8 super useful tips for beginners to learn color lead

2023-09-06 14:52
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1. Practice "One Finger Zen" well

Hold the thumb, index finger, and middle finger slightly away from the pen tip, using the little finger as the support point, with relatively even force and easy control. The strokes drawn with different intensities will have varying shades of color.

Note that the most important point of the above sentence is to use the little finger as a support point. Many beginners say that they have problems with uneven coloring, poor control of pen weight, and so on. In fact, this is closely related to the posture of holding the pen. Of course, at the beginning of this practice, it will be very tiring, as if the little finger is almost broken. However, this is a necessary path for learning painting. You can go and take a look at the hands of those art students. They have all grown calluses, and some even have their little fingers deformed. So, we need to practice 'One Finger Zen' well.

2. Pad a tissue

When drawing, to prevent hands from sweating and smudging the image, place a tissue underneath to keep the image clean.

Some children may have dirty graphics, which may be due to technical issues or poor color sense, but it is also important to be careful not to get dirty by oneself.

3. Scratching method

Use the refill of an automatic pencil or purchase a cutting brush or engraving pen from a certain treasure (9.9 yuan per package, not expensive), and then scratch the dents on the paper first. Then cover with color, and the dents will appear white. As shown in the above picture, I randomly outline the vein texture of several leaves.

Leaving blank in this way can achieve many effects.

Everyone can draw inferences from one example, and it is not necessary to leave blank space in order to use the scraping method. You can first layer the colors, then continue scraping, and then apply another layer of color to cover the other parts.

4. Cotton swab

The cotton swab provides a smooth and smooth color effect, making the color gradient more comfortable. As shown in the above picture, each piece is very delicate, which is the result of using a cotton swab to soften after application.

Of course, if your strokes are not delicate enough and you use a cotton swab to soften them, you may have used the wrong method. The cotton swab only serves as an auxiliary function, and the technique still requires patient practice.

5. The stroke should follow the structure

Let's take a look at these two onions. The one on the left is the correct drawing method, and the one on the right is the wrong drawing method. I used an exaggerated way to compare them, with the aim of reminding you that "the strokes should follow the structure of the object".

Kakashi has encountered many beginners, for example, my students particularly hope to take high-definition original artwork for them, so that they can study the direction of strokes, coloring, and so on. Of course, there are high-definition original images provided in the detailed internal graphics and text tutorials of Aimi, but in reality, it is very simple, as long as you grasp a principle and follow the structure of the object.

6. Colors look for each other's sense of existence

Yesterday, a friend asked me, 'Why was my work rated C, the color is very light, is it due to water-soluble lead?'. The work of that classmate is shown in the following picture:

Actually, this has nothing to do with the painting material, but rather does not use color. Of course, the techniques, color stacking order, and other factors may also be due to one's own color weakness. There are many reasons for this, and this is a comprehensive issue. Here, I will only briefly talk about the use of colors.

If you want a color to stand out, what are the methods? Usually, the following two points need to be achieved:

Firstly, the surrounding colors should form a strong contrast with it

Secondly, its own color purity should be high.

Remember, colors look for each other's presence.

Give everyone a picture of a painting by another classmate, compare it and you will understand everything.

7. Application of rubber

Rubber can not only wipe unnecessary areas, but also create special effects. For example, the retro feeling of the envelope in the picture above is all created with an eraser.

Of course, you can also draw inferences. Generally, the effect of a softer eraser is a slight feathering of the edges. For example, if you want to create a hazy path in a flower bush, you can also use this method.

8. The screen should not be too average

Stability is a visual habit and aesthetic concept formed by humans through long-term observation of nature. Therefore, only plastic arts that conform to this aesthetic concept can produce beauty, and those that violate this principle will appear uncomfortable.

Many friends like to have a very average composition. Although the average is stable, it often becomes dull and lacks changes after a while. Without changes, there is no beauty. Therefore, the most taboo thing about composition is to evenly distribute the images.

However, I would like to emphasize here that many people confuse symmetry with averaging. Symmetry is not an average, it is a logical proportional relationship. The symmetrical stability is particularly strong, which can give the picture a sense of solemnity, solemnity, and harmony. For example, ancient Chinese architecture is a model of symmetry, with symmetrical sides on the central axis. The streets in the city are arranged in a checkerboard pattern from east to west, north to south. However, this symmetry has layers in both vertical and horizontal directions, with primary and secondary, and depth, which is very different from the average.

In summary, for beginners with average visual control ability, it is recommended to add subtle changes to the screen and only maintain symmetry on large composition shapes, which will improve the overall performance.