Sunday, 18 April 2021

Who would have thought it. Drawing?

Recently something has happened that I honestly never imagined would happen. I've developed an interest in drawing.

I think it was after seeing seeing fanart and doujin style works that I was inspired to try. It only really started as an attempt at understanding, I have an uncle who likes art and years ago suggested recreating something I've seen as a way of understanding it better (recently confirmed by my brother who was advised to do the same thing in art college).

So for the last few days I've been trying to learn a few basic techniques and practice as much as I can. I'm the type of person who can develop an obsessive interest in something and then fizzle out but this is something that I feel lets me express myself in a way I've never really been able to before so I'm going to try to keep at it and not give up.

Perspective

I remembered a line from the 2nd season of the series "Genius", with that season following Picasso.Specifically when at a prestigious art school, the class is reminded "You will never be an artist until you master the laws of perspective" (or words to that effect - it's been a few years since I saw it). So, I figured perspective would be a good place to start (I vaguely remember that I did two point perspective in art class at school many years ago - but that's about it)

A big shout out to circle line art school for their excellent videos on single point perspective. I find the worked example really helpful as opposed to just an intro to perspective and how to draw basic shapes. An example covering drawing a type of room just seems to help it make more sense. Different people learn in different ways, this seems to work well for me.

How to Draw a Room in 1-Point Perspective for Beginners


One of my early attempts. A bit of a mess but a great learning experience.
One of my early attempts. A bit of a mess but a great learning experience.

A later attempt. Getting better... I think
A later attempt. Getting better... I think

How to Draw a Bedroom in 1-Point Perspective

With a few attempts at a living room under my belt, I had a go at a bedroom to try a different angle and different types of objects.  It's going to take a lot of practice but it's proving to be fun and my failures are not proving as frustrating as I'd feared. Every time I get something fundamentally wrong, I learn something from it.

Not that happy with it, but it's a start

Manga

Rather than just drilling perspective until I get it right, I'm trying my hand at manga style drawing as well. This is because:

  1. This is what I really want to do (what I've done so far is mainly to get an understanding of the basics)
  2. This will hopefully keep things interesting, I worry that drilling perspective and nothing else will eventually turn it in to a chore and sap the fun from it

I joked to my brother that next step is to learn to draw tentacles, to which he replied that he should have known there was an endgame with this. I want to draw my own hentai, don't judge me!

Another big shout out to people who have created resources  that have helped me take this first step.

How to Draw Faces for Beginners | Anime Manga Drawing Tutorial

I think Whyt Manga has a rather unique style? At least that's what he's suggested in the video. It covers his style of drawing faces, he explains it pretty well and has really helped me to understand things like the proportions and where features are on the face.

My attempt at drawing a female face was a total mess in relation to the male face, as that was my first attempt whereas I made a first attempt at the male face and then tried again.



I've also made an attempt at copying a characters face from something I was reading, I figured that would help me get a feel for it.

And lastly, trying a face from another guide to try different techniques.

How to Draw Anime or Manga Faces (wikihow)

Conclusion

So I'm pretty hopeless so far. My results with faces have been varied, I've tried recreating faces I've drawn to see how consistently I can draw them - and I can't LOL.

A friend has suggested how to draw manga books and is going to have a look at her collection for ones to suggest (it's good to know which ones have been helpful)

It's early days but it's a fun learning experience. Hopefully I'll have something to update soon.

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