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I don't use guidelines stamp by DP-Stamps I don't use guidelines stamp by DP-Stamps
this is for any artist who prefers not to use guidelines when drawing.

I know it sounds silly, but a lot of people don't. I don't either, and it's not because I think I'm too good for them, it's because I rarely used them in the past so I feel more comfortable and I'm used to going for the body straight away. It really depends on the artists' comfort level rather than thinking how good they are without them, unless there are some cocky people who think they are better off without using them.

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Toraleii Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only draw a circle/lines for the head.
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SoullessPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
Same
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zaAaAaAAAacK Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only draw a circle. xD
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RedLotusPony Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know guidelines will make my art look better, but the picture always takes too long time to draw if I use them...
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IceStarDragonHC Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use Guidelines for humans and dragons/animals (only quick sketched ones). I use them and it works perfectly for me. but I think those lines are quite important to learn anatomy
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Itichiro Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't use guidlines too c: 
It ever took so long if you make guidlines -_-
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Wolvesrule38 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student General Artist
xD ikr
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Itichiro Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
XD oki 
And by the way thx for all the favs and the watch :hug:
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Wolvesrule38 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Welcome.
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Itichiro Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^o^
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Wolvesrule38 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
^_^
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Itichiro Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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Wolvesrule38 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student General Artist
^.-
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coconuttydog Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
I often only use very Little, like only a circle for guidelines, or just none at all.
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Simmeh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
It's whatever you prefer to do. Sometimes I use them and sometimes I don't. I don't think I know how to properly use them, though, or how to even properly draw... with or without. Oh well. I don't really like to draw much anymore anyway. :XD:
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Lightfoot-Hearts Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
I don't either :3 
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OdeToMiniatures Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I use them for the head, hands and feet. It helps me, but my sister doesn't like using them.
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jarleynygmobblepot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Writer
Me neither. I draw freestyle.
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YuuheiDanchou Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
using this...
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Fantasy-Fashionista Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I try using guidelines for poses. I look at tutorials on Youtube and in artbooks, how to draw the guidelines. They always come out like crap. -.- But I still try to draw them anyways...I just hate that the artists who use them make it look so easy to do, but then when I try, it's not perfect. Grrrrr....
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Spectral-Ninja Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Guidelines are your best friend. You just haven't been well acquainted with them yet. :(
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DP-Stamps Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
No I have been. I just prefer not to use them.
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Spectral-Ninja Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, last sentence was redundant. Derp.
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Spectral-Ninja Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, according to your artist's comments, you said you didn't use them in the past so you still continue to not use them. In my opinion, you should try to leave your comfort zone in order to improve your artwork, not just stay within a comfort level like what you said. If you don't take a risk, what is the point of even trying? Still, I'm not forcing to do it, though, I just want to consider it. I remember a period in where I just began to use guidelines. Yes, I totally sucked at it at first but no one gets it at their first try.I persisted over the past two years and until now, I have not perfected my anatomy but I could say that I am almost to the point where I could look at my artwork and be proud of it, even just a simple sketch

Also, you pointed out that many artist don't use guidelines. Please name to me any artist who don't? I will be the judge of their artwork.

According to this one person, she said that "WHY DO YOU NOT BOTHER LEARNING THE BASICS OF DRAWING AND ANATOMY? If you say it's just a hobby, JUST FUCKING STOP DRAWING. It's like you're saying, 'Swimming is just a hobby. I don't need to learn the basics.' GET OUT OF THE FUCKING POOL."

Not my words but, yeah, I remember reading it somewhere. Wise words indeed. Not that I'm asking you to stop but I just want you to think about it.

Also, consider this an advanced apology for what you're going to see in redlinedp.tumblr.com. I wish not to make fun of you during that time because I was really bored during that time.
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Torosiken-II Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
for some strange reasons I found your old comment when I am looking for stamp to use and I am going to say that I am not using that either. Not because I don't want to improve or anything, but us- who don't use guidelines are improving with OUR OWN WAY. We're not used to that, and learning to use guidelines for us is harder than people who is already used to it.

When I am using guidelines, somehow the picture just ended up worse. I am not used to it :/

Sure, maybe my proportion and all is worse to those people who uses guidelines. But I will eventually improve. By my own way.

And since drawing is my hobby, I can't stop it. It's what I like. I do what I like.

I have no idea why I am bringing up this old talk back. Meh. You can just ignore this :rofl:
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Spectral-Ninja Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hnnnnng???

Idk, when people say that they don't use guidelines and will improve without it? If you really want to improve, you really have to get used to this kind of whole anatomy and proportion thing before you fuck around with the rules. I mean, all my past drawing suck so hard and I used guidelines during those times. People who refuse to use guidelines for years barely improve from where they start as much as I could see it.

Also, guidelines are just that. Guidelines. They guide you. You don't have to out right follow the lines you set up but they help you along the way and expecting to master the art of guidelines is like telling a baby to talk immediately. It just takes a ton of practice and hardwork before it can start looking good. Being outside the comfort zone is somewhat of a requirement when pushing the boundaries of art. Again, Picasso. He did all those "unproportional" art works but he was really great at realism at the age of 14. He knew what rules to bend by learning the rules.

I don't know about you but I standby how I feel about guidelines. They were not made to destroy your artwork but to help you improve.

