HOW DO I DRAW THAT: A guide
What Material do I Need?
Start by studying anatomy, like any lesson, you should have source material that explains definitions and gives examples. Loomis is an example of a free text you can use to refer to while studying. Google will help you with terms, simply googling artistic terms will give you definitions and examples. Other than that, you can use whatever materials are available, pencils, paper, tablets, charcoal, etc.
Lines and Shapes!
By studying lines and basic shapes, you’re starting at the very beginning, but by doing this you come to understand that out of the few basic shapes you can make almost any form. By using lines, varying size and curve, you can turn those shapes into something amazing.
What to start with specifically? Skeletons and Muscle Structure!
Study the skeletal structure piece by piece and as a whole. By understanding what is beneath the surface, you gain a more solid understanding of movement.
Study muscle structure, ligaments, and how everything overlays over the skeletal structure. Being able to draw accurate representations of skeletons and muscles helps you understand how to later represent them in a drawing.
Guidelines and References
Using guidelines and references helps you to learn! But by careful to copy or trace your references. References are there to help you learn HOW a pose or object works. If you studied the basic structure of the object (we’ll use humans here) then you know that the skeletal structure will look like! If you studying muscle structure, you’ll know how to flesh it all out. If you practiced with your lines, you’ll be able to rely what you’re trying to draw without too much trouble!
References will help you! They are your friend, but remember, if you reference something, please credit the reference!
Skin, Clothing, Objects, Backgrounds!!
STUDY STRUCTURE, USE BASIC SHAPES TO BUILD, GET TO KNOW GRAVITY, STUDY LIGHT SOURCES, REMEMBER THE 3D FORM, LOOK AT REAL LIFE, ASK YOUR FRIEND TO POSE OR TAKE A PICTURE OF YOU POSING, TOUCH THINGS AND FEEL THE TEXTURE, SIT OUTSIDE WITH YOUR STUFF AND DOODLE WHAT YOU SEE. STUDY STUDY PRACTICE PRACTICE!!
Look up terms, gather reference material (like textbooks or tuts) learn the basics and work your way up from there. UNDERSTAND why certain colors are used the way there are. Watch your values and STUDY STUDY STUDY PRACTICE!