Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Everything you ever draw, will break down to 3 basic shapes, a circle, triangle, or square. Everything you see, breaks down into those 3 basic shapes. They're like the skeleton to any drawing you ever do. Knowing this will also help you simplify your drawing, which will lead to faster and more efficient drawings. It's something I do when doing quick sketching If I need to crank out a bunch of art work.
Po here is a perfect example. The drawing below is the sketch and the one with all the red lines shows all the basic shapes that Po is made of in this pose. He's a round guy so he's a bit easier to draw when it comes to shapes. His basic body shape is a giant TRIANGLE. The longest edge of the triangle is on top, helping guide your eye across the whole drawing into the direction that he's kicking. You then add a bunch of circles and BAM, you have a flying kicking Po.
Simplifying the drawing just gives you a cleaner and crisper read. So there you go, give it a try!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Some sketching from lunch time. I discovered a new pencil to use. A Faber Castell PITT PASTEL, made in Germany. Pretty badass. It's extremely soft, almost like drawing with butter, so you get that soft shading, tilt it a little and you get the hard line. Pretty exciting stuff!...............
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
A gesture drawing is like the artist warm up exercise. Just like athletes warm up before running or swimming, artist too should warm up with some quick gestures. A gesture is normally about a minute long, no more than 2 or 3 minutes. It's meant to capture the feel and motion of the subject model.
A dynamic (full of energy) gesture drawing always has at least one line of action. It's the energy flow of the drawing, and how you guide the viewers eyes through your drawing. It's something you keep in mind while drawing OR can draw the line before hand. What ever works best for you.
Here I did a 1 minute quick sketch of this sword dude. He was pointing to something off in the distance and my intention was to convey that. He's leaning his body forward and if you see, I aligned his shoulders and arms to form that action line. There's another action line going from his right foot to the tip of his hat, once again to channel his energy forward.
So try it next time you draw. It'll improve your drawing, composition, pose, and help you tell that story that you want to tell with your drawing.