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December 19th, 2010, 09:36 AM
My website: http://huangzhenyanghz.carbonmade.com/
My first steps to drawing the human face.
Practising on the head sketches. Trying to draw it from a standard circle, trying to define the proportion of the head.
Still have difficulty filling in the details like drawing the eyes on the head so it doesn't look like it's mapped on it.
Comments and perhaps useful tutorials you would like to suggest will be very much appreciated^^
December 20th, 2010, 03:08 AM
Skull practice, based on Andrew Loomis (a great book).
a la bapsi
December 20th, 2010, 04:28 AM
i was so sure that loomis explained eyes in detail, but maybe it was someone else. o_o
i hope i did more good than harm with this D:
December 20th, 2010, 04:34 AM
Hi a la bapsi, thanks, it'll be helpful^^. I think I'll focus on the head and the placings for now though.
More head sketches:
Practice on Plates 3 as suggested by author, from Andrew Loomis' book. Really love this practice, feels good to be on a right track, solidifying foundation bit by bit^^
Perhaps will be spending some time on this area for a while
December 20th, 2010, 10:21 AM
More heads practice using Andrew Loomis' method.
The heads look inconsistent and sometimes it looks bad, had trouble defining the shape of the eyes. Is it a elongated hexagon?
December 20th, 2010, 11:53 AM
The studies are looking good. Please...whatever you do...don't worry about the sketches looking bad. I made this mistake and it turned art into misery for me, and it took awhile to break away from that thinking. Anyways, just keep drawing faces and heads, you'll get it trust me. I'd recommend drawing from pictures and getting people to pose for you even if it's just for 5-10 mins. Keep it up and it will come to you.
December 21st, 2010, 09:27 AM
Flanagan: I just wanna say I'm really grateful for your words, your statement came in at such a crucial moment when I was kinda down a little and that kept me going. Thank you.
a la bapsi: Thank you too!
Heads practice from Andrew Loomis book today, wasted too much time today, I must make up for it! Perhaps will proceed to man and woman head variations. Understood a little about drawing head but I kept having the need to refer to the steps of Andrew Loomis on what facial feature to draw next. Need more understanding of where each part is located (jaw etc). I would like to be able to get to the stage (head) whereby I will know what to draw next and where to draw it, hope practice can give me that.
December 21st, 2010, 11:22 AM
Proportion with grids. I think I got my head overloaded with calculations (alot of halves going on, and I wonder how to draw this one in 3/4 view?) on this one, since there're many subdivisions and grid lines in Andrew Loomis' example. I find the hardest to be the upper part of the jaw as I had to guess it. Plus I'm also reluctant to use grids in drawings. HELP!
December 21st, 2010, 12:07 PM
Dont get too caught up with the geometry of things. Keep posting.
December 21st, 2010, 12:56 PM
Nice study, man. Give a go at shading and see where that takes you. Keep it up.
a la bapsi
December 21st, 2010, 03:17 PM
you're going at a very good pace with your studies.
keep em coming. :D
December 21st, 2010, 03:28 PM
Your Loomis head studies look good and you're drawing these digitally. Have you got any traditional media work. Paint, Pens, Pencils etc..?
December 21st, 2010, 04:40 PM
When I started drawing I always used grids and helping lines in order to understand proportions and how to properly draw complex shapes. It took me about two weeks of daily practice before I could draw something half-way decent without helping lines... it just takes time while your brain learns how to deal with lines, you're basically learning how to solve complex problems. The equivalent would be trying to solve a Calculus problem without knowing how adding and subtracting works, if that makes sense.
That being said, the heads look good and there seems to be a bit of improvement, just keep practicing and whenever you feel that something is difficult (you mention having trouble with eyes) grab some photos or a friend and look at their eyes, try drawing just the eye in various styles or methods; learn how to solve the problem.
I hope this makes sense and will help you improve.
December 22nd, 2010, 11:24 AM
Hi, I'm back again, today caught a flu and got delayed but this time more in-depth proportion study of Andrew Loomis head sketch.
