I can't draw my own stuff. I just can't, it's like a big mental block. I like drawing existing stuff like characters or things in general but I literally can't come up with anything original. Can I make it by drawing illustrations of existing stuff only?
Or to put it in another way - I can't design at all.
>>3343977I have this mental block too. Whenever I do fanart or portraits of real people or something it comes out way better than when I try to draw my original characters. Luckily drawing fanart gets lots of eyes on your work. I've been able to still be hired for things and in fact one of my favorite jobs has been getting to draw my favorite comic characters on collectible cards so my fanart has been useful. On other projects they just give me the designs and I'm able to draw them really well so the client is happy. As long as you draw well there will always be a need and a place for what you do.
>>3343986>Whenever I do fanart or portraits of real people or something it comes out way better than when I try to draw my original charactersYeah, exactly. I am thrilled to make a fan art of a character I like but I can't do shit with my "OC", I don't know what clothes they should wear and so on. It's tiresome.
>>3343989Yeah, it's difficult. One thing that has helped though is looking at other people's OCs and character designs I like. For instance Tite Kubo puts his characters in interesting clothes a lot. I also glance at fashion magazines when I can. It's helped me come up with more variety and interesting things I can throw into a design. I'd suggest maybe doing some of that.
>>3343977that's because you're not an artist. many people make this mistake. it's like being cool, you can't make yourself cool just by wanting it, and if you try to be cool, well then that's not cool at all. the best you can ever do is act cool and hope you only ever meet people stupid enough to not notice everything you say is quoted from the fonz verbatim
>>3343977It's not a mental block you idiot, it doesn't exist at all. That's why it's difficult.
>>3343977Try and worldbuild a bit. Like why would your character, vehicle, or product look a certain way. Is there something in the world you’re creating that would influence them? Like say everyone has cat ears or something. Glasses would be designed differently since ear pieces wouldn’t rest at the side of the head. Hats would have to accommodate the cat ears, people would have hairstyles to show off or accentuate or even hide their ears, etc.
>>3343977For me it's the complete opposite. I can't even get myself to draw a regular human without making it look like a bipedal cockroach abomination.
>>3344061If you can't draw regular humans what do you normally draw? Bipedal cockroach abominations?
>>33439771) memorize something you like till you can draw it without reference2) manipulate it: make small changes at first, then larger ones -- it doesn't need to look good, just do whatever you feel like. You can keep what works and discard what doesn't. 3) repeat many times. It gets easier the more you do it.4) combine together elements from different things you've studied.
>>3344019I'd say it's pretty darn cool if one's entire vocabulary comes from the Fonz.
>>3343977I dont think thats a problem at all, infact continue to do what you like and practise designing on the side, i had that phase before and really designing is a lot about copying and mixing ideas and designs from different parts of other peoples design into your own.
>>3344715This>>3343977You can also start by drawing from reference but adding some small changes of your own. Make the nose bigger or put them in different clothes or something. This should help you to get comfortable with drawing your own stuff without having to create an entirely unique piece all at once. Exaggerate these changes until you're starting to create almost everything by yourself, then it will feel much less daunting.And if you're talking about creative blocks, you just need to daydream and imagine more. You could try reading fiction too, I read some medieval fantasy books usually and that really gets my imagination racing in that genre.
You can't draw your own stuff because you don't practice drawing your own stuff. You don't practice drawing your own stuff because it's hard. It's hard because you don't practice drawing your own stuff. It's a common thing to see, because compulsive photostudiers tend to get very competent at doing really nice photostudies, and then when they draw from imagination it looks AWFUL by comparison. It's incredibly discouraging and tends to put people off imagination drawing. I had a long phase where I was terrified of drawing from imagination for basically that reason, it devastated my self esteem to think I was good and then draw such beginner-tier shit. Your imagination shit will almost always look a bit worse than your studies, because using references is the equivalent of taking an open-book test, you can just look up the material whenever you're stumped. You might get a better 'grade' at the end (a nicer looking piece) but how much of that was from what you know, as opposed to what you could look up and parrot? Which isn't to say 'never use refs', especially if you've got a project where the outcome is more important than learning, but you need to actually test your imagination drawing to get better at it. It's a very different skillset to observation drawing, and while observation drawing might 'build your visual library' as people like to say, it won't actually help you use it, because it's like your dumping your 'books' into big piles and not organizing or understanding them. Drawing from memory, reducing things to basic concepts (like simplifying into basic shapes) etc basically consolidate and catalogue your mental library.
>>3343977>Can I make it by drawing illustrations of existing stuff only?You can make a living out of drawing protraits
>>3343977dont feel bad about it, not everyone is a creative geniusunless you are legit 4 digit iq or mentally insane everyone takes bits and pieces from other peoples work and mushes it together and say its OCjust accept this and you will make it
yeah that sucks the less tools in your arsenal kek y'know?wellthe more open to ass blasting criticism you are!success in drawing = x + y + z + p + $ + time + g + q + r + 7 + @x = imagination = thoughts + wishes + feelings y = remix'ability = ability to take someone elses imagination and steal bits and incorporate it into yours z = The emerald Flame = the secret ingredient only people who went to art school know p = The coral Flame = good taste aka inherent homosexuality or femininininininessty$ = autism / cash , if you aint got autism you better have da cash to hire one "advisor" if autistic, its built in ya brain, but you should "probably" get some monies for yknow, stuff to keep around you to make everyone think you are normal and not a weirdo for drawin 11x hrs a day. dont like money ? keep it around otherwise people will bite into ya draw time.time = see $g = grit = if ya have to ask, ya don't got it. back to weenie hut jr wiht ye, watch "the Reward" animated short to see what I mean g -> s grit also implies scrappiness; the ability to macgyver r = relevance how popular u r and how good are you at keeping up with trends7 = seven? what? are you delusional? oh yeah, mental illness and logic kek why can't you be more self aware like your father?@ = ability to troll other artists as your "hobby" because hey fuck soccer and small talk
>>3343977OP that's what you get for always copying when studying. Draw your own shit some time OP take what you learned from studying. Don't just mindlessly copy a photo.
>>3346997W-wha? Is this pasta?
>>3343977actually analyze things understand why shit works how it works, thatll help you manipulate w/e. also look at other peoples shit to get inspired. maybe look at an artists work and try to draw a similar subject matter without exactly copying their work of course. creativity takes practice noob
Nobody cares about your stuff. Clients tell you what to draw, studios give you descriptions and refs.Yes, you can make it.
>>3348479What if I want to make my own stuff and sell prints?
Same here. I hold a firm belief that if I want to commit on a large painting project, then it has to be perfect. But I am completely indecisive in composition, so I can't start painting. At the same time I don't want to paint random, meaningless scenes or figures. When it comes to fan art, either I don't care about the composition as much and I start drawing quickly, or because I am such a big fan, I can visualize the composition easily.