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Taught or Self-Taught?

Discussion in 'Creative Zone' started by ShiroLugia, Jan 4, 2015.

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  1. ShiroLugia

    ShiroLugia ✂ No Longer Human.

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    How did you learn to draw? Did a friend teach you? Were you taught in school? Did you wing it and wanna do it all yourself? Was it difficult? Do you think different teaching methods changed your outcome? How did it change you or your art?
     
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    I'm self-taught. I think it was easier for me since I prefer learning things on my own. It probably did affect the outcome yeah, but I think everyone develops their own individual style.
     
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  3. Megarai111

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    I can't draw, that's why I make pixel art, lol...
    I'm self-taught, if I'd say so. When I'm making characters from a certain series, I do look up some pictures from the original series on the internet... that's a big help ^^
     
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  4. DracoFeathers

    DracoFeathers D to the R to the A C O!

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    I'm a mix of both class taught and self taught. Mostly I am self taught though. I never really liked being in art classes, or at least the ones I'd been in because they sucked. One class in particular we did almost nothing but still life and I learned to hate it because of that. Some i learned from those kiddie art shows too, which made it loads more fun than any class.

    I think the only art class I really enjoyed was in college actually, because I really liked the teacher from having him for my art history class. When I heard he was going to be running an art class I was all over it. I miss him. He didn't take any lazy shit xD He wouldn't pass people who didn't put any effort into the assignments. He'd either give them a failing grade or make them do it again.
     
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  5. MajesticFlygon

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    I know my dad is a good artist so i think i learned from him...but i don't remember him teaching me how or if anybody else did...so i'm leaning more towards self taught. (i looked at pictures and practiced drawing them sometimes and with no guide so i think im self-taught in a way)
     
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    I'm completely self taught, though sometimes I wish I has an experienced IRL friend who could teach me how to do certain things.
     
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    I'm self taught. I remember doing a LOT of tracing, so I had that learning technique down early. I haven't done any tracing or copying for learning in a long time though, I much prefer drawing things myself now. I'll look at a reference but usually only take the essence of it, or maybe a colour or shape. I'm doing an art&design course in college at the moment but by the look of things they won't be teaching us art techniques :| It's all how to use programs and what you can do with art, rather than actually creating it.
     
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    I'm also self-taught, I started off drawing like most others, first tracing and then trying to copy pictures I saw. After that got boring for me, I started doing my own thing and really stopped paying attention to other tutorials and the like, I was too excited to get started drawing stuff for myself. Maybe if I took more art classes I would be more improved than I am now, but I hate art classes because they limit my creativity. I'm going to keep learning my own way!

    That's a good way to put art programs @[member="Magpaeonia"] I completely didn't think of it that way but it's very true! @[member="MajesticFlygon"] hehe I would say so too, I think everyone starts with copying before developing their own style.

    @[member="DracoFeathers"] I wish all teachers were like that, I hate it when people take the class just for a grade :T

    uwaah~
     
  9. Englepsi

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    I am completely self-taught. This is the start of my fourth year drawing. Umm I think it's good to get a tutor at some-point to just understand lighting. I know that's my main struggle. Proportions used to be difficult but that was the first year of drawing that I had that going on.

    I would have to say the hardest part about doing drawing is what I'm doing now, I'm learning a new style. I used to do semi-realism and now I'm doing this semi-cartoon type of thing (Idk what to call it) for my Pokémon drawings.
     
  10. MajesticFlygon

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    Yeah when i was little i was tracing and copying people for a while and got used to drawing.
     
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  11. Steamlined

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    Self-Taught! Our school was useless when it comes to digital art, so I ended up just downloading the program and working out what all the buttons did on my own!

    It actually worked surprisingly well, as I can now handle an image editor pretty well! Back when I was into MLP (Don't judge), I used to make Vector images quite often in Inkscape. I've not touched Inkscape in a while, but I might do some time in the future. :)

    Plus, I'm apparently bad at being taught. Funny how that works out. :/
     
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    I was actually taught how to paint, draw, and just do a lot of artsy things in general.
    I love watching tutorials, and attempting to recreate works of art, and have been gradually been learning art in classes.
    It's pretty difficult for me to "art," but I'm getting better! Nowadays, I'm working in different styles that I've learned from others and incorporating them into my work.
     
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    I'm mostly self-taught when it comes to drawing. I am still learning how to draw things but now I'm focusing more on electronical means so I look stuff up online in order to learn how to do certain things in photoshop or when it comes to editing videos.
     
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    I taught myself photoshop since I was in HS. However, I took classes to learn Illustrator and Dreamweaver.

    I don't really draw much though, my hands get very shaky.
     
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    Self-taught, for the most part, mixed with picking up techniques like layer clipping, pen settings, etc. from watching some really nice speedpaints. I dislike art classes and often can't focus very well on any kind of tutorial, but I don't mind. I like taking my time!
     
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    My best friend is a really good artist, so she helps me with both traditional and digital art. Though I don't draw much and I'm not good at it like she is so she took it upon herself for me to be her "student" lol.
     
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    I think both because I'm good at drawing but I got better through art class in school and looking at tutorials
     
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    I've never taken any professional classes (my school art classes unfortunately sucked, we never had any good teachers because the school poured all its money into sports), so I taught myself through trial and error and looking up tutorials and references online. It was really hard to learn how to draw some things and learn how lighting affects things, but I think it was worth it in the end.

    I always made sure to learn from life and photographs, as I've heard stories about people trying to copy other artists' styles when learning to draw, and they end up learning their mistakes, which can be hard to fix. If I learned anything from being self-taught, it's to learn from life and then develop your style as it goes on, don't just try to mimic someone's else's style. You can take bits from other people to improve yourself, but straight-up copying just gets you nowhere.
     
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    Self-taught all the way! I find that to be a much better way of learning since you can go at your preferred pace and do things your own way. Way back in the early and mid-2000s there were a few talented artists I looked up to on Neopets (maaaan memories) which pushed me to go the extra mile and practice a lot. Since then I've improved greatly. ^_^

    Learning art in school is bluh. The internet is enough of a school lol.
     
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