Hi all, my covid got so bad I had to be hospitalized today (asthma = owch), but I've gotten out of the hospital now and should be able to do a video for tomorrow! Life throws funny things at me, haha. At least my arm still works!
Hey Christopher! Nice work on completing some gesture drawings. One suggestion I might make is to use a darker pencil next time or maybe scan your images in. As they are, it is a bit difficult to see the drawings, in my opinion. Another suggestion I might make is to simplify your lines. Try to confidently use as few lines as necessary to describe the figure and resist the temptation to go back in over the lines over and over again. A confident line that is a little bit off usually looks better than many scratchy lines. Hope this helps!
Hey Christopher Lebreault, When we do a gesture drawing, we are looking for an "s" or "c" curve that describes the pose from top to bottom. I took your sketch and did a gesture drawing over it based on what I think it might have been. Notice I included the head in the gesture, it's important to not think of it as an after thought. From the gesture you can then draw a structural drawing and then the figure. I hope my sketch helps you to understand what I mean.
Hello! Please see my 45 sec and 2 min gestures. For these I tried to focus more on getting whatever it is was able to get on paper fluid rather than finishing by the end of time and rushing. I found the the pelvic and toro areas (seperately) as a whole, meaning itself and how things connect to it, were a big pressure point for myself. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
for any clip studio paint users out here, brush settings aren't on screen all the time like I assume in PS based on the lesson. they are in the bottom left wrench Icon( take a look at the photo). This well bring up a pop up pallet menu with almost everything discussed here. You can create the F5 shortcut that PS has by going into file- preferences and set F5 to Sub tool details. the shortcut will bring up a mini version of it that you can navigate Via the drop down menu it provides.
Hey! These lessons have been great! I feel like I am getting more and familiar with my software (CSP) each week. Question for @Jon Neimeister and the community as well. For those of us working with a screenless tablet, will there be some lessons or exercises for getting accustomed to our tool. Specifically geared to getting over the disorientation of the hand eye coordination required to use a screenless tablet. If there answer is no, are there any resources you know of that can point towards (either in a lesson notes section, in a future lesson, or here on my comment). I know the obvious answer is "use it and eventually it'll come to you." but I figured I would ask anyways. Thank you Jon and community!
Hey, @Christopher Lebreault! This is a fun drawing, I love how joyful it feels! I think you did a pretty good job using these references to draw the characters in poses from your imagination! @Magda PG already pointed out what I also think is the most essential point to work on some more: perspective. More specifically, the perspective of the scene, mainly including the swing structure and the cast shadows. I made a draw-over to show what I believe should be adjusted on the shape of these elements. I also made a little GIF that looks like a step-by-step tutorial, but actually it's not; it's just a more detailed explanation of what's going on underneath in order for you to understand all the concepts involved in the process of figuring this out. In other words, I wouldn't expect you to be able to fully adjust your drawing based solely on my explanations, so below are a few additional suggestions for the long run which I believe is what will effectively help you understand and use this. As an overall suggestion, what I'd recommend is to study how to build a perspective grid - you won't believe how much easier sketching in perspective becomes once we get familiar with this technique. Here's where I learned it from (it's a paid series, but I believe it's a worthy investment): https://ctrlpaint.myshopify.com/collections/foundation-skills/products/perspective-sketching-1-the-basics If you have other perspective resources you'd rather study from, no problem! Ultimately, the key is learning the main concepts of perspective in order to figure out how to build the structure of the scene. And for details on more specific things on lighting and shadow shapes, I'd suggest this other series: https://ctrlpaint.myshopify.com/collections/foundation-skills/products/basic-rendering-2-imaginary-light-shadow It's also a paid one, but I helped me a lot before, that's why I recommend it. Anyway, essentially any learning resource on basic lighting should already be helpful somehow, if you prefer. Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions. Good studies!
Hey Christopher, I don't really know these characters, but constructing "cartoony characters" follows a lot of the same rules for drawing the human figure. They are built from 3D shapes, with a center line and lines used to place the elements in the proper place in perspective. I did some quick sketches to show you what I mean and how I would tackle these characters for a model sheet or production drawing. I hope this helps you :)
To work in the animation industry. What job specifically, I am still trying to figure out. Ever since as long as I can remember I have always been naturally drawn to animated cartoons and movies, they've always moved me in a way I could never find the words to express... so to be able to be a part of a team that creates something that has always been there for me, now that is the dream.