There once was a girl (let's call her "Ava') who loved to doodle, so she decided to study costume design in college. Most of her classes were about design and figure drawing, but she picked up some other art tips here and there.
A few years after she graduated college Ava found herself in a boring computer job, doodling away on graph paper and playing around with MS Paint. She found a fun style that she could use to make RPG and MMO character avatars for her friends in different online forum communities. It became a fun hobby and helped her get used to drawing again.
She liked to draw characters like this one:
And so she put them all in a big album called "Ava's Avatars" to show her friends.
But one day she realized that there was nothing more to learn. She could make any avatar that was requested even the Fire-Breathing Werewolf-Dragon-Vampire-Ghost-Demon-Llama Thing
, and she could finish even the more detailed ones in less than an hour. She needed to expand her experience and try something new!
It was time to venture into the unknown.
With some of her not-so-hard-earned money, she purchased a nifty Canon scanner and Wacom Intuos 3. Inspired by the budding artists on these forums, she decided to start doing at least one drawing a day, and she would scan the best ones to start working on line art.
Ava was quite happy with her first attempt, though her lines were a little shakey and she wasn't brave enough to start adding highlights, shadows and textures. She had drawn a little cartoon of herself... at least, it was a girl with her hairstyle and a similar outfit. Best to start with what you're familiar with, eh?
Next, she decided to concentrate more on just the lines. She scanned a quick figure sketch:
Then she focused on the details of the jacket and came up with a somewhat satisfactory line drawing that only took a few minutes. Ava was definately starting to get more comforatable using the graphics tablet. Alas, her lines are still a little shakey and she would love to hear suggestions for how to work on making them smoother.
Ava plans to post more of her daily drawings in order to update you all on her progress! She hopes to one day make a web comic or illustrated story, but knows she has a long way to go first! If you would like to help Ava reach a happy ending (or perhaps segue into an entire miniseries), please feel free to post your constructive criticism and words of encouragement.