Thursday, June 28, 2007

Episode 203 - Defining and constructing in space

Oops. Ran out of time. Next episode: a demo of drawing a room with some furniture in it!


bill g. said...

Great airplane, however something was off in this episode. I don't know, your drawing also seems quirkier and more hasty, like you are in a hurry or something. Perhaps this is the case.

Also, I think that drawing a plane oute of nowhere is a bit too much for a 3rd episode, you do some stuff on that part that hasn't yet been explained, for example how is perspective affect the view.

I really liked how the lessons proceeded gradually in the first series you made, you explained field of view, perspective and then went on to full drawings. Perhaps you could keep the current style and look of the episodes, but use the pacing of knowledge from your first attempt, it was better organised then. Your efforts are great though, keep up the good work!

Mark Chong said...

bill >> Yeah, it's a lot harder when I narrate as I draw. I'm also not as obsessed with making every line perfect as I used to be because I care more about the overall shape of the plane. The problem with demos is that nobody can see into my head hear my inner chatter or tell where my eyeballs are pointing so all of this stuff I do naturally needs explanation.

A plane, car, tank, gun, tree, room with furniture -- they all use the same skills -- and much of my perspective stuff is seen and felt rather than decided. I see the page as a space now, just as when I look into a photograph and can see things off in the distance. I've had to train myself to see into the page with as little information as possible. I have to hang onto that feeling -- like balancing a bicycle.

Your own feeling of depth and perspective that you use in real life is better than any perspective lessons I can give. When I walk down the street I train myself not to stare at any particular road sign or detail, but try and determine what I can see out of my peripheral vision -- try to get a sense of all the space around me. I've trained myself to 'disengage' the part of me that wants to focus on an individual subject and pay attention to the relative positions of everything else.

I do the same thing when I look at a photo, and now when I look at a few dots and lines I can 'get into' the page with little effort. It doesn't take a million years -- you just need to know that feeling of 'getting into' a drawing just as you can 'get into' a photo.

So maybe I'll explain all this in the next episode, where I draw a room.

fauSt said...

Great lessons, thx a lot.
DVD is a good idea too)

Taylor Fowler said...

What software/program do you use for your drawings in season 2?
I really enjoyed the lessons!!!