Friday, January 29, 2010

5 5 minute sketches, chicken scratch style!*sarcasm*

Hey everyone! Here are my quick thumbnails, i did them on the wacom tablet, for the extra practice and feel for digital drawing, there fore their a little sloppy. Excuse the first 4, I had no idea how to fix my wacom's calibration system, so my room mate helped me install the driver, but other than that, i tend to struggle with thumb nails and composition, any exercises to recommend besides this one? I would like to tackle this weakness before sophomore year! Thanks!


Kali Ciesemier said...

Hey Lexi, I'm glad you're exploring value with some of these--it'd be great if you could push that more in the future--focusing on shadows/values/shapes often helps you see better what's going on in a scene and helps you compose it. (using charcoal or a softer brush would help, so you don't have to deal with tiny lines)
It's good that you want to practice with thumbnails and composition--idea/concept is the most important part of a piece, but composition is the 2nd, and EVERYTHING else comes after that. :) It looks like most of your compositions here are pretty central-based around a single object. It would probably help to pull out your focus so we see more of the room, that way you have more elements to work with. Figure out a focus for your compositions--what do you want us to look at, what's the most important part? It's easy to put your focus in the middle--but more interesting to crop it off-center somewhere, and use composition to lead your eye to it. Diagonal lines create movement, lots of horizontal and vertical make things feel static and less interesting. Triangles are a strong compositional shape. Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People" is a commonly used example of a great triangular composition. Look at some of your favorite artists and study what they do in their compositions! Then keep practicing!

Lexi M. Damico said...

ok thanks Kali! I'll have to do some research :-) and practice