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THE DIGITAL DREAM WEEK TWO

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The main take away from this week, was

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“TRADITIONAL DRAWING SKILLS ARE KEY.

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Whereas last week was all about getting to grips with the hardware, software and basic keyboard shortcuts … this week was all about traditional drawing skills, and realising how important they are to digital painting.

At least at this early stage

 

digital painting appears to be two main parts

  1. feeling comfortable with the device and software; learning the software skills.
  2. being able to translate what you want to draw, into what you actually draw; learning drawing skills.

 

Even if you mastered, say Photoshop, you’d still need drawing skills. I know it may seem obvious, but I didn’t really think about it like this before. This is cool, because it means you can work traditionally and digitally at the same time :)

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DAY SEVEN

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Hot off the heels of my Chie sketch from week 1, day 7 saw me sketch her best friend Yukiko Amagi. I didn’t know what I was doing half the time, but I was having fun :)

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I continued my daily Digital Gesture Drawing, using QuickPoses.com

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DAY EIGHT

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I played around with a piece of software on day eight, called PureRef. It’s pretty amazing really, it allowed me to have a reference image of Mitsuru from Persona 3 on screen, separate from Photoshop. Hard to explain, but I detail it (also known as fumbling about) a bit in this YouTube video.

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My Favourite Gesture Drawing from Day Eight

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DAY NINE

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This was a fun day. I used photos from The Sartorialist website, to create little sketches, capturing the gesture of the various models / costumes.

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My Favourite Gesture Drawing from Day Nine

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DAY TEN

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This was another fun little exercise from CtrlPaint called The Tiny Study

Like all the exercises so far, this one can be done digitally or traditionally. It’s so much fun, you have to try and match the colours in a reference image without using the eyedropper; much harder than it appears, but so much fun.

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My Favourite Gesture Drawing from Day Ten, I lowered the size of my brush and felt a lot more comfortable. I also had a low flow of 19%, so that I could build up the lines a lot more gently.

This was the first time I felt semi comfortable with the brush tool :)

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DAY ELEVEN

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I enjoy this exercise so much, and feel like I’m learning so much, that I’m going to try and make it a new daily exercise. They take me about 30 minutes, but Matt Kohr, from CtrlPaint.com, who cam up with the exercise says they take him about 5 minutes, so could do a couple of these for fun each day :)

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My Favourite Gesture Drawing from Day Five

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DAY TWELVE

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The final day of week two was all about Perspective, like Marshall Vandruff, Matt Kohr at CtrlPaint has a way of making this complex subject, much easier to understand.

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My Favourite Gesture Drawing from Day Twelve

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Keyboard Shortcuts Learnt This Week

  • CTRL + T • Free Transform Tool
  • RIGHT CLICK WHILE CTRL + T ACTIVE • Flip Layer Horizontally
  • CTRL + [ • Move Layer DOWN the stack
  • CTRL + ] • Move Layer UP the stack

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USEFUL RESOURCES & WEBSITES

  • PURE REF • great piece of software for using reference images
  • LINE-OF-ACTION • great site for gesture drawing (I like that it has animals) – I still prefer QuickPoses.com though :)
  • SCREEN MUSINGS • tons of film screenshots, great for using as reference photos
  • THE SARTORIALIST • fashion website, ideal for fashion gesture drawing :)
  • SKULL SKETCHER V2 • free tool for viewing the skull from any angle, in any light – great for studying/ sketching

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WEEK THREE

Feeling more comfortable with the tablet, pen, and keyboard shortcuts, it was now time to start tackling some more complicated digital painting skills.

Week Three was all about Clipping Masks; so powerful. Find out more in the WEEK THREE BLOG POST

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“Everything about Digital Painting

 

is strictly routed

 

in Traditional Drawing.”

– Matt Kohr • CtrlPaint.com

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Thomas Merton

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