How long have you been drawing?
I've been drawing since I was a kid. I've always kept a sketchbook and pencil with me and I've always loved art. I got really into drawing several years ago though when I joined dA back in October 2006.
Have you taken any art classes?
Yes, over the past couple years I have taken art classes in portrait, figure, still life, and landscape drawing and painting which have been extremely helpful. Before I started taking classes though, I practiced a lot on my own. I taught myself and I figured out what things worked for me and what things did not. If you are looking to improve it is so important to teach yourself by practicing.
How long does it take you to complete a drawing?
Anywhere from 1-25 hours. It really depends on the detail, size, and how patient I am at the time.
What size paper do you use?
I usually work on 9" x 12"- 18" by 24" and all standard sizes in between those. Also, sometimes I will custom cut my paper.
What do you use to make your digital works?
My digital paintings usually start with a traditional sketch that I scan into my computer. After I finish the sketch I use Photoshop CS5 to paint & I use a wacom intuos3 tablet.
How do you blend?!
I use my finger, tissues, stumps, mop brushes, and cotton swabs for blending.
Do you take commissions?
I do indeed gabbyd70.deviantart.com/journa…
Do you draw from photos?
If I am drawing a realistic portrait I will either work from life with the model posing in front of me or I will work from a good photo reference. Sometimes I will draw from my imagination, but when I do those pieces are usually more stylized.
May I draw from one of your drawings?
If you draw from one of my works, I would ask you keep it for yourself and for your own learning purposes. Please do not post your copied artwork to deviantart or any other online sites. Thank you
If you are interested in learning to draw pencil portraits, I share my process, as well as tips and tricks in my pencil portrait drawing class here on skillshare- skl.sh/16gjG3u
On my patreon, I share step by step process photos, guides on materials, video processes, and tutorials! www.patreon.com/artwork
I also have some free tutorials here: gabbyd70.deviantart.com/galler…
My #1 tip is to PRACTICE! It is the best way to improve. Keep a sketchbook and draw in it as much as you can. Draw from life, photo references, and your imagination and you will improve with every drawing.
Buy the best materials you can comfortably afford. Of course, practice is key, but having the good stuff can't hurt.
Put a piece of paper under your drawing hand while you work. This really helps to prevent smudging.
If possible, have your reference be the same size as your drawing. This will help a lot when you need to take measurements to get proportions correct.
Write out a sort of "Inspiration List" that contains words, themes, and ideas that inspire you. This will come in handy if you ever have an art block. Also look on dA at other art to get you inspired and utilize dA's search box to put in inspiring words and find some great art!
Don't be afraid to try different mediums You may like it!
Join contests and get involved with the community! It will give you exposure and help you to meet other artists.
Never give up!! Be patient and practice as often as you can. You won't get to where you want to be over night, but you will get there!!
Maybe this will give you a little hope- gabbyd70.deviantart.com/art/Dr… fav.me/d2s7vfp