Steven Zapata
Steven Zapata
Designer, Illustrator, Instructor
Kyle Ferris
Steven, I have a professional question. I have ulnar nerve damage in my right arm, drawing hand and I noticed that I cannot do the overhand grip without intense pain in the nerve. As a hobbyist artist will this limit the drawings and shading that I could perform. I have found a way around some of the shading problems by using a mechanical pencil in which the lead rotates and keeps the shading pretty uniform.
Write reply...
Drop images here to attach them to the message
Steven Zapata
Hi Kyle, sorry to hear that. I would say you may have a tricker start, but it shouldn't limit you in the long run. All the kinds of shading I do with an overhand grip I could (and occasionally do) with a traditional writing grip, it's just a bit more uncomfortable. You rarely do anything in drawing or shading that requires more dexterity than executing your signature- it's the system of thought underneath that matters.
Reply
dodorassik
So cool ! Thanks to pinpoint those.
Write reply...
Drop images here to attach them to the message
Steven Zapata
My pleasure.
Reply
Larry
I have both of Robertsons and Bertlings books, use them as reference when working out problems. You took a course taught by these two, that must have been alot of information all at once I would bet.
Write reply...
Drop images here to attach them to the message
Steven Zapata
You bet. Overwhelming at times!
Reply
Jean-Francois (Jeff) Durix
great introduction. My physicist education though was hurt by the mention of exponential fall off. If the light source is lambertian, the intensity distribution follows cosine, not an exponential. Not critical for drawing and the principals remain correct ;-)
Write reply...
Drop images here to attach them to the message
Steven Zapata
Hah, thank you for the correction. I am definitely a drawing person first and foremost.
Reply
Jean-Francois (Jeff) Durix
A very insightful and didactic set of demos that inspired me and gave me a few directions to improve and vary my approach to shading. As I do mainly pen and ink I am curious to experiment how I will adapt the concepts to this media where stumping and erasing are not part of the game
Write reply...
Drop images here to attach them to the message
Steven Zapata
I use these same concepts when drawing in pen and ink, just with more precision of course. It definitely applies. If you wanted the full tool set of texture, gradient, and form, it would be good to do as complete a pencil drawing underneath as you can bear and then ink over that. If you always know what "part of the light" each little part of your drawing is in, that should tell you how to "move your hand" in that area.
Reply
Jean-Francois (Jeff) Durix
Some exercises I did based on this great course. Any feedback and recommendation is more than welcome
90BEAA48 3367 4916 B30C 7F45660CB715
51A3C3CD 399C 42A4 AD5E 67EA99936A13
0B743B46 CF90 4F9B 89E6 C7A11DD695F7
Write reply...
Drop images here to attach them to the message
Steven Zapata
I think these look great! The core principles are being well integrated here. The low hanging fruit here for advancement is to sharpen and clarify the impact of the strongest shadow shapes. Squint at the picture, or hold it up to a mirror from quite a distance away, and ask yourself if the shadow shapes that stand out the most say what you want. Are they too thin? Too thick? To blobby? Do they no have a light shape near enough to them to make them stand out? Maybe there are 4 really strong shadow shapes that stand out when you squint and it turns out they're all about the same size and shape and so they get a little boring.
Reply
Ahmed Aldoori
Ahmed Aldooriadded a new lesson
4mo
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new lesson
4mo
Eric T
I had recently found your course on gumroad and am extremely happy I did, It will serve as an excellent resource. Wonderful examples, teaching style, technique excellent, content well thought out and practical with logical progression. I greatly appreciate your effort. p.s. Yourself, Ahmed, Stan and Marshall, have all been instrumental in rekindling my passion for art, so I can't thank you enough.
Write reply...
Drop images here to attach them to the message
Steven Zapata
That is great to hear, thank you for the kind words and I'm honored to have played a small part in the rekindling of your art.
Reply
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new course
5mo
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new lesson
5mo
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new premium lesson
5mo
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new premium lesson
5mo
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new premium lesson
5mo
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new premium lesson
5mo
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new premium lesson
6mo
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new premium lesson
6mo
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new premium lesson
7mo
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new premium lesson
7mo
Steven Zapata
Steven Zapataadded a new premium lesson
7mo