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Endow
05-07-08, 20:20
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Paperdoll
05-07-08, 21:18
Try to find some basic stuff online about proportions and anatomy. To me, what helped me the most when it comes to proportions was a little tutorial Elysia posted quite a while ago. Anatomy knowledge is very helpful over knowing how the muscles work, etc. Also reference is always good, although don't turn to comics... since it's more style over realism (the late Michael Turner is a good example, I really like his style but damn... some anatomy of his is just wrong, and this coming from a total noob) and you could end up drawing like *gasp* Rob Liefeld.

I'd say DeviantArt can be a good resource for tutorials and references but nowadays most of the tutorials are over anime/manga styled drawings (which feature enough distortion and stylism of anatomy and proportions) and you gotta know how to look really really well...

And also draw alot. Don't do like me and go through months without picking up a pencil or only drawing stuff like a fully clothed character yadda yadda yadda full drawing. Just fill up a sketchbook with eyes, mouths, limbs, what not. It'll make you look like a psycho but hey! It's in the name of progress :D

Hope that somewhat helps :)

Angel666
05-07-08, 21:59
Draw what you see, not what you know. Draw from life. Still lifes are only boring if you let them be.

just croft
05-07-08, 22:45
Never think that your drawing are awfull and throw them away, improove them. Make some lines on the paper and create your own style.

Paperdoll
05-07-08, 23:02
Draw what you see, not what you know. Draw from life. Still lifes are only boring if you let them be.

:tmb: great advice.

Angel666
05-07-08, 23:22
Thanks Paperdoll. :) And if you're unhappy with a drawing you can always step away, then come back with a different medium (paint, oil pastels, etc) and draw over it and make it completely new. Or collage it.

Quasimodo
05-07-08, 23:45
So I want to get more in touch with my right side of the brain, I want to start learning how to draw. I never did much drawing, even as a kid, and I'm pretty bad at it.

So anyone have any tips? I don't want to become a world class artist or anything, but I want to make some decent drawings in the future; I think it will me improve my 3d modelling.

Any particular drawing exercises you recommend? Schedule?

I took a drawing class last semester and here's the gist of the curriculum:

1. Lines : we crumpled up a piece of paper, then made a simple line drawing of what we saw. No shading, just lines. I'm guessing the aim was to get us to explore how we could alter the width of lines to suggest depth and nearness.

2. Shading: We filled 6 1x1" boxes with a particular shading technique, shading the first box in the darkest, then shading the next boxes lighter and lighter until the last box remained white. It helped us to create a range of values, or many stepping shades of gray between black and white. We did more than one set of 6 boxes to try out different shading techniques. We used modeling for one set of 6, which is just applying as smooth of shading as possible. Next was crosshatching (http://www.bigtimeattic.com/blog/uploaded_images/bta_crosshatch_styles.jpg), and next was stippling (http://artyfactory.com/pen_and_ink_drawing/ink_drawing/images/stippling_examples_1.gif).

Here's a great shading exercise that'll help you use a range of values to suggest form. (http://artyfactory.com/portraits/drawing_techniques/pencil_shading.htm)

3. Form : after we had mastered lines and shading, we tackled a simple still life. The professor placed some boxes, bottles, and styrofoam balls that were painted totally white onto a table covered with a white cloth. Then most of the lights were off so the objects would only be lit from one or two direct sources. Anytime you draw or paint a still life, make sure the arrangement and light source are identical if it takes more than one sit to finish. Focus on a few objects and pay careful attention to how light and shadow interact with the forms.

Then we did gridding (http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/grid-drawings.htm), and some quick life drawing sketches (http://drawsketch.about.com/library/weekly/aa052003a.htm).

This website has a lot of great tutorials (http://artyfactory.com/sitebody/gallery1.htm) to get you started. Once you've mastered line, shadow, and form, you can move on to drawing from life. After that you can pursue things like colour theory, etc.

Endow
07-07-08, 02:36
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Elysia
07-07-08, 06:37
Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0007116454/ref=pd_thx_sims_2?pf_rd_p=165756691&pf_rd_s=left-2&pf_rd_t=3201&pf_rd_i=typ01&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=16T18AEA8SE48GKW9ZFP) is a book that I had highly recommended to me (to the point where I have bought a copy as my holiday 'project'. Once I receive it (in the next couple of days), I'll let you know what I think of it ;)

Endow
07-07-08, 20:52
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