Some thoughts and things; on keeping a small notebooks in an ‘always carry a sketchbook’ - kind of way. Drawing for fun, not so much to study.
You can get blurry backgrounds with pinholes too. It's not bokeh exactly, you average out the movement in a long exposure.
Here is a link to a thread on Flickr that has good information on image. Sharp or not sharp that is the question
is creating the illusion of 3d objects on a flat 2d plane, like a piece of paper. On his youtube channel: Mark Chong has interesting ideas on; How to learn to draw, how to design exercises for yourself and how you develop a feeling for 3d space.
Tip for Photographing your work:
Remember that shadows cast on your paper ruin the optical illusion you are trying to create. This is also why you really shouldn't draw on paper with lines.
Slow down, don't skip steps. Get it right and speed will come with time
Make up your own exercises that show you directly where you make mistakes
Spilt some tea :( Mark, keep your desk clean!
feel like doing them over
but then what's the point of doing this exercise? Making perfect cubes or making mistakes to get a feel for perspective ~ just move on and do better next time
Ebay for Reference images
Find those 'moody' early photographic prints by searching with keywords like 'Albumen print', Silver-based prints', 'Photogravure' + Mountain
Draw plants ~ A tiny mistake here or there? That's not so bad. Portraits are more difficult, we all know what a face should look like and because of this, it's easy to see where you got the proportions wrong. With these complex abstract things it's not so noticeable where your drawing is off.
Things are 3d but paper is flat.
Try to get your drawing to read as if it's an actual thing in 3d space. Remember to find the big shapes first and then use contour lines to show how they sit in 3d space.
Enough lines, let's paint. but what?
perfect! might as well give it a go, try and learn some new things. Other entries here
From ctrl paint's perspective sketch
Sometimes it's faster to guess, start with a loose sketch and then clean up your lines. If you start with a grid or a cube you've established perspective, you know where the camera is.
Books on learning perspective:
Perspective Made Easy by Ernest Ralph Norling. Scott robertson's how to draw (of course). Another favorite is The Theory and Practice of Perspective, by George Adolphus Storey. It's difficult to follow, but you'll find this book goes way more in depth than the more modern sources do. Artists in 1910 did not have 3d animation software to solve their problems, this book is full diagrams showing how to plot perspective by hand.
Software tricks that help you figure out the perspective your image is in.
- Carapace / Using Epic Perspective Grid Generator
- Google gives you nice alternatives to carapace
- Sketchup does something similar with Match Photo
Paint a Photo-Real Streetscape on Location - James Gurney paints a storefront in Phoenicia, New York
Avoid chicken scratch
You yourself know the correct line is in there somewhere but your audience does not. Make a bold statement, don't scribble.
Marks made with a pen are permanent, they will show you your mistakes
- place begin/end dots for every line you draw.
- Judge where you will go.
- 'ghost', practice making your line. (in one direction)
Learn to draw with pens
There is no erase, it forces you to draw slower. Better make sure you get it right
There was a little Aha! moment while drawing insects: Construction, drawing with basic shapes is perspective drawing.