Group run through creative environment design week 3 art and feedback

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    @Braden-Hallett lol ๐Ÿ˜„ thank you so much but my schedule is jam-packed with school. Iโ€™ll probably try to catch up with you guys in a couple of months. Thanks though.

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    Here is my first one. I know we weren't supposed to get detailed but I am also trying to learn pen and ink so in the interest of time, I used this exercise for both design and pen work. I hope the teacher won't take off too many points for ignoring the rules of the assignment ๐Ÿ™‚

    I'd be interested in critiques, particularly regarding the inking. (One thing I learned is that it's hard to work small when inking -- this is 5x7 and the front is darker than I intended because I couldn't get the lines any finer.)


  • @ErinCortese I think there cute and quaint ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I did it! I found a process that helps me draw better buildings! I broke everything down into stages. I realized that I have to add the stylization and details after my initial sketch. It is the only way that I can visualize it for the time being. Drawing buildings feels very unnatural for me at the moment, so I need to focus on basic structure before anything else. It is a little more time consuming, but worth it! I tried a number of brick styles as well, and came up with two I like. I will probably do this in the future with other details such as doors and windows, etc.


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    @demotlj Very quaint image, I really like the design and layout! As for the inking, my critique would have to be based on whether or not this is a rough sketch. For a rough sketch, it is great - you are communicating the basic shadows and textures, and you have really created a nice tone/feel. If this is meant to be more of a finished piece, then the line work has some issues to be worked out. Inking is tough! The line work can really make or break a piece, so it is important to pay careful attention to things like being consistent with your stroke direction, making clean and deliberate strokes, and overlaying them with precision. Otherwise, it can look a little messy.

  • SVS OG

    @ErinCortese That's really helpful. I don't even know if I was thinking about whether it was a sketch or a finished piece since I was just trying to get it done but that in itself shows I need to think things through more before I start laying down the ink. This was with a dip pen and technical pens are a little easier for me still but I definitely need to practice forethought and do more control work. Thanks.

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    @demotlj I should mention, inking is not my strong suit, but here is a quick video by a professional ink artist that really helped me to understand inking techniques better. There are quite a few close up shots that let you see how the fine details are laid down.

  • @ErinCortese really fantastic!!!!

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    bad pics , but here are two couches and a building (dairy barn and silo)
    I tried in photoshop but the tablet is my nemesis lol

    @Braden-Hallett if you have any crits I am open to anything! And anyone away!

    the dairy barn I actually did on the printout homework page so there are lines there that I can't erase.......two show up pretty is on the roof line below where the "bend" is in the roof and one is a line dropped down from the silo through the barn, can't erase ! I could put it into photoshop and do it but time is of the essence for me today and this was just a sketch for learning ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @Coley love the barn. The roofing in the back corner could poke out a bit more, and the ladder be more to the right on the cylinder, other than that Iโ€™d say you nailed it

  • @Coley Hope you don't mind, I did a little draw over of one of your pictures. You're doing a good job for the most part. I would just suggest maybe going ahead and drawing out a few perspective lines to help you line things up.

    Hope this helps. Also, if you haven't already, I would suggest that you watch the class by Jake Parker about perspective.


  • @Buddy-Skelton I don't mind , thanks so much! I am quite appreciative ๐Ÿ™‚ I started Mastering Perspective course but haven't gotten very far into it, it's on my list to get through! I did struggle with the back of the couch and the arms. I guesstimated the middle of the couch..........I should have known to use the x trick as I did do Will's perspective course. I need a lot more practice and help such as this. Thanks, it is a learning opportunity for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @Aleksey thanks! I think you are right on the roof and the ladder. I appreciate the comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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    My โ€œcouch.โ€ What I learned from this one is that I hate drawing furniture. My characters will have to sit on bean bag chairs.


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    @demotlj Very cool design, and nice crosshatching!

  • @ErinCortese I have no words... okay maybe some... THIS IS SO COOL.

  • @demotlj said in Group run through creative environment design week 3 art and feedback:

    I hate drawing furniture

    I'm so happy you said that. Everyone draws these amazing sofas, yours as well by the way, and my mind goes completely blank.

    I had this idea of drawing a comic where my character lives in this cute tiny house... While doing this exercise I realized that he can't own anything and will probably live on the floor. :smiling_face_with_open_mouth_cold_sweat:

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    @murielle Wow, thank you!

  • @murielle These have all been so inspiring here-and with yours I am now starting to see how they will help you and others make great environments. (It was a head-slapping "dah" kind of realization...)

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    So I also drew a barn and silo as @Coley did (great minds think alike) but mine looked so similar that I decided to try a new one and did this space rocket launch pad. I donโ€™t know if it strains the definition of โ€œbuildingโ€ too far but it was something Iโ€™d never attempted before as is obvious from some obvious structural problems. Iโ€™ve added an overlay of the assignment so you can see that I did at least adhere to the lines.

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