PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AND WILL BE COMPLETED ON SUNDAY 19TH MAY.
Apologies for the absence on the blog, facebook and class. My health took a nose dive last week and I was able to fulfil either of those commitments.
So, I think we'll continue l with some of the basics that you may find helpful before moving onto some of the more advanced exercises we will cover later during the course.
But, before that, one of the things I stress at the beginning of each term is, do not try and copy my style of drawing, but , just follow the process. Although I am competent at drawing, I would not call my self an expert. I am simply passing on how I manage to put together the drawings I produce. I saw a post recently by the highly accliamed comic book artist Adi Granov, of which I will copy and paste the first paragraph here:
The questions I get asked most often are about the tools I use. I dislike these questions not because I am keeping a secret, but because I feel that following my advice might lead people down the wrong paths. I change my process with every piece I do, I discover new things, or decide something isn't working, etc.; it's all a part of being an artist. It's a very fluid process, and rigidity and sticking to a specific tool will do more damage than good, especially to someone starting out. It shouldn't be about the tools, it should be about the knowledge and skill and personal preferences.
Adi, did actually continue the post with a detailed breakdown description of a current piece of art .
I agree with those words. I learned to draw from reading comics and mimicking John Romita Sr., Gil Kane and Gene Colan, and then later learned that I needed to start again and learn the basics. I was following another atists development and style without the foundations.
Here's another thing, I'm not a great artist, I just happen to be able to draw better than my clients can. They employ me to do a job they do not have the time or inclination to learn, and for that I am fortunte.
So, to recap what we looked at in week 2 and 3:
Drawing the human head.
There are two basic ways of drawing the human head that I know of ( I have seen a few other approaches used but these are the ones I often use) and they invlolve an oval or a sphere and a cube. The one I usually use by default is the oval.