When it comes to cartoon sketches, most of us often fall into the pitfalls of mechanically copying the subject, straight lines, shapes following shapes, and rendering everything exactly the same. the way we see them is based on our knowledge of light, form, composition, etc.And when we are done, we pause for a moment, ponder for a moment and wait for something … just to realizes that the works that I have worked so hard to create at first glance seem very accurate, but are quite old and lack of vitality.
How can we instill life into pieces that have almost drawn all life out of ourselves to complete them in the first place? Most importantly, how can we turn it into a unique experience for our viewers in a way that they will represent ourselves? In this article, iDesign has gathered a few things that have helped me in tackling this topic. We want to invite you to hang out and explore the unwritten, ambiguous and intangible aspects of artistic work.
01. Find the subject’s soul
We like to think that art is a meditation, you will eventually have something to express. The act of drawing is an opportunity to project yourself into the subject and practice empathy. The saying “feel the pose” couldn’t be more correct. For example, think of all the times when we shudder when we play a computer game where we feel pain when we get hit by a screen. Be the subject, feel your body’s curves and straight lines as you put down lines or paint colors. Being present right now and stopping occasionally to watch remote work is also an effective way to make sure you’re saying what you want.
02. Capture making an explosion mark
Some of our favorite works have an unrestricted natural expression where the artist does not hesitate. According to neuroscientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, the average human emotion lasts 90 seconds, after which the chemicals that cause the emotions are released from the body. This means that we have about 90 seconds to quell an idea to its full force before we are swept away by another emotion, unless we choose to stay in that emotion. This is why it is important to make an immediate impression in order to capture the emotion we are pursuing, and then extend it throughout the life of the artwork.
03. Human studies in motion
If you want to bring movement into your work, start by studying moving topics. The pictures on the internet are great references for studying different subjects and cultures, but at the same time, most of them are meticulously shaped stills. Along with the factors we’re looking for, often that rigidity gets carried over into our work as well.
Grab a sketchbook, leave your dark corner and go see some people living, breathing and moving in your neighborhood. They are all around us waiting to be drawn. Staring at them makes them a little annoyed. And when they move around uncomfortably, draw them. It’s fun! Regularly studying people and their behavior will help you build a library of emotions to engage when you come back to your desk to create work.
04. Feel the rhythm and flow
Feeling the rhythm of the theme is key to adding dynamism to your work. Nature is full of rhythm. Playing with flexible lines and shapes that mimic nature will bring life and life to your paintings.
05. Capture your own anatomical forms and structures
Often times, we are so busy focusing on the precision of the structure that we miss out on the wording we are trying to convey in our own drawings. So it’s useful if you know the object inside and out before starting – whether it’s a one-inch moth or a 15-foot-long mammoth. It’s like an actor needs to know their lines before they start filming, so they can focus on the performance and experiment with different ways to distribute it, instead of having to look down several times to remember them. nothing to say. If you know your anatomy, the rest will follow.
06. Don’t be limited by what you’ve seen before
Free yourself from common wisdom. It is limiting. Often times, our desire to bring an image into a finished, style-desired home significantly affects the focus of the image. Experiment and find things that haven’t been done before in your own unique way that fits with your story and personal experiences. Caricatures and exaggerations help a lot in this area, because we all have a different way of seeing things. We wouldn’t have had that many stories and styles if the artists didn’t turn left like that. Explore and try to bless the world with something fresh!
07. Infuse life experiences into your work
Remember when we were disappointed, depressed, and frustrated with what’s going on in our lives, or when we were happy and happy? Let it be all about the monkey that you will draw the next day! In this example, I want to convey that we do not know how the floods we create in our own lives are exacerbated by the injustice that surrounds us. Our vehicles provide us with the perfect outlet for our emotions, and sometimes in the most entertaining way. Let your life experience go through and then expose yourself to a few more!
08. Let your hands make up the design
Don’t overthink the original design process. Let your hands do the design based on the knowledge you have gained on the subject. During this stage, I try to forget all the rules and just think about the characters’ personalities based on the story. This helped me to think of some original thoughts that were not affected by the artwork that I had seen before.
In the next stage, I can take my original idea and make it evolve based on the references I gathered. Here, I have the right to go slower and use structure and form to give the design a more complete look. Once I’m satisfied with how the design appears, I can play with a few poses to see if the design works at different angles. Often I can see some poses that may not be suitable for a particular design, as they disrupt character. Always be aware of the limits of each design.
Translator: Nam Vu