joshcolon asked you:
First off, I love this blog, it has helped me SO much. On to the question: My nude figure drawing is pretty decent. Always more to learn, but I can do it. I am having problems going to the next step in drawing fully clothed figures and designing armor. I can draw nude figures from my imagination mostly convincing but I cant make the jump. So how do I apply what i’ve learned from figure drawing to doing complete character drawings? How do I learn folds and Armor ect. from imagination?
Yaaaaay folds!! I am so glad my tumblr could be help to anyone. It really makes me blush and smile for days knowing I could help fellow artists on their learning journeys.
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Okay I fixed it to where if you save the images it’ll be at the original size I hotlinked them as but it won’t show up on tumblr that size for some reason no matter how much coding hoop jumping I go through. Seems tumblr has a fixed width which makes sense for Ipad browsing.
If you save the images you’ll be fine they won’t be super tiny. If you do Save Page As and save the page it’ll dump all the images into a folder and you can grab everything from there easy peasy lemon squeezy!
felt like doing a tutorial thingy (what should I call these??) again! I think I’ll make a tag for these in case I do more. This time I’m gonna talk a little about how angles affect how clothing falls aaaand stuff. here we go…
Given: The first drawing of these three is how the clothing naturally wants to fall, how it is made to be shaped. Or, whichever pose you could take that will give the garment the least amount of creases.
- I’ll actually talk about the green first; this is a representation of the hip box, which itself is a representation/simplification of your whole pelvis area. You see how your legs and hip box oppose angles here. in almost all poses except standing straight, your hip box and legs will create a bent angle, which affects how clothes fall.
- The red/blue is the skirt (obvs), the red specifically is the ellipses of the top and bottom openings of the skirt. This skirt is very stiff material for the sake of this example, so notice how the two ellipses always match eachother. the top ellipse is where the skirt is actually attached to the body, so it’s the boss; the bottom ellipse will more or less do exactly what the top one does.
- here’s where the fact that the legs and hip box are at different angles becomes important. The top of the skirt is attached to the hip box, but the bottom ellipse is in the realm of the legs. The orange lampshade shape diagram there is a simplification of this. It is very much like if you were to tilt a lampshade. The side you are bending towards will hug the body and create creases. The side you are bending away from will fall off the body in a straight line.
It even works with pants, though as the bottom ellipse(s) gets farther away from the top there’s more room for the garment to get distorted by gravity, perspective, and bent knees and such. But with this last example you can really see how the side touching the legs really hugs the body underneath, whereas the other side hangs off of it in a straighter, crease-less line.
Dresses are a little different because their top ellipse is attached to your torso/ribcage mass rather than the hip box.
Much of the time you get the same result as with a skirt. However if the hip box and ribcage mass are opposed sideways rather than forward or backward, it becomes a little tougher:
You can see in the third drawing how a shirt and a skirt together would fall in opposite ways if your body is bent sideways. If the shirt is long, just like I mentioned above about the long pants, there is more distortion of this effect.
I’ll take what I said above, “The side you are bending away from will fall off the body in a straight line”, and add a bit to the end: “… until it hits something.” In the fourth drawing above, the garment is falling off the body in a straight line on the right side. If you lengthen the garment:
The straight side continues down as normal until it hits the leg and becomes the body-hugging side. in response to that, the body-hugging side from farther up becomes the straight side when it falls off the hip.
Aaand with that I think I’ll stop lol. I hope that wasn’t hard to understand. It’s easy to do yourself, just wear a skirt or some loose pajama pants and take hula poses in the mirror lol.
For all of you who have been longing for ME to make a tutorial about clothes, I truly recommend you to read this post. Since it covers the area in clothing that many other tutorials never mention, clothing is more than just “drawing folds and wrinkles”, it’s about knowing how the design and the behavior of our bodies affect it.
Read this. Please. It’s so easy explained.
Get on my blog, useful information.
A.K.A. “Pato is autistic and shows off his massive collection of saved links”
Have a seat, get a cup of coffee and sit through this. Hopefully you won’t regret it. This is mostly about illustration, by the way.
FREQUENTLY ASKED BULLSHIT
- “WHICH TABLET SHOULD I BUY?”