Still figuring out where the lower jaw break line (everybody's seems to be located differently with comparison to photos) is, I think is at bottom of lower lip (according to the sketch in Andrew Loomis)?
Kambei Shimada: Thank you, I will remember that^^
Flanagan: Thank you, but I might hold off shading for now since I'm aiming to be able to sketch a full human, females actually^^ But I will consider about shading when I have a nice finished piece =)
a la bapsi: Thank you! Really appreciate that^^
Halogen: Thank you. I used to have traditional but I'm going full digital now though, due to the advantages of photoshop and digital^^ I'm actually trying to make myself get used to wacom sketching too.
dracken: Thank you! Your words gave me confidence to practise more. It reminds me of the japanese comic artist (Slam Dunk or Bleach), who said he couldn't draw anything in the beginning but just kept drawing and drawing till he finally got good and became a manga artist, and now a famous one. Thank you again! I will practise more.
December 22nd, 2010, 01:44 PM
Another grid proportion Andrew Loomis practice.
December 22nd, 2010, 04:21 PM
Your lines have more confidence. The sketches are nice and clean. Keep it up.
December 22nd, 2010, 05:12 PM
December 23rd, 2010, 05:38 AM
Flanagan: Thank you^^
ladyknowles: Thank you^^
Andrew Loomis Head sketch practice for today, with proportion grid, with studies on the ears, nose, eyes and lips. Perhaps should move on to eyes, ears, nose and lips studies. Still have trouble with identifying jaw breakoff points. Seems different from side view when view frontal.
December 23rd, 2010, 06:36 AM
cool sketchbook you have going
diggin the studies keep it up!
have a good one
December 23rd, 2010, 11:34 AM
Jaime: Hi Jaime, thank you^^ Your sketchbook is inspiring =)
Another Loomis head sketch, this time without the grids and drawn as much from memory as possible. Except for details like eyes, ears, lips, I had to take a sneak peek here and there. Dotted guidelines are alittle wobbly as I plot them by eye. I hope by doing the same sketch over and over, I will be able to remember how to draw the head someday naturally.
I still have the need to look at Loomis reference for construction..
December 23rd, 2010, 04:12 PM
Keep up the good work! you seem to be working real hard, drawing all the lines @_@!!!
December 24th, 2010, 04:18 AM
Puffynose: Thank you =)
Loomis head practice, started with a circle. Added abit of muscle to it. Need to practise the side view and also the individual facial parts, eyes, nose, lips, ears.
December 24th, 2010, 10:12 AM
Practice on eyes, from Andrew Loomis book.
December 24th, 2010, 10:18 AM
You've obviously got observational skills because those grids are very accurately drawn.
So why not try some quick, rough sketching from life? (Photos if you really can't find real people to practice on)
At this the learning stage, quantity over quality is the thing to focus on. Do hundreds of loose sketches with each careful diagramatic drawing, would be my advice. Sure other people who are much better than me would say otherwise, but mostly people seem to use the quantity approach, and honestly I think its the best way.
December 25th, 2010, 03:20 AM
larchist: Hi larchist, thanks, that seems like a great idea, thanks for sharing^^
Side view sketch, started from a circle, eyeballed the subdivision lines. Was surprised the side view is actually much harder than the front, more information to remember. I hope doing a few more of this will help me simplify and remember the proportions.
I must work harder.
Is it a good idea to sketch some facial parts as a form of taking a break?
December 26th, 2010, 07:40 AM
Some practice on ears..
December 26th, 2010, 09:16 AM
Hello there fellow Pisces :) It seems you are studying the same thing as me right now, heads. Really nail those fundamentals. Draw hundreds of them. That's what I am attempting to do. Everyone swears by it. So seasoned artists cant be wrong right? Your studies look good. Keep at it.
