Visual Measuring – Wrench Drawing

Posted on 2011/12/13 at 23:06 by daarken 25 Comments

Now that we have gone over brushes and some of the basics of using Photoshop, we can finally start drawing. Again, starting with the basics is a key part to becoming a professional illustration. Without these building blocks your ability to draw and paint will suffer and quite possibly take you longer to progress as an artist. In this tutorial Daarken goes over drawing a wrench from reference. He talks about visual measuring and how to create a line drawing by comparing different landmarks and shapes within the object.

Wrench ref

25 Comments on "Visual Measuring – Wrench Drawing"

  1. Jackomack · 2011/12/14 at 00:18 · Reply

    The commentary on the teeth of the wrench made me thing of how to draw Trogdor. “Consummate V’s! Consummate!”

    Glad to see the newest tutorial up. Just spent the last hour+ working on my version of the Tea Kettle from awhile back. My skills in photoshop are severely limited, but I feel like they’re already stepping up their game after watching your vids (and snagging your brushes).

    • Jackomack · 2011/12/14 at 07:57 · Reply

      Is there a way to set the default canvas color to something of your own choice (Not white)?

      • daarken
        daarken · 2011/12/14 at 11:06 · Reply

        Good question. When you click file – new, there is an option to set background contents to background color. The only problem is that you have to have your background swatch already set to the color you want in order for it to work. Other than that, I don’t know of a way to change the default color.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/14 at 11:13 · Reply

      Hah, that is great! It is always nice to hear that I am helping people. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Carlos Arthur · 2011/12/14 at 02:55 · Reply

    I learned a lot from this video, and the best part of all, it works well with pencil and paper XD

  3. Judy · 2011/12/14 at 03:59 · Reply

    Wonderful tutorial Daarken, I am going to start with my practice and see how it goes. Thanks a lot!!!

  4. Judy · 2011/12/14 at 04:02 · Reply

    Daarken can you tell me how to upload the my avatar here? When I am in the forum it shows it but not here i don’t know why.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/14 at 11:12 · Reply

      I think you might have to set it up through At least that is what I had to do and then I had to go to my WordPress dashboard and go to users.

      • Judy · 2011/12/14 at 16:03 · Reply

        Thanks a lot!!!

        • daarken
          daarken · 2011/12/14 at 17:26 · Reply

          Oh sweet you got it to work. Yay!

          • Judy · 2011/12/16 at 00:30 ·

            Oh yeah, I Am not an anonymous person anymore hahaha. Thanks again!!

  5. kyle · 2011/12/14 at 08:11 · Reply

    I really enjoyed this a lot! I just got through with a life drawing class this semester and learned about this with human anatomy.

    you bring a really great tutorial to the table, because too often we want to jump right in to our “own voice” while drawing and leave out the technical aspects of drawing. it’s good to learn to do it right and your personal voice will show through eventually.

    so I guess what I’m trying to say is thanks for the post! haha. drawing from reference is king. I love your site. thanks for all you do for the ARt community

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/14 at 11:02 · Reply

      Thanks for the comment! Yeah I went through that same problem when I was in school. I always kept trying to find my own voice but I could never find it. I only found it after I stopped looking.

      • Jackomack · 2011/12/14 at 17:30 · Reply

        I basically took 8ish years off from art cuz I got lazy. I’m just now again really trying to find my voice/style/whatever. Currently a Graphic Design student to hopefully use that to pay the bills. I think from now on, I’m gonna draw random objects, people, etc using my Wacom (no problem drawing in traditional media) and then eventually I may become comfortable enough to be able to come up with original ideas or something like what you’re able to do on the fly. All my art in High School was copy work based on stuff I found interesting (Either Star Wars or Video Game characters). I never used much Oils beyond the 1 class I took, instead I found I preferred Prismacolor Pencils.

        Beyond drawing objects/items to “get the feel” of lighting and texture, what else would you suggest to work on in my free time? I was thinking maybe some portraits or body shots of people to understand the color, etc.

  6. motion · 2011/12/14 at 08:36 · Reply

    Thanks Daarken.

  7. Ricardo · 2011/12/14 at 13:32 · Reply

    First i want to thank you for your generosity. Your videos are very inspiring and helpfull. I´m starting to make my own videos for promotion and i know how many time you need to edit them and the effort it takes to shorten time into a few minutes. Thanks for it!
    I´ve been following you for a long time and i always have seen you using photoshop. I´m in love with Painter but i use sometimes Art Rage and Sketbook Pro and less often photoshop and i miss my oils like hell!
    Don´t you ever use any other media digital or not?
    Or you use photoshop for your tutorials because it´s your main tool?

    PD: Sorry if i made some mistakes writing but english is not my first language.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/14 at 14:34 · Reply

      Thanks, I appreciate it!

      Yeah I miss painting in oils, but I only work digitally now. I also only use Photoshop, which is why all of my tutorials are in Photoshop. I used to use Painter like 7 years ago, but I haven’t used it since.

  8. Trace007 · 2011/12/14 at 14:58 · Reply

    Great tutorial! I have a wrench just like that.

  9. Method · 2011/12/15 at 12:05 · Reply

    Great!! again big thanks your talent and knowledge is worth a million!

  10. corax · 2011/12/15 at 22:52 · Reply

    Thank you

  11. Jean-Luc · 2011/12/17 at 00:08 · Reply

    I love you not speeding up, it gives a great idea on how things work and what it should look like, thanks for the tutorial.

  12. Johnny · 2011/12/17 at 01:35 · Reply

    Is it better to sketch in the entire form with basic shapes and then work your way into the details? Is this how you would approach a portrait? Great video by the way.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/17 at 10:21 · Reply

      Yes, many times when you start a portrait you will start with an underdrawing, just like you would if you were painting in oils. Techniques vary from each artist, but it is good to build up your skills as a draftsman. If you have a solid drawing, it should help you build up your painting.

  13. todd kowalski · 2011/12/17 at 15:41 · Reply

    Thanks, Daarken!

  14. Raphael Bernal · 2011/12/18 at 09:48 · Reply

    Hey Daarken,

    Thanks for the tutorial. I study Gamedesign in Berlin(Germany) and you are a big inspiration for me. I think you are a really great Artist keep up the good work and check out mine if you want :)

    Have a nice one,

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