Archive for February, 2012

Shooting Reference – Hot Toys Truetype Figure

Posted on 2012/02/28 at 11:38pm by daarken 18 Comments
Shooting Reference – Hot Toys Truetype Figure

Do you ever have problems with lighting? Sometimes it can be hard to take photo reference if you don’t have any models handy. Shooting reference of yourself with good lighting can be a pain, but there are some solutions. Today Daarken will talk about using Hot Toys Truetype figure to shoot some realistic reference. Hot…

Figure Drawing in Perspective – Using Head Measurements

Posted on 2012/02/23 at 11:56pm by daarken 18 Comments
Figure Drawing in Perspective – Using Head Measurements

After the previous video talking about head measurements some people were wondering how to draw figures in perspective while still maintaining those same head measurements. In this video Daarken will show you two ways to draw a figure in perspective that uses the 8 head figure. Beware, these are really horrible drawings but you get…

Slate Shortcut Tools – PaintDock

Posted on 2012/02/21 at 10:41pm by daarken 44 Comments
Slate Shortcut Tools – PaintDock

One of the disadvantages of working on a slate is the lack of a keyboard and screen real estate. Sure you could use an onboard keyboard, but that takes up a lot of valuable screen space. You could always use a USB or bluetooth keyboard, but that sort of defeats the purpose of a small,…

Anatomy Resources – Building Your Mental Library

Posted on 2012/02/16 at 3:44pm by daarken 27 Comments
Anatomy Resources – Building Your Mental Library

Anatomy is a very vast and complex subject, so how do you go about learning everything? Resources such as websites and books are a gerat way to begin learning about anatomy and building up your mental library. Building your mental library through observation and practice is key to being able to draw and paint successfully…

Anatomy 101 – Basic Proportions

Posted on 2012/02/15 at 8:54am by daarken 16 Comments
Anatomy 101 – Basic Proportions

Basic proportions are very important to keep in mind when drawing or painting from imagination. Learning basic proportions and actually applying it to your imaginative work can be tough, but with practice it will come more naturally. In this tutorial Daarken shows you some of the basic proportions of the human figure from the front…

Asus EP121 Vs. Fujitsu ST5112

Posted on 2012/02/10 at 1:03am by daarken 84 Comments
Asus EP121 Vs. Fujitsu ST5112

Most of you are probably familiar with the Fujitsu ST5112 by now. Even though the Fujitsu ST5112 is a great computer, it is no longer in production and is a fairly old computer now since it was originally released in 2006. The only way to buy one now is to find a used one through…

The Human Form – Action Lines, Balance, Rhythm

Posted on 2012/02/08 at 12:32am by daarken 20 Comments
The Human Form – Action Lines, Balance, Rhythm

Painting the human form is one of the most challenging aspects of illustration. Before going into the basic proportions and how to render the form, Daarken talks about some important things to remember when drawing the figure. Action lines, balance, and rhythm are all elements that are important for creating interesting and believable figures.

Still Life – Painting Glass

Posted on 2012/02/03 at 12:48am by daarken 10 Comments
Still Life – Painting Glass

In this video Daarken goes through the process of painting glass from a photo ref. This painting took about 30 minutes to paint. Homework – Paint a transparent object, simple! Post your painting in the forum Still Life – Painting Glass.

Ellipses in Perspective, Again

Posted on 2012/02/01 at 12:15am by daarken 3 Comments
Ellipses in Perspective, Again

Ellipses in perspective again, yay! In the previous video I forgot the crucial step of finding the midpoint of the square first before dividing the sides. At some angles it looks like you can divide the sides in half, but at other angles you can’t do that, so you have to find the midpoint first….