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... An eternal student of Art... <3

Been asked this multiple times, but since I'm really busy I thought I could write up a journal to refer people to.  This is mostly advice for beginners, however, the Principles of design are important for all artists.

1 - Draw.  Draw what you love, draw what you hate.  Draw characters, places, things, monsters.  Draw from life, draw from your imagination, and when you get sick of it, take a break; go outside see the sights, be adventurous, be hungry to learn new skills, then go back and draw some more.

2 - Skill takes time and experience so don't get too frustrated.  If you ever have such thoughts or feelings teach them to push you to become better.  I've been drawing for over 20 years, and I still had to relearn how to draw digitally.  Art is always frustrating but you never stop learning unless you settle or give up so you have to decide if it's worth pursuing.

3 - Perhaps the most important is for you to learn the principles of design, they are invaluable and fundamental to all artists whether they know about them or not.  If you know them you can use or break these rules to create better art and more effectively communicate your ideas.

The Principles include but are not limited to:

1. Shape/Notan

- shape is self explanatory, Notan is a composition in which shapes create a design or make up overall sections of a picture.
        ex: Art Nouveau is a great example of Notan -… and…
            Art Nouveau 06 by ssava    Art Nouveau Avatars - The Four Seasons by swadeart    glow in the dark by loish    Art Nouveau Iris by CassiopeiaArt     tribal by alperyuh    Tribal by McVictim    That's a sketchdump XXI by Phobs

2. Line/Line variation/Line quality

- lines made with the same thickness and consistency of light and dark are visually boring and static.  Varying the lines gives each one a different quality, the eyes a more intriguing experience, creates more organic drawings, and can help create depth with little to no value.
        ex:…   Will Terry is on Pinterest, and he has tons of folders with great examples:……
            Leela by Lapis-Razuri    Sketch 03 Sokka Practice by rufftoon    Sketch XXII by Charlie-Bowater    Sketch 01 Loosen up by rufftoon     Imagination Run Amok by kenket     Baby Derek Hale by Lelia    Awkward Gangfield Sketches - April 2015 by The-Ez…  <--Master Penman must see

3. Value

- Is light, dark and middle tone/half tone, or light and shadow.  Shading uses different "values" to create complex shapes that form an image.
            XXIV by Charlie-Bowater    House of Rejoicing by Wildweasel339    Portrait Practice 9 by AaronGriffinArt    Rob Portrait by dustsplat    Forest stream by EinarNordstrom    Book thief by Kate-FoX    Gerbi harbour by EinarNordstrom    Secret of NIMH Bedroom by gavinodonnell    Cloud portrait by Artgerm    Khanar Set for Magic The Gathering by EytanZana    Fishing by skullcaps    The Nerevarine by Mezamero    The Oasis Empire by eddie-mendoza    Winter Kiss by Saimain    Scene by JonathanDufresne    Dunmer merchant by TheMinttu    Thief! by megillakitty    Feldon of the Third Path by chasestone    Let me tell you a story by Sythgara    

4. While a work of art, most of the time, incorporates Line, Value, and Shape mixed together usually only one of the three should be dominant in a single composition.

p.s. If any of the artists don't like me using their art as examples of excellent work, send me word and I'll remove it.

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