Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Crash Course in Creating Art

Here's another crash course for you! These techniques will take time to master, but the basics of them should give you some of the basics you need to get going with creating your dummies. If you want to buy books for this I'd suggest buying an Ed Emberly drawing book (orange is one of my favorites, but they are all good. Also that one is out of print, so more expensive.) Ed Emberley shows you how to use simple shapes to draw absolutely anything! The other book would be a Cartooning book. One of the most important part of a cartooning book would be drawing emotions, so if you can't pick up a cartooning book look up "cartoon emotions" in your search engine.

Everything you see here took less than 10 minutes to do. It's pretty basic. I'll try to explain in detail how I created each one. It may take a bit of work to get good at these, but I've tried to put together techniques that are fairly easy to pick up!

Ink Painting

Supplies I Used: Mixed Media Paper, India Ink, Paintbrush and a Micron Pen.

Before finishing the inking I stopped myself so you can see parts
of the image before I finished.
I didn't really draw much on this picture. I started by putting a few drops (that's really all you need) of ink into a small container (a clean yogurt cup would work for this). The darkest areas were created by dripping ink onto the paper. I mixed a tiny bit of water into the ink and put a few big brushstrokes down. I then got a new brush with water and dripped that onto my paper to make the lighter areas. Most of the light areas were created by adding water on top of my ink. I took a Micron ink pen and outlined the whole drawing. I added a head for the figure on the right. Most of the images were just traced.


The Good: It's pretty easy to manipulate the ink. The water makes it easy to get different levels of shading. Great for making organic backgrounds

The Bad: Ink is really hard to control. You can lighten it if you are fast enough, but you can't erase. It may be hard to create a consistent character with this technique. It's a bit more expensive for the supplies.



Torn Paper

Supplies Needed: Black and White Construction Paper, Micron Pen, White colored pencil, Elmers Glue,  A hard surface (such as cardboard) to prevent curling of the paper.

As you can see the paper I used is wrinkled, but for instructional purposes this is good! You can see why it's best to not to glue your images onto paper. I just tore up a couple sheets of construction paper to create these images below. This is more about imagination and arranging the images creatively. You may find it easier to use several colors of construction paper rather than just black and white. I tore these freehand. You can also fold the paper first and use a ruler to make straighter edges.


The Good: These don't take a long time to create. Tearing up the paper only took a few seconds. It's a lot of fun putting the images together. Very cheap to make your initial images. (Will want to make sure you have acid free construction paper for color images).

The Bad: Again, it may be hard to create a character or characters that you can repeat over and over again in your images. A breeze may send your pieces flying. Small pieces are difficult to work with.

Cut Paper 

Supplies needed: Colored paper (Construction Paper works),  Glue (Elmer's), Pen (optional), Cardboard (optional), Mixed Media Paper/Construction paper (on which to glue your pieces), Scissors or exacto knife (or both), Cutting mat (if using knife)

Draw a bunch of shapes on paper and cut them out. Circles, squares, triangles, ovals, ect are all great. Also cut some organic pieces so you can play around with your looks.

 All of this paper was left over from when I made some monster greeting cards. I even had a character that was all glued together and now has nowhere to go. I made cardboard patterns of all my characters so I could easily remake them again. It's best to use an exacto knife to cut on cardboard.

The Good: It's easy to create characters that can be repeated throughout your work. The paper is easy to manipulate and place.

The Bad: It can be a bit tough getting these from the draft stage to the final stage because you have to glue things down in the end. Small pieces can be hard to work with, and a breeze can easily ruin a lot of hard work. (Take pictures with a camera if this is a constant problem).

Drawing With Shapes

Supplies needed: paper (copy or sketch) and pencil.

So many of you say you can't draw but I'm sure most of you can draw basic shapes. If you can, try using different shapes to create a character. In the drawing I used basic shapes to create all these images. In some places I separated the shapes so you could see which ones I used. You could literally do your entire book using different shape people. You do not have to be able to draw a straight line to create these images. Most illustrators can't draw a perfectly straight line even with a ruler (I can't).

The Good: This is by far the most versatile and inexpensive. Can be used with any of the above techniques.

The Bad: it may be difficult for some to draw this way.

So how did I do? I'm sorry that I didn't have time to show you each of the steps. There are a lot of tutorials on these on the internet so if you are having trouble you may want to look there. If you have any questions please let me know!



1 comment:

  1. I like to play with lots of techniques, but I always gravitate back to cut paper. It's funny how sometimes your hands and brain just know what to do with certain materials.

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