This is just my opinion. I have to lead with that. Everyone is free to agree or disagree and disregard.
I've had loads of people over the past few months ask me to create tutorials.
I never have. I'm not sure when I will, and I'll tell you why. Deviantart is filled to the brim with the most *awful* tutorials. And now that "Tutorials" have a priority category ( meaning they get to the front page every single time regardless of how many hits they get), some users have been creating tutorial after tutorial just to abuse that loop hole.
Thing is, I find a lot of these people who create the tutorials, have no business creating them in the first place o_o;. Some of them ( not all) aren't doing it to be helpful to the masses. Some of them are doing it to try to make one (to see if they can set it up, to see if they can make it interactive), or to see if they can use the exploit. Those people are not helping you.
I think artists should be very careful and responsible when it comes to making these things. They attract the masses of very young, beginner artists, who follow them just because the user who made it is better than they are- and they are usually better because they are NOT 13 years old. Then these beginner artists get set on a path of terrible habits, trying to emulate someone who needs training themselves.
I've seen tutorial in how to draw say, women- but the user creating it has no sense of anatomy or structure. And they get legions of people praising them for being so amazing to share o_O. Or how to paint hair, when the user creating it paints it like a pile of overly-exposed (hands taped to the dodge and burn function) spaghetti.
Face tutorials when the facial features don't even line up with each other. Of course, sheet after sheet of eyes. Eyes eyes eyes. When the artist can't draw hands, or bodies. But they'll teach you how to paint eyes?
A lot of these artist who create these things are way more popular than I am, I know ( so who am I to say anything?). On Deviantart, many time, popularity =/= skill. Sometimes people who are very skilled are popular, and that's awesome. But I must admit, I've seen uber popular deviants and I can't comprehend why . Then I look at their galleries and its full of nothing but terribly done tutorials and 500 faces of girls o_o.
Again, if that's what makes them happy to draw, that's cool. I just believe one should be pretty damn knowledgeable and skilled before they create a drawing/painting tutorial training others who are looking to be set on the right path. I won't make one until I feel I've reached a certain point of skill and ease of doing things- and I think users and learning artists should be very discriminating with the tutorials they choose to learn from here on DA ( there are a few excellent tutorials too! But there's a lot of bad ones).
Otherwise, it's like haphazardly teaching someone to ride a bike but you put them in stiletto heels. and make the back wheel square. You're handicapping them from the start.
Just because anyone can make a tutorial doesn't mean they should.
Just because someone on DA is popular, does not mean they are skilled enough to train others.
Yeahhhh just be careful.
And I mean, of course draw what makes you happy. These are just my personal thoughts on it :/. That people should be careful and selective.
I've had a hard time lately believing in myself art wise lately. I've never really been one of these people who have had a lot of confidence in what they do . I've always been a personality type where all I do is zero in on flaws and mistakes and proceed to beat myself up for them. This makes it difficult to produce art work as fast as I think i should, because I meticulously look over every teensy part of a painting. I've also been feeling really foggy and dizzy lately whenever I wake up. It lasts for hours in the morning and doesn't go away until early afternoon x_X.
I think I should go to a doctor and get my blood tested. But I'm terrified of needles >_<.
once saw a tutorial that was supposed to teach you how to speed paint bushes but was incredibly
vague and did nothing to help. These types of tutorials are always incredibly frustrating and might
as well not exist.
I know it's late, but about your health, best of luck with it! I really hate needles myself, but just tell the nurse and make her talk all the time - it takes some of the stress/distracts you, call it what you want :b Good luck, I hope you'll be okay <3
Otherwise I'm really happy to see that other people share my point of vue with tutorials It seems that some want to give advice just to be "the one who teach" and don't care if it misinform people. It's like totally killing the aim of tutorials : helping ._.
Some people already asked me to do some tutorial of colouring and I was like "WHAT ? Why me ? O_o I mean, there's plenty of awesome tutorials just next door" x') So, I really understand the thing with reaching a certain point
I've seen countless tutorials and how-to books that are absurdly praised, one of them are those pictures entitled "<object> tutorial" when it's really just a sketch to lineart to color to finals picture with absolutely no text to defy the how's why's and what's, it's like telling a newbie to copy the picture in steps in the exact way without learning the important how's why's and what's; like you're simply copying the style, shape, and techniques without knowing its anatomy, how can you possibly think imagery is a way to learn how to actually DRAW and not IMITATE? I've seen something like this on the front page not so long ago, at first I thought it was going to be a step to step pictures of hair
but no, the hair looks like an abnormally misshaped horse tail with thick, smooth outlines and most of all; the smooth outlines weren't the lineart, it was the base color without the thin streaks, it was untouched
another are those books with advanced pictures with very minimal and common description on the steps, I found a book at a bookstore where the pics were very realistic and a pencil was only used in making those pics and the sad thing is, I already knew the techniques and ways written but fail to even deliver just a semi-realistic picture it didn't have anything about anatomies
one last horrible tutorials are those books, most are the "how to draw anime eyes, nose, mouth" and the list goes on, when the contents are really just amateur quality pictures with below 50 rate of accurate anatomy out of 100, I've read a book my classmate once brought; I found an interesting page on how to draw side-view faces of 90 degrees, it didn't help me at all; the paragraph that I hate the most and can't get out of my head is "Draw an arch to make the eye" oh, are we drawing arches now? is this a topic about complex shapes? or is it a greater than symbol put into shapes? are you applying that the side view of an eye is an ARCH and ONLY an ARCH? after reading that sentence I closed the book and immediately return the book, and I felt pity over him wasting some money over a witty tutorial I'd be generous enough to teach him if he promises to never buy those how-to "anime" books
and finally, what kind of pillow do you sleep in at night? don't sleep on those that's so fluffy it covers the whole back of your head/ reaches your ears instead sleep on those that are flat but bearable
also, sorry if I went too much on this comment; I wrote one hella rant
But his "tutorials" have no descriptions, words- it doesn't tell anyone what brushes he uses, opacity, the settings- not a word of explanation. He's doing it for himself.
yet there he is, front page- everyday LOL.
