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Suck Less: The Exercise (No Inspiration Required) by TheLearningArtist Suck Less: The Exercise (No Inspiration Required) by TheLearningArtist
I am not at all used to my drawing tablet. I can use it just fine as a mouse, but the drawings I make with it are just not up to par. In fact, they suck. Pretty much all of them. They are horrifying. They make me want to ragequit and/or cry. And the fact is, I wasn't sure how to improve. With practice, yes, but practicing what? 

So I made this thing. It's already helped me a lot, because it's not a chore to do (it shouldn't take longer than ten minutes) and it helps with technique as well as expressions and poses. I figured that since I can't be the only person who needs a little milage, I'd go ahead and post the thing. Maybe it'll help you, too. 

Use this sheet however you like, but here's my recommendation: Download the jpg, and fill in the sheet every day (or at least a few times a week.) Do not put ANY time into this. Do not erase the circles, lines, signature, or shading at all. Erase the face and figure as little as possible. Whatever you do, don't beat yourself up over the results if you aren't happy with them. The goal here is to get some mileage. Even if you don't realize it, you ARE improving steadily as you do this exercise. And if you do it fast and don't erase, you are getting better at placing the lines right the first time. Of course if you already draw really fast and don't erase (unlike me, bluh) you can use the sheet to practice something else, like making each figure you draw unique.

(Also, sorry about my weird, vaguely childish, scratchy, elementary-school-aged-serial-killer-esque handwriting. Hopefully one of the things that will be improved by this exercise.)
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DementedDarkelf Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I only need a tablet. But I guess printing it out and do it with pencil also works. :) You once again, did something very useful, thank you! ^^
TheLearningArtist Nov 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aw, thank you! I'm glad you found it helpful!
DementedDarkelf Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think all of your tutorials are helpful. I already tried to draw heads as you showed in one of them. :) And it works. :)
TheLearningArtist Nov 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm so glad!
DementedDarkelf Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Catjean Nov 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is a great idea! Make sure you are in the same position everytime you do it, though. It's best to sit at a table or desk while using tablets.
TheLearningArtist Nov 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Right, good point.
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