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Overcoming Artists Block + Digital Portrait Painting Demo

Chris Petrocchi, I help artists grow on their journey

Overcoming Artists Block + Digital Portrait Painting Demo

Chris Petrocchi, I help artists grow on their journey

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    • 1. Dealing with Artists Block

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Inside this lesson you'll discover:

  • 4 strategies for dealing with artists block
  • who's in control of your creative process?
  • Sketching in symmetry to generate ideas
  • learn to play again
  • a brief introduction to 2 tools in ArtRage, one of my favorite digital painting programs
  • portrait painting demo

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1. Dealing with Artists Block : Hey, guys, before I get started with this portrait painting Devil Done an Art Rage six. Studio Pro. I want to do a quick run down of the color picker and the cemetery sketching tool, which is so powerful for creative expression, iterative design and much more. So let's get started inside aren't Rage six. Studio Pro. The easiest way to add a color sample is just to click this. You can see the ad sample pop up is to click this little gray plus right pick a color at with by clicking at plus buttons. Great box. That's how easy it is to add a sample just like that. Click it. Start painting. All right Now there's a couple of different kinds of color pickers that you can customize and set up for yourself. For convenience and speed. You've got hue, saturation, value for hue, saturation and lightness, right hue, lightness and saturation. And you have the hue, saturation and lightness variation like that for my taste. I really prefer the color block that's the L S H picker or lightness, saturation and hue. You can also show complementary hues to create beautiful harmonies to your heart's content . The different harmonies. You can choose from our complimentary try attic a tragic, analogous and split, and you can just close that out or expanded to contract it there just with this arrow so I won't go into the color harmonies bit. But you can play with that. Okay? The next thing I want to look at is the cemetery sketching tool. It's my favorite tool right now. It's so powerful, and it's really good for designing concept art. It's good for drawing very quickly, because all you have to do is job 1/2 of the joy, and it draws the other half for you. So let's look at the tools dropped down paint cemetery. And if I click paint cemetery there you have it. Now I can also set the number of segments. All right, so I can say for and then it's gonna give me a horizontal and vertical accedes to paint. Come back to the tools paint cemetery set number segments six so you can instantly paint complex patterns. Mandela's. It's really, really quick and easy, and there is also set axis angle so you could have you know, a 45 degree angle on that axis and paint that way. Well, that's so That's really handy. Very cool to be able to do it that easy. And a photo shop didn't come up with this until recently. And a painter had it a long time ago. And I used to do this with Z Brush because there was a way you could use Z Brush to do this . But this is very handy, very easy, super fun, and I just love it. So let's go set the axis angle to zero. I see. Okay, anything else in here? So set the center. Now, if I wanted to move this thing around, I could just click the circle and move it around and start painting again and then go over here. So resetting the the cemetery line is super easy, Man. That's never been easy in other programs, but it's easy here, so you could do a bunch of different things right away. So if you doing concept aren't, you could iterated very quickly, But so this is fun because you could just conceptualize something. So just to like a little demo, If I'm trying to come up with new ideas, let's say for a character or you know this a monster spaceship, right? This kind of cemetery thing works really well from man made things or things in nature. Anything that has bilateral cemetery, right, that it can start to suggest things to me. Right. So right now I kind of see like, this transformer characters. This is the head up here, right? It's got some helmet. These are the arms right there. Right? So this is all body armor up here. And I could just sort of start Teoh work inside and sculpt out some of this stuff, right? So it's a really fast way to work, and it's very malleable. You could just change things at any time. And it takes half the time because you only drawing 1/2 of drawing. It's drawing the other drawing for you, the other side. And so that's that. You get at fingers here. There you go. That is a lot of fun. So if you're interested in, you know, designing characters, drawing characters, being creative, um, you know, this could be a really great thing for you. Nice discovery. A great time saver or just blue sky creative tool. And you could just go on and on with this, I promise. All right, let's do another quick one based on a horse until access and see what we come up with. You could set this cemetery angle, so instead of going up to tools and looking here in the menus, you can just click this circle. Set the axis angle. Let's make it 90 horizontal, and then you can go ahead and create something in a horizontal mode. I lost my tool here, right? So instead of something that's vertical like a person, a person's face or building, think about things that are horizontal, like spaceships raise cars right, And this. This will just suggest things to you and just whatever you're into is what you'll see. And that's the beauty of this thing. So this could be some kind of spaceship race car. It could be a prop on a movie set. Her animated feature film. I was picking other tools that you could just really play around with this stuff. You could have hard edges, soft edges and see what you come up with. This could be like a sigh if I like a futuristic pod that he's carrying life to another planet. But you just try things. You check the proportions and the silhouette. I just whatever you like. Whatever your intuition says so cool. Keep it. If it doesn't erase it, undo it, you know, but right away she's fine. Staff tell you this could be. You know, this reminds me of just microscopic animals, crustaceans and stuff that they find in the deep sea or underground. All right, just amazing life forms, no mouthpieces air