How to Draw Shay Cormac VS Adewale (AC Rogue)

Hey there!

Today I want to do something special.

In this video I show you how to draw a battle scene between Shay Patrick Cormac and Adewale – two characters from the Assassin’s Creed Rogue video game.

This is less of a drawing lesson, and more of a speed-drawing demonstration of my complete drawing process.

You’ll see everything from drawing, to painting (watercolors AND colored pencils) and inking.

So without further ado, here it is!

A few notes:

1. I like to paint before I ink.

This is something I talked about before.

This type of process allows the colors to really shine, and then also allows you to be minimal with your pen and ink.

2. I mix watercolors with colored pencils.

I like the look I achieve by applying watercolors and then completing the look using colored pencils.

This is a common practice, and is my favorite way to go. The watercolors easily cover large surfaces and give the base tone. Then, the colored pencils add the texture and more accurate shading.

However, you are invited to try a different way, and let me know if it works better for you (=

Anyway, this is it. Let me know if you have any questions!

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How to Draw an Arm: Male Figure

Hey friends!

In today’s drawing lesson I’ll teach you how to draw an arm of a male figure.

We’ll do this step by step, so you understand exactly how to draw the arm’s shape, including the muscles and the hand.

Check out the full video tutorial, or read on if you prefer text instructions (=

1. The Setup

I have a square that is 5.2 inches long on each side.

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 I divided it into 4 relatively equal parts, using two lines: horizontal and vertical.

In addition, there is another vertical line dividing the left half into a third and 2 thirds.

2. Beginning to Draw the Arm

Begin drawing the shoulder muscle, as well as the muscle “hidden” behind it.

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The arm is facing towards us (while the hand is turned downwards). In this angle – these are the muscles we get to see.

3. Another Muscle

Add another long, oval-shaped muscle that begins below the shoulder muscle, and ends in the center of the square.

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4. Lower Part of the Arm

Next it’s time to add the lower part of the arm.

I will mention how I am, as always, using reference for this. I still can’t draw these things entirely from imagination.

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Actually, drawing this from memory is quite an amazing feat, that not many possess.

5. The Hand!

Hands are a well-known landmine for artists – but fear not! By using reference you are already somewhat immune.

In this angle, the hand is pointing downwards. We also see its inner part, and so the thumb is pointed towards us. There is some foreshortening going on too.

I begin with the area of the thumb.

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Notice how the entire hand is going to be contained within that left-most third.

Next, I start drawing the fingers one by one. Make sure to have them pointing at slight different angles. This creates a natural look.

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Notice how I made the pinky point in a very different direction than that of the other fingers. That’s a nice little effect that helps convey looseness, and the absence of tension in the hand.

By the way, I believe I made the hand a tiny bit too small, but I’m still pleased with the result.

6. Let’s Add Some Shading

This is what’s going to really give the muscles their shape and volume.

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And this is it! Here is the final scanned result:

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I hope you enjoyed this lesson, and learned how to draw an arm. Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question below (=

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How to Draw a Female Figure’s Back: Shading Exercise

Hey friends!

In this drawing lesson I wanted to let you in on me exercising my shading skillz, while drawing a female figure’s back.

I lately came to realize that I have a LONG way to go when it comes to shading and the quality of tones, and so I wanted to share this with you.

There will probably be many, many more.

Here is the final result.

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I think the scanner made it look even more grainy, but still looks pretty nice.

Here are the main tips I have to offer:

1. Use a relatively soft (and dark) pencil, such as the B scale. You really want to be able to create those dark tones.

2. Hold the pencil at a lower angle. That way you get more lead-paper contact, and it’s easier to keep things light.

3. Work in small circles. This little trick will help make sure you get a gentle, even tone.

Anyway – check out the full video tutorial here: (=

And that’s it!

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How to Draw a Female Figure: Laying on Floor Pose

Hey Friends!

In this drawing lesson we’ll briefly talk about how to draw a female figure, in a laying down pose.

#1 – Skeleton Guidelines

The first step I took in order to draw the female figure, was using simple “stick figure” guidelines.

