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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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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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official-maria-art Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG I am guilty for making all those mistakes :D
WonderDaCat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Creases in the crotch. Woo hoo! :DI am a dummy! 
HerosLegend Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Thank you so much for sharing this.
Shedevil13SJ Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This really helped me a lot ^-^ 
KiaKamill Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this l, really helped back when i was starting to draw digital art, especially to shade not only on the safe parts of the drawing...glad to see this again cauze i think i was slipping back into old safe ways lol
Kaizenex Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you senpai. You just taught me a new way of looking and analyzing manga art. :)
SenXIII Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
This helps a lot, thank you ^^
JADETHEANIMECHICK Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg lol im so stupid thank you so much this will help me a ton!! (I do all of these... lol)Yato icon -- |NORAGAMI| 
NadiaDibaj Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I wish someone Said this stuff to me when I was started drawing!I had to figured out all of them by my own!:/
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here :dummy:
NadiaDibaj Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Student General Artist
still...thanks for sharing! :hug:
ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry a bunch of people hated you for making this. 
I think it is wonderful that you made this.
I also appreciate the Journals you've made. :thanks:
I should Watch you just for those! :meow: 
You'd be the first person I did that for. :la:
TR0OPER Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Student
This is really helpful! Thanks for sharing!
MantleJackal Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have just now found this and I must say this is very helpful!
While I do not draw humans as this tutorial mainly shows I believe I can use this for future references to improve my own artwork.
Again very helpful tutorial. :D
AnonymousnessAnomaly Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, this is really helpful! Especially the cheek thing…I didn't realise just how prominent it was!
Tailspin101 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This will help a lot of people very much!
AzureGriffin Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is extremely smart and helpful. Thanks ! :D
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. 
CherryArts01 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This helps me muuucchhhhh!!! Thank you for sharing this with us!
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;
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.
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 :(
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.
OndineBernard Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student General Artist
you've got to know more than me XD
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=
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
ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Since no one's replied to this, I shall ( :la: )
LOL it's great that someone else finds that line funny. :highfive::XD: 
OMG the side is where I used to place all my shading. :XD:
ShapesAndColors Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Student
oh well (im really late for this) buuuuuuuut
come on that one was really awesomely written! also like "awesome ironing mom". you have to admit that this is the best quick-tutorial ever published! hah :D

tho i have to admit as soon as i use acrylic i also kind of mess up with that shit! (not with pencils). check it out :'D ill just upload some newer stuff. i cant believe how much i improved over the last 2 years. and yes. things have a shape! obviously i knew it before but its harder to work on it even if you are on the right way i think. 
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  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful! Thanks! :)
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
Stettafire Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Writer
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.
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...
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I studied most of them from pictures of people with clothing, actually ^^
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
Kytena Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! <3
Akirovon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god that was so helpful !
Cuineth Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General 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
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:
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.
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…………
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
Mjiekiwi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Thank you, very helpful :) esp. the nose thing
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
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:
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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