THERE HAS BEEN A CHLORIC GAS LEAK IN A CHEMICAL FAKTORY IN NIEDERKASSEL- IF YOU LIVE THERE OR IN THIS AREA AND HAVE NOT BEEN INFORMED YET: CLOSE YOUR WINDOWSAND DO NOT GO OUTSIDE. CHLORINE GAS IS REALLY DAMAGING FOR YOUR LUNGS AND HEALTH AND CAN BE DEADLY. PLEASE BE SAFE.
First off, you are amazing!!!! I can't wait for Lumberjanes! My question is how do I get better at drawing people? I've done a lot of life drawing before, but I can never get away from just drawing people realistically? I love how you show every gesture in such simple linework, but everytime I do it it just looks like a mess :( It's my New Years resolution to get better at/ do more sketching, it's just a painfully slow process, especially when looking at amazing work like yours! Any tips??
GESTURE DRAWINGS!! Well, life drawing in general, but I personally think gesture drawings are particularly excellent for cartoonists. It teaches you to capture the motion and the flow of a body in just a few quick strokes. These are some of mine from freshman year:
See, nothing fancy. I don’t think any of these were more than a few minutes - in fact I’m pretty sure all of these were 1-minute gestures, but I don’t remember.
These were from nude models, which not everyone has access to, but if you do, take advantage of it! You can also draw friends or strangers in public - I’m fond of drawing strangers as they walk past because you have to capture them so quickly in your drawing. Or you can draw from photos, although I find it harder to get a sense of mass that way.
Basically the only way to get better is to keep drawing people as often as you can. Don’t worry about drawing them in a “style” - that comes later. Your style is just the natural way you make marks on a page and the more you draw, the more you’ll build your own visual vocabulary.
If an artist gets angry and upset because YOU took their artwork and did something to it without permission, or reposted it without credit, then you have absolutely no right to play the victim card.
You took someone else’s hours of hard work and love and slapped some text onto it, without even asking them if that was okay.
It is NOT flattering, it is NOT exciting for an artist to see their work used this way.
And if one more person says that artists should be flattered when people steal their artwork, or manipulate their artwork, or post it without credit, because it means their artwork is good, I am going to burn something down.
It is NOT flattering, it is rude, it is selfish, and you’re an asshole for insisting otherwise.
Furthermore, if you’re big enough of a jerk that you think you have the right to take someone else’s artwork and do anything to it at all without their permission, you lose the right to complain when the artist gets angry or upset.
You’d be pretty pissed if I went into your room and started scribbling on your stuff with marker, so don’t do that shit to someone else.
In January, I will have been blogging with Recovery Tree for one year. It’s grown to nearly 400 followers, and I’d like to see that number increase in 2014.
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There are some possibly triggering questions on there. This blog is mainly about recovering from mental illness, after all, so there are questions about those conditions and related behaviors. But that section is optional, so you can skip it if you need to.
Also…one lucky follower will win a prize (to be determined)! Just enter your Tumblr username at the end of the survey. Make sure your ask box is open. The winner will be announced February 5. (Hopefully by then, I will have figured out what this mystery prize will be.)
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