In case you didn’t know it, I’m working on a project with my best friend. He is writing a graphic novel and wants me to illustrate it. I don’t mind and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at sequential art. However, there are some challenges. For example, drawing the same character in different poses, coloring, adding dramatic lighting, etc. I could go on and on about this subject because there are literally hundreds of things to know. Comic book illustration isn’t easy. Anyway, many people want to learn to draw but get stumped. They just don’t know what to do. You are more than welcome to follow me. I’m going to create my own program to improve on my skills and I’ll share my learning.
A little known technique by beginners but widely used by experts is negative shape drawing. Since the positive shape (the figure) and the negative shape (the background) share and edge, you can draw either one. If the positive shape is giving you trouble, switch! Draw the negative shape instead. . . it’s a lot easier.
Woot! Woot! My new video about contour mapping is uploaded to my YouTube channel. I’m going to start with more mainstream videos this weekend but in the meantime, I have some really cool videos about techniques people can use to help with their drawing (versus the old “this is how you make a…”).