I have just started drawing, but would love to get to a high level. I grew up on all the old school adventure games and have always admired the quirky / whimsical background art in the games like Monkey Island, Day of the tentacle etc. Yes the curly clouds!
I'm new to drawing so any help / tips / encouragement would be much appreciated.
Last edited by kompound; April 3rd, 2011 at 06:01 AM.
For great looking blending, be sure to keep all the shading lines controlled and work in a gradient from light to dark with your pencil by adding pressure. Then blend with your tortillon. I can promise you, the results from tortillon blending are pretty exciting.
I say - a really good start, and well done for doing it! Great to see already a variety of medium - pretty impressive, actually.
Second comment: the old Monkey Island was a-mazing!
Now for the drawings :-) I think smudging can be useful, but agree with the earlier comment. My own contribution to that is that you also need to try to visibly structure your drawings - confront that structure first (line, stand back, correct, repeat), until it's perfect, then lay down your darkest areas (just outline them roughly, if you like) and then begin to shade. That way you will be dealing with the whole process, staring it squarely in the eye (also, then your drawings won't lean to the right)
Thank you everyone for your comments, I wish I saw this post before I went to my local art shop this morning! I would have got a tortillon. The biggest problem I have at the moment is finding things to draw? Do you think I should just try and jump straight into figure drawing or try to 'do a bit of everything?'
Here's one I just finished, I may try and paint it later. In the piece below I struggled and got a bit frustrated, I can 'see' the highlights, mid-tones and shadows quite clearly actually but I just can't get them onto paper, is this just a matter of practice? Maybe I'm just rushing it, not sure, it took me about 1 hour to do this. Also, NO finger blending took place this time.
It kinda looks like a horse coming out from a rock which is quite cool, although I didn't mean for that!
p.s. am I allowed to post the ref pictures here?
Last edited by kompound; April 2nd, 2011 at 10:38 AM.
Red pepper sketch from life. Probably the best drawing I have ever done lol
Problem I had with this one, I was shading with a 6B but when I went to remove some white for highlights etc it smeared like crazy. Is there some kind of super eraser I don't know about? There are a few areas where I wanted to remove some black but I couldn't so I left it as didn't want to ruin it.
I have 2 erasers, one is a kneaded eraser (putty?), which I have no idea how to use and the second is a plain eraser purchased in an art store, this is the one that smears.
You are improving dramatically with each drawing! Excellent job on the pepper. I use a kneaded eraser myself. I take a small piece, and shape it into what I need to cut out the light shapes in my drawing.