April 20, 2012

How to #DrawSomething in 10 easy steps.

My strategy with the game is to keep you guessing until the very end, and hopefully make you laugh. So I plan what I'm going to draw and leave out the crucial details until the end. Here's how I play Draw Something in ten easy steps:

Step 1: choose the widest brush and fill in the background, if there is one. In this case, I want black, to set the mood.



Step 2: Add any details to the background using smaller brushes. Note that the new update to the Draw Something app has a single stroke undo, which is really useful if you choose the wrong brush size. I was so glad to see that cuz I'm constantly using the wrong brush and having to repaint over my mistake.


Step 3: I like to put Pickle Weasel in all my drawings. So here's where I block him in. I'm already thinking about his final pose in the drawing, even at this early stage.



Step 4: Block in the colour areas on the character's body. It's important to do this before the outline stage, cuz it's hard to fill in colour in this app. I suck at keeping in the lines, so I like to do it this way.


Step 5: Add the outlines! Not all character's need outlines, but Pickle Weasel does. At this point I also throw in the facial details: eyes, nose, mouth etc. I have to get his expression just right - if you've played with me, you prolly notice I spend more time on this part. Or maybe I just imagine that.



Step 6: Now I paint in the details on his "costume".



Step 7: A few clues begin to creep into the drawing!



Step 8: Adjustments to Pickle Weasel's pose by adding his arms.

Step 9: Lastly I may add some text - this part is a great opportunity to inject humor.


An artist needs to stay in shape. Playing Draw Something is like exercise for me. It forces me to create a funny drawing with limited drawing tools, in a short time. It's like getting really good abs.

I also like the idea of doing a drawing just for someone else, and I enjoy getting others to draw too. Drawing is good for your brain.

Step 10: It's a 3-letter word. And here's your letters below.



What's the answer?

Play Draw Something with "The Animated Woman".


25 comments:

  1. You know, I keep kicking myself because I've forgotten to take screen shots of the pickle weasel drawings I've gotten from you.

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  2. You are crazy amazing. I'd start a game with you but I'm way too intimidated.

    Plus in spite of your incredible drawing, I still have no clue what the answer is. I mean, 3 letters? Really? Maybe it's because I can't rearrange the letters. I'm pretty hooked on that "shuffle" button.

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    1. Don't be intimidated - it's against the rules.

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  3. oh man... I am so bad at draw something.. I needed these pointers. Thank you! Maybe I will get up the courage to start up a game with you!

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  4. Joy is all I can find that is applicable. Although a mop might be necessary with all that dripping blood.

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    1. Hahaha. I'll keep the mop for later drawings.

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  5. Is the answer emo? I once upon a time played Draw Something... but I really suck at drawing. So, I thought it might be best to stop drawing for my friends' sake. Thanks for making me giggle with your step-by-step explanation.

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  6. I keep getting screwed up because I'm so used to WWF and no Proper Nouns, etc. :)

    My guess is Emo

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  7. Yeah, I'd guess emo too.
    You are so talented!
    Draw something looks like fun, but I'm terrible at drawing, although that could be amusing in a different way. ;)

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    1. I guess it helps to draw well, but it's more fun to play with a sense of humor. Like, for me, I don't worry about speed or numbers of coins. I just want it to be fun and funny.

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  8. That's the best drawing for emo. For that one, I drew Elmo, drew an arrow to him, then put, "minus the L."

    Lame.

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    1. THAT IS NOT LAME. It's creative. See I never would've thought of that. You rock.

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  9. I came back because I figured it out. Emo! Yeah, I know, I'm late to the party. Hahaha. Somebody else drew emo for me, and as soon as I saw it I knew that's what this was. I'd have gotten it if I could have rearranged the letters.

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  10. I would have guessed MOM... But I guess that's just me.
    We should play together some time.

    M

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  11. Love the step by step! Have downloaded app, all your fault! Ha, not an artist, giving it the ole try though! Denise.
    Ya know I need to get pic on mu google so I don't have to sign my name... :)

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  12. I love EMO Pickle Weasel! Initially in my sleep deprived state I was thinking "Poe" in a Tell Tale Heart sort of way.

    OvertiredMommy.com

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Cuz You Rocketh.