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[personal profile] astridv has two very basic perspective tutorials, starting with Drawing with perspective, part 1 and intends to do more.

Under the cut: A very lazy photo of my dodgy attempt at her exercises, just to show that you don't need to be wedded to straight lines and accurate measurement to gain something from her posts, and also to introduce myself to the group :)
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[personal profile] teazombie
I found this gem of an exercise while looking for sketchbook flip through on youtube. He calls it peanut drawings, it's really worth checking out. Basically you draw a bunch of peanut shapes, then you can turn them into torsos and stuff, just to get going drawing. Definitely gonna watch through more of his videos now besides the sketchbook ones which are awesome for inspiration;)

My first attempt, a chaos of torsos )
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Hey everybody. I looked for a community like this on LJ for a long time, and I'm delighted to find one here, because I like Dreamwidth more. I draw studies every day as is, so I'm bringing fresh meat right away.

I'm here to learn; art is my job and my function. It's safe to assume that I always want crit. But...

I've been studying portraiture the last few days. I'm scared of it. )

I'll toss up a drawing prompt, since it looks like the last one was... two years ago: Draw a bird.

Also, the link in the post under me is a 404, but I know that tool and use it often; it's here now.
teazombie: cat fishing (Default)
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Hey guys, I just stumbled over this link: go to the bottom and you'll find an excellent gesture drawing tool for both animals and humans. It's like posemaniacs, but with pictures and more options:D

Does anyone know if there's a media player, or some other sort of program, that would go randomly through my pictures and display them for a time limit I decide? It would be real neat to be able to do this with the pictures I've gathered for myself.

(I'm currently doing 1-2 20 minutes nude studies from pictures every day, but I won't post any cause I've randomly gotten them from the net and I'd feel iffy about the copyright.)
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[personal profile] jessicamear
Hi, I joined because I want to get inspired to draw more. I have all kinds of pencils and paper and books and I just don't get around to drawing enough.

It looks pretty quiet in here, though. Anyone want to post a prompt or challenge or whatever?
ratcreature: RatCreature as a sloth (sloth)
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I just found that the SF & Fantasy digital art magazine ImagineFX offers free PDFs of quite a number of tutorial articles on their site. I don't paint digitally much, but some of these seem quite interesting.
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I found this via the Lines and Colors blog: It's two Youtube videos (both in multiple parts) of Stephen Bisette (comic artist of Swamp Thing) teaching his inking techniques in a lecture at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and I thought it fascinating to see:

First video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9

Second video: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9
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[personal profile] omens
If you haven't seen Pose Maniacs you should check them out. The link is to the random pose viewer, but they also have a 30 second draw a random pose app (though it doesn't work for me - might just be me, I don't know).

Small note: it seems like 90% of the women are in "sexy" poses, which is kind of annoying (that also might just be me, though).

Overall, I've been finding it helpful and low-pressure, easy to do some quick sketches.
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[personal profile] omens
Did some practise drawing dogs tonight.. I don't know how big or clear the image is as I took the picture with my phone and my phone is my internet access at the moment, so I'm not sure how it looks on a computer. I'm hoping for the best, though. ;-) Crit is certainly welcome if anything should jump out at you.

image, worksafe )

I'm planning on hitting the library tomorrow for reference books (these were drawn from the tv) but if anyone has links to a good dog/wolf anatomy/tutorial site I would love a point in the right direction.
ratcreature: RatCreature as a sloth (sloth)
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1. Draw/paint some clouds.

Whether you choose a complete skyscape, a cloud with some interesting light, or something that's not a realistic rendering at all but more a play with color and/or texture, clouds are versatile and a classic subject for a reason. So draw or paint some clouds.

2. Practice drawing fabric/folds with a knot.

Knots are one of the typical examples for practicing to draw cloth. I think I've seen them as suggestion in nearly any book that mentions still lifes. So make a knot in a piece of cloth (or in two pieces of cloth with different colors, that can help to see the knot better) and then draw or paint the knot and the scrunched up folds in the fabric.

3. Free-form prompt.

ratcreature: RatCreature as Steampunk character (steampunk)
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Many have probably already seen this tutorial, but I found it really useful to help me understand steam engine parts better and with making steampunk machine drawings look somewhat plausible:
How to Draw Steampunk Machines by Crabfu
ratcreature: RatCreature as a sloth (sloth)
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Based on the results of the recent poll I've decided to open up the community to a wider variety of posts that relate to the broad goal of drawing practice in some way. Allowed are now also:

- posts with ideas for drawing practice or exercises
- posts with links to online drawing resources and tutorials
- posts with practice drawings by members, even if they are not related to posted exercises/prompts

If you post exercises or helpful drawing tips and the like that you got from books or other sources, please remember to attribute these. That way other members can find the original resources if they like the material, and proper credit is given where it's due.
ratcreature: RatCreature as a sloth (sloth)
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I've noticed that some people have joined here on Dreamwidth. *waves to fellow sloths*

