stephen rogers peck

anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to learn to draw?

Sure! I won’t give advice to “take classes” because 1. I am sure people know that, and 2. that’s not fair advice as I realize not everyone is in a position to be able to, whether they can’t afford it, or go to a school that does not offer art classes.

So, art advice that does NOT include classes:

The three most important are

  1. Use reference!
  2. Draw from real life!
  3. Draw things you’re afraid to draw because you think they’re too hard to draw!

Seriously, those are the 2 most important things to do to improve your art. Real-life reference helps even more than photographic reference since you’re dealing with distortion caused by a camera. Even if you have no real people willing to sit down and model for you, you can still sketch people while your chilling with them. (Trust me your friends will probably think it’s cool if you draw them while you’re sitting there, and they will be too flattered to think you suck.) Even if you have no people around, you can draw objects in your bedroom or yard, or go out somewhere and sit down and draw the things around you.

The better you learn to draw with photographic, 3D modeled, and real-life reference, the better you will learn to draw without reference. And reference will help improve your art skills in all areas.

Also drawing things that really intimidate you because they are out of your skill range (for most beginners, they are hands and feet), will greatly improve your skill once you tackle them, even if you suck the first time. Struggling to draw a difficult thing will improve your art more than breezing through drawing an easy thing that doesn’t scare you.

Also hands and feet because they’re hard to draw and you can just sit there and look at your own and draw them. And you can practice so many skills with just drawing hands and feet: anatomy, structure, angles/perspective, shading, and skin texture.

Here’s a website called Photos Public Domain, you can use stuff here for reference. Public domain means there are no rules or copyright laws attached to the photos here and they have a bunch of miscellaneous stuff.

Here’s a website called Posemaniacs which has 3D modeled people, and also 3D models of just hands, feet, and heads, in tons of angles and poses that you can use for reference.

Here is a website called Pixelovely which has photos of real animals and people you can practice from. Go to their tab “Practice Tools” and pick people, animals, hands & feet, or faces & expressions, and you can select things like whether you want nude or clothes models, or how long you want the images to stay up for (quick gesture drawings are a good way to learn how human bodies flow -you worry about gesture over perfect anatomy and try to draw a whole person in 10-60 seconds, tops.) Of course you can always screenshot the references too. They also free articles about learning anatomy.

If you have money and can buy some books, I recommend (and I got many of these due to professor recommendations when I was in college):

  • “Anatomy for the Artist” by Sarah Simblet
  • “Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist” by Stephen Rogers Peck (this is extremely good, it was required text for my very hardcore anatomy class in college where we had to learn how to perfectly draw and name every bone and muscle in exact “average” proportion by memory and do a minimum of 200 drawings for the class)
  • “Figure Drawing Design and Invention” by Michael Hampton (holy grail, shows you structure and how to draw proper anatomy even if you have literally no real human or photo reference at all)
  • “Bridgman’s Life Drawing” by George B. Bridgman
  • “Perspective! For Comic Book Artists” by David Chelsea (I had to learn drawing perspective in a very mathematical way for class -this will teach you without having to do nearly as much math. Wish I discovered it sooner lmao)
  • “Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter” -James Gurney
  • Also, concept art books (like for your fave movies and stuff) and art compilation books, and art magazines, just so you can keep up with what professionals do and get inspiration for things like themes, color, lighting, and where you want your style to go
  • Scott Robertson has a lot of good concept art books in collaboration with other artists -I have “The Skillful Hunstman” and “In the Future…” concept books
  • I also have the concept/storyboard/process/etc books for things like The Chronicles of Narnia, Howl’s Moving Castle, etc. Looking at the concept art books for your fave shows, movies, and games helps because you can see things like process and how ideas are generated.
  • Also, any volume of Spectrum, but of course, the later volumes are more relevant. 

Also, if you go to my tags page and scroll all the way down to Things to Help You, there are links to my tags for various art resources that could help you.

This answer was probably way longer than you expected lmao I’m sorry. But I hope this helps!

kentuckyfriedcummies  asked:

What are the best anatomy books that you own/study?

To be completely honest, I don’t own that many “anatomy” books.  The few that I still look at from time to time are:

-Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist (Stephen Rogers Peck)
-ANY book by George B. Bridgman (Constructive anatomy, etc.)
-(Weirdly enough): Strength Training Anatomy
-and also the Art of Animal Drawing (Kent Hultgren)

Every other books I use are more geared towards animation or just collection of drawings from famous artists. I love trying to figure out how they express the same thing I’m looking at through their own methods. Famous artists like Klimt, Egon Schiele, J.C. Leyendecker, Frazetta, Henrich Kley, etc.

