So for the earlier lessons we got warmup exercises for every concept. While I get that it is difficult to keep calling it "warm up" the more these basic exercises are combined to arrive at more complex concepts like gesture, I was wondering if there still were good warm up exercises focused on gesture? Or is that too advanced already and we should just stick to the simpler line and circle exercises for warm-ups?
This is about the best explanation of the subject I have ever seen/heard. Everybody else is just like "Draw gesture" and every demonstration from every artist is different which makes it that esoteric concept you have to "feel" rather than understand (Including your other gesture video to be honest.). Putting it in perspective with the explanation at the beginning that there are tons of ways to capture the same concept and then giving examples of what that concept actually is, really demystified this for me a lot. I have some catching up to do on the course since life (or rather work) has been pretty stressful lately, but I am looking very much forward to trying this myself. Thank you for sharing this.
@Stan Prokopenko You mention that you try to understand how strokes were made, in what direction, how the drawing tool was held and such. How do we do studies of images where that is no longer clearly apparent? For example if I want to study from someone who works digitally, is that less suited to copying in an analogue medium because the techniques used might not be replicapble? So in other words: At what point does a reference become less suitable for an exercise like this? Or is there no such thing? Is it just about taking what we like and trying to replicate it in our chosen medium and then move on?
Are there any charakteristics you would recommend for reference pictures? In this exercise we were supposed to study line quality and you chose a picture with very expressive lines that still had some sketchlines, mistakes, construction, etc. intact and even required different grips, pencil and so on. Most more "finished" drawings don't have that many clues about how they were made anymore (especially when they were done digitally). I feel like that makes them harder to study? Or maybe I just focused too much on the wrong thing during the exercise like copy everything 1:1 bit by bit rather than looking at the bigger picture to understand what does what in the image and why? I mean I did analyze what the lines did for the image and where they drew attention, became thicker and thinner and so on, but that was more of a process before and after the drawing. While I was at it it felt more like I focused on copying the final lines line for line 1:1 without thinking about the "why". Is there a remedy for this? Do certain images just lend themselves better to studying specific things? Or is it more about me and constantly reminding myself that my goal is to analyze, rather than to create a copy. For me the two won't really mix at the moment. Either I stop and think about what does what (then I could just stare at the image instead of drawing it) or I become a human copy machine. Is it just quantity and repeating such studies? Do I need to simplify the reference like you did with the shoe thumbnails? I probably miss the obvious solution at the moment so if anybody has an idea I'd appreciate a bit of help with that =/ Edit: And then the next line in the video was about using the right tool and how a regular pencil could be used to create the same look, but it wouldn't teach me about the technique used. Maybe that was a big part of the issue since I did everything with a 0.5mm marker and basically drew small shapes that I filled to vary line width… 🤔
So this is a portrait of Ellie from the Last of us 2 by Iliya Kuvshinov. I was long fascinated by his style so I thought this was a nice opportunity to take a closer look. I thought it was a good idea to trace the proportions and placement of the elements by putting a paper against my screen since I wanted to focus on the linework, which I did and it worked out alright. However, I feel like I focused too much on just 1:1 copying their line weight bit by bit after that rather than seeing a logic. Sure, where the light hits there are hardly any lines (the picture mainly uses differences in value rather than lines in these areas), where there is shadow there are more visible lines. A ton of lost lines in the light areas and in the hair too. Other than that, there is more black around the eyes (where the attention is supposed to go I guess). What is interesting is, that the rest of the face and pretty much the rest of the picture hardly has any prominent lines. There are a few but mostly in the shadow on the left side or towards the the shirt, away from the actual subject. I assume he inverted the logic and put some heavier strokes in less important areas so that the face where the light hits has hardly any heavy lines (except for the eyes) which then creates a lot of contrast around the eyes to draw the viewers focus there. Does that sound about right? I will probably do another few though since tracing the proportions from the original image felt a bit like cheating and I may have focused less on the actual studying part as a result.
Did a few from level 1, penguin got too big and didn't fit on the page anymore. Then moved on to level 2. Ignored some anatomy in the last two and mixed in human bits. Also all sorts of things are skewed throughout all of them.
After hearing Stan, I'm not sure this is the right course for me because I had hoped this course would provide exercises to help improve my observational accuracy. That doesn't seem to be Stan's objective and I suspect that AI is the motivating factor for his choice of topics.
Hey guys, I tried my hand at the level 2 assignment. My daughter wanted to get a dumbo - octopus to color it, so I settled on it. I attached a clean lineart out of habbit, but the assignment probably asked more for something in the lines of the page with the 2 designs. Hope you like it.
If you have a regular job during the day, how do you get into a routine of drawing when you return home and are tired from your regular workday. Motivation is a myth, I know, but getting to start can still be hard. Any tips or tricks to get over that intial feeling of "I don't want to" you sometimes have before you start?