here. And I'm just using the felt tip pen here, but it works with any brash Just have fun and experiment, and then you can go inside, just take a light value and create some accents in here, Someone in the center just somewhere for you to look, So we'll create some contrast here. And that's where your eyes gonna go because we have light next to dark and very bright light like that. It's almost like you're seeing through this thing. It tests bioluminescence, and we don't know how big it is. So, uh huh. One thing to do it is if you can turn cemetery off about turning it off tree tools, so just cook it off. And now you can just, you know, put someone standing here. So you know how big it is, right? He's holding his helmet. He's the guy in the cockpit who's going to fly this thing. Right? So now, now we kind of know how big this spaceship is, and it's huge. All right, I tell you what, that is really fun. As soon as you get the hang of something like this, you're gonna it's endless, and you're gonna learn a lot about design and how to play. And this is a great tool for that. Okay, so that's it for my quick tips on art Rage six, we have the color picker how to sample colors. The different color blocks you can have. Um I'd like to see a triangle instead of a square that might be in there, but I haven't found it yet. And then we have the paint in cemetery. You can paint vertically, horizontally. You can add segments and just go off. So all right, now let's continue with the portrait painting that I showed at the beginning of this video . And let's talk about artist block and how to get out of it. If you're facing that as creatives, where all the time facing this pressure of having to create something new, and it just comes with the territory of being a creative person, and that can create a downward pole or attention that can be hard to escape from sometimes . So here's a few things you can do right now. To escape this creativity. Killer number one draw upside down. The mind and body are connected, and the mind gets used to seeing things and then telling the body exactly how to draw it. And the body, through repetition, perfects these movements. And that's really good when you want, because you do want predictable results because it makes drawing easier and funnier and faster. But with the downside of this is weaken. Get into a rut by doing the same thing over and over again. So to break this, you want to introduce some confusion, and drawing upside down provides just that. This is analogous to cross training when you're working out the idea that if you change your workout, you can shock your muscles and achieve better results or make you leaner, stronger and bastard cetera. Basically, by stimulating the muscle differently and you break its training habit or it's automatic response to exercise. The purpose of this kind of practice is to force your left side of the brain to give up identifying what you draw. So even if you have a little voice that tells you the name of what you're seeing, ignore it. Instead, focus on the specific line or the shapes that you're drawing, or the directions of the lines and how those things relate to one another. That's going to confuse the heck out of your mind body connection that you're so familiar with and allow you just to enjoy the process of looking at the dark and light puzzle pieces , the lines, the shapes and drawing those things instead of eyes, nose, mouth and identifiable anatomy that is sometimes so intimidating. You can read more about this in Betty Edwards famous book, drawing on the right side of the brain, where she goes into it in detail. All right, Number two. This is a fun one. Drawing with the lights off. Take a big sheet of 18 by 24 newsprint or even just a sketchbook, turned the lights off and just start to let the pan soul or paintbrush move across the paper. You could do circles. You could do infinity signs. You could do flow with rhythm. You can do anything. Just let your body control the movement. Let's your intuition go, kind of like the automatic drawing videos I did before. You can check him out and then turn the lights that back on and see what's there. And then you can kind of see something into it and develop those shapes into something. And this brings up the question. Who's in control? Is it the drawing that's in control? Or the artist that's in control? Something to really think about? But it's definitely a fun exercise and one worth trying. It'll get you out of control in touch with your intuition and your spirit and bring back that joy of pure play that we love so much as Kids number three create every day. If you do something anything every day, it will create a habit just 15 minutes a day to scribble on paper or cut out some construction paper and work with colors, textures, swipes and paint across the canvas. We'll start to look forward to the time set. Aside from making art. In her article, a collage a day. Robin McClendon writes about the benefits she reaped from challenging herself to create a collage a day for a year. Check it out and see what she discovered. Number four. Take a walk in nature. I always feel inspired by taking a walk in nature when I see the blue sky in the white, puffy clouds, the soaring hawk, the butterfly bees, the beautiful flowers and their colors that streams. All of that stuff. It's it's immediate. What happens when I walk outside and look for beauty in nature? And there's an upward call that I find pointing me, pulling me towards something greater, something creative, and I just find that I'm uplifted and motivated to get back into the studio and start making things. If you don't live near nature, you live in a city, just go out with the intention of finding new things, to look at the same old stuff, but just seeing it in a different way. And I can almost guarantee you you're going to find some surprising things that are gonna make you. I feel uplifted and give you that joy to create again. All right, that wraps up this video this portrait was painted with art Rage. Six. Studio Pro If you're interested in learning more about art rage, check out the affiliate link below and learn more about this awesome software. I hope this video is inspirational to you and lifted you up somehow. Remember to follow me on instagram at Draw juice. You can check out my portrait drawing course at Rogers dot com. Remember to give me a like on this video and subscribe. Leave your comments down below and I'll see you in the next one.