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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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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  New member 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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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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