View Full Version : Looking for a mentor!
August 20th, 2008, 06:53 AM
I'm 21 and am currently training to become a web designer/developer. Partially because of this, I also figured it'd be a good idea to learn how to draw and paint digitally (the other reason being that I love to ogle at awesome concept art).
My perfect mentor would be someone inspiring and patient. I tend to get discouraged quickly when my drawing don't turn out right and tend to ask a lot of hard questions. So, anyone interested?
August 21st, 2008, 03:44 AM
August 21st, 2008, 11:30 AM
You wont get many results in a post like this. The best thing you can do is
A: Start a sketchbook here
B: Post in the "Looking for a mentor" thread at the top of this forum (its stickied)
C: Look through other people's sketchbooks and ask them directly.
Trust me on this, lol. I posted a post like this a while back.
August 21st, 2008, 02:22 PM
Ah, okay. Thanks!
August 21st, 2008, 02:32 PM
Before trying to draw and paint digitally, can you draw traditionally? With a pencil and a piece of paper? If you can't, trying to do it with a wacom tablet imposes another layer of difficulty on the process.
As Nadesican said, start a sketchbook, and post some works, and then people will be in a better position to offer advice.
I'm also a little dubious of people all needing a one-to-one mentor - if you have a look through people's sketchbooks, you will see that many are working on similar issues, and get good advice from many members of the community.
August 21st, 2008, 04:52 PM
If you're referring to the habit of looking at the tablet rather than the screen then no, I don't have that problem. And no, I haven't really done much work with pencils - I switched to digital pretty early and haven't even tried looking back.
I've read a good dose of theory books but I still have no idea how to actually START so that's why I posted this in the first place. I guess that's because all of what I read was about traditional methods, not digital ones and simple stuff (like, say, mixing colors to produce a nice gradation) is baffling me.
August 21st, 2008, 05:07 PM
But the skill-set for drawing digitally is identical to the skill-set for drawing traditionally.
While there are things like gradient-fills in software (varies a bit with the software - read the help files, the manual, or a good book), an approach which is often satisfactory is to do the same thing as one does traditionally - put down a series of colours stepping through from one side to the other, and then (if needed) gently blend the edges together.
You'd still be better to post some of the stuff you've done, give people a chance to see.
August 22nd, 2008, 04:49 AM
If you're referring to the habit of looking at the tablet rather than the screen then no, I don't have that problem.
I was thinking more in terms of your problems not being digital drawing issues but drawing issues in general, as is suggested by your comment:
I tend to get discouraged quickly when my drawing don't turn out right and tend to ask a lot of hard questions.
I also get a vibe that you think you can circumvent things (that are actually the basics of visual art) by going digital in preference to traditional? (because you seem to think that the things you've read in books about traditional techniques are not relevant to digital? Implies that perhaps you regard digital as a fix which means you don't have to get to grips with that other stuff?).
What I'm saying is that it doesn't matter whether you draw digitally or traditionally, but the basics are the same in both. I'd still recommend starting traditionally, however, as its more direct in teaching the kinaesthetic feedback between drawing tool and hand - note how many of the artists here start artworks with pencil drawings which are scanned in and then revised or painted digitally.
August 23rd, 2008, 05:14 AM
I know that in general, not a whole lot of artists draw entirely digitally. But unless there's an insurmountable obstacle that would prevent me from progressing via digital methods, I don't want to go back to traditional methods.
As for instructions, well, it's kind of hard not to call them outdated when they tell you achieve a nice shading effect by rubbing the granite dust with your fingers or using a geometric net to enlarge a drawing. I'm aware that some principles (perspective, etc.) transcends the boundaries but a lot of it doesn't.
And ironically, it's the stuff that doesn't transcend all that well that gives me the most problems.
August 23rd, 2008, 06:08 AM
One problem with reading books on art (I am all in favour of education!) is that so many art instruction books are so bad that its a disgrace that they were published in the first place. It's highly desirable to keep oils from your skin OFF the drawing, and any book encouraging you to smear with your fingers may well turn out to be giving bad advice on other aspects too.
It sounds like you are having problems with what might be called "core" drawing issues - in order for others to help you, it really is necessary for you to show some of the work you have done, because its only by doing so that others are going to be able to see what exactly you are stuck on. It is possible that it might be something which could be readily fixed, if you were given a key piece of information you are currently lacking?
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