Monday, August 02, 2004

FAN ART CROSSOVER... Yes, it's Brad in 2001 as depicted by Rudolf Radna. Posted by Hello


Birdman said...
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R.Radna said...

I was disappointed with how Brad came out myself. I never took any art classes and havn't tried to draw anything in years, and graphic art never really was my thing. So yeah, the technique doesn't really measure up to other pictures people have done. I think I did learn by doing it, so perhaps in the future I will improve.

Cyberhick said...

Well, I think it's awesome. You draw Brad better than I do.

R.Radna said...

This was a fun idea, and I'm glad I drew it, but I think that after I scanned it and I tried to edit it on the computer, I messed up Brad's face a bit compared with what I'd drawn. Also, this was the first time I'd even tried to draw Brad. So it's not that it's bad per se, it's just not where I would have liked it to be in terms of faithfulness to the show. But that's what practice is for.

Another problem I had is I'd lent my vhs of 2001 to someone, so I had nothing to go on but what I could find online in terms of pictures from the movie. That's why the background isn't really authentic to any scene on discovery in the movie; it's a mix of various scenes, but it doesn't really have the right look. The background composition is also very static and uninteresting. I probably could have done it better if I'd had the movie.

I find when drawing, if you don't sketch out a framework first, it can be hard to draw in proportion. In terms of copying from another picture, it's best to focus on shapes before adding details. The style of this show is very focused on strong, flowing lines and proportions are also very important; getting the proportions off is probably one of the main things that cause people go wildly off-model, which isn't a bad thing in and of itself, unless you don't want to do that. This is why if you do a drawing of a character, and you think part of it just doesn't look right, you shouldn't be afraid to erase that part and try it again; I've done drawings where I thought the whole head was wrong and I ended up erasing and re-doing it, and it was better.

Another trick I've learned is to do a pencil drawing, and instead of inking that pencil drawing, make a dry copy of it with a copying machine, and ink and/or color the copy. That way, if you make a mistake inking or coloring, you didn't ruin your original pencil drawing.

Just remember not to use chalk. You all know why.

Cyberhick said...

The *first* time you drew Brad? The first time I tried I did really bad and it was totally inaccurate and I'm pretty glad that I lost the picture!

R.Radna said...

Well, it's really just a drawing of part of his head, so I'm not sure if you can really say this is a drawing of Brad. I've never drawn him as he appears on the show. The only characters from the show I've tried to draw so far are Jenny, Brit, Tiff and Vexus.

If you want to improve it's important to practice and learn to reproduce the shapes and proportions that make up the characters' appearence. Linework is also important, one of my problems is I'm messy in that area, and I think you have to basically draw a lot to teach yourself how to do that correctly.

I think the best advice about learning to draw came from the creator of 'Popeye the Sailor,' Elzie Crisler Segar, who in the original Popeye comic strips sometimes had a feature that was a sort of small 'learn how to draw' section that would explain basic concepts like perspective and such, and one of these offered the advice 'Keep drawing. Someone with less ability who practices will go farther than someone with more talent who doesn't work as hard' (I'm paraphrasing, because I read this when I was still in high school). I think that's very true.

Cyberhick said...

I still think that counts as drawing Brad. But you can draw Vexus? I've never tried, but that sounds really hard. If I tried to draw her she'd probably look like Pinky (from Bust-a-Move) if she were a million years old. Anyway, I submitted my computer doodle of Jenny and hopefully it will come in soon.

R.Radna said...

I had to redo it a few times but yeah, I did draw her; I tried to do it sort of in profile because I hadn't seen her head from that angle and it came out ok. I was conscious about not wanting people to think that I couldn't draw anything unless it was exactly what I'd seen on the show or in other people's drawings. Also, I thought that there were too few drawings of her. If she's in season 2 more, there will probably be a lot more drawings of her soon. She is, no competition, the best enemy on the show.

Cyberhick said...

Well, I've got my artwork up! It's Jenny as a Powerpuff Girl. Stupid, but fun to draw!

R.Radna said...

The Power-Puff style is pretty popular online. There seems to be a lot of PPG fanart out there, and people really seem to be getting into drawing non-PPG stuff in the PPG style, including RL people, or even themselves. I think we'll be seeing a lot of drawings like that one.

Cyberhick said...

I really like this drawing. I think Patrick would approve!

R.Radna said...

Thanks, but who's Patrick?

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