Monday, January 2, 2012

Another Study

A Before/After study of two shapes combined together. Sorta aiming for that airplane thingy embedded in the wing, whatever it's called. Engine fuselage?

It may not be exciting to look at, but I'm enjoying these curved form studies, something I used to avoid due to the time consuming, mood killing, technical perspective setup usually involved with drawing complex shapes.

A lot of artists avoid this stuff for similar reasons, even many professional comic book artists. If you look through some comics most of the artwork is limited to boxy, squarish shapes, or copied from photos, or faked.

While drawing curved forms can seem VERY HARD, knowing a few shockingly SIMPLE techniques make it quick, fun, and EASY. With so many artists in the dark, I thought this stuff HAD to be hard, requiring immense talent and patience.

Turns out artists with a clue have been keeping secrets from the rest of us. Man was I fooled.

Now I can accurately construct any curvy shape from imagination using freehand perspective. I'm loving this! I should do a tutorial some time.

Eventually I'll post artwork that's actually fun to look at. Maybe an airplane/spaceship or something.

In the meantime, pardon me while I jump for joy.


Will Rosado said...

It's not so much that we kept it secret... it's more of people not wanting to learn it or interested in it enough to ask questions.

Perspective is dull especially if you approach it in the technical way. I've always needed to lay out grids and set up vanishing points and sometimes the points are six to eight feet apart. Makes me dizzy sometimes. Comic guys fake it for lots of reason but mostly it's because of deadlines and or lack of interest.

Mastering perspective will elevate every aspect of your artwork since everything we draw has to obey the "laws of perspective".

Next step, related to what you are doing would be learning foreshortening of the body.

good stuff.

darthfurby said...

For some, perspective is a baby only a mother could love.

Hopefully, foreshortening won't be so difficult once I've got it all down.

Still, comic artists these days mostly draw close or mid shot panels to avoid using perspective. It wasn't always that way. Wonder what happened.