August 22, 2016

How to Draw Anything from Memory

Seeing people draw people, animals or objects seems like they must have a photographic memory. Blizzard Animator Lana Bachynski from Tea Time Animation knows that this is not always true. Following these simple steps, you can teach yourself to draw absolutely anything from memory.

Trace It

1. Using any creative software, such as Photoshop, open the image and create a new layer on top of it. You can make it semi-transparent by adjusting the opacity. Choose a drawing brush and trace the outlines of your image. Really focus on each and every line and the proportions. Every once in a while, hide the original photo and look at your drawing. Sometimes the first lines won’t look like the object at all and even seem wrong. As you build up, the resemblance will grow. Trace your image until you have reached a satisfactory result.

Reference It

2. Turn off that traced layer and shrink your original image so you have enough room around it. Create a new layer with a big canvas and now reference the original photo. Look at the small original, and draw a copy next to it. Compare proportions and relations as you see them, not as you think you know them. This step will be a bit more difficult, but as you have already traced the original, it will be much easier than if you had started off with this step.

Twist It

3. Turn off the reference drawing and create a new layer. With your original photo still visible, draw the subject from a different angle. Turn the subject in your mind, and draw it from this other perspective. This will teach you to keep the proportions, but challenge your imagination to abstract. Don’t try to find a new photo, use the original one as your source. You can practice this several times, each one with a different perspective.

Draw It

4. Now you can turn off your original photo. As you have it drawn several times now, you hands and eyes will remember this exercise. Now you can draw solely from your memory. Enjoy!

Watch the video below for more from Blizzard Animator Lana.


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October 8, 2016 0.5

By Robin Bonar-Law

erm no.
October 5, 2016 0.5

By Mike McMonagle

As a professional illustrator can I just say "Eh?"
September 18, 2016 0.5

Nothing to do with drawing
By Lusha Hood

I'm an artist and can tell you this article is rubbish, nothing to do with drawing skills or memory. Certainly tracing anything from a photograph or picture will not improve anyone's skills of drawing or memory...... This is just a tacky advertisement for some software.
August 25, 2016 0.5

Like... wtf...
By Monkey

You generally have wtf articles on your website, there is no vision or integrity behind this website that basically only exists to promote hardware, not ideas. But this is the most wtf article I read recently on the internet...

It's like a tutorial on how to pilot a spaceship: 1. you buy a spaceship, 2. you read the manual on how to operate the spaceship, 3. you buy a large supply of cookies for your next interstellar space voyage, 4. you take off.

Drawing from memory has nothing to do with tracing. In Photoshop. Nothing.

Photoshop is completely irrelevant in this context. And tracing is completely irrelevant to drawing, or visualizing, or drawing from memory, or becoming a better artist.

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