Need Something to Draw? click and drag game, version 1.0
I figured this could be fun for a few folks out there. If anyone has any suggestions for things they think would be fun to draw under “Who” or “What” feel free to let me know. The current list is rather small, though big in scope.
“Batman… being Batman”
the main character of the last game you played being attacked by a bee
ill do this eventually because i just laughed at the image that popped in my head
Draw a scene of your choice using ONLY these colors: #2e1a1b | #442f34 | #5f4f4f | #908474 | #e8efc3
When you are done drawing, upload your piece to your blog/art blog and tag it as “draw drill” so everyone can see you creation!
Thank you to our friends at chromaa.tumblr.com/ for posting beautiful color palettes!
So here’s a pretty rough sketch, that I decided to take snapshots of during the different drawing stages. It’s not to be taken as an example of great rendering, the modelling on her face is off in places. But that wasn’t particularly the aim. I just felt like sharing a step by step of how I color.
1: Lineart on top of a sketch, pretty standard. Since I work all digitally, there’s not much to worry bout with scanning in line art. I’ll sketch the drawing, hit it with Hue and Saturation (ctrl+u) and change it to whatever light color. Make a new layer, draw the lineart. There’s lots o talk bout aliasing or anti aliasing or having greys in your line art, I don’t care all that much. Kinda depends on the drawing I want to make.
2: Now I start the color layer, on it I splatter a bunch of bright Cyan all over the place. Really, any of the primary colors would do, but it’s good to start with the roughly the opposite of what color I’m looking to find at the end.
3: Same big splattery brush, textured preferred, is then set to multiply. And I hit it with a very rough mix of Cyan, Magenta, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red. Basic color theory is gonna be nice here, but it’s not exactly like real world acrylic or anything. You get brown by mixing red and green, but you get black by mixing yellow and blue (green is yellow and cyan). Be broad in this stage, no sense getting too careful as it’s gonna be painted over anyway. As long as you’re set to multiply, the colors are just gonna get darker. You wanna bring it back in the next step.
4: Now switching back and forth between a multiply and a normal brush, you can add White to the swatches you’ll be using. White is a good way to neutralize things, and it’s really the best way to get beautiful vibrant grays made of many colors.
5: Keep working at it with a smaller brush. Switching between multiply and normal, (it’s a good idea to set some tool presets to flip back and forth from) you want to start getting closer to the color you’re looking for. This is the biggest difference between painting with a palette, and painting like… whatever this is, is that instead of starting with a palette that you’ll work with, you’re painting your palette right on the drawing.
6: Now we’ll start rendering with that palette. Use whatever brush you like to paint with, but try to resist reaching for the color window or selector. What you’ll want to do here, is Eyedropper all the colors right from the image and paint over it. Holding down the “Alt” key on the PC will change your brush to an eyedropper. So pick up some colors, and lay it down. If there are colors you want to save, just paint them onto a part of the layer you know you’ll erase later.
7: Traditional digital painting techniques apply here. It’s not a bad idea to keep different layers, especially since you can clean them up with a layer mask. That way I can keep coloring outside of the lines, and just fix that up later. It’s not very neat, everything looks rough, but I’m having more fun this way.
8: Oh hey, lets color in the rest of that stuff. And probably her eyes too. Again, just use whatever colors are around. And if you need to pick from your swatches or make a new color, go ahead. I won’t tell on you. Frankly, you’ll probably need to use them to add detail colors and highlights, that’s the kind of stuff that gets lost very quickly with the mixing method. Hrm, that could be a good name, the Mixing Method.
9: This is just a cheap sketch, no big deal with the background. I’m just gonna make a new layer just under the lineart and splatter some white all over it. Using the layer mask, I removed some of the white from blocking the figure, and left some of the color from the background as an accent.
And there ya go. That’s how I color sometimes.
Pros: I personally find it very fun and intuitive. I’m just too bored using a static palette, and worse with figuring out what kind of palette I should use.
Cons: It looks like a mess, and there’re colors everywhere. Chances are, you’ll need to dial it back with things like gradient maps or hue and saturation again. But that’s another lesson.
This was just something quick I wanted to whip up. Chances are, my methods will change or improve or get worse. Whatever. Just remember, there are always alternatives in making art.
YOU, YES YOU! COME JOIN IN ON THE DRAW DRILL!!!
You know those pictures you made in first grade? Make that scene more interesting!
You can recreate it in another art style, add sharks shooting out lasers from its tail in the background, or even make everything out of cake! This is your canvas!
Once you’re done, upload it with the tag “draw drill” so everyone can see your fabulous art!
Sorry there’s no alternate photography drill for this one! uvu;;
I’ve been getting some art questions lately, and I’m bad with words so here is a hand full of tutorials that I really like. You can also pretty easily Google around yourself if there is something specific. The internet is quite vast.
http://www.drawfurry.com/ (don’t be fooled by the name if you’re quick to judge; It’s got good info, especially if you’re into webcomics)
Various conceptart.com Forum Tutorials (look around!)
these are just a few, because god knows there a whole bunch out there. So yeah, just search around a bit and practice practice PRACTICE. No one else is going to do it for you! u:
Hope it helps somewhat!
