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Tips and Tutorials / Guns! [Pistols]
« on: August 12, 2017, 10:50:51 PM »
I am making these to help out anyone that's trying to learn how to draw firearms. As of the time I write this, I am terrible at tutorials and have no clue for how far I want this to go, but I'll do my best.

What is a pistol?

(Credit to Andrew Helenek and Puffin's "Orochi" on Steam)

According to google, a pistol is "a small firearm designed to be held in one hand." Basically, they're smaller shooty-shooty devices and can be easily used even with only one hand.
For the sake of simplicity, there are two types of pistols: semi-automatics, and revolvers. The easiest way to differentiate them from each other is that revolvers are the things that cowboys use at high noon.
This post will cover semi-automatics.

Exhibit A. This is a Glock-type pistol, and is one of the most simple to draw.

I say this is the most simple because the slide (see the image below) is just a long box with many smaller boxes within it. The grip is a bit more complex, but still very possible.

I've highlighted the most basic parts of the pistol here, but a quick Google-image search of "parts of a handgun" might do more justice. (Please excuse my handwriting.)




From left to right
1. The two most basic shapes to structure a pistol is 2 rectangles. One is flat and long, the other is near the end and slanted slightly away.
2. Add a triangle to the back of the grip-rectangle. Put lines where the trigger guard should be, and make a little curve for the trigger. Put a line about 1/3 up from the bottom of the long rectangle.
3. Detail the gun. Round out the triangle to make the grip look more comfortable. The ejection port should be about right above the trigger.

Drawing at different angles involves the same process, but taking into account perspective. Tilt the rectangles together, but the structure should remain the same, as shown.

Practicing the most simple iterations of guns is good practice for getting the foundation for more complicated designs, because once you have the basics, it's all just a matter of adding details.

There are thousands of pistols in our world, so I CANNOT stress this enough:
DRAWING FROM REFERENCE IS NOT CHEATING. Since there are so many different pistols, all you need to do is pick one you like and find a reference for it, then try to draw it. Glocks and Colts may have the same basic shape, but they have a huge number of differences in details.
If you think professionals make guns/mechanical creations from memory, you're crazy.

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Manga Art Gallery / Branden's Sketchbook.
« on: August 09, 2017, 12:58:41 AM »
As per direction from Mahluaandmilk, I'll post some of my recent stuff here.
I love Titanfall 2, and that will be evident here.

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Welcome Center / Hi.
« on: August 09, 2017, 12:30:03 AM »
My name is Branden, and seeing as that wasn't taken as a username, I figured I may as well make it easy for myself. I'm currently a community college student and plan to attend Cal Poly after I have prereqs out of the way.

I am an artist, and I take pride in both work and improvement I make. I make pretty much everything with Papermate No.2 pencils, but I have recently been experimenting with a tablet and pen. It's disorienting. While I'm not a writer, I can write. Just don't expect me to be anywhere near up to par with the veterans here.

I am not completely involved in manga/anime things, I plan to more or less remedy that here. This should help at the very least. I'll have to relearn forum etiquette through this site.

As a sidenote, I also know MahluaandMilk outside of this forum.

So hi.

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