By Om1kron 49 Comments
What are things that you catch yourself doing when you draw that you wish you could change. I don't necessarily mean your style or your execution. More like how clean your work area is, what materials you use and wish you used instead, paper, posture while drawing, etc.
For me when I first started drawing heavily is when I was in school. I would always pretend like I was writing notes in class laid back while trying to draw. The paper was kind of at a A angle.
So when I drew pictures it looked proportionate to me leaning back, but when I stood the picture up everything had like the opposite foreshortening and all of the proportions on the characters were off.
It's like something I couldn't stop doing for the longest time.
Also when I used to crosshatch everything and it's mom, I never really blended the crosshatching in any way, and when I tried to it looked like a mess.
I eventually was shown by a senior colleague how to do crosshatching properly and that helped a lot. But stopped using it so much because I noticed digital coloring was doing all of the work for sub par artists in the comic books I collected. (Travis Charest and Greg Capullo however still drew how they drew which is why I love them.)
Basically on the left I was hatching but I was doing the strokes from all different directions and one thing that helped was to do the strokes starting from the darkest part and letting up towards the lighter part. And controlling my pen pressure. The second I picked up from Travis Charest as I saw it more in his art was the curved strokes to diversify the shape of my lines. Last but not least where you really need to make it dark you just make long lines.
(assume these are going upwards and overlapping each other)
and just darken the smallest set of lines and you will have the result on the right.
Here's a quick example (using a pen and printer paper. gah)
The most recent vice of mine which I haven't been able to shake in the last 19 years of drawing is I SQUINT while drawing. Like I have to turn my assassins creed eagle eye on to draw pictures or something. and while this does nothing much but enforce that I will have wrinkles on my face. It also makes my vision VERY blurry when I try to look at anything else besides the drawing.
I really need to stop doing this, but I get so caught up in my work and have this intense vision that I only notice I'm doing it when my face starts to hurt.
So I've shared a few things that I catch myself doing I wish I didn't do or improved upon. What are your vices when it comes to drawing and what would you like to try and do to break the habit or learn something new?