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Offline Alsek

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Begining drawing
« on: February 17, 2010, 11:28:33 pm »
This is to continue a conversation that was going on in a different thread taking it off topic.


That's all great.., but where do I start >.>..just trying the basics of making a line...honest to god, it really does take skill to fail a beginning art class

Everyone is a bit different,   but i personally had to learn by learning to draw what i could see in front of me first.

For example,  if you take a cube,  and you're looking at it from the side,   the top is not going to be a square,  it's going to be something of a diamond...  and not only that,  it's going to be a tiny little sliver of a diamond.  Try to look at the angles that you SEE instead of the ones you know are there.  A cube would have 90 degree angles,  but really,  when you look at it,  the angles will be more like 15 - 20 degrees on the sides and massive ones on the tops and bottom angles.

Personally,  i've got a really sloppy style that turns out to look kind of expressionistic with a real medium.  But in photoshop,  that lends itself very well to anextremely detailed furring technique that i use   (take note that i'm still learning).  So don't let it get you down,  just keep practicing and keep doing it.


If you want,  i've got an exercise you can use to get you used to looking at things?
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Re: Begining drawing
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010, 11:47:45 pm »
drawing spheres with lat and long lines make drawing heads much easier, and it helps you keep everything in the right place. circles and ovals drawn 3d with those lines can really help making body parts easier.

please excuse the rushed doodle, just trying to explain the idea.









like that, only don't rush it and make a mess like that.

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Re: Begining drawing
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2010, 12:02:38 am »
I'm sorry I brought that other thread off topic.  Regardless, I can't really write a full-out response right now, so I'm just going to have to say a quick thank you, I'll come back to this later T-T

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Re: Begining drawing
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2010, 01:28:39 am »
I'm sorry I brought that other thread off topic.  Regardless, I can't really write a full-out response right now, so I'm just going to have to say a quick thank you, I'll come back to this later T-T

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I do that all the time.    x3

I just wanted to see if i could help a bit more,  which i figured should have it's own thread.  :P
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Re: Begining drawing
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2010, 11:16:30 am »
For those that are just learning to draw, one good thing to do for practice is to do freehand drawing of basic three dimensional shapes from various angles. Cubes, cylinders, spheres, etc....  This keeps things relatively simple and allows you to focus on developing basic drawing skills. Including basic perspective and shading. This will come in handy when you start to draw more complex subjects.

Also, I find it helpful to look at things. Not even necessarily drawing them, but just looking at them as though you are going to draw them. This makes you pay attention to shapes and the way the light hits things and so on. Of course, you should also actually draw. There is no substitute for practice. Though you can't draw something if you don't know what it looks like.

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Re: Begining drawing
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2010, 10:22:54 pm »
so I suppose the best way to start is just to see things in front of you?

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Re: Begining drawing
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2010, 11:09:22 pm »
Yeah,  Exactly!  ^.^

It really helps you learn perspective and shading.  So i have a recommendation for you  (Just a recommendation,  i think it will help.)

Get yourself a pad of paper,  and some pencils.

Now,   You're not allowed to look at the paper when you do this.  Place your pencil on the paper,   look away.

Stare at your hand.

Follow the edges of your hand with your eyes,  don't look away.  As the edge of your hand goes up,  move your pencil up,  when the edge moves to the side,  move your pencil to the side as the same angle if you can.

Follow all the edges you can find in your hand.

Don't worry about what it's going to look like,  because that's not the point.

The idea is to practice simply seeing the angles and lines in your hands.

I'd do this once or even twice.


After you've done that,  pick a really simple object like a book,  Set it in one place in front of you.  while you draw,  don't stand up or move around.  Moving around just a little bit can change the outcome.  Just draw what you can see there.  Try and get angles to match on your paper,  and proportionate lengths (i.e.  If the top of the book is 3 times as long as the sides,  then it should be that way on the paper also)  Don't worry so much about the outcome.  Just keep doing it and finish the drawing.  Later shading comes in but i wouldn't worry about it yet.  (for me,  shading was easy once i got contour drawings)

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So yeah...  Hope this helps.
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