This installment includes everything from black and white painting, cg cinematography, capturing the story of a pose, painting skin and more so let's not waste any more time and get stuck into my resources, thoughts, 'aha moments' and announcements from this past week.
Video - Grissailee Painting
This is a great little video of Stephen Bauman on Grisaille painting which is a style of painting that is usually done in black and white or neutrals.
The cool thing about this style of painting, is that you can transition the Grisaille version into a fully finished coloured piece.
It's what I'm trying to get better at in digital, so I thought it'd be a good idea to get familiar with it in traditional as well.
I really love Stephens command of value, definitely worth a watch
Video - Skin painting
This is a great new video by Sinix on painting skin.
I love the way Sinix adds colour variety into his skin tones which makes this video a must watch!
Reel - Tiling example
This is a beautiful example of how you'd go about the 'tiling' technique in oil paints.
I find It amazing how blocks of colours layed next to each other can all of a sudden begin to create an image, it's like a magic trick!
A quick one, but worth a watch.
Website - CG Cinematography
Just found out about this absolute gold mine of a website today! Shout out to Juelz1996 for giving me the heads up.
This site is a library of everything that Chris Brejon knows about lighting, computer graphics and cinematography.
All of which are so applicable to getting better as a 2D artist as well.
This is a resource I'm going to have fun mining!
Online Tool - Virtual Lighting Studio
Of the back of perusing Chris Brejon's website (mentioned above) I came across this tool that he mentioned to play around with different lighting scenarios in your browser. It's a cool little tool and worth checking out for sure!
Book Snippet - Walt Stanchfield's Drawn To Life
For those that aren't familiar with this book, it's a collection of lectures from long-time Disney animator Walt Stanchfield.
Walt helped breathe life into the golden age of animation, and this book is a staple for me that I keep coming back to time and time again.
A couple of take aways from this weeks readings...
p 195 (on learning)
- The learning process should be fun
- Walt considers a person who's not ahamed to seek help to be wise
The first point resonates with me 100%, and the second is an interesting one.
In recent years, I've been more deliberate about having a beginners mind set about learning new skills/techniques and I'll actively seek out the answers instead of just being frustrated that I can't do the thing and give up (which is what I used to be prone to doing).
p 196 (on capturing story in a drawing)
- "Draw ideas, not things; action, not poses; gestures, not anatomical structures"
This is a great reminder when first trying to capture a figure (whether live or with reference) that you should leave the structure till later, because without the gesture/story, the drawing has no life!
Something I need to be reminded of over and over again because I love getting into drawing the structure of things.
Thinking about starting a Patreon and need your help
Along side the release of the secret project I've been working on for the last couple of months, I'm thinking about starting a Patreon.
Now...If I were to do that, I'd love to hear what you'd like to get out of the subscription OR what you like or dislike about Patreon's you're appart of / have been apart of in the past.
Anything I put out, I want it to be as valuable as possible, so hearing your thoughts about it would be awesome!
That's all from me for this week!
As always... stay consistent, use reference, have fun with it and remember, it's only pixels baybee!
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