Oh this is a great question. Everyone blushes or giggles at their first Life Drawing class. ;)
First, taking a life drawing class is a brilliant idea. Life drawing classes will help improve your art skills ten fold in every way. I can not recommend a life drawing class enough. As far as feeling awkward and nervous, that is totally fine and normal. You’re standing in front of a naked stranger while drawing them. Who wouldn’t feel awkward?! I think after you’re first class though, you’ll be fine. Once you get over that hump of the first session, the nervous awkward feelings fall by the way side and you can focus on your art. Maybe to make that first class go smoothly have a few things ready. All your art supplies ready to go, comfortable clothes and shoes, an ipod with good music and some water. Then you can just relax and draw. Easy Peezy. You’ll do fine! :) Good luck!
Pushing poses by Shermcohen
I can tell, long time ago I saw this, and true this is one of the most useful things at the moment to pose a character in 3D. worth a reblog
- The closest I could find on Amazon to the watercolour set I use is the Sakura brand of Koi Assorted WaterColours Field Set.
- Just use any old toothbrush. I used to use the ones that my dentist would give me after a visit, just because those were kind of cheap and I wouldn’t actually use them anyways.
- I use acrylic for flicking and highlights because watercolour-whites tend to fade when they dry.
- Also, remember to keep your hands clean, because nothing’s worse than smudging graphite into your watercolours and then unable to get it out.
- Try to avoid black and white when possible. They tend to dull the colours and it loses that watercolouring lustre.
Since I started watercolouring again for my daily sketches, I’ve gotten a lot of asks/dA notes on if I could give a tutorial on watercolouring and also more specific questions that overlapped each other, so I decided to do a semi guide/tips/answering thing.
I actually started watercolouring before I went into digital medium, so I have a bit of personal experience, but I am essentially self-taught when it comes to watercolouring since there weren’t a lot of watercolour tutorials online back then to begin with, so I cannot promise that these are the absolute correct way of doing things.
Hope it helps anyways :)
I’m not even sure if people will reblog this, but I’m just very curious how many of us are actually on tumblr ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ.
try not to both like and reblog but just do one…? thanks in advance “ヽ(´▽｀)ノ”
a public service announcement
What to put in a sketchbook for beginners
Your sketchbook is a secret place
A sketchbook is very useful for everyone, especially for artists, students and kids. It boosts your creativity. To achieve that, use your sketchbook like a journal; make it a secret place. It’s very important to work freely inside it. Make sure you carry it everywhere.
- a sketchbook
- something to draw
- glue or stickers
- foldback clips, paper clips, staples
- different kinds of other paper
- sticky notes
How to start a new sketchbook:
- start now
- make a personal cover
- don’t start at page one
- destroy it’s beauty for example with a crappy drawing
- or use the following tips
Some topics for your sketchbook:
- shopping list
- to do lists
- watercolours <3
Things you can do in your sketchbook:
This is a pretty basic one, but that doesn’t make it any less important to know! I hope it helps. …
Okay so I followed this video about foreshortening and…
Sycra. I love you so much for making this video.
YOU GOTTA BE FUCKING SHITTING ME
are you shitting me right now
years of me avoiding foreshortening aND IT WAS THIS EASY??
alright here’s that process thing I promised! the one thing I hope you kids take away from this is to never be a dope and accidentally merge the hair layer with the lineart before you even get to render it…
but seriously! a couple things: I definitely try to start with a color scheme, but as you can see, it tends to get away from me. It’s also useful to keep in mind the mood of your drawing when you choose colors and one thing that I like to do is listen to music that’ll contribute to that as well so for the time that I was coloring, I mostly listened to this track
and definitely try to play around with everything, including the method, the colors, and the brushes you use!
**I apologize in advance if there’s any errors in my writing, I forgot read it over!
So I was chatting with the lovely Justin Oaksford yesterday, and he casually asked if I used photo reference for my recent Rolemodels piece- not as a bad thing, but because the pose and the camera angle read well. Pretty sure I grinned like an idiot when he brought it up because, goddammit, I’m proud that the work shows! I’ve felt like my work has been somewhat stilted as of late- I could feel myself subconsciously trending towards easier angles, easier poses, easier expressions just because it’s slightly less frustrating for my brain to process- so getting that confirmation from a colleague was pretty damn satisfying.
I think there’s a tendency for artists to take pride in being able to draw out of your head, and, while that’s an admittedly important skill, what’s actually important is what that skill implies- it implies that you’ve internalized reference. That you’ve spent so much time looking at the world around you, studying it, drawing from it, breaking it down, that you’ve amassed an extensive mental library that you can draw from. You are Google reborn in the shallow husk of a human being.
But heck, the world’s a big place- what are the chances that you ever get to a point that you’ve internalized all of it? Internalized it AND ALSO are never going to forget it ever? Probably no chance at all. Sorry buddy. So rather than bemoaning the fact that we don’t have impenetrable search engine cyborg brains- yet- you sure as hell better still be using reference to fill in/refresh those empty shelves in your mental library. You shouldn’t have worm-ridden books about dinosaur anatomy from the 60’s in there. Stegosauruses with brains in their tails? CLEAN THAT SHIT OUT.
So my general process for using reference of any sort is:
- loose thumbnails and brainstorming. If you have an idea, get that raw thing- unadulterated in it’s potential shittiness- onto paper. Good art is a combination of both instinct and discipline, so you don’t want to entirely discount those lightning strikes of brilliance. Or idiocy. Happens to all of us.
- research and reference. Start gathering and internalizing whatever reference is pertinent to your piece- could be diagrams, art, photos, good old-fashioned READIN’, whathaveyou. Please note that this doesn’t mean find one picture of a giraffe- this means find tons of photos of giraffes, read about giraffes, understand giraffes, and learn how to incorporate that knowledge into your art with purpose and intent (Justin uses the word “intent” a lot so I’m stealing it). Don’t blindly copy what you see, but understand how to integrate it in an interesting and informed manner.
- studies and practice. Could be lumped in with the previous step, granted, but it’s worth reiterating- if you’re drawing something new, it’s worth doing some studies. You discover things that you wouldn’t otherwise by just staring at them. It’s weird how I’m still learning this- “Gee golly, six-shooters are way easier to draw now that I’ve drawn a ton of them!” Yes wow Claire BRILLIANT. Gold star.
- go for the gold. Finally, I’m sure it goes without saying, you integrate all of that research and knowledge into your initial thumbnails. If you learned something about anatomy, or fashion, or color, or butts, now you can drastically improve your original idea with this newfound knowledge. Also, per the images above, this is also your chance to improve on the reference- photos are a fantastic tool, but trust your instincts. Cameras can’t make informed decisions.
…So that’s my soapbox- it’s pretty easy, and it’s totally worth it. Research and reference lets you stand on the shoulders of giants- it lends legitimacy, specificity, and allure to your work that wouldn’t be there if you were just drawing out of your head 100% of the time. To put it simply- it makes your work ownable. It makes you stand out.
It makes you a better artist. :)