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Call me Gina. I'm lizard with a pen and too many fandoms. Professional procrastinator.

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Just curious on how you approach composition and perspective. I feel as if sometimes I think too hard, not really about what to draw but how to draw it and make it look interesting. The comic panels you have been doing are amazing. Any tips/references on improving my knowledge of composition and perspective? What do you think about as you lay your pencil on the drawing paper? what goes through your mind?

jakewyattriot:

*STANDARD DISCLAIMER* I’m not handing down life lessons or trying to assert that there’s a ‘correct way’ to draw. I’m just trying to make perspective more approachable for thems that want to tackle it.

Okay. Let’s do this.

1. Understand what perspective is and what it’s for. Stay away from rulers while you get comfortable.

Everyone struggles with perspective because 1. it’s not well or widely taught and 2. artists tend to see linear perspective as a set of rules rather than a set of tools.

Linear perspective is a TOOL we use to create and depict SPACE. That’s it. That’s all it is. Your goal is not to draw in ‘accurate linear perspective.’ Stay away from the ruler and precision for as long as you can. Your goal is to create the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. Perspective is just a tool to help you construct and correct that space.

2. Know in your bones that you can ONLY learn to draw in perspective through physical practice. There is no other way.

Grab some paper and draw with me. If you match me drawing for drawing you will be more fluent in linear perspective and spatial drawing by the end of this post. Unfortunately if you don’t, you won’t be.

3. Sketch around in rough perspective. NO RULERS.

So let’s make some simple space. let’s start with a two dimensional surface…image

K. We have a flat, 2D surface. Let’s create some depth by putting a vanishing point in the middle, and having parallel lines converge towards it. Make a gridded plane inside that space.

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Good. Let’s make that space meaningful by adding a dude and a road or something. (Again, parallel ‘depth lines’ will converge into the vanishing point along the horizon)

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And now we have the rough illusion of some space. I didn’t use any rulers, and it’s not perfectly accurate, but we got our depth from that vanishing point right in the middle of the page. And since we have a little dude in there, we’ve got human scale, which allows us to gauge the size of the space we’ve created. Gives it meaning.

You need people or cars or some recognizable, human-scale THING in there as a frame of reference or your space won’t mean much to your viewer. Watch. We can make that same basic space a whole lot bigger like this:image

Same vanishing point in the same place, completely different scale, and a totally different feeling of space. Cool, right?

3. Sketch around in rough perspective MORE. STAY LOOSE.

See what sort of spaces and feelings you can create with vanishing points and gridded planes on a post-it or something. Super small, super rough. Feel it out. Pick a vanishing point or lay out a grid in perspective, and MAKE SOME SPACE. Do it. Draw, I don’t know, a lady and her dog in a desert. I’ll do it, too.

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Good job. LOOK AT YOU creating the illusion of space! This is how you’ll thumbnail and plan anything you want to draw in space. All of my drawings start this way. I think about how I want the viewer to feel and then play around with space and composition until I find something that works.

Once you have a sketch you like, and space that you feel, THEN you can take out the ruler and make it more accurate and convincing.

4. Draw environments from life.

I cannot stress this enough. Draw the world around you, try to draw the shapes and angles as you see them, and you will ‘get’ how and why perspective is used. Use something permanent so that you’ll move fast and commit. I usually use black prismacolor pencil.

You’ll learn or reinforce something with every drawing. I learned a lot about multiple vanishing points from this drawing:

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Learned from the receding, winding space I tired to draw here:

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Layered, interior spaces:

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You get the idea.

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Life drawing will also help you develop your own shorthand and language for depicting textures, materials, details, natural and architectural features, etc. Do it. Do it all the time. Go to pretty or interesting places just to draw them.

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Take a second and just draw a quick sketch of whatever room you’re in.

5. Perspective in formal Illustration: apply what you’ve learned.

1. I always start with research. For this particular location I looked at Angkor Wat.

2. Once I had enough reference, I did a bunch of little thumbnail sketches with a very loose sense of space and picked the one I liked best.

3. Scanned the thumbnail and drew a little more clearly over it. Worked out the rough space before using formal perspective.

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4. Reinforced the space with formal perspective. I dropped in pre-made vanishing points over my drawing. If I were drawing in real media here’s where I’d get out the ruler to sketch in some accurate space.

5. Drew the damn thing. Because I do my research, draw from life, and am comfortable drawing in perspective, I can wing it. I just sort of ‘build’ the ruins freehand in the space I’ve established, keeping it more or less accurate, experimenting and playing with details along the way. I erase a lot, too, both in PS and when drawing in pencil. Keeps it fun for me.

And that’s what I know about composition and perspective. If you want more formal instruction on perspective and it’s uses, you can use John Buscema’s How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. Or If you want to get really intense about it, Andrew Loomis can help you.

-Jake Wyatt

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supersonicart:

Phil Noto!