Get the cheapest shit available. If you’re in America/Europe a Wacom Bamboowhatever apparently does the trick. If you’re anywhere else get the cheaper-end Genius ones because Wacom tablets are expensive in every place that’s not the first world. Getting a $600 tablet will not make you magically improve and it’s a goddamn waste of money. Too poor for tablets? Start with a damn pencil.
- “POORFAG HERE, CAN’T AFFORD PHOTOSHOP/SAI, WHAT THE FUCK DO I DO?”
This is the Internet, pirate the shit out of them!Here’s a list of freeware programs you could use, because pirating is bad, mkay.
For general illustration:
- GIMP - Non-shitty, open-source Photoshop Clone.
- Paint.NET - If you are somehow too dumb for Photoshop clones here’s something easy to use.
- Flowpaint - Even simpler.
- Inkscape - Apparently good for things like vector art.
- Artweaver - Get the free version which kind of sucks but otherwise decent.
- Chibipaint -
Sounds weeaboo as fuckThe best thing out there for oekaki, or so they say.
- Will add more as I find them.
For 3D modelling and such:
- Sculptris - 3D sculpting for dummies
More links coming SOON! (Soon: Duke Nukem Forever).
- “I’M TOO MUCH OF A FAILURE I WILL NEVER IMPROVE”
Spoilers: Improvement will take a long time, specially more if you’re self-taught. Improvement requires dedication and consistenct in your learning. Don’t expect to get great if you’ve just started, and don’t expect greatness in the first year or so either. Save the shit you draw so in the future you can notice that progress has indeed been made.
If you still think you’ll never improve just look at this and realize how wrong you are. Now, if you think you’ll instantly be as cool as that guy, look at this and realize that you still have a long way to go.
- “I HAVE ARTIST’S BLOCK WHAT DO”
Artist’s Block is a very complicated thing but the underlying reason is either lack of creativity, acedia or just a towering pile of bullshit. The best way to treat it is to take up theoretical drawing (anatomy studies, for example) and treat it as a chore. If you need ideas look for the Ideas Generators section below.
NOW, ONTO THE ACTUAL LIST THING.
All links taken without permission but I’m sure nobody minds a bit of publicity.
- /ic/’s Recopilation - A 4.2GB books torrent. FUCKING GET IT. (The torrent description also has a list for more books, check those out too)
- Another comprehensive torrent - This one is over 5GB. It’s literally considered the Holy Grail and you should also get this if you can.
- Conceptart’s Recopilation - More art books.
- Why can’t I, hold all these books? - ~75 more books yo.
- LOOMIS LOOMIS LOOMIS LOOMIS
- The New Drawing on The Right Side of the Brain - A must have in artsyfartsyfaggy circles. It’s also in the torrents.
- Burne Hogarth’s Dynamic Anatomy - Pretty sure it’s in the torrents but I know somebody will ask for it separately.
- Eliot Goldfinger’s Human Anatomy For Artists - Another well-known book about anatomy.
- MORE BOOKS JESUS CHRIST WHERE ARE THEY COMING FROM
- OKAY THESE ARE THE LAST BOOKS I’LL LINK I SWEAR
This is actually more than enough to get you started when it comes to getting books. Saying that the amount of books here is FUCKING MASSIVE would be an understatement.
A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO GESTURE DRAWING
- The Drawing Script - Selects from a database random images of animals, people, scenery, faces, etc.
- Figure & Gesture Drawing Tool - Read above.
- Posemaniacs - Poses IN ASTONISHING 3D MOFOS. Apparently criticized for not showing correct muscle movement, but otherwise okay for static stuff.
- Keep this in mind while gesture drawing.
Simple practice method for the aimless artfag: Open any of the first two links, and choose a distinct category (For example, faces). Tell it to switch every 10 minutes if possible; else, get a timer. Fire it up and start drawing what you see. The idea is that you should stop after 10 minutes and move onto the next one, no matter how incomplete it is. Repeat until your art gets showcased in the Louvre.
COLOR THEORY AND MISCELLANEOUS COLORING FOR THE MASSES
- Mandatory Conceptart.com link about Color Theory - These guys are so awesome I can’t even begin to explain.
