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!!!GOING TO N.I.C.E. 2014!!!

m3rtyn:

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So, Me and Natasha Kingham have our own stall at N.I.C.E (Northampton International Comic Expo) which is on the 13th and 14th September in Bedford. I will be selling my comic Aurora Atlas and other cool stuff as well. So, if you live in the UK and able to get to Bedford go check out N.I.C.E. in September.

I might see you guys then.

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elioli-art:

sketchinfun:

Long post of sketches from tonight’s stream. Felt like drawing a style guide in response to the positive response to my recent GOTG sketches. I am still developing my style, and it changes constantly, like month to month, but here are some elements that are consistent in my style. Enjoy!

guide belongs to http://sketchinfun.tumblr.com/

Go follow Karina! Love her work. :)

And you can follow our art inspiration tumblr to see stuff we like!

glassshard:

stephenmccranie:

Do you ever feel like you have to wage war against yourself to force yourself to get things done?

This comics essay is part of a book called Brick by Brick, which I am now raising money to self publish on Kickstarter! Please check out the link for more details!

In other words, if you have to draw a boring comic scene, add boy butts (or girl butts) or interesting monsters or lots of blood to make it more fun for yourself.

(via spx)

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - SHORTHANDS

It’s crucial to find ways to draw characters clearly and fast when storyboarding. Line mileage alone can become an impossible mountain to climb if you don’t simplify the way you draw characters. Leave all details aside and find the essence of a character. Shorthands are the gesture drawings of storyboarding. Specific characters have specific attributes that make them stand out. Sometimes it’s just the way they stand. Sometimes their hairstyle is unconventional. Find what’s key about a character and get rid of what’s common.

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grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - FOLDSMore on folds today. I will eventually cover all types of folds but today is about simple folds on everyday clothes (t-shirt, jeans). The key is to know what to expect and then applying what you know to simplify what you see in front of you (when life drawing). A lot of the folds dynamics on shirts and jeans come from the “memory” of the fabric itself. Denim is thick and is likely to keep some form of wrinkles or folds around certain areas (knees). A lot of zig-zag patterns around the knee is very likely. When pushed down on the feet, the denim fabric will bunch up and combine with the zig-zag pattern. Shirts and t-shirts will react to the twist and pull of the arms and torso. Identify where the pull (or tension) is coming from and work from it. I tend to draw the seams because they clearly express the volumes underneath.Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - FOLDS

More on folds today. I will eventually cover all types of folds but today is about simple folds on everyday clothes (t-shirt, jeans). The key is to know what to expect and then applying what you know to simplify what you see in front of you (when life drawing). A lot of the folds dynamics on shirts and jeans come from the “memory” of the fabric itself. Denim is thick and is likely to keep some form of wrinkles or folds around certain areas (knees). A lot of zig-zag patterns around the knee is very likely. When pushed down on the feet, the denim fabric will bunch up and combine with the zig-zag pattern. Shirts and t-shirts will react to the twist and pull of the arms and torso. Identify where the pull (or tension) is coming from and work from it. I tend to draw the seams because they clearly express the volumes underneath.

Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: CONTOUR LINEOne of the most straight forward tip I have about Life Drawing. It kind of goes against what most life drawing instructors will tell you. The first thing you’ll hear is “Draw from the inside.” A contour line on a figure drawing is about the most superficial way to approach it BUT, it will help you tremendously at finding a clear silhouette. By the way, no one says you can’t slightly alter the silhouette you are looking at. If there’s a way to make it clearer or make a better statement, go for it. Drawing is about making decisions, not just copying what you’re seeing. The same way other techniques will help understand how the body functions, using a contour line as an exercise will help you find proportions, angles of the body and general appeal in your posing.Normand

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: CONTOUR LINE

One of the most straight forward tip I have about Life Drawing. It kind of goes against what most life drawing instructors will tell you. The first thing you’ll hear is “Draw from the inside.” A contour line on a figure drawing is about the most superficial way to approach it BUT, it will help you tremendously at finding a clear silhouette. By the way, no one says you can’t slightly alter the silhouette you are looking at. If there’s a way to make it clearer or make a better statement, go for it. Drawing is about making decisions, not just copying what you’re seeing. The same way other techniques will help understand how the body functions, using a contour line as an exercise will help you find proportions, angles of the body and general appeal in your posing.

