taking a break from 3d work

anonymous asked:

Your sketches are the best! do you have any tips/tutorials for someone that want to start doing portraits? what was your process? thank you :)

Hullo there! Thank you so much! It’s difficult to explain in words, so here’s some basics of portrait drawing, and a brief outline of my process. We’ll use Hugh Laurie as House,just because here’s a nice front shot of his face.

First, proportions:

As you can see, eyes are half way down the head, given you press the hair right down flat on the head. The hairline, eyebrows, nose, and chin are spaced in thirds.

Generally, the width of the eye is one fifth the width of the face at the widest point. Make sure you take the width of the actual eyeball, not the outer eyelid. The nose is as wide as one eyeball’s width. The corners of the mouth are in line with the centre of the eyes. The ears are in line with the eyebrows (top) and nose (bottom).

(A thing to remember: use these proportions as guides, and not absolute rules. Everyone has a different face, and no one will measure to these exactly. Some people might have bigger eyes. Some people might have slightly longer noses. Foreheads will be larger with receding hairlines. These tiny differences are what make each face unique. So long as you’re not grotesquely disobeying these proportions, don’t feel restricted to follow them exactly if the photo reference tells you otherwise.)

Now, to start drawing the outlines. I’ve done this digitally for the sake of speed, but I’ve drawn everything in lines so you can duplicate it all with a pencil and eraser.

First line in the general shape lightly. Also mark in important features such as the eyes and nose, but ONLY once your outlines are accurate. Always draw from big to small, from outside to inside, basic to complex. There’s no use spending time on smaller details if the outlines containing them aren’t right.

Draw in the details. Break hair down into chunks, as that makes it easier to deal with. Note the guidelines coming down from the eyes, as per proportions previously mentioned. They’re not necessary to draw in as you get more experienced, and you’ll find you can do them just by eye, but they help a lot when you start.

Shade in all the shadows in one grey tone. This gives you a general idea of how light hits the face and sets you up for the proper shading. Notice how the hair is still being dealt with in chunks.

Start with the blackest parts. This is because black is the easiest tone to get right, since it’s just black, and you don’t have to worry about the darkness/lightness of it.

Move onto the next darkest areas. Use the black you did at the start as a comparison, so that you’re getting the tone about right. Shading is all about comparisons and relativity. One tone will look light compared to a darker tone, but dark compared to a lighter tone. Constantly look at the picture as a whole so your comparisons are accurate, and you don’t exaggerate the darkness/lightness of the tone you’re working just because of the surrounding tones.

Keep shading lighter and lighter until you’re done! You may see some small changes you’ll need to make to the size/shape of the features as you shade, that’s only natural because the way we perceive things flat and the way we perceive things 3D (shaded) are a little bit different. Always keep looking back to the reference picture. Take a break if you’ve been at it for too long. Or stand back and look at your drawing from a distance. Fresh eyes do wonders in spotting mistakes.

This is a very very brief rundown of what I’ve learned over the years and by no means comprehensive of portrait drawing, but I hope this gives you somewhere to start. If you have any further questions feel free to ask me, and I’ll try to answer those as best I can from my experience. Hope this helped!

My Tips for Fellow YouTubers

Though it beats a 9 to 5 by a long shot, every job has its perks and downfalls. I’ve noticed a lot of my colleagues struggle with similar things that I do with working from home and dealing with feedback. So even though I’m not perfect and I don’t always abide by these myself, here are some things I know that help me stay positive through tough times.

1. Perspective. Remind yourself why you started and what good things have come from all the work you do. It can be hard to remember this sometimes when negative feedback is overwhelming. But remember that if more people hated you than loved you, you wouldn’t be able to have enough returning viewers to continue, and yet you do. Remember that the good outweighs the bad and that you know a good time will come soon. The bad stuff is only temporary. And if you’re unsure, the people who love you will always offer their support if they realize you need to hear it.

2. Limit exposure to negativity. Feedback and criticism is important, but generally taking it in in large doses isn’t good for your morale. Try to limit the amount of time you spend on your social media and in your comments. I’m still pretty bad at this, but when I have the self control to tell myself “this is not a week that you want to read the comments” I tend to weather it better. Still look for ways to improve and feedback, but remember to look for it in places that will be constructive without being overwhelming. Ask colleagues, friends, and use your smallest channels for feedback from viewers to keep it from being too much. Even if every single one of your commenters was trying to be constructive (ha) it can kill your morale to take in too much feedback at once.

