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Beware of Some Tutorials...

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 14, 2013, 6:24 AM




   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 :o . 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.

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 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 :o. 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 >_<.
 
 

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XeonartOmega Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I think another issue needs to be addressed as well pertaining to overly vague tutorials. I
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.
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Hunting-wolf Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
This is a thing I actually haven't given much thought, but I think you're right. Usually I just search through a lot of tutorials without thinking about the rest of the artist's gallery (not seeing how good they actually are), perhaps that's a thing to be done in the future. Thanks for it! Guess nature itself often is the best of references :b
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
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
 oh thanks very much :huggle:
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree wholeheartedly with this, even before then I always saw lots of really bad tutorials. The ones that got under my skin the most were the porn-esque artists trying to teach kids how to draw "women" but the anatomy was .. well not even there. All they taught you was how to draw ridiculously massive lemon shaped boobs (don't forget to include the strange jiggle physics!) and butts with 360o curves to rival a ball.

I created and want to create a few myself on certain niche topics no one really talks about or considers, and I know artists shy away from because there's no real guides on them, like skin colour was a huge one. At the same time I'm not the best artist at all out there but sometimes you get people that look up to as though you are just because what you can do might be better than their own skill, but they don't see or consider the fact that you make mistakes even within your own tutorials. I made one on anti-same face before and encyclopedia dramatica (rightfully) bashed it for looking same face anyway because the noses didn't have enough definition and some of the overall jaw shapes ended up the same. I know I rushed and halfassed it too at the end and it didn't even include the vital information I planned for it but I kept getting comments from younger artists like "omg thank you so helpful". It made me feel really guilty passing on bad advice so I deleted it. :crying:

I just go around and fave tutorials that are made by people who know what they're doing and explain things properly then pass the collection link along to people when they ask for help, because I still feel like I'm not really qualified to make tutorials on anything yet. :c

As for the needle thing, I don't know what to tell you other than I know your feel. Last time I went to get a blood test I nearly fainted and the nurse laughed and told me to lay down until I was ready to stand again. Just... hang in there man. Think of fluffy puppies and pies. :(
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rainrivermusic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
I actually agree with you. I am not the best artist and still have a lot to improve on but, I would rely on something as bias as a tutorial. I think they are based mostly on there opinion. I prefer trial and error myself, but each his own. If people with to follow the herd who am I to stop them.
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yulile Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Since art is subjective i think the definition of a good or bad tutorial varies from person to person. If person A for example, likes Person B's art style, then regardless of what others think about Person's B's tutorial, I think person A will benefit from the tutorial. The only reason I say this is because ultimately, we not only look to tutorials to improve but also because, like person A, we aspire to draw more like person B. Just my opinion C:
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blaxeira Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I totally agree that popularity and skills are different.... but unfortunately some folks tend to forget about that =(
Otherwise I'm really happy to see that other people share my point of vue with tutorials :dummy: 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
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veuko Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you, some tutorials here should get some polishing and focus on education instead fame
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
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
 There's an artist on here that churns out tutorials day after day and they take him an hour. He throws them into that category, and it gets front page. he's doing it to get watchers. That's it.

 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.
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plumbunnies Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student General Artist
There are tutorials here that even I know doesn't cut it and then they also get praised. Very awkward feeling right here.
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Nekomiffy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for that thoughtful note about tutorials. I really wish you'd do one some day cause I'm sure it would be awesome and really helpful. In the meantime, could anyome point me to the really good tutorials? I'm afraid I can't tell the good ones from the bad until I've watched them in full, and that's eating precious time.
Please keep up the amazing work!
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
 What type are you looking for? ( drawing? painting? PS? )
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Nekomiffy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm looking for tutorials in digital painting (für PS or mypaint or anything alike), but I'd like some basics, too. It's mostly about human figures. I can draw somewhat okay with a pen and color it with traditional means, but getting things realistically colored and shaded digitally is another thing. I already followed the links you gave to *Awstein, but I'd like some more, if you have any ^^
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Awstein Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I'm hopping on the conversation because I was about to ask the same question... Sorry for the highjacking :p
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 :p), 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 :hug:

