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a lil about myself: i've been doodling on 'n off since i was a kid, but never had any formal training. i work as a web designer for the past 10 years. however, it was more web graphics than illustration. for the past 3 years, i pretty much wasted my time on mmos, mostly WoW (/wave +1300shadowpriest..)
i bought a wacom intuous3 tablet over a month ago, and i've been trying to get back to drawing again. i recently started taking a anatomical drawing class that meets once a week. it's been a big help.
my fav. artists on CA are probably zhuzhu 'n min. i really like how they can capture the essence of the figure's gesture, expression just with a few rough strokes.
here are some of my tablet sketches. since i'm not used to PS brushes or even the tablet itself, i mainly want to focus on a figure's form/gesture. my hardcopy drawings are probably more anatomically correct than these. (which i'll scan soon)
any comments are welcome and appreciated. i have a long way to go.
a few more. as you can see, i'm not very good at shading at all.
Yeah WoW tends to take people far away....
Cool stuff. The graphic design is really the strongest here, but I can see that your trying to start with a flowing style and pay attention to gesture. Thats good, but definitely tighten up on some things, and start doing plenty of studies from life and from anatomy.
Good luck and keep posting!
thanks for the comment Chaotic. I find it's rather overwhelming for me atm, especially after looking at other people's work. there's so much to learn. i find myself trying to run before i can walk, so to speak. i'm tempted to play with custom brushes and colors etc. but i think i'll stick with the fundamentals for now, focus on anatomy/form/gesture.
Got any non digital sketches? if so, please post em to. Otherwise i believe once you'll get used to the wacom we can judge your work a lot better, try working with large brushes.
I know there are plenty books on anatomy, the current ones I own are:
Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing From Life
An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists
Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, Second Edition
All of these books are great, each focuses on a different aspect. however, I feel even after reading these books, especially bridgman 'n fritz's book, i still don't have a good grasp on muscle groups. this causes my figures to be unrealistic, and makes the shading very hard too. the An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists has some great illustrations, however when i try to draw figures in different poses, i tend to get lost. are there other books out there that go more indepth on skeleton/muscle?
i did some research, it seems Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form got some great reviews.
also another newbie question: when you do sketches in photoshop, what dpi and brush size do you start with? right now, i use 150pi, 8px round brush(/w opacity set to pen pressure) for line arts.
Jin, you are doing great! Keep up the good work bro.
Pace yourself with diligence and patience; in time the little breakthroughs will be uplifting and inspiring. When things get hard, work through them, because if it is easy you are not learning anything. Rough spots are not call for frustration, but rather a call for you to work harder for a greater reward of another breakthrough.
Look forward to seeing you in D.C. soon!
some sketches of heads. scanned pencil drawings.