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    Beginner with sketching/ environemnt- how to start?

    I have never draw/ sketch on paper with pencils before- I have only few experience with digital painting.

    May be I apologize for my inpatient. But now I am totaly in new surrounings- paper and pencils and have no idea how to start. I need some guidance even regards to how to hold pencil. Some theory how to use shadows and lights, perspective. If you can advice to some thread already here solved regards how to "become" environment concept artists from total beginner I will be so grateful. Please advice where I shall study- Looking for printed materials/ books etc.

    thank you so much

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    Hello!

    When it comes to holding a pencil, this link here is mighty helpful. There are many ways of holding a pencil.
    http://chiseledrocks.com/main/musing...old_the_pencil

    I suggest you buy the cheapest paper you can get (probably copy-print-paper, I use that myself for studies).

    You will only become an environment concept artist from beginner by working hard, hard, hard. I think there is no thread on here that tells "how to become an environment concept artists from total beginner", everyone who have became that have followed different paths carved by themselves. You say you want to learn the fundamentals like shadow and lights and perspective. Get Andrew Loomis book "Successful Drawing", it teaches that and beyond.

    You should study both from life and reference. Go out in town and sketch buildings, looking at the horizon to spot the vanishing points and get the perspective as accurate as possible in your buildings. And aslo go to the countryside.

    Good luck to you!

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    how to hold a pencil
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDQgM7C2Kdw

    as opposed to buying the cheapest paper you can get, i recommend a good quality sketchbook to hold your studies in so you can look back on them one day. They are also much stronger than your average print paper so wont suddenly buckle when you want to erase and also holds a variety of mediums due to weight of paper. probably a daler and rowney A4 sketchbook would be good.

    shadows and lights...hmmm. work on your line drawing first and correct placement of objects(proportions) if you are saying you are a complete beginner..but some might frown on me for saying that so draw out what it is you are attempting to capture and then slowly start working in your rendering starting light and eventually working your way darker. Squint a lot to see values (shadows) compressed. don't work with a 0.5 mechanical pencil for landscapes, you need something that can apply shade broadly like a piece of charcoal. a good ol' pencil like the one in the video, or a clutch pencil. a faber-castell clutch pencil. if you by a clutch pencil. you can either buy a good sharpener that sharpens the lead to a long fine point, or buy a sanding block to sharpen it.
    draw objects in your house first to build up confidence, like fruit, a tv, your room, staircase. when you gain confidence and get better. start going out with your sketchbook and work from life.

    perspective. pay attention to vanishing points. you'll notice that lines start to converge towards each other in the distance. those are vanishing points. a good book in comic format
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perspective-...8700010&sr=8-1

    or again
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecNodVeFq7Q

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIVPAWzuAPY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rAa-OXkmyE

    values....Briggsy's site http://www.huevaluechroma.com/021.php bookmark the site, but probably ignore colour for now. that's a different beast.

    good luck

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    You start too many threads and have no sketchbook. Go draw on anything, as anything is better than nothing.


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    Yep...all the books, tutorials, whatever won't help one bit if you don't just do it. Point in fact. If you want it you find a way. HTF did anyone ever learn to draw before the internet?

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    If you went to kindergarten you know how to hold a pencil well enough to start drawing with it. Pointy end goes on the paper. That's all you need to know to get started. And it doesn't matter what kind of paper or pencils, either - I got good enough at drawing to get into a major art school by using regular old cheap #2 pencils and drawing on the back of scrap paper my Mom brought home from work.

    IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT TOOLS YOU USE or if you're using them "correctly" as long as you are drawing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenGwenevere View Post
    If you went to kindergarten you know how to hold a pencil well enough to start drawing with it. Pointy end goes on the paper. That's all you need to know to get started. And it doesn't matter what kind of paper or pencils, either - I got good enough at drawing to get into a major art school by using regular old cheap #2 pencils and drawing on the back of scrap paper my Mom brought home from work.

    IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT TOOLS YOU USE or if you're using them "correctly" as long as you are drawing!

    yep mates you are right so much for your paitient to help me otherwise I started severals thread here you can notice, you are allow to be angry on my, but no. i have tried to help me as possible I appriciate it so lot. I already bought set of pencils and sketchbook, and sketching and sketching, but it missed me technics, fundamentals- and that was my question besides of practicing I want to read and read get some theory which I will be able to practice afterwards... plese for others incomer here with similar questions please visit my thread here where I tried to sumarize all suggestions I got:

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...tive-light-etc

    as a inspiration for beginners...

    thanks so much

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