I drew this lesson because a student has asked for it last Sunday. I hope this is what she is looking for? Yes?
For most people math is the subject that is the furthest away from art. Its actually not true at all! The world is full of things to draw that are based on mathematical principles. Geometry is the closest math there is to art. It is a challenge for most people to draw nice straight lines, circles, ellipses and such but it is very good practice even if your intention is to work in 3D computer graphics.
When I draw something specific(non-abstract) I am measuring the distance of one shape to another. For example, when I draw a face I look carefully at the person's face with my eyes and I measure the distance between both eyes, how far the bottom of the nose is to the eyes, etc. If my visual measurements are off, the very specific person I am trying to draw will not look correct to me or anyone else.
The measurements, the perspectives, the angles, the symmetry, the arc, the curves... the science of how things are. I hear many young people complain about the use of letters in algebra not making any sense. In fact they do when letters are associated with words like Width(X), Height(Y), Depth(Z), (A)rea, (V)olume, (M)ass, (F)orce, (D)istance, (A)cceleration... etc. Science stuff.
Some drawings from my sketchbook I tried out a scanner app on my iPhone, and it came out really good! I have the iPhone 3G, and it was hard to find an app that worked well for it, but this does the job ^^
These studies are more for my own use, but other people may find them helpful too. The animals are the ones I fins people usually mix up the anatomy for. For example, they'll give a cheetah wolf or lion anatomy, or they'll give the wolf lion anatomy, etc. These images were drawn to differentiate between the three.
The lion looks like it's head has been cut off, but don't worry, I didn't draw the whole head anyway because it didn't fit on the page
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And here it is!! My "How to Draw a Gun" tutorial for the ungifted!
Gun Design: A gun consists of a few simple parts that, when you know where and what they are, makes drawing a gun a piece of cake! The key parts are: The handle with wich you hold the gun, the "reload system" aka the top of the gun that you pull back when reloading, the trigger that you fire the gun with, and the gun barrel from which the bullet so obviously is shoot from. These are the 4 key parts of the gun, but there are more parts that can be fitted to a gun! A real gun usually have a saftey switch and a button that, when pressed, drops the ammunition clip, and now don't forget just that!... the ammunition clip... wery important for a gun but not neceserly needed to be drawn. Let's get to the tutorial then shall we? Does evryone have there ultimate tool of creation? (a pen) and one or a coupple of papers? a ruler? a ereaser then? good! let's begin!
Step 1: before drawing any part of the gun you should consider how large you want your gun to be. When you have decided the size you begin by drawing a square, about the same lenght and hight as your gun. Draw the square with a thin line for easy removal. Now it's time to draw the first part of the gun, the handle that is, to ensure you draw the gun straight you can use the ruler to create a thin help line where the handle meet with the reload mechanism (see step 2). If you wonder why the handle look this way, then it's because it will easier fit in a hand, if you wish to draw your in a hand! then you should draw the hand directly after you have finished the handle. You can also begin by drawing the hand first.
Step 2: This part is easy! just draw these parts: 1: The Reload mechanism, without details such as where the bullet chassing ejects from the gun. Those parts are drawn later. 2: The front part of the gun in witch the gun barrel is fited. Sometimes you may draw your gun without a barrel and just stick with this. 3. "The thing around the trigger", and it's not your finger I mean... remember that al parts must be straight lenghtwise, using a ruler is recomended.
Step 3: By now your gun is almost compleate. there are just a few parts left: 1: The almighty trigger, not always drawn however due to a finger that often is in the way. 2:The gun barrel, but as mentioned in step 2: not always needed to be drawn! By now you COULD consider your gun compleate... but let's face it: IT'S NOT! now let's add those important remaining parts and also give our gun a few final touches: 3: The bullet chassing ejection part, aka the part where the empty bullet chase flys out from when a bullet is fired. 4: A part that I ussualy spot on guns, and that i'm afraid I don't know what it is. But it's still a gun part and must thus be included (unless you don't want to). 5: wanna take out the bad guys (or the good guys) from a little distance? Then the aiming sight is important! 6: A little pin that tells how far back the reloading mechanism goes and ofcourse the buton that releases the clip. 7: The ammunition clip... important! 8: You want to have a good and nice grip of your gun... a small woden part should do the trick, sometimes it's rubber or metal tough. Now you erease the square and, if you did any, helplines. Now you're basicly finished! But let's add some screws and wents as a final touch for your gun...
And you are FINISHED!!! Enjoy your new firearm! hmm? whats that you say? Bullets? they are easy! just follow the mini tutorial for bullets in the corner. Just remember! NEVER DRAW BULLETS THAT ARE BIGGER THEN THE GUN BARREL!
I was thinking about what new things I can make my returning students try... the answer was staring me in the face since I go from water to sky to land animals in the first semester. You will be seeing more environment related lessons coming from me this year.
Part 2 of the lesson: --------------------------------------------------- This lesson I dedicate to the editor of the film I'm working on, Liam, because he is really big on surfing. He's even developed a nice little 3D surfing video game for the iphone that I'm helping him push in my own little way. He's a cool guy and honestly it is an interesting game... it's good and its cheap... so give it a look. Me pushing ---> www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_fVXX… , www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3tw-…