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Fellow BBWCA reader, Dean, asks a very honest question: “How to start this journey with no experience and very basic drawing skills?” Here’s the full question (edited for clarity):

Hi Eliott
I’ve always been a creatively minded person, I’ve spent most of my time as a musician but I loved my design and art subjects in high school.  I know concept art is the career path that I want to head down, however I don’t know how to transfer the ideas I have in my head onto paper, because my drawing skills are currently at an extremely basic level (next to nothing), I need guidance on how to start this journey. Any advice is greatly appreciated!


Hi Dean
It sounds like there are a couple of things that you need to be doing. In your shoes, I’d start at the beginning and take some art classes!!  You will need a working knowledge of the artistic fundamentals such as: perspective, color theory, light and shadows, human form, etc. While this may be an uphill challenge, as you improve over time it will yield the greatest results in the long run. Every great artist has to start somewhere!  Check out my Resources Page to get an idea of what schools or online classes you can enroll in today.
The second thing I would advise you to do is to learn a 3D modeling program. (There are a plethora out there- 3Ds max, Z Brush, Blender, etc.  Personally, I find 3D Coat to be simple, intuitive and fun.)  If all you want to do is get your ideas out of your head, using digital programs will allow you to do so the quickest, with “easy” success. (Your ideas may not come out exactly the way you want them to, because your artistic ability will be limited, but once your model is textured, lit and rendered, you’ll see results far more impressive than if you had drawn them yourself. That’s just the power of the computer it’s the “great equalizer”.
Do you have something weighing on your mind that you’d like adressed?  Send your questions, comments and emotional outbursts to me@eliottlillyart.com and I’ll do my best to respond.
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