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This step is fairly simple technically, BUT a lot of anatomy knowledge needs to support it in order for it to be correct.

Try and understand the proportions of length of each part.

Notice how I have yet to indicate the hands and feet.

#2 – Giving the Skeleton Volume

In this step we will turn the skeleton into basic three-dimensional shapes.

Note how she is leaning on a mini sofa. This is something we’ll have to take into account in later steps.

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Our main shapes here are balls / circles, and cylinders. These represent the basic structure of the limbs and the core of the body.

Notice how they still DON’T convey the accurate shape of anything.

Also, I just wanted to note how the left hand (that’s leaning on the sofa) is foreshortened, as it is pointing towards us. This will become even more obvious in the next steps.

#3 – Drawing the Human Figure

In this step we’ll actually begin turning this simple three-dimensional representation into an actual female figure.

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This step requires actual knowledge of the shape of each limb or body part. This is the real challenge.

This step takes into account the structure in terms of muscles and fat too.

Notice how the left are sort of “sinks” into the sofa. This is a useful way to express the softness of the sofa, and her weight being applied on it.

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Now we can move onto the final step.

#4 – Shading

In this step we’ll shade the figure, giving it some more volume.

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I worked too fast, and the shading is a bit grainy and uneven. Be sure to work slowly, and perhaps use gentle circular motions with the pencil.

Check out the full video tutorial:

And that’s it!

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How to Sketch – Sketching techniques (Elaborated)

Hey friends!

Today’s drawing lesson will be all about sketching.

What is sketching? Why should you sketch every day? What are the benefits of improving this skill set? What are some useful techniques to improve?

Hopefully, all of these questions will be answered in this drawing lesson.

sketching techniques - how to sketchAlright, lets get to work!

What is sketching?

“A sketch (ultimately from Greek σχέδιος – schedios, “done extempore”) is a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not usually intended as a finished work.

A sketch may serve a number of purposes: it might record something that the artist sees, it might record or develop an idea for later use or it might be used as a quick way of graphically demonstrating an image, idea or principle.”

(source: Wikipedia – Sketch)

Wikipedia is very accurate!

So basically, sketching is a quick / fast drawing, that isn’t necessarily going to turn into a finished work.

Why should you practice sketching?

You might ask yourself: If I can draw finished artworks all the time, from beginning to end, why would I want to sketch?

Why not just draw with the intention of finishing a drawing from the start?

Here is why…

Practicing sketching actually has tons of benefits, and can help you improve immensely on other areas of art.

Here are some benefits of working on our sketching abilities:

Sketching can improve our observation abilities tremendously.

You simply understand quickly how you are going to draw what you see, and then go for it.

Sketching improves our ability to throw quicker yet accurate lines, finding shapes quickly and therefor finishing drawings faster. It also improves our hand technique in general.

Sketching takes the focus away from finishing touches and fine details, and brings it back to the very essence of drawing, observation skills, understanding depth, use of space etc…

This is one of the most important benefits in my opinion.

Creativity! And I’m talking about the “simple” part of creativity, the part of problem solving, and making things pop using the least amount of lines. Fun stuff!

It’s cheap! All you really need is a pencil / pen and paper….

Good for jotting down ideas quickly as they come, for study or as preparation for the “real thing”.

sketching techniques - how to sketchThese are the main benefits of sketching, and this is why I sketch and doodle all the time. I would love to hear your opinion on this.

Convinced? Now let’s move on…. [=

What are some techniques and quick tips to get better at sketching?

1. First off, in my opinion everyone’s got it in them.

What do I mean by that? Drawing is a learned skill. You may be born more “lucky”, or less “lucky”, but when you take the right steps – it is possible to learn.

The reason I say this is because my first tip is:

just do it!

That’s right… take a piece of paper, and a pen or a pencil, look at things and start drawing! If all kids can do it, you can too.

sketching techniques - how to sketch2. I would also suggest, especially if you aren’t a newbie and have some experience in drawing and art, to free your mind (I hear Morpheus’s voice).

What I mean by that, is to rid your mind of the paradigm of perfection. Not all the lines you are going to throw will be perfect. Not all the shapes will connect properly. And that’s totally fine.

