Quick painting of Elsa from Frozen using the Soft Airbrushing technique. Very anime-like style for this character. Fun to do and a great little break from my usual daily activities. Hope you like it.
Fresh off the delivery today from Yamato Toys is my Lady Dragon Statue! I’m fully stocked with my own statue and it’s ready to go out. I will be sending invoices tonight to all that have pre-ordered. I tell you, it is a very strange feeling to stock up on my own statue. But I truly believe this is the best inventory I have so far=).
My First Impression
First impression of the statue from the factory is that the face is incredible! I don’t know how they are able to paint so intricately on such a small area. But you know, Yamato does have a reputation for great face painting on their Fantasy Figure Gallery line of statues. So I am very glad to part of that line. The rest of the body is good too. Some seam areas are not as cleanly painted, but you find that in all other 1:6 scale resin productions. Overall, it exceeded my expectations. I love it! And I hope you will too.
Being an artist, you are expected to be able to draw what you see. And if you are unable to do that, people will consider you to be a crappy artist. Unless of course, you identify yourself as a contemporary artist then anything goes. But that’s another story. To be able to draw accurately, you need to develop a great sense of spacing between edges and relative angles of different elements. In beginner drawing classes, in order to copy exactly, they will make you apply even spaced grid over the image you want to draw, and then have a larger evenly spaced grid lines on your drawing paper. Then block by block, you draw everything inside each block. That is an effective way of matching what you need to draw, but is also an excruciatingly painful process. The thing I took away from that lesson was to never do that again!
You Need to See Correctly!
Most people just see things. An artist need to not only see, but also read the relationship between all the elements involved. The most basic way of measuring what you see is to spot edges or elements that are almost perfectly horizontally or vertically aligned to each other. Just imagine you have the ability to visualize vertical and horizontal lines in your site. That is the first step of seeing relations between elements. Since most elements are rarely aligned perfectly, you will be forced to see the angles between the elements. Measuring the angle is more difficult, but gets easier with practice. That is the key to being able to draw what you see, by reading the spacing and angles accurately.
Once you have the ability to measure with your site, then you are partly developing what people call the artistic eye. You will then notice spacial nuances in everything you see, and you will never be the same. With your artistic eye, a slightly crooked picture frame will irritate you like never before.
Tutorial Video on Drawing What You See
Here is how I measure in order to draw accurately from reference.
Learn How to Draw Anything
There are many how-to-draw videos and tutorials online, and some of them are very good. If you have been following me, you know I have been doing some videos on drawing with pencils as well. Some of my drawing videos has gotten pretty good responses from viewers, so I am posting my top three videos here.
In my videos, I try to approach it differently than from many others out there. Instead of showing you how to draw a specific thing, I want to show you how to draw anything. And that involves showing you the very basic fundamentals of drawing. Which is what? Well, doing a drawing is mostly repetitious work. It is nothing more than a series of strokes. How you apply the strokes makes all the difference. Therefore, it is all about hand control. Once you master hand control, you will be able to apply the knowledge in your head to paper. Without hand control, it doesn’t matter how many art books you read, you can’t translate that on paper.
That is what I am starting with–hand control. Judging from the feedback I get from viewers, I am pretty sure it will help you if you are a beginner artist. Let me know what you think. Thanks, -Wei
How to Draw Lines
How to Shade with Cross-Hatching
How to Draw Curves and Circles
My Statue is Finally Done!
If there was ever a labor of love for me, this is it! Below are the approved Lady Dragon paint master from the factory. The final product should look very close to what is shown.
The release date is March of this year. If you want one, you can pre-order my statue from the Yamato website. Or if you like, you can order it directly from me by emailing me and I’ll put you on the list. Then once I get the inventory, I will email you to confirm the order. You can always change your mind, there’s nothing formal here. The cost of the Lady Dragon statue is $199.99 with free shipping within the United States. The statue is 1/6 scale, approximately 12.5″ tall.
Check out the statue and do let me know what you think by commenting. Oh, almost forgot to mention, this statue features full cast-off capabilities! That means the dress comes off. You know I would not deprive you of that.