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Discussion in 'Mayberry Lounge' started by Dizzy, Feb 24, 2015.
Here's the watercolor painting from last Sunday's livestream! I didn't realize how long her neck was, so I shortened it in post.
Being an artist isn't about getting it perfect on the first, second, or even eightieth try. Maybe it's never perfect, and that's okay. You can always go back and make it better.
One word summary: passion. Passion is enough to incite hard work. Hard work is all that is needed to get better. Passion and hard work doesn't mean you will become a star, though. It only means you will keep at it, even if you don't get work opportunities.
My advice: set a realistic goal and stop at nothing to reach it. Get on a "project" and don't quit until you're happy with it. People relate to real things, don't aim to become a big thing: just do your thing. People might surprise you and you might surprise yourself, too.
Check out Mark Crilley, Alphonso Dunn and 'LethalChris Drawing' channels on Youtube.
Edit: ThePortraitArt is also a great channel and has some tutorials including digital art.
HOW TO DRAW A CIRCLE FREEHAND BY PAUL SMITH
Step #1: Draw the fucking circle
Someone sent me to youtube the other day where I found myself sidebarred by a tutorial on circles in perspective. Clicking on that I found a Ton-O-Tutorials all of which I watched had one thing in common: none of them revealed the trick that I'm about to show you. If I wind up dead in an alley in the next few days, you'll know why.
The following is freehand. No T-squares, triangles, rulers, compasses, calibers, guides, etc were harmed in this production. Why? The day WILL come when: Your computer fries, the TSA seizes your drafting kit, you're scribbling on a napkin to impress a client at lunch, fill in the blank... here's your escape plan.
This doesn't mean we can't measure. We can fold or mark a dollar bill, mark angles using our wrist watch, notch a stick we find on the ground or, my favorite, the ol' thumbnail against the pencil trick. What you see here is: one piece of pencil, one sheet of paper with thumbnail measurements (tints by photoshop)
We know that a circle will fit inside a square and be tangent to the square at four points. Those being the mid-points of each side. Question: Where will the circle cross the diagonals of the square? Answer: At a point determined by the diagonal of a Measuring Square.
• Draw your square. Bisect diagonally to locate the mid-point. Bisect horizontally and vertically.
• Diagonally bisect (blue) the lower right square. From that mid-point to the vertical bisection is 1/4 the squares baseline. Project that distance to the baseline.
• Draw a Measuring Square (red) one side of which is equal to 1/4 the baseline. Draw its diagonal. Use that diagonal like a garden gate, with the baseline as a fence, and "swing" the gate up and
closed. Where the diagonal's end meets the baseline marks the outside edge on an interior square...
• From the measuring diagonal's edge, project up. Where that line hits the diagonals of our first square, project horizontally. Adding the last vertical is optional but, if you did, you'd have a second
square inside the first. The corners of this new square mark the points where a circle will cross the diagonals.
• Draw Circle.
… Dude, I coulda' just traced my beer can. Why, yes, you could, Jeeves, and you'd be right but, here's where the magic starts.
For the circle in perspective, "Second verse, same as the first." Everything is the same EXCEPT we do it in perspective UNTIL we draw the Measuring Square THEN we go back to perspective. To be clear: the Measuring Square is NOT subject to perspective, it remains geometrically square.
Note the major axis of the ellipse and the horizontal mid-line of the square in perspective are two different things but, that's a story for another day...
Lots of talented ppl ITT!!
I don't really have any contributions as far as tutorials go, so I'll just share some of my work:
Good principles don't.
wow pretty good, TS!