Nate's Sketchbook || Filling the art wasteland that is my sketchbook
Hello there CA. This is my sketchbook, I hope to truly improve my art prowess here. I'm ultimately trying to get myself to a level where I can draw industry grade comics with ease. Thanks in advance to all who help me out and/or encourage me. I will take all help and try to apply it in my next studies. Without further ado, my drawings will continue on the next post on.
Just for the sake of the thread picture:
Last edited by Flakari Leader; October 19th, 2012 at 11:56 AM.
@throtailer: Thanks for your observations, I got the reference from:http://www.anatomyatlases.org/atlaso...nkarmant.shtml, in-case you can clear things up. About the neck, I went off what I saw on the left side, I probably should've drawn the other side of the neck.
Update: I now have a ton more time to draw. I quit my engineering college to pursue concept artistry without interference.
I worked on this piece for 8 hours and experimented with coloring digitally. This was made for a panel tag on EnterVOID, this is the sixth panel so don't worry if you're confused. All C&C are appreciated.
I'll start posting daily, I need to get my drawing groove back.
draw from life to put a realism layer on your figures.
study figure drawing,anatomy,perspective,etc.there is a lot of topics to learn.
practice,practice and PRACTICE.This the key.
And i think "How to Draw Comics The Marvel Way" will be helpful beside your studies.
Keep it up
anything can be quite good to use for shading. for myself, i manage with a pacer, but that only takes a lil longer than it probly should depending on how rich u want ur shading to be. but best, rough and quick shading can be done with a full graphite pencil (after its been worn down a bit is best). but really anythign good .. u just have to spend a little bit of time on ur work to achieve good results. THEN, if u really wanna get a good variation of values (contrast), use diff types of pencils (im no expert in that department, but have known other to do so).
for faces -- take it in steps. practise eyes/lips/nose etc on their own. put them together to make a face (practise head structure first). do diff angles with faces (profile, head on, 45 degree angle etc).
thats pretty much wat i have done, and u build up more confidence in drawing those types of things. anyway this is pretty long so ill stop now and u prob know all this...
but keep it up. and post more
Check out my SKETCHBOOK...looking for helpful advice!
@gkrit: Thanks for you input, I might checkout those pacers you were talking about. I've heard about drawing the parts of the face individually before but for some reason never put it into practice, but now I have. =D
@ajvenema: Thanks for stopping by. I'm actually trying to get into the CA Atelier so my next year will be spent in a community college and then I hope to go to Cali in '09.
Quick update, did some eye studies. I'll post more later, for some reason I just feel drained. I can't do all my studies at one time right now.
Cool, you've got the eyes down rather well! Welcome to the board btw.
What's just as important as studying individual parts of the body such as eyes as you have here: is that you need to know how to make them all meld together. I have a major problem in drawing that I have is I draw "an eye", then "another eye", then "a mouth" on the spot instead of plotting them out with basic shapes etc first.
Plan your drawings out. You get amazing artists that don't need to plan out their pictures, but they did at one stage. If you think to yourself "this pic took too long to draw " then tell yourself: "Wait... no it didn't..." simply because you're still walking in the shallow end of the pool, not quite up to par with the guys doing backflips and cannonballs into the deep end.
Anyway, don't be afraid to take the process slowly, and when you're drawing from life, draw from the overall shape first (plot things out) before focusing on the nitty gritty details.
More studies today, I have to work more, I'm slowly progressing in the amount of time I draw each day, but it's not enough. Hopefully I can draw much longer tomorrow. Did a study of A skull (gotta do more of those), one pic from Loomis and two real life studies. (Well, pictures) I also got myself away from petting my lines and drew with solid (semi-)confident lines. I hoping to improve quickly by using that method.
Update for today, did 30 60 second figure studies from posemaniacs for warm-up. Did some Loomis studies, bit of movement and the thing I'm really bad at, foreshortening. Plus I drew some hands. Time spent drawing-wise: I'm doing better, still feel like I didn't do enough.
I also need to work on hands holding objects, that hand holding the pipe just looks bad. D:
Last update of the year, here's to 2008 being the year for great progress!
Anyway, I'm posting my warm-up of 22, 60 second figure drawings from posemaniacs. Did a small Loomis study regarding the bones of the arm and the scapula. I also did a half hours worth of 5 minutes figure drawings. I put an * by the one I liked best from each page.
I learned two things this time around, 1. I draw very slowly, I can barely make the 60 second mark on my warm-up and on my 5 minute drawings, I have about 2:20 seconds left to refine(fix) the figure and shade, 2. My feet suck, especially when looking at my last 5 minute study on the bottom of my last picture.
Comments very much welcome, I'd like to get some feedback on different things to study in order to speed my progress or if I'm already on the right track.
One more thing: starting tomorrow, as part of a new years resolution for 2008, I'm going to draw a self-portrait every day I possibly can.
enrigo:Thanks for stopping by, I know I screwed up on that self-portrait, I was quickly doing it, but it's not an excuse for my lack of observation skills. I actually bookmarked a post here containing those same links. Thanks for posting them here, plus the extra "On site" ones. (I didn't have those links)
A new day, a new post.
I bought George Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life this morning and did some studies off it. Continued my warm-up with 15 more figures.
About my self portrait, I had one light source that made some strong shadows, I kind of look like a insane homicidal maniac. (I assure you I'm not.) I still have much work to do. Good thing there's always tomorrow. I'll post a happier pose next time to bring light to the thread. =)
The new self portrait looks much better than the last one, but I think something looks wrong with the right side (our right). I think the ears are not lining up with the head's angle, and the chin don't line up with the features. That's what I think, but I might be wrong
enrigo: I saw your comment while typing this, haha. It's amazing what happens when I don't rush and take suggestions. I seemed to move my head a bit when looking down to draw so I must've saw many different positions. Have any ideas how to remedy this? Oh, I just saw your image, all I have to say is, ouch. I'll look at that from now on.
It's a new record! I've now updated 4 times in a row! (I actually wanted 3 days in a row but I forgot I updated on the 31st. xD)
Anyway, did some rhythm and balance studies from Bridgman. Today I started a new method of how long I actually drew, it came out to be 2 hours and 1 minute. I implemented this because I knew I thought I was drawing more than I really was, now I can find out when I'm slacking and kick it into gear. Drawing 2 hours in a fifteen hour period is downright depressing. I'll try for four hours tomorrow. I need to be more dedicated if I want to be accepted to the CA Atelier this summer.
Oh, self-portrait coming soon. I felt like I needed to get this done and out. Dunno why.
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I got my self portrait done, I'm disappointed, it still doesn't look like me. It's not quite there yet, I can't even see that it's me just by the picture. I just can't wait until I can get it to where I can recognize myself. Maybe the Bridgman head and face studies will help. I think it's just my observation skills, they're not up to par yet. =(
I read from a lot of books and they all say beginners should use cross hatching for pencil shading. They say it's because smudging the picture can easily make it look flat and also lose the contrast. http://www.portrait-artist.org/basics/shading.html has a lot of information on portrait drawing that I think is pretty useful.
It's great to see you working so hard to succeed, keep it up! Do some co-ordination exercises once in a while too - they will really help define your lines and make your hand do what you want it to do. Draw vertical parallel lines, horizontal parallel lines, circles, ellipses, squares and fill a page with them every so often. Do blind contour drawings to help loosen up your arm and draw what you see. And then, do some 3d cubes, and check the perspective with a ruler - then draw them again. These exercises may seem boring but they can help so much.