I want to thank you, your posts on Sketchbook 7 got me to go and get it for a monthly subscription, which is super affordable. 2.99 a month, damn. Hell, even to buy the program its less than a hundred, and I'm loving all the features, but what got me to look at it was when you said it had a small animation feature. Its soo hard to find a good raster based animation program, everything else is either vectors, super pricey, or both. Im loving it, it feels really great. Have you used the animation?
Aw yeah, another Sketchbook recruit! Glad you’re liking the program! I swear by it for my digital drawing.
And yeah! I’ve been using the animation tool for Cryamore. Beats animating in Photoshop by miles! The export options are still basic though and I wish they had more options, but that’s forgivable. SBP7 is definitely worth it.
I know you love your drawing tablet, but what's your opinion on starting out with one? I always thought one should already be able to draw art before getting one, but more and more these days I hear of people who started doing art with a tablet. I'm still chugging along with paper and pencil right now, but should I just do the leap to tablet?
I’ve started with pencil and paper like most artists. I still draw traditionally for when I’m at conventions and some side commissions.
A tablet is just a tool, just as pencil and paper is a tool. It doesn’t really matter what you use to produce art with. You’ll have to still learn how to utilize drawing with a tablet just like learning to draw with pencil and paper. There are also pros and cons to each tool, so you’ll have to just do some personal research and figure out the best way for you!
That’s pretty much all I’ve got! Hope it helps, dude. ^^
Hey Robaato, Is Cryamore going to ever be finished? If ya dont know it's fine, I just remember finding the project through you. I'm just kinda befuddled cause the updates are extremely rare, and each update sounds like the one before it. I was excited for the game but dropping $120 on it and barely hearing an update gets quite worrying. I'm sure it is just me, but I just found out I was scammed on a different project and it makes Cryamore sound more and more like a painful fever dream.
Haha, yes it’s going to be eventually finished! We’re just about finishing a new area/demo, actually.
A lot of people aren’t aware of what goes into game development, but it’s quite a lot that needs to be done, especially a game of our magnitude (it’s pretty big in comparison to similar indie titles). I also don’t think many are aware of the size of our team, but we have 4 guys at the least (Alan and myself, maining animation/assets/design, and 2 programmers) who are building the game, with a small group of contractors who assist us on assets. If I could get more manpower so we can speed things up, I would! But it’s quite difficult to find others who can mesh well with our team.
We’re also working on the game all while still managing other tasks. For example, in addition to working on the game, I’m also doing freelance work, art for UDON, etc. in order to support my family. My wife and I are also in the process of moving/buying our first house so I’ve personally been pretty quiet than the norm everywhere on the net for the past month. We received a considerable amount of funding for the game, but it’s not nearly enough for us to work full-time at it, unfortunately. So the funds are reserved for pulling on additional contractors, music, voiceover, and the like. Because of that, the game is being developed at a slow pace. We wish that we could go faster than the rate we’re going now! However, we also don’t want to rush the game and renege on everything we promised the game would be. (I’m personally not a fan of episodic or DLC content and we’re not going to go that route.)
So in short, we’re still going strong on it! Also, I have an issue with pride; it’d kill me and I’d be mega-depressed if there were any inkling that Cryamore wouldn’t come into fruition, and that’s not the case at all! And too many people are rooting for us, so I can’t let them down either. A lot of exciting things are going to be announced really soon; I can’t say too much right now. Cryamore is definitely not a ‘painful fever dream’; I can promise that with my life. :)
When inking what is the best way to go about using line width? I find myself using the same line width for every line throughout the entire image. Some people say to go over your image to add thickness to certain parts where the shadows may be But I always see artists inking with different variations of line widths effortlessly without going over their lines. What is your advice to break out of this cycle? Does it have to do with pen pressure?
It all depends on your drawing style/method. There is no right or wrong way to draw. I sometimes draw line weights with pressured strokes. Most times, I build up line weight. Often, I use the same line width throughout. It all depends. The method isn’t important; the final image is.
Of course, pressured strokes make for expressive drawings, but etched and built up lines also have a special look to them too. It’s really all up to your personal tastes. The method doesn’t make or break the artist, the image does. Don’t get too worked up on this kinda thing. ^^
Hey Rob Chasertech recently asked you about how did you get to where you are now, and you mentioned an "eye opener" you had. I'm in a position where I've started to take my art much more serious but can't seem to reach the level where I believe I'm confident in what I do. Could you possibly share some advice or even the "eye opener" you had? By the way you give great tips and advice.
It’s hard to explain…
It’s just that moment when everything “clicks” for you. Everyone’s eye-opening realization is different. But basically it was a summation of all the practice and studying and application that I’ve done over the years starting to make actual sense on all counts. Most of the time, it’s just one and the other, or one and sometimes the one right next to it, or one and another jumping around back and forth… if that makes any sense. But never once before does everything connect all at once, until it does.
You’ll know it once it happens. But if you wanna see it happen faster, just keep drawing, studying, and applying what you take in. It’ll happen. :)
Hey dude, just wanted to ask how long did it take you to get to the level of speed and consistency with your artwork that you're at as of now? It seriously blows my mind on how quickly you're able to dish out pretty fleshed out sketches. Keep up the great work man! Can't wait to see more of Rat Rage too. :D
Thanks for the kind words! Hm..
