Yuumei does say that she recommends the method for time poor comic artists.
Sooner or later I’d have to chime in on this debate: Using 3D like this is definitely useful for if you need to draw the same room from multiple angles throughout the duration of a comic. If not for saving time, it will save continuity errors from panel to panel.
However, where this technique goes awry is when beginners look at it and see it as a shortcut to success. Read: It’s not. You want to use scatter brushes to paint cool looking trees in mere minutes? You want to extract a drawing out of random overlaid images as a base? Like all time-saving methods in art, this one is no different in that if utilized by someone who DOESN’T understand the principles behind it, it will look like crap. Most likely, a novice who traces a low-detail 3D model from Sketchup Warehouse will probably end up with a drawing that still very much looks like a 3D render. A pro doing the same will have the knowledge and insight to use the render as a guide for perspective and proportion and also use their own visual vocabulary to build all sorts of architectural details and objects not present in the original model to bring it to life. A developed visual vocabulary only comes from studying the world around you, drawing from observation / your own photography, and other artistic influences. After you learn the basics of drawing backgrounds, (perspective, composition, architecture, geography, etc) then you can use these shortcuts with great results. Otherwise, you’ll just impede your progress.
It won’t STOP you from learning, but it won’t be as effective as getting out and doing it yourself either. (For those who don’t live near urban centers to observe varied architecture, do photographic studies from Google Street view or something. Copy, don’t trace, the image. You’ll retain it better that way.)
(Haha: Visual Vocabulary is a term I picked up from Feng Zhu. It pertains to an individual’s own design language. We all have a certain way of thinking about things. The way you think is your design language. What you choose to put on paper is formed from your visual vocabulary — much like how we form words to make sentences of the language we’re familiar with speaking.)
yes THANK YOU
methods like this are TIME-SAVERS to be used AFTER YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW TO DO IT YOURSELF
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