Hi! It’s been awhile. I’ve been working on lots of sketches and stuff. I’ve also spent plenty of time on Paint Tool SAI, and I’m learning more as I go along.
Today plus the past few weeks or so, I’ve filled more than half of my thick sketchbook (that I bought January!) Some pages hold my characters, but the rest are from reference photos. They’re not all manga style people either. I sketched animals, landscapes, furniture, and plants. I also practiced with vanishing points. (very helpful!) Then, today I spent time on sketching VOCALOID characters. I didn’t trace, I copied a drawing by observing a photo, (just being clear O.O) and it’s all for practice. It helped a lot. Here’s a drawing before today’s reference photo drawing.
And here’s a recreation of the same character after practicing today.
Below are some of the sketches I drew from reference.
Bonus! I love this guy’s pose, and his face. It surprised me how well this turned out.
So never stop practicing, and use the right side of your brain! (no time to explain, look it up if you’re curious enough.) And there are no shortcuts to developing real skill.