Normand

spx:

Here’s the thing!

spx:

CHRIST! SCHWEITZER JUST WHIPPED OUT THE GODDAMN ROSETTA STONE, Y’ALL!

fauxboy:

schweizercomics:

Cleaning out my filing cabinet, I found this handout that I made for my mini-comics class. Hope it’s helpful! Remember, it ain’t only for comics. Self-publish short stories, collections of drawings or sketches, or blank for journals/sketchbooks, etc.

Good notes!

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: All Straight LinesWithout proper instructions or guidelines, life drawing sessions can easily become boring and repetitive, with little to no progress in understanding the process. Once in a while, I try to apply some techniques learned along the way. This is one of them. The last time I applied the technique was through instructor Paul Wee at LAAFA. A great life drawing teacher from the world of animation. It is as simple as it sounds. Only allow yourself to draw with straight lines. I know, I know, i dedicated an entire post to “No Straight Lines”. I mean “kinda straight” here. It’ll help you tremendously in finding angles and planes throughout the body. Curves and shading can easily muddle a drawing and make it too tentative. Lines and angles have a strong opinion about them. They are very definitive. Your confidence will only grow once you go back to “full” life drawing. Have fun!Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: All Straight Lines

Without proper instructions or guidelines, life drawing sessions can easily become boring and repetitive, with little to no progress in understanding the process. Once in a while, I try to apply some techniques learned along the way. This is one of them. The last time I applied the technique was through instructor Paul Wee at LAAFA. A great life drawing teacher from the world of animation. 

It is as simple as it sounds. Only allow yourself to draw with straight lines. I know, I know, i dedicated an entire post to “No Straight Lines”. I mean “kinda straight” here. It’ll help you tremendously in finding angles and planes throughout the body. Curves and shading can easily muddle a drawing and make it too tentative. Lines and angles have a strong opinion about them. They are very definitive. Your confidence will only grow once you go back to “full” life drawing. 

Have fun!
Norm

grizandnorm:

Throwback Thursday on Tuesday tips — My favorite Photoshop brush to sketch and paint

I like brushes that have jagged edge.  It makes it look a little bit more organic and less computer-like, which is the look that I prefer.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love the perfect computer look if it’s done right.  ie. if it’s done in perfect Illustrator straight lines.  Otherwise, it just doesn’t look that good.  So for sketching and painting, I use a jagged organic brush that I simply make in CS.  Nothing fancy, just use one that already comes in CS and I just change the setting of “Shape Dynamics” and “Scattering”.

This is the one that I use the most.
Also remember to save it in your TOOL PRESETS, so you don’t have to keep adjusting the setting as you change brush.
Griz
grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - LINE OF ACTION
The line of action doesn’t necessarily need to be drawn in. As long as you think about it while drawing, your gesture or posing will be stronger. It gives a direction to the pose, a force that runs though, or simply a visual pathways to guide your audience. Use it always!Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - LINE OF ACTION

The line of action doesn’t necessarily need to be drawn in. As long as you think about it while drawing, your gesture or posing will be stronger. It gives a direction to the pose, a force that runs though, or simply a visual pathways to guide your audience. Use it always!

Norm

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gawki:

This is a pretty basic one, but that doesn’t make it any less important to know! I hope it helps.  …

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grizandnorm:

My Life Drawing Set-Up

I’m trying to put back life drawing sessions into my weekly routine. I’ve been digging up my old anatomy reference books. My favorite ones were always the George B. Bridgman books. Especially the one called “Constructive Anatomy”. Full of great tips on “how” the different body parts interact with each other. Amazing.

So, for today, I thought I’d share my basic set-up when I go to life drawing. For a while, I was just using Sharpie on Newsprint but I decided to go back to basics recently. Basics for me means using a Conte Stick and holding it more like a paintbrush than a pencil, allowing to draw more from the shoulder than from the wrist. It makes it easier to draw boldly, with more confidence, and it just creates a better “flow” to my drawings. It’s also possible to draw and shade using the same tool. Priceless.

I hope you enjoy it.

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grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - STRAIGHT against CURVESThis principle really helps to create shapes and characters with “points of interest”. The straights move the eye towards the areas of curves, bumps and details. I mostly focused on the silhouettes of the shapes/characters, but the same principles should also be applied to shapes and volumes inside the main shape/volume.Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - STRAIGHT against CURVES

This principle really helps to create shapes and characters with “points of interest”. The straights move the eye towards the areas of curves, bumps and details. I mostly focused on the silhouettes of the shapes/characters, but the same principles should also be applied to shapes and volumes inside the main shape/volume.

Norm