Of course if any of the reposted prompts (almost thirty to chose from) inspire you to draw something, the community is already open for posts by any member. But I've also thought about how the community might become a bit more active than in its incarnation on InsaneJournal, so I've thought about what else might be useful to support and encourage drawing practice. (Besides me collecting and posting exercise ideas again at some point in the future.) Thus a poll:

Poll #267 suggestions for other drawing exercise related topics?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5

In addition to admin posted drawing exercises and responses by members (i.e. such as the reposted stuff), slothsdraw should be open to:

View Answers

posts with ideas for drawing practice that members want to share
5 (100.0%)

posts with practice drawings by members, whether related to any posted exercise or not
2 (40.0%)

posts with links to online drawing resources members think are worth sharing
4 (80.0%)

something else I'll explain in a comment
0 (0.0%)

nothing else, the community setup is fine as it is
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
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I did the first of prompt set #6, and took a monster doodle and colored it in various simple color schemes. Comments and concrit are welcome.

worksafe monster versions behind the cut )
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I did the body language exercise from the second set of prompts, and actually drew all the listed attitudes (pompous, uneasy, impatient, aggressive, tired, humble, stubborn) because drawing the poses turned out rather fun. If you like you could try guessing which is figure is which. Comments and concrit are welcome.

all worksafe poses )

I did the second exercise, and drew a nine panel comic showing fragments of a place that's supposed to express one of these themes: abandoned, serene, forbidding, welcoming, official, exotic, innocent. I inked and colored my pencils but to safe time I did it on paper not the computer, and unfortunately the cheap paper I drew the pencils on wasn't really suited for either. Anyway, I scanned the inbetween stages, so pencils, inks and the colored version are all behind the cut, and I hope you can guess the mood at least.
worksafe )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
[personal profile] ratcreature
I did the exercises from the first prompts.

This is a page with more or less proportional stick figures in various positions and movements.

all worksafe, my poor stick figures get no adult action... )

For the expressions practice I picked two of these seven emotions to draw: confident, uncertain, frustrated, hurt (emotionally), flirtatious, mischievous, and tired. So, can you guess which ones I picked?

cut for two drawings of faces, both worksafe and harmless )

Personally, I rather like how the first one turned out, the second not so much (one of the eyes looks really weird), but I decided to post rather than to fret too long.

For the third exercise, i.e. practicing visual memory, I picked five complex objects, first drawing them from memory, then looking at references and drawing them again. I chose to draw a beach chair, an electric drill, a turntable, a microscope, and a hole puncher. I c&p'ed all sketches into one image for easier posting, the first attempts on the left, the ones after looking at references on the right.

cut for sketches of objects, all worksafe and harmless )

This silhouette practice is sort of fanart. I had Nightwing jumping around in Gotham in mind (or maybe Bl├╝dhaven, what with the lack of gargoyles). I did the pencil drawing and then inked it in GIMP and added a fire escape and roof background that's vaguely based on a simplified, inked version of two combined photos:

silhouettes practice, worksafe )

Finally I tried the texture practice, taking a ball and trying to make it look like different materials, but with pre-inking in mind, i.e. they are supposed to work as b/w rendering. The success varied:

just balls with different textures )

Concrit is very welcome.
ratcreature: RatCreature as a sloth (sloth)
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As always, it's okay to post responses to prompts from previous weeks even if new prompts are already up. So if you have tried anything inspired by older prompts, please feel free to still post! And if you have any suggestions for drawing exercises and prompts, or comments/feedback on the ones I posted, please comment.

1. Capturing actions.
Think of some movement, and then how to bring its essence across by choosing the right moment and the right framing, so that the viewer recognizes what's going on (e.g. is someone getting up or sitting down?). This can be in a single sketch or a series of thumbnails trying out different things, whatever you like.

2. Drawing from different viewpoints.

Pick an object and draw it from different, maybe even unusual viewpoints, like from a bird's eye view, or a worm's eye view, or an unusual angle. It doesn't have to be anything complicated, maybe just an everyday object, like a mug or a kitchen chair, seen in an unusual way.

3. Free-form prompt.

ratcreature: RatCreature as a sloth (sloth)
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Sorry, that it's been more like two weeks rather than one since the last prompts...

As always, it's okay to post responses to prompts from previous weeks even if new prompts are already up. So if you have tried anything inspired by older prompts, please feel free to still post! And if you have any suggestions for drawing exercises and prompts, or comments/feedback on the ones I posted, please comment.

1. Playing with color schemes.

Draw a simple sketch of something, and then try different color schemes for the object in contrast to the background color. (Obviously if you draw a complicated motif rather than a ball or a cube or something like that, it would be simpler to do such variations with computer coloring, but the principle is the same in traditional media.)