I launched my online presence around late 2005. Was pretty much as crappy as they come. Got more serious around 2008, where I focused on drawing more efficiently: memorizing shapes, learning anatomy, retaining anatomical knowledge after studies, etc. This was a gradual process that took about 3 years to get comfortably down. (Note that throughout this whole time, I had a regular 9-5 job and every day I’d come home and practice until I went to sleep.) Was still garbage though.
Around late 2011, I really started to “feel” myself and my personal style. Started playing around more with exaggeration, styles, developing spatial awareness, composition, advanced coloring technique and theory, etc. Had to learn how to draw men better because I drew women too much, haha. Started to feel a bit more confident. Took the plunge to quit my managerial position at a decent-paid hotel gig and focused completely on my freelance work. Still had a lot of growing to go as an artist at that time.
Fast forwarding, between 2011 and 2013, I still wasn’t as great as I thought I could be. Just recently for the past year I’ve been really confident in my skill (had this eye-opening experience about a year ago). I still make it a point to try and practice and draw every day. I feel comfy with getting what I see in my head on paper, but it’s still not as great as I’d like it to be, but I now know the method to keep improving on it (again, that eye-opener). But where I’m at now is a byproduct of all that above. I plan to obliterate the current me that’s writing this right now next year, and then the next year obliterate the me of the next year, and going on and on until I can defeat all my old selves.
And I think it’s that— I just simply love drawing and illustrating and making stuff. I love to create. If I didn’t, I don’t think I’d even be half near where I’m at right now. :)
Thanks a bunch for answering my question on the Cintiq matter. I even posted it two times, trying for the second one to be more short and straight to the point as possible. So thanks again man! I'll take your word for it.
Yeah. Also, depending on the Cintiq you get, people may tell you that the colors are off. That only holds true for the older Cintiqs (1st gen 21UX, 12WX, etc.), they were horrible with blues and purples particularly. The current Cintiqs (13HD, 22HD, 24HD) does NOT have that problem and if you do get one of them and notice that the colors are off by default, make sure you calibrate it correctly (which takes about a good 4 hours to do) and you will be fine. :)
Hey Robbaato I could be wrong, but I notice in your last live stream your were using Sketchbook pro 7. I'm was curious about your thoughts on the product and if it's worth the upgrade or just to stick with Pro 6.
Yes. Here is my lengthy review of Sketchbook Pro 7:
Hey Rob! I've got quite some time working with my Intuos (5yrs+), but I think my work would improve if I got myself a Cintiq. Since I am pretty serious about working on character design for video game and animation, I'd like my work to be more fluent and dynamic and I don't know if I can achieve that with my Intuos. What do you think?
Well, fluidness and dynamism has nothing to do with the type of tool you’re using; those are art technicalities. The only thing a Cintiq will do is make it similar to drawing directly on a sheet of paper. I couldn’t grasp using a Graphire/Bamboo/Intuos because the hand-eye disconnect is unnatural and it frustrated me, forcing me to be focused on how to draw a line instead of drawing the line itself, if that makes any sense. (Some artists can do it really well though, kudos to them!)
So yeah, a Cintiq will definitely make drawing more natural to do, but it won’t necessarily improve your work. There’s also a slight adaptation that is required when drawing on a Cintiq; you won’t be making amazing things as soon as you get it. But it’ll be easier and more efficient to draw digitally in comparison to an Intuos.
Mr. Robaato, I have a question. :3 What is best to do? Go ahead and draw what you want to draw on your canvas in your painting program and THEN crop the picture to the size and shape you want it. Or to go ahead and crop the canvas to the shape you want, and then draw your picture.
There’s no correct way to do it. You can draw and then crop the canvas whatever way you like, or you could stick to a strict format and work within it.
I tend to do the latter ‘cuz it’s fun coming up with compositions in a restricted canvas. Doing that builds your compositional skills as well. The other benefit is that the canvas measurements I mainly use (11x17/13x19 inches) is a common size so when I want or need to print, there’s no need to re-crop.
Is it possible that a good amount of the folks who'd come to you about not making progress in getting good at drawing might have ADD/ADHD? Just asking because it appears to have something of an impact on one's ability to practice consistently (or at the very least, practice in method similar to the way you do thing).
ADD/ADHD wouldn’t imply that one couldn’t advance in drawing; it’d mean the opposite (granted that art interests them). I’ve been personally told by expert researchers of ADD/ADHD that I might have ADD because of some traits I have.
For example, I really started having an issue keeping attention and doing well in late High School even though I was previously a straight-A, Honors student. I just couldn’t make myself be bothered with school anymore because I failed to see the point of why it was so necessary to learn extensive things about US History (it just didn’t pertain to my interests), so I took my attention to something that interests me: drawing in class. (I got into a lot of trouble for that though. The funny thing is that even when I got into trouble, it didn’t phase me and I kept doing it, lol. I’d imagine a ‘normal’ kid would’ve gotten their act together.) I’ve always been “that kid that always draws in class” my whole school life, but it was more intense in my later years.
I don’t really believe I have ADD though, but it could be possible.
In reference to your question: the act of practicing consistently can be done by anyone. As long as the interest and desire is there, you will practice regardless. Once you find out how much regular practice is doing for you (as in, actually figuring out the correct way of studying:application), you will begin to step it up and want to practice more. It’s as simple as that.