Weekly Photo Challenge: Twists

When I saw the topic for this week’s photo challenge, I thought I would do something a little different. I love to draw and at some points during this passion, I have run into obstacles and this one definitely involves a twist.

Braids.

They fascinated me because the direction they go and I couldn’t quite figure out how to replicate them in my style of drawing – which is predominately in a Manga type of style.

Every artist has their own unique style when they try to form a piece with sketching, painting, or inking. But, we all start somewhere and the desire to learn a new technique is there. If I wanted to learn a way to draw braids, I’m sure someone else does.

With that said, I’m going to show you the steps I use to draw braids from photos I took and show the ending result how I applied it to one of my drawings. My way isn’t the only way, obviously. But it is a way. 🙂

 

 

Step 1: Make a Zig Zag pattern. Just a simple line to give you a base to work from.

Braids1

Step 2: Next, you’ll want to extend the lines outward. I left off the bottom pieces so you could have a visual as to what I was doing.

 

Braids2

Step 3: Close the ends of the two lines with a motion that I’ve shown (or one that you feel comfortable with). My way isn’t the only way, obviously, so use your own creative technique.

Braids3

Step 4: Clean up the edges and detail until you’re happy with the ending product. I’ve shown in this picture how I erased the more boxy looks to give a better flow.

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Step 5:  Use the braid in a drawing of your choice. I decided to draw a Manga type girl.

BraidsFinal11

 

 

These are just very basic steps to get you started if you’re stuck on braids like I was. If there are any techniques that you have, I’d love to hear them.

I hope that I’ve helped and you can start feeling a bit more comfortable adding a twist to your artwork. 😉

 

Have a wonderful Sunday and, as always, much love.

S. Reed

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