Examples for things to try with your object vs your background:
  • warm vs. cold colors, e.g. put your object on a warm red/orange background maybe create drama and energy or on a cool blue/green one for a calmer or colder mood
  • see how broken colors (with white or black added) change the impression compared to bight unbroken ones (like you could try to vary the "gloomy oppression" level through breaking the background color with black, or go for a light fluffy pastel mood through breaking it with white etc.)
  • do foreground and background in a monochromatic scheme, i.e. shades of the same color
  • or pick colors that are next to each other on the color wheel (often referred to as analogous schemes e.g. red-purple, purple, blue-purple)
  • or choose complementary colors that make each other brighter and attract attention (complimentary in the traditional color wheel sense of mixing pigments with yellow, red and blue as the primary colors, rather in the color theories of computers that are based on mixing light, like RGB values, i.e. the complementary ones for the pigment-based model are orange-blue, red-green, and yellow-purple)
  • or try which colors clash (this is somewhat subjective, but pairings of colors that are neither in an evenly spaced triad on a color wheel nor complementary, are often perceived discordant, e.g. red-purple with green)
If you are completely unfamiliar with color theory and its terminology, there's a lot of tutorials available online, e.g. this one explains from a more digital design perspective.

2. Conveying sensations.

This is an exercise from Scott McCloud's comic Making Comics, it's taken from page 183:
Wherever you are, right now, notice your surroundings. List nine aspects of it: sights, sounds, smells, textures, etc. create a single page, nine panel establishing sequence that manages to evoke all of these qualities for the reader.
Since it's a book about drawing comics, he asks for an establishing panel sequence, but the basic idea to evoke sensations with a drawing is not limited to comics. Also if your current surroundings aren't that inspiring there's no reason not to pick some other place for inspiration, as long as it's vivid.

3. Free-form prompt.

ratcreature: RatCreature as a sloth (sloth)
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Thanks to all who have given feedback about the prompts and exercises. I'm going to try to take it into account. Since several people said that the number of prompts combined with the scanned material was too much, I'll try just three prompts for the next couple of weeks, and throw in the occasional free-form word prompts (though probably not every week, because IMO there's already lots of lists and comms with word prompts), and then see how that works out compared with the previous format of five.

As always, it's okay to post responses to prompts from previous weeks even if new prompts are already up. So if you have tried anything inspired by older prompts, please feel free to still post! And if you have any suggestions for drawing exercises and prompts, or comments/feedback on the ones I posted, please comment.

1. Drawing different ethnicities.

Last week there was a "human diversity" prompt about different body types, this week's is sort of a companion: Draw a couple of humans from different ethnicities.

2. Drawing water.

Draw a body of water, e.g. a puddle, a lake, a river, the ocean..., and make it actually look like water. Water can be tricky, and how it might be rendered depends a lot on the techniques and materials used, but here are some of the pages from the section on drawing water from Jack Hamm's book "Drawing Scenery: Landscapes and Seascapes", which is mainly focused on pencil drawings, as an inspiration (p. 93 / p. 95 / p. 96 / p. 97 / p. 99 / p. 100 / p. 101 / p. 102). Sorry for the blurriness towards the spine side of these scans.

3. Free-form prompt.

ratcreature: RatCreature is thinking: hmm...? (hmm...?)
[personal profile] ratcreature
Sadly so far overall the community has been much better at living up to the "sloth" part of our name than to the "drawing" part, myself included. *hangs head in shame*

Part of that could be just that the community is still new, and doesn't have many members yet, or just hasn't hit its stride yet, but I also want to make sure that the prompts are what members expect from the community in the first place. I mean, it does take some time to assemble the posts with exercises, and the effort is kind of wasted if they totally miss the mark. Also, this community is intended to be participatory after all, so it's important that the prompts are fun and appeal to as many as possible.

So before posting the next prompts I thought I'd ask for opinions. I can't do polls here, but I'd be grateful if you could anwser in the comments. I organized some feedback options kind of like a poll though, so that you don't feel like you have to write out essays or anything like that (though of course you can, I just want to make giving the feedback easy and quick).

1. If you have joined but not (yet) posted any responses to prompts, is it because:
  • outside factors (e.g. current RL time constraints, random lack of motivation to draw anything, technical problems like a broken scanner...)
  • you found the prompts didn't work for you for some reason
  • a combination of both

2. Having four weeks of past prompts/exercises as sample, are they what you expected when joining and do they work for you, or should those be different somehow? E.g.:
  • are they too exercise-like? I.e. you'd rather have more free-form prompts mixed in (e.g. word prompts like "autumn" or "family" or "pattern" or something vague like that) or maybe challenges?
  • or maybe they are not specific enough?
  • are the topics what you are interested in? If not, what would you most like to practice?
  • are the scans and links helpful enough? too little? or too much extra material?

(link to the original responses on IJ)


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