Please keep up the amazing work!
Would you have some good tutorials in mind for coloring on Photoshop and Painter? I've never been to art school but I love to draw (have been doing so since I was a kid, which is a fairly long way back now ), however I find that painting on a computer presents a whole lot of new challenges... I'm trying to experiment but if I could find some guidance as to what to look for and what to avoid, I think it would speed up the whole learning process tremendously... And of course I've been devouring every tutorial on DA but your blog post, which I think has a lot of truth to it, is making me question my method :/ Thank you for writing it, and for the beautiful art
Right, back to you Nekomiffy, I guess you will want different stuff from me
But the coloring part, nah... Probably due to the fact that I've never been good at painting traditionally either
Thank you so much for the links! I was aware of the first one but not of the second one, I have yet to read it in-depth but at first look it seems like an amazing resource indeed! I also see that that person has several tutorials on different subjects so I'm going to explore those.
Thank you again for taking the time to answer, I'm guessing you must get a lot of comments so I really really appreciate your kindness
Well i think you have really right ^^
At firts because the really key to learn its practice.
use some tutorial from other ( well for me ) dont really help.
As you say, i see some galerie from those turorial and omg they dont make anything good.
For me, tutorial is like Learning how to write... copy and paste...
Well for me the best teacher for who i Learning its only myself ^^ Nothing can beat the practice ^^ Sure i am not good as you but i'm on the way
Ps. i love your galerie a lot, sure soon i will ask you a commission
Funny thing is, they have those in Japan 9 I lived there for many years of my life)- and they were actually done well there. But the american ones looks very odd
I don't think so x_X. But...then I was chit chatting to a friend who does not draw at all on Skype, and they couldnt seem to see how atrocious it was ( and.. it was atrocious, atrocious "art". ). Then I asked him if I was being an "art snob" lol.
I kind of believe that much like math, if you give a child something to learn from, it should be the best textbook or study aid possible. Regardless of what they are studying. You wouldnt give a kid a math book where the formulas are "not bad, but not great, and not really correct". So why would you give them an art text book "How to" with incorrect information as well?
I guess some people just see art as a hobby that doesn't really matter much, where I see it as something more.
I didnt mean that people shouldnt make them. Just that people should be selective
It may be a blood pressure issue. I didn't know my daily migraines and dizzy spells were due to high blood pressure until recently. I hope your troubles go away
And no, no one attacked me . I mean, all I said was that people should be careful when choosing tutorials.
In a nutshell lol. Im not sure why people would get mad at that
Ugh. I know what you mean about doubting your work. I took a year off from art and focused on writing. I just couldn't get into my art. I think as artists, we get so close to the work that we don't stand back enough to appreciate the good things going. As a result, we're constantly wondering if what we thought was great then, turns out to be terrible later. That, or, like you mentioned, we zero in on the mistakes and what-if possibilities. I think artists are their own worse enemies. Too many doubts. Too many questions. Add to that, a lack of motivation once a dry art spell hits. ;-; For the life of me, I didn't want to draw this whole year, even though I knew I had to in order to prepare for the conventions (my second source of income). I forced myself to spew out a few pieces. Even when I look at them now, there is the question if I'll still like it tomorrow and the day after LOL. I feel bad that my art isn't produced at a faster pace, either. I take my time coming up with concepts and getting angry that what I see in my head doesn't translate into paper, lol. There's a lot of compromise there.
Could your dizziness be feelings of anxiety and panic attacks? I have a friend who is also an artist and she constantly feels dizzy and ready to pass out. I'd definitely check with a doctor since the last thing you want is to deal with something terrible. And lol, don't feel bad about the needles. Oh god, I still remember the day I had to have my blood withdrawn for testing. I nearly puked. XP
Anyway, thanks so much for the insightful words. And again, thank you for bringing a smile to my friend's face! *__* She's loved your work since FOREVER.
1. Go to the doctors if you are having that much issue. I hate needles myself but I went through some testing before to check if something was wrong with me.
2. Thanks for the warning and I have to say I have seen some that are pretty messy but some others have helped me before. However I never try to copy the work 100% and I make sure to remember that each style and skill is different for everyone.
As some who is terrible at anatomy and structure myself, and am trying to improve I have looked at many tuts.
But in your words you let out a secret, " meticulously look over every teensy part of a painting"
That is the best advise to give. Like many I am an amateur and it's a hobby I love and desperately want (need) to improve.
So we turn to the masters like you looking for tips, advice, anything.
I didn't join DA for one word compliments but for honest criticism of what I have, and practically have to beg for it.
I have had some brave people critique my work and have learned greatly from it. Words cannot express my eternal gratitude to them.
Instead of a tutorial maybe you could offer a small advise section on what you do, mistakes people commonly make or just a couple tips that may help out us amateurs. Something that may help people improve their (in my case lack of) skills, how you approach work when starting something new.
No where on all of DA is there anything like that.
"Make sure you study from life!"
"Many people who you see that are really good didnt get there overnight!"
Those are what i see in the portal XD. Hmm, your the fourth person who has told me this. o_O Maybe I should.
But you also know DA being the way it is, doing something good will draw negative responses from some weirdos but the positive will out weigh them 100 to 1.
As for your final note.. please see the doctor and if they need blood.. look away and think of a song in your head. But you gotta do something.. that's not a good thing to be suffering that for hours on end.