Group run through creative environment design week 1 art and feedback

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    @Aleksey Thanks!

  • @Braden-Hallett

    Question: Now when you drew the silhouette of this castle gate did you concern yourself with perspective measurements or did it rough and when you moved to the sketch faze 2 you worked on the accuracy part?

    Also scrolling through these are so cool and well done everyone! I will post mine here once I complete week 1 which may push into nest week. Oh well.

  • SVS OG

    I like doing organic things better than buildings and have a terrible time imagining anything without reference but I tried to make myself do these without any reference. I wish I had the imaginatiion some of you have!
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  • @Heather-Boyd said in Group run through creative environment design week 1 art and feedback:

    Question: Now when you drew the silhouette of this castle gate did you concern yourself with perspective measurements or did it rough and when you moved to the sketch faze 2 you worked on the accuracy part?

    I kept perspective in mind making the thumbnail, but I didn't bother with horizon lines or vanishing points. At the thumbnail stage it's a lot easier to just make it 'look right'.

    Since the thumbnail looked right, I didn't bother measuring anything during the sketch phase either. I kind of used the lines I though looked right as anchor points then tried to stay true to them as best I could.

    Seems to work for me πŸ™‚

  • @demotlj I'm really liking some of those building silhouettes! Lots of neat bridges, gates and towers πŸ™‚

  • Exercise 3, this time I had more fun drawing.
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  • @MichaelaH I see a couple of airships on there!

  • @Braden-Hallett Yeah, than I did well, if You can see them 😁

  • @ErinCortese I really like them. I don't mind that they are 'rigid', they look good.

    Maybe you need to make a mental shift?
    Whenever I feel I can't get anything on the page or create work that is too stiff, I realize I care too much about the end result.

    This forum is where we give feedback and to be honest when I saw what was already posted, I felt my work sucked. I was very hesitant to participate. Then, I shifted my way of thinking and said to myself "post it anyway, get feedback, get better".

    You also mention that you don't have any mental references to pull from. That's fine. That is what Pinterest is for 😁
    What I've noticed looking at your trees is that the trunk is always straight. I was looking for references today and realized that does not always have to be the case. It's these little things that I look for.

  • @JerrySketchyArt I like the Mars Habitats, they mostly follow the 3/5 rule. Some of them can still be divided in half, I'm not sure if that is what you are going for.

    I can give the same comment for the trees, but there I feel the 3/5 rule is missing for most of them.

    To be honest I think the tree exercise is harder than the houses. It's the 'symbol thing' Jake talks about in the class. Our brain just wants a tree to look a certain way. (I haven't posted my trees yet, because I want to redo them if I find the time. I made the same mistake ☺ )

  • @demotlj Nice work. These look good. The buildings are interesting especially if you don't like drawing them. πŸ‘πŸ»

  • @MichaelaH Nice!!! I have so many favorites πŸ˜…

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    Here is my second attempt at the thumbnails, I managed to loosen up. It really does seem counterintuitive though, I had to fight the urge to draw familiar structures, through all of them.

    Thank you @Braden-Hallett @JerrySketchyArt, brilliant advice to just put a mark on the page or draw some random shapes, it really worked for me!

  • @ErinCortese Nice! Just wingin' shapes and lines around can really help to shake out of a design rut πŸ™‚

    I'm seeing a lot of nice thirds goin' on!

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    Here is my Exercise 4. I was drawn to this thumbnail because it is outside what I would usually do...loose and not overly structural. I am finding that I feel more relaxed working on things that are more stylized and less structural, but it still feels strange.


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  • @murielle I was going for a mix of "boring" and "interesting" in those thumbnails. They mention in the class that sometimes you want boring, and since I often need to make background elements that blend in the boring stuff is important for me too.

    I don't disagree on the trees. I probably could have made more of those interesting. I tend to try and make my distinctions on the vertical shapes for those. I think the problem is that trees tend to be pretty evenly distributed (at least horizontally) in real life.

    I went for a walk after reading your comment and took a good look at all of the trees. Noticed that they are amazingly symmetrical in general. Pretty much all of the asymmetrical ones I spotted were forced that way by cutting. I guess being different would be what makes those one's interesting though. πŸ™‚

  • SVS OG

    @JerrySketchyArt Do you live in a residential area? I think it’s true that trees in a residential area will be more symmetrical whereas in a woods, they are rarely symmetrical because of crowding and wind damage. I took these pictures on a walk down my road lined by State forest. Even the trees in the open have damage from winds. Thinking about this is helpful because the shape of the trees in a drawing then could help signal the setting. 0F507884-FB5A-478E-9311-CF44C47F29D8.jpeg B9F73D75-E46B-4400-9915-3E5F4281135B.jpeg F31101D8-EA3E-4129-B7BB-DCA0BF1BD584.jpeg

  • Remember ladies and gents that the intention of this course is not necessarily to design things that are real (though that's fine πŸ™‚ ) it's to design things that look good.

  • Also (watching Jake's exaples in the 'reference' video at about 50 minutes) a great way to make sure that you keep the awesome silhouette for your building/tree is to take the black silhouette, resize it (and lower the opacity) then draw overtop of it on a new layer. I've found that if I don't do that I tend to de-exaggerate my silhouette.

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