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Traditional methods of communication using a pencil or pen and paper have given way to new digital media, software and computers in every way possible for designers. Using a pencil or pen was certainly considered to be faster then using a mouse or a digital pad a few years ago. With the advance of technology, the new direct LCD pads like the and super sensitive digital pens, the gap has closed in recent years. It has become obvious that the new designers tend to want to use digital tools for almost all design fields. It is still not %100 there yet, but digital tools have certainly come a long way. That's why I allow the use of any and all methods in this class.
The most common digital tools used are the WACOM tablet and pens and it's newer version: the CINTIQ LCD tablet and pens. The Cintiq allows you to draw right on the screen while the Wacom is still great, it is less expensive and does not allow direct screen drawing but allows you to look up at a computer to draw while your hand does the work below on the tablet.
Be sure to check out the over 60 YouTube videos of CINTIQ and Wacom tablets in action. They are amazingly flexible to use and adapt to. Wacom tablets will soon be a thing of the past as the price drops in the digital market for LCD drawing tablets. here is a web shot of one in action. These are NOT cheap and can set you back several thousand dollars, but the smaller ones are around $1,000 and are very useful.
They are still not a cheap as a pen or pencil and you do need to plug them in to power or a computer, so until they get past those two problems, I'll use my pens and pencils in the field, but at home, I tend to use a WACOM to do my design work. I use Corel Painter, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Freehand for almost all my work. Painter is the most useful as a full artists toolkit and photoshop is certainly the leader of the pack as far a image software, but I use a lot of Illustrator to create my entertainment art designs and then switch to CS4 for the rest of my work.
Cintiq21ux digital tablet in action on YouTube video by marcopmartins©
You can find many more demo's on the above linked site for using the new technology of CINTIQ and the older technology of WACOM tablets. Check it out!
Since we use a lot of pen and ink: I have found it very rewarding for students to really hone in on the use of hatching techniques that they can use in all of there preliminary sketches for design. This is an extended exercise and by the time you done with it, you will have a very good background in sketching using stroke methods. Learn all you can from looking at these former student examples. I will post a step by step example in TOPIC 3.
Here are some examples of student work using a photo of a young Bob Dylan with a variety of hatching techniques:
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Up until this time you have been practicing simple exercises of bottle and jars and cups and strokes. It's time to challenge yourself to a seemingly difficult project. Anyone can do this exercise. All it takes it remembering what you have already learned and applying it to a value sketch of a face. Don't think of it as a face or a portrait, but only as shapes to fill with lines. That will make it easier. Look for values and begin to discover how you can define each value change with a specific stroke method. Print out the stroke sheets below and use them as a guide:
The techniques is simple and effective and used by many professional Illustrators:
In the following you will see a step by step process for completing your portrait as written by David Lawrence, well known professional Pen and Ink Portrait artist who is one of the several artists to develop this type of exerscise. The critical step is to develop the right value sketch in pencil that helps determine the final placement of ink strokes. Your other valuable lesson is to SELECT the appropriate strokes to complete the project.
Please follow the link to complete your assignment in a step by step method but you have complete freedom to vary the strokes to complete your own version of the project and you must use your own image. This a a standard stroke exercise used by most art schools to teach students how to convert photographs to inked drawings.
Once you have gained experience in the use of strokes we will move on to discover the variety of way we can apply the stroke methods you have learned in creating better RAPID VIZ drawings.
There are multiple steps to completing the assignment Here are 3 images from 3 of the steps the online tutorial:
Here is the first light pencil tracing for the image (choose your own image). Lawrence uses a dotted line here rather than a full pencil line. Keep your pencil pressure and your pencil outlines of the major value shifts found in the drawing -very light, not dark!
Final Pen and Ink Drawing
NOTE: you do not need to follow the tutorial step by step. Some of the steps are not required for more advanced students. Just work towards the overall final pen and ink effect. Please go back and review the many images in the GID 70 Portrait Gallery to see a large variety of other students work in this assignment. This is the most detailed assignment of the course so make sure you take 2 to 3 weeks to do it correctly. All other assignments tend to use some form of strokes and outline to help you rapidly draw images. After doing a detailed complex assignment like the portrait, you are ready to use free form drawing with some degree of confidence!
Go back to the detail in the BOB DYLAN image to see how complex and interesting this assignment can really become if you take the time to do it correctly.
Go to the Apply section of this lesson by clicking on the Next button below or by clicking on Apply at the top of this page. In that section, you will find the assignments as outlined above and you will apply what you've learned so far in this lesson.