I didn't start making studies until just some years ago, and that I regret. You won't stumble upon the right lines with guesses and wild scribbling. Using reference will only get you so far. In order to be loose and fast you need to be able to draw without having to think about the general construction of things (such as basic anatomy). This way you can concentrate on the actual design and detailing.


Construct your drawings/paintings. Don't march around with the pen doing detail by detail. Always check the general proportions and don't get caught by details too early. Place marks where the important features are. These well be like landmarks you align after.


Try to learn one thing at a time. You can't learn juggling while also practicing 400m hurdles. If you want to learn how to handle the medium/tool, try making studies of easy stuff like fruits. If you want to learn human faces, use a medium you know so you won't have to struggle with that as well. If there's several things you can't handle then you won't see what it is you're doing wrong. Quantity is also important. I wouldn't recommend making anatomy studies with tedious woodcarving tools for example.


Lineart - Pencil studies doesn't have to be more than a few quick pencil thumbnails on a paper. I spend a few hours on studies when I do them, and I put about 10-30 on each sheet (A4). I only do a couple of studies a month, but I certainly notice improvement each time. Just imagine what would happen if you did them several times a week for years.

線描の練習 - 鉛筆で練習するときには,紙の上にさっといくつか素描をするだけでもいい.私が鉛筆で練習するときは,A4の紙に10個から30個くらいの素描をするのに数時間くらい費やす.私は月に数回しかこの練習をしないけれど,毎回確実に上達しているのを感じる.想像してみてほしい.もしあなたが1週間に数回,同じ練習を繰り返したら,1年後にはどうなっているだろう?

1 - 2 - Some older study sheets made from a comic (poses) and photos (faces).

Painted - When I do digital studies I use Photoshop and mostly a picture from the net. I duplicate the window and clear the new one. Then I start placing the larger color masses on their approximate positions. After that I gradually increase the details and value/color accuracy as good as I can. When it looks close to the original, at a distance or with the eyes squinted, it's finished. I always work with the largest possible brush allowed to render a given detail. I don't color pick from the original, but I do keep the windows in the same size so I can see if I misplace anything. If you want to increase the difficulty (and reward) you can always try to draw in in a window with different size, and mirrored, or paint something from still life.

塗りの練習 - 私がデジタルで練習をするときには,フォトショップと,ほとんどの場合ネット上の写真を使ってする.(写真の)ウィンドウを複製して,新しいやつをクリアする.それから,大体同じような位置に大きめに色の塊を置いていく.その後,徐々にディテールを増やしつつ,出来る限り明度や色の精密さを上げていく.遠くから見たり,目を細めたりして見て,オリジナルの写真に近いように見えたら,出来上がり.私はいつも,ディテールを書き込める大きさのうちで,できるだけ一番太いブラシを使ってやっている.オリジナルの写真からカラーピッカーで色を取ってくることもしないが,2つのウィンドウを同じサイズで表示するようにして,ミスした部分がどこか,見比べればわかるようにしている.難易度を上げたい(もっと上達したい)場合は,違うサイズのウィンドウに描くようにするとか,左右逆に描くとか,写真ではなくて実物を見て描くようにすればいい.

Statue study: 1 | 2 - First one is OC (Open Canvas), second is PS (PhotoShop).
人物の練習:1つ目はOpen Canvasで,2つ目はPhotoShopで描いたもの.
1a -> 1b | 2 - Here I tried to be as economical as possible. Second one isn't a study but an example of a cleanup, which isn't necessary for studies.
1 | 2 - These are made from reference. I took the liberty to add some line art and style.
1 - One of my first studies.

This page is translated from the original text. Original author is Arne Niklas Jansson - 2005 & 2007.

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  • 校閲しました -- aki426 (2008-10-23 20:10:30)



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