Did ‘I never mentioned that I like to draw trees?
7bte Zwerg visual development, environment production design
Ooooh, been thinking about sketching plants all day. This inspires me to get going on it.
say you drew a box and you want this box to become, I don’t know, a building:
and you want to divide the sides of the box in half, so you can know where to put the windows and doors and whatever! if you eyeball it, you’re probably going to miss the halfway point, and it will look stupid:
that is incorrect. if you want to bisect a side of a box in perspective, try doing this instead:
1. draw x’s connecting the corners of each side of the box
2.draw a line through the exact center of the x’s, running parallel to the edges of that side
3. that’s it. now you have perfectly bisected sides, so you know where to draw your doors or anything else that this box might have on it.
but that’s not all!
you can do the exact same thing to the new faces you created, if you want to divide the sides up further.
you can draw so many doors or windows or anything! I don’t care what you draw, it’s your box.
this is one of the best time-saving tips I’ve ever come across. do you need an entire perspective grid? the x method has you covered!
let’s make a simple one-point perspective grid:
draw a square, figure out where the center of vision will be (hint: for one point perspective, it’s always smack dab in the center of the side facing you).
draw a bigger square around that square.
connect the corners of these two squares, so it looks like an open box.
USE THAT X-METHOD
DRAW LINES THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE X’S TO GET YOUR VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL GUIDES
NOW DRAW YOUR DIAGONAL GUIDES (the corresponding sides of your two squares must be divided equally, into an equal number of segments. connect these segments to get your diagonal guides).
baby you got a stew going!
the x-method might not be 100% correct in every case, but it’s great for just getting stuff done and making it look right. I made that entire one-point grid in under ten minutes. now if I want to draw a room, I have easy-to-follow guidelines and they only took a little bit of time to make.
the x-method comes from Perspective! for Comic Book Artists, which you should read because it is amazing. read the shit out of it.
so i looked around for something like this but all the ones i found were like HEH SUCK YOUR OWN DICK DRAW YOUR OWN BORING OCS FOR 30 DAYS DRAW HOMESTUCK FOR 30 DAYS DRAW YOUR OWN BORING OCS AS HOMESTUCK FOR 30 DAYS etc which w/e is fun buddy but i don’t find that shit helpful so i made my own that i can do. these are meant to not be super heavy time investments since i have a full time job and i need something i can spend like 2 hours tops on anyway here
DAY 1. paint a BG
DAY 2. draw a figure in perspective
DAY 3. STILL-LIFE DAY don’t go crazy but you know, challenge yourself maybe do something a bit more complicated then a rubber ball in direct sunlight
DAY 4. draw a animal you’ve never drawn before
DAY 6. draw a figure in: 1 hour, 30 min, 10 minutes, 5 minutes, 1 minute, 30 seconds
DAY 7. put your ipod on shuffle and play the first song it gives you. illustrate that song. if you have a zune get the fuck off my blog you heretic
DAY 8. 2 POINT PERSPECTIVE DAY
DAY 9. draw the same picture 3 times with 3 different compositions
DAY 10. STYLE DAY 1 - pick a artist with a unique style and emulate it!
DAY 11. STYLE DAY 2 - pick a artist with a unique style and emulate it!
DAY 12. STYLE DAY 3 - pick a artist with a unique style and emulate it!
DAY 13. watch a movie or episode of a show that you find visually appealing. while watching draw thumbnails of shots that catch your eye and try to articulate why it’s visually appealing/why it works
DAY 14. paint another BG but it has to be different than the one you did DAY 1 SO if you painted a outdoors scene, do a interior if you painted a tree try some water w/e
DAY 15. do a lineart, then swap with a friend who also did a lineart and color each other’s pictures. if you don’t have friends then make some ok
DAY 16. paint a portrait of your favorite celebrity (mine is adrian brody!!)
