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some of bending types and sub-skills from Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra
Let’s talk about trees - a practical how-to for populating your natural environments and landscapes with trees and plantlife in drawings
I’ve seen a lot of people who really want to do nature/landscape drawings but struggle with filling the space. I’m by no means an authority on this matter, but I thought I’d share my observations and ideas about filling nature shots with cool stuff because I really like drawing them and spend a lot of time doing it.
- It’s hard to figure out what’s in a natural landscape unless you take time and really make a mental inventory of everything you see. Go explore and memorize
- Draw from life and references
- It’s too easy to fall into the habit of making ‘convenient shapes’ with trees and branches. Look for alternatives, examine how abruptly branches grow into different directions and split.
- Mix and match. I never draw a scientifically exact tree species, I mix the relevant qualities from the kinds of trees I know that fit the image. Combine stuff you’ve seen and your imagination.
- I try to ‘layer’ the vegetation. A forest looks empty with just trees. Think about the medium and low-height vegetation and bushes and then what’s closest to the ground and ON the ground.
- Take into account what you want to convey with the vegetation; seasons, is the environment lush or harsh, is it creepy or idyllic?
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BG paint for “Into the Bunker” Top image drawn by Ian Worrel, painted by Jeffrey Thompson. Bottom three images drawn & painted by Art Director Ian Worrel
Anonymous said: I just started 1st year and I keep having bouts of anxiety about the workload. It's only the first week but it's already Sunday and I haven't started my bouncing ball assignment because I can't get my hands on a field map until monday. Stuff like that is driving me nuts. I know the workload is intense and I'd like to think I have pretty good time management, but I feel like I should have already done a ton of homework. Should I be this worried? I'm sorry this isn't even really a question
Hmm I don’t think it’s really a good thing to be worried or think you “should” be worried. Remember that worrying doesn’t help you do your work! Of course you can be worried but try to put that aside and Do Things (which is really hard and I haven’t figured out the secret to that yet, aside from BREAK YOUR HOMEWORK DOWN INTO REALLY SMALL BITS. The tiniest bits. And setting time limits for yourself. Check out that site btw, it’s geared towards learning Japanese but you can apply to basically anything you want to do.)
Anyway, right now: don’t tell yourself stuff like “I can’t do this, because ____; I can’t do this because I don’t have X item, I can’t do this because I’m not good enough yet”! You’re only setting yourself up for not starting it yet.
If you don’t have a field guide: trace the box that someone else made onto their page! See how big it’s supposed to be! (It’s definitely going to be 16:9 ratio, at least I was told it was going to be for you guys after I finished first year.) The field guide is not the most important part, getting STARTED is and if you don’t have the right materials, IMPROVISE. Such is the stuff of our trade. ;^)
And very importantly: DON’T THINK YOU NEED TO DO A SHITLOAD OF STUFF RIGHT NOW. You are in first year. Do your homework! Have hobbies! If you think drawing is any fun at all, DO THAT IN YOUR SPARE TIME. Have fun with it, and try to push yourself by doing studies/things you don’t normally draw/etc. but ultimately don’t put yourself down for not doing as much work as X people or not being as good. You will develop at your own pace. Just KEEP DOING WORK and getting it out to be marked and critiqued and show it to your friends and all that neat stuff.
Sorry I went on a tangent here and I don’t think it’s particularly well organized but well.
Oh and if you are genuinely feeling too pressured, probably near the end of the semester and are having really bad feelings I strongly suggest signing up for a counselling appointment at the Student Advisement centre, or talking to a professor! Or even just asking us ahah. We are all here to help. :^)