I would love to draw digitally, but I can’t and I see it as, if I can’t draw by hand, then I can’t draw at all.
I have ZERO patience to draw and get easily frustrated.
But with a clear and vivid mind, I CONSTANTLY think about what my novel characters would look like in anime or semi-anime form.
That is why I can’t explain my characters in the story, because the way I see them in my mind is WORLDS different from how I describe them. I can’t find the words to make their appearance a reality.
So, I would love to draw them, but drawing and learning to draw was never my strong suit.
Having to draw my characters from my stories or my favorite anime characters in my art style now, would irritate me because I SUCK AT DRAWING MAJORLY.
I never took the time to practice and get better.
Anyway, drawing digital through artist apps are cool, but there is still the matter of “you need to get the concept of drawing by hand in order to draw digitally” that freaks me out.
I sometimes think about creating a anime webtoon or having my own manga, but I am horrible at drawing.
TL;DR: I wish I could draw what I see in my mind professionally, whether by hand or even digitally.
What I would do is draw your version of the top one. It’s simpler. Then you work your way through the individual parts. The hair, the face shape, the eyes, and you can even copy it while you practice. It’s okay to copy while you practice.
Your hand needs to get used to the movements and your brain needs to get used to seeing it.
I would even try to draw it exactly the first time around.
I once tried to draw anime-type hair a few years ago
But if you want to draw your characters, doesn’t that make you feel motivated? Even if you do it ten minutes every few days? Even if you only draw when you feel like it, it’s still progress and you might still see a little improvement.
Ah, I see. But I get your frustration. Sometimes I feel that way, too. Especially when I see people around me speeding off into the horizon, drawing awesome things or publishing their book. I’m trotting after them with, what I feel at the time are “mediocre skills” and thinking I’m not getting any better.
But then I have to remind myself that skills take time to improve. Nothing is instant (sadly we can’t just take a skill pill or something and immediately know how to do the thing, but then what’s the reward in that?)