God, this comment is so old but freaking guidelines.
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Torosiken-II Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah true. My friend can draw realism when she is not using guideline. People have their starting point and their way to reach a point of something.

Just like what you say, guidelines are just guidelines.

I might be barely improving, and yes, they are made to improve you. What I meant here is I am not used to them and somehow the result of me drawing with guidelines is just worse than when I am not using them.
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Spectral-Ninja Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I know but when I started, I wasn't used to them either. But I went from this to this in a span of four years. Yes, it might not be nice on the first several tries but it takes time to perfect before breaking the rules. Also, having one lesson regarding guidelines is not enough. I had to look through several tutorials and I combined the lessons that I liked to arrive at my own unique guideline. Guidelines will help you get the feeling of the result. It's like a first draft. Then you adjust those lines in order to make it more pleasing. When I say guidelines are merely guidelines, I meant that the final output is not the same as the guide. I may come up with a guideline, the a sketch to define the figure, the lineart to give it a little more improvement on the silhouette before I get to coloring.

I'm just saying that it takes time to get used to something. It's not an overnight improvement. It takes practice to be able to use it properly.
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Torosiken-II Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But then again the FIRST human who tried to draw are most likely not knowing what a guideline is. Now we have tutorials and ref here and there. I know what you are getting at and I understand. What I am going to say is... us who don't use guidelines are just taking that guidelines are not our cup of tea. Not that we want to jump or anything or break the rule before going in thing (I know what it meant. Really). We are just not into it.
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NoName-sami Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
 ...Hello!  I know this comment is a year old, but I think the quote you used is a bit harsh.  Art is subjective;  there is no right or wrong way of drawing something regardless of the use of guidelines.   The definition of art varies from person to person.  I mean... look at Picasso!   Anatomy doesn't even exist in his pictures and yet people find his art amazing!  The bare basics of drawing to me is just learning how to use a pencil or a crayon or... something.   However, swimming isn't subjective; if you don't know how to even doggy paddle, you're gonna drown.  Art has no rules; anatomy isn't mandatory.  So if a guy wants to draw without guidelines,  let him draw without guidelines!  No one should quit what they love even if the process is wrong in someone else's eyes!  

...Don't get me wrong; I try to use guidelines,  but they aren't something EVERYONE has to use.  

Sorry, I just wanted to give my two cents.   Happy almost Halloween! ^^;
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Spectral-Ninja Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did sound rude there, didn't I?

Well, yes, I meant it towards people who are using the human figure but, to be quite honest, art is anything you put your heart into it. Picasso drew in a form no one accepted it as a masterpiece until his death. It's hard to place a name on what is art an what is not but, sometimes, there will be people who won't take art seriously and say, "I can pick up a pencil and a paper and drew a line hear and curve there. That will be considered art."

Yes, that can happen and it hurts when the one who treat art less seriously sometimes gets more of the glory than the one who worked years on practicing and learning and forming art that is new, just like Picasso. To say that you don't need guidelines is like skipping the basics.

What I was trying to say is learn as much as you can about artwork and try to reach a certain level of mastery before you decide the art style that works best for you. I forgot who told me this but even abstract artists have to learn realism before they can get to understand the underlying tones and rhythms they use in abstract.
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NoName-sami Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I see.  Eh, I was just giving my opinion.  XD
I'm still trying to learn, although I don't plan on art being my career, but it is always good to have experience with the main principles of art.  :)
Although I still don't think that anyone should give up a hobby they like. ^^

Have a nice day/night! :D
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DP-Stamps Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Whoops, I used the wrong coding.
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DP-Stamps Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I like my comfort zone. It's not because I'm too stubborn, it's because I like where I am now with my skill level. I'm not looking to improve, I'm just looking to have fun. That's what drawing and other art means to me. To have fun. If I want to improve then I'll seek out a way to do it. Right now I just don't want to. If people say I need to improve, okay, but I don't want to have to do it because they say so. I don't feel the need to start using guidelines because you or others say I should. It's one big reason why I refuse to go into any art field as a career.

Also, I never said "many" artists, I said "any" artist.

So you have been making the redlines?
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Spectral-Ninja Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, I am willing to understand it. I'll leave you where you're at. :D

Also, yes. I read your comment regarding it and I am truly sorry. I just wanted to have fun. I never intended it to hurt you. :(
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DP-Stamps Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Thank you for understanding :)

That's alright. I know I have stuff to work on and I don't mind if people point out a mistake or two but I get really uncomfortable when people take my art without my knowledge, correcting something or not ^^;
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Spectral-Ninja Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. :)

Yeah, I understand. I just thought it was ok because ome of your art work was there. Again, sorry. ^^;
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CaveLupa Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember getting a bad mark in my art class in elementary school for not using guidelines because we had to :D I can't use them somehow :D
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WickedGhoul Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
I use them every now and then if there's a really difficult pose but not often. Sometimes, they don't even help anyway lol
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YUNARUBYGEM Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I only use facial guidelines, the rest...I wing.
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sighvatur Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I think people should generally use guidelines until they have at least a basic understanding of how anatomy works. Otherwise everything they draw looks horrid. :T
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hermiethefrog Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I don't use facial guidelines much, but gesture lines for the body and such I do use.

Not sure if that's the same thing or not? :shrug:
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
agreed. i tried to use them...never worked out
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