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:
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.
Most of those workshops were given at conventions, to kids. The average target group is amateur artists between 8 and 20 years old.
I realize that some mistakes are manga-style-issues. Yet I think it doesn't hurt to know how things should be done.
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.
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.
The book mentioned about color theory is "Color & light" by James Gurney. It's a long read, but interesting, though.
Many people told me the model was Keira Knightly. I know now. I just got her by googling 'random model picture', though XD
I know there are mistakes. I'm not a native English person, and I usually teach in Dutch.