But I have no artistic abilities.. Anyone start playing this and realize they're terrible at drawing? (With a mouse at least)
No, I realized I was terrible at drawing with a mouse before I started Drawception. So I went and bought a tablet when I started. :D
Haha. Looking at my early submissions I was pretty terrible, but as you develop your technique with the mouse you definitely pick it up quickly :)
I'm sure not an artist! When I see the GOOD artists putting out awesome panels, I look at them close and try to ape some of their techniques... but I'm still no master, that's for sure.
I think they biggest thing to get used to is learning how to layer everything to get it to look right. You have to work from the background to the foreground, I didn't realize that at first.
I also find that everything is better with a background color. Even when it's just a simple object and no background or setting is required, I'll splash a nice bright color in the background - it helps the flesh/light brown/light gray show up better with less need for outlining.
I've also learned that I can elicit better range of motion and mood from stick figures than I can from a standard figure. It's all about getting the pose just right - body language is everything. For actual full-bodied people, I'll often start with a stick figure and then throw clothes on it after.
When I started, my drawings weren't all that great either. Over time, though, I got better at using the mouse... with some practice in the Sandbox. :P You'll get better with effort. :)
Best advice I could give to anyone is to spend as much of the 10 minutes you're given. I think I posted some tips to another mouse-drawer before, but for the life of me, I can't find it. (Would be nice if Reed could implement some sort of tracking or notification for the forums. Search function isn't getting me anything.)
Here's the deal. Draw 300 drawings, and then go back and look at your first 5. You will see such an improvement. Look at anyone over 200 drawings and you'll see. Hell, look at mine.
I'm not an artist, never have been and never will be. Last time I drew something was 10 years ago, and then i found Drawsomething and then Drawception. Back then I didnt draw with a mouse, so this game was my first experience with it, and I figured some things out and I'm actually pretty happy with some things I've created.
Just keep slogging on and you'll improve, and you'll have fun while doing it. Its impossible to tell you're getting better until you can go back a ways and see for yourself. So keep at it!
You think drawing with a mouse is hard? Try drawing with a touch pad :D
You think a touch pad is hard? Try drawing on an iphone :D
That's soooo true about the difference after a while. Take a look at my very first drawings, they're hilariously poor.
Don't give up! I totally agree with the other players who suggest looking at their earlier pictures. We all improve... after a couple hundred pictures.
Here is my first (granted, with a trackpad): http://drawception.com/pub/panels/2012/5-5/kw7FbrdfSP-8.png
and here is one I did yesterday:
I'm not very good at drawing either, especially with a mouse.
That's the great thing about drawception, though: you don't have to worry too much about quality because it's just a game. If someone misinterprets your drawing, don't worry: that's what makes it interesting.
Also, I agree with other posters that have said that the more you play, the more your art improves. Practice does indeed make perfect! :)
I play on various computers. One with a mouse, one with a tablet and one with a touchpad. My drawings, while all primitive, vary wildly in quality depending upon which computer I am using. I think I suck most with the mouse, but I am getting better. Obsession makes perfect!
I'm great at painting, not so great at drawing... but I love this game and I think my painting skills help a lot. I'm not great at the fine details, but I always try my best, and I think people can tell.
I started playing on my laptop and drawing with a mouse. Now I play on my iPad with Safari and use a stylus, which helps a lot.
Dude I'm a horrible artist, but that never stopped me from playing. It's all about having a good time. :D I use a touchpad and I've found that it offers greater control with a mouse, but to each their own. In fact, I draw better with the touchpad than with pen and paper!
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