g'day, i am warpy. a year plus ago i started learning how to draw in a local studio here. i am basically reposting everything i posted in my cgtalk thread, i feel that its time to get some more professional perspective and this site is the place.
i am gonna paste most of the posts on cgtalk one by one until today, hopefully this will help someone and from this point on i'll start posting anything new.
so here i am at the new studio, my first lesson was 4.5 hours..
my teacher's name is george.. so from now on i'll just call he george, easy right ?
now you must remember that i have started drawing couple of years ago and before i went to the first lesson i was prepared to do the BASICS all over again! i cant stress this enough, if you dont know your basics then nothing is going to work properly for you in the future.
so i have about a month of doing basic drawings and to tell you the truth its pretty fun..
for the first hour and a half he talked to me about many things, tried to see where i am headed with this and if i am serious, a good teacher will want you to sit in his class and just waste your time while giving him money, he will want you to put hours and hours of work into your drawing skills. he will even give you homework.
so he tells me to draw this doggy doll in 10 minutes, i have never done a drawing under 30 minutes and i wasnt comfortable with this, but i still did it.. 10 minutes passed and now he tells me to doodle (he called this "gesture" i dont know the proper name for this.. but we can call this doodling.
so anyways i am doodling this doggy doll, i did about 10 doodling, each took 1 minute, its all about the contour and not the actual drawing, this is suppose to give your drawing some animation, doodling will make you see the dynamic movement of a still object (people trace it afterwards to get a better shape) but the whole thing is realy about capturing movement.
as you can see, the first picture is the one i did in 10 minutes, and the rest are the doodling that imo are actually better.. they do show the movement or the dynamic pose of the doggy doll..
i was pretty happy with how this was and we continued..
next thing we practiced shading, we did this gradient row of squares shading it with the pencil and then going from the second square to the last one, while adding more graphite to it, then from the 3rd square to the last one, this way we get a nice gradient.. this was good practice and was done because next i was suppose to take a bunch of boxes and shade them.
first i did some thumbnailing to see what the shading on the bigger version is going to look like, i actually moved myself in the process to get a different angle that suited me better.
this is suppose to be a lesson about shading, shading boxes, making them look 3d with respect to the enviroment and themselves and learning how to use the pencil to get 12 variation of color.
you can see that there are reflections, shading, shadows, and each plane of the box is receiving a different shade color, over all there should be atleast 12 shading colors.
the first set of boxes is what i did in class, the second one is what i did on my own time as homework..
i started with a low level color, and started to give each surface its own shade, then i tried to balance the whole picture, keeping in mind that the strengh of light is different on each surface, so if 2 surfaces started to look the same color, i added more color to the darker one, thus balancing the whole picture to a finished state.
Lessons learned :
1. the background coloring pushes the boxes and makes them look 3d
2. shadows also have reflections (like in a pool)
3. there is no need for hard edges, with just color variation between surfaces,
the actual feeling you get without hard edges is so much better, look at the small
box and you will see that there is no hard edge realy, but it looks hard edged..
4. you must stay inside the frame, although you can go out of it and erase afterwards,
but the end result should be inside the frame.
now i am a full time student, i am studying computer science and well.. i have so many classes, so in my classes i started doing my drawing homework, i dont realy write in class so what is better than to draw
did a few doodles of people around campus (moving people, this doodle is so quick that you can actually doodle walking people) i also went to the anatomy thread of icey and doodled his drawings.
the mistakes i did were that i shouldnt have just drawn the out line of the body, george says that i should doodle like a kid and do the insides which is MORE important, because it captures the animation of the object, later on you can select your edges from that same doodle and do something fancy with it, according to him (and he supplied proof) a lot of the old masters did this.
from now on for the 10 first minutes of the drawing lesson i should do 10 quick doodles, there are many ways to do this, because i am in a class with a few other people, they are constantly moving, so its 1 drawing per minute of someone ...
as you can see i corrected my mistake and now the bodies are not hollow, they have doodly lines in them.
the lesson continuted and today i am suppose to do cylinders, cylinders as opposed to cubes has smooth gradient, they dont have surfaces that just take different shade of gray.
remember that adding shadow to the end result gives it a better 3d looks.
1. do a bunch of cylinders and do the shading properly, full gradient with the 12 gradient colors but the transition has to be smooth.
2. make sure i have done the inside of the cylinder, as you can see its actually backwards because the light source is hitting the inside of the cylinder on the farthest side and not on the front.
3. add the return light to the back of the cylinder, this light should not be as strong as the shading on the front of the cylinder.
i am realy getting to like this whole gesturing thing, doodling is nice and you draw an incredible amount of things, this helped me understand how to make a still figure appear as if its moving.. its quite nice and if you doodle in campus its the best excuse to stare at girls without it being all weird
here are some of the boxes i did as homework before lesson 4, imo it looks good
dont forget to do your homework or else there is no point in going to class !!
some more homework for last week :
this week i learned how to make spheres, a sphere is a simple circle shaded in such a way that you make it look like a ball. the instructions i was given for shading the sphere were
that a sphere is like a a few cylinders grouped together in parallel and you shade each of them until you get the illusion of the sphere (dont forget to add shadow and reflection to make it look pretty and 3d)
how to make a sphere :
my attempts :
i still have to do more spheres for the next lesson, so i'll update as soon as i finished them spheres.
i have also taken the time to doodle this nice girl who was sleeping on a bench, here are the results
class was cancelled last week so i had the time to drew some more, its not much but the spheres are getting easier
i actually have better stuff but i'll post it later on.
so you ask what happened from the last time ?
quite a lot actually, i have had 2 lessons and i have done some homework,
in lesson #5 i will explain how to measure objects that you look at, this method will help us understand what PRESPECTIVE is.
i have tried to draw flat objects and simple chairs, in the next example you will see first attemps at doing those flat objects.
you can clearly see that this chair 2 horizons points that you can use to build your prespective grid (i hope thats the right term) at this point i wont mention prespective much, a lot has been written on it so its probably best to find the detailed info regarding prespective else where, instead i would concentrate on measuring, here is the prespective as i saw it while drawing.
this is the point where i'll do my best and explain how to do all the measuring, the method requires you to hold a pencil in a perfect horizontaly or verticaly and for each edge you see on the shape you are drawing find out how much they size up and related to each other, we measure the distances from each other, we measure the angles (doesnt have to be exact but has to look the same), we make sure it follows the prespective invisible lines.
here is an example :
okay, so we made it this far, in this lesson I had to draw negative space and measure it, the following picture will explain everything.
OTHER ATTEMPS :
TODAY'S DRAWING :
AS YOU CAN SEE, things are better now, but what i realy hate about this is squinting my eyes so much.
it hurts badly.. so on with the next lesson
i did not stop doodling and gesture drawing, here are some of the results.