National Graphic Novel Writing Month
June 2014

peaceofseoul:

Faces- Basics

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miyuli:

Hand practice! My lecturer said my hands look all the same so I tried to put in some character. It’s hard! Will try to simplify more next.
(You’re welcome to use these for reference)

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grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - FOLDS

More on folds today. I will eventually cover all types of folds but today is about simple folds on everyday clothes (t-shirt, jeans). The key is to know what to expect and then applying what you know to simplify what you see in front of you (when life drawing). A lot of the folds dynamics on shirts and jeans come from the “memory” of the fabric itself. Denim is thick and is likely to keep some form of wrinkles or folds around certain areas (knees). A lot of zig-zag patterns around the knee is very likely. When pushed down on the feet, the denim fabric will bunch up and combine with the zig-zag pattern. Shirts and t-shirts will react to the twist and pull of the arms and torso. Identify where the pull (or tension) is coming from and work from it. I tend to draw the seams because they clearly express the volumes underneath.

Norm

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conceptcookie:

Exercise 26: Shading Gems Results
Check out the results of our Shading Gems exercise here along with the explanation to create your own HERE!

For digital painting/concept art tips and trick, check out Concept Cookie! (They have a subscription plan on their main website, but it looks like there are still plenty of free resources there)

zemael:

I don’t really think I’m that good at anatomy (or females) but this is quite a popular request so… I’m making a tutorial, and this is the part to show you what NOT to do with your fellow humans. More coming… eventually.

I suck at breast variations, but I try; see this page for awesome references: x

Correcting some of the common, ahem, *liberties* comic artists take with female bodies.

bigfatbug:

hi everybody, recently i’ve been seeing a lot of people around the internet talking about experiencing drawing related pain
it feels like the right time to publicly recommend this extremely informative and well-researched minicomic by kriota willberg. i carry a copy with me everywhere and tell friends about it all the time because it is super helpful and has helped me unlearn some bad drawing habits and learn plenty of healthy new ones!
in 60 pages it covers
drawing positions that lessen stress on your muscles
a wide variety of easy exercises (and sample routines)
small lifestyle changes you can make to keep healthy
and when to tell if prevention isn’t enough and you need to see a doctor
you can buy it HERE and HERE. it’s very thorough, the author knows a lot about muscles and the body as well as about the specifics of drawing and it really shows. even if you haven’t experienced drawing pain yet, integrating this stuff into your routine is a good way to start taking preventative measures
stay safe and healthy everyone!

It looks like you can also buy this book directly from the author and at a handful of comic stores. Remember to take care as you create!

bigfatbug:

hi everybody, recently i’ve been seeing a lot of people around the internet talking about experiencing drawing related pain

it feels like the right time to publicly recommend this extremely informative and well-researched minicomic by kriota willberg. i carry a copy with me everywhere and tell friends about it all the time because it is super helpful and has helped me unlearn some bad drawing habits and learn plenty of healthy new ones!

in 60 pages it covers

  • drawing positions that lessen stress on your muscles
  • a wide variety of easy exercises (and sample routines)
  • small lifestyle changes you can make to keep healthy
  • and when to tell if prevention isn’t enough and you need to see a doctor

you can buy it HERE and HERE. it’s very thorough, the author knows a lot about muscles and the body as well as about the specifics of drawing and it really shows. even if you haven’t experienced drawing pain yet, integrating this stuff into your routine is a good way to start taking preventative measures

stay safe and healthy everyone!

It looks like you can also buy this book directly from the author and at a handful of comic stores. Remember to take care as you create!

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amyreeder:

Here’s the penciling/inking process of the cover!

First, I can never draw the same thing well twice, and I plan better small, so I take that little thumbnail you saw earlier and I blow it up to the size I want to draw it at, and tape it to the board, and lightbox the image.

I do this in chunks instead penciling it all and inking it all…I find I can go way more complex that way, and it’s cleaner, and it gives me less of a headache because I can concentrate on one thing at a time.

This was a tough image to draw, mostly because I was drawing a bunch of famous buildings and it’s always hard to figure out how to get to that level of it being recognizable, without going overboard.

And in this particular drawing, I wanted the buildings to seem like depictions and to feel very flat. These days that’s really hard for me to do, because I’ve gone so many years trying to train myself not to do that.

But here, it’s supposed to be an illustration within an illustration…the buildings are like the sun’s rays, but more a depiction of the sun’s rays, much like either art deco or a really religious painting.

I’m learning that it’s a good way to go, to draw lots of little windows by just drawing stripes one way, and then going over it with a white gel pen the other way. This time I was crunched for time, so I did the white stripes digitally.

Tomorrow: colors!

katikut:

You guys often ask me how I paint my BGs. I sometimes use this technique (this is funny because I also use it to make hair haha!) This person is a genius tu explain easily how to make this nice BG. Enjoy, and check the entire channel!

I don’t encourage people to work with a mouse, but you are many to ask “how to draw with a mouse?” (seriously guys, buy a wacom you won’t regret it! :D You’ll ask yourself how you did all these years without one) and this tutorial actually works for mouse users. :)

A pretty simple way to make a nice looking background in photoshop.

msadagal:

THE WAY I COLOR the lazy style :v

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Hey everyone! So it is July 1st (Happy Canada Day to my northern neighbors!) which means if you were participating in Nagranowrimo in June we are technically done with the month long challenge. Hopefully many of you were able to make some headway on your projects, even just starting is a big step! For others that weren’t able to get far, hopefully the posts in the last month were useful and/or inspiring.

So what is next? If you would like to share your Nagranowrimo stuff with the world, upload and tag it “nagranowrimo” for those tracking the tag to see. You are also welcome to send links to these posts and I’ll reblog them here. I will continue to reblog tutorials, useful links and word of wisdom/inspiration, and I always welcome requests for resources you would like to see.

I also welcome input on when the next Nagranowrimo session should be. If we wanted to have another one this year, I’d be open to October, otherwise I think we should aim for early-ish next year.

In the meantime if you would like to get a little graphic novel “independent study” in, I recommend Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden which is set up like a course book. Another book to maybe check out is Drawing Comics Lab by Robyn Chapman which has 52 comic-making related exercises. But most importantly keep up on your drawing and try to get into the habit of drawing every day!