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I'm trying to get back into the swing of drawing after almost eight or so years of being out of practice. Random scribbly work in progress, which has turned into young!Nate/Moira:




Working with a picture as a loose reference and more than likely Waterhouse later on for a dress. Pretend they're sitting around being all snuggly in the middle of a field or something. :)

As of now, I've discovered these things I need to work on. I'll probably find out a lot more things to practice once I get further along:

* Hands. OMG, practice hands. I'm stuck between giving everyone either sausage fingers or mittens.
* Facial features.
* Porportion
* getting my hands to stop shaking while trying to draw with a tablet and stylus. This is bugging me more than anything else.

I'm using a piece of bristol board on top of my tablet as a drawing surface, and it seems to be working a lot better than drawing straight on the tablet itself or using a piece of thinner paper. I've always been more comfortable working on bristol board anyway, so maybe that has something to do with it. Using Corel Painter X as my paint program.

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annikainen
Aug. 29th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Which tablet do you have? I also found out after a month or so of struggling with slippery surface and shaky hands that a paper helps a lot - I didn't even consider bristol board 'cause I thought it might be too thick. Might give it a try :)
iceprincessd
Aug. 29th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
I've got an Intuos 3 tablet from Wacom. I tried sketchpad paper, but I was afraid that the rougher texture would wear out my pen nibs faster. Haven't tried regular printing/typing paper yet, but the bristol board seems to work well.

Still playing around with my paint program's drawing options. So far, I'm stuck on using the cover pencil in black for drawing and I'm adding color with the airbrush while blending everything with the 'just add water' blending stub option.

Shaky hands are still a bit of a problem - I'm thinking that it's all User Error though :\
annikainen
Aug. 30th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Ooh updated version! I like what you did with the colour thar - I've never really managed to grasp how to get the colour behave like that. o_O
I have no idea how corel painter works. In photoshop, I like to play around with the brush tool and its properties. I usually make a slightly oval and slanted brush with 100% flow (isn't it weird how 100% = 0?) for inking and then use the same brush with more flow and bigger size for adding flat colour surfaces, then airbrushes for shades and highlights. And just about anything else for special effects :D Your style seems organic and working, too, though. :D

Shaky hands - dunno how to fix that. It's annoying. In Finland we call it the coffee cup syndrome - I've had it since I was a kid and I rarely drink coffee so it's probably not really about that :D But it gets easier to cope with it in time. In the meantime... just support your arm somewhere :D I just had to take to wearing a woollen legwarmer around my elbow because it was starting to suffer XD What do you mean I draw too much?

I have a Bamboo fun touch&pen, though it quickly turned out I don't need the touch function for anything... but I wanted one with 1024 pressure levels :D And intuos seemed a bit too expensive for my budget. I don't know how it is with the intuos series, or the older models in general, but in these new ones the pen tip wears out REALLY fast. I changed the nib three weeks ago and it's already clearly worn. The first I used for three months and changed when it had nearly worn out completely. o_O The paper didn't make much difference, since the drawing surface is textured = eats nibs like sten eats cookies.

The paper I'm using is a regular office paper, seems to work - though I'm used to drawing on that irl. Who doesn't prefer bristol board, though :D I really have to give it a try once I finish the next page. Might help with my colouring.
iceprincessd
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
I've had Painter for a few years now, but I've never really played around with it. I'm trying to work with different layers so that I keep the original lineart (the working document has like a billion layers on it with names like "Nate's hair" and "Moira's face", but once I get everything the way that I want it, I'm going to go ahead and merge a couple of layers until I get everything down to just one.)

I really like the airbrush tool - I've never used it before and I'm finding that combined with the blending option is giving me a more painterly outcome that I really like. I'm wondering how it'll do with skintones, because I've been doing a technique of putting down a layer of either green, blue, or yellow at a low opacity first, then building thin layers of color like you would for oil paintings. It's time consuming, so maybe the airbrush will speed things up. It's worth a try, at least. :)

My nibs haven't really worn out much. I think I've changed tips at least once since I've gotten it, and my tablet is about two or three years old, if not older. Then again, I rarely use it, so that might be the case there.

The arm support thing is probably my problem. I'm doing all of my drawing crosslegged on top of my bed with the tablet propped up on my laptop's keyboard. I might need to invest in one of those inexpensive lap table thingies just so I can prop my arm on something while I draw.
annikainen
Aug. 31st, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Airbrushes rule :D

two or three years old would do the trick - I think they updated their drawing surface in the new models a year ago or so, in the old models the nib wearing too fast isn't a problem at all (though apparently it then is rather slippery, which I found a problem even on the texturised surface). Then again, I draw a LOT. Not just the comics but other stuff too - well, you've seen my scraps, I take it. I don't even publish everything XD

Made any progress with this? Would be interested to see :)
iceprincessd
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
I was working on some more coloring/adding folds in clothing when my computer decided to go "This program has stopped working, please wait while we close it down."

Yeah, I hate the fact that there was no emergency reboot/save. :| Oh well, I'll chalk that up to a practice run.

Thanks for adding me on DevArt!
annikainen
Sep. 1st, 2010 10:17 am (UTC)
Awww that sucks! I save every now and then just because of that, even though my computer is very stable. But you never know what happens :P

Np, I actually wasn't sure (and am still not) whether I'd added you before or not, I sort of thought that I had... :D It's a bit confusing these days. :D
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