J-Taylor wrote:Rendering (or what I called "shading" as a child) is icing on the cake. Some people try to use it as a compensational crutch, which actually hinders them. Don't render the form until you can create believable volume with line work alone. Like, don't ice a cake that hasn't been baked yet.
Douglas Graves in Life Drawing in Charcoal wrote:When I discovered seeing and drawing by tonal masses, I realised I had a simple and direct means of organizing a picture[...] The process of assembling a picture with what amounted to threads and sticks now seemed unnatural and time consuming. Why should a drawing be done so peicemeal when it can be executed with free, bold areas of tone put down in their correct juxtaposition? Instead of a slow, tedious building up process(the transition from thin contour lines to to a full tone or color) you should be able to strike in the image just as you see it -providing you can see your subject as masses of tone and color.
J-Taylor wrote:That was a hell of a well-made point.
I'm not unaware of that drawing approach. A drawing professor I had spent, like, one class on it.
The main thing is that this kind of drawing isn't really for animators.
m0n1k3r wrote:generaly, i was wondering if perhaps theres some way that i could get some pointers to NOT do and what to do over this summer. thanks guys! looking forward to more bashings =)
J-Taylor wrote:Well, the formula CalArts itself gives is 80% real people/animals from real life.
The "NOT want cartoons" was for "other schools." Some don't want to see cartoons. Thanks for catching me, monk. I really don't want to mislead anyone with my poorly-considered wording.
If you want to do cartoons (and, really, who doesn't?) go ahead, but you can get in with absolutely no cartoons in your portfolio. As always, short pose life drawing is the focus.
And whats weird is, I'll go months at a time not drawing cartoons, and just doing life drawing and other design things, and then when I come back to cartooning, I'm automatically better, and better in a way I couldn't have gotten if I had just spent the time drawing cartoons. If that makes sense. So that's something interesting.
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