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[Tutorial] Beginners mistakes, and how to fix them by DamaiMikaz [Tutorial] Beginners mistakes, and how to fix them by DamaiMikaz
I came up with the idea for this tutorial a while ago, when I was giving drawing workshops on another convention.
I noticed that a lot of beginning artists that I met actually made the same type of mistakes. 

The mistakes listed here are the ones that I used to make as well, when I was younger.
Things that took me quite the time to learn, because these are the things people often don't tell you.
I can still remember having an Eureka moment when I discovered these simple things. I hope you will have the same.

(PS: this tutorial is aimed towards beginners in art. If you're advanced, you might know this already)



Just to rule out a few things:
:bulletwhite: This tutorial is based on the workshops I've given at conventions over the last 2 years. It's a quick how-to (will fit in an 1 hour workshop), rather than an effort to explain EVERYTHING.
:bulletwhite: Most of those workshops were given at conventions, to kids. The average target group is amateur artists between 8 and 20 years old.
:bulletwhite: I realize that some mistakes are manga-style-issues. Yet I think it doesn't hurt to know how things should be done.
:bulletwhite: To the bunch of angry (aspiring) pro-artists that got to me: It's NOT aimed towards professional artists (or aspiring pro's). It's aimed towards amateur artists (mostly kids) that need motivation, rather than someone telling them "this is how it should be done. Copy it". I know it works this way in art school. It doesn't work that way in elementary school, and that's for a reason. It's is a teaching-thing. 
:bulletwhite: I used my own art in this tutorial, not because I do EVERYTHING right. But because I wanted to show much difference small things can make.
:bulletwhite: The book mentioned about color theory is "Color & light" by James Gurney. It's a long read, but interesting, though.
:bulletwhite: Many people told me the model was Keira Knightly. I know now. I just got her by googling 'random model picture', though XD
:bulletwhite: I know there are mistakes. I'm not a native English person, and I usually teach in Dutch.
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:iconkogalover4ever:
That looks fantastic!! You had a great mind for doing something like this. Now people are able to look at this and see what mistakes did they make in their drawings or digital artwork. You are a very helpful person for doing this for other artists. More people should what mistakes happen in drawings and/or digital artworks. You did a fantastic and outstanding jod with this. You made it easier for artists to see what are the common mistakes in their artworks. Keep up the great and awesome work to help others. I hope to see more of this soon.
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This is very helpful first off, because a lot of people learn the way you started off. Honestly, I still make some of these mistakes time to time. Anyway, this here gave visuals that were helpful as well as went about explaining how you knew what you did. The fact that you added in some humorous things to help lighten everything us, was also a nice touch. Doing that helps you connect to the people as well as letting them connect to you. That and showing some of your older work compared to your newer work helped show the comparison difference between what it was like to what it is now because you changed those things. This again was an incredibly helpful thing that you put together, so please continue the good work!
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Johnno-in-Heddesbach Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips from an absolute beginner. When I get past perfecting a drawing of a stick figure, I will definitely come back to your article as it introduces a lot of concepts to me. 
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CherryArts01 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This helps me muuucchhhhh!!! Thank you for sharing this with us!
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ventingClown Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this helped me so much while I was shading the skin for the picture i'm working on ;w;
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Generic-Paladin Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great help, it's nice seeing your earlier work and how you've gotten better whilst applying the tips in the tutorial.
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OndineBernard Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Student General Artist
could you make a tutorial on colour? I can never seem to figure it out :(
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah... I feel like I still have a lot to learn on that subject myself.
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OndineBernard Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student General Artist
you've got to know more than me XD
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xDixyx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Wow, really helpful, especially the part about shading and "awesome ironing":D However, I think the manga noses look cute =w=
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ShapesAndColors Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student
simply awesome hahahahah "just place them on the side...right? - NO"

oh wow she has shadows under her boobs!!! :D
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vastarantakettu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to +fav  this to remember forget my awesome ironing already ;D
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gabi-ty Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing, this helps a LOT!
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fdfxd2 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Taught me a lot of things, thanks
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chrystal-e Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful! Thanks! :)
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UnclaimedHAT Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so glad I'm finding this now, I just realized I'm making those mistakes and wish I could go back and fix some of my stuff (but since I made sure that the nose and such didn't get smudged and lost as I worked around it, that's not possible), but I'll definitely look at this for guidance from now on! :hug: Thank you for making this, I'm gonna try using your tips (and fail a lot before I get better). :D
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Stettafire Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super helpful tutorial:) I had no idea about the whole shading thing, but it does make sence:) I think I might have a go when I start colouring the current piece I'm working on;)
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AnIm3MaNgA Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg this is really usefull *0* <3
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Syreneln Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! Thank you for sharing it.
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Faylenn Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have any tips for drawing clothing creases themselves? I know I have to add them at the joints, but how should I go about drawing them in and their shapes/lengths etc.
A reply, maybe a quick sketch to show would be awesome :D I've always stugled with the placement and shape of the clothing creases...
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I studied most of them from pictures of people with clothing, actually ^^
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Faylenn Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:o Ah, really? I prefer doing that, I'm just too lazy to look up and find proper references most of the time, lol :) Google can be your best friend, or a pain in the ass :D
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Kytena Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! <3
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Akirovon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god that was so helpful !
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:iconcuineth:
Cuineth Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I already know some of these stuff, but I learned A LOT of other things I haven't thought about before. Thank you Nod
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Just-Kimian Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful!!! I love this!!! I have a TON of issues with coloring and this tutorial really helped out a lot. Thank you so much!! :la: :la: :la:
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thefalliblefox Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You just nailed my 2 biggest problems (1) I taught myself by using "How to Draw" books (2) Regardless of all the internet tutorials, I can NOT find anything that teaches me how to shade properly. LOL

