Drawing and art are really way more skill based than talent based. Some people are imbued with certain traits naturally, of course, but mostly it's just work, work, work until you're as good as those artists on the last page. And anyone can get to that point, if they want to.
Do you always sketch your pictures first then color after? I wasn't sure if that was best to do since coloring it after always leaves those sketch marks behind through the color which is kinda annoying.
@VofEscaflowne Yeah, the way the "layers" in the game work is really weird. I really don't get it. But yeah, sketches first for illustrations. Very rarely for more painterly style stuff I might begin with large blotches of color and then add light and dark for contrast after. Again, I'm not the most comfortable with color. I can never choose what "works". For certain things I can pull off some cool color stuff, and generally I know what colors look attractive, but knowing and doing are different things. Pogue knows how to paint though, that's for sure.
@DrFinkelstein It's funny, I was kinda thinking the same thing. I just didn't want people to think I was telling them I was all that and that I'm qualified to teach. I was this close to doing some step by step work. One of the problems though is it'd only teach people my style. I don't draw the "traditional way", which is bullshit IMHO anyway. I kinda go by feeling, but there are of course some general rules to TRY and follow.
Much of the time I draw freeform though. That alien creature thingy used next to no basic blocking in of shapes or anything.
Bob Ross is a hilariously appropriate icon for me. I mean, I am an actual fan, but I actually agree with his methods. Many in the art world hate him and think his methods are "wrong", which is close minded bullshit. He advocates FEELING art, which is something I agree with. He doesn't plan his paintings much, and often makes drastic changes mid-work. Some crucify him for that, I do not.
Wow, that WW one is gorgeous. I really wanna do something that whimsical. Tonight I'm gonna try my hand at a few things and maybe a simple "tutorial" for my character's head, which is pretty dead simple.