thevelosarahptor's art reference blog
have you tried mypaint?
- its free
- its open source
- works for windows, linux and mac
- 90% of the window space is where you draw, no clunky and messed up menus
- supports layers
- the canvas is basically unlimited, the program automatically chooses a dimension for your picture when you save
- easy (but not too limited) brush creation
- overall fucking awesome
When something doesn’t look right, but you can’t figure out why, make a copy of your layer and try some of these tricks. Staring too long at a piece without breaks is often where I “kill” a piece and lose scope of the work as a whole. Thanks to letsplaygods for the supersaturate trick.
I already flip and value check often. Though those other things seem like pretty niffty tricks to keep in mind when i’m spending more than 4 hours straight on a piece//working on something from start to finish.
Also for the love of god remember to zoom out. I’ve had so many awful moments of “this is lookin’ greaFFFFFUUUUUUUU”
I use the flip trick religiously, and the value check when I remember to. Zooming out is also VERY important. It has been hard to teach myself to work initially zoomed out. Focusing in too tight can totally mess up your piece. Remember, people see the big picture first, then the details. That’s how you should work as well.
Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: CONTOUR LINE
One of the most straight forward tip I have about Life Drawing. It kind of goes against what most life drawing instructors will tell you. The first thing you’ll hear is “Draw from the inside.” A contour line on a figure drawing is about the most superficial way to approach it BUT, it will help you tremendously at finding a clear silhouette. By the way, no one says you can’t slightly alter the silhouette you are looking at. If there’s a way to make it clearer or make a better statement, go for it. Drawing is about making decisions, not just copying what you’re seeing. The same way other techniques will help understand how the body functions, using a contour line as an exercise will help you find proportions, angles of the body and general appeal in your posing.
I was talking with some pals last night, and Mike told me that he got better at drawing by staring at this image until he “understood it.” (from Eric Goldberg’s “Character Animation Crash Course”)
The first image is drawing anatomical/construction first, gesture second. The second image is drawing the gesture/expression first, then the anatomy second. The first image produces stiff character acting, the second image produces explosive character acting.
I’m gonna stare at it too until I understand it. Come on, stare with me.
i’ve been struggling with how to explain what i mean by applying the concepts of ‘tweening’ vs ‘drawing straight ahead’ to non-animated work and this is probably the best example i’ve found so far
WHEN IT CLICKS YOU’RE LIKE “oooooo……..OOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Here’s a handy dandy color reference chart for you artists, writers, or any one else who needs it! Inspired by this post x
A while ago I was asked about the construction of the Vietnamese Ao Dai and Chinese Cheongsam/Qipao. I had a few dresses at my disposal and figured it would be fun to do a compare and contrast. Due to the small collection, I was only able to photograph a few samples (all tailored circa 2000s, except one I’m sure…). This basically just covers the “classic” tailoring styles of Ao Dai and Cheongsam/Qipao. The latest trends may not adhere to it!
NOTE: For simplicity’s sake, I primarily used the word Cheongsam (Cantonese) instead of Qípáo (Mandarin) because its wider use as an English loanword.
I see people get confused about legs (especially about birds), thinking ankles are knees or strange things like that. So I did a quick and super simplified comparative anatomy guide for a few kinds of vertebrates! I left out reptiles because… meh, maybe next time. People get less confused about them
Next I’ll do one post all about birds and how they have the same bits as us because vertebrates are basically all just weird looking versions of the same thing
Fun fact about me: my first job in uni was drawing pictures for a textbook! It was super fun but didn’t pay much.
Comparative anatomy - a foundation of evolutionary thought.
(That little nub of a thumb in the frog is not a true thumb but a separately derived digit)
How to draw folds
Notes on how to draw folds back when I was teaching manga classes back in 2006. From the book “Drawing people” by Barbara Bradley.
This book has a very detailed description of 6 types of commonly seen folds and I think is one of the most educational resource on how to draw folds(Besides Vilppu and Bridgeman).