29 8 / 2014
alive-in-living-color said: Hi Sophie. I just came across some of your Winter Soldier art (which is impeccable, by the way) and I just want to ask if you have any tips for an aspiring artist ? Like how you got to where you are? I know 95% is practice practice practice but did/do you have any methods that really help you to get a technique down pat? And also, how did you develop your style ? Did it just evolve over time or did you combine the styles of others and make your own? I know this is a lot, sorry to interrogate >.<
Hi and THANK YOU! I am flattered that you asked me this question. Since I’m also trying to figure out my way in the realm of art like you are, let’s learn together! (apologies for my grammar in advance)
First of all, I remember seeing this in another awesome artist’s Q&A on a similar topic. He said something that’s pretty solid: ‘do not call yourself an “aspiring artist”’, get inspired and start drawing immediately! Cannot emphasis enough how important it is to just be constantly drawing and experimenting. You might not like the result that came out sometimes, but you gotta keep trying. you”ll be surprised at how much you improve.
How to make progress: I always say I’m a bad example and refuse to give advice, but this might be a common issue so I’m going to share my thought here. Over the years, I’ve been both conscious and unconsciously trying to “copy” someone’s art style, to the extent that I’ve gone too far and ended up where I didn’t want to be. It took me a painful while to figure out that I don’t want to be someone else. So now I am spending twice the time finding my way back to zero so I can start fresh again. Maybe all the stumbling around is good, or maybe it’s a straighter path if I start reading George Bridgman’s anatomy book instead of watching sailor moon when I was 6 years old. That I’m not sure.
HOWEVER, look at lots and lots of art, different medium, different use of colors, different styles is always good. Then copy and study them, but do it selectively. Find out the part that you really enjoy - maybe it’s the smooth contouring lines on the back, or the placement of highlight in the eyes, or the light/shadow warm/cold contrast (One of the ways is look at screencaps of your favourite movies). No matter what it is, try to draw the same scene/pose using your own techniques, then copy the reference as precise as possible, and see what they did differently comparing to you that works for you, and learn from that. Contrarily, see what you don’t like doing, and avoid it.
some examples of movies with beautiful lighting situations (from”the Darjeeling Limited” and “the Conformist”)
Also visit Movies in Color.
how does the reflected light hit the shadow part of her body and give her the warm orange tone, while the edge of the shadows are a much cooler color. (Amazing painting by Roberto Ferri)(thank you rokashii!)
dynamic shapes while creating characters (artist: yaoyao)
Zedig’s casualness in his line works on how to show muscles, dividing plains using line directions. Yes I’m in love with him.
Now I’m running out of things to say and am feeling terrified if I said anything misleading. What I’m trying to get at is that, actually trying and learning from your experience is far more useful than reading an anatomy book and sort of understand what they are saying. Other miscellaeous things I learnt at art school:
- go to life drawing sessions and do quick poses.
- squint at your model to see the main light/shadow relationship.
- draw your character, after you’re done, color it black so you get the silhouette, do you still recognize his features strongly/can see what he’s doing? If not, try another way.
watch gay porn for education on muscles.
NOW MAKE AWESOME ART AND BE PROUD OF IT!!!
22 8 / 2014
“Challenge accepted!” —SPN fandom.
omg this is still going
IT’S A RULE TO REBLOG EVERY TIME IT SHOWS UP ON YOUR DASH.
i’m not even in the supernatural fandom and i’m still going to reblog
lost count of the times i’ve reblogged this
I swear like half of those reblogs is me
…………………..it’s still not fucking broken
Jesus fuck this is almost at 12,000,000