Bricabrach's Art Thread Oct 31, 2015 12:04:05 GMT -5
Post by bricabrach on Oct 31, 2015 12:04:05 GMT -5
The Ninth Code of Dinotopia reminds us to, Exercise Imagination. There's no better way to enjoy putting this into practice than to sketch up scenes that could not even exist today (at least, not yet...). The fun part is, you don't have to be an artist. Neither need we call our creations "art", for not doing so buys us precious freedom. Nor are expensive materials necessary -- a pencil, a good eraser, and some paper will get you started. And if you're on this forum, obviously you have access to a laptop or similar device. You can do a lot with it, while its Eraser tool and Undo button are your friends!
Far from Extinct, or, And they call an old computer a dinosaur... With thanks to cptstarlight and Rosa .
That could be me above. If I tried to be an artist, it would redefine, "starving artist." Rather than encourage you my reader to go ahead and try your hand at sketching a little Dinotopian fan art, I'll point you to a real source of encouragement: Mr. Gurney himself. Go to www.dinotopia.com, click on About, then FAQ, and read most of the way down (sorry there's no direct link).
If you're using pencil, see my review of "Draw-A-Saurus" for some ideas. I did my early work, including the drawing above, with MS Paint. Unless both your imagination and your sense of proportion are much better than mine, likely you'd want to start with a reference photo. As described in the thread here, a dinosaur "photo" is inevitably another artist's work -- thus we need to acknowledge this as well limit how much we take from it. For this demo I'm using a brachiosaur image from dinosaurios.org. You could also use a toy dinosaur for your reference! Of course we're free to make changes within the realm of plausibility. For example, I've got the brach's tail folded around instead of straight back, to save space.
Being rather timid at this whole thing I start sketching with single-pixel wide lines in 25% grey. MS Paint's pencil tool makes rather fat lines even at its thin setting, so I combine short line segments instead. You can move and alter them before fixing them in place, another advantage. One thing I've learned is how nature abhors a straight line. Thus, the segments are ever changing direction, forming compound curves. Also, animal and human figures need bumps in their skins to acknowledge the muscles underneath.
With these thin grey lines, the result so far appears nearly invisible -- to show you below, I saved a copy and darkened it with a photo editor:
There's nothing like a brach! But what's a brachiosaur to do without trees? As before, the nearly invisible lines have been darkened for this image.