the reason for the mask is that they double as glasses, and i tried to have everyone else fit the personalities of the soldiers rather than the colours but it worked out that way anyway? apart from lev. he’s Green and Tall
no genderbending or anything but i think thats obvious
Ice spiced latte. Hey girl. Do you have any sources or recommendations on how to get better at drawing anatomy as well as shading.
I guess the first thing I really gotta reccomend is Pinterest. This site is everything. I personally use it constantly for inspiration and of course, sources on areas of practice. Some pieces I have started just from a quick scroll through that website.
For anatomy, my honest-to-god advice would have to be the most basic practice out there; draw from life. We see others everyday and it’s some of the most essential sources. I have discussed before that anatomy is a crucial aspect to creating a style as it will contribute to any style out there. Here’s the full anatomy talk I gave to an anon a while back. It covers most of the important shit I want to tell anybody.
Anyway, from what I can collect over the years, anatomy relies mostly on basic shapes.
We’ll get into that later. For now, i’ll show you a technique that I practiced when I was younger from some random website. I can’t quite remember what the technique was called but let me just point out that any kind of technique the internet has will work or won’t with different people. It’s what you make of that technique yourself after you’re fluent with it that counts. There’s a lot personalaspects that have changed the technique I’ve used since i’ve stopped using it. Here’s a basic example of that technique;
As you can, most of the lines go after the circles. That’s the most basic body shape. What matters is actually the rendering of all of this. There’s a lot of mistakes that may come with doing any technique; a common one would have to be being neat with it. That’s not the case if you want to have a better flow in your drawing; be messy with your lines. Rendering will sort everything else afterwards. Being messy and almost spontaneous with these guidelines will allow your drawing to be more open to natural positions and prevent your character looking stiff. There’s also a stress that comes along with being neat with it all; you aim for perfect lines and that’s the case you shouldn’t be going for. The human body is flexible, it’s unexpected even. Rendering these lines will give you a clearer guide to the final product;
Rendering out the lines can sometimes mean just basically going over the lines in the first step but trust me when I say that rendering is all about decisions; whether your want to that leg just a bit closer to the other or an entire arm in a different position. And of course, the final lines come around eventually;
These techniques and the understanding that the human body can be defined into mere shapes are what I reccomend to anybody who wants to practice more anatomy. They can be used to sources such as basic pictures online. Here’s an example of the process;
After a few more lines, rendering;
I didn’t do significant lineart here but rather, refine more for the drawing;
As you can see, I fill out some of the blank spaces using lines. This is still part of a sketch process but is crucial once you move on to colouring and all sorts; shading is something I can’t define for everyone. Anyone could have a different take on shading but what I do reccomend is starting out easy! Find the most basic spots where you just know there should be shade. Of course, under the chin, the back of the legs. All these things can be a huge factor for your next step into your piece; it can contribute to how you use colours. The sketch process is the guideline in itself to everything that may come afterward.
As for the lighting in shading itself; I would look into lighting angles around the face first as it is crucial to most of what you will probably draw later on. A book truly recommend is Dynamic Light and Shadeby Burne Hogarth. It is such a beautifully detailed book that not only shows great examples of pieces themselves but also extends upon how the light can affect any work and what mood it can convey as well. Other reccomendations would go towards inspiration from others’ work and like I said, in real life. I cannot tell you how many pieces I have created are inspired by the light I observe in real life. Take photographs and skim through them if you must; I do it most days in all kinds of environments to see how the light can be used in my work.
As for anatomy, here are some techniques you can use;
Others you can find by a quick scroll through the interwebz.
I have so much more to say on these two subjects but honestly it will take years; this is the gist of it all, at least.
I’m not the master of anatomy, i have too much to learn still but over the years, I’ve learned how to cope with things I never thought I could cope with. With practice, I swear to god, things do change. I remember when eyes were like hell to draw but now, I enjoy doing them because I’ve found my own way to doing them. I remember just dying at the thought of doing the goddamned hands but it’s not so bad these days. Everything is a stepping stone and anatomy as a whole will take years for people to really get by and I’m hardly there, so don’t worry if you’re still steady at it, everyone learns at their own pace and that’s okay.
Hey guys, so I want to address a problem that I’ve been seeing all over my dash for the past few weeks.
I don’t quite know how to word this, so stick with me.
Basically, there’s a problem in our community. People pour their hearts into writing and art and simply ask for a simple comment or a reblog, hoping that SOMEONE will care.
Likes are great, but there’s no real sense of if someone truly cares for your work of art.
It’s so discouraging, to work so hard on something only for it to have barely any comments and only faceless likes.
It’s one of the reasons I’ve been unmotivated to write recently. What’s the point of writing, if no one will care right?
And I know I’m not the only one. Multitudes of amazing artists and writers and gif-makes, people who make things for this community, feel as if no one gives a flying fuck about their work.
And you know what? That’s pretty shitty.
I love each and every one of you, even if you don’t make art, or make gifs, or write. You don’t have to produce anything. I love you because of the sweet comments you leave in the tags, or the simple reblog that shows me you took the time to not only appreciate what I produced, but felt it was good enough to share with others.
So please please, share work. I’m not asking you to go out there and reblog every work of art you can, but don’t just like things. Don’t leave creators feeling in the dark.