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This article is aimed to help the self-learners to train with more effectiveness adapting the idea of training to level up in an RPG game.

EXP= experience point
pt= points
You should level up per 100 EXP gained. When you level up 20 levels you can decide whether you changed class or not.
Fun factor point= it's important to keep fun factor up otherwise it's easy to lose interest.

Disclaimer: all my numbers are estimate based on my personal training experiences, numbers of improvements vary per person. Self-Judge by your result.


Level 0- have trouble drawing anything including a circle, straight lines, and curves.                
>> if you are level 0, start from training A.

Level 1- can draw basic shapes and basic characters made out of basic shapes like stick figure
>> start from training A-1

Training A: Basic shapes - for starters
0- you must get used to using your hand to draw (other than writing) start from drawing circles, straight lines, long curves. If you notice you are drawing too slow, you also need to keep practicing until you get faster at drawing basic shapes.

Draw 20 pages full of these shapes: +20 EXP  
Fun Factor = 0 pt

1- After you get used to basic shapes, move to draw basic shape construction based characters, most cartoon characters are based on that. Think Hello Kitty, bunnies, etc.

At this point you can already start to make funny scripts.  

Draw cartoon characters doing nothing +1 EXP
Draw cartoon characters with emotion and interaction and script +5 EXP and Fun factor +10 pt

After you are able to make characters based on basic shapes and do fun scripts to entertain yourself, you start to take an interest in coloring and drawing more complex characters, time to level up to Newbie Artist training!


Level 2 Developing Artist- You can draw basic characters, but have trouble drawing more realistic styles, or anime/comic styles that reference realism.

Developing artist-
You can do basic characters, but might have trouble drawing more advanced things like poses, perspectives, backgrounds, or anatomy in general. At this point we also switched into two basic class of artists:


Class A: Basic Character artist - aiming to level up in realism, detail, poses, anatomy, fabric.

Class B: Basic layout artist - aiming to level up in perspective, drawing different materials, items, vehicle, such as trains, airplane, factory, robots.


Class A character artist training:

Anatomy practice:

0: Tracing good anime pictures: accuracy +1 per pic

a: Copying by eyeing only: accuracy +1~ +5 per pic

A:  Drawing your own anime/cartoon/ characters trying to improve anatomy, perhaps you get 5 points in exp, fun factor +5 pt

Working without reference or loosely using reference: error +10,
Working with reference closely: accuracy +5, error -2


B: Tracing anatomy related reference, accuracy + 3 pt, fun factor -5pt

C: Copy a full anatomy picture 5 times, you level up with 30 exp.
bad part is you can't use it much other than studying.
Fun factor -5pt per drawing.
Must doodle to maintain fun factor!
Doodle for fun: fun +5 pt
Doodle and apply anatomy into your own drawing after studying: accuracy +5, fun factor +10 (due to stronger satisfaction from learning and applying right away)
D: Take figure drawing class with a good instructor: +10 ~ +15 exp each class

Time factor: for anatomy knowledge, there's time factor, if you stopped practicing for a while, even pros will get rusty, so you must keep practicing.

But if you learn to paint from copying the fine art masters and how they handle lights and darks, and analyze their techniques, you might gain 50 exp.

Keep it balanced, do both your own art and keep studying, whenever you choose to study a master's drawing your level goes up technique wise, but not fun factor nor story factor.
Same article With pictures: [link]

testing... not done...
I have to figure out how to insert images later... @@b
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AuroraWhite Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This helped me quite a lot actually. More than I thought it would. Do you have an updated version of this? (I think you made a copy ninja thing but I don't think its related to this)
mayshing Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
i will probably make an image based tutorial later based on this one. Thanks for the feedback. If it helps i will go further with the idea.
TheRierie Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I like this. :D
CinnaMonroe Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is so awesome!! Especially with the visuals!! The poor deformed circles are hilarious :XD: (But those are probably part of my population of circles I draw anyways, lol. I usually can't do one stroke to make a circle, I have to draw one side then lift my pencil and draw the other side.... TIME FOR PRACTICE!!)
SonicEdge7 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this...this is awesome! :'D
mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
my forum has pics: [link]
SonicEdge7 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yup! officially faved! =D
mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
this is going to be loooong. ^^bb
SonicEdge7 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
have fun! =D
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