In my adolescent years I had a friend who was very good at drawing. He could draw cartoons and accurately recreate what he saw. I was in awe if his ability especially since I could not even draw a human stick figure the same way twice. He was a â€œnaturalâ€ artist. He tried to teach me and his first attempt was to get me to draw a short straight line. He made it look so easy!
Having finally achieved a somewhat straight line he next had me go onto drawing a small circle without taking the pencil off the paper. His were always these perfect, round circles. Mine, well it was a disaster. So after much practice and frustration I eventually gave up on learning drawing. I assumed that it was not one of my â€œnaturalâ€ talents.
Many years later, which was about five or six years ago, I came across this book ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain‘ by Betty Edwards. The author’s concept is that all people can learn to draw what they see by using techniques to trick the right side of the brain to take over and block out the left side. This right side is the artistic side the left side the more analytical.
Before and after by a nine year old girl
So I decided to give it a try with a bit of skepticism. Wow, I could not believe it. In just the first few exercises I was able to accurately draw my hand and sneaker. I kept saying to myself, I did that! Now I’m no Leonardo DaVinci, but I can now do a reasonable human likeness. And, this has helped to understand and get better at organic modeling.
Since I started writing for Blender Nation a few weeks ago, I’ve noticed a common trait among many Blender users in my interviews, research and in the comments. It is that many Blenderheads are self taught. Which makes sense when you think about it. Blender being free.
So with that in mind, I thought that I would share my experiences with you and the books that have helped me along the way. Also, I’d love to hear your experiences too, so leave me a comment below. Tell me what books you have in your library that have helped you to be a better modeler and or animator. What do you like or dislike about them.