Here’s some theory/composition stuff that I’ve been working on that has kinda veered off course in the midst of getting caught up with practice. And it’s the exact opposite of what I’m trying to achieve, so you know...mission totally failed. But it’s still good as a learning experience.
SO, the goal here was to choose and draw gestures/figures that have a “simple” side and a “complex” side. The point being that there are all these great artists out there (especially in animation) that are adept at “tricking” or drawing the eye towards detailed sections of their art that are very polished, the intended product of their hard work. It’s so deliberately well done that you don’t even notice how ridiculously simple and imprecise everything else is. They’ll work maybe a third of a drawing that pulls the focus and then knock out the rest in a few hasty brush strokes. It’s part of the reason why I feel so many starting artists draw full body, flat perspective, and no frame of reference. We don’t know where to place focus, so out of fear for producing a single bad part, we distribute all detail and focus across the entire thing. In the end, you’re 1) exhausted by being a slave to your own obsession with detail and 2) wasting a lot of time on things that don’t really matter.
THAT was the point of this whole exercise here, but as you can see I’ve fallen victim to my own gravitation toward over-detail. Not only do most of these have complex sides that don’t “pop” like they should and simple sides don’t “fade” like they should, it’s difficult to even discern on some which should be the complex or simple one. Know your weaknesses!
|I've been a lurker on this community for about a year, just admiring the art and browsing. Finally was inspired enough and worked up the courage to take a swing at it. So Christmas 2013, picked up a sketchbook, some pencils and decided to learn to draw. Deviantart tutorials have been super awesome at teaching and I've recently picked up a tablet so I hope to keep posting up stuff and track my progress.|