Little Guide To Drawing
The following is a very little guide to drawing, or more
specific my style and technique of drawing. It will not tech you
much about drawing in general, but should give you an insigned
on how I draw.
Shape, Shadow and how to get it look real...
I seldomly paint stuff with much of a vision in my head, its
more a construction thing I do, i.e. I paint a shape, add
shadows and details and tweaking all that a bit until it looks
good. I don't know how it will look before I start, I develop
the look in the process of creating it. Its really just
connecting a few procedures together.
The above picture shows the three basic steps, I don't do them
in that strickt order of course, I go forward and backward
throught that order until it looks good, but these three steps
are basically with what I start.
The first stape is always to get the shape right, to get the
outline in place. For something simple like a stone texture
the outline doesn't have to be any great at all, just
something more or less round will. do.
Second step is to add light shadows and base colors. Having a
good ground to start to paint the details on is important. If
you start with the details before the ground is filled with
color you will always end up with very ugly white gaps in the
final image, so make sure that the base color covers all the
ground. Getting the 3d'ish look is simply a matter of getting
light an shadows right. How does that work? Well, rather
simple once you understood it. Light always comes out of a
single direction (sure you can have more lightsources, but
lets keep it simple), on my images nearly always from the
top/left. Every part of the object that we are painting that
faces the light source gets white, everything that points away
from it gets black. Its kind of like raytracing with your
Once the base is set, you can start to add details, details
arn't much special, they are mostly the same as step two, just
with a smaller brush. As the following two images demonstrate.
To paint the little cracks into the rock you simply start again
with the shape, shadow, detail process. The shape is just a
black line this time, as the third image demonstrates. The light
that gets added is a white line, but it only gets added in those
parts that face the lightsource, i.e. every part of the black
line that faces the lightsource gets a additional small white
strip and the rest stays untouched. The image below shows this
in a 'zoom'.