Miks-OrzoLevel: 5 | XP: 25
I frequently purchase art instruction books written by Christopher Hart, I have thus far collected his books: "Drawing Fantastic Furries" "Drawing Faeries: A Believer's Guide" "Drawing Dragons and Those Who Hunt Them" "Manga Mania: Magical Girls and Friends" "Manga Mania: Occult and Horror" "Manga for the Beginner" and "Manga for the Beginner: Shoujo Art"
I have also used eHow.com for quick answers to more basic things, such as shading and the like, both videos and written instructions.
I haven't tried searching through youtube for videos before though... never really occured to me(which is funny cuz I get just about everything video related from youtube.... even my yoga...) I should take a look at what's up there....
May the Dragon of Life only roast your hot dogs, and never burn your buns
SchwarzerAlptraumLevel: 6 | XP: 30
I would like to suggest ConceptArt, but it's not for the faint of heart, and I don't use it. However, I just learn stuff by looking up reference images and other resources online. Although I would say I get it mostly from studying reference images, where I study and analyze the images for details such as anatomy, placement of lighting, use of color, and relate it back to the physics and biology that describe how the objects look and appear in a given environment.
I would also like to suggest another place that's good for critique, especially when it comes to human anatomy, except it's NSFW, and you won't expect it: Hentai Foundry's forums. I learned plenty about drawing women by posting on their constructive critique forums.
Pauca sed matura.
ArkillianDragonLevel: 51 | XP: 1885
I haven't seen much for writing. The biggest thing I've seen for writing is getting feed back, and seeing how others approach it. Doing it seems to be the best thing and writing what ever that comes out, then rechecking it a gazillion times, then getting a friend to check how it reads. The biggest thing seems to be keeping in character, and in touch with how the situation would work in reality. My flatmate just finished a bachelor of Arts in english though- she may know some books....
As for illustrative art, I have a library of how to books- some good, some bad, but I've gotten atleast a little bit of something from all of them but they're designed to do the exercises from them so they're not just a book to read. I could list the ones I've read but I learn mostly from books, I've gotten into life drawing- a lot of them are clothed which is fine, but I have done nude ones. I also follow FZD design school's videos. They do a series of videos about the concept design industry and focus on digital painting. His videos are usually very long (1hour or longer) but he talks a lot about the industry, and it's helped me understand commercial art a lot, and he explains some great techniques with digital art. I also like that he repeats that people shouldn't speed paint. I see a lot of 'speed painters' now days. He also got me into researching fundamentals in art which I'm doing right now (which btw are SUPER hard O.o ). He also describes that his schoool doesn't tech with books, but with national geographic and medical diagrams. They're all about working from reality- not pre exisiting stuff. He also draws information from writing which interests me, cause you can create your own visions in your mind of how stuff is with it, and it'll always be a unique idea I find this mindset cool, and inspiring to hear. Lastly, I did an oil painting course which helped me get the ball rolling with understanding colour!.
I find that all the arts cross over in some way shape or form so I've never stopped myself from learning anything new that is art related. Even Martial arts can be applied to illustrative art for discipline reasons. I'm currently making plush, and it's helping my mind with seeing things in a 3D form. IT hurt my mind at first to do it, but it's slowly getting easier. I had this with working with sculpy too. I think working in a wide range of medium is a good idea to solidify any art matter that you do
Sorry for the tl:dr T.T
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CokekittyLevel: 34 | XP: 865
I find a lot of art references on Tumblr. There are some great artists there who have no problem answering questions or providing step-by-step instructions of how they do what they do. I have one art book too that's wonderful: The Vilppu Drawing Manual, by Glenn Vilppu. I got it when I was attending the Art Institute (and oh, if I'd only thought to buy it on Amazon instead of the bookstore...) but I'd never give it up for anything. It's a fantastic book.
As for writing, my main resource for writing advice is...well, reading! I read a lot of novels, and pick the bits and styles I like and incorporate that into my own style. I'm sure there are great resources out there, but I don't know any off the top of my head. But Creative Writing Now has some good pointers and if you're looking for tips on writing slash, Minotaur's Tips for Slash Writers, while a bit dated, is also good. It's pretty nsfw though.
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BogusRedLevel: 54 | XP: 580
I love the Vilppu Drawing Manual. I got that in college as well. Pretty handy though I haven't flipped through it in a while.
Thanks for the tips about Creative Writing Now. Sounds like a good resource.