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Offline Kjatar

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Where to start?
« on: July 10, 2008, 10:06:25 am »
As in, at the very beginning.  I've wanted to pick up drawing for some time now, but with my new schedule, I have a fair amount of free time, so I picked up a few basic supplies.
Assuming I've never picked up a pencil to draw before in my life, where would you all suggest I begin?  Do you have any resources that helped you in the past, or names of books to look at?  So far, it's been suggested that I start out with still lifes, which I've done.  It's amazing just how fascinating a light switch can be when you're trying to study the play of shadow off of it.
Still, what other things should I be doing to develop myself?  Any information or suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks!

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2008, 11:47:32 am »
I did the same thing as you about 2 weeks ago, at the moment I am using other pieces of artwork and photographs of real life animals to learn proportions and anatomy, It seems to be working so far, but I'm not experienced so its just a suggestion :)

There are some good links in this section of the forums which explain proper anatomy and some which can explain how to draw anthro body parts,  www.drawfurry.com springs to mind  :)


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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2008, 04:30:22 pm »
The easiest way to learn is to spend some time using a pencil, get a comfortable grip on it and scribble some loops and squiggles and basically get the flow and comfort of using a pencil.  Every time you draw, before you get down towork you should do this as a warmup.

Consider drawing like a muscle... you have to work it every day to keep in shape, and you have to slowly warm up before getting down to some serious art.

Once you're comfortable with your pencil and ready to get to work, I suggest drawing from life/reference.  Grab a picture or a photo or and object, observe it and break down it's parts (I like to break down the pieces into simple shapes like a circle for cheeks and a triangle for a nose), you can flush out the details later, but first set to getting the proper form and shape of what you are drawing.

It's good to look at other artists and see how they break down their steps when they draw, you can try to emulate those steps in your own work.

And whatever else, Practice practice practice.
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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2008, 09:20:20 pm »
Once you've gotten comfortable with your pencil (as Temperance suggests), another thing to do in addition to working from references/life, is to draw basic geometric shapes. With 2d shapes (like circles and triangles), try to get so you can freehand draw them at a decent speed without them being all distorted. When you're ready for 3d shapes, pay attention to shading. Drawing spheres and cylinders is a great way to practice basic shading. The skills you learn from this can then be carried on into more complex shapes.

Of course, I don't expect these techniques to work for everyone, but it worked for me. (but then, being a mathematical/logical sort of artist, geometric shapes appeal to me.)

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2008, 08:18:03 am »
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!  The advice is much appreciated.  Last night I started in on the shape-drawing.  Given that I have an engineer type mindset, I suspect moving from that to the 3D, and so forth, will probably work well for me.  Heh, now I just need to keep practicing every night, and maybe I'll make some improvements.

If I eventually end up producing anything interesting, I'll make sure to post it.  *Grin*