How the fuck do I take what is inside my head onto paper???? I can draw references but somehow straight from my brain????? Nothing 

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from wot ive read idk if itll help but ill try (:
Take some scrap paper and start roughing out compositions, keeping to basic shapes - stick figures for people and creatures, broad shapes for land and water and foliage, and so on. This will help you decide on a good 'plan' for your image and avoid the frustration of getting halfway through a detailed sketch only to realize your composition isn't working. Try not to spend more than a minute or two on each thumbnail; the idea is to quickly draft some ideas.

Once you've chosen a composition, it's time for your sketch! Do this with light strokes you can easily erase, starting with basic shapes. Before you start detail work, flip the drawing- by mirroring the canvas if you're drawing digitally, or just holding it to a mirror if you're using pencil and paper. (You can also use a light box or just place it against a well-lit window so you can see the drawing through the other side.) This will help refresh the drawing in your eyes so you can more easily see problems like an unbalanced pose or unintended asymmetry; our eyes tend to skim over what's familiar and thus miss errors, and flipping helps defeat that.

Once you have a good, balance-corrected sketch, the next step is either lineart or cleaning and darkening your sketch lines... but first, set the drawing aside for a few hours, maybe a day. Like flipping, this helps reset your eyes so you can catch any problems or errors before they become really difficult to correct. When you do start inking or darkening your lines, work on silhouette and then move to detail; you might also want to use thicker, heavier lines for foreground and focal points and thinner lines for background; this helps sell the illusion that foreground is closer and background is further away. From here, you can either do grayscale shading or go to color!

There are a lot of ways to color, and color and shading probably have the greatest effect on the mood of a piece- safe or dangerous, distant or intimate, cold or warm. Color is too broad and frankly too subjective to cover here, but do look at images that convey the mood you're going for before diving in. Be aware of light sources in the image, and perhaps save your really saturated colors for focal points. Don't be afraid to exercise your individuality here!

As you keep creating you will develop your own process, gain speed, and maybe be able to work with fewer steps. Don't be too disappointed if the final product doesn't match what's in your head; your hands need time to catch up with your eyes and mind. It'll come. (Besides, the audience can't see what was origin

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Thank you! That makes a lot of sense and helps a lot Yeah I just think I get stuck in the frustration part of it not looking exactly like what’s in my brain but just have to get used to it

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