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Old Skool Prop

Bending Unit
« on: 03-15-2005 02:55 »

I want to start drawing fan art, are there any programmes i can download that are really useful, any recomendation, any help sites to show how to draw the characters any help would be appreciated!
Capīn Skusting

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #1 on: 03-15-2005 08:28 »

I don't know about any downloadable graphics programs, but if you have a scanner, pencil and paper is always a good place to start.
If you read through the posts of each fan artist's gallery/thread, you may find some good tips.
Also, you should read the interviews with the fan artists over at Futurama Madhouse/The Leela Zone.
All the best Futurama links are at the bottom of every PEEL page.

« Reply #2 on: 03-15-2005 09:07 »

OK, I'll try...  smile

I don't know of any sites that offer drawing guides, but there's been a lot of good advice from the professionals in the TLZ interviews recently. And check out the 'how to draw' features on the seasons 3 and 4 discs, they're official stuff from the animators and very handy, even if you don't follow their drawing style.

The important thing to begin with is to get some practice sketching the characters. Lots of practice.
If you have your own particular drawing style that you're good at, it might be worth trying to draw the characters in that style, but I still think its good to get a feel for the groening style to start with.

About computer programs - These aren't always  needed to create stunning artwork, when you're just starting out concentrate on the pencils, and worry about the digital crap later. Oh, and get a graphics tablet, it makes things much easier/ quicker.

Adobe Photoshop:
The main high-end program that everyone uses, it'll do anything you like, but takes some getting used to. When learning it, concentrate on getting the hang of layers and the pen tool, as well as all the different colouring modes (multiply etc.)

Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Freehand:
Perfect for turning a messy pencil drawing into smooth clean lines, it looks great, but I find it really boring to use, you might want to get some advice from a passing scan artist on using bezier curves and things, I can't explain them very well.

There's other, cheaper programs out there too (not that 'buying' software has ever been a problem for me  wink ), paint shop pro is a good alternative to photoshop, and I've seen some rather nice artwork done in Corel Painter and Open Canvas, which both give a more hand-painted look. Although you might want to just use actual paint instead...

Take your time with your work, try to think of some cool idea for an artwork to motivate you to draw it. Watch the show a lot, and check out (but don't copy) other fanart to get some ideas. And finally, don't feel like everything has to be a masterpiece, it won't be, I'm quite happy being an average artist as long as I can get the ideas I have on to paper.

Wooo! 500 posts!
Capīn Skusting

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #3 on: 03-15-2005 12:43 »

I'm much too lazy to give such good advice as Zmithy has just given.
Old Skool Prop

Bending Unit
« Reply #4 on: 03-15-2005 15:20 »

RS 2thou

Urban Legend
« Reply #5 on: 03-16-2005 05:07 »

I started by copying other pics, all my pics are hand drawn.
I use Adobe Photoshop 7 for finalising.
Have a look in my thread
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