December 26th, 2010, 01:59 PM
Halogen: Hi there! I'm still unconfident to start the loose sketches as I'm still un familiar with the proportions, hence I'm using grids as guide, which I'm reluctant. Yesterday I tried to do a 3/4 view but I have difficulty in it because I can't seem to fit the construction on it accurately, needs some guesswork. And I can't imagine the look of the other face which is not seen fully. For example, in a 3/4 view, I do not know how much of the other face to hide from view. Maybe I will start to do the 3/4 view faces but I'm still having problem doing the construction for 3/4 views..
Female head sketch front view practice, from Andrew Loomis book.
I really wanted to be able to draw girls in both western comics marvel style and manga style. I hope I can do that by learning realistic first.
December 27th, 2010, 04:40 AM
Hi Good Day all!!! ^^
Side view female face sketch, from Andrew Loomis book (a great book!). Need more practice. I must work harder =x
December 27th, 2010, 02:05 PM
Female sideview head sketch practice, changed her hairstyle lol.
Need more practice!
December 28th, 2010, 09:26 AM
Tested myself on what I remember from Andrew Loomis, sideview female head sketch, without reference and without referring to Andrew Loomis' guide.
Some modifications I think I will make and errors to be corrected. I must practise more and work harder.
December 28th, 2010, 09:46 AM
you're definitely doing the right thing following loomis, but i think you're lacking a few base skills and that's holding you back
- perspective. you'll need to at least know about it if you want to draw heads in 3d rather than flat side-views all the time. even in your side views it shows that you're not drawing the actual 3d form, you're just sticking to the rules. which isnt bad, its just not going to improve much
- general drawing, as in line quality, gesture, construction. i think you're taking on a bit too much by doing heads right away, i'd start with something a lot easier. try some legs/arms/hands/feet, poses, maybe a simple still life? faces are the most difficult thing you could possibly start with, and are very daunting if you don't have a lot of experience
sry if that sounded negative, I really just think you're jumping ahead quite a big. hope it helps :)
December 29th, 2010, 03:04 PM
Hi all, did a painting practice of artgerm's character Wanda. Initially started as a character sketch but ended up painting it. Used only the hard round brush. Took quite long with this one.
I need more practice! Oh man, 24hrs a day seem to pass really fast.
Neonduck: Really appreciate your advice, thank you! Will give it a try, the head is indeed daunting but perhaps the most crucial part as well. Big risk big gain! Haha XD.
December 31st, 2010, 01:25 PM
Not sure if I can finish it..
I'm so inconsistent when it comes to rendering faces *face palms*
One thing I notice when I render the face, it somehow feels flat, does anyone know of a good colour palette for faces? I usually paint by choosing the light and dark and filling in the areas of light and shadow. But I duno where or how to effective put in the mid tone which is kinda the warm reddish colour which gives the face life. Help! >.<
December 31st, 2010, 02:00 PM
Hello, what's up?
I just wanted to say that your female
digital painting looks outstanding.
January 1st, 2011, 04:05 PM
Some updates on the girl wip painting.
Need more practice, but um let me rest my hand a little.
January 1st, 2011, 04:13 PM
That is what I am talking about,
new year does not matter,
a hard worker is a hard worker.
Great steps done on her, the effect
on the hand is outstanding.
January 2nd, 2011, 02:15 PM
LtPlissken: Hi there! Thanks alot for the encouragement, it made a difference =)
Some updates on painting..
Time to get back to gestures sketching =)
January 2nd, 2011, 05:53 PM
January 5th, 2011, 02:07 AM
Paint practice piece and a sketch with slight anime influence..
Currently reading Burne Hogarth..
I find that Burne Hogarth compliments well with Andrew Loomis, especially after doing some reading on Loomis first.
January 6th, 2011, 02:50 PM
Did lots of 3/4 view heads, all without success... morale was at rock bottom low but I know I can't give up till I manage to draw heads successfully.
As you can see, I was reading abit of Burne Hogarth and trying to draw it, combined with some information from Loomis. Then now reading Betty Edwards (her book is good as she has some good measurements for the head) and realised I have problems of putting the ear too close to the eyes, resulting in a skull chop-off syndrome. In her book, she has a good way of drawing portraits and capture the likeness by drawing the negative space. But I was thinking if that helps with form understanding?