Right, back to you Nekomiffy, I guess you will want different stuff from me :p
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
 This is an excellent tutorial that you could learn things from www.deviantart.com/art/Digital…

www.deviantart.com/art/Digital…

 but are you a real beginner? Do you draw digitally, or do you draw on paper and scan it in? because there are Photoshop tutorials that have basics
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Awstein Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Hmm I can do both, the sketching part does not bother me (apart from the usual anatomical questions, but no tutorial can be as good as a reference from life to deal with those issues). I'm realizing that the lineart part, although it's very new to me, I can figure out. Since I do photography quite a bit I'm also fine with the basic basics of Photoshop.
But the coloring part, nah... Probably due to the fact that I've never been good at painting traditionally either :p
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 :)
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
 my pleasure! :hug:
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Nachtmotte Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Sorry to bother you ... Do you know  a tutorial about drawing animals (birds) traditional?
I realy want to learn it. Humans would be awesome too.
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Sesshomaru-love Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist

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 :D

 

 

Ps. i love your galerie a lot, sure soon i will ask you a commission  :heart:

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Burnt-Angel-Wings Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of those how-to-draw books my mom used to buy me when I was younger. Some of the art in those were atrocious! Sometimes though, whatever they were trying to teach would be spot on, but another piece/place on the drawing would distract from it. Like the how-to-draw anatomy, which looked great, but the character would have a derp face going.

I don't pretend anymore to be a good artist. So, even though from time to time I've thought about doing a tutorial, I won't. 
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
 Oh Ive seen those.

 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 :o
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The American ones were written by charlatans who were only familiar with actual american comic book based styles and they tried to cash in on the manga craze when it sweeped the western world in the 90's. Chris Hart (one such author) is notorious for it, 10 years later and his art still never improved, most of the art in his books were drawn by other artists he failed to credit properly and annotated them poorly because he had no idea what he was talking about. One advice I remember was he had two pictures of an arm side by side. One incredibly 2D flat, no curves at all. The other is the same arm but a cartoonish bump to indicate the bicep muscle. The annotation read something like: "On the right is a realistic picture of an arm with muscle. You can draw curves like that but I find it easier to draw the spaghetti arms!"

The only manga book I've ever seen I'd recommend to people was drawn by an actual manga industry professional with 20 years experience and she damn near wrote an entire encyclopedia on the thing. Unfortunately she had a Japanese name that's hard for me to remember, and I don't remember the name of the book either. :\
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
 yeah someone in this thread said that a book by an american teenager on "how to draw manga" was "ok" for young kids.

 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? :shrug:

 I guess some people just see art as a hobby that doesn't really matter much, where I see it as something more.
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I looked that up :o

I think what they're saying has some merit as far as having simplistic annotations/ information conveyal for a younger audience, but I don't think the art itself should lack in quality if you expect to teach them properly or they'll just inheret all the same mistakes. Kind of like my Indonesian teacher in the 6th grade who couldn't actually speak Indonesian bar a couple of words and she flunked us all on it. I met an Indonesian friend a few years later and found out she taught us all the wrong meanings for the words we did learn anyway. :faint:


I don't personally see it as being snobby to want quality information being taught. You could teach the next generation of kids that gravity is caused by a fat elephant sitting in the core of the planet and their later theories will suffer for it when they graduate as scientists. The problem with the "how-to" books is that there's no quality control. Even some of the more proper artist anatomy books have weird looking figures. I saw one book's humans that had more tumorous lumps than the guys in the Sistine chapel. I think they must be approved by general writers with no lick of artistic sense, so they see the drawings, think it's great and it gets published.  
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Burnt-Angel-Wings Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
About 10 years back or so, someone thought it a good idea to translate some of those, but flip them (for English readers) and enlarge them. So some of the art looked pretty funky. I'm surprised the artists' didn't complain.

But the American ones are downright aweful.
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BumpyTheShroom Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's a very good point. I answered your poll before reading this. XD Yeah, it helps if qualified people do the teaching. XD
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
 :XD:
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NessaYume Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You rock, I hope you can find that confidence one day. <3 (I could write a long comment agreeing with you, but you said it, so you don't need me to. ;) )
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
 :heart:
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HystericalMellotron Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I feel bad for myself, because I've just uploaded my first tutorial on tuesday i_____i
But yeah, while I was searching for tutorials here before making my own, there where so much crap dear god (especially a certain one with a female furry - she had insanely huge boobs :iconpukeplz:)
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
 Oh dont feel bad ;_;

 I didnt mean that people shouldnt make them. Just that people should be selective :huggle:
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HystericalMellotron Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh well what's done is done >_> I get your POV really, and maybe we would have more and better tutorials if people spent more time at making them instead of uploading ASAP, like the world is going to end or whatever
Actually I should say "don't feel bad" for you too *regarding the last paragraph* :3 its painful to see a amazing artist like you feeling that way :( (Sad)
 
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Aleynia Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was so afraid that you'd be attacked for being honest. I'm in full agreement with you. Every now and then when I need a reference or a tutorial on something, I see some.... well, odd tutorials. With a giant clump of so many of those, it's hard to find the actual helpful ones.

