Been asked this multiple times, but since I'm really busy I thought I could write up a journal to refer people to. This is mostly advice for beginners however, the Principles of design are important for all artists.
1 - Draw. Draw what you love, draw what you hate. Draw characters, places, things, monsters. Draw from life, draw from your imagination, and when you get sick of it, take a break; go outside see the sights, be adventurous, be hungry to learn new skills, then go back and draw some more.
2 - Skill takes time and experience so don't get too frustrated. If you ever have such thoughts or feelings teach them to push you to become better. I've been drawing for over 20 years, and I still had to relearn how to draw digitally. Art is always frustrating but you never stop learning unless you settle or give up so you have to decide if it's worth pursuing.
3 - Perhaps the most important is for you to learn the principles of design, they are invaluable and fundamental to all artists whether they know about them or not. If you know them you can use or break these rules to create better art and more effectively communicate your ideas.
The Principles include but are not limited to:
1. Shape/Notan- shape is self explanatory, Notan is a composition in which shapes create a design or make up overall sections of a picture.
ex: Art Nouveau is a great example of Notan - cifer-hewitt.tumblr.com/post/1… and www.pinterest.com/pin/20392868…
2. Line/Line variation/Line quality- lines made with the same thickness and consistency of light and dark are visually boring and static. Varying the lines gives each one a different quality, the eyes a more intriguing experience, creates more organic drawings, and can help create depth with little to no value.
ex: www.pinterest.com/pin/28970818… Will Terry is on Pinterest, and he has tons of folders with great examples: www.pinterest.com/willterry333… www.pinterest.com/pin/43283821…
www.facebook.com/UPROXX/videos… <--Master Penman must see
3. Value- Is light, dark and middle tone/half tone, or light and shadow. Shading uses different "values" to create complex shapes that form an image.
4. While a work of art, most of the time, incorporates Line, Value, and Shape mixed together usually only one of the three should be dominant in a single composition.
p.s. If any of the artists don't like me using their art as examples of excellent work, send me word and I'll remove it.