Stan Prokopenko
Stan Prokopenko
San Diego, CA
Founder of Proko, artist and teacher of drawing, painting, and anatomy. I try to make my lessons fun and ultra packed with information.
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Josh Fiddler
About the comments @Stan Prokopenko makes at around 34 minutes about fatigue. The Law of Diminishing Returns You've done warmups. You've been drawing for an hour and feel like each line gets better and better. Your problem solving is feeling strong: you're happy with choices. Then suddenly... everything starts to feel off. Lines aren't as accurate, thinking is slower. You notice you are tired and think maybe you should stop. But you don't. You keep going. That drawing starts to fall apart. You get frustrated and trash the whole thing. You get mad at yourself and don't draw for a few days, saying you're not inspired. When you start to feel that fall-off in energy and focus, when you start to doubt your previously unassailable growth, it's time to step away. Go have a snack, a drink of water, or go do something else. At this point, your unlimited mental data plan is has reached the data cap for 5G speeds and you've been throttled to worse than 3G. Packets get dropped. Latency increases. There is nothing to do but do something else and let your brain recover. At best, even the most incredibly productive people can do maximum output for 4 hours a day. After that, we retain less, are less productive, and we make more mistakes. So we shouldn't expect to be able to study, draw, paint, exercise effectively, without rest. Rest is a requirement, not a reward. So take breaks, stay committed, but don't burn yourself out trying to fulfill your dreams, you'll just end up resenting the sleeping.
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Stan Prokopenko
lol. well said.
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Lisanne
Dear @Stan Prokopenko, I have a question. I got a little confused about how to find the bottom box, when looking up at the hips, drawing from reference. I noticed (see photo) that in the demo after drawing a box, you could easily lay in leg attachments and it would all work out great. When I tried this on my torso box for photo 14, my legs didn't seem to fit the box. Do you have any advice on how to find the line that's covered mostly by leg? And are the points where the hips are sticking out usually a good pointer for the upper line (example 1). I did notice that didn't really work out for me, in example 2 I adjusted my box (lowered the upper line) to where I imagined the leg attachments would be.. although I think example 1 looks better than 2 (PS example 1 was not my first take but one after many many adjustments). I would love to hear your take on this! Maybe I'm overthinking it.
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Stan Prokopenko
ya I think you're over thinking it. Both of your versions seem like acceptable interpretations to me. A box is a highly simplified version of the pelvis and hip muscles, so there will be things that feel strange when comparing your box to a photo of a real person. The purpose of this is to primarily interpret the perspective. When studying the anatomical forms, you'll go through more layers of complexity to arrive at something that looks good. Maybe you were not happy with the way the leg attaches because in this particular pose, her right leg is flexed up so it's not just a simple extension of the bottom plane?
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Stan Prokopenko
It from Lane Brown's The Photoshop Master Pack | Photoshop Brush Set . He has a bunch of dry media brushes that you should play with to figure out which you like best. My personal favorite for linear work like you showed is the "Orbik Pencil".
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level 2 tree house assignment, tried out a more elaborate design with the help of references.
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wow! great!
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Updating the deadline! Since there will be 7 more drawings next week, I'll give you 7 days to do those. New deadline is July 7th!
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