3. Get out of your office! When you work from home you’re never off the clock. It’s hard to fully relax even when you’re caught up on your work because you always feel pressure to be productive. Get outside for your relaxation time. Don’t bring your laptop. Unplug for a minute, window shop, go swimming, eat out. Get some fresh air. You can even take your 3DS and play at the park. The important thing is finding a place that isn’t your work to give your brain a break for a bit so you don’t get burnt out. Take a vacation from your life for at least a few hours a week.

4. Make a schedule. This is what I really suck at, but I know I always do better if I can stay on top of a schedule. If I’m trying to cram a week’s worth of work into 3 days because I couldn’t get my act together sooner, I’m gonna have less time to recharge and prepare for the next week of work. Write things down so you’re not always worrying that you forgot something, and remember to schedule downtime too, so you can relax guilt free knowing that you really do have time to take this minute to yourself. When you’re in a creative field sometimes it can be hard to follow, but the closer you stick to your schedule the easier your work will be overall.

5. Don’t worry about numbers. Numbers are important after all, you can’t ignore them altogether. BUT! Do not let them rule your life! Do not let yourself tie your self worth to them! Remember that a lull in views is not the end of the world. You’ve had them in the past and come back swinging, and you’ll have them again. Ultimately they’re not the most fulfilling part of this job. Don’t spend a lot of time looking at your analytics and view counts and comparing yourself to other people. The less I let myself do this the better I feel about like, everything. It can be tough when you’re trying to make a living, but remember that there are always options open to you, so don’t panic and get depressed. If you have a bad week or month, don’t get discouraged. You’ll be okay. Close that analytics tab and go back to number 1! Perspective.

I’m not trying to preach with this, cause this list is more for myself than anything. If I have a hard time I can come back to this post and remind myself what has worked for me before. And I figured, if it might be able to help some of my friends and colleagues out too, all the better. No matter how great your job is there’s always gonna be rough patches, but we can weather them together. :)

3-D Printers Turn Mush Into Meals

by Devin Powell, Inside Science

This summer, a nursing home in Germany will start serving an unusual culinary treat: meals created by a printer that transforms mush into three-dimensional foods.

Assembled from veggies or meats that have been cooked and then blended, the menu items will have the original shapes of their ingredients. Carrots will look like carrots, and pork like pork. But the textures will be strange, similar to that of jelly. That softness is deliberate. It should help elderly residents of the home swallow the food without the risk of choking.

“Because these people can’t chew their food very well, they typically have to eat purees,” said one of the brains behind the meals, Kjeld van Bommel of the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). “We wanted to provide something more appetizing.”

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anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for depressed artists? I want to learn how to draw but since I'm struggling mentally I haven't been able to pick up a pencil.

First of all, I’m sorry to hear that you’re dealing with depression. I try to save some positivity/mental health/self help resources on my personal blog in this tag mostly for my own reference; I haven’t looked through it too well so I’m not sure how useful they may be, but if you or anyone else might able to use any of it, that’d be great! 

As kind of a disclaimer, I’m by no means an expert with any of this stuff, and I’m sure different things would fit better for different people. But here are some personal recommendations for anyone dealing with depression who is interested in drawing or getting into art. 

