This one isn't talked about much, at least once you're out of an academic environment. It's kind of a headfuck to think that every time you draw a line, you're creating 3 things at the same time: the space on one side of the line, the space on the other side of the line, and the line itself. Pull back a little more and it's not a line, it's....say, part of a hand, or the edge of a creature's body. But then again, that creature is really just a flat collection of shapes that fit together a certain way. Sometimes I'll draw reference images out, and I'll start with a sphere for the head, and the rest of it is just looking at all those spaces. Like that area outside the character's body from the arm to the edge of the face, draw that!
Yesterday I drew out these chains where I focused on those spaces a lot. It was so damn easy! Just felt out how the chain would be facing a certain way and worked my way down it. It was really fun too. Try comparing that to using one line for each side of a chain link, drawing it in perspective, then fleshing it out. The result of that last method has this one little danger of letting me get hung up on the pieces and struggling as I work out the whole. I think I get hung up like that a lot actually. Especially with certain characters or things that have very unfamiliar shapes. I can sense that as I draw it out and I usually see the end result as a pile of garbage ^///^ I think that it's the one thing that I struggle with the most right now. Not everything I do ends up like that though.
I notice some artists' drawings where your eyes can just slide off the characters like butter. Everything in the picture just belongs there, without it feeling like it was forced in or some kind of guesswork. Everything also looks solid, and well-formed. But then again, that's also the artist working within their comfort zone. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing the comfort zone. People turn out some amazing looking stuff there. I guess it just depends on how much stuff is inside your comfort zone to begin with. LOL...I think mine could use some growing.
5 years, 9 months ago
28 Jul 2013 16:35 CEST