VIDEO: Drawing process and supporting materials

 

  • Recording one’s work at different stages: Each prompt path is split into smaller stages, making it easier for the user to take one step at the time. For example, a full colour watercolour image with line art is split into three stages: sketching, line art and colouring. Luova provides customised support for each of the stages. During each stage the user has an option to take a photograph of their traditional, physical artwork, or import an image from a digital drawing software. The user can take or import as many progress images as they want. No matter how many WIP photos the user takes during the stage, after each stage the application asks the user to take or import at least one image. For example, the user can take multiple images of their sketch progress during the sketching stage, but they are asked to take at least one when they are finished with sketching. The application uses the images to assemble an animated progress gif displaying the process of the artwork so far.

 

  • Supporting materials: All research participants had difficulties finding relevant reference material or tutorials when drawing. Luova filters only relevant images or tutorials for each prompt, allowing the user to focus on drawing instead of spending their time trying to find relevant inspiration, reference images or tutorials. These customised supporting materials help the user when faced with shortcomings or insecurity, and make it easier to re-direct the attention to the drawing process. The supporting tips and reference images are immediately at hand when the user feels frustrated with a certain medium or subject.

 

  • The supporting materials consist of the following:

 

  • Tutorials: The tutorials are customised for each prompt type, stage and the available media. For example, during a sketching stage the tutorials focus on how to sketch the subject; perspective tips for prompts about landscapes, anatomy tips for drawing human characters, or tips for drawing clothing folds and details in character design related prompts. The prompt paths consist of stages, and each stage is continuous to the previous one. After the sketching stage, depending on the prompt and the media, the tutorials focus more on the used technique or tips for using the selected media. For example, the tutorials could provide a collection of tips on how to use liquid ink, how to use markers, or tutorials around different watercolour techniques. During all prompt paths the tutorials can be accessed from the stage menu, but during a “challenge” prompt path, a short tutorial is also displayed to the user before continuing to the drawing stage, thus introducing the idea or principle quickly for the user.
  • Inspiration & reference: In addition to tutorials, the user can access a gallery of images based on the subject and the stage of the prompt path. These images act as both inspiration and reference. The images are sorted under different categories. For example, during a prompt that suggests sketching a city street, the gallery images consist of categories such as “environment” – images of different city streets with different atmospheres, “objects” – images of miscellaneous objects that one could find from the streets, as well as “people”—images of different people one could add to a drawing of a city.