I have started to learn 3D with Blender and here is my second attempt at rendering something: a bowl of ramen. I've always been enamored with the low poly stuff, so it's really nice go be able to create something in the style that I enjoy so much.
I have this fun “how to draw One Piece with ballpoint pens” that I thought I’d draw some inspiration from in regards to my little “let’s draw” tutorials. They change colors when you’re supposed to use a different colored pen, but I thought it would be a nice visual indicator if each new set of lines was a new color for each new step.
So you see in this tutorial each new set of lines is red. Then on the next step those previous lines go to black, and the new set go to red.
You can see a vertical line of six Misty heads. I had to figure out the simplest way to draw her before I could turn it into a tutorial.
On the way to work today I thought to myself why I enjoyed Ed Emberley style drawing books over the more detailed, better looking ones like “Draw 50 Monsters” by Lee Ames. I think it was mainly because at 8 years old I couldn’t make my drawings look like Lee Ames’ drawings. It would be like, “I followed the directions and it looks nothing like that.” With the Ed Emberley books, they were simple enough where when you finished it looked like it was supposed to. It’s like following a baking recipe and it looking like the picture.
It’s an interesting psychological effect that I’m going to look into some more. It’s probably one of the reasons we love building with Legos so much. I’m not talking about the freeform creativity you can have with Legos, but the building of the models via instructions. There’s something so satisfying and fun about doing that contained set of instructions to get something that looks just like the box.
I have a tendency to lay out the drawings as if I were doing vector art. Because of that, you can get away with drawing large shapes and placing them behind other layers. But when you try to make it a "step by step", it gets a little weird. Thought I'd try laying out the step-by-step differently.
The other day I found an Ed Emberley book I had purchased a few years ago. It was one of my favorite drawing books growing up. It wasn't one of those "draw this immaculate owl in 6 steps" where the last step is "fill in details". It was like a model kit. Each step told what shapes or lines you had to add.
It was great!
Hoping one day my kids enjoy this kind of thing as well. Anyway, thought I'd try putting one together too of our favorite Baby Ruth and pancake eating, cigar smoking, connoisseur.
I've drawn all 40 herbs and spices for my game Spice Catcher. It was an interesting experience. Makes me appreciate the work that artists do for all the "collectibles" you can find in games. That's a lot of work, friends.
Spice Catcher is up for review on iOS AppStore and Google Play. I'll post again when it's released.
On Sunday we saw some family for Easter brunch. No fewer than two people asked me how I find the time to work on the little creative projects that I do with all the other stuff going on my day-to-day life. This comic pretty much explains it. I get it done during lunch and during the free time at night.
It's incredibly important to have an outlet of some kind to decompress from the day. Even if it's just sitting in front of the TV and absorbing the latest episode of Law & Order. You need that, even if it's an hour or two, otherwise you'll go crazy.