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Avoiding Tangents: 9 Visual Blunders Every Artist Should Watch Out For

Avoiding Tangents: 9 Visual Blunders Every Artist Should Watch Out For
Have you ever been caught off-guard by a visual tangent in your art? The word tangent usually just indicates that two things are touching, but in art the term describes shapes that touch in a way that is visually bothersome. When creating a composition, there are so many different things to juggle that it’s easy to miss even the obvious flaws—and that’s when tangents sneak in. Most tangents can easily be avoided, however, as long as you know what to look for during the early stages of the piece. 1. When a shape completely covers any corner of the artwork, it visually isolates that corner from the rest of the painting. Solution: Find another way to crop the image or soften the edge of the object so that the tangent is not so distracting. 2. When a symmetrical shape is cut in half by the edge of the painting it creates an uncomfortable, chopped-off feeling for the viewer. Solution: Bring the entire shape inside the picture plane or crop the image somewhere other than the halfway point. 3. 4.

I want a tribe, too. PSG Art tutorial Foreword I believe there is logic behind why a picture works or not. I also believe that humans are meat machines, and that one day computers will be able to emulate humans and what we do. Since logic can be formulated into rules, guidelines and theories, these can be shared. I will attempt to do so here. Note that I have just empirically deduced the theories I present here, and that I'm a highly fallible meat machine. Many rules also play against each other and may cancel each other out, or become invalidated because of a stylistic approach . The far most useful critique I can give developing artist is: Practice. Updates 2012 May02: Clarified stuff in the Terminology section. Table of contents Licence This tutorial is, in its current form, free to translate and 'mirror' in that form. Because I may be updating it and new versions are generally better, I'd rather not have it mirrored too much. I guess this licence comes pretty close: Terminology (Upd. 2012) Seeing (Upd. 2012) Light stuff Exposure

CAE'S COLOUR TUTORIAL - everything is going to be daijobu David Chelsea - Perspective for Comic Book Artists You're reading a free preview. Pages 4 to 6 are not shown in this preview. You're reading a free preview. You're reading a free preview. You're reading a free preview. You're reading a free preview. Drawing Realistic Hair with Pencil Part One » OnlyPencil Drawing Tutorials This will be an introduction on how i draw hair and the tools that i use. I will split this tutorial into sections because i want you to have time to practice and for you to understand the technique. In this tutorial i will explain how understanding hair and fur will help in developing realistic textures and hair. Like ive mentioned before drawing hair/fur is not about actually drawing each and every hair. Something else that you will notice is that hair is not all pointing in the same direction. So how do i draw hair. Negative Drawing is a big part of drawing hair and i recommend that you first understand what im talking about before going on. The tools that use are a pen with no ink and a pen with a needle inserted on the tip. Ok, you now have your pen and your needle, now were ready to test it out. Now take the pen and do the same but this time cross hatch them. Remember i mentioned that hair clumps up. Look at the image below and draw it using what i just showed you.

Building Harmonious Color » Building Harmonious Color By Howard Lyon - Last updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 30 Comments “One more step, Mr. Hands,” said I, “and I’ll blow your brains out!” by N.C. I struggled early in my career with the application of color. The reality was that I had no clue how to put a palette together for a painting. I do feel I have come a long way in my understanding of color, but I also know that it is something that will provide a deep and satisfying challenge for the rest of my life. Cymon and Iphigenia by Lord Frederick Leighton Creating Harmony Let’s start with a color wheel. The color of the light in your scene limits the colors in the spectrum available for you to paint with. The image above is simulating a scene as if you placed a 50% red filter over your eyes, or as if your scene were lit with light the color of the circle in the middle of the color wheel. Look at how the red light has limited the colors. Below is a more extreme version, with the red light at 90%. – see fig. 2a

TOOLS I USE for Graphite Pencil Drawing ~ tips and techniques Click any item for a full description of its uses and properties Clutch/drafting pencils or lead holders Stylus for indenting / incising Graphite leads for clutch pencils Progresso solid graphite pencil Wood-cased graphite pencil Stump and Tortillon for blending Soft art erasers in holders Soft art eraser Blu-Tack used as eraser Sharpener for clutch pencils Sharpener for wood-cased pencils and eraser cores Colour Shaper Brushes... Never brush eraser crumbs or dust off your drawing using your hand. Pencils... Almost since the day I started drawing in earnest, over 20 years ago, I have eschewed the use of conventional, cedar-cased pencils. These mechanical pencils (known to me as Clutch pencils but also known as Drafting pencils or Lead Holders) remain a known constant at all times. Progresso pencils Progresso pencils are solid sticks of graphite and very versatile tools. Wood-cased pencils Graphite leads... Staedtler 2mm diameter leads are available in tubes of 2 and packs of 12. Sharpeners...

Photoshop Layers Essential Power Shortcuts Written by Steve Patterson. When it comes to getting the most out of Photoshop with the least amount of effort, there’s two things you absolutely need to know – how to use layers and how to get around inside Photoshop using keyboard shortcuts. We’ve combined the two and rounded up the essential shortcuts for working with layers! Learning these power shortcuts will not only increase your productivity, they’ll also boost your confidence as you take a giant leap forward on the road to Photoshop mastery! Adobe made several major changes to the Layers palette in Photoshop CS2, so while many of these shortcuts work with any recent version of Photoshop, I’ve noted the cases where the shortcut only works with a specific version of the program (i.e. Open And Close The Layers Palette To open the Layers palette if it isn’t already open on your screen, press the F7 key at the top of your keyboard. Press “F7″ to open and close the Layers palette. Create A New Layer Scroll Through The Layers