Recent work by the infallible Phil Noto:

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MY LITERAL FIRST EVER PJO FANART
IT’S SO OLD
OMG

MY LITERAL FIRST EVER PJO FANART

IT’S SO OLD

OMG

  #the things I dare to post when I'm gone and won't have to know if it's rebblogged    #this is so emparassing    #UK adventure queue  
catfein:

❤Lonely Sniper Club❤

catfein:

Lonely Sniper Club

  #fma    #UK adventure queue  

Art by BurdgeColour by me

You know an art block has gone too far when you’re not even painting your own drawings

Art by Burdge
Colour by me

You know an art block has gone too far when you’re not even painting your own drawings

  #ava's demon    #hogwarts AU    #burdge    #this was supposed to be for my phone backrgound    #bu it came out better than expected and I'm leaving for a while and I want to queue art for when I'm gone    #UK adventure queue  

I’m going to the adventure in England and Scotland until the 11th, I’ll try and fail to put a few drawings and posts on queue but the intention is what counts, right?

Also, I’m going to London and Glasgow, any things I should see?

  #also if anyone's in glasgow I'll be travelling alone so you acn come and say hey!    #I'm literally going to be surrounded by strangers so even a random follower I've never talked to is going to be like 'frieeendd!!'    #lizard shit    #delete later  

fishfingersandcoldplay:

goodforharpies:

evangelame:

having your favorite character be a minor character is like being a proud mother at a school play and cheering every time your kid comes on stage even though they’re playin the part of tree #3

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I HAVE WAITED FOR THIS POST MY WHOLE LIFE

  #thalia grace    #pjo    #hoo    #my baby  
shitstain-of-heart:

loosifcr:

heavensknightofhell:

lilacballad:

# I JUST WANT TO IMAGINE THE STORY BEHIND THE NECESSITY OF THESE CUPS FOR A MINUTE
kuwata-kun same

it’s actually way too common where painters almost drink their paint water

Or actually full out drink it

Or rinse the brush in your drink

THREE TIMES 
THREE TIMES i HAD GOD KNOWS WHAT SHIT THEY PUT IN PAINT INSIDE OF MEWORDS OF ADVISE FROM SOMEONE WHO SHOULD BE DEAD FROM PAINT POISONINGA JAR FOR PAINT WATER AND A STRAW FOR DRINKSTRUST ME

shitstain-of-heart:

loosifcr:

heavensknightofhell:

lilacballad:

# I JUST WANT TO IMAGINE THE STORY BEHIND THE NECESSITY OF THESE CUPS FOR A MINUTE

kuwata-kun same

it’s actually way too common where painters almost drink their paint water

Or actually full out drink it

Or rinse the brush in your drink

THREE TIMES 

THREE TIMES i HAD GOD KNOWS WHAT SHIT THEY PUT IN PAINT INSIDE OF ME

WORDS OF ADVISE FROM SOMEONE WHO SHOULD BE DEAD FROM PAINT POISONING

A JAR FOR PAINT WATER AND A STRAW FOR DRINKS

TRUST ME

  #lizard shit    #seriously    #this two jars are way too confusing    #you're gonna drink paint if they look so similar    #if you don't bother to check the colour of the liquid you won't bother to read either    #looks cool but it's death    #jar/straw is the best method    #i don't care if coffe and tea with straws look weird    #paint water is worse  

burdge:

gold and silver

  #hp    #yoo    #<3  
  #yoo    #awesome art    #korra    #atla  

Why is it every time I get bored I end up over-rendering a boring composition with one of the HoO girls? at least this time I got to draw piper’s eyes right, who can tell me their colour?

  #Piper McLean    #Heroes of Olympus    #hoo    #pjo    #liz art    #but I've been meaning to do a gif of piper's eyes for a while sO I guess artblock isn't that bad    #but arrgh    #whatever I try to draw looks like shit when I flip it    #and it's frustraaatingg    #scopophobia  

Can we ignore how late I am for Theyna week and instead appreciate how amazing would it be if Thalia joined the quest to return the Athena Parthenos? 

bonus amazingness if they met like this

  #theyna    #hoo    #pjo    #reyna avila ramirez arellano    #thalia grace    #liz art    #I finally scanned this    #I drew it like in july    #and never got around to finishing it and scanning    #I didn't really fix the mistakes I wanted to fix but hey at least it's done    #long post    #i feeel bad because I always ignore hedge    #but he's just... ugh  

catbuttcat:

And in the nature of keeping everyone in the loop, please reblog this link if you’re going to spread word about it. It’s just a list, impartial, a great way to know everything from start to current events.

  #ferguson    #important!!    #this is no longer on my dash as often as it should    #and it's just as bad as it was    #don't let this die  
catalan?

Anonymous

Yeah, I’m from Catalonia (does it help saying Barcelona is our capital? not many people know where it is otherwise)

  #hopefully we'll get independence soon and at least europeans will know what and where it is    #maybe I shuold put barcelona instead of my nationality to avoid confusing people    #gina answers anons  

cherryandsisters:

so, we all know how percy said “look, i did not want to be a half-blood”

i just thought about how that was different from nico’s pov

and how different it turned out to be for nico

  #I HATE YOU    #WHY?    #SERIOUSLY WHY    #Nico di Angelo    #hoo    #pjo