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I've been a member of CA for awhile now, and finally have the nerve to start up a sketchbook. I'm horrible with motivation, so I figured this might just do it. Comment/critiques are quite welcome--please, help me improve.
The first sketch is from (ack!) 3 or so years ago, and the next two are from last year. Sadly, these are my most recent sketches. And as a gesture of good faith (since all three sketches are rather without hands), I've included a page of hand/finger studies. Draw 100 hands and the 101st will start to look good, right? Full-body and facial studies are next, since I realize how off my anatomy really is.
EDIT : Added "finished" Dark Elf Sorceress, which will be redone soon.
Last edited by Kylana; March 2nd, 2009 at 01:45 AM.
great idea to start a sketchbook, this is a great place to learn
would be great to see some new stuff given that these are up to 3yrs old!
you are right about the studies, keep em comin and you'll see that difference in no time. hope you manage to keep this going, ill be checking back.
life drawing is a must, observation is key.
Thanks for the welcome and encouragement, Don-key.
Been running errands for most of the day, but I made myself do at least this. I think it looked better before the shading, but meh. I'll work on the side/back view tomorrow.
Definitely work with studies, its a great way to improve and practice. You can use Loomis's books (if you need the pdfs you can find them all here . Have a look at some Bridgman too.
The hands look pretty good! Give yourself goals to stay motivated, say, get done about 30 hands a week (more's always great), the next week 15 skull studies, etc.
Nice start, keep it up.
The expressions are very good!Keep working!And keep doing studies!
Sweet_Sorrow : Thanks! I've actually been working with some of the Loomis books (that's where these references are from, actually). Bridgeman's next on my list. That a good idea for goals--beats the heck out of my current "Just draw SOMEthing today" goals
Camara : I appreciate that--most of my faces end up with a similar expression, but I've been trying to push that a bit.
And now, for the next skull view (exciting, isn't it?) :
And finally the posterior view of the skull. I was originally pretty iffy about it, but it's starting to grow on me. The second picture, not so much. It's from a photo from characterdesigns.com, but I hardly do it justice. Butchery comes to mind, actually, but I'm posting it anyways for growth and all that.
Well, you've got really good potencial. Just draw a lot.. i mean A LOT! ;D
Practicing is the only solution to get improved.
So leave your idleness behind and kick ass *bam!*.
Your sketches are nice, but keep posting.
I guess you will be a great artist one time .
cheers - Jul
Hey, just stopping by your sketchbook. I mean, you voted in my poll, the least I could do was give you a quick review.
Looks like you've gotten a lot better at form. Still some minor issues in your most recent post with the female neck, but these are just tweaks. Try to focus on moving beyond the pencil.
Do you have Photoshop or Painter? If so, I could help you with some tips and tricks I use to check my form, value, color, and contrast to help maximize the appeal of any artwork.
Everything considered, I'd like to see you do a sketch of two people interacting by fighting, necking, shaking hands, whatever...
Hi! thought i'd stop by and leave a comment... um. everybody's pretty much said what i wanted to say. so I will just say that u should post alot more stuff. oh and one more thing...
by Blue Disciple "Everything considered, I'd like to see you do a sketch of two people interacting by fighting, necking, shaking hands, whatever..."
i would to!
Thanks for the replies, guys. Once I can find where the "Thanks" button has scurried off to I'll come back and add those. EDIT : Ah, there it is!
I actually have both Photoshop and Painter, neither of which I've used recently. I'll be buying a tablet once the holidays are over, so I've been waiting for that to start 'em up again.
I've actually done a few studies/sketches since these were posted, so I suppose I should stop being lazy and get to it.
I've never seriously tried an interaction picture, but good call. I shall look up some reference and start.
Last edited by Kylana; December 20th, 2007 at 10:23 PM.
Girl, actually, and thanks. I seem to have come down with strep or somesuch, but I've at least collected a few references pics to narrow down. Hopefully I can get some sketches done while I'm confined to bed tomorrow.
Alrighty, here's the big update since August. Yeah, I know, it's not much. Mostly Loomis studies, with some random faces. And a squirrel.
Last edited by Kylana; January 23rd, 2008 at 10:06 PM. Reason: fixed due to attachment bug
I've decided to try a Dark Elf Sorceress from WAR... figured I'd post at the beginning stage to nip anatomical problems in the bud.
The hip on the left side is off. The legs join higher up on the torso and the right thigh is a bit small.
I like your figure studies. As well as the base of you Dark Elf so far.
Thanks for the input. As per your and Mute's suggestions, I've made a few slight adjustments. It's still not quite there, but it's a start. (And yes, she's supposed to be on her toes--she'll have high-heeled boots on).
EDIT - Added the newest version. Seeing them side-by-side like this, it doesn't seem like much of a change. More elven, though, so we'll see how it ends up.
Last edited by Kylana; June 10th, 2008 at 07:34 PM.
I don't know if you are still planning on doing any more to the dark elf sorceress but I noticed something about her chin doesn't look right. To me it looks like it is turned more straight up and down than matching the tilt of her head (could just be me though). I hope this was helpful and I think that you are doing great just keep up the studies. Also I can't wait to see what kinda hair style you draw for her.
You're right... hopefully I fixed it? And I really have no idea what to do with the hair, but maybe I'll figure it out once I start coloring.
Looks like you are coming a long, I like the hand sketches and I can't wait to see the finished Dark Elf
A: Because everybody knows that white is the default race.
Dark Elf: there's something wrong around her waist, but I have difficulties with this area myself, so I can't help, sorry. nothing too serious, just a too sharp angle or a form of a curve or something...
her right knee (left in the picture) is definitely a bit too low, but her pose and the other body parts are okay. I really like the new developments, weapon, clothes and especially her beautiful, proud face. the pose and face hold extremely much importance and they are good. keep it up! (with the pose and anatomy studies, too, they are in the good direction, you need them if you wish to draw your own figures)
Just continue drawing and posting. Because your works are great.
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I second shiNIN, I love how this is turning out. Good job
Wow, am I guilty of SB-neglect... I've never done a CHOW before, but figured Female Sith Lord would be an opportune time to start.
Meh, I feel so amateurish posting next to such great pieces. How can I fix this?
Great work so far, keep up the good work, let's see some more.
Thanks IceDearth, I plan on it :)
I participated in my first ever CHOW (Female Sith Lord) this week, and although I'm no where near the level of most entrants I'm damned happy I completed it.
Some 60-second drawings from Posemaniacs.
I think I need to switch to 90-seconds for a bit, because wow...