How to handle markings

4:03 PM, Friday April 8th 2022

Quick question. I am currently working on Lesson 5 and I chose to do a giraffe as one of my animals. How should I handle the markings on the giraffe? The very short fur on a giraffe means that there is not much to add to the silhouette except for the mane and tail, but the markings are very distinct and iconic for the animal. I am assuming that I ignore them because they are just surface decoration, but I wanted to check.

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6:55 PM, Friday April 8th 2022

Yes, there isn't any need to draw any sort of surface details / patterns (stripes, fur color, etc.) in your DaB drawings. In fact, it's actually better to avoid adding details like that entirely, as they will likely obfuscate or distract from the underlying construction.

It's important to remember that details are just details: the underlying construction is the most important element in DaB drawings. Without that, no amount of extra details will make the drawing look more believable or 3D.

IIRC Uncomfortable requests students to do a certain number of drawings for the homework assignment without adding any detail whatsoever. That is likely due to what I stated above (and a few other things, but that's the main gist of it lol)

Hopefully that answers your question :-)

7:04 PM, Friday April 8th 2022

Thanks. It's what I thought, but wanted to check.

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