Hey Knightdroid, I like your commitment to get better, it shows you must really want it. As far as your blending goes, it just takes practice. If you can use a soft edge brush with pressure sensitivity, then just lower your pressure as you go and it will create lighter values. Then just keep working back and forth until you get a good transition. As for your drawing, I have some suggestions that I think will help. I did a quick sketch over some of your drawings that show what I think you could work on in your stuff. Don't forget gesture and perspective in your figures, especially how the head, torso and pelvis relate to each other. I hope this will be helpful :)
Hi knightdroid, Beleive me, i completely understand you, as I was reading your post I thought this is exactly what I face as well. I do struggle with blending colours and values and they turn out to be messy and i always get the sphere right somehow but can't do blending that well on any other forms. And that sucks, and i am also practicing my skill for few years and i am no where near my goal and it's heartbreaking. But the one thing that help me is blending with opacity brush and stroking it only in one direction i guess, and allowing myself few strokes to do blending. I guess that will help you too. Best of luck
How to learn digital painting or coloring? Grayscale first?
I've been practicing perspective, line work, structure, and anatomy for about 8 yrs. though the reason why It took that long is because I was studying the wrong things for a long time, additionally I was on and off about practicing because of life situations. I have here a drawing upto line work and this is always the furthest I can go when drawing since I little to no skills nor knowledge about coloring. Im thinking on practicing grayscale first before moving on to color, but Blending alone is already hard for me I tried it and its not smooth, you can see individual lines. Also idk what blending technique to use for a beginner. I tried shading a sphere and it turned out ok I think, though the cylinder is just, bleh. If Im gonna be practicing grayscale, which part of the sketch should I stop before shading? Or is it after line work or inking? Are there books or youtube videos that can help me out? cant do online courses for now since I dont have the budget for it.
Im struggling on what lines to show and what to look for exactly on wrinkles. I know theres like tension point where wrinkles would flow from and I still dont understand the triangles on clothes. I did my own study and used reference but Im not sure if i overdone the lines or used it properly.
Hey knightdroid! I like the exercise. For the first image: First thing I would immediately point out is that the cylinder representing the upper arm/brachium is not being foreshortened. The lines stay parallel for first 4 transformations. You should angle them like you did in the 5th transformation, just in smaller steps. In other words, they should be begin angling towards a vanishing point once you rotate them away from their perpendicular angle to the viewer. The cylinder/cone representing the forearm has a square at the end of it that isn't quite keeping its shape, or representing itself accurately to how it should once it gets angled towards the viewer. The first tip I would recommend to help you visualize this is to contain all of the circles within a square, as the transformations being applied to the square will shrink and angle the circles at each end of the cylinders. For the second image: The 5th transformation should not have a flat square if it isn't facing directly towards the viewer. I think you do a good job respecting the fact that the surface lines of the forearm would curve more as they approach the viewer, just make sure to stay consistent on how many lines there are, you miss some as you transform the image. And in general: I would recommend learning more of perspective, and assuming you are in the process of that, incorporate more of the concepts into your exercises. Vanishing points, horizon lines, X,Y,Z axis; these are all things you can add into your exercises to not only learn the concepts themselves but also how they affect the shapes you draw (even if they aren't there in the drawing.) Otherwise, keep it up. Good work from one droid to another (My username is 0mnidroid but that isn't showing for some reason :| ).