# Thread: My journey - From beginner, beyond..

1. ## My journey - From beginner, beyond..

I dont have any sketches to post with this because I have been working on paper and dont have a scanner nearby. Anyway, I am very frustrated. In the past 24 hours I have racked up probably 4 hours of draing nothing but spheres (using Loomis' crosshairs method) and well...I am having some problems making them right!

Maybe I am missing something in my technique but after drawing the sphere I am having a tough time seperating it into 4 quadrants.

Generally it is not the north-south line I am having a problem with but rather the east-west line.

Maybe I am not making any sense but I am sleep deprived. I will post some sketches later after I get home. If anyone has any ideas, tips, etc...bring em on.

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Crosshairs method? Which book?
I thought the cross was only important for the placement of the features of the head.
I guess I'm wrong though.

So the problem is that the circles are not round?
Or don't they look like spheres?
I guess it would help if I knew what the crosshairs method is :emb:

Maybe you try to work too fast. Try to draw really REALLY slow.
Don't increase the speed until the circles look like circles.
I think a teacher once said that circles should only be drawn in one direction.
Try clockwise and counter-clockwise.
Maybe anybody knows more?

Good exercise btw. I should do that too.

4. Hey sig. I refer the dividing of the sphere into 4 quads as the crosshair method. You are right...the crosshairs are for locating features on the face. They are also where the north/south and east/west lines meet. The presence of these lines turn the circle into a sphere.

I can draw circles in my sleep now. :p My problem is making it looks spherical. Maybe I should just pass this on. I dont have a problem shading a ball to make it look spherical...its just this line method!

5. Also, just to add...I am trying to draw a little slower right now and see if that helps me.

6. Originally posted by Signature

I think a teacher once said that circles should only be drawn in one direction.
Remember...not talking about circles, but spheres. But at any rate I have become pretty proficient at drawing circles. My method is using a 'block in' type of approach. I work very fast and lightly go clockwise/counterclockwise until I get the sphere blocked in with my mess. Then I go over the inside edge and voila. I like doing it this way, but like I said...spheres are the bane of my existence today...not circles. :p

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I see. Making them look like spheres with lines ...
I'd like to take a look at the Loomis Book. In which one is it?

Fun With A Pencil?
Successful Drawing?
Figure Dra....?

Btw I think it's a good idea to draw the circles in one motion.
Or at least that should be the long-term objective.

You should write that part of the Middle Class lessons.

8. Originally posted by Signature
I see. Making them look like spheres with lines ...
I'd like to take a look at the Loomis Book. In which one is it?
Head and Hands is the one I am currently working through since you and Cashmere have been whipping my butt in the hand drawing session we have going. Of course, then I get stuck on this. *sigh*

Btw I think it's a good idea to draw the circles in one motion.
I would also recommend this to people, especially those just starting out (listen to me...like I have been doing this for more than 3-4 weeks myself :p), but I have found myself to be a little too impatient to deal with my mistakes. Using the block in approach allows me to work fast and see the circle being developed like molding it with clay.

You should write that part of the Middle Class lessons.
I will. I will write up a step by step and include a wpe so people can see what I am doing.

9. After staring at my mutitude of little balls here (stop laughing!) I have come to the conclusion that I might be being a tad bit anal retentive. Perhaps the 'guidelines' dont have to be perfect since they are used only to guide in setting up the shape of the head.

I guess I can move on and see if it hinders me up the road. If it does I can always knock myself back a step.

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Exactly. Or start each drawing session with circles and spheres.
Then do more challenging stuff.
And HAVE FUN! :chug:

11. Originally posted by Signature
Exactly. Or start each drawing session with circles and spheres.
Then do more challenging stuff.
And HAVE FUN! :chug:
Heh. You mean your drawing sessions end?! I woke up this morning...sat up in bed and grabbed my pad and did some sphere doodles (continued form the previous night before bed). After a shower I was off to work. Waiting for my biscuit I drew some more spheres. Got to work today and well, I draw all day long here at work. I am a programmer so I code a bit and then draw a bit then code a bit...etc. At lunch I drew some more spheres sitting in my truck. And now here I am drawing some more.

12. Well, I couldn't move on until I got it right....but I did get it...finally.

I really need to get a scanner here at work. I almost never have any time at home to scan stuff up. I either drawing or playing with my kids and wife. I will try to scan tonight, because I want to make a progression thread much like McM's thread.

I did my first self portrait last night. It was a quickie, but I did it and it wasnt too awful, actually. I also was able to sketch my wife's face in 4 different positions while she slept. These were all under 15 minute sketches, too. (I have a cough right now and I kept waking her up :p)

Right now I am still working through the loomis book, Heads and Hands.

13. When you're doing your crosshair, remember that you're "slicing" your sphere. Like a plane going trough it and cutting it. If you're doing the standard half/half slicing, there shouldn't be any perspective issues.
Maybe this little babble is a wee bit too late, and if so, I'm sorry ! If you want a few explanatory sketches, don't hesitate

14. Originally posted by egerie
When you're doing your crosshair, remember that you're "slicing" your sphere. Like a plane going trough it and cutting it. If you're doing the standard half/half slicing, there shouldn't be any perspective issues.
Maybe this little babble is a wee bit too late, and if so, I'm sorry ! If you want a few explanatory sketches, don't hesitate
Feel free to post some sketches for the sake of completeness. As soon as I scan all my stuff from the past few days I will post my mess as well.

My problem was the 'curve'. Putting the lines in the right places to distinguish the four quarters.

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