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Tip 2: Swiped Material

I know I’ve talked about reference before, but I wanted to reiterate: It’s okay to stop a movie and draw the gestures. I once was yelled at by an student artist who was adamantly against using reference material, but I have never heard of one professional who didn’t.

If I was going to use any of these poses I would certainly doctor them up a bit more to make them uniquely mine—one of the things I like to do is to push the scene forward and try to imagine what it would look like if the character(s) continued in their current movements a little into the future—it helps me focus on the structure rather than relying simply on what my eyes are seeing.

But there’s nothing wrong with “swiping” or simply lifting an identical image for your own study. I find that if I’m having a difficult time with a completely unrelated pose, say of a man doing yoga, drawing out ten men of similar body types from my unrelated reference material will help me clear that hurdle. All I need sometimes is that one push to remind me of proportions or bone/muscle placement.

Also, for digital artists, I’d advocate warming up in this way with a tablet. For some reason, drawing easy gestures from reference with a tablet forces my hand to use the correct pressure—something I struggle with in my real work if I don’t warm up.

— 1 year ago
#tip  #sketch  #swiped  #doodle 
Day 17: A doodle

I fell in love with Cozicant's character Death from her short animatic Death's Messenger. Her variation of this Grimm story (link) was really cute. In her version, death is a little boy in a hooded night gown with a bad attitude and more than his share of arrogance.

The original story is that the character of Death fights with a giant who beats him up and leaves him for dead. He is then helped by a boy. I misheard the story. I thought the boy protects death from the giant. I said it would be more fun if it was a girl because little boys with a lot of bravado tend to get flustered and embarrassed at being saved by a girl. It could turn into a funnier story than the original Grimm one where Death isn’t even the main character. The Adventures of Death. I would read a webcomic like that.

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#death  #grimm  #animation  #characters  #doodles  #sketch  #challenge  #day 17 
Day 15: March 19-Draw Over A Picture.

Submitted by Hannah Viera

Medium: Digital

"8 minutes I will never get back. I don’t see the point of this exercise."

— 2 years ago
#day 15  #sketch  #submission  #sample  #sketch 
Day 14: March 18—Redraw a Comic Character

Submission by Hannah Viera

Medium: Digital

"X-23 in a more indie comic style"

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
#submission  #sample  #day 14  #sketch  #doodle  #x-23  #comic  #character 
Day 12: March 16—Facebook Friend

Submitted by Hannah Viera

Medium: Red Col-Erase Pencil

"Jace"

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#Submission  #sketch  #doodle  #sample  #day 12  #friend 
Day 11: March 15—Place

Submitted by Hannah Viera

Medium: Blue Col-Erase Pencil

"Sorry. All you get today is mall thumbnails."

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#Submission  #day 11  #sketch  #doodle  #sample 
Day 10: March 14—Food

Submitted by Hannah Viera

Medium: Digital

"Apple"

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
#submission  #doodle  #sketch  #sample  #apple  #food  #day 10 
Day 9: March 13—Animal

Submitted by Hannah Viera

Medium: Digital

"A Mongoose"

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
#sketch  #doodle  #sample  #submission 
Day 8: March 12—Object

Submitted by Hannah Viera

Medium: Charcoal

"My Father went to Singapore and brought me back a signature stamp with my name carved into it. This is the ink pad that came with it."

— 2 years ago
#submission  #sketch  #sketch challenge  #doodle