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Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks!' started by OzAirbrush, Mar 17, 2012.
i want to check this out ad fez, but what is you tube,
I've actually seen this guy, he's totally amazing, I can't play as well with both my arms, I am however excrement hot with the one eyed piccolo.
Will yer wife attest to that
My wife is the cause of that.
Look at this video from around the 6:30 mark (the whole thing is interesting actually)
I hate being one of those guys that drags up old threads and posts, but I wanted to chime in on this, as basic drawing skills are CRUCIAL for what I do illustration-wise. It's what's holding me back currently from working on my first big/new airbrush (assisted) illustration. I've got my research materials together, the concept(s) - but I need to get my hand in order before I can really get started.
I grew up being "the kid who could draw" - and we used the Betty Edwards book in high school art. I highly recommend it, especially for beginners. If you feel like you need to push a little further, I have a few other suggestions:
Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers
Sketching (12th printing): Drawing Techniques for Product Designers: Koos Eissen,Roselien Steur: 9789063691714: Amazon.com: Books
--excellent book but pretty advanced. has a nice section on perspective drawing, which is something I was never taught in school (but should have been) - big tip from this book: before you start drawing, WARM UP. I do this as often as I can and it really helps if I'm always drawing boxes or other shapes in perspective, circles or whatever else comes to mind. It also covers light/material/reflection/stylization, etc...very good stuff.
Sketching: The Basics
Sketching: The Basics (2nd printing): Roselien Steur,Koos Eissen: 9789063692537: Amazon.com: Books
same authors, more basics though. I haven't read this one yet but it's on my list. You're never too advanced to get back to basics.
I'm about to start this book:
Successful Drawing (by Andrew Loomis)
Successful Drawing: Andrew Loomis: 9780857687616: Amazon.com: Books
It's all about light and perspective. I encourage everyone to buy this of course, but it has only just recently been reissued by the publishers. Before that, someone found a handful of Loomis' books, scanned them and put them on the internet. These books are considered an incredible resource due to their depth, ease of reading/understanding and so on. I've downloaded this and several other of his books for previewing, but I will wind up getting hard copies just because they are valuable resources.
I also like:
Industrial Design Sketching and Drawing Video Tutorials
Core77 / industrial design magazine + resource / home (decent discussion forum for all sorts of product design)
Coroflot (lots of on-line portfolios from every sort of professional artist that you can imagine - tons of forward thinking design, illustration and artwork. Dwayne Vance, Chief Creative Officer at Masters of Chicken Scratch from Corona, CA --cool illustration and he designs Hot Wheels)
I'll also throw in some personal tips about drawing that I've learned.
1) draw light until you get it right.
2) don't erase. it's a waste of time when you're sketching. it trains you to doubt yourself, and you're always trying to fix details instead of looking at the overall big-picture (which is much more important).
3) I don't draw with graphite. I experimented with a whole bunch of stuff and have found that for sketching I use mechanical pencils with blue or red lead in it - it's waxy and doesn't smudge the way graphite does. I also use old-school bic pens in either blue or red. It's a totally personal preference thing, but it builds confidence when you know and like your materials you're using.
Drawing is key though, especially to air brushing (if you ask me). Drawing leads to improved hand-eye coordination, understanding of perspective, light and shadow, the volume/mass of objects - and this is all stuff you need for good masking/mask cutting and air brush control. It's a lot of work, but it's a cornerstone.
It's better than being the guy who starts a new thread only to be told go read the old one, you crack on and a goood read, thanks :encouragement:
So do that mean because im left handed i have an advantage to people who are right handed??
Old trick with the mirror for example : When you've finished some of the biggest parts in your airbrushing artwork, just look at it, but in a mirror - It helps a lot sometimes =) Try it =)
Well about the advantage - Not really. In my opinion, your brain is used to draw with your left hand, it's normal, and you just got the same habits working with your left hand, like other people have with their right hand. But maybe I'm wrong
I like to rotate my paper in any position except straight up. It helps with drawing shapes rather then objects.
Thanks Madbrush, your comments have given me confidence, now I just need the time , back to the dots and daggers !
i have that book! its really cool
Imagine with paint in your airbrush, you'd spill paint all over
Thanks for the thread OZ. You got my curiosity going, so, I downloaded from Amazon to my tablet, can read it anywhere now...like work...during the slow times.
@ AndreZA...Thanks for the link,...I'll be checking out his other videos also.
This is almost 2 hour video drawing on the right side of the brain.
Betty Edwards - Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain.avi - YouTube
No problem, it's a good exercise. You really need to train the brain to not see the picture, just the shapes and colours otherwise our brain just screws it up
I was going to post a link to the youtube vid but jgny1 beat me to it.
Another exercise in seeing things for what they are, next itme you watching tv or a vid, stop yourself and just look at the screen (as if you're not really watching the show) rather than get involved with it, it makes you wonder why you watch it at all sometimes...
The i can or i cant thing is something the creative process is going to be part of to some degree... I also find taking a picture of your work then looking at it on your phone or computer will give you a good opportunity to see the flaws