May 31, 2010

5, 10, 15 minutes pepper

It's been such a while since my last post, but it doesn't mean that I haven't been working.

I've been doing sketch after sketch exploring the simple form, let it be pepper

or a tissue box

This is funny because it seems that some of the 10-15 minutes are worse then the 5 minutes.
It means, once again, that I should work on my shadows and foldings.

Anyway, the most important thing is that I've been working a lot lately, and i will keep informing you guys about my progress.

Have a great day,

May 29, 2010

May 24, 2010

Mutating the character

Sometimes when creating a character a classic appearance it's just not enough. So to make it more interesting - aggustments must be made.

In this article Chris Leavens shares his ideas on Mutating a Rabbit .

May 23, 2010

Working on a theme

So how do you find a theme to work on?

There are few kinds of artist. There are those who work from a theme to character and those who work other way around.
When you are a beginning artists, sometimes it is difficult to come up for a theme to work on.

From time to time I turn to sites like Zazzle , Illustrationfriday and ShutterStock - these can be very helpfull when it comes to finding a theme. They can always give you an idea of what you might be working on tomorrow.

"Illustration Friday" brings up a new subject every week. Zazzle works according to international holidays/events which helps it's sellers to customize their objects.

But occasionally happens that while working on a given subject you come across objects that you just don't know how to draw. For example one of the recent tips Zazzle gave to its sellers was a that it's a graduation period. So, obviously, a graduation hat and a scroll come to mind when you think of graduates. And this is what you draw. And if you don’t know how to - you obviously look for a reference images. And you draw. You draw and draw for as long as it needed to get to the point when you've mastered this form and you can illustrate it without an effort.

These are my attempts to sketch these attributes.

Some of them are better, some of them are worse.
The importanmt thinkis that from now on I can sketch it whenever anyone asks me...

Have a great day.

What to draw? - Whatever you like.

So you’ve decided that you what to learn how to draw. Great decision. But what should you draw? Where the hell do you start?

Have you ever heard these artists/teachers saying that "it's not important what to draw, just draw everything that's around you". Well, it's a great advice - but pretty dull. I mean, it is great to be able to draw anything that comes in mind, but I think that this "everything" should somehow relate to the artist himself, to excite him.

So one of the things I would advise to do is to draw objects you like. If you like roses - draw them. If you like tulips and pansies like I do - draw them. If you like your dolls - please, don't be shy. And if you like the way your fingers look like - be my guest.

Anything goes.

As long as you practice.

Good luck!

P.S. Btw, these are some of my pansies:

May 05, 2010

How to create cute characters

In this post Sascha Preuss writes about Creating cute characters . It is not another step-by-step tutorial but a theoretical explanation on a general creation.