Where were you at when I was 5 years old & before the internet was a house hold thing!?! Seriously, you would have helped me 100,000,000 fold back then. ;)

Thanks for taking the time to make & share this.
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o0MSK0o Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
here are some tutorials on shading and colour theory
they are really really long though, but they helped me a lot, so they might be of use to you xD

design.tutsplus.com/articles/i…
design.tutsplus.com/articles/c…
design.tutsplus.com/articles/c…
design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/…
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thefalliblefox Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a LOT for the links. :)
Long or short, if it can help, I'm all for it. :D
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Mjiekiwi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Thank you, very helpful :) esp. the nose thing
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berrypomegranate Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
i love you ok
i still have trouble with the clothing part though, i find it hard to draw creases lmao
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite helpful, easy to read and very nice examples--I think it's a great tutorial :aww:
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Vikavilewell Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpfull :O Might read this tons of times.
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4yukimarukuchiki4 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ik denk dat ik wel wat heb opgestoken van deze tutorial (uiteraard xD). Ik heb toch wat twijfels onder andere als het gaat om de 'side nose', omdat ik dit meer iets te maken vind hebben met stijl dan met fouten, dan zou je mensen die reusachtige ogen gebruiken ook mogen afkeuren omdat de compositie in het gezicht dan niet meer klopt. Vooral de stukjes waar wat vermeld werd over het gebruik van schaduw waren voor mij erg fijn, sinds ik vooral kijk naar hoe mangaka het doen, en dat lijkt soms ook gewoon niet op het resultaat dat ik zou willen bereiken met mijn werk. Vraagje trouwens, ik heb de slechte neiging om veel met grijs te werken als ik schaduw toevoeg aan de huid, zou ik dat kunnen blijven doen, of is het beter om me te houden aan een colour pallet. Ik persoonlijk vind het fijner om met mijn kleuren te spelen, maar ik heb advies nodig. 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ik zou zelf deze tutorials eens kijken;
www.deviantart.com/art/How-I-S…

Heb ik veel van opgestoken wat betreft kleur :)
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4yukimarukuchiki4 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh dankje, ik ga er gelijk naar kijken :D
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Loosened-Screws Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This, I think, will turn out to be very helpful as I gradually improve. :nod:
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LeahPlainAndTallish Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for talking about noses! Anime noses freak me the hell out sometimes lol. I may be an anime artist but I refuse to draw those unshaded button things.

When I first started drawing none of my characters had cheeks as well. Oh the shame!
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DominaDraco Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful :)
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UnleashedDragon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful and inspiring for me. Thank you.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
truly interesting :)
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H4PPY-N1GHTMAR3S Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS IS IMPORTANT! Clap 
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colourfulAnatomy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness! I did all of these things when I was younger! Good job at explaining how to fix these problems. I wish my 12 year old self saw this :D
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LuckOfTheDraw18 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
This is a great tutorial! It totally touches on the bigger basic mistakes that beginners make! I still need work on a lot of these things but this tutorial will help a lot!
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StrawberryYashi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! <3 
I've made so many mistakes, even on the one that I thought it would be my best drawing __________ 
could you do me a huge favor and have a look at the first 3 pictures of my gallery please? I really wanna know what's right and what's wrong with them q.q (and yes I have like NO CLUE how to place wrinkles and anatomy isn't my best friend)
strawberryyashi.deviantart.com…
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icefleck26 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
It's really helpful and... AWESOME IRONING MOM XD
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TiberAelius Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful!!
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kida993 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
oh no... I got a lot of mistake with my art now... X3
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KamiNoDarkWolf Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...My goodness, I think you kileld me at the "Awesome Ironing Mom~!" part...

I shall remember this. Beyond the grave.
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KamiNoDarkWolf Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
killed* Goshdarnit.
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thecat1313 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014   Artisan Crafter
This is very helpful~

And yes. I did learn something (I think) Just one question......How do you draw wrinkles?
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Study them from real pictures that have people with clothing XD
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