Do you have any tips on drawing correct anatomy? (Mostly male?) I've been drawing for a while and I can't grasp the concept of it. Thank you!
male and female bodies are actually very similar. In this last image, the diagram on the right could be for a man or a woman, it just depends on the features you give it. I’m also gonna say, men generally have broader shoulders, and women with wider hips, but its just a generalization, once you know basics you can then branch out into more diverse body types. Also, male bodies, as well as female bodies, can look a lot different depending on fat or muscle mass, for example, a man with more muscle might have broader shoulders, larger thighs, thicker arms, and etc.
From snakebites to balding to facing a blind date, How to Survive Anything is here to save the day
How to Survive Anything: A Visual Guide to Laughing in the Face of Adversity by Lonely Planet (editor), Rob Dobi (illustrator) and Ed Stafford (foreword)
2015, 224 pages, 7.1 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
$16 Buy a copy on Amazon
In 2010 adventurer and author Ed Stafford became the first person to walk along the Amazon River from start to end (4,000 miles and over 2 years!), earning him a Guinness World Record. He also had Discovery Channel drop him onto an uninhabited tropical island in the Pacific for 60 days, naked, where he survived by eating raw snails, building a shelter in trees and collecting rainwater with a contraption he made from washed-up debris. If anyone knows about survival it’s Ed Stafford, who writes the engaging foreword to Lonely Planet’s just released “visual guide,” How to Survive Anything.
With bold illustrations and a sense of humor, this survival handbook coaches us out of a broad spectrum of emergency situations, such as: an earthquake, a snakebite, food poisoning, a failed parachute, a nuclear explosion, getting kidnapped, and a free-falling elevator. It also advises us on sticky snags that are pretty funny if they’re not happening to you, such as how to survive: locking yourself out of a hotel room naked, waking up with a new tattoo, a wardrobe malfunction, a spaghetti supper without the splatters, a foot-in-mouth situation, a toddler’s tantrum, and a blind date.
The book is a light read, more fun than in-depth, but I did learn a lot of good survival tips, such as using nail polish remover if you superglue your skin to a mug or countertop, staying in one spot if you’re lost in the wild without GPS, and putting shaving cream on a jellyfish sting – if only I’d known this many years ago when I was in Costa Rica, my sting may have not spread up my ankle! I’m a sucker for books with fun nuggets of information, and this is one I quickly read from cover to cover.
– Carla Sinclair
I did this tutorial as it was requested by you guys! Apologies if the pictures aren’t great but it was kind of a dull day and the lighting wasn’t brilliant, but enjoy anyway!
You will need:
A notebook, sketch book or folder.
Wrapping paper or any patterned paper you can find that is larger than the size of your notebook.
Scissors or craft knife.
Cellotape and glue stick.
Draw around the book but make sure you leave a gap of 2cm so you need the extra to make tabs. Imagine the cover and spine of the book laid flat if that helps.
Cut it out! It should look something like the third picture when the book is laid out flat upon it.
Cut little squares from each corner and one slit at the top and bottom of were the spine is on your book. This creates the glue tabs.
Cover the patterned paper with a thin layer of glue avoiding the glue tabs for now. Place the book onto of it and make sure the paper is stuck to the cover of the book. WARNING: Don’t stick it too tight or snuggly or the paper will rip when the book is closed again. Make sure it has a tiny bit of flexibility.
Fold the tabs over the edges and secure them tightly with cellotape. Do not use glue here as the tabs probably won’t stay.
YOU’RE DONE! Congrats! You made it! You now have a very pretty notebook! You can add little decorative bits to embellish it! Go wild! ^-^ I have no idea if this tutorial was even clear so be sure it let me know if you need anything made clearer! If you have any concerns or need some help just ask!
YouTube contributor The King of Random (aka Grant Thompson) recently used SFHandyman’s tutorial to create his own gummy LEGO candies in a variety of sizes, including little gummy LEGO minifigs! Here’s his enticing preview video:
Hey! I just want to say that seeing your art always brightens up my day and inspires me!~ I was wondering how you are able to keep it up. I have tried to draw for 365 days straight, but I just cant find the time sometimes. Any suggestions?
Thank you! <3
Here are some tips for you:
Keep a sketchbook!
If it’s a pocket size one it’s even better! That way you can draw wherever you are. People often complain they don’t have time to draw. I know how hard that can be but you can always use 10min. before going to bed/after waking up, or that time when you’re on a bus/train or waiting for them. Be sure to use these “dead spots” on your day that would be wasted otherwise.
I have recently bought a Leuchtturm sketchbook on Amazon and it’s also amazing to work with. ~>http://amzn.to/1Q2gyi5
Keep it simple!
You don’t have to draw a masterpiece everyday. Don’t force yourself to do so, it might be terribly counterproductive to your inspiration/natural workflow. The materials you’re going to use also fall into this category. Back on 2014 when I use to sketch everyday I kept my doodles black and white for two reasons:
1. I didn’t know how to use colors properly by the time(I’m still learning actually). Drawing alone was a challenge.
2. Coloring would take me too much time (bc of what I said above), that would make me fall behind on the daily sketches and it would dis encourage me to keep with the challenge. So I kept with pencil+ink illustrations.
What to draw?
Anything. I mean, literally anything. Here are a few prompts to keep you busy:
For last but not least, keep improving by trying out new things. Lack of inspiration for me almost always comes from boredom of my own style.
Searching for books/tutorials about art online, watching different movies, searching for new bands to listen, reading comics/manga/fiction/whatever l like always help me to keep my creative juices flowing ;)
Listen to music while you’re drawing!
http://choosic.co/ ~> Choosic is an app that works like Tinder but for music. It’s amazing to discover new songs! If you like it, drag to the right, if you don’t, drag it to the left.
Keep in mind that skin is both smooth and oily, some parts are going to shine more than others -nose vs. arm- Also more colors can be applied depending of the light of the room, direct light, clothes bounced light and room/objects shadows :D Hope this was useful!
Got a cosplay idea but the character has lots of arm (or leg) tattoos? Don’t feel like painting on yourself with body paints or hunting down that horrendously expensive temporary tattoo paper? Here’s a quick tutorial for making tattoo sleeves using nylons and sharpie markers!
- Supplies are cheap! You may even have many or all the supplies you need right at home.
- Quick and not very messy! No paint is involved, and sharpie marker dries instantly.
- Easy! Great artistic skill not required.
- They move with your skin! People have legit thought these were real tattoos. From a distance, yes, but I had guys at cons with actual ink on their arms come over to compliment on my full (fake) sleeves.
- You get to eat pringles! More on that later.
- They are delicate. Nylons get holes in them super easy and forearms run into stuff, lean against things, and generally make it hard for the sleeves to survive. But if you only need them for a weekend, that’s ok.
- I haven’t experimented too much, but unfortunately this technique probably doesn’t work for wearers with darker skin tones. Sharpie ink is transparent, so any color it rests on just multiplies and the tattoo won’t show up very well. You’ll want to go the fabric paint or body paint route to get the best bold, bright tats.
- Can’t do white sections, because sharpie ink is transparent and doesn’t come in white. I leave them blank and they read OK, but the white areas will always be pink, tan, brown, etc. unless you dab in a little fabric paint, which will not be covered in this tutorial.
- Sharpie is supposed to be permanent marker, but on skin…it’s not. The ink will most likely wear off onto adjacent clothes. Not that big of a deal for me, as I tend to wear my tats with white shirts that can be bleached, but other shirts may not survive as well.
If your nylons have an undies part, cut the legs off and wear the undies on your head for the rest of the tutorial, if desired. Put the legs on your arm like so, and cut the toes off so you can slip your hand through. You can cut some of the top of the sleeve off as well, but don’t cut too much because you can’t put it back on if your sleeves are too short.
Here are my creepy sleeves. Now for the pringles.
Tape your design template to the Pringles can. It doesn’t reach all the way around but eh. The Pringles can gives you a nice stable surface to draw on that is roughly the shape and size of an arm. It’s a little short, so just roll up the rest of the nylon above the workspace and adjust both template and nylon down when you get to working on that part of the sleeve.
Color with the markers! I recommend doing the colored areas first and then doing the black outlines on top of it, to avoid the black ink contaminating the ink pads of the lighter markers. Remember how that always happens to the yellow ones? Eww. Nylons are thin and slide around a bit, so it’s best to use short strokes and dotting to get the ink on.
Take the template off the Pringles tube, flip the paper to the blank side and put it back on again. The paper collects the extra ink, so it’s hard to see any missed spots. Now you can see any bits you may have missed. Fill them in for completion. Also, the paper doesn’t manage to wrap all the way around the Pringles can, so now is the time to free-hand a bit of the design where the template doesn’t reach. For Newt tattoos, that’s the back of the arm.
When you’re all done coloring, put them on!
There’s a rough end to the tattoo right at the wrist, of course. Disguise where the sleeve ends and your skin begins with some pretty bracelets: