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I have not been a member of DeviantArt for that long, but during the time I have been here I have indeed come across some fake artworks, some who has been accused of faking and some who accuse people of faking.

*** Now I will stress this point, that this is my personal oppinon on this subject, so keep that in mind when reading ****

First I would really like to say the following to those that do fake art, either by stealing other peoples art and claiming it is their own or by using unartistic ways to achieve greater results than they normally would:

"Faking artwork is not only telling yourself a lie you might start to believe in the end but it discredit the hard work of people who make genuine art, both being very bad"

And the second thing I would like to say, is that if you suspect someone of cheating/faking artwork, that itself is not enough, I mean you dont go trashing your neighbours car cause you suspect he stole your lawnmover, a important thing to rememer is that if someone is flagged for cheating and/or faking and they are not, that is a blow that is hard to get rid of, if you do not have proof you are basing your suspicions on your own beliefs or just plain rumours, and that also discredit the hard work of an honest artist.

I really don´t like to listen to rumours that much, especially when it is mostly just based on oppinions, and when I do encounter rumours I can quickly tell if it has a solid base or it is just guesswork.
I can also understand the thought of entertaining the notion of wanting to cheat and fake your artwork for faster results, but still that does not give you the right to do so, after spending 300 hours on just 3 drawings I know what it means to struggle with getting things right and also the effort that goes into creating artwork.

In light of this topic I thought I would get to round 2 of Simple drawing tips

1. Using the grid I do not trace, but I have used the Grid when drawing, especially when drawing very accurate drawing, it is an acknowledged way to get a high accuracy in drawing, and many does use it.
A grid can be as simple as using 2 center lines, one horizontal and one vertical to divide both your drawing and reference into 4 equal parts, this way can focus on the smaller parts and it is a very easy way to connect the dots on a drawing, you can divide it pretty much as far as you want to go, an 8x8 grid system will provide a more accurate result than a 2x2.
Allthough the grid system has a lot of benefits in it´s use, I would strongly advice limiting the use of the grid cause it can be something you become dependant on and you might find it hard to draw without it.

2. Point measuring If you are drawing something to scale or resizing with simple steps, like x1.5, x2, x3 etc you can use point measuring.
You basicly find a easy point on the reference, measure across then down or up, note the number ( time it by how much you are rezising the reference, so if you measured 2 by 3" you time it by 2 if you are doubling it and you have 4 by 6" ), measure on your drawing paper across then adjust the height by measuring from top or below, now you have your first point, then you add another point that has a connection with the first one a few inches away fromt he first, then you line out what is in between, the more comfortable you get using this system the less points you have to use.
And this saves you from using grid lines which can sometimes shine through when shading over, even after erasing them.

3. Measuring with the pencil For lifedrawing this is an invaluable tool, you basicly hold your arm straight and use the lenght from the tip of your thumb to the tip of the pencil to estimate the distance on the person and/or subject you are drawing, and use the same distance on your drawing pad to replicate the proportion in comparison to the distance you are from the model/object.
This you can also do on a reference ( much harder if you are resizing, then id recommend one of the above tips ), use the tip of your thumb while holding the pencil on an edge and adjust the lenght of your pencil in your hand to find the next point, for instance measuring from the edge of the paper to the start of the neck, then you can measure how thick the neck is.
This is a very good way of measuring and also a very fast way, if you are doing a lot of lifedrawing, drawing landscapes etc, this is an extremely powerful tool.

4. Tracing Basicly putting your drawing paper ontop of the reference, and tracing what you see.
Now this is something I do not use, and I have no intention of ever using it, but if there is one area I can imagine using this it would be if there was a lineart I wanted to color, but I can just achieve the same results without tracing, and also I feel tracing is very restrictive cause it gives so little room for your own interpretations.

