I really am cracking down on myself and decided to go back to the very basics---portraits/shapes/colors/values--things you expect from Art 101 courses and whatnot. I found some great exercises on this site under peer mentoring projects in the mentoring community. So here is where I am at.
First, I have two sphere practices where one is just sitting on a table and the other is a series of skin-toned balls. Just tones.
Then, I have 20 sets of greyscale/tone practice. Yes, it took me that long before something in my mind clicked about darker colors versus lighter colors. God, I have a lot to learn. They are all in order, so it would go something like Tone 1 Grey 1, Tone 2 Grey 2, etc.
Thanks! Yeah, stopped serious drawing for about four years--even then, I took only one college class and one class in high school. The highschool teacher put me off classes for a long time because she would draw over things you did (which I hated--digital paintovers are fine, you aren't doing anything to MY piece, but a traditional paintover is permenant and makes the piece no longer mine). I really want to reach those pro levels with the beautiful art like Henning of Diane....some day
So after that looooong ordeal with greyscale versus color, I decided to take it to the next step and do a still life that I setup at home. I first did the composition in greyscale, trying to see if I could match the values. And then I colored it. Then I took the colored version and turned it to grayscale (easy in photoshop). The color-turned-grey version is actually pretty close to the original greyscale. Of course, the big question is on the original. I did take a picture of the setup and I will post that when I am able to upload it to the computer. I don't have the little gizmo for that right now
To get a white background, I too old sketchbook and propped up the back of it so that it would form a floor and wall. Then I took a lamp and placed it to the right of it. The whole setup is on the floor, so I was kind of looking down on it. It put some objects at weird angles (the battery charger).
A pair of rolledup socks
Battery charger for digital camera.
Rings of the sketchbook binding.
If you want to learn basics (anatomy, perspective, composition, proportions,..), start with simple lines (pencil/pen - traditional, 2px-5px hard brush - digital).
Then start with rendering (lighting, shading, coloring, details..)
Thanks, WoLf. Yeah, my lines have never been steady and even in art class I always struggled. My hand just doesn't like straight lines haha. As I said in my first post, I am using :class like exercises: I find. In this case, the Peer Project in mentoring. I'm just following those exercises and then doing a cumulative to see where I am at. I think I saw a thread or two about lines, but I can't find it again so I will have to look. I want to finish this peer thread first and then move on to it. A little out of order, I know..but it feels comfortable for me...go figure
These exercises almost killed me--too much percentage and math! Ahhh!!! Haha but I tried and did okay. The first image was the third exercise, and I think I did all right on it. (I'm not going to explain the exercise, any one can go and look at it on the thread. It is stickied.)
The fourth exercise was a pain!!! My thoughts as I did this? Shoot me!!! Ah!!! But I do understand the point of it. Light affects objects differently in a given piece, and sometimes the affects can be very dramatic. This can really impact a piece--say if I want a red post but am using a blue light. This is actually really good stuff!
So I did the exercise first one my own and tried my best to understand the dynamics. My mind wanted to shut down with all the math numbers and percentages ,but I still gave it my best. Then I scrolled through all the posts to find examples of others and feedback, and finally found the post with the key. I got about 40% right--if that. I made corrections in the second one by going over the original, so you c an see blurring on the ones I corrected. Some of them just needed more of the hue and I count that as being pretty close. As much as I really wanted to bang my head against a wall on this one, this was definately an assignment that I really appreciate and will never forget.
As soon as I finish up these Peer Tutoring Exercises I am going to hunt around for similar exercises on line and perspective. I found Loombergs book as PDF (that wasn't his name...ugh...he is really famous for having great guides and stuff). But they focus mainly on form and figure more than lines.
(highly recommended) In my next post I will show the other exercises I did from conceptart.org.
In any case, I am lefthanded--but a good artist can probably tell just by looking at these sketches. My vertical lines are not too bad, I think--all things considered. Horizontal and vertical--ack! Between these exercises and the ones in the next post, I have already spent one hour on this. I am merely posting to give me a break.
One thing I noticed as I did these is that just using the wrist to move, even on a tablet, is not good for lines. But also, neither is just moving the whole arm. There are a couple that turned out fairly well and it was because I coordinated the wrist and arm movement just right. But then...I couldn't always repeat it. Just doing these exercises, I now understand why "Start with lines". Though, I don't understand why it matters if you start with color versus lines, etc. I think both are good for starting out, but I definately definately need to work on my lines. So I will do these two websites exercises for a while, then go back to color, then go back to lines, then do a combo.
I always do cummulative projects. For lines, it will probably just be line art of various objects/imagination/etc.
My one one question is....how do you get good at drawing lines!!?!?!?! I know..practice...but it seems like just practicing drawing lines isn't going to make me draw them straight
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