The all-purpose drawing tutorial.Because the question seems to come up with a lot of regularity (not unexpectedly I might add), and because it's just easier to make this once than to type it out each time it gets asked, here is my answer to the general question of "How do I draw better", and any one of the variations of the same.The all-purpose drawing tutorial.2 years ago in Human Anatomy More Like This
First of all, put the cartoons, manga, and other stylized designs on the back-burner of your priorities until after you master the fundamentals of understanding line, form, shape and perspective. If you have some down-time you want to kill with some cartoons, spend a few minutes warming up first on some real life gesture drawings.
Don't copy cartoons/manga/comics. They're highly stylized designs that no matter how simple their appearance, disguise the fact that they were made by people who already have mastered realistic life drawing. One or two exceptions I can think of: The masters. If you dig up some of Michaelangelo's drawings, or for someone more moder
Design and Character Part 1After giving it some thought, I decided it was time to share some of what I've been absorbing about character design and share it with those who are interested in such things as I am. These aren't meant to replace one-on-one instruction by a professional, which is definitely something I would recommend anyone looking to get into character design, animation or game design should do. No, this is meant to simply share a few of the tricks I've picked up in my own education (some, if not most of which has come from an industry professional himself).Design and Character Part 12 years ago in Other More Like This
So without further ado, let's begin with the actual concept of what it means to design something rather than just simply draw it. This is important because the mindset is very different.
When you're drawing something, you're usually doing it from reference and you're doing it to study and replicate that thing or person so that you understand in your own mind the world around you. The object is to be subservient to
From Idea to STORYFrom Idea to STORY1 year ago in Writing More Like This
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How do you develop an idea? How do you come up with the details behind stories? Do you get them from reading books? Do you get them from modern concepts? Or do they just come to you (if so, lucky you XD)? How do you develop the world in which it takes place? People or settings first? Do you include cults/religions/mass groups? How do you come up with these groups?
-- Thoughtful Writer
In other words, what you want to know is:
How do you build a Story from an Idea?
Let's begin by breaking this huge pile of questions down to smaller, bite-sized pieces...
How do you develop an idea?
I start with a Climactic Event.
-- My ideas may originate from anything at all; from a piece of music to a picture I saw on the 'net, but to make a Story from those ideas I start with What I Want to Happen at the very heart of my story -- a central Climactic/Crisis Event. I t
PE: How to Draw Anime ClothesPE: How to Draw Anime Clothes1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Whilst these ideas are not unique or special to anime and can be used in other styles, the focus of this article will be the anime style. Clothing is a diverse topic that has a lot of shared principals that can be used.
The fibres that are used to make up a fabric sample are diverse and can be used to make a number of different fabric types. Using a simple search for a type of fabric yields hundreds of images that give you an idea on how it bends and folds and flows.
Take for example these sample top materials:
Mix of polyester and cotton, leather, silk, cotton, polyester-cotton, polyester spray jacket.
They all have different fold patterns and interact with the light source differently. The leather, silk and spray jacket are quite shiny on their ridges.
The hoodie and t-shirt have less rigid folds, whilst the cotton shirt has sharp angles.
Softness-art: Weekly feature LX:iconsoftness-art:Softness-art: Weekly feature LX8 months ago in Art Features More Like This
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Still Life Photography Holiday Contest!Hey everyone!Still Life Photography Holiday Contest!2 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
To celebrate the holidays, CRPhotography has decided to host a special, month-long contest surrounding its monthly theme, but with a twist! This month we're focusing on Still Life, so we'd like to host a special Holiday contest in which we challenge you to produce some holiday related still life photography for a chance to win some awesome prizes!
What is Still Life photography?
"Still life photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects." But really, it's much more than that. When you're creating a Still Life photograph, you have to pay attention to the arrangement you're making. A good composition is key. You can't really just plop a plate of ice cream, take a snapshot of it, and call it a day. Still Life takes careful planning and extensive attention to detail. And the background is just as important as the foreground! You should pay attention to the environment you choos
Tips and Tricks: Basics of HairTips and Tricks: Basics of Hair10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
How to Draw Manga! Basics of Hair Introduction
A key part of distinguishing any animanga character is their hair. Sometimes even just a silhouette of their hair is enough to gauge who they are (e.g. Goku). The colours, shape and gravity are all free form and expressions of the character. Often a character keeps the same hairstyle throughout a series so they are easily distinguishable in the black and white manga format; changing their hair may lead to the character losing recognition with the readers. In anime the colour and the way the hair moves is part of the character.
Shape and Form
The shape of hairstyle can vary from super short (shaved or bald) to lengths that make the viewers wonder how that person can stand (let alone walk and fight). Males and females can have any length of hair (though super short is not very common with females), and any combination of flowing or spi