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Nsio explains: The way I see the world part by Nsio Nsio explains: The way I see the world part by Nsio
The first part of tutorial series.

I'll start explaining how I see the world around me. While it may be a bit boring, otherworldly and not really telling you how to draw, it may help you to understand the concepts behind my drawings. Also, I'm not master of drawing myself yet, so this is not absolutely correct all the time.

These things are in very conceptual level at this point, but when I get to draw human characters, you will see how useful they are. These things will have a lot to do with the perspective drawing, which I'll cover later.

Nothing is as it seems...
The funniest thing about drawing is that we already have all the reference we possibly need around us and still we fail at drawing. How is this even possible?

It has mostly do with our brains, because our brains intentionally filter a lot of information away. The eyes gather simply too much information that it's no point using so much processing power, when certain reactions, habits and learnt knowledge will get the job done. For example, a leaf in shadow looks like it has the same color as one in light. Also, a person far away still look human sized. We can see several sides of a box, but it doesn't look skewed to us.

That said, while this kind of learnt knowledge is very useful, it's a real hindrance for an artist in training. An artist needs to learn seeing all the things our brains have filtered and then transfer that true visual data to the canvas. I believe that the power of art lies in illusion. For example, we know that our skin color is a bit yellowish. However, if our average Joe would paint the skin yellowish, it would look terrible. That's because our skin isn't really yellowish, but that's what we think it is. When an artist paints skin, she uses very different colors and for some reasons, the skin looks exactly like it should and we think it looks! How is this possible?

It's really fascinating how artists can make their paintings or drawings even more realistic than reality itself. I call this an illusion: something looks like A but it's actually B. So like in my previous example, a skin looks yellowish, but it's actually mix of purple, orange, red, green, blue and etc. The same principle of illusion can be seen almost anywhere.

To summarize, you need to draw the things very differently than you would think they. The table example is something I came up while playing piano. The effect is more evident there. Also, artists in training: read your assignments carefully. :)

Field of vision
Should be quite self-explanatory. You can see a lot of the surroundings around you. I recommend trying to look around your room with your peripheral vision, just like with the table. Sense the space around you. You should get this spatial feeling in your drawings too.

Scale and proportions
This may sound like an architects point of view, but these are the most common rules you will be dabble with. If you can see the proportions, you should be able to get most of your anatomical mistakes fixed. Of course, you will need to know what are the desirable proportions before you can fix the issues. I'll cover human character proportions in detail later.

But as a principle, I always try to find references from the elements in my drawing. If I know that a box A has certain proportions, I'll try to use a previously drawn box as a reference to get the proportions right. At the same time, I use other drawn elements in my drawing to determine the angle of new objects so that they look right from the beholders point of view.

Sometimes elements have the same proportions, but they are in different scale. For example, one cube may be smaller than another, but their proportions are still same. The bigger cube is just scaled up version of the smaller one. Then there is this case where two objects have the same proportions and scaling, but they still appear visually different in size. I call this distance scaling which takes place in perspective drawings. So in order to understand perspective, you will need to be able to see the proportions of the objects and their relation to each other and to the beholder.

If you didn't get anything at all, don't worry. You will understand it eventually if you keep practicing. The moment you understand them, I don't have much to teach you anymore.
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parameciumkid Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Dang, how did I miss this one when it came out? xD
I've never seen an art tutorial like this before, and I like it. Here I was wondering if I was the only artist who was thinking someone ought to explain the whole Field-of-view aberration effect as it applies to perspective in art.
xKirameku-Lunaix Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All your tutorials are very helpful and many don't seem to explain it as well or in depth as you do thanks so much I learned a lot! :dummy:
swordcat9 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
I always wondered what the psychological restrictions to my art were. I've never had it so simply and eloquently put to me before. Thanks.
doodleartsalot Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is good tips thank you! 
XxHomura-KiryuxX Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
GingerCat-P Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very smart and I like smart stuff~ :meow:
Black-Card Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Christ this is hurting my head.
bat-linked Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
This was really helpful ^^, except my skin is brown... but still helpful! :)
alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Table #1 = cubism :XD:
MirrorKey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never seen a tutorial quite like this, but now that you mention it, a lot of the more popular art uses the more "curvy" way at looking at geometric figures. Thanks!
CASANDRAGUIMAUVE Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student General Artist
OwO woowww Thanks that's very helpfull^^
blackLynx03 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You have one of the most interesting tutorials nad very helpful too.!!!
Sokkhue Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are interesting anc cool
Chirutai Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Thanks, that's really helpful!
I see your tutorials showing up on tumblr too regurlaly now, you are helping a lot of people with this, more than 1,111 viewers you've got on DA. :p
(by the way, do you have a tumblr yourself? Or are you just on DA?)
Nsio Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, that's good to hear :D

I'm just on DA. I prefer using only one channel rather than managing multiple accounts.
RobnRoll Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wouldn't have been that hard to cramp some boobs in.
SummerSalmon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

No boobies..TTnTT Hahah no.. :l Too much math to me D: My brains are melting!! AAAHHH!! D': But I'll just stare the pics and try to draw like you :iconba-kyunplz:

But this is really helpful!<3 So thank youu~<3

Chaos28561 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
I doubt this is true, but do you basically start off most (if not all) your drawings with a fisheye perspective, or is the fisheye effect in this tutorial just for emphasis on the shape of the eye and its effect on our perception?

Nsio Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's more like a concept behind everything I draw, so the latter. I rarely construct the perspective for my characters, but I still keep the beholder in mind. When I draw a general standing pose, I often have the head on beholders eye level and the rest of the body then follows the beholders vision. If you look closely, you should notice that often my character feet are seen from above, for instance.

Another reason for this are some limitations with constructed mathematical perspectives, but I'll cover them in perspective tutorial.

Also, I wanted to tell these points because they really make it easier to see things the right way, at least for me. :D
Chaos28561 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
*checks out some of your full figures*  ...I think I see what you're saying.  That's a really interesting artistic point of view.  :)

I can't wait to learn of the mathematical limitations, but mainly because I'm a math fag.  :iconmingrunplz:

ChilledAlmondJelly Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
soooo helpful, thanks!!!
Yamuii Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great *-*
I can't wait for the next explanation! :D
S3rb4n Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks great. Let's start from the basics.
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