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 :(
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
 Oh I so have low pressure.

 And no, no one attacked me :o. 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
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Aleynia Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's DA. You'd be surprised XD

We need to get you a vacation. Maybe that's the cure you need? :P
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Everything you wrote about tutorials is right on. DA is a decent art site. But I feel it's become a place where popularity matters more than the quality of the work. You're correct about how influential DA is to young artists too! It's why it's important we raise the standards here a bit. DA is one of the main art sites people go to to learn and engage in art. For young, inspiring ones, it's perhaps the main hub for it. Unfortunately, DA is also a place where popularity gets mistaken for quality. Whether it's lame-ass tutorials or close-up shots of some woman's clit (ugh... ;-; ), a good chunk of the work posted is more for show and faves. I can understand if there are artists who want to cover things they excel at (hands, feet, eyes, etc). But there are so many tutorials about those that they'd have to bring something new to the table to make it worthwhile. At some point, the tutorials become repetitive to the point where they lose their intention to inform and educate. It becomes like a big cliche. >_>

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. :P 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.
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
oh I totally have panic and anxiety issues LOL.
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist

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.

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JPMNeg Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
It's about time someone said this. I admire your courage for doing so.
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.
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
 Actually Ive noticed that. Whenever they do an "advice" journal on DA, it's always the same thing;
 "Make sure you study from life!"
 "Practice lots!"
 "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.
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JPMNeg Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
You already have offered advice, be meticulous, I.m sure there are simple things you do that are second nature to you but others might think "I'm not doing that and should be"
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.
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WhiteRaven90 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
There is one safe method to judge the correctness of a tutorial (in my opinion): see the comments section, if you find professional/experienced artists (especially those that can do realism from imagination well) commenting good stuff there about the tutorial, then it's alright. If you find negative critiques (just one is enough) from which the author could not defend the tutorial, then the critic is probably right. Who counts as professional is subjective, but if you find an artist who has been practicing hard for 30 years and then goes and says "dis be a good tut, nice job" then it is probably so. A less surefire way is to check the ratio of people who viewed the tutorial vs. the amount of people who favorited it. Also if it has a DD it might also help its cause (yeah not always). Things that are super-popular despite being incorrect are of course harder to weed out. And what i wrote about are all based on possibility-probability, but using one's common sense has already been mentioned as a good tool of judgement. Combine all the techniques you know to decide if the tutorial is good or bad, anyway. Plus compare it with other tutorials that explain the same thing (use the abundance of tuts to your advantage). If you find inconsistencies and disagreements between the two, then at least one of them sucks.
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Kuro-fukurou Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you. I'm aware that I'm not all that good of an artist myself, but I know a good tutorial when I see one. I was thinking of making a tutorial myself but it was going to be on how you know when something is in proportion, like how you know the size of the hand is right if it fits the face and so forth, and if you put your hand against your face (bottom of palm on chin) you will find that it does.
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like those tricks because they work and they're great for people who suck at any kind of numbers, rulers or anything remotely math/ space/ scale related like me. :iconheplz:
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xy2kura Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
I have to agree.. and not just about art.. but anything in particular. I remember trying to find PS tutorials on other things and it just didn't make sense to me. Made me wish I never looked in the first place. I want to see something where the person knows wtf they are really doing and if all possible, take the time to explain further if someone doesn't understand. >_<

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.
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Twiprin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Adding to favorites simply because there's so many good messages here :) 

As for your own art, you're amazing o-o Though it's good to be humble and to feel you can always improve, try not to get yourself too down either.
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
 Thanks :hug:
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touya-dono Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't personally agree only because well everyone has freedom of expression, and some of those people are needy for attention. Some of these tutorials really suck, I can agree with that and they probably just want to be popular, but it's their DA. So, basically it sucks but meh. I really do think you have a valid point though and completely respect it. It's totally your choice on the tutorial ^^
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el-Jimmeister Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good point. But then again, you ARE beyond skilled enough to make a trustworthy tutorial. :)
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
 thanks :3.
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