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V.I.N - Yeah.. I'm soon finished doing studies from Bridgmans "Constructive Anatomy" but that's just one of the Bridgman books i own.. hehe.. more to come!
On a serious note though, as long as I feel I gain something from the practice I think I will continue doing it. After this book (will finish it off in the next post) I'll probably continue working on gesture and maybe tonal anatomy studies...
As far as imaginative goes.. that is one of my goals for sure, but I feel that much more foundational knowledge is needed before doing something like that. I do however get lots of ideas, original designs etc.. but feel that I am not proficient enough to realize them at this time. Drawing from life will probably/hopefully also become part of my daily routine.
Thanks for looking and your suggestions!
laxon - Thanks a lot for your kind words!
Coll stuff man, that baby portrait was pretty amazing, it actually looked real!
Demon Lizardman - Thank you! That was my first or second painting with my, at the time, new wacom. Took ridiculously long time.. I don't know.. almost 30 hours if I recall correctly. Pure shading practice, and I was really satisfied back then. Good practice I guess! Haven't been much drawing on the Wacom since then.. but I think that is about to change!
Here is finally the last batch from Bridgman's "Constructive anatomy".
What did I learn? Not what I initially intended or thought. I was targeting an understanding of the muscles, bones, insertion points, planes and masses.. Instead I think my hand/brain coordination, line confidence, proportion, "drawing each day"-areas where what improved most.
I think this boils down to me not having these basic skills of drawing. It feels like it gets easier though, so absorbing concepts etc should become more manageble when the basics are in place!
Next up I guess I'll start dabbling a bit more with gestures and get into tonal representation of anatomy.
Marian Rowling - Thanks! Yeah.. I've thought about doing that and probably will a bit further down the road. Will finish of this book first and then add some more variety when it comes to drawing exercises. More general sketching and gestures, digital stuff etc. As it is now my sb is waaaay to boring to go through.. if you don't happen to like so-so reproductions of Bridgman that is
I have started working a bit on faces.. picking up were I left off a couple of years ago (my first post is about that). Back then I started to study the skull to gain a better understanding of the underlying structure of the head but unfortunately did not follow through.
This time my plan is to start with the skull from the side. Learning a generic skull fairly well (this time based on the illustrations from Stephen Rogers Peck's "Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist". After that moving on to drawing the face superimposed over the skull. Then start studying the planes of the face, and at that stage also tinker a bit with value and light.
Starting off with some skulls. And also some faces based on those skulls. Both real and cartoony proportions mixed up a bit. Most of the faces are loosely based on random photos from the net.
Continuing on the faces. I have been pretty fascinated by Nathan Fowkes charcoal portraits for some time and decided to try and use some of the beatiful Reilly'ish head abststractions he showed on his blog. Mainly to get some underlying support for where to put the different values of the head. Although my attempts are pretty bland I feel that I got something out of it, and will continue practicing along those lines.
Hey Chronberg nice to hear from you. Well done for doing all those Brigman drawings they look very accurate to me. You make me want to try harder with mine. Really like your faces they also look good and thanks for the link to Nathan Fowkes blog I really enjoyed it.
Last edited by Marian Rowling; November 9th, 2009 at 12:12 PM.
Wow and wow!! You draw a lot in one day!! And these bridgman look really good. I wonder how all these skills of your would look in a more complex drawing.
Just keep going, don't stop!!!
ps. do more figure studies too
Marian Rowling - Yeah.. it's been a few. I do feel that I need to vary my practice a bit so from now on there will be some other stuff as well (will continue the Bridgman studies in parallel though). Yep, trying to learn some basic proportions of the skull at the moment and also a bit about planes and values. I really dig Nathan Fowkes stuff, especially his portrait studies. Yum!
BlackDelphin - Hehe.. not in one day. It's over a number of days. Sometimes I'm more productive/have more time, sometimes not. Well.. I feel that I really need to be a little bit more well rounded before doing that. My ultimate goal is to not be hindered by technique and draw what pops up in my mind effortlessly.. but I have long road ahead of me before being able to do that.. if ever. Figure studies will come.. just not yet! Thank you for your kind words!
Some more skulls, from the front this time, and also heads based on those skulls. I did deviate from the skull on some of them to get a certain look. Will shade these as I did with the previous side views. Based on some faces found at Fellowhumans.org
BlackDelphin - It all depends on how fast I progress I guess. At a certain point I probably can't hold back as well!
Face studies from the front, continued.
Used abstractions again to find the planes and also as support for adding values. Ref used. Actually some of the faces became quite similar to the ref despite not going for absolute likeness. I wonder if that has something to do with all the Bridgman-studies I did/do.. sharper observation maybe?
Time for some non-human (well... a few hands thrown in as well ) stuff.
Always been very inspired and interested in vehicles.. so I'm going to try and draw a few.
Starting with a slightly pimped version of a VW Golf. Just in the early stages so far.. will try and get the major stuff down first and then move on to details. Pencil sketch and PS coloring.
Also been looking into perspective lately. I bought a book on the subject called "Vanishing Point: Perspective for Comics from the Ground Up" by Jason Cheeseman-Meyer, which I find very helpful. Really easy to understand but also covers a lot of more advanced (at least for me) techniques. Recommended!
Another perspective resource I found to be very informative was the tutorial-section over at Kevin Hulsey Illustration. Lots of tutorials there but I have only checked out the ones concerning perspective.
Oh, and also, here seems to be a pretty vast resource on the subject as well.
And of course... rounding off with some Bridgman hands!
Some Bridgman hands.. but also something new! A sketch and some progress images of a caricature I've been working on!
I really dig caricature but have never completed a single one until now! I also started dabbling with color theory at the same time, which made the process a bit lengthy. Not to speak about the intricacies of human skin. But now it’s done, and it feels like I learned some stuff in the process.
Speaking of color. I read through a bunch of the classic, great tutorials from Ron Lemen on the subject (I have read them before but never practiced any of it), really helpful. I also found good info in an old thread over at Sijun where Jason Manley and a bunch of people discussed color. Great stuff!
Marian Rowling - Thanks a lot for your kind words! Makes me !
Here are some stuff I've been doing lately. An in-progress caricature and two finished ones. Besides general polishing I will definitely work more on the likeness on the current one. I also include the finished car.
Happy new year everybody!
Haven't been sketching that much lately.. got sidetracked a bit. Wanted to try and do a couple of these cartoon ---> human kind of things. Liquify to the rescue I did paint some small parts here and there to make stuff blend together a bit better though. Good ps practice if nothing else.
The finished semi-caricature I finished a while ago.
Well, now that I've gotten that out of my system I will continue with a car digipainting I'm doing.
Last edited by Chronberg; January 30th, 2010 at 07:27 PM.