  • Beforehand, maybe try to get in a good enough mood to create art (unless you feel like trying to make vent art, I’ll go over that in a bit). It might make you a little less likely to get frustrated and angry with yourself if your art isn’t turning out the way you want it to.
    • Listen to music or look through art that inspires you; whatever will help you. Music might be too distracting for some people, and others may end up getting more frustrated than inspired by looking at others’ art. Try to find what helps you. Personally, I kinda enjoy watching youtube videos or shows in the background, things that I don’t have to pay too much attention to. Just try to get in kind of a mindset where you want to create something.
  • If you’re feeling especially rough; angry/sad/whatever, vent art helps for some people. 
    • Pour out your feelings onto paper/canvas/whatever medium. I don’t exactly know how to explain it; just.. let it all out? 
  • Make sure you try to enjoy yourself! Especially if you’re just starting out, you’re probably not going to be able to draw anything you consider “”good,”” but don’t get discouraged and keep going with it! Nobody starts out as a great artist, and every doodle you make is +1 more doodle of practice and improvement.
  • Honestly? Copy things, use references. Once you get the hang of using references, it gets a little easier to draw whatever; it helps you improve with connecting what you see with your hand movements/what you sketch on paper.
    •  If there’s an artist whose style you particularly like, I personally think it’s fine to copy their work as practice, to see how their style works and all so you can possibly experiment with your own style–just don’t be too reliant on anyone else’s art, as nobody’s perfect and it’s very possible that you could end up replicating their mistakes. ((HOWEVER, IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT TAKE CREDIT FOR ANYTHING YOU COPY FROM OTHER PEOPLE. IF YOU’RE GOING TO COPY ANYONE, DO IT ONLY AS PRACTICE AND DON’T SHOW IT OFF AS YOUR OWN WORK))
  • Don’t pressure yourself too much by starting off with trying to draw things that are too difficult, start out with simple objects; cups, pencils, erasers, things like that, stuff you see around you. 
  • Practice drawing 3D shapes, and visually breaking objects down as a bunch of simpler shapes–squares, triangles, circles, rectangles can be found in just about everything. Use the shapes as guidelines for whatever you’re drawing, it’s far more difficult to draw freehand than it is when you first sketch out the basic forms of the shapes.
  • The art block tag could possibly give you some ideas if you’re not sure what to draw, and the masterpost tag is also worth checking out!

Hopefully this might help a little; if I think of anything else, I’ll be sure to add more. Good luck!

So, I come from a long line of
broken backs from digging ditches,
and a handful of teachers.
Mom taught math,
Sis’ teaches English,
and Dad
told us stories.
Now, all of this spins around in my mind
and I see it spinning faster and faster
in reflection in the eyes of the student who’s face
is only inches from mine
as he says,
“What are you gonna do about it if I don’t”
all puffer fish pointy chested
as the rest of the high school class waits.
as the ink
beneath my long sleeves,
button up, and slacks
begin to burn.
as my first mosh-pit branded brain
begins to boil.
Waits as I keep back the gasoline bile
and get all choked up on
the hand-grenade pins and needles
that have been planted in my throat
and grown a drum set in my jawbone
I play
in time
with the swaying picket signs.
But today,
today I muted it.
I’m proud of this kid.
I want to tell him this.I want to tell him I’m glad.
I’m glad that after thirteen years of learning,
the one thing he has not picked up on
is to blindly follow authority.
I want to tell him this.
I want to tell him I’m sorry.
I’m sorry you’re stuck in a broken system
where men in designer suits
who have never even seen a classroom
keep cutting art out of the heart of education
because you can’t properly or profitably
express yourself well enough
through a color by letters
number two pencil
piss poor pointillist painting
like A, B, C, or D all of the above
is being held above all else.
I wanna tell him all of this.
I wanna tell him I’m sorry,
but it just comes out as
“Sit down, kid.”
Sit down.
Save your strength.
Hold on to that crumpled paper, homemade bomb heart
that keeps blasting shards of chicken scratch shrapnel
through your blood stream.
Hold on to it
like sand bags for a real rainy day.
I know it hurts right now for you
because it still does for me too,
but there’s a difference between
picking a fight and picking your fights.
This one’s not worth it.
I’m temporary, man.
I’m gone from your life
by the end of this period.
Then I’m off to who knows where
to substitute
all of their authority
and none of the time.
All of their authority
and none of the mutual respect.All of their authority
and none of the real chances
to make you listen,
so listen now,
“Sit down.”
A cop’s not gonna be so polite, kid.
You’ll get nothing less than a slap on the jaw
with a night stick.
“Sit down.”
There’s something to be said for political captives,
but there’s not a whole lotta valor in a detention slip.
“Sit down.”
Sit down
and stand up
for something worth it.
Stand up
and stand strong for something worth it.
But for now,
“Sit down.”
I’m sorry.
I’m tired.
I spent all of yesterday
in a gang graffiti soaked, in-school suspension classroom
breaking up fights,
and squared off with a seventh grade girl
with more balls than either of us would know what to do with
and a blade in her backpack for the walk home.
“Sit down.”
This tough guy act aint gonna work on me.
For christsake you’re wearing 3D glasses with the lenses popped out right now.
How am I supposed to take you seriously?
But seriously,
you might not get it now
and you probably think
I’m just another asshole with a name tag
telling you what to do,
but I swear
from the bottom of the bricks and spray paint
in my belly
that when I’m saying “Sit down”
I’m praying you learn what it means to
stand up.
—  Day Two - Kevin Burke (x)