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How I Started Drawing

Updated on December 23, 2015
Disney Characters Head Shots
Disney Characters Head Shots
Japanese Animation Characters Head Shots
Japanese Animation Characters Head Shots
Sakura and Tomoyo of Card Captor Sakura. I drew them following a pose I found on the internet
Sakura and Tomoyo of Card Captor Sakura. I drew them following a pose I found on the internet

Since I was young, I already know that I will always be an artist. My main influences are the cartoons and animations created during the 90's. I didn't attend any formal art classes so i taught myself how to draw by having these cartoons as my references. I also find it easier practice on my own since I am an introvert. However I think that I started to seriously hone my drawing skills when I was in high school. Japanese animation invaded television during those time that it was shown on air almost three hours straight. Japanese animations were shown back to back then on our local TV stations. Because of this, every time I went home from school, I would buy collectible cards featuring the anime character shown in TV and then I'll drew it as it is.

However I went into a long hiatus from drawing when I entered the corporate world. There's no room for my job to use my skills although I sometimes doodle just to kill time or if I find myself really bored. Fortunately, as I was browsing the internet last month, I came across my old online portfolio and saw my past sketches and this encouraged me to draw once again. Since my hands has gone MIA in the drawing department I decided to do some drawing exercises. I began by drawing head shots of Disney and anime characters.

After that, I slowly learn how to add my own twist on the characters. This is by still drawing the same character with a pose I either invented or imitated from a normal photo. I barely use stick figures as my guide because I feel more comfortable if I just search for a photo that I can follow the posing of. So far I'm satisfied with my progress and will continue drawing. I felt a little bit guilty for the long hiatus but now I'm determined to follow my passion.


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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I like your post. I will come and see what else you have written from your profile. You could make this Hub look a bit tidier if you have some of your images load in the center of the page instead of all being down one side. It would also make your text seem longer if you spaced it out with one of your images in the middle. Not too important but nice to add finishing touches when you wrote a good post, worth reading.

      I like to draw too but mine are far more amateurish than this. :)

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      sparklingcrystal 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi! Thank you for your suggestion. I'll follow your advice. I'm new here and still learning how to use the tools. Thanks for dropping by mu hub.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      These are beautiful drawings. I have a love for drawing too specially when I was in grade school. Whenever I found an image or photo I like I would draw it. But I found it hard to draw with just my imagination. I had gone with myself and forgot all about it but there are still some time when I crave for a paper and a pen.

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      sparklingcrystal 5 years ago from Manila

      Yeah, I have the same problem too, I base my drawings mostly from pictures found on the net. However I do sometimes come up with an ideal posing then research the internet and then from there I'll imitate the pose incorporating the character I wanted.

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