Fortnightly Blog #8 (6/6/22 - 19/6/22)
The last 2 weeks has been nothing but new stuff as not only I continue to practice but also continue to read art books more consistently and bought CSP via summer sale. Let expand more into it below.
I'm confident that I have fully watched the whole video on facial anatomy and could practice without rewatching key parts of video again.
I still feel kinda weak on the eyes but I could now do the past challenging parts which are the nose and ears. To continue with practice, I also try some shading, albeit looks kinda basic and not much blending between layers.
(Ignore the orange pencil drawing as it's pre-done by somebody else in the image)
Thinking about my goals, I feel like I should be good to finally start of perspective while practising and improving on facial anatomy. Ideally, I would like to stop drawing on reference image and try to visualise it in my mind.
The doodle is going strong as I continue to produce 5 doodles per week. I have changed in 2 ways:
- Try to exaggerate the pose. Find the main essence of the gesture and push it to the limit.
- Weekend not necessary for TD doodles as I will be doing art throughout the whole day any way.
With those in my mindset, this will continue as usual.
I started to set up a habit of reading art books, not for visual purpose but rather a look into the mental mindset of artist, in particular Disney animator.
I borrowed a book called "Drawn to Life" from Walt Stanchfield which shows all lecture notes from Disney classes.
Each page is random and shouldn't be read in order so I read page which particularly troubled me at random time. So I read about why gesture drawing isn't easy and the foundation of first impression. I will break it down in points.
Gesture Drawing ain't easy
Drawing process is similar to driving a car (which I do a lot)
- First Impression (Art) = Destination? (Car)
- Observe before you draw (Art) = Observe the next part of road before doing (Car)
- We have a list of prerequisites before we draw every line (e.g. check current shading looks good). Initially troubling, it will eventually become second nature.
Important to keep your first impression throughout the whole drawing - don't replace, reinforce it with new observation.
- Switch and analyse between different modes
- Colour, Light/Dark, Mass, 3D Perspective
- RHS of your brain shows the first impression, the LHS will eventually comes with detail requirement
- If LHS is shouting to you to add detail (e.g. bump), make a new observation to refresh the first impression.
I aim to read around 2 notes/pages per day which should take around 30 mins.
CSP - Clip Studio Pro
I heard from a lot of artists, in particular from Discord and YT, that CSP is near Photoshop level for digital arts. Thanks to the summer sale with 40% off, I took a punt and decide to buy it to replace my Sai 2 usage.
To my surprise, I don't need to relearn a lot as it combines both Photoshop layout (which I'm familiar with) and Sai 2 brush control and setting (albeit more complicated). Only trouble I have is the express key setting on my tablet but it should be good once I get used to it.
So yeah, can't wait to continue using CSP!
Outlook towards the next 2 weeks
A lot of events occurred in those 2 weeks. Using CSP means some adjustment times but eventually, I will be able to continue studying. In summary, my aim of next 2 weeks are:
- Get used to Clip Studio Pro
- Continue on facial anatomy practice
- Continue on shading and blending practice
- Have a look at perspective in T2.