Inspired by a friend yesterday….
This was inspired by a friend of mine who was drawing an African-esque race of people.
To those who are starting to draw or wanting to draw Africans and African-Americans, I’m going to give ya some little things to better draw people like me or my Black friends
- Pick up some hair magazines for Black hair. We have plenty out there. Our hair is very versatile and can adapt to any hairstyle(straight, braids, dreads, loose curls, afro, etc, etc) The two most popular magazines are Hype Hair and Sophisticate’s Black Hair
- On Men: Do not be afraid to draw full lips on the men. Do not. And dont think ‘If I give him full lips, he’ll look like a woman!’ He wont. Unless you made him already feminine-looking
- When drawing Afro hair(regardless of if you give him a huge afro or what have you), try and give it some texture. And i dont mean draw it like a cloud. I mean actually give it texture
- Look at pictures of Africans and African Americans. Hell, if you have some Black friends, ask them if you can draw them. But dont go “Hey! can I draw you cause I need to draw you!’ then you might creep people out.
- DONT BE AFRAID!
- PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!
You might say ‘But! drawing Black features is hard!’ To that, I have to chuckle and say, everyone’s features is hard. Hell, i have to admit, I have a hard time drawing Caucasian/White noses and eyes. But with Practice, i can get it.
If any artists have anything else to add, feel free to. It’s some tips from a Black artist who wants to help others draw Africans and African-Americans like me :)
To me, caucasian noses are like the HARDEST noses compared to asian and african noses ahaha.
But yes, this is good advice ppl! There’s also a lot of tumblr blogs focused on POC models and such, so they work as great reference sources!
I think this is especially important to remember if you are, like me, white and grew up in a society/area that have very few POC (like some parts of Scandinavia); it’s easy to only draw caucasian characters if it’s a majority where you live, but that’s not the case in many MANY other parts of the world.
Diversity is a great step towards improving your artwork no matter the style!
You know you really wanna look at this stuff. ;)
It’s time for some photo-spammin’ from the museum I visited with my pal!
I’m gonna upload these as photo-sets.
And since I took these partly as inspiration/references, I will have these under my “protip” tag. And yes, you can use these photos as reference or resource.
A Guide about Guidelines
If you’ve ever read an art-book or a tutorial online, you should be familiar with “guidelines”. Some people use all kinds of guidelines, while others seems to not need to use them at all - but most artists have or will use them some time in their life as artists.
The main point with guidelines is that they should help you being able to draw the same object in different angles or position, but still keep it’s appearance recognizable. Guidelines are also used in order to easier keep something appear symmetric.
By using diagonal lines, starting from the corners, we can easier find the centre of the area. And as you can see, when the cube is drawn in a certain perspective, the middle-line does not create two equally big parts… that is, if we would view this drawing as something 2-dimensional - which we don’t, of course!
With this in mind, we can use the very same guidelines in all kinds of angles or perspective.
This will also make it easier to keep track on proportions, both for the body and for the face. And since many guidelines we use are based on splitting everything in half to create a center-line, this knowledge is very useful for almost all kinds of techniques in drawing.
Practice sketching down the diagonal lines in order to quickly find the absolute centre of the plane.
You can use a ruler as a start, but it’s recommended to practice this freehand. After a while you will grow used to it and sooner or later you can find the absolute centre all on your own.
(At first I was just gonna fill this post with screenshots. But then I realized that it might be good to be able to edit the text if needed. This is actually from my booklet-version of “understanding anatomy”, but I think this part is so important that I’ll share it with you either way. Hngnng I’m too generous…. lol)
Random Art Promt Generator
This site has a really good generator for making up themes for painting to draw. Sometimes it might turn out a little bit random, but most of the times it makes sense. The best part is that it also sometimes suggest art style and color scheme for the painting.
DISCLAIMER: Boobies can vary in maany different shapes and sizes, both natural and fake boobies. The illustrations shown does not promise this goes for every single boobie out there. But it should cover most boobies. NOW GO DRAW BOOBIES<3
(well except the one about gravity - I am very sure about that one at least.)
my references: My own boobies, many life drawing studies, hentai and porn.
illustrations of how I compare the human ear with a unfinished bowl…