DAY 17. do another limited palette picture b/cuz they’re easy and fun but this time after you’re done INVERT THE PALETTE (CTRL + I in photoshop) AND PAINT A DIFFERENT PICTURE whoa
DAY 18. close your eyes and draw 3 random shapes with your non-dominant hand, then turn those shapes into legit draws
DAY 19. MAGICAL GIRL DAY FUCK ok go to here and draw the first 3 you get. i guess you could use any of the other generators but why would you want to?
DAY 20. pick a body part you have trouble with, find a bunch of photo references (or use yourself/a friend that you should have made by now) and fill up a whole page/canvas with studies
DAY 21. 3 POINT PERSPECTIVE DAY
DAY 22. random.org 1-648 3x. gijinka the corresponding pokemon no cheating yes metapod is 9 kinds of lame but do it anyway this is about growth i’m already trying to make it fun quit bitching. if you don’t like pokemon go to wikipedia and hit “random page” until you get 3 animals and gijinka them.
DAY 23. draw the keyframes of a walk cycle
DAY 24. this is a project i did in my intro to drawing for non-majors class (aka confused business majors who need a fine arts gen ed and couldn’t get into ceramics). pick a ancient culture that you’re interested in (aka not contemporary japan you giant child) and find a sculpture or piece of art (3D works best) that really speaks to your heart or some shit. render it as realistically as possible. this may seem odd but it was a weirdly engaging project for me except you have it easy b/cuz i had to recreate it on a 4ft x 8ft canvas in ink and, while engaged, i also wanted to fucking die the entire time (almost 2 weeks) so that’s the feeling you should be aiming for here
DAY 25. YOU’RE GETTING BETTER EVERY DAY DAY! find the oldest picture you have and redraw it for a quick and dirty self-esteem boost
DAY 26. have a friend draw you 3 very rough gestures and then you finish them. if you still don’t have friends you have bigger problems than needing to work on your art i gave you 10 days to find a buddy which is pretty generous i think
DAY 27. pick 3 basic geometric shapes, design 3 characters utilizing those shapes
DAY 28. find a book, open to a random page and draw the 2nd sentence
DAY 29. pick a character (whatever) and draw them happy, sad and angry. be consistent and push the expressions/pose
DAY 30. real talk nobody ever makes it to day 30 i could pretty much say anything here and it wouldn’t matter at all. i’m making this day about me, this is my day, national johre day. draw yourself god tier while listening to really cool music. pretend you are really a god wearing cool pajamas and have amazing powers and are not actually a disenchanted alcoholic woman lost in the financial abyss of post-university life christ almighty help me
I’ve gotten a LOT of requests on my settings and how I color, so here, have this * v * there are many ways to use the marker brush, this is just how I do it.
1st — do not use the marker tool on a transparent surface.
The marker is primarily for blending, NOT for base coloring! If used on a transparent layer it will come out dull and low in the opacity department. Even if you’re coloring on white, put down a solid base with the pen tool.
2nd— Change the settings often!
Keeping the settings the same while coloring is a no-go. Both persistence and Blending have different effects on how you color. Persistency I keep generally the same though, Blending I’m always changing.
In each example, I use a varying level of pressure on my pen from very light to very heavy. Master pen pressure, master the marker tool.
The higher the blending, the smoother the transition
The lowerthe blending, the more harsh of a transition from color to color.
the lower the persistence, themore watercolory the color is
The higher the persistence is, the more solid the color will be
3rd — tapping and lining
There are two ways i blend, tapping and lining.
Lining leaves streaks in the color
Tapping leaves small ripples
But when a combination of tapping and lining is used, the results can turn almost gradient! It’s all. about. pen pressure.
4th — dont be afraid to experiment with colors and what the blends give you!
This lady-bod started off as purple, white, and yellow on a dark backgroud, and then highlighted and “filled out” with the colors they made at various pen pressures. Dont be afraid to combine colors and shade with odd tones — experimentation with colors can turn out with wonderful, unexpected results!