5. Freehand measuring Now this is where you need a lot of work to get things right, but also the one thing you can practice to such perfection that you will never need any other way to measure with.
I can do this ok as of now, I never get it 100% but it is surely one of the best practices I know of to train your eye-hand coordination, and you have to use everything you know about drawing to get things accurate.
It works in simple terms by finding a starting point on what you are drawing ( choosing something that looks easy to draw is adviced, like starting with the forehead on a person ),  looking at the angle, the distance and drawing the same line on your paper and adjusting as you go ( if you draw light enough, you can go in slightly harder when adjusting ).
You have to look at the negative space the person or object is creating with the background, see the shape on make sure you get that same shape on paper, so if you have the negative space on the left side of a persons face and also the right side, then you will have the positive space in between, i.e you have captured that person.
This way of measuring touches so many rules of drawing that this tip would be very long if I were to go into everything, but one thing that is for sure, the more you practice this method the better you will be and the less you need to rely on other ways of measuring.

6. Adding interesting textures An easy and interesting way to add varying textures is to lay your drawing paper ontop of a textured surface, like putting your paper ontop of a rouch sawed off piece of wood or even ontop of a concrete block, then you lay your pencil sideways and shade evenly across the paper ( a softer pencil is adviced 2b min. ), then the texture of the underlying surface will appear on your paper.

7. What defines what you are drawing If you are drawing a person, the eyes are always important but quite often you will find other characteristics about the person you are drawing that defines that person more so than the eyes, a good example is the lips of Angelina Jolie, if you have drawn the eyes right but mess up with the lips you will not have completely captured her.
Sometimes a person can have big or small ears, a characteristic nose, might have overbite or even underbite, so what defines a person is something to really look for and should be a place you spend more time on.
When it comes things like inanimate objects, funnily enough often gives you more freedom when it comes to choice, you might focus on just the one fruit among many and blur out the rest to create not only a focal point but also something different and interesting.

8. Using mental library as reference This is more in the drawing from memory department, but it is a well used system.
When you are drawing a face or more designing a face and composing your own OC, you might look at a lot of different pictures to find the type of eyes you want to use, the nose, the lips and so forth, and you can combine different references as much as you want, you can have the eyelashes of one, the eye color from another and the eyebrows from a third.
This is something that doesn´t just come out of nowhere, it is something every artist builds up over time, a musician builds up a library of beats over a long time and can use and combine things from the past into a new fresh tune.

9. Adding your own touch I have done my share of pure copying, and more and more lean towards manipulating what I see so I can put my own personal touch on the drawing.
Im not saying that copying isnt something you learn from, but I am saying that it is something you learn a lot from very fast, but the learning quickly comes to a halt if you just copy and don´t do anything more with it.
So trying to add your own personal spin on what you are drawing is not only important but vital for finding out what kind of artist you are, when you see a Van Gogh painting, you know it is Van Gogh cause of the style he used.

10. Just draw, and a lot This could easily be tip 1-10, cause it is just simply the most important tip of them all, cause there are no shortcuts, if you do not draw alot it will take a lot longer to meet your own expetaction and achive the result you want.
Just bring that scetchbook with you, draw everything and anything, and that is the way you will get better, drawing a lot comes first then everything else.



Thank you to all my watchers and everyone who fav and has favorited my work, have a nice day all. :D
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JimmiGilbi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice post Tommy.

Do I sense some flirting in this thread? Nina, Tommy- Hmmmm! :sherlock:
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much friend.

Well, online flirtling doesn´t count. Its just basicly written words on a monitor. :)
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JimmiGilbi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol lmao and your welcome
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
:D
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InsaneKane87 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally someone who said it right. I love all your tips, very spot on as well!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for those kind words.
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Dragons-Garden Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
You forgot to add 'Layering' :) Great post btw! Have a nice day too :hug:

PS: It makes me want to go buy more baterys ;)
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
hehe, yeah i guess so but layering doesnt really touch this topic as much as the other ones. :hug:

Oh, I got some, can certainly send you them. ;)
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Dragons-Garden Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
^^ :hug:

Oh yeah! Battery donations are always welcome :D ;)
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
yeah that too. :hug:
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