Techniques in Art That Make Paintings Realistic & Three-Dimensional

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Making paintings realistic and three dimensional will require you to experiment with a few different techniques designed for this purpose. Learn about techniques in art that make paintings realistic and three dimensional with help from an experienced graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hi, everyone. My name is Gene Shaw. I'm an Illustrator and a Graphic Designer. I've been working in the industry for about 15 years. And in this video, we're going to cover some techniques that are going to make your drawings look more realistic in three-dimensional. We're going to make your drawings really pop. So, let's get started. Alright, so the main things that make painting realistic in three-dimensional is your use of shade, your use of color. Let's, before we jump into paint real quick, I'm just going to draw, I don't know, give myself a little underlying drawing here. Maybe this guy's just standing here doing nothing, just chilling. Maybe he's Mega-Man, he is a giant, gun on his arm, whatever. So, here he is and I'm going to give myself a, you know, just give him some form here, define some of the muscles a little bit. And what we're going to do is talk about our light source. Now, in this case, I'm just going to have the light coming from this direction. Okay. We'll say it's the sun or whatever. And talk about shade. Now, there are a few things in painting that you need to think about. You need to think about line width, okay. Line weight is essentially thickness. So, I just take my pencil here that's a thin line and that's a thick line. Okay. You can easily see the difference. Now, if we take, say a cylinder here and we'll just draw a quick cylinder, if I just make this side thicker, then immediately it give this cylinder depth. It appears as though there is a light source coming from this direction even if it's not quite that bright. The next thing is shading. So, we also know the difference of brighter light source coming from this side, it's going to be darker in contrast on the opposite side. So, without getting into too much here, we know that this side is going to be darker and now, with the thicker line on this side and a little bit of the shading, it's looking a little more three-dimensional, a little more realistic. So, if we come back to our Mega-Man guy here with this thing on his arm, whatever it is, and it's some kind of, I don't know, crazy gun, and we think of this as a cylinder and we've got our light source coming from this direction, the first thing we want to do is choose our line weights. So, let me just grab a paintbrush here and I'm going to grab some dark blue. And I'm going to come over the back of the, the gun element here 'cause this is absolutely, you know, this is, this is the guy whose cos playing Mega-Man. He loves Mega-Man and he's cos playing at Comic-Con. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to give myself the outline of the entire gun and again, this is just very basic and I want the side away from our light source to be darker. So, I'm going to go back into that darker blue and as you can see overtime, it's getting lighter and now, this gun area, and dip it back into the, the straight blue without going into the water, this back area looks darker and it looks as though the sun is coming from the other direction. Now, I go back into the water and maybe dip it into the water one more time before I come back into the page just so I can fill this area in with a lighter blue. And you can see between the line weight, the heavier line in the back there and the darker color, now this is starting to look a little bit more three-dimensional. So, those are two just easy techniques that you need to keep in mind when shading that will make your paintings more realistic, more three-dimensional. Alright, so there you have it, those are just a few small ways that you can help your drawings look more realistic and three-dimensional. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


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