Skulls are dark, mysterious and imbued with magic properties – at least this is what the fantasy culture teaches us – so I had to try my hand at an artwork centered on a skull. In case you missed out on the How to Draw a Skull tutorial, make sure you check it out now! It might prove useful.
Why would I draw a skull? you might be asking yourself. I want to draw people, not biker tattoos.
True, but drawing the human face is complicated enough, still considered to be one of the most challenging aspects in visual arts. Learning the underlying structure, the skull, is one of the first steps towards mastering the anatomy of the face, while also offering quick guides for realistic proportions.
Ever since I started using a tablet, I noticed my line work becoming more and more… wonky. From what I read about it, it seems to be a common problem, that’s why most artists still prefer to first sketch their drawings on paper. Still, I kept searching the internet for something that could be done to improve the quality of my lines/ellipses, etc.
It was probably 2008 when I first saw an illustration that was going to change my life – “Rain”, by the amazing Marek Okon (seriously, check him out). I found it as a wallpaper on some obscure website – a girl in a yellow raincoat, holding on to a grenade. At first glance it was only a beautifully rendered illustration… at second glance, I was literally blown away.
Colors are always relative to their environment – the very same hue can appear both dull or brilliant, depending on the surrounding colors. In the first part of the tutorial Spinning the Color Wheel – Basic Color Theory I showed you how to construct the basic color wheel (go and check it out if you missed it). In this part, we will take a look at the most common color combinations, so you have a starting point in building your palettes.
Color is probably the most important ingredient in every visual artist’s toolbox. Think of colors as the notes composing a melody – they play their music on canvas, they set the mood, they awaken the emotion in a viewer. Color combinations can be both loud and quiet, serene or frightening, warm or cold. Never underestimate their power, for they can turn even the most tranquil landscape into a nightmare, and the most frightening linework into a joke (try to visualize a pink Venom- disturbing, right?).
So, obviously, we need to learn to use colors to our advantage.
Last week I quit my advertising job. 5 years of agency life as a digital art director and, all of a sudden, advertising stopped being fun. Office mornings drenched in coffee and endless FWA surfing, 3 px corner radius on buttons and browsing web fonts – it all felt a bit trite.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love the web. I still enjoy long brainstorming sessions and deadline-induced, caffeine-fueled guerrilla problem solving showdowns. I still love my quirky, pun-obsessed, male-purse wearing co-workers. What I stopped loving is advertising. And I figured this out just like that, on a Wednesday morning.