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Introduction to Art Part 1 by RobynRose Introduction to Art Part 1 by RobynRose
I know I have added this piece only a day after the first one, but my planned schedule would prbably look like once every two weeks or even once a month. I will be very busy with school and work, but I also wish to give newcomers plenty of time to work before we move on as a group and not feel rushed.

You are welcome to post your work in the comments section here. I would love to look at them, and I welcome you to discuss your work with other members here.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


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:icondupinema:
dupinema Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you think of doing this in some pther colour(example blue with 10 being darkest and 1 lightest)?
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
I think that's a great idea!
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:icondupinema:
dupinema Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.I'm a completely new artist and I have pretty much no understanding of shading,but your tutorials are just amazing help.:)
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
I have a whole folder of interesting stuff (badly disorganised) in my favourites under "tutorials and resources" lots to dig through if you're interested.
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:icondupinema:
dupinema Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!I sure will.:)
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EXHellfire Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Takes me back to a teacher I had that made me do this in pencil and I was all like 'what is this for?' and now I thank him n.n
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Pyrotactick Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Nice! How about pen work?
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:iconexhellfire:
EXHellfire Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pen is for outlines, and details, when you work with values and tones, it's very hard to use :/
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Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
u could do cross-hatching :D, kinda make a sketchy look.
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EXHellfire Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
uhuh but that would be a different thing all around
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:iconpyrotactick:
Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
oh....hm..true. Well I like what your doing! keep it up.
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:iconexhellfire:
EXHellfire Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! n.n
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:iconpyrotactick:
Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
sure :D
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Reflective-Sentinal Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I bound an action that does this to my F3 key. and then bound that key to my G21 key. ... still, its a useful thing when trying to setup values for a piece.
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh great idea!
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m-a-c-h-o Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! I have learned a lot from your process! Keep up the wonderful work!
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LastSando Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
YEAH!
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:icongreensprite:
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I suppose it's cheating to actually leave your white square unpainted, right? (watercolour habits die hard :))
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Mmm, not so much cheating as it is hard for an 8-year-old to understand transparency. It's another level of thought she has to consider (what can be seen underneath?) and that can be confusing and scary.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:XD: In my experience, young kids are far more difficult to scare than it's usually believed. But I suppose you're right - one thing at a time.
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BeatrizAlbano Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Hey, thanks again for this! Question:
Do you think that may be more dificult if I use a strip of card with other colour them black and white? Like yellow for exemple (I happen to have a lot of those lying around).
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Depends on how opaque your paint is. You could, for example, paint the whole thing white (or black) before you start. Or if you are using something like gouache (fancy word for tempera paint) it's usually opaque enough to not show much underneath, and you cna just go at it right away.

If you're not liking how something looks, try a different paper.
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BeatrizAlbano Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Oh, thanks! I have what we call here in Brazil of fabric paint, that is very opaque, and I _think_ I have some gouache (funny thing, languages, gouaches for us is the chepest paint ever XD), but I'll try both of them and in some other kinds of paper too.
Thanks
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TheSeventhOfSeven Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Just by not using the words "tonal strip" you have made this so much more interesting than my art teacher ever did :D
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Well, since I teach university techniques to small children (Youngest was probably 4, oldest 12) they don't have the proper vocabulary to understand things like "saturation, tone, hue" etc. But they DO know "Light and dark" "A rainbow is blue goesto purple goesto red goesto orange goesto yellow goesto green" and "Grey and then add a little bit of red and you get kinda red kinda grey."
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TheSeventhOfSeven Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I guess being confronted by terminology turns people off most things, maths, physics, art, linguistics, anything! Terminology only makes sense when you need to introduce a complicated concept, and you're going to refer to it repeatedly (guess I just had a eureka moment ^^)
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Actually, that made me thing of something that was an "AHA!" moment for me (though slightly related)

I was speaking with my mom a little while ago (She's the actual preschool teacher, I just volunteer with her during the summer) and she told me about if you go into a kindergarten and ask "Who here is an artist?" Probably all of them will raise their hands. With excitement.

However, if you go into a grade 6 classroom and ask "Who here is an artist?" probably only a few will raise their hands. What happens? Is it the classroom system we put our children in? Is it them judging themselves and developing self-awareness?

I even have this experience with adults, when asking them to draw me a stick-figure drawing or a map to explain something, I get a lot of "Oh, I'm not an artist! I can't draw at all!"

It actually makes me kinda sad. Everyone seems to have a very solid definition of art vs not-art, and they don't allow themselves the freedom to create or judge their own works as creative. (Even if you are a beginner, a creative work is a creative work) They judge anything that is not up to professional level, not as "beginner art" or "intermediate art" but as "not art at all." And that's just so destructive to creative thought.

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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's incredibly silly! (the adults you were talking about, that is).

First off, art is much more than the ability to draw lines that make sense, even if it requires this skill. But seriously, drawing a simple map is not a work of creativity, it's not art. People are just lazy and hide behind words. If you can't give directions to something, just say so. Don't blame it on being "not artistic", that's just ridiculous. (not you, Kxhara, the people you're talking about :D)
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TheSeventhOfSeven Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
That's interesting. I think it probably has to do with this 'categorizing' aim that western civilisation has.

Ancient Eastern practices viewed things like science, art, philosophy as a whole, and scholars would study them all, whereas now we segregate them and view them as separate, so people classify themselves as a 'scientist', or an 'artist' or even an 'office worker' and assume that because they are good at one thing, they can't possibly be good at any of the others!

So it's not just art, I know a great deal of people (especially on dA) who say, "I can't do maths!" because they think it's too hard. (Personally I love maths. I'm doing it at uni xD) It's really saddening that people make this divide between the 'ordinary' and the 'elite' artists and scientists. They fail to realise the only difference is attitude, which can be easily changed

(oh look I'm rambling too xD)
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The divide between disciplines makes sense because of work specialisation, I guess. If all of us were jack-of-all-trades there wouldn't be any ground-breaking work done in any of the disciplines. So we choose to focus on one thing each in order to become very good at it... it makes sense.

It was easier to "know everything" in Antiquity up to the Renaissance, because the sum of human knowledge was smaller than nowadays. Everything they did back then (architecture, medicine, astronomy, other technologies and arts) we developed and split up into several different domains, because it became too much for one person to handle in a lifetime, especially when you take into account the skills required and all the instruments/technology we use.

Nonetheless. We still can (and should, imho) know the basics in most disciplines. I don't study maths anymore at University, but I can remember and use most of what maths I learned in the past. I can convert currencies in my head, remember most geometry formulas and even some more advanced stuff pertaining to vectors and functions. That doesn't make me "good at math", I never was good with the derivatives and all the super advanced stuff, but I still roll my eyes whenever people can't add or multiply without a calculator. Because seriously, it's not rocket science.
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TheSeventhOfSeven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
I agree with you, although the point I was aiming for (and missed) was that people should hold a view of all the areas of study being part of a continuum rather than separate subjects, and then it wouldn't be so easy to say "I can't do that, because I do this" It also results in people getting upset when you bring together two things they see as completely separate, because they don't understand that just because something's strange to them, it isn't difficult or unnecessary.

(So... I think we're in agreement xD)
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah :nod:
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