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fromthewildwolf:

So I see LOADS of 30 day art challenges posted everywhere and the majority of them, to me, are cool and fun, but you don’t really learn anything. 

I wanted to share some of the art fundamentals I’ve learned from being fortunate enough to go to an art school, and make challenges that are designed to TEACH fundamental art skills that you’ll keep forever, rather than just doing something cool and fun for 30 days. 

These are 

– warming up and using your sketch book

– learning to study 

-challenging your design/concepting/creative skills

-learning how to paint/draw different materials

-understanding and getting used to using colour. 

I’m gonna be doing all 5 of these in the next 30 days, and I’ll be done on Halloween! If you wanna follow my progress on these, or do them with me, please follow, I’ll follow back and we can do this thing together ! 

Here’s to self improvement

Yeah, I probably need to do some of these. XD

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as-warm-as-choco:

A master post of Thomas Romain’s art tutorials.

There’s not enough space to post all of them, SO here’s links to everything he has posted (on twitter) so far : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12. 

Now that new semesters have started, I thought people might need these. Enjoy your lessons!

HOGOSH BACKGROUNDS

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nambroth:

draconym:

nambroth:

lovable-hissing-spider:

nambroth:

Get your vulture on today! I did!
For lots more information, ways to help, and general learnings, please see this post: http://nambroth.tumblr.com/post/128338627292/above-cinereous-vulture-portrait-done-in-corel

IT IS INTERNATIONAL VULTURE AWARENESS DAY

I FRIGGIN LOVE VULTURES! THEY SCATTER BONES AND I GET TO REDO THE SKELETON THEY MAKE A PUZZLE FOR ME! PLUS, HAVE YOU DUDES EVER WATCHED A FEW CIRCLE IN ON A DEAD ANIMAL AND WATCHED HOW MAJESTIC THEY ARE? EACH VULTURE IS DIFFERENT AND SPECIAL AND YOU CAN JUST STARE AT THEM FOR HOURS! DAMN, NATURE MADE A BADASS BIRD WHO’S A LOT LESS VIOLENT THAT HAWKS AND THINGS BUT PEOPLE HATE BECAUSE THEY CANT SEE HOW MOTHER TRUCKING BEAUTIFUL THEY ARE!
THIS HAS BEEN AN VERY LOUD PSA

So I sort of love this very loud PSA with all my vulture* heart

*I am not actually a vulture
(goals, man)

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Clearly the calendar gods favor the bearded vulture.

Wow things have really gotten out of hand in the best way with this post. A+

Bearded vultures, yo!

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nicolasrix:

@curdalert, asked me a few weeks ago, 

“How do you approach figure drawing?”

While this isn’t really figure drawing in the traditional sense. This is just me trying to show how I see the human form, how I simplify things for myself to understand enough to move past all the bullshit and difficulty of drawing.

I’m by no means an expert in anatomy. I don’t know all the ins and outs of every damn bone, ligament or muscle. It’s all too much. A lot of this learned from sifting through tutorials and browsing the internet. 

But figure drawing itself in the traditional sense is more about capturing the form. The force and flow of a pose. But I do keep a lot what I’m showing here in mind when I’m drawing from memory. I should however be doing a lot more life drawing, which is like zero at the moment. What I’m showing here can help de-mystify the human form a bit. 

So basically, this little tutorial I threw together is really about these 3 SHAPES and how everything is a mix of those 3 shapes. No magic. No abiding by rules of how many heads fit into a body. It’s all just shapes.

Hope this helps. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please send me more questions and I’ll do my best to answer them :)

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paintaloosa:

a-very-doomy-christmas:

migizi:

aydenburd:

paintaloosa:

All right, here’s my contribution to the art tutorial infographic world, part 1 of 2.  I’ve noticed that even in professional illustration, so often the humans and environments and armor and whatnot is really, really great— correct anatomy, lighting, proportions, like ‘wow this is fantastic WAIT what is up with that HORSE?’

I suspect two things;

First is that I spend 15 hours a day, 365 days a year looking, touching, handling, and just generally being around horses.  

Second is that most people do not.  

Artists have lost touch with their connection to horses as contemporary society has lost touch with them.  Generally, we don’t have that constant presence of horses in our lives that previous generations did, as horses aren’t part of the everyday landscape any more.  They don’t work the fields, they don’t cart the goods, they don’t deliver the mail or transport you to the next town down the road.

However, we still see horses all the time— in movies, books, illustration, ads and logos, we are presented with the image of horses all the time.  So we assume ‘yes, I have seen horses often and I know what they look like.’  Because of our exposure, we as artists don’t always feel like we need to heavily reference the animals as if we were drawing something we don’t see everyday (say, like elephants or giraffes or sea cucumbers).  Our brain just kind of plugs in ‘horse shaped’ and we go with that.

And I suspect that ends up being where a lot of these common mistakes occur.  Dogs are familiar, but we can easily find a dog to draw from live, to see the way the shapes of its face are put together in 3-dimensions.  Cats, humans, birds… if we venture just a little ways outside our studios (or in some cases, inside), we can find live models to study easily.  

You can’t really do that with horses.  They’re a commodity, sequestered away behind fences on private farms and shuttered away in barns.   So few people really get the chance to be up close and have that hands-on experience to really learn how a horse is put together.

So here’s some things, based on my own experience both drawing and working with horses, that might help you if you find yourself needing to draw one for yourself.

The approach I took might be more complicated than absolutely necessary, but I tried to present the subject of ‘how to draw horses’ a little differently than I’ve seen it done before.  I hope someone finds it understandable, and more importantly, helpful!

If you share this, please don’t delete my commentary about it above. Thanks :3

Dem horse butts yo

horsies ;o;

Uh did this guy paint a horse to show us the segments of its head?

Um, no dude, I took photos of (4 different) horses and photoshopped the colored parts over them.

However, there are some great live demos where people do paint the skeletal and muscular structure onto horses to show how the anatomy works while the horse is in motion— they are really great to study in addition to 2-D anatomy and references. Here’s a few good ones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFhkhcBvbEU&sns=em

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK4Kf3Nd8EM&sns=em

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdoMWXbOrQ8&sns=em

:3 happy referencing!