My goal for the next 8 years was becoming a good illustrator, any suggestions?

over 3 years ago from , Full-Stack Developer

I was in love with art since I'm a kid, unfortunately, nobody said that you can do it. It's like a missing step on my to-do list, I'm 21 right now and I have worked really hard since I'm 12 for being a good developer, now my next goal is developing my illustration skills for the next 8 years, it's not about money, it gives me hope, happiness.

Now I just know that I should draw very very lightly at first, I'm working on drawing the basic shapes for the last three months, especially circles. I think my hand becoming good at it, now I can move on.

I will be really happy if you can give any advice for my learning path


  • Alexey LapenkoAlexey Lapenko, over 3 years ago

    Hey, Nusu! I'll try to distill it to a few points. Please be aware that Illustration is not my main professional trait ;)

    – Do it everyday. A good way to plan it is to have some kind of a "daily doodle" project. A lot of my illustrator-friends leveled-up with this approach. Draw anything, just do it regularly. Speed is everything in a long run. At first, some complex pieces may seem overwhelming only because it takes a lot of time, not because you don't know what to or how to do it. So yeah, constantly practice.

    – Embrace your own style. Explore a lot of art, try and copy everything that you like. Look at this like something less artistic but like something that is more relevant to your skill and domains that you're working in. Besides obvious identity, your style can reflect your own methods and tricks that you like to use. (for example some collaging or use of specific materials) This is a really long-standing goal, but if you'll complete it be sure that you'll be paid well.

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    • nusu alabuga, over 3 years ago

      Thank you! I have created a github repo for tracking my progress, I draw every day whatever I saw, whatever I like both on paper and iPad Pro, then I upload it to github within correct folders like day 6, day 7. I think it would be really encouraging after 3-4 months. Thanks for the tips!

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  • Nice ShoesNice Shoes, over 3 years ago

    Read and follow: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

    Then read again.

    Practice. Practice. Practice.

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  • Florent AlixFlorent Alix, over 3 years ago

    Like everybody : work your stuff, try different techniques it will help you define yours. Few months ago, someone proposed to draw 20 heads a day, every day for at least a month. and keep every single one so you can have a critic of your mistake and know what to change and explore. Also : draw reality. It will teach your way out around mastering perspective (and drawing organic stuff like humans, trees, etc.) have a look at this guy : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6mjYW6XMuM it might keep you motivated to go out and try other techniques Oh and if you can, draw models, preferably nudes. you will be great in drawing people in no time

    But honestly, the best advice I can give you is : get a teacher. You will learn faster, she will be a good critic and will challenge you in drawing various stuff. It sounds obvious, but really it is the best !

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  • Jimmy Koli, over 3 years ago

    Maybe this article from UENO can be of some help to you https://loremipsum.ueno.co/dear-ueno-how-do-i-learn-illustration-34b179a71385

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