grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Gesture DrawingAs a story artist, I feel like one of the most important technical skill to develop is the ability to draw things things clearly and fast. Practicing gesture drawing is, in my opinion, a good way to get better at it. I think it’s fun, too! Of course, you can draw from life and find unique things people and animals do, but I also think practicing gesture drawing from imagination is truly helpful. For instance, I usually do some gesture drawings of characters I’m about to work with in a sequence. It helps me find a short-hand to start building from. The simpler, the better. Especially early on a project, it really helps to find a quick way to draw a character over and over without repeating yourself all the time.I remember Life Drawing teachers telling me to “draw from within” and to “feel the weight”. It’s absolutely true, but in terms of storyboarding, other elements came to be as important to the process. Silhouette and a sense of “cartooning” is tremendously helpful to communicate certain things clearly to an audience.I’m only focusing on character posing right now (and this is just an introduction to the subject). Gesture drawing is very close to thumb-nailing, another ultra-helpful skill. More on that later.For those who want to spend some money on great books on the subject, I highly recommend you to pick up “Drawn To Life: 20 Golden Years of Master Classes of Disney Master Classes” (Vol. 1 and 2) , from Walt Stanchfield. Do it.Norm

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grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Gesture Drawing

As a story artist, I feel like one of the most important technical skill to develop is the ability to draw things things clearly and fast. Practicing 
gesture drawing is, in my opinion, a good way to get better at it. I think it’s fun, too! Of course, you can draw from life and find unique things people and animals do, but I also think practicing gesture drawing from imagination is truly helpful. For instance, I usually do some gesture drawings of characters I’m about to work with in a sequence. It helps me find a short-hand to start building from. The simpler, the better. Especially early on a project, it really helps to find a quick way to draw a character over and over without repeating yourself all the time.

I remember Life Drawing teachers telling me to “draw from within” and to “feel the weight”. It’s absolutely true, but in terms of storyboarding, other elements came to be as important to the process. Silhouette and a sense of “cartooning” is tremendously helpful to communicate certain things clearly to an audience.

I’m only focusing on character posing right now (and this is just an introduction to the subject). Gesture drawing is very close to thumb-nailing, another ultra-helpful skill. More on that later.

For those who want to spend some money on great books on the subject, I highly recommend you to pick up “Drawn To Life: 20 Golden Years of Master Classes of Disney Master Classes” (Vol. 1 and 2) , from Walt Stanchfield. Do it.

Norm

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toerning:

WOW YOU GUYS So many people expressed interest in doing a daily draw group thing, made me totally excited, and when I get excited I blow things way out of proportion and therefore I have designed a new one hahahaha.
So the way this works is, each day will have 2 opposing prompts.  You can choose the one that is harder for a challenge, or the one that is easier if you don’t have a lot of time or it’s an off day.  I fully expect to be doing like half easy.  Also this is 20 days because 20 days is as far into the future as I can think without having an anxiety attack also April will happen.
Here are the prompts!
Portrait / Action PoseInterior / ExteriorBlack&White / ColorMachinery / NatureSaturated Palette / Muted Palette           70 / 30 Rule  (Explained at about 5:35- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oO2J2ponho)Suit / DressFull Page / VignetteGruesome / SaccharineIndustrial / PastoralLittle Kid / Old PersonOpen Space / Enclosed SpaceLove / HatePretty / UglyPattern / RandomForm / FunctionModern / VintageCluttered / CleanMonstrous / CuteBadass / Innocent
Odds and Ends:
- About once a week I’ll cross off the ones that we’ve done and reblog.
- Feel free to jump in AT ANY TIME! 
- Tag your sketches “Easy and Hard Challenge,” so we all know where to look!!!
- NEVER FEEL BAD about skipping a day!  Just jump on the next one you can fit in.  You can catch up if you want, but momentum is more important, that’s why it’s going to be so great to do this in a group.
OKAY WE START TOMORROW WITH PORTRAIT OR ACTION POSE!

This is excellent! I’ll probably incorporate these into my Finished Art Challenge :)
…which I’m still doing, yes. I’ve been caught up with a few obligations but I still plan on doing 52 finished illustrations. Looking forward to shaking these obligations off and getting back on the horse :)

toerning:

WOW YOU GUYS So many people expressed interest in doing a daily draw group thing, made me totally excited, and when I get excited I blow things way out of proportion and therefore I have designed a new one hahahaha.

So the way this works is, each day will have 2 opposing prompts.  You can choose the one that is harder for a challenge, or the one that is easier if you don’t have a lot of time or it’s an off day.  I fully expect to be doing like half easy.  Also this is 20 days because 20 days is as far into the future as I can think without having an anxiety attack also April will happen.

Here are the prompts!

Portrait / Action Pose
Interior / Exterior
Black&White / Color
Machinery / Nature
Saturated Palette / Muted Palette          
70 / 30 Rule  (Explained at about 5:35- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oO2J2ponho)
Suit / Dress
Full Page / Vignette
Gruesome / Saccharine
Industrial / Pastoral
Little Kid / Old Person
Open Space / Enclosed Space
Love / Hate
Pretty / Ugly
Pattern / Random
Form / Function
Modern / Vintage
Cluttered / Clean
Monstrous / Cute
Badass / Innocent

Odds and Ends:

- About once a week I’ll cross off the ones that we’ve done and reblog.

- Feel free to jump in AT ANY TIME! 

- Tag your sketches “Easy and Hard Challenge,” so we all know where to look!!!

- NEVER FEEL BAD about skipping a day!  Just jump on the next one you can fit in.  You can catch up if you want, but momentum is more important, that’s why it’s going to be so great to do this in a group.

OKAY WE START TOMORROW WITH PORTRAIT OR ACTION POSE!

This is excellent! I’ll probably incorporate these into my Finished Art Challenge :)

…which I’m still doing, yes. I’ve been caught up with a few obligations but I still plan on doing 52 finished illustrations. Looking forward to shaking these obligations off and getting back on the horse :)

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Waiting for the sunset.

Waiting for the sunset.

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rileyav:

don’t save as jpeg

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oxnards asked: Draw yourself TF2! Bet you didn't see that coming. B-)

bet you didn’t see THAT coming!

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tonystarktrek asked: Draw Yourself Series: Portal/Portal 2. :)

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kimiooon:

aaa I really want to do this! I hope you guys don’t mind ?

kimiooon:

aaa I really want to do this! I hope you guys don’t mind ?

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windyday22 asked: For the thank you image you should draw an axolotl. they are fantastic and if you haven't drawn any yet i highly recommend it c:

Oh gosh I love axolotl, they are so adorable! I will definitely add it to the pile :)

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I made this neat card and gave this neat keychain to José last night for Valentine’s Day :) Because nothing says Valentine quite like Drift Compatible~

And then we watched Pacific Rim again!

(If you like the Drift Compatible keychains, you can get it here in necklace or keychain form!)

katiebug81195 asked: I loved that picture of the gravity falls characters. Could you draw more of genderbent Dipper and Mabel?

Thanks! And sure, I’d been planning on it anyway :) I have a lot of other stuff on my plate but if ever I’m in need of something to warm up with I’ll totally do girl-Dipper and boy-Mabel

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