I hope that answers your question.

***Do you have suggestions? (anatomy books)


Lately, I’ve been working my way through “The Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist” By Stephen Rogers Peck. Which is available for purchase HERE if you are interested.

This is a pretty awesome book, I think it helps simplify the terminology enough so the reader isn’t too overwhelmed. More importantly, Peck includes multiple drawings where he simplifies the idea he’s trying to convey. This is especially important for beginners learning to draw. Often times, you can get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff going on in the human body, but when you see a simply drawn diagram with a simple analogy to go with it (e.g. to think of the human clavicles as a cupid’s bow) it helps convey a complex idea simply. If you’re interested in learning to draw more realistically, or familiarize yourself more with human anatomy, I definitely recommend this book.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for artists, any advice in general? :)

Oh maaaan this is a very broad question uhmmm. I guess there’s always the most common advice of just keep practicing, but you’ve probably already heard that. It’s probably the most important though; the more you draw something, the better you’ll get at it. Case in point, here’s one of the earliest pieces I can find on my computer:

This is from 2007. Look at that smirk. They know they’re hot. ….Aaaand here is one of the things I drew last night:

But the thing is, I was a very proud 12-year-old when I finished drawing the first one. I’m also proud of the drawings I did yesterday. No matter what point in art you’re at, you just have to work at a drawing until you can say, “Yes, I put effort into this and I am satisfied with how it’s come out.” If something looks off at first, don’t give up! Most of my sketches look like a fifth-grader did them, and they don’t start looking like anything until I keep going to refine them.

Also, don’t care too much about where the people around you are at (and it’s so easy to compare yourself beyond reason when you’re on the internet; remember that these are people from all around the world!). You might end up unimpressed with something you’ve done after just a week or so, but that just means that you’re improving. When you start to hate the last thing you’ve drawn, sit down drawing something else. No one starts out magically having an amazing grasp on their medium or how people and scenery work in general; just keep at it and if you can see yourself improving, then that’s enough. (I think it’s a good idea to save all of your artwork, so when you feel like poop you can at least go through and say “well at least i don’t draw like that anymore”)

And another thing is, especially on tumblr: the number of notes you get on a drawing is not a signifier of its artistic worth! There might be a correlation, but as a rule, don’t judge your work solely based on reactions from strangers on the internet. I think it’s best to find a few people you respect and trust to give you legitimate critique; it’s much more rewarding to get feedback from them.

Lastly, if you’re interesting in drawing people, take every figure drawing class you can get your hands on I swear; I promise you your portraiture will improve exponentially. Study how skeletons work, what bones look like, and basic musculature. I super super recommend checking this book out: “Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist” by Stephen Rogers Peck.

That’s all I think of…I hope my perspective is helpful! Obviously take everything with a grain of salt, since we all come from different places and experiences. =D

theworldofjw  asked:

you're art is amazing! i've noticed that you're super good at anatomy and body structure. any tips on how to get better with that? what do you do to practice it? thanks!!

aw shucks, you’re too kind~ 💗

there’s some books that have helped me with anatomy and structure, they are:

✏ atlas of human anatomy for the artist, by stephen rogers peck. a great resource that i’ve been using for years. but just so you know, the book is full of butts, boobs and dongs. so uh, don’t leave it where your grandma or young siblings can find it.

the animator’s survival kit by richard williams. great for teaching yourself basic structure, shorthand, and economy of line (how to make the most out of a drawing with as few lines as possible).

✏ if you’re not squeamish, any kind of medical anatomy book is great. i have one: anatomy coloring book, by i. edward alcamo, ph.d. yes, i coloured in it, and yes, it really helped. learn your muscular and skeletal systems!

some other suggestions i have for you are:

✏ find out what tools you’re comfortable with. try a range of different things! you know what i love to draw with? grease pencil on newsprint paper. maybe you’re comfortable with pencils and paper, but you never know what will really click with you until you try it all.

✏ draw from life as much as you can. drawing from photos is okay, but try to avoid tracing.

✏ if they’re available in your area, go to life drawing classes. i’ve gone to at least one every week since i was thirteen. if there are no life drawing classes- go to a mall, a park, a coffee shop (somewhere you can sit with your sketchbook and no one will bug you) and draw the people that you see. this will help you get a feel for all kinds of body types, different facial structures, hair texture… er’rything.

✏ practice, practice, practice. just keep drawing! don’t stop until you’re dead.

i hope that helps! best of luck to you and your art~ 💗