Deviant Login Shop  Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour

:icondamaimikaz: More from DamaiMikaz


Submitted on
March 1
Image Size
1.9 MB


39,961 (24 today)
4,085 (who?)


Creative Commons License
Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
[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.
Add a Comment:
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.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
174 out of 179 deviants thought this was fair.

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!
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
231 out of 240 deviants thought this was fair.

The Artist has requested Critique on this Artwork

Please sign up or login to post a critique.

xDixyx Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
Wow, really helpful, especially the part about shading and "awesome ironing":D However, I think the manga noses look cute =w=
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
vastarantakettu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to +fav  this to remember forget my awesome ironing already ;D
gabi-ty Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  New member
Thanks for sharing, this helps a LOT!
fdfxd2 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Taught me a lot of things, thanks
chrystal-e Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful! Thanks! :)
UnclaimedHAT Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  New member Hobbyist
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
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;)
AnIm3MaNgA Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg this is really usefull *0* <3
Syreneln Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! Thank you for sharing it.
Add a Comment: