I worked on some quick five minute gesture drawings today from my reference photos with lithographic rubbing ink to think through a little more concretely how I might want to proceed. The lithographic rubbing ink is great because it behaves very similarly to the etching ink, but I never have to wait for it to dry the way I do with the etching ink. The rubbing ink is dark and thick, like a stick of tar; I love the intensity of the marks its able to make. I then use a Mars plastic eraser to move the rubbing ink around on the drawing. In the final drawings, I would smear the etching ink across the Dura-Lar to achieve the same affect.
I had mentioned a few posts back that I wanted to get back to life drawing, so that’s what I’m going to do: twice a month, I’m going to have a figure drawing session just to keep myself drawing and back into shape. It’s ironic because I spend practically every day working with a model in classes I teach, and yet it’s been years since I’ve had the chance to sit down and work from life with the figure. Both my undergraduate and graduate experience was extremely loaded with life drawing, and in many ways I think I’ve avoided it for the past few years because it became overkill after a while. My priority is to get more “exercise” with drawing, to keep myself sharp and alert with drawing and the figure. I have no intent whatsoever to create “good” drawings, it would be all about the pure experience of just drawing, drawing without any goal in mind, drawing without any expectations.
Looks like eye made the resource update just in time! For the resource I am including the eye reference sheet that was also included in the Natalia series. This is meant to be used as a reference sheet and gives a quick drawing explanation of the different parts that make up the eye!
On the right side is a quick overview the most recognized of the different variants of eye shapes.
For starters, we need a definition for gesture drawings. Though there isn’t a specific entry in most dictionaries, here is the heart and soul of it:
A gesture drawing is usually a quick, often simple drawing that captures the essential feeling, energy, movement, action, or pose of the subject. It contains a minimum amount of information (line, tone, markings) to achieve the maximum results of the essence of the subject. It can be realistic, but is not always. It does not try to capture anything “photo-realistically” but instead alters reality down to its purest form to tell the story of the scene being drawn.
Since we work in a visual medium, the best thing to do is take a look at examples of gesture drawings:
Hranush Manukyan's insight:
Gestures are very important in drawing, since one gesture can tell a whole story of your drawing. Learn the essence of gesture drawing through this tutorial.
If you don't think of doodling as a serious art form, then think again. Here we've picked some great examples to inspire you.
Yet doodle art is a serious business for many - as these stunning examples prove. Combining child-like doodles with expressive illustrations, they show how doodling be used to create beautiful and arresting designs. Who knew there were so many doodle art styles? Which is your favourite?
Arusiak Kanetsyan's insight:
Doodle designs are very trendy, as they are inspirational, close to our own drawings and so creative and unique as a kind. Have a look at the ways artists express their creativeness through doodle art.
Drawing fists is one of the areas I feel like always having most trouble with. (this is the reference picture I’m going to use in this mini-guide) Many hand tutorials mention "archs" as a good guide,...
Hranush Manukyan's insight:
If you are among those having trouble with drawing a fist, then follow the steps in the below tutorial, to get more detailed sketches of how to draw a hand.
As usual we continue to collect and share free resources for designers and today we again have a great freebie collection.Free Corner brushes for Photoshop users.Corner brushes can be perfect for your decorative designs if applied correctly.The list contains grunge corner brushes,vector style corner brushes as well as ornamental corner brushes to use freely in your design projects.The below brushes are all free however please check license agreements for commercial use.
Here is 35 sets of free corner brushes.(200+ brushes)
The face is one of the most important and expressive part of a manga character. That’s why today we are going to learn how to draw manga faces. In order to do that, we’re going to watch a couple of pictures of various types of manga faces, then learn the basics from a couple of guides and in the end, watch some videos of experts doing what they know best: drawing manga faces.
Now, there are as many manga faces types as human’s face expressions: countless. The images below show only a few of them, but remember, you canlearn how to draw faces expressing almost everything: from sorrow till happiness.