Nice start on a sketchbook. You have some fun creatures there, and a fun use of colour. I like the background a lot on the one with the purple bazooka creature!
The last ones with the anatomy sketches are on the right track, but you should watch your proportions. Are the last ones drawn from reference? You should really focus on drawing from ref if you don't already. That helps you improving your proportions a lot. Your line is also rather messy and undecided, you should have that in mind while sketching, try to use less strokes with different strenght. Something I'm working on as well, it's easier said than done!
Keep up the good work, and definitely keep posting! Don't be put off by the lack of replies, they'll come eventually
Asab: Thank for reply, i drawed some pages from reference and try little by little to get more confidence in my lines. I quess i have to come up with a system how i divide my drawing time between reference studies, free drawing human poses from mind and just fun stuff so i will be making all of them in future, not just fun stuff.
Posting stuff i shall do, tonight another post as i will make some real life drawings
Makrophage:Thanks, I will try to get that heart back so we may enjoy ritual of eating a black juicy heart of love with really bad barbeque sauce.
I have to agree with evolution, i will someday show you my first human sketches and you eyes will start bleeding...
Your creatures and whatnot are great -- very charming. It is clear, though, that humans are your weakness. I really recommend the Loomis books, as well as whatever Bridgman you can get your hands on. Really read these books, and copy from them, making sure you understand what it is that you're copying. It'll help you a ton. And any life-drawing you can manage, even if it's just out at a park or cafe, will do wonders. Good luck!
Nettle_Mountain hi, thanks for dropping by my sb. Funfetus has just recommended you the best books to practice fundamentals. I like your experimenting with colors also.
You have some very expressive creatures. You have to keep practicing a lot to get the human figure right. Try to post all exercises, someone in the community will take a look and suggest some tips for progress for sure. Keep it up dude.
I like your creatures, very creative but just as me anatomy is the thing for us, but I can see that you are improving and that's good the hands you drew where very good, and the latest modelstudies very very good to
I'm not very good at drawing humans either, but since you like critique, I'll try to give you a bit of that.
I think so far the biggest problem is in the proportions. In your first post, the sketch at the bottom: all the people have the head too big and the legs too short. In the newer sketches, the proportions get a bit better, but the legs are still a bit too short.
Maybe this helps: http://cedarseed.deviantart.com/art/...-Body-15014442 (ok, it's not some famous anatomy book, but it works for a quick check I guess).
I find it a bit funny/cute how you draw men with rougher lines (the things you draw for fun have very fluid and smooth lines, I like those better.) But I think this will get better in time too, as you get more used to drawing humans.
Don't rely too much on photos. For the beginning it's ok, but if you use photo reference too much and no real models, your work will become flat and without depth (like mine is).
The hand sketches are really good, no problem there that I can see. Keep working, maybe you can try some portraits too. I'll keep an eye on this.
TheGnoll: thanks for visiting, i think i will try some animal anatomy/bone struckture next and try to draw a bit more varied all kind of things.
Kuutamo: That was fast! If your name comes from a finnish song i know, my hugbeasts will personally skin you alive and use it for filty, filty purposes. (when i was a small child my father tortured me by playing this song in a car about 10.000 times, usually non-stop)
About critique, you are right. My heads are too big and legs too small, i have to memorize that 8 heads system and draw reference pictures about it and propably make some head size-upper body studies.
"I find it a bit funny/cute how you draw men with rougher lines" Yeah, i am chauvinist bastard and i believe woman should be made from smooth helpless curves while crown of the creation, men should be carved from the stone. (It is only natural)
-----> Ok, i will start working on this, muscle structure and all. Thanks for the critique, it is greatly appreciated and i think your points will help me. Stay tuned
Cup of Joe, thanks, im doing life drawing right now
Sepulverture: nice to know someone liked, i have to do more fun stuff as well, can't be all water and bread...
Macrophage:thanks, i like later stuff too. I shall make them and get bloody rich and buy everything and buy myself a new 2b pencil at last! HAHAAHAHA THE WEALTH! NO more drawing by drawing on dirt by dirty nails...
Does anyone have good tips about making the backround on general ??? (should the sky be darker or lighter than the ground, should the fields on the horizon turn lighter or darker to get depth in picture?)
Hmm.. it seems you get the proportions right when you're paying attention to it (like in those body studies), but when you do creative stuff you draw the legs too short again (in the tribe drawing :p) Yes, I'm going to nag you about it until you get it right, that's why I choose this torture-related nickname.
As for the backgrounds, things get more faded and lacking detail in the distance. So, use lighter colours and less contrast for the background.
Last edited by Kuutamo; February 14th, 2008 at 07:31 AM.
Hey, thanks for coming by my book. I agree with a lot of Kuutamo's crits above. The proportions on your people are off in a couple places - as well as anatomy. For example, the dude in the tribe picture holding the spear, his left arm (viewer's right) has a MASSIVE deltoid. Much too big. Obviously, it's more pornounced because he's holding the spear, but watch in the mirror as you lift your arm up like that and you'll see the way your shoulder joint twists won't let the muscle show like that. I had a teacher who after every class would tell us to go home and stand naked in front of the mirror every night and move and watch our muscles. Sounds freaky. Works...mostly.
I'm envious of how you're always drawing the FULL figure, however. That's the hardest part of drawing and I've noticed in my own work I avoid finishing off the feet or drawing the full figure quite a lot. Keep doing that and eventually you'll see what is working and what isn't.
hmm... very interesting. The human anatomy is a bit off, but then again we arent all the same. You keep switching between cartoony and realism. i dont know if this would help but try sticking to one. when you go cartoony you tend to lose proportions of the anatomy. althought i like the clash between the two. TIP: use what you know to draw without ref, even if you have to clash things together. hope this helps
"EVERY GOOD PAINTER PAINTS WHAT HE IS" Jackson Pollock
"I am obsessed with the process of creation" Zdzislaw Beksinski
Kuutamo: Thanks for tips, i have been drawing with a intention about 2 months for now so this might take a year to get these close enought anatomically (maybe lifetime...), but im not in a hurry.
Please keep on nagging, maybe i'll get there little by little (keeps gnawing pencil)
snubbed: Yeah, you are right it is too big. Have to try to correct this in future posts, also i will try that mirror tip (girlfriend propably have to drag me away from the mirror...)
thanks for the tips, it is hard to draw always full fiqure but i made my mind up that it is whole pain or no gain at all. (im still bad drawer thought..)
Lostinthought: Well i try to make up my own style to draw humans, completely realistic choise seems to be a bit boring for my purposes and full cartoony too naive, some kind of synthesis would be allright but it propably take some time to manifest itself.
I have to look out for my proportions,many people has pointed this out so i will try to learn them harder.
Thanks for the help, feel free to come again sometimes to see if things have changed
Next update will be BIG, i will hold myself a anatomy day and try to draw many fast poses for few hours and study those big boring anatomy books. (and offcourse end up doodling random nonsense a lot which i will update as well)