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How to draw from your mind and create and interesting cool concept and character from imagination.

Drawing without using references.  How to draw from your mind and create and interesting concept and character from imagination.
How to get myself inspired to draw because when i draw i dont know what to draw from out of my head.

I have these questions comes up many many times. Well, here are some tips:

1) You have to practice draw and draw a lot of many things...look for all kind of inspiration from online, offline, forum, etc. Get some idea together...or you can start with some easy shape and form of cartooning...then go from there. Also practice life drawing, drawing from real life with the limited time will practice your brain to have a natural flow and be more efficient and economy in using line, shape and form. Practice make perfect,...when you try something new out of your comfort zone, the first few or more might not be good, but keep doing will see the big step up from where you start. Keep going and don't be discourage.

2) Also, Don't just focus on people. What I usually do. Practice drawing a lot of animal feature from good photo ref or go to the zoo. There are some weird looking animal everywhere, deep sea fishes, squid, and all kind of insects. Also looking at movies, video games, illustration book and a bunch of concept design from any good production studio. All of them combine, plus constantly seeking inspiration from something new, edgy...from these sources. Don't limited yourself by just looking at the fantasy or typical dragon drawing or painting...expand.

3) Study from real stuff first, then photograph is somewhat the last resource. To make something convincingly realistic, you have to imitate realism itself. Drawing real animal and make them convincing...then you will know the direction you want to go when create fantasy creature.

Recommended book by Knuckle!
-Creative Communication

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Luca said…
Well done man...I was one who asked you this question! :) It's really helpful, in fact yesterday (before I read this), I went out with my camera and took a cople of interesting photos, then I arranged them in Photoshop (enhanced colors, levels etc..). Now some of them really inspire me to create some new environment! thanks Xia and keep it up man!
dahaca said…
thank you!you rock!
Knuckles930 said…
Although for more professional purposes, I would recommand the book "Creative Communication".

It explains the idea's and technique behind some of the most successful commercial champaign's worldwide.

The begin of the book has some tips on how to get creative idea's.

But I have to say that its an expensive book though.
XIA said…
Luca> That's one of the good idea! Take photograph for yourself is the best way to get ref.

dahaca> You are welcome, thx

Knuckles> Thanks for the info, I will put it into the post.
Though I look on amazon...there are so many books with that title, do you know the author by any chance?
Knuckles930 said…
I got the book my self, so I'll put up a post on the community site. Next to that book I know a few other titles that are certainly also interesting.
XIA said…
Knuckle> Thanks brother!!!
If anyone has any Cool recommendation post them here also!!
Craig said…
Hi all,

Spectrum publishes a really nice book of fantasy art every year that you can get on Amazon. Also, for a more diverse set of images, the annual Society of Illustrators is awesome for inspiration, and to see lots of different styles and ideas.