i was trying to do perspective but failed

anonymous asked:

How do you draw buildings?? Your building drawings are always so pretty!! I try to draw some but I always fail! :((

Hi anon! 

for faster doodles (like the mp100 ones) I use a technique I talked about here

but for longer pieces I hand draw stuff and it gave me a lot of trouble too!

the simplest part of buildings tends to be perspective, it’s very mechanical and easy to learn, I won’t get too much into it because there’s 10000 tutorials about it. I tend to use 2 point perspective like this:

I don’t use this super strictly though. It’s more a rough feeling for pieces and all you need to keep track of is that the objects are *fairly* correct in placement of eachother and the horizon line. Stressing out about perspective lines will be what makes buildings look really rigid.

this is one axis of a piece I just finished. They’re correct relative to each other, but if I brought them all to the horizon chances are they wouldn’t match up. and that’s ok. because honestly you shouldn’t have the vanishing point in your piece unless you want to really emphasize something, like depth.

but there is something a lot of tutorials miss out on and it’s why a lot of my building drawings (and art in general) sucked for no identifiable reason:

every building is made by an architect, so every building will be unique. buildings have unique bits about them. and when you start incorporating and thinking about what the buildings have your art will get better, even if your technical skills can’t catch up quite yet.

the best way to see this is cities. Look at the differences between different buildings. Some buildings have different windows at different floors! Some have a cool light, some have a really nice sign or a porch on the third floor.

add little bits to the buildings, look up references! so much of the environment can be told by the architecture:

how dense is it? is it well kept? what kind of neighborhood? how many stories are the buildings? are there apartments? bars? 

asking these questions will make what buildings you’re drawing more telling of where this is and what its like. Californian small towns will look a lot different from South African cities, and London will look a lot different than Tokyo. Think about what you want to tell in your drawing, google images is there to help!

Your technical skill will always keep improving if you keep drawing, don’t worry about that. The best way for you to help yourself improve and grow is to surround yourself with context on what you’re doing. 

I hope that helped a little bit!! a lot of this is practice and a lot of failure, but I also don’t see many people talking about using references. You’ll get better in time!! just keep pushing like you are now (。•̀ᴗ-)✧

A Thousand Natural Shocks - Chapter 1

Now that this fic has been thoroughly jossed by @notllorstel​ (nope, Stan is not fae in this fic, though fae!Stan gives me so many ideas - no, no, I need to finish this first.  Nor is he really ‘neverhuman’ - or, well, it depends on your perspective) here’s the next chapter!  A full one this time, from Ford’s POV.  Lots of Stangst!

Speaking of which, most of the fic will be Ford’s POV, but I’ll be doing some interludes every few chapters or so that will be from some… interesting perspectives.  

Warnings:  Old men failing at talking things through.

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Ford wrote furiously in his journal, valiantly trying to ignore the sound of voices from outside his home.

The keyword here, as had become increasingly common for him, was ‘try.’  The dozen or so feet and thick wooden wall did very little to muffle the voices of his grand-niece and nephew, as they loudly bid adieu to the town that they had spent their summer exploring, understanding, and ultimately, saving.

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For yet unknown reasons beta design of N was circling around my head so I turned him into personal experimental buddy for weird palettes and perspective practice.

Such a delight.


Hello everyone! We are happy to introduce Molly Kogan!

What is your field of study and thesis project?

Analytical chemistry: Electrochemical detection of metal nanoparticle used as biological tags in a paper based point of care device. 

What is your favorite blog post?


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What keeps you going when times get tough?

I put grad school in real life perspective.  The worst case scenario of grad school is you fail out.  Unless you explode yourself, grad school will not kill you, and there are worse things in life than an irreproducible experiment. 

Any advice to pass along?

Take grad school an experiment at a time.  If something does not work take a walk, grab a drink, calm down, and try again. Sanity is key to survival so do not overwork yourself, and try to have a social life.  

Anything else you want to include?

The successes in grad school outweigh all the horrible days.  Although it is stressful and exhausting, the end result is worth it. 

WSWGCS, say hello to Molly! You guys are everything, rock on.

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