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Learning how to draw

01-05-2010, 06:42 PM
#1
Joined: Aug 2009
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Learning how to draw

This morning I decided to start drawing... Why? Normally I'm coding things, but now I want to be able to make a few graphical things, too! Being able to do the coding AND the drawing makes me a bit more indipensant, but also more flexible when working with others

My aim is to teach myself how to make good drawings. I'll work with SketchBook Pro (easy to pick up, it's easier to use when you are sitting in a bus ;-P) and I will post some of my pictures here (so you [hopefully ] see that everyone can learn how to draw not-too-bad pictures by drawing frequently...).

If anyone wants to join this project, feel free to post your pictures here. But PLEASE only if you are a beginner and want to show us your progress! This is no self-advertising thread! If you want the attention of possible customers, make your own thread in the Service Trade Forum! This will be more effective.

So, again, I would love to see other beginners post something about their progress here. You don't have to use SketchBook Pro for your drawings. It can be any iPhone app, or a programm on your PC/Mac, or maybe good old reallife paper ;-)
01-05-2010, 07:27 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vingdoloras View Post
This morning I decided to start drawing... Why? Normally I'm coding things, but now I want to be able to make a few graphical things, too! Being able to do the coding AND the drawing makes me a bit more indipensant, but also more flexible when working with others

My aim is to teach myself how to make good drawings. I'll work with SketchBook Pro (easy to pick up, it's easier to use when you are sitting in a bus ;-P) and I will post some of my pictures here (so you [hopefully ] see that everyone can learn how to draw not-too-bad pictures by drawing frequently...).

If anyone wants to join this project, feel free to post your pictures here. But PLEASE only if you are a beginner and want to show us your progress! This is no self-advertising thread! If you want the attention of possible customers, make your own thread in the Service Trade Forum! This will be more effective.

So, again, I would love to see other beginners post something about their progress here. You don't have to use SketchBook Pro for your drawings. It can be any iPhone app, or a programm on your PC/Mac, or maybe good old reallife paper ;-)
That's great that you want to expand your abilities like that. I've considered doing the same thing. My current "programmer art" wouldn't win me any awards, but then again, look at Doodle Jump.

I've already greatly improved my Photoshop skills during the course of working on Charmed and Flight Deck. Maybe I'll find some time to do some drawings too to improve that area.

01-06-2010, 03:21 PM
#3
Joined: Aug 2009
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The first complete pic I have ever drawn with SketchBook:

(Some days before Christmas, during a night when I couldn't sleep... I talked to a friend of mine who is an incredibly good artist and I said "Let me show you what I can('t) do :P"... Took me some hours to draw this )


Right now I'm working on this: (tilt your head to the side :P)

What is this thing in the middle? These are some bones from a dead animal... as seen in cartoons etc :P
It's black&white? Yes, right now it's black&white... but I'm already coloring it in my SketchBook I think I'll add some more detail to the front later, it looks so empty...

Nobody else who wants to try this? It's easy once you start. You won't draw a billion dollar painting right away, but who knows xD what future might bring

EDIT:
BIG!!! is there a way to show them a BIT smaller? Or is it ok how it is now?

Last edited by Vingdoloras; 01-06-2010 at 03:24 PM.
01-06-2010, 10:07 PM
#4
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 249
lol, you already drawing way better than I ever will!

I'm long time coder myself, always struggled with arts.

Bought that app you've mentioned, will try to make some art myself!

You lucky as you have a friend who is an artist, you can learn so much from him!

None of my friends are artists, arghhhh.. Need to find new friends

Last edited by eJayStudios; 01-06-2010 at 10:14 PM.
01-06-2010, 10:09 PM
#5
currently im trying to pick up blender, and omg...tough...im reading the blender for dummies and like its soooo slow! ill post pics when i make one

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01-06-2010, 10:19 PM
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currently im trying to pick up blender, and omg...tough...im reading the blender for dummies and like its soooo slow! ill post pics when i make one
The GUI scared the crap outta me. Sure, it's streamlined or whatever, but still... so many buttons.

I usually draw a picture with pencil, darken the lines with a sharpy, make the lines solid in pixelmator, and just color in with that. I think I have something... yeah, I do. Didn't finish it, but when I forgot about it, I was working on the color scheme, hence the rainbow of gradients.

Edit: Wrong... erm, draft?
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01-06-2010, 10:21 PM
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[QUOTE=Kamazar;775840]The GUI scared the crap outta me. Sure, it's streamlined or whatever, but still... so many buttons.
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most of those buttons you barely use but blender is just so awesome, its just got everything you need, plus more and more. its like a fat kid shoving a twinky up his butt while eaating one. haha but you just gotta learn what your doing, i now what the useless buttons do, yet still cant make a picture!

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01-06-2010, 10:22 PM
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Here we go.

Just follow the link. It's too big to show on the forum.
01-06-2010, 10:23 PM
#9
beautiful

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01-06-2010, 10:24 PM
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I think one of the most important things you can do with drawing, before actually getting "good" at it, is to find your style and stick with it. Even if it's not super clean, high-quality stuff it'll have consistency and when all your pieces of art are put together they'll make sense rather than being a random mash of different styles. Look at something like Beavis & Butt-head, that was very much Mike Judge at his earlier stages of learning to draw cartoons (and animation), but his style was so well thought-out and consistent that it looked good nonetheless.

Koh Jing Yu has done the same thing with his art, it's not perfect, but one look at either of the apps he did the graphics for himself and you can tell it's his work from the style:

http://appshopper.com/games/cheese-collect
http://appshopper.com/games/bacteria-bash

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Last edited by MidianGTX; 01-06-2010 at 10:27 PM.