I've been browsing CA for a while now, always with the idea of becoming more active in the forums. well that day has come!!
feel free to hold small parties to celebrate
incidentally, you guys get the best emoticons lol, i am totally going to abuse this power haHA!
let me get to the point, cause i think half the people who opened this thread have now closed it lol. Basically i have hit another art crisis, i say "another" because my first one happened mid last year. when i suddenly realised that i had been avoiding the real issue in my life..which was drawing..and had been trying to replace it with useless time wasters such as "a social life" and "friends"
Basically i had stopped drawing in my mid teen at which point anime was the coolest thing on two legs, and if it wasn't in a "how to draw ... " book i wasn't interested. This resulted in me having severely stunted my art abilities.
So i bit the bullet and did a whole bunch of life drawing classes and picked up the book that would change my life..yes that holiest of books.... Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
I did about half of it (basically stopped just before tone) and then went off on a tangent. This happened cause i got such a big improvement in skill that i got all excited and thought "HA i've got all i need now, i can do the rest on my own!"
oh poor fool was i.
things were ok for a while, but eventually the passion got replaced by life's little irritants, like jobs and bills...
and so i stopped drawing regularly again.
UNTIL NOW that is.
cause i've just woken up to the truth, i NEED to finish the book..i NEED to do so many more drawings to come even close to being halfway decent.
So here's the plan (thank god, its about time)
-every day for 6 months i will update this sketchbook with drawings
-these will include warm up exercises
-some self portraits (stole that idea off someone else's sketchbook thread..seemed like a good idea)
-and whatever else i have time for
But when i check back in 6 months i want to have achieved a few things.
-better understanding of tone
-better understanding of anatomy
-Ability to draw landscapes
-and to have finished the book (ideally long before the 6 months is up..i give myself 2 months for that task)
so there you have it. my pledge to me and i guess to you
and so now for the meat of it:
the worst opening sketches in the history of everything!
I begin first by making my rusty old mind warm up
then i do a few exercises from the book (in this case negative space drawings), by the second one things are warming up,
and finally some self portraits, as you can see the first one wasn't a great success, and the second wont win any prizes..but its a start.
and for record, so i know in the future, this all started on the 30/11/07
so will end sometime on the 5th 2008
More to come tomorrow.
oh and while there may not be much to look at now..feel free to crit away and offer advice, or hate mail..or whatever you fancy