Alright so this is a tutorial on female torso's. I'll be doing one for male's as well which will probably upload tomorrow or the next day. Sorry about rambling a bit towards the end, but I really had no idea what to say anymore, all my points were made and I didn't want to leave something blank.
This should be applicable to both painters and photographers — and all other visual artists — with occasional tips for one or the other in particular.
Always love questions, comments and criticism!
UPDATE: I was always skeptical of the rule of thirds/golden ratio, but in this post James Gurney explains a bit about why, and how the eye actually moves. The main thing I neglected to mention in this tutorial is that the eye is scanning for information. All of these compositional things are ways to make the right information more obvious to find at the right times.
UPDATE 2: Wow, thanks so much for the DD! I didn't realise what a big difference it can make. You guys are what inspire me to make tutorials, so if there's anything else you found a little mysterious about art, don't hesitate to suggest it!
This is a simple tutorial I made using Photoshop. As a self taught artist it took me a lot to be comfortable with these techniques. What I really meant was mastering it, with a lot of exercises and studies. I hope this help you in dark times.
Sorry If my english isn't perfect, my excuse it isn't my native language.
Decided to change the titles on these deviations since they are technically not "tutorials" but just my own drawing studies.
For the head angles I used this as reference. It's really handy I must say. One day I shall manage to draw the whole "map" on my own : > At the moment I'm a bit too tired trying to dig out all the othe references I used on the other studies, I'll prob make a journal with links to them sooner or later.
Leg Anatomy and measurement tutorial. Gotta love legs. Mmm.
More tutorials can be found in my gallery, in the Tutorials folder.
Currently available tutorials: Female figure Basic Hand Basic Expression Arm Anatomy Leg Anatomy
Sometimes people ask me why I use such insanely meticulous and yet unnecessary measurements. The reason? Well, although I personally don't need to measure so incredibly carefully, it's not only extremely beneficial knowing the exact location (hence allowing me to make more accurate estimates), but because it's for your benefit as well.
I've seen a lot of tutorials that gave a nice explanation, but still forced me to estimate the distances and sizes. Those tutorials, while somewhat helpful, didn't allow me to improve my anatomy at all. I always wished there was some kind of exact comparison, some kind of exact tutorial, for me to use.
I have not mastered or perfected anything prior to creating these tutorials. In fact, most of the time, I'm new to the subject!
I make my tutorials through extensive observation from both real life and references.
After studying these references, I am left with a huge canvas filled with images, ideas, measurements, and notes. So, why not organize them and turn them into a tutorial for everyone to use?
Update: Thank you so much for making this a daily deviation! I never would have imagined myself on the daily's page. Both very honored and surprised!
Alright so this is a tutorial on male torso's. I hope you found either one or even both useful and if you ever draw something new and followed one of my tutorials you can show me the end product I'd love to know someone improved after reading one of my tutorials.
after a lot of inquiries about my colouring technique i have finally put together this walkthrough. sadly the file i prepared was too big for dA to support, but i hope this is still readable. i also hope this will answer at least part of your questions regarding my colouring process.
some of the changes between the steps shown here are not easy to spot, which is why i included miniatures of how each new layer look like in normal mode (at least where i thought it necessary).
good look trying out this (very fun and effective) technique^^