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Drawing violins - things you need to notice by JaneMere Drawing violins - things you need to notice by JaneMere
A summary of important points for drawing a violin player. 
Hope it helps. 

* It's better to seek reference from video clips of those famous violinists, rather than from TV/movies, since the actors/actresses are not necessarily good at playing violins (some are pretty bad at it). 

FYI: I just came across a video describing 3 main bow-holding ways. 
Different Types of Bow Holds
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONPh0W…
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Tammi-Adopts Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016
thanks for sharing 
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ErixOliver Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial :D (Big Grin) 
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Ishiyua Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Student General Artist
Shiroganeee... Peanut..
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Shiroganeee Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Student General Artist
Just wat I need..

The struggles..
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TakitokaHikari Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist
The big problem is when artists use references of photography of people who doesn't know how to play a violin, and they are wrong, only for show something "beautiful" xD  They may use a real violinist of a video (who shows the correct way).
I play the viola, and I'm so thankful to you for intend to help and correct this usual mistake in art :)

P.D. This gif, for example, is so bad hahaha Violinist Fella (Music Band) 

Sebastian Michaelis (Playing Violin) [V1] This is good :D
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Crystal-Star74 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this. It drives me nuts when someone draws someone playing the violin and they're bowing on the finger board or something similar to that. Now I can improve on drawing violin hand positions as well :aww:
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rm928 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015
As a violinist who pulls his hair out every time he sees someone post a piece with a violin in it and something, more usually all of it, is wrong I thank you. This instructional is a gift and I hope everyone in the world sees it!
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DynamicInstability Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
As a violinist, I really appreciate this!  
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UrbanCyclist Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
I've been playing the violin for 44 years now and this is a very good primer. If drawing the violin itself you should study real violins/violas for the subtleties. The violin is supported by the head and you can take both hands off the instrument and it stays exactly in the same place. The other thing to note is that when playing on the E string (high notes, inside towards persons body) the violinists left elbow moves out away from the body and on the G string (lowest notes, outside away from body) the left hand elbow moves further into/across the body.
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DeusApparatus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I've been playing the violin for 11 years: most things seem to be pretty accurate!
You'd need to see a real instrument or some good pictures for this: The proportions of the instrument, the overall shape of the instrument...The subtle curvature of the body. there's also the lip on the edges of the instrument which should be considered. Of course, this just requires simple knowledge as to how the instrument is constructed.
Posture is pretty good. Though when a good player shifts into a higher position, the elbow moves outwards towards the front, hand over the side of the body, hugging the instrument. 
I hope this helps you or anyone else who happens to see this post!
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Greatnini Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very informative! I used to draw a violine a few weeks ago, but there I used a reference pic with David Garret on it, so I think i did the crucial points right :)
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Andracus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Accurate and beautiful... reminds me of my childhood days when I was still playing it. I wonder, maybe I'll start again at some point.
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joiski Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!!This is so helpful! :D:D:D You really have knowledge about this :love:
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KinimiHucashi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much :D
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DvAsk Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Thank you so much!!! 
Do you take requests?
In case you do - please make tutorial about bass players (electric). :D
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Bacardie Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This tutorial is really helpful! ^-^
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Sakura-Hyuga Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Been playing violin for 8 years and this is a pretty accurate tutorial! The first picture however, I think the bow might be a bit too long? Amazing and helpful tutorial though!
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Raspberrychan3 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student
Thank you so much, this is a very helpful tutorial!!~ :D

A question though, I noticed on your pixiv that you have some other really cool looking tutorials that aren't in english. Do you have plans to translate them as well sometime in the future? Thanks again!
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Forest-of-Stars Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's kinda funny seeing how I literally am just starting to learn how to play violin. All of this is pretty much correct. (My teacher says I have excellent posture so far.)
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emsy-ree Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist
As a former violinist myself, I'm really glad that you made this XD I see so many people depicting violin playing wrong and ughhh!!

Thank you so much! :hug:
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ShironeMai Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FINALLY SOMEONE SAID IT!!!:iconiloveitplz:
I've played the violin for about 5 years now and have always been irritated when artists kind of wing the way to hold  a violin in an art piece (even though some of those artists are fantastic at their craft).  I can understand the slight difficulty of drawing the grip of the bow but when I see the bow aaaaaaaall the way up the neck or something like that, then that's when I start to cringe from sadness….:iconcrycryplz:
So I thank you miss JaneMere for this lovely contribution :D
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yakkingyetis Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
how do u make everything u draw look so awesome !
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Angeloflight0925 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you SO much! I used to play the violin myself, so I know some of what to avoid when drawing someone who is playing it, but it's always great to have more reference, especially when you can't actually use yourself as a model!
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Yay-123 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! This is so nice. Especially because of all the terrible drawings of miss-positioned violins out there > n < 
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MeganEliMoon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very helpful. Thanks very much for making this guide/reference.
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Blazingocean Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it, SummerHaze132 check this out
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SummerHaze132 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
haha this is all the stuff my teacher has been trying to teach me in real life, and yet i still make mistakes when I play!
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Choulaphone Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much
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DarkeAngel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   General Artist
one of those tutorials you never knew you needed till you have it. thanks! ha ha!
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CrystalCatArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! This is very helpful and informative because I have played for years and every time I see a picture on someone playing the violin, they usually did something wrong and now hopefully they can work on doing it the right way :)
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WBAHarper Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In case I ever get an artist who wants to work on my comic idea, this is is going to be the first thing I send them.
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THANK THE F*** FOR THIS

I hope people will use this because all the wrong depictions make me have nightmares!
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SilverMoonRising Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was taught that when holding the bow, the thumb goes further down, on the opposite side of the bow as the rest of the fingers. That isn't right?
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CrystalCatArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sometimes, beginners will be taught this way. I suppose it is easier at first? I don't know, I would have rather have been taught the right way then to try to relearn it right way.
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SilverMoonRising Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was actually taught the way you illustrated first, and then later, my teacher told me to move on to the grip I mentioned because I was older, or something like that.
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CrystalCatArt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
huh, that's weird. Well, All teachers have different ways of teaching I suppose :)
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StrawhatDShaina Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you !
I'll be needing the help of this soon enough  ^^
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jrdp18 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
This is very informative. Thank you!
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lndzbrdn Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if i ever need to draw a violin, i know where to look for help! thanks for drawing this :3
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uzare Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YESS FINALLY I really get uncomfortable whenever I see drawings of people playing violin with the wrong position!!! I hope many people take note of this :D
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SakuraXChocolate Featured By Owner Edited Oct 12, 2014  Student General Artist
This is awesome! So few people ever draw violins in the correct position! Love it!
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starca Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is cool to know :)
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Angelheartdream Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! this is a very unique tutorial! :D
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MilkyChanny Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
As a friend of a violin player, and being a cello player, this helped me drawing-wise and playing-the-instrument-wise. :)
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ItaloAmericana Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
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utoran Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is really useful nice 
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Muckee Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, this is super helpful for so many people (including myself even as a violin player.) 

There are two things I wish to add: 

- Left-handed guitars DO exist. 
- While this is the basic way to hold a violin, there are other ways to do it based on the type of violinist (and music being played)
but these are just small notes, when it comes to drawing I think it's just better to stick with the rules :) 
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JaneMere Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What I meant was "left-handed violins are used far less than left-handed guitars. "
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Muckee Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I see, then I interpreted wrong, sorry for that!
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ReFrostE Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks, a LOT of people have trouble with this, lol. It irks me as a violin player
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