Posts tagged: drawing
All right, here’s my contribution to the art tutorial infographic world, part 1 of 2. I’ve noticed that even in professional illustration, so often the humans and environments and armor and whatnot is really, really great— correct anatomy, lighting, proportions, like ‘wow this is fantastic WAIT what is up with that HORSE?’
I suspect two things;
First is that I spend 15 hours a day, 365 days a year looking, touching, handling, and just generally being around horses.
Second is that most people do not.
Artists have lost touch with their connection to horses as contemporary society has lost touch with them. Generally, we don’t have that constant presence of horses in our lives that previous generations did, as horses aren’t part of the everyday landscape any more. They don’t work the fields, they don’t cart the goods, they don’t deliver the mail or transport you to the next town down the road.
However, we still see horses all the time— in movies, books, illustration, ads and logos, we are presented with the image of horses all the time. So we assume ‘yes, I have seen horses often and I know what they look like.’ Because of our exposure, we as artists don’t always feel like we need to heavily reference the animals as if we were drawing something we don’t see everyday (say, like elephants or giraffes or sea cucumbers). Our brain just kind of plugs in ‘horse shaped’ and we go with that.
And I suspect that ends up being where a lot of these common mistakes occur. Dogs are familiar, but we can easily find a dog to draw from live, to see the way the shapes of its face are put together in 3-dimensions. Cats, humans, birds… if we venture just a little ways outside our studios (or in some cases, inside), we can find live models to study easily.
You can’t really do that with horses. They’re a commodity, sequestered away behind fences on private farms and shuttered away in barns. So few people really get the chance to be up close and have that hands-on experience to really learn how a horse is put together.
So here’s some things, based on my own experience both drawing and working with horses, that might help you if you find yourself needing to draw one for yourself.
The approach I took might be more complicated than absolutely necessary, but I tried to present the subject of ‘how to draw horses’ a little differently than I’ve seen it done before. I hope someone finds it understandable, and more importantly, helpful!
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Dem horse butts yo
Extremely useful! One thing they forgot to mention in the bit about horse eyes that a lot of people seem to forget when drawing semi-realistic to realistic horses, is that horses have square pupils! Especially in furry art I see this forgotten a lot, and as someone who loves the itty bitty little details that sets things apart, I love me some square pupils.~
This piece is called “Ascent of Man and the Destruction of Magic”.
It was created for the ArtOrder Inspiration challenge.
Inspirations are my favourite artists and a recent trip to the MET where I saw even more beautiful works of sculpture and ancient crafts.
Klimt, Mucha, Herbert Draper, Bouguereau, Waterhouse, Frazetta, and a sculpture called “Mourning Victory” from the Melvin Memorial were all inspirations for this.
Medium is Ballpoint pen on Moleskine, 22k Gold Leaf applique and some Digital retouching.
This duvet cover, featured at Not on the High Street, comes with its own pack of 8 wash-out doodle colour pens, so you can jot down late-night thoughts, draw a masterpiece, write a story or leave a message – then wash your duvet cover for a totally fresh start all over again!
Had a few people asked about how to achieve ideal proportions when drawing multiple characters side-by-side. I can’t say that my proportions are anatomically accurate! imo, it all depends on individual style. But here’s something I do to have my characters look “presentable”.
(Going to use my original characters here
swimsuit editionso I don’t butcher anyone else’s stuff. )
I mostly start of by following a “formula of heads” (Normal, Idealistic, Fashion and Heroic) to determine the height of my characters.
Violet on the far left has somewhat the height of a ‘Normal’ person. Adam’s height falls between ‘Idealistic’ and ‘Fashion’ (8 1/2 heads), and Simon's proportions don't exactly exist outside of sculptures and myths.
I usually use similar head sizes to avoid one character looking overly huge than the other.
because I really love to draw girls swimsuitsjust to show how the same formula applies to females and males proportions of the same height… ; to be honest, there really isn’t any huge difference other than the structure of curves/muscles.
At the end of the day though, I think one shouldn’t limit oneself from a fixed set of ‘formulas’ when it comes to anatomy. Well, basic ‘formulas’ are there to serve as a ‘guide’, but people come in different shapes and sizes and ‘torso:legs’ ratio. Some people have long legs and short upper body and vice versa.
I apologize in advance for any mistakes made here. But I hope this super brief tutorial is helpful!
A artist who is just starting out asked me for some tips on shading. SO I decided to draw him out this little tutorial. At least this is how I remember how to do shadows and the such.
do u ever just