That’s all I really got for ya ;v; I hope it helps!These methods can be used for shading flat colors or painting from the ground up — happy drawing!
OK SO i get asked about colors a lot and i’m really sorry i am so lame at giving detailed answers SO I’M GONNA ATTEMPT TO FORMULATE SOME„, BASIC TIPS I GUESS
LET ME JUST START OUT BY SAYING i’m not really a very skilled or fancy or formally educated artist (shocking i know) and i don’t take drawing very seriously, BUT I HOPE A FEW THINGS I HAVE SAY WILL HELP YOU
(extra commentary in case anything is hard to read, here is the whole thing in one pic and not an obnoxious photoset)
1. HAVE FUN WHEN YOU ARE COLORING JEEZ don’t loose hair over trying really hard to study and adsorb shading and lighting ‘ruuuules’!! and while enough basic understanding is obviously important and necessary in creating believable and realistic pieces, being creative is also really important as well!! the bottom line of art is that there ARE no rules, and if you really do want to be happy with your work, i find a lot of satisfaction arises in knowing i made something only /I/ could make!! and besides, if i didn’t have fun making art, then i wouldn’t do it, frankly
2. PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT TONE YOUR COLORS PORTRAY this is especially true for people and expressions and setting
since color is such a big part of a piece, it also plays a big role in setting the tone of your work!! take a minute to evaluate the context of whatever you’re drawing and then try to see what colors would best parrallel that! and especially don’t be afraid to venture into palettes you don’t normally use!! but once you choose a palette that matches the tone of your work BE SURE TO STICK WITH IT so it is contiguous in both the background and foreground
(i used twilight princess and skyward sword as an example, i hope my analysis makes sense)
3. be sure to scribble with and test how colors look together BEFORE you take them to your lines!! and finally HAVE FUN WITH YOUR COLORING i know i already said this but it’s simply tragic when an artist becomes bored/uninterested/frustrated with colors ahhh!!! remember that every artist has different coloring styles so try you best to observe others’ techniques!! pay attention to what you like about them, but ALSO pay attention to what you dislike!!
practice a lot of styles, and ask around which programs/brush settings artists use if you find yourself interested in them!! i’m sorry i can’t help you with more technicalities, but learning for yourself is also half the fun!! plus i’m a lazy motherfucker and i’m bad a tutorials anyway
OKKKKAAY THANKS FOR READING OLLIE OUT
So this is what I produced today at the livestream session I had. What I did was to write down the very hard-to-read-notes on Michael Mentler’s sketches from his anatomy thread: "Book of Bones" on conceptart.org. About 95% of the information here comes from mentler’s knowledge, this is really just how I study stuff personally, so ALL CRED goes to this awesome dude. People wanted to see this stuff afterwards, so I made a post with the finished content.
Make sure to check out Mentler’s thread, you’ll find tons and tons of more stuff there + his drawings are hngngngng<3
anyway, let’s get started:
And here is PART 2:
Please Note: The “homework” part is something I made up myself. And by “extra weight”, I do not mean *only* pregnant women, but also stuff like carrying a heavy bag with one arm, or wearing a very heavy backpack (this would work best drawn in profile view in order to show how the mass distribution keeps the body balanced).
Also note the colors used in the last examples.
The two first have are balanced, we can see this because the cyan and red colors are more or less evenly distributed (using the line of gravity as a “border”). But on the last one to the right, there’s more red. Which also proves that the body is unbalanced, and that the person will trip and fall any moment.
Here’s the source behind my love for using boxes and why I encouraged practicing drawing cubes in my anatomy tutorials.
Michael Mentler’s CA thread “Book of Bones” is one of the many great resources I used when I made my “Understanding Anatomy” tutorials. This guy is awesome, and maybe a little crazy at the same time, he calculates and analyze the human body after patterns that makes you think of Leonardi Da Vinci’s old studies.
Oh and his handwriting might be hard to read but it’s so awesome to look at anyway. I hope someone makes a font out of his handwriting ;w;
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