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Practice Sketching: Experiment!

No, I haven’t forgotten about my tutorials. My dog chewed the tip of the power cord that plugs into my camera. No camera, no tutorials. I ordered another cord but it didn’t get to me in time to film this week’s video. I publish “how to” videos every Thursday on my You Tube channel.┬áSo what do you do when you have a deadline to meet and no power cord? Use older footage of course! Luckily, I record many things at once and then edit them later.

I found this footage of a character I was experimenting with for my best friend’s comic. Why experiment? For several reasons. First, changing reference material slightly is a safe way to change the look and mood of an artwork before you commit. Nothing is more frustrating than creating a drawing and then realizing, once it’s finished, that the pose is off, or you could have changed this or that. I like to use reference material so I can look at the anatomy and shading accurately but then change it and make the drawing my own.

I also like to practice with reference material because you can experiment with the shading. Try lighting from the left and then from the right. Change it up! In the video I’m practicing my foreshortening to make the arms and legs look as though they are coming forward.

Check out this crazy footage. Actually, a YouTube channel is more difficult than it might seem. Don’t mind the mistakes in editing and filming, I’m getting better as time goes on, remember this was last year!


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Foreshortening!

I’ve been making videos about sketching and supplies but I couldn’t decide what my subject would be for my main tutorial videos. Then it hit me! Foreshortening. I’m going to do a series about foreshortening to make your comic book pages really pop. I know that when I first started drawing, my figures were very block-ish. It wasn’t until I really embraced foreshortening that my characters began to look more natural.

My first body part will be the hands. Hands are so expressive. I think they are a close second to they eyes as far as conveying mood and atmosphere. I’m thinking maybe a 4 or 5 part series. Anyway, stay tuned!