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April 14th, 2011, 03:05 PM
New mentoring thread where I'll be helping someone go through some basic studies, critiquing work etc.
As with the last one, please do not post in this thread. If others want to follow along that would be great, but please make a new thread. thanks!
April 14th, 2011, 11:37 PM
Good day Jason. Thanks again for taking me on for some mentoring. I'll make the first post quick since it's late at night. I've included some random older drawings and some more recent stuff.
Death Knight :
Disgea based custom characters :
Alia Bikini :
Serious face is serious [April 2007]:
Castle Crashers June :
Random comic idea [Jan 2009]:
Curling night [April 2011]:
Sorry it's blurry.
Bored of curling night, drew armour instead [April 2011]:
Also, since I'm pretty sure I haven't showed you this yet, sketching unrelated, Halo armour from the past two Halloweens I constructed from scratch. Look up 405th Infantry Division forums, tons of Pepakura Halo paterns. Took two solid months for the first time around. I redid the armour for this past Halloween, but I'm failing at finding pics right now. Photo credit goes to David Koski. Enjoy!
Oh yea, we went there.
April 15th, 2011, 09:32 AM
Alright, thanks for that :)
First things first, we need to get into some basic figure drawing:
In order to get better at representational art you need to feed your mind. Right now all of the figures (recent ones too) show a lack of understanding of anatomy and form. This is going to be the toughest nut to crack, as not only are we going to have to get better at actually drawing things from observation (learning what each image has to teach us along the way) but the human body is something that we're all intimately familiar with; small mistakes are more noticeable.
To feed our minds, we're going to need to draw things from observation; figures and faces to start. Normally I'd start with anatomy slides, showing the muscles underneath, but I think we should do those at the same time as some figure sketches.
I'm going to draw up a few helpful diagrams dealing with accurately drawing things from observation and drawing with form. I should have that and the first assignment up sometime today.
April 15th, 2011, 04:57 PM
Here we go;
So, the main thing to remember is that the more you put into your studies the more you get out. What I'm going to show you below should not be taken as "this is how the figure works." It's instead "this is how you figure out how the figure works."
Drawing constantly from observation is the way to go, but doing it mindlessly or inaccurately will mean that you won't really be absorbing the right information. With that in mind, I did up a quick sketch to show my basic process for a drawing from observation. Again, this isn't a "how to", it's a"look out for this stuff"
For the first assignment, you'll be doing some sketches of nudes from photos to get used to drawing from observation;
- Head to characterdesigns.com (http://characterdesigns.com/index.php?sitepage=photosets)
- select 2 images from the female photoset 038
- select 2 images from the male photoset 036
- draw each as accurately as possible with the above principles in mind, for a total of 4 drawings.
- this is only a line-sketch. Don't worry too much about light and shadow, be more concerned with (among other things) the 3d form of the model. try to create that form with lines only, lines that wrap around the figure. We'll get into light, shadow and values further down the line as lighting is directly influenced by form.
Post the results up here when you can.
EDIT: do they still offer those figure drawing sessions at the Sudbury Art Gallery? If so get in on that if you can.
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