yamiikarus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Haha, epic! XD
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Sadly I am back in leagues and less on MA D:

NOOOH!

So hard to draw on a mouse and in real life too D:

Hard to capture the riality and smudge it all over my art
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xNosidex Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Truly an inspiration for us all. But you left out how to get yourself known. Creating your own identity is all fine, but if you can't get recognized for your art, then what does it matter. I'm only saying this cuz i went through all this long time ago and still trying to practice and learn. But at some point your start to think, "Am I really improving, no one even notices." A lot of artist have an incredibly difficult time trying to be known but it just seems like the get left out.

An do you know LightWaves I think i've seen you before on her page somewhere?
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Swings3tTRag3dy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this is very inspirational....Thx
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Yamiikarus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Yays! You're very welcome! :hug: I'm glad you found it useful! :3
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Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student
this is a great information :thumbsup::meow:
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Yamiikarus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Yay! Glad you like it!! :3~
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Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student
No problem! :3
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Kulcheck Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
I'm a writer, i draw pictures with words... but if i can convince my hands to help make all the fantastic art i've been faving for the past two months here, perhaps i could become more.
this post will help a lot in that goal.
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Ivan-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student General Artist
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Inspiration and faith~ Is all it takes, darling. I salute you for this wonderful post. Love you<3
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Yamiikarus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Omg, thank ya sooo much hun! I'm very very glad you like it! I hope you find this useful! :love:
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ricechehoy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Super!!
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Yamiikarus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Thank you! ^w^
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