Art School Exercises is a tutorial/resource blog for artists of all levels, focusing on exercises and assignments from schools and classes that artists have found helpful. I’ve come across various comments and forum posts about artists reflecting on the helpful (and horrible) things they were made to do in school, and I thought it would be great to have a place to gather those ideas.
So if you’ve taken an art class (drawing, painting, creative writing, etc) and want to share, never have but curious, or you’re just interested in improving, submit, follow, reblog!
One day could you show us how you color *_*? You always pick out nice colors and man I just admire your coloring so much!!
thanks so much!! heres a quick run down of how i color! (btw i use SAI):
first, just simple flat coloring, i usually do all my coloring in one layer bcus i get really confused otherwise lol….
then with a soft brush i add the face details (cheeks, lips, nose,lower eyelids)
then i grab the colors individually with the selection wand and shade, which i just pick darker tones with a slight red tint?
to make the drawing a bit less static, i change the lineart color using a layer clip and use lighter colors in the inner lineart but keep the outer lines black?? not sure how to explain AAA
then i use a really light pinkish yellow on a sep layer with lumi & shade layer setting on top (my old SAI didnt have this setting but its basically like overlay?) then i adjust the brightness and contrast/tweak the colors a bit
SORRY IM NOT THE BEST AT EXPLAINING but i hope this helps o<-<
hi,i was just wondering how long have you been drawing to be this good?i know it's kinda a stupid question but it just seems like everyone on here is so good at drawing and art but then i look at my drawings,they are just terrible. im 16 and i want to be an animator,do you think it's too late to start?(i went to drawing classes when i was younger,but they didnt really teach me anything useful like how to draw perspective and stuff like that but blogs like yours help me a lot:)thank you!)
okay, I’m gonna crack my knuckles a bit and try to be inspiring to you and to others who face the same dilemma.
When I was 16, I also really wanted to be an animator! I even had connections to Pixar and whatnot because I live in a city that’s literally neighbors with Emeryville. Lucky, right?
But when I was 16, my art looked like this:
Embarrassing, right? Buuuut I never stopped. I knew the hardships and honestly I really did give up sometimes. I hardly ever practiced and when I first entered college my art professor told me I drew like a three year old.
I’m 24 now, and my professor told me that 5 years ago. It took me forever and I still have a shitload to learn, but my art looks like this now. I might not be an animator, but honestly that’s only because of my real life situations that’s keeping me from getting there rather than my own drive.
To be honest, it’s never ever ever too late to start drawing. There are a lot of great artists that didn’t start drawing until well into adulthood! It’s really great that you wanna start drawing and that alone is the best thing you can start out with. The real test is to continue to improve by learning different techniques and to learn from your past mistakes.
I really hope this helps and that you do continue to grow and improve in the world of art!
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I was wondering how you manage to make your faces actually look like the person they are meant to look like? Some of my facial features always end up looking the same, and yours are so perfect... *showers you with love* You are my art guru.
BUT NO in all seriousness, thank you! You’re a sweetheart! ;O; Proportions are pretty awful to get down when you’re just starting out, and while there are a bunch of ways you can start practicing with it, it’ll be difficult to be absolutely precise. I still struggle with proportions occasionally. Fun fact: I don’t post all of my work. I only post the work that turned out okay aHA. So basically don’t be frustrated when every single piece doesn’t turn out. Here are a few tips.
Let’s use this picture of Laurence and Hugh because why not.
They’ve both got eyes, a nose, and a mouth, so why do they look different?
These lines are the generic way of mapping out where to put things together. I used this when I was starting out and it’s a helpful way of getting your hand and wrist to work together. At this point they both nearly look the same. I say this a lot, but I think it’s important: shape is what puts a drawing together.
Compare features of the face to help you figure out placement.
The bottom of his ear lines up right to the middle of his nostril. His tear ducts line up right at the corners of his mouth. Then you can get super technical and say, oh, the outer corner of his eye lines up with that fold in his collar and then from there you can see other things like the approximate distance from the edge of his mouth to that connecting line from the eye to the collar. They don’t meet so his mouth is smaller than the width of his eyes, etc, etc. Whatever works, man.
This is a favorite technique of mine so lemme use another example:
Eventually you get to the point where most of your proportional accuracy will come from just looking. You will eventually adjust your eye to see what makes a person who they are by the shape of their features.
Laurence has narrow, oval shaped eyes, while Hugh has more of a diamond shape. Not everyone has perfect almond shaped eyes. You can capture an entire character personality through their eyes alone, so shaping them out is extremely important.
The way you draw your lines is also important. Sharp and smooth lines will give your drawing personality. Reveals the character, in a sense.
Other things to consider: the shape of the nose.
Mads’ is flat and goes down in a steady slope, while Hugh’s juts out in a smooth, almost concave curve.
SHAPES SHAPES SHAPES. Use shapes and structure to find proportion.
I did a lot more than I anticipated omg. Oh gosh and I have a feeling I kinda just rambled and didn’T MAKE ANY SENSE AH. Let me know if you need more help or if I was speaking gibberish I am so bad at putting my thoughts into words aHHHH. But gosh I hope this was at least vaguely helpful. You’re a darling and thank you for your kind words!
Could you help me understand celtic knots? Like a celtic cross or something close to that.. I've been trying to draw them and i just can't get it right. Thank you!
I don’t usually look for tutorials for individual people but here’s a basic one. I personally don’t draw them myself so I wouldn’t know how helpful it is, but the way he does it seemed simple enough to understand.