Did a random creature paint as a break from the head failures. After the series of head failures, I went to draw manga just to get a tiny shred of boost back. I even thought of just drawing manga faces for good. But I know manga artists are also very good at realistic and there must be a reason for that. I'm at the fork of either get focus on gestures or solve the head problem first. Head is hard but if solved, will be a huge morale boost. Head is indeed the toughest subject an art student can ever face. I have in mind the placements of the facial features but I just can't get a good and accurate head shape to house them, esp in 3/4 view.. hmm.. Do you think it's good to study photos for the shape of head in 3/4?
I so wanted to draw a nice head, not necessary realistic but somewhat a cross between manga and realistic, real badly lol. *facepalms* In fact, it's that want which kinda drove me on despite difficulties and failures faced. I really wonder if just practising drawing alot of heads will help? I mean I know it will help but I think I need to know where the faults are and somewhat remedy them but sometimes I don't know where the fault lies.
And a lighting paint practice for the last entry.
January 7th, 2011, 10:58 AM
Hi all, did some practice on eyes.
Update: Some noses.
January 7th, 2011, 03:01 PM
A try at speedpaint/value study of The God of Gamblers, haha he rocks!
January 8th, 2011, 03:56 AM
Thank you for the welcome. I think that your pictures are pretty great too . I also tend to start from a circle when drawing faces too.
January 8th, 2011, 05:08 AM
Hey, those head constructions are lookin good. Chris Hart has a book where he uses that loomis circular approach for all his heads. Loomis goes more in depth tho- obviously since he created it, but check out Chris harts book. I think he has the style of head drawings your going for. He does comic book characters.
January 8th, 2011, 12:50 PM
A painting/value study of Sienna. I think I made her nose bridge too long... *facepalms*
Edit: Fixed her pinochio nose and closed her mouth. Real hard to draw half open mouth (shows a bit of teeth) nice.
ArtistFromNowhere21: Yeah, I think it's really a good shape to begin with, although a cube is easier for construction. Construction on circles are trickier though.
poetry man: Thank you! I'm reading Chris Hart's book now actually and it's a great read. He has realistic and comic styles. It seems like Chris Hart is like following Loomis' head approach too. The only problem I got when using Loomis' method is drawing 3/4, because I'm not sure how to lay in the construction properly, esp for the difficult angles. I hope doing life drawings can help. Or maybe just draw alot of 3/4 views till it somehow gets memorised in the head =)
January 9th, 2011, 02:32 AM
poetry man: lol, I own two of Chris Hart's books, "Manga Mania: Occult and Horror" and "Manga for the Beginner". They really helped me break free from drawing cutesy characters
pisces painter: I've never really worked with cube shapes before when drawing faces. Although I will use rectangle/square shapes to help with the placement of eyes.
January 9th, 2011, 10:39 AM
Hi guys, did some studies on hands, from Andrew Loomis.
ArtistFromNowhere21: You have his books? Nice, I'll check them out. They're more towards Marvel comics style right? Haha I like cutesy characters too, do you mean manga?
For the 3/4 view when I start with the circle, I always struggle to find where is the frontal face cut off point.
January 9th, 2011, 02:24 PM
Hi all, some more studies on hands from Andrew Loomis' book.
January 10th, 2011, 08:43 AM
Portrait color. Teeth a little weird.
January 10th, 2011, 01:43 PM
Luria from DA requested a painting so I took the chance to do a painting/value study of her.
January 10th, 2011, 04:29 PM
Hi, Awesome updates and thank you again for dropping by my book. I will take a look at Betty Edwards. Thank you for the suggestion. It is not just portraits I like, but they are hard. So I would like to learn them :)
I really like your work and your value studies. Unfortunatly I do not feel experienced enough to critique your work. Keep on plugging away :)
January 11th, 2011, 01:03 PM
Hi all, did some practice on heads from Andrew Loomis.
