Here’s the Response
Certainly. I started drawing them in september of 2016. But I only draw them very occasionally.
I went through my archive and these were the only ants I could find
(images reposted at the bottom)
I coulda sworn there were more but I think I must have misplaced them when switching computers in 2017.
Process: there’s not really a process to speak of. I just drew the cute head shape on some lithe fem bodies and drew em all segmented like. I don’t really do complicated drafting processes.
Study recommendations: How Fast you Git Gud at drawing all depends on how hard you work. You can level up to my skill in as little as 2 years if you Go Really Hard. I spent a very slow 10 years or so building up to what I can do. And what I Have Done and Am Doing is roughly as follows:
Draw from your imagination as much as physically possible, staying up days and nights, ignoring all other responsibilities and activities aside from binging games occasionally. Do this for ten years.
do a ton of studies. copy photos by eye, copy paintings by eye, draw people from life. Do this at least once a month. do this for the latter 5 years of those ten years.
These are choices I made because, shockingly, I have always loved drawing! and I still love drawing! so I draw and I often ignore other things.
This is what I did. It is not likely to be healthy for you or other people (it wasn’t necessarily healthy for me), and is not Advice, just an example to learn from.
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE PROBABLY RECOMMEND:
Do a TON of studies. Gather numerous references and study materials. copy photos of people and every possible thing in the world around. Do studies of primitives. Train your hands to obey you by doing draftsmanship exercises like drawing hundreds of circles and straight lines. Learn to see how things are actually shaped as opposed to the way your mind prefers to abbreviate them. Draw from your imagination and don’t shy from doing this just because you don’t like how it looks.
do this every day for fastest results. the less you do it, the slower you’ll git gud.
personally I think the best thing to do is just draw A LOT. no matter if it’s from imagination or studies.
BUT. as far as my sense of anatomical abbreviation, I dunno. I’ve just drawn so many figures I start to distill them. Everyone distills the figure in their own way. There’s no explanation that will let you just tap into it immediately and know how. you have to put in the time learning all the intricacies of the human form. this can take years and years.