I've been lurking here for a while, but waited until recently to actually register, and I'm a total beginner as far as art goes. I've been posting my art on dA for some time, but since no one over there ever gives critique, I decided to post here instead, albeit after weeks and weeks of hesitation because everyone else here is so good at drawing. Heh.
To start off, here are some observational pieces from the past few days (I apologize in advance for terrible they are):
Last edited by Arlequin; November 24th, 2007 at 05:08 PM.
Have folks at DA been reccing this site like crazy or something? In the last few weeks we've had, like, 10,000 kids migrate over from DA. We must be special.
Anywho, welcome to the fold! The folks here are quite nice, so long as you're willing to learn and take advice.
I can't offer you much crit on what you've posted so far. Hand studies are a great way to learn about a lot of things (planes, value, foreshortening, etc.), so you're on the right track there. I'd say work on adding more contrast to your values. It'll make the whole thing pop more.
yeah, man you definitely are on the right track, that eye study looks pretty good, and i like how you wrote "supposed to be a ring" next to the ring study, it took me longer to read what you wrote then to realize what the object was... made me laugh, i would definitely suggest looking up some books on art... bridgeman and loomis are great. and im not sure where it is but i know theres a page in here somewhere with free ebooks... im sure it'll come up if you type free ebooks and conceptart.org in google. anywho, keep up the good work.
Wow, I definitely wasn't expecting such quick responses.
@Senira: Well, I heard of this site a very long time ago (as in, about a year ago), so I'm not sure if it has anything to do with people at dA reccomending the site as of late. But hey, CA is a good site, so that's alright. Haha.
Thanks for the advice.
@showdownmetal: Really (about the ring drawing)? That's reassuring; I was worried that it didn't look anything like a ring, as you can tell. Bridgman and Loomis? I'll have to remember that (even though I have some trouble when it comes to learning from books).
Last edited by Arlequin; November 25th, 2007 at 04:39 PM.
I think that you should really start trying to make your life drawings more like a "visual diary". I see that you like making comments on your pictures. It'd be really cool to see you do some of that and maybe add some sort of commentary that compliments the thing you're drawing.
Whatever you do, whether you think its right or wrong, you must never stop doing. Always keep going.
I'd say that you need to do a lot of anatomical studies. Keep with the sketching. Don't branch off and start with something else. Stick to the drawing boards. Check out the Bridgman studies. You can also learn a lot from Andrew Loomis. Actually, just pick up any book on figure drawings. Books that break down the anatomy piece by piece and then put it all back together again.
Also, if there are any art studios in your area they'd most likely have figure drawing sessions going on. You should make it out to those because there is nothing better than improving your skills than drawing from life.
@AmourFonce: Interesting idea, but what exactly do you mean by a "visual diary"? Would that be sort of a "sketch-a-day" type of thing, or...?
@Peetaer: I really want to take a figure drawing class, but seeing as I'm a minor, that might be a bit difficult. Though, I know figure drawing classes sometimes let people in even if they're underage if they have permission. I actually did recently start looking for any opportunity to attend figure drawing sessions, though.
@ghoulio: Thanks for the link!
So, after looking through one of Loomis' books, I did these (yes, I realize that I forgot part of the pelvis; I don't know how I missed it):
Last edited by Arlequin; December 3rd, 2007 at 12:23 PM.
youve got some really nice studies there,maybe take your time with the rendering.
the contrast in the lamp was good,and if you get your rendering a bit more blending i think it will look great.
really like the studies