- The Dimensions of Colour - Light, shade, and COLORS explained in a non-horrible yet convoluted way.
- Light and Color by Itchy Animation - Perhaps not as convoluted as the one above. Still decent.
- How I see color - Not mine, obviously. A quite lengthy dA tutorial in Flash.
- Example dA way on coloring - Needs some knowledge about Photoshop.
- Coloring Tutorial@dA - Read above, this one is much more comprehensive and pretty.
- Color is Value - Handy as a tips reference, not much else really.
- Celshading for weeaboos by weeaboos - COMIC SAAAAAAAANS
- And yet another Coloring Tutorial!
- Color Scheme picker - If you’re too dumb to pick colors this does the job.
ANATOMY AND GENERAL HUMAN BODY STUFF
- Drawing the Head - Ron Lemen at (obviously!) Conceptart.com.
- HANDS HANDS HANDS at Posemaniac - FUCKING HANDS HOW DO THEY WORK
- Dragon Paint Art Tutorials: Human Body - A quick, yet extremely incomplete nosedive into drawing the body.
- The Big Guide into Drawing the Body - A technical kick in the balls, yet comprehensive enough.
- Basic pose and construction in Figure Drawing - Conceptualizes the shape of the body from stickfigures to 3D shapes and then holy dongs it’s a human body.
- Kitten-chan’s Body Tutorial - Don’t let the name fool you.
- Understanding Anatomy - The “Anatomy for Dummies” of deviantArt. Must see.
- I’ve got to Hand it to you - Great hand tutorial based on the concept of drawing organic figures out of 3D shapes.
- How do I drawed hair lol - Hardly complete or good, but decent as a quick guide.
- Why can’t I hold all these Conceptart.com threads - Great to test waters in the wonders of perspective.
- Perspective and Composition - dA tutorials, dA tutorials errywhere.
- Perspective by Sashas - THE TUTORIALS WILL NEVER STOP THE TUTORIALS WILL NEVER STOP
- /hr/@4chan - High resolution images. We’re all grownups here, so you shouldn’t worry about tits.
- Photo Reference for Comic Artists - Self-explanatory.
- Senshistock@dA - A deviantArt account just for the sake of uploading references for the glorious proletariat.
- Tasastock@dA - Pretty much the same as above.
- Metlys@dA - Ditto.
- Tursiart@dA - Ditto, more oriented at medieval stuff.
- /ic/’s reference collection - Recopilaception.
- Artsyposes - POSES POSES POSES
- Lackadaisy’s Expressions - Cats or no cats, this is extremely handy.
- Lockstock@dA - Nude references and shit.
- Nude pics errwhere
LOOSE BUNCH OF VARIOUS CRAP
- /ic/ Thread 1 - Collection of tutorial images.
- /ic/ Thread 2 - Humongous thread with a crapload of links. A must-see.
- Manga to Realistic (dA) - A Twelve-Part walkthrough that dips your toes into realistic illustrations aimed at people with a weeaboo background.
GENERAL ART WEBSITES AND TUTORIALS
- /ic/’s Resource Site - To be honest most of the stuff in here was taken from this place, but there’s also a pile full of more useful things there so check it out too.
- Iconnucrit’s Resources - Down at the time of this writing, but decent from what I remember.
- How to Draw 123 - Too much information doesn’t hurt I guess.
- Oh Conceptart you card - So many tutorials!
- Improvement Center @ dA - Gallery of things that will help you… well, improve.
- Tutorial House @ dA - Read above.
- Stanislav Prokopenko’s Tutorials - Guy’s an instructor or something.
- The Penciling Tutorial - A quite famous tutorial on “how do I penciled lol”
- Lineart by Sashas - This guy is bloody famous or something.
- How to Speedpaint - I don’t quite agree with this but it seems to work for others.
TEXTURES, BRUSHES AND ALL THAT JAZZ
- CG Textures - Massive collection of free textures. Also tutorials.
- Conceptart.com - These guys are fucking sweet.
- DeviantArt - Well, think about it. It is an art community after all.
If you want me to add something, please notify me through my /ask. Be sure to check back often as I’ll be adding more things.