Will you be making a design tutorial?
A. I hope to some time in the near future, just outlining a
few basics about graphics and design.
Will you be making a CGing tutorial?
A. Yes. Currently I'm working on an airbrush tut, but I might
make one on anime cel style later. Should be up soon.
What happened to the previous scanning tutorials?
A. They were replace with newer, better ones! I thought it
was time for an update, since the example pic I used wasn't really
typical of my work plus the actual written content was getting a little
old and needed refreshing. The old ones can be found: HERE.
How do I draw [.....]?
A. If there's something you're having trouble with like buildings,
people, animals etc, the best thing to do is find magazines, books
and reference material from the web. If you've never drawn a cat for
example, I'd recommend copying out a few pictures of cats, so you
get used to exactly how cats look and move, then try drawing your
own cat picture based on previous doodles. The more you practice any
single object, the easier it is to draw it again next time.
I simply CAN'T draw! What can I do?
A. Drawing at a high standard takes a lot of time, patience
and hard work. I know right now you want to be able to go away, stick
a pencil to paper and create a master piece, but unfortuanetly it's
not that easy. If you're really dedicated and determined to be good,
try practising every day. Vary what you draw so you don't get bored.
Draw from life. Don't be scared to draw something, even if you think
it'll turn out bad - A lot of the time pictures only turn out bad
if there wasn't enough though behind what you wanted to achieve in
the first place. I'd advise keeping all your old work, so after a
year or two, you can look back at it and see how far you've come.
Are there any good books that teach how to draw?
A. There are many good and not so good books avaliable. If
you're interested in learning to draw manga and anime style, there's
plenty of "How to Draw Manga" books about to get you started.
Of course I'll recommend "The Art of Drawing Manga by
Ben Krefta"! Seriously tho, it's a good quality production printed
on decent paper and in full colour. Plus I imagine since you're reading
this, you're probably a fan of my work anyway, so go get it! It's
worth getting a life drawing/ anatomy book or two; names such as "Bridgman"
and "Hogarth" are known to be the best. Remember practice is a much
better way to improve rather than reading how a pro does it.
How long should I spend on a picture?
A. It varies depending on the size, detail and your general
drawing speed. Don't be scared to work on a drawing for more than
an hour. If you want to progress, take time to make sure everything
looks real, if you're adding a background, don't rush it. The longest
I've ever spent on a pencil drawing has been a good 20 hours solid.
If you're doing manga or comic sequential pages, but prepared to spend
anything from 3 - 12 hours pencilling alone. Be patient with your
picture. If you're getting sick of drawing, leave it for a while and
come back later.
Where should I start when drawing people?
A. Almost always with the eyes - since they're the center of
the face, it's a good starting block to build around. Then I'll draw
the other facial features, followed buy the head, then go from there,
usually working my way down. I like to draw out roughs for my work
too, then retrace them via light box, so as far as that's concerned
I'll draw the whole outline to begin with, but again, then start building
up detail from the eyes. Sometimes I like to very lightlydraw a round
circle for the head as my starting point and it's always a good idea
to draw in masses very lightly and sketchy just to experiment with
the shape and when you're happy with the lightly skeched lines, go
over them a little harder.