Lookin good, jg! Yeah, there pretty much is no shortcuts in these types of things... but you're on the right track, keep it up.
Looks good so far -- Loomis is of course very good, don't pass over George B. Bridgman thought as his methods combined with this pose file form the cornerstone of how I teach drawing and painting.
Also, for perspective I highly recommend Google Sketchup -- it's free and replaces the tedious technical labor of drawing out your perspective grids and just gives you more time for the creative side of things.
Hope that helps.
Jason: Thanks! That Pose File book looks intriguing. I tried Google Sketchup and it's awesome.
phoenicorn: Oh man, that's exactly what I haven't done! My last post was on December 2008, where did the time go!? An entire year? Now, that's depressing. I'll follow your advice. At once.
Looking at this sketchbook has made my own study feel so inadequate! I love your character designs on the first page, and your face studies look incredible, particularly that last one. Love the colours in it. I really like that illustration of the girl hugging the...something. That's the main problem with the piece, for me - I just don'tknow what she's hugging? Another thing is I just don't think those hatching you've got going on works at all in the piece. It just looks weird overlaying the colour. I think it would have been a lot better if you'd cleaned up your line and let the colour speak value - you can clearly do this because you can see it in your studies.
I'm not sure about your hatching in your sketches either. Sometimes I think it works well, but other times I'm not sure it's strong enough to carry the picture. Maybe you could look at other ways of hatching? Like cross-hatching or having the lines follow the direction of the form, rather than just one direction. I have a lot of problems with this as well so I should probably follow my own advice.
Just occurred to me, but maybe if you're drawing digitally, you could try using a bigger brush size for the sketches? It might force you to work a bit 'cleaner'.
Anyway, it was nice looking through here. You can clearly see your imagination drawings getting better as your studies also improve. Good luck with the the rest.
ceriously: Thanks for your critiques! I appreciate them so much, keep them coming! The girl is hugging a balloon, it was done for Illustration Friday and that was the subject of the week. I really need to improve my hatching, thanks for pointing that out.
Really like some of those faces in the last post. On the previous page, some of the people had very stiff poses, but I think that is my only crit .
I'm liking the faces, particularly the ones with a variety of tones. Get some black areas in with the greys!
Keep up the great work.
That digi portrait is gorgeous. Love how you get sucked into the eyes. Good to seeing you those studies. Will greatly imrove your colours when working from mind. Now the from mind stuff is not as awesome as they could be due to the kinda dull pallete.
You also got a very lovely way of sketching. Very interesting. Sometimes it's a bit overdone but overall really awesome.
Royzy: Thanks, I'll try to improve those poses. My imagination is so uninteresting.
jordyskateboardy: Dull colors, check. I'll try to improve on that.
Twan: Thanks! I'll keep an eye on those noses, then (heh). It's all digital, I haven't posted any scanned thing yet!
Your crits and comments keep me drawing, thank you all!
I really love your work!Your faces are extremely good,I also like your last colour painting,very realistic!It is good to see you doing some anatomy,could you post some bigger examples of that?(I mean the picture size,because there are a lot of studies in that picture but I can't really make them out-maybe the problem is with my eyes...)
Keep it up,thread bookmarked!
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I'm glad to read that you want to master anatomy whatever it takes!!
keep it up