Halogen: Thanks! You're welcome, I just went reading her book because I was looking at the list of artist reads in a sticky on CA. It helped in my head anatomy studies. I hope it's helpful to you in doing portraits.
All the best in your draws and look forward to seeing your updates =)
January 12th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Some wip for today.
January 13th, 2011, 03:14 PM
Some updates on wip...
January 13th, 2011, 03:42 PM
Your sketch Never gonna give us up and turn around and hurt are eyes. Keep it up!
January 14th, 2011, 06:47 PM
Some updates on wip...
Note: Some distortion on the face and hand *facepalms* Always important to correct the drawing in the sketching stage. Anyways moving on, will take note of that mistake! Must practise more =)
January 17th, 2011, 10:34 AM
Hi everyone, I'm back once again.
Some kinda elf sketch I drew from my mind, keeping in mind the proportions I've learnt but without reference for the face. I tried this sketch after watching a face painting tutorial that shows that the facial features could be adjusted to look nicer even though the initial drawings are quite rough. I think I know where to put the facial features but I have problems making the face look nice, especially females. I'm thinking perhaps practise life drawings would help, of pretty girls and to understand what makes a face pretty. I think for this piece the skin palette looks okay.
Just curious (not sure if anyone reads this but...), how do you guys create different skin palettes? For me, I tried eyedropping from photos but the range of colors seems quite drastic though.
January 20th, 2011, 05:02 PM
Did an imaginary sketch of Lara Croft
January 22nd, 2011, 12:29 AM
Very nice work here, really dig your Psylocke and Lara Croft pieces. Nice to see you tackling Loomis as well, his approach to drawing heads specifically is unrivaled. Keep up the hard work!
January 22nd, 2011, 05:18 AM
i like post #43 , isn't he Yun-Fat Chow ?
January 24th, 2011, 01:58 PM
Hi, back again. Been doing lots of reading lately.
Managed to do a painting for today. Gotta find a better way to paint hair. Still procrastinating figure studies and drawings, I better work on it in the next post =)
cgaddict: Hi there, thank you! Your sketchbook is really inspiring to me. Thank you for dropping by! I like to study Loomis' works as I find them very structural and easy to understand for me =) All the best in your drawings^^
raminafshari: Hi! Yup, that's him, the God of Gamblers XD Thanks!
February 7th, 2011, 12:00 AM
I'm loving your sketchbook~ You make me want to work harder on my studies~ Thanks for posting~:)
February 24th, 2011, 08:41 AM
Hi guys, finally I'm back. Posting some works up, bear with me.
Pluscandy: Hi hi! Thanks alot^^ I'm happy to be of some help^^ Very nice sketchbook of yours, I like it XD
February 24th, 2011, 08:59 AM
Posting some more works..
March 5th, 2011, 12:11 PM
A quick paint from last week.
March 11th, 2011, 07:34 AM
Hi all, recently just did a sketch.
March 13th, 2011, 01:07 PM
Hi, I like your digital skills! Sometimes I notice some parts of the face with less attention: nose and cheeks in the last girl, jaw in the first of #65, left ear in the awesome girl of #64.. Hope it helps! bye
March 21st, 2011, 01:10 AM
Ivan_kolor: Thanks Ivan for pointing out^^ I'll take note =)
Some more recent works:
March 24th, 2011, 02:31 AM
Hi, all, how're you guys? Hope all is well^^
A recent piece, concept for origami cardboard toy series.
Origami Cardboard Cars.
March 24th, 2011, 04:31 AM
i really like the way u draw.. something different about it.. the shading.. the colors.. i donno... its smooth and soft .. i dnt know how u do it man.. but keep making magic.. i love it :)
April 17th, 2011, 10:25 AM
2 versions of city concept arts^^
July 29th, 2011, 11:32 AM
Hi all, back from a long hiatus.
A quick recent sketch but most importantly, I know what I need to do now.
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