I mentioned “books to teach me how to draw” in my last post. Along with the monitor I ordered a book on drawing “dynamic wrinkles and drapes” and “dynamic hands.” These are the two places where my drawing needs the most improvement. Tagon wears a skin-tight uniform and stands at parade rest a lot because I don’t know how to draw a) wrinkles and drapes for clothing, and b) hands.
The artists on my friends list will certainly have noticed this, and have probably been wondering when I’d get around to rectifying the problem.
The books haven’t shown up yet. This is too bad, because I’m getting ready to draw some civilian clothing, and I’m afraid it’s just not going to drape properly.
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So what’s Breya’s ambassador outfit, then?
Of course, you could simply declare that 31st century human fashions run to the skintight and be done with it…
http://www.faubcomic.com/utils.html has a list of comic drawing books and websites.
Also posture. I’ve been wondering if there’s something wrong with gravity generators that makes people have to lean way forward to keep from falling over.
There is a book on Dynamic Wrinkles and the artist has a whole slew of “dynamic” books on hands, heads, feet, etc. His first book, “the Dynamic Figure” is a little hard to follow glean from for any body part other than the torso and legs. He shows how to build feet and hands and the head in it, but he doesn’t have the rules on how they work.
Honestly, the best way to learn to draw complex wrinkles and things you have trouble with is to sit a model down (you should already have a few) and draw them. Local art schools should have open figure drawing once or twice a week, or at least know where you can go for it. (My instructor recommends strip clubs. I’m going to just take his word for it…)
You can e-mail me if you want some one-on-one coaching for hands or some honest art critique. Just put “Art Critique” in the subject so I don’t delete it.
From the impressions I’m gleaning from Sandra’s posts, try drawing Gleek and Patches a few times. That should teach you something about dynamic.
An artist friend of mine used to use, as dynamic fabric models, pictures from fashion magazines. The photographs are done especially to highlight the shape and the texture of the fabric and its drape on the model’s body. I still have a couple notebooks full of such pictures that she ripped out to save for reference.
Tagon wears a skin-tight uniform and stands at parade rest a lot because I don’t know how to draw a) wrinkles and drapes for clothing, and b) hands.
Maybe once upon a time that was true, but now Tagon stands at parade rest a lot because it suits his character. I’d probably fall over in shock if I ever saw Tagon’s hands without a deadly weapon in them.
Or, you know, something like this. Of course, if he knew what was actually going on, those handsful of sticks and mud could have been quite deadly, I’m sure…
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