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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 brain.
  3. 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'.