Time for treasure!

Working through chapter 5 gives you the chance to hollow out your solid cubes and start creating realistic objects. Other that briefly with the multiple spheres in chapter three this is the first time I’ve felt that I was ‘actually’ drawing. The treasure chest in the middle of the page was …

Hip to be square

Straight edges make a triumphant return in Lesson 4! Who doesn’t like drawing a good cube? Personally I would have liked to start the book with cubes, but I concede that being able to produce 3d spheres gives you a higher feeling of accomplishment, so I can understand their coming first. …

Hollow spheres

Here’s me working on making my spheres hollow.  I had a fairly busy weekend and didn’t move on to working on the different textures suggested in lesson 3. Honestly looking ahead I know I’ll be able to move on to different textures soon enough, so it’s not a bother for …

Many Spheres – Handle it!

Lesson three is a longer chapter (14 pages) with a lot of fun details provided about texture, light-placement for 3d cut-outs, and light v size v perspective. In the chapter introduction Kistler also introduces a few pieces of an artists toolkit including the delightfully named ‘stomp’ (or ‘stump’) which you …

Perspective

Working with perspective sees us revisiting the friendly orbs. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to feel messy and artistic today with lots of blending suggested to create that distinctive 3d effect caused by light falling across a shape. I inadvertently began working on lesson two’s content half-way through lesson one. …

The oncoming storm

The most wonderful thing about my home is the ever-changing canvas I see from my lounge room windows. Three hours ago there was a pure blue sky and the house was flooded with sunlight. Now I’m watching a storm flow out towards Moreton Bay. I always used cityscapes as my …

Spheres and light

Much the same as one of the first lessons in animation is usually squash and stretch with a ball, we begin the 30 day drawing program with a sphere. You’ll walk away today with a collection of 3d-looking friendly little blobs on your page. Spheres are a forgiving shape, all …

The ‘to be read’ pile…

I’ve always been a reader. Not a little bit of a reader either, growing up my dad had to screw together bookcases in my bedroom until an entire wall was covered in shelves. Being sent to my room where I could crack open a novel wasn’t really punishment. Consuming knowledge …