The disdain so many men into mechanics have towards women is truly astounding. They condemn and mock women who do not understand cars but then refuse to even explain issues in the car without using jargon and without being patronizing.
Like, think about it. Think of toys given to girls and boys when they are children. Girls get dolls, ponies, easy bake ovens. Boys get hot wheels, transformers, ‘boy toys’.
From as early as children can think they are spilt into categories. I can name so many of my male friends who don’t know how to do laundry, cook, tricks to cleaning, how to match clothes, take care of children. Think about that. Why do guys suck at ‘girly’ things and why do girls ‘suck’ at guy things?
So for anyone who is mechanically inclined: Stop being such an absolute egotistical dickbag. A lot of women have just never been given the oppurtunity to learn about cars. Its all very intimidating at first. There’s just SO MANY parts that make a car run that its really scary without having a starting point. So yeah. Stop being meaniebutts.
N.B. When I’m saying “from life”, I really mean “from a still life, photos, the TV screen, observing people in the street, a cat, pretty much everything you can look at”. These are skills you can incorporate into any kind of drawing, whether it’s realistic(ish) portraits, studies for something completely fantastical, or to bring a solidity to something abstract. Like I said before, the idea is to train your brain to obey your eyes, and not the other way around. To stop yourself from seeing “symbols” (think of a clipart tree, then think of a real tree, right?) and to start seeing what’s really there.
The first trick to train your eyes is how to measure. In a life drawing class, you would be drawing on a giant sheet of paper taped to an easel. Even if you don’t have giant paper and an easel, drawing vertically is a good idea. Tape paper to the walls, tilt your desk up, draw on a digital canvas, whatever. The reason for this is that if you’re drawing flat (on your lap, on a flat desk), your drawing will look right from wherever angle your head is at, and the second you straighten up, you’ll see that your drawing is distorted. Your reference, whatever it is, should be sitting at eye level on the other side from your drawing hand.
You normally measure with a paint brush, because they’re long and straight. When measuring, you hold the brush out flat while keeping your arm fully extended and straight (otherwise you distort your measurements). You use the brush to find angles in your references, and to measure distances. This helps you to foreshorten (think if someone was pointing their hand directly towards you) and to break down, flatten, and understand what you’re seeing. Angles are invisible lines between every part of the body— not only elbows and knees, but between shoulders and hips, ears and noses, whatever. Once you start looking for them, you will see them.
These construction lines will guide the rest of your drawing, so trust them. Think of a low-poly mesh in 3D art. It’s what gives your drawing a form and a weight, which is important if we want to believe it’s real. If you’re drawing from life, these angles will change if you move your head. If you’re drawing from a photo, get creative. The angles in a photograph will not change, so try to trick yourself. Flip your photo upside down. Reverse it. Make your brain forget it’s drawing a face or a piece of fruit, and tell it you’re drawing a collection of angles and measurements. You with me so far? OK. Let’s keep going.
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Here on SongoftheAncients, I have uploaded, tagged, and organized every single song from the 4 official NieR RepliCant & Gestalt soundtracks as well as various covers, remixes and rips found all over the internet.