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So I've been making comics on my own site for a number of years now, but what I would like to do is get a bit more realism into my art and (after tons of practice I'm sure) try and merge my realism and comic art together into something entirely awesome! We'll see what happens . . .
I'm putting a recent panel from my comic in here so you can see where I'm starting from.
Last edited by third-bear; February 25th, 2012 at 04:06 PM.
I'm trying out trying to do thing a bit more sketchy while still getting the body proportions correct. When doing that last picture I found that reference images from sport can be pretty good for unusual body positions so I may do some more of that later.
i love the wierd conversation about the deer!
and this one too
i like clowns. always have, always will.
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Hmm, I'm getting Hark a Vagrant vibes. You've got that fresh, kind of ethereal style with comics.
Got a ways to go as far as accurate drawing, though. Do lots of observational studies--draw from life and photos and work them again and again until the proportions are accurate. Sit down for an hour and do only one line drawing. Do that lots of times. Flip your work horizontally (pretty obvious how in PS; use a mirror for traditional work) to get a fresh view of it and find your mistakes, and then correct them.
Studying from Bargue plates will help you with accuracy -- keep working on them until they're perfect.
One of my favorite exercises--I don't know if it's really what you need now, but it's great for learning to see in drawing--is to find a figure photo or go to a life drawing session and do a 20-30 minute blind contour of the model. Just draw the outline, for a half-hour. At first it drove me crazy, because I'd be done in 5 minutes and then would sit there bored. But it forces you to really look at the model, notice all the tiny details and work slowly and meticulously... Really eye-opening.
Anyway, you've got some nice work going on here. Sharpen your foundations so it won't inhibit your true talent.
@Velocity Kendall Thanks! I like clowns too. Or at least I like sad clowns, which you might see if I ever get around to making those guys into the comic I've been thinking about for them.
@JesseM Thanks for the advice. Bargue plates are not something I'd heard of before, but having looked into them I can see how they could be useful to me. Sharpening my foundations is what this is about so hopefuly we'll see some improvement.
Do a lot more sketching from life and photos. Right now work on getting your proportions to be accurate and make sure things like eyes line up! Double-check your proportions. That soccer player has arms that are way too short, arms generally end mid-thigh. Your guy has arms that end at the waist. Either you screwed up some foreshortening or you didn't measure the clothes accurately enough. Sketch out even the parts of the body you can't see to make sure everything lines up (like the torso under the shirt). Always think about whether what you're drawing makes sense.
Also really think about the 3D shape of what you're drawing. Pretend you were going to make a 3D model out of the magazine photo and you were going to need a surface mesh. Draw it out. How would the lines follow the surface of the face? It might be easier with a live model or a plaster cast because it actually is 3D. If you don't have access to one you'll have to study yourself in the mirror.
I got myself a book on drawing anatomy the other day so I'll probably post my attempts at some of the exercises in it soon. In the the mean time here are some more drawings from pictures of authors. They certainly aren't as accurate as I would have liked, but I'm fairly happy with how the Hemingway one turned out. I decided to ink them because the goal of this is to get a bit more realism into my comics.
It's been a while since I posted in here! I've been working hard to try and finish my current comic book (about 20 pages of drawing to go) so other drawing stuff has been on the back-burner. But here are a couple of things I did fairly recently. The first was done using a dip-pen and ink and it's the first thing I've done with that piece of equipment I didn't hate!
With this one I was going for a "victorian robot" type look. I'd quite like to build a comic round this character, but we'll see if I ever get a good idea to fit her.