Friday, May 18, 2007

Copying, not like Xerox

it's well known that copying is a highly effective form of learning, well, learning anything. It's also quite fun and easy, when you're feeling lazy. There is, however, one thing to keep in mind when doing it, and that is the why.

Basically, the reason you're copying something, is to get better, and to learn something from the one who made the original. In the copies above, I approached it as I do my own original drawings - by building proper understructure and working upwards from there. It was a much more educational experience than if I had just tried to match the original drawing line-by-line.

That being said, doing exact line-by-line, stroke-by-stroke copies is one way of learning to estimate distances and lengths, but that wasn't my goal here --- I draw mainly from imagination, not from reference --- sometimes even when using reference would be the wiser choice.

I didn't draw much today, I have a deadline coming up, (20th) which I cannot afford to miss. Deadlines do me good, but unless there's a downside to missing them, they do not matter much to me. Meaning, I run into some serious trouble every time I try to manage anything by myself.

Doing Ranma copies reminds me of how much of a genius Rumiko Takahashi really is. There is this rather interesting, organic quality to her drawings, and she gets away with a bare minimum of effort suggesting 3d shape. She also uses these relatively simple poses, and often uses this almost isometric PoV to set scenes. Her pacing is also quite nice for the most part.

That being said, I haven't been very happy with later volumes of Inuyasha. It starts out strong, though.

Is it wrong if I watch the Lucky Star opening on loop?


Benjamin A. said...

All right! Rantage plus sketches.

Yes, gotta copy first before you know what the bits and pieces are made of. I mean, I don't copy. I don't even trace, and what I trace I trace poorly. I can only imagine what would happen if I put a concerted effort towards actually drawing things. ^_^

Esa Karjalainen said...

Copying in writing is a tad trickier. Technically, I guess you do plenty of that in classic NETTG, but I'm not sure if that's the same kind of copying I refer to, here. One can copy the manner in which a story is told, or one can tell the same story again and again.... ( Most fan fics do at least some of that. )

Ammon said...

/me likey Ranma. It's been a long time since I've seen decent fan art of it. Could also be that the show's really getting old now and kids these days...

Yes, the Lucky Star opening is evil to watch on repeat. Other similarly evil opening sequences that I can think of immediately are:
- Full Moon o Sagashite
- Popotan
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

But Lucky Star... really is very evil. The opening is so evil in fact, that I have never actually managed to watch episode one all the way through yet. It's one of the shows that was on the queue for my 6th set of reviews this season...