Thank you for this video and the very clear explanations. I think I understand all the individual rules for line weights, but I struggle when I try to combine different sets of rules when drawing. For example: a cube sitting on the ground. Everything thick for the outlines: okay - but then it fights an ambient occlusion approach, that would tell me to make a thin or no line at all at the edge "touching" the ground. I tried to reverse engineer the rules of how other artists solve this, but I never got any universal solution out of it. Any ideas?
Somehow rotating the paper eluded me for a long time. I think part of it was that in High School we only ever used big newsprint pads and it just never occurred to me since then. "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." -Bruce Lee Whenever I'm doing warmups I'm reminded of that quote. In this case, replace kicks with strokes. Though "fear" may be a bit dramatic. I also noticed using a permanent medium like pen helped me to slow down and think. If I've gone a while without trying something in pen I find myself regressing to overly-searching lines. It is a tendency I have to fight. Along with being heavy-handed. Those are my thoughts on what I've gone through so far.
This is my second attempt. Tried to sketch more this time. Using a red pencil seemed to help. Again, my proportions on the hand were a real struggle. I didn't let it push me into a perfectionist mindset this time. I am happiest with my penguin again. I think part of it is that it is always the third one so I am feeling good and loose by then. That and it is probably my favorite picture of the three so I enjoy it more.
I got too frustrated by my out of proportion hands in my first attempts. I overcorrected and fell on the copying from observation side of things, rather than simplifying what I saw. The robot I am okay with. I felt like it was already so simplified right out of the gate there wasn't much more that I could reinterpret to CSI's I think I am the happiest with the penguin.
I'm not used to give up but... I give up with the boots, I don't know how to crack them down... :( This is after more than 30 min of work. I suppose I go too much into the details. I will check the demo of Stan and will maybe retry again...
@Stan Prokopenko are there line exercises we could do to practice those confident, sweeping lines outside of actual drawings (kind of like the ellipses in the Mario mushrooms)? Would it be beneficial to make random CSI lines over and over as warm up/practice? Thanks!
These are my tries - Like many other I've seen here, the boots were...very difficult for me. In general, most of these exercises are quite difficult for me, and I do feel the difficulty level has increased significantly from the first project, to this one. I am, as I've related elsewhere, rather new at this, and haven't drawn for close to 40'ish years before these past few months. Anyways - I draw every day, and hopefully will keep improving enough to keep following along this course! Oh - one thing more. I draw somewhat fast - each of these did not really take long, but I have no idea how to do it slower, and still SOMEWHAT confident lines.
My level 1 assignment. I attempted the snail in pen. I let myself get into too much of a rush with it. I'm really happy with how the boots turned out though I'm not sure if I simplified enough. edit - I redid my snail in pencil. I'm much happier with it.
Thanks for this, Stan. I’ve already learned so much and I’m only 15 mins in! When it comes to shading, you mentioned shading with the “tip” of the pencil. I found that I ran into the same problem as the example you critiqued, where the texture was coming through. What I found when shading with the tip, the pencil dulls out so fast. I noticed, in your video, I was able to clearly see the lines where you shaded with the tip of the pencil - not sure if it was actually the pencil or if it was the paper quality or the technique of application. Question - would I need to constantly sharpen my pencil to avoid getting that textured look / dullness with the pencil? That is one of the things I am currently struggling with.