I have to echo the sentiment early in the first bit of the stream where the person noted that your videos and classes have helped a lot. I feel the same way; I never went to art school and am starting from scratch in my 40s. Your drawing basics course and your other YouTube videos have really been a huge help for me. Keep up the good work, Stan!
I’ve always found gesture drawing difficult, but this video was very helpful, especially to see Stan’s process. I’m hoping this unit will help me improve a bit in that area. Here’s a practice gesture drawing I did last night for fun of my dog sleeping.
I'm in a similar boat, so I'll share what I've been doing in case it helps. I started by reading Andrew Loomis' books on drawing (be aware, there *are* nudes in them, but they're really well-known and considered to be excellent references). I'm doing Proko's Drawing Fundamentals course which has been hugely helpful. I went through Draw-A-Box (I stopped at the animal drawing section to go back and focus on Proko's fundamentals course for now). I also follow a number of YouTube channels: David Finch, Ryan Benjamin, Tim McBurnie, Marc Brunet, Mmmmemonexx, Chommang_drawing, Manga Materials, etc. All of that, combined with regular drawing practice using randomly-generated drawing prompts and just fun things I wanted to draw, has had a massive improvement in my ability over the past 6 months or so... like, leaps and bounds. Hopefully some of that is useful to you!
It's funny, but I had originally meant to post here to recommend Draw A Box and how they do the intuitive perspective with boxes (I forget which lesson it was), where you try to draw your lines going toward the vanishing point, but don't use a ruler until you're checking them later. To be honest, that exercise ended up helping me a lot. I'm still a beginner myself, but one other tip I saw someone mention in a youtube video a while ago was to look on Google Street View and find a random place (or just Google Images) and then put the image into a graphics program and try to trace where the perspective lines are for each building or item. (Alternately, I suppose you could print it and do the same.) The person who posted the video said that it really helped them a lot to get a "feel" for perspective. I've been meaning to try it out myself also.
Hey everyone, I know AI is kind of a charged topic right now, especially in the Art community, but I thought I'd share a suggestion that has been really helpful for me. A lot of times I've wanted to draw and had a difficult time coming up with ideas. I've tried various online drawing prompt generators and they work ok but not super exciting. However, I've been doing some research into ChatGPT for work-related reasons and it dawned on me that it would be a good way to generate drawing prompt ideas. So I gave it a shot and it really has been pretty helpful. I'll give it a request like "Give me a drawing prompt useful for drawing a comic scene for someone with less than a year experience" and it will generate an idea. You can also add specific themes if you want; there's infinite flexibility. And if you don't like what it gives you, you just tell it to generate a new one. You can also ask it to give you a drawing idea that highlights a certain area you want to improve in, such as drawing hands or architecture, etc. Just to be clear, I don't work for them and have no conflict of interest in recommending it, I just have found it useful for this and other things and thought I'd share the idea in case it's helpful to others.
Agreed! As of now we don't have any Proko instructors lined up to teach a Manga course, but we're always looking for talented artists to cover popular topics. If you know of anyone selling a quality course right now that may want to bring it over to Proko let us know.
JB, you're right. We used to have around 8-10 people on our team helping students in the community and we've had to scale that down to 2 - @Jesper Axelsson and @Liandro. They're awesome but we need to do more. I'm going to talk to my team about this and we'll get everyone more active. Thank you for expressing your concern!
I love Proko's courses, so this isn't a criticism, but just a suggestion to help improve the site: I think the whole Proko experience would be improved if there was more community interaction by the Proko team. The reason I say this, is because I routinely check the community pages for Drawing Basics and for the Site Suggestions, etc and there's rarely any responses from Proko team members. Lots of questions asked but only occasional answers or responses. It feels sort of abandoned in a way. I feel like if there was more interaction/feedback from the Proko team to community questions, etc it would go a long way to improve the site and the community around it. There's a lot of feedback on social media from the Proko team, so I know they can do it, it just doesn't seem to extend as much to the native Proko site.
The reason you start and then stop has nothing to do with structure or being in a live class or using books or videos. Research, shows that the reason this happens is because what you are doing gets harder and the brain avoids things that are hard and cause frustration. To keep moving forward you have to lean into that frustration and keep fighting. You will then overcome your current plateau and you will move forward- until you reach another plateau, and it starts all over again- and again you will want to quit. The more you do this, the more confidence you will gain, and the less you will want to quit. This is what separates those who talk about doing it, and those who actually do it.
It would be really interesting to get someone to do a full Manga-oriented course for the site. Someone traditionally famous like Naoki Urasawa (author of Monster and other popular manga series) or maybe a YouTube celebrity like DrawLikeASir. There's a lot of manga-specific subtleties that would be useful to learn in a specialized course and would create a nice parallel with the western-themed Marvel course that's being released.