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I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner.....

Warm-ups to start the day and then warm-downs to end the day. Genius I tells ya! GENIUS! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*Ahem* Right. But yeah, this is warm-down 1, and Imma be doing these and warm-ups more often. It's a good way to draw from life and photos to replenish the ol' mental library. In this case to put in the ol' noggin what's not there yet, which is how to draw women! :)

When I was in high school, my art teacher Linda L. told me not to look at things when I drew because it was cheating. So for years I would draw from my head, and it took me a little longer to know what I was drawing. I'm telling you this in case someone gives you the same bogus advice, or gives you a hard time about it. Drawing from life and photos is a legit way to build your mental library, so you can draw what you know from your head, when you're ready. :)

Hope y'all digs!

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GatoLovesToBite Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
I wanted to ask you,
so I getting a new program for my computer drawing tablet and was wondering....~
What would you recomend for a fourteen year old anime artist?
I also do short animations so I don't know if a program you know would ALREADY have both art and animation
but it would help me out BUNCHES!~
Thank you SO MUCH BRO!!
keep up your awesome work~
DimensionMoth Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Red Heads<3
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stefaanvandamme Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011

I was wondering if I could use this image as 'daily image' on the website [link] ?

Please send me a note or a reply

Thank you
RobertS87 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Really cool drawing, I'm diggin' it (the whole warm miniseries btw). Nice little description on this one too, warming up is great, especially if it's girlies. I'm sure cold colours would not work. Wonder what photo you used for the girl on the couch; cool pose.
Keep this series up man!
gawakita Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice one cheeks!
fatfreecookies Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
What kind of art teacher told you to draw without a resource?! That's crazy. How are you supposed to learn how to draw otherwise. I'm sorry but that's madness.

My art teacher's motto is the exact opposite: "You're only as good as your resources."
SolusUmbra Featured By Owner May 5, 2011   Digital Artist
Im glad I always disregarded advice that didnt make sense to me even if, supposedly, the person giving it knew more than me. Cause if someone had said to me what your teacher said to you, I wouldve been like "...uh huh...right" and then just gone and done whatever I wanted to.
TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
I digs very much, love and I know what you mean, I was told using a ruler was cheating, I still avoid it a lot...
neongen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
got to love those redheads :)
Kid-Maverick Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sean, you are absolutely correct in your assertion here. Not only has it obviously worked for you anecdotally, but I would say this is scientifically sound advice. You wouldn't learn to do math, or much of anything by "drawing from your head". It is terrible advice to give anybody that is learning anything. I wish art teachers wouldn't propagate such terrible advice for learning.

ergh....on another note, the sketch is awesome. I hope to develop myself into an artist as awesome as you are. You inspire bro!!
Finnguala Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
what you say is true. amen. and I like this.
mankinds-tourniquet Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
i completely agree.

seapuppy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard drawing with your reference upside down helps, but would really only work with a picture or photograph I guess. I haven't actually tried it yet though.
flamingmarsupial Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Thank you for the drawing advice. I think a number of young artists out there are struggling with bad advice from well-meaning but misguided art teachers. Thanks for standing up for photo-reference and drawing from life. The "mental library", as you put it, has to have something in it first. :)
Alexwind Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
thats some great advice and wow amazing job with the red head i mean all that coming all out of ur head^_^ is pretty cool
dreaminshades Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
studying references is the quickest way to get better! Finding the reference photos that you want to draw from is sometimes much harder...
ebas Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
"put in the ol noggin what aint there yet huh?" surprising looking at this man..looks friggin awesome and the chick looks hot...

mjtfreeze Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
They look so cute, their after-glow is so adorable. Redheads are SWEEEET!!!
SteveWeigl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
love the socks!
EnMity88 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
"When I was in high school, my art teacher Linda L. told me not to look at things when I drew because it was cheating." - Cheating? That woman needs to get smacked up! That's why I cut art class in HS.

Ryan Benjamin taught me "your only as good as your reference." Of course it refers to the inexperienced such as myself, still my art has improved drastically by using references.
Healing-Spirit Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
I love the expression on the girl on the right it's like "Aaaah, in this super awkward body crunching , blood rushing position - I'm Perfectly comfortable" :P Awesome stuff ;P
GoldenOne Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Wow in the thumbnail the figure on the left totally looks like Wolverine sitting slumped over with his back turned. When I clicked full size, I was like, whoa wait...
SharkNinjaBlueStar Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
I also can't believe you didn't think of this sooner....
twotoro Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
mmmhm. redheads......:)
Dibujantte Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Great Work, Thanks!!!
swordmaster007 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Its cute. :D
R-u-d-r-a Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
lovely :)
betteo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Shhheeeesh! That Linda!
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010   General Artist
HAHAHA exactly!
jmqrz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice my friend.... nice!
sakya Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Artist
damn right!

let s go look up for your art teacher, we ll make her have a hard time, mjjejje
ScottyShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wooo hooo love this!! man, I have a lot of art to look at I have been gone from DA too long!
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010   General Artist
yo! waddup, Scotty! good to see ya making rounds. hope all's well!
ScottyShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
busy and good my friend I hope you and your wife are doing fantastic:) Hope to see you real soon:)
rockie7chan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
is interesting. I love long legs and colors of stockings girls
farida Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
I like the one on the left, the pose is...... CRAZYYY !!!
how do you come up with those ?
boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
gotta love those redheads!:love: who the FUCK was this stupid bitch that taught you in art class? that has to be the WORST advice to teach a child. using a reference isn't cheating, TRACING is cheating! more evidence that teachers in this country are getting worse and dumber by the min. how badly did that scar you home skillet?
Cuori Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Student General Artist

That's like, the first rule of drawing... Wtf is up with that teacher?

Aside from that, I like the pose on the left muchly.
geralddedios Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
Word is bond....nice Sean!
reticle2020 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude what kinda of lame ass art teacher says that sort of thing? So were all of the great artists of history cheating? Most of them painted what they saw or were looking at!!! The only way to cheat at art is to trace...and great piece as usual Cheeks ^_^
TJverhagen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
You're an art machine!:) very nice!
TonyPants Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
Starting and ending the day with drawing ladies sounds like my kind of life! And I funny enough, I just had a conversation about warm-ups with a buddy earlier today and how heaps of great artists do them (which includes you now).
jtchan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Helloooo ladies. :-P

I agree with you -- I don't think it's cheating to look at stuff. Somewhere down the road, I think I got similar advice somewhere. I feel like it's only recently that I'm starting to look at stuff when I draw AND I am learning (imagine that!).

Maybe art teachers really mean to warn against tracing? Or maybe they think that we shouldn't look at pictures cause we were at a point that we didn't understand underlying structure?
rukamousse Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sound advice, man. ;D
Little-Miss-Sapristi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Strange. My art teachers (in high school and college) taught us to the exact opposite- try not to look at the paper- always look at your subject; otherwise how would you understand how things are shaped and so on? Made sense to me.

How on Earth could she describe it as cheating?
LOST14 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
My Art Teacher's the opposite. XD
He wants reference for EVERYTHING!
lkirkpatrick Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
yeah, that was really messed up advice. My college art teacher always said to look at what you are drawing. In fact we look at our subjects WHILE drawing, and only glanced at our paper. Pushed my skills much faster.
Doctor-Sooth Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
Dude that's crazy. That advice is the exact opposite of what my high school art teacher says.

"Drawing is 90% observation" is what he always says. Observation for the win.

Love your art by the way
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