NOW WITH SLIGHTLY LESS “BATMAN BEING BATMAN” RESULTS
So I noticed there was a glut of new hits on the old one, and I remembered I’d been wanting to make a bigger new one. This time, I’m also starting a tag #randraw for people who want to post and share their results.
I got “your favourite literary character as the opposite gender”
the best prompt ever how do I even choose
Every artist who sees this post should do the following:
- Watch the video.
- Follow the instructions
I can’t stress you enough about how important these exercises are for your drawing hand. You don’t wanna get CTS of Tendonitis and similar stuff that will prevent you from making art or even hold a pencil.
I first saw this video… I dunno, a couple of years ago? But after seeing this it instantly became part of my daily routine. Having your wrist crap out on you because you haven’t taken care of yourself while drawing is agonizing and not fun.
Get to stretching, artist buddies.
I usually don’t reblog stuff when a post demands it of me, but I found this video to be very helpful.
I’ll start trying these and see if they help!
This is a tutorial I’ve written two years ago. I still see a lot of people having problems with hand pains while using a tablet so I thought I might post in on tumblr where it should get to more people than on my LJ. If you use tablet you might want to look at it, if your friends use tablet you might want to show it to them.
Protect your hands and back before it’s too late~!!
Original text starts here:
I realized, that I’ve encountered many professional artists online that have problems with wrist that are caused by using tablet. No wonder: you can find tons of tutorials on graphic software, but you won’t find any on actual USING the tablet. Well, it is simple: you install the drivers, plug the tablet in, personalize the buttons, if you have any, and start drawing the same way as you did with the pencil, right?
That is why I decided to write this
entrytutorial. Please, read if whether you’re just a beginner, or a professional that has been painting for longer than I have lived; the issue is much too grave for people living of making art to simply be ignored.
One of my all time favorite anatomy references is this handy dandy little webpage here. More than 750+ male and female photos in sequence? check. Outstanding b/w lighting on all of them? check. All SFW images but enough skin showing where the muscle placement is? check. Contortion, fencing, parkour and other poses included? checkity-check.
All of that for free? Aw yeah.
Go take a look around. ;D
Clothing Folds (Part 1)
Adding the bigger version of the previously posted tutorial for the anons who couldn’t read it, also added the source. The second part will be added very soon. -ivona
putting this up, since my website project for university is finished and I don’t have to put it on the web anymore.
a very, very basic image guide on how your portfolio should be presented or appear, whether you’re in fine arts, graphic design or illustration, illustrated by yours truly
please do NOT remove the commentary while reblogging, do not reupload anywhere else.
oop this is also mine :U
Hello! This is an old idea from 2 years ago, redrawn. I noticed I understand a little better facial structure now, but I still don’t know that much about shading and colors and how to choose which ones I should use…
I would be very glad to read a more general critique, too! What you think is best for it :)
From two years ago (if you want to see it too): http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb332/Dareedse/blue_zpsa57d483b.jpg
Hey, Qinni here,
It’s not bad, and she’s very pretty, but this lacks a certain source of lighting, and most importantly, the structure of the face still needs some more understanding and work; I did a simple structure guide to the face that might help:
There’s also a certain variation of colours to the face; the face isn’t just made up of all the same tone of skin.
this is an exaggerated stripe of the colour variations of the face: the forhead area is more yellow-toned, the cheeks and nose area is reddish because that’s where most of the blood vessels are closest to the skin (that’s why your cheeks and nose get really red in the cold) (don’t quote me on it though xD), and the chin is more gray-ish toned.
the variations are very subtle, but it’s there, in any lighting, even if you’ve got the blue lighting there.
Also, it looks a bit like you’re using the burn and dodge tool, and all the blues are the same hue; If you put down the colours with a brush, the result will look a lot better. Don’t have the light and dark contrast so much all over; have a few places where there’s gray-ish, not just the neck, but also on the face.
I think it’s the understanding of facial structure that will help most of all, so study from photos or use a few drawings from good artists to practice (just practice, don’t claim as your own). You can do these studies in black and white, and even better if it’s with the pencil! Tonal structure come before colour. Once you have a good structure tonal-wise down, even if you don’t have the best colours, it will still look fairly good.
hope this helped :)
I’m very fond of the concept, but there are a few pointers that I think could really help boost the colors!
like Qinni said about the color zones on the face, if you add those her face will pop a bit more; and you can apply similar colors around the image to really pull it together. another thing that you might want to do is to vary the hues you use for the blues, more purple hues in the darker areas and greener hues in the lighter spots might just give it a little extra umph.
basically my suggestion is that you vary your colors a bit more to really give the piece more visual interest :D
Tips on color & light from The Artist’s Guide to Color by Wendon Blake