See, sketching isn’t about perfection in the product, its about observing things as they are, and manifesting them on paper.

I will add however, that this perfection and completion issue is debatable, since many “sketches” are amazingly drawn works of art, that are perfect in every sense. I would love to hear your opinion on this subject.

3. Free your hands.

Sketching is usually about light loose lines and shapes, and not stiff ones.

This point connects directly to the previous one. Draw freely and lower you criteria for what’s beautiful and correct.

It is important to mention however, that depending on your object of drawing, the lines may be stiff and aggressive. That’s fine as well, as long as the stiffness comes from the right place, of trying to put down on paper what you see, in your best way possible.

4. Observe the movement and flow.

Usually live objects have a certain flow of energy to them. Here is an example of a girl sitting.

sketching techniques - how to sketchThese are basically the two steps it took to draw her.

Notice how at the beginning I focused on the main “line” of movement, and them roughly added the details. This is common for me, to first draw some guide lines and then to draw over them, but many of my works are entirely sketchy and “doodle-y”, which is fine as well….

But back to the point, the main key here is to find the patterns / movement / line of action and go with it. And yes, this is an art form and a skill set in and out of itself.

5. Textures, Values (how dark toned an object is) and shading. When sketching your object, pay attention to it’s surface’s texture and shape. You can use many details, or fewer details.

Here is an example of this.

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This chameleon is an example of a more detailed texture, that took a lot longer to draw then the remote control.

Again, sometimes you may feel like going for details and sometimes you may not. Both are cool, as long as you practice your observation skills!

By the way, this was actually drawn using picture reference, something that I don’t recommend doing. Go for things in front of you, since you get much more value out of drawing them.

These are most of the techniques and tips I recommend you put to use…. onwards!

Examples of sketches:

People:

sketching techniques - how to sketchAs you can see, some of these sketches are more fine tuned and some are more free handed and light. They were all drawn without guidelines (even the jumping chick), as I saw them happen.

This is very strong. If you can reach a point where you can capture the essence of what you see, and quickly sketch it, you are on the highway to big improvements in your skills.

Fruit:

sketching techniques - how to sketchNotice the nice texture I gave these two.

I would say that the texture of the orange is to my taste, but the strawberry’s texture could be more shiny and “smooth”. This can sometimes be quite a challenge actually….

Phone:

sketching techniques - how to sketchThis is another example of something more mechanic and square, as opposed to the more round shapes in people and animals.

This is also an important thing to practice. Together on that category is also city landscape / skyline drawing. These are really fun, especially if you can work on them while the sun sets.

Some more tips and pointers to get you on your way

Pay a visit to the zoo / safari.

Take a notebook and a pencil. You will be amazed at how many cool sketches you will leave with. Also, you will have to draw fast, since most animals move all the time.

Animals are one of my personal favorites to draw, especially in their natural habitat (and NOT in the zoo).

Sit somewhere crowded.

A busy street, the bus or wherever you choose, and sketch people. Try drawing many different people: old, young, male and female.

This will improve your ability to later on draw people based on different anatomy rules, without a model.

Go for a variety of different types of sketches.

Go with rough and delicate lines. Draw things in a realistic way, and also bend reality at your will and throw all rules out the window. Go detailed and then extremely simplistic.

These will help you to get started and bring some passion into your sketches. A passion you will be able to later on take with you to your more finished projects.

That’s it for this drawing lesson, lets conclude:

  • Anyone and everyone can sketch and draw.
  • Go to places which will allow you to sketch a large variety of things.
  • Practice the techniques mentioned in this drawing lesson.
  • Feel free to sketch and draw in whatever way you choose.
  • No rules. Have fun with it. That’s how you get awesome results (=
  • Study sketches of great artists.

I hope this will help some people to improve their skills, and maybe even help light the fire for those who have abandoned their true gift of art, and shouldn’t have.

And if that’s you reading this, I ask you to give it a shot, and give value to the world with your artistic talent. I actually dare and challenge you to get back on track and start drawing again.

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And I’ll talk to you soon,

– Liron