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May 17th, 2008 #1
Are you too lazy to look at my Sketchbook? Of course Not
Hey, what up?!? Im 15 from Wisconsin ... Ive been drawing for a very long time but only started to actually take it seriously since about January of 2008.
Ive been a member here for a while and I posted a sketchbook thread a while ago, but thats long gone. I also decided to try out digital stuff, so I downloaded the trial version of Corel Painter Essentials 4.
These are my first few pieces using it. As you can tell, Im a total newb at this so any and all help is needed! Thanks alot!
I am also wonderin how I can improve the picture quality of my drawings because when I look at them on here, they're crap. I know. So if you have any ideas that'd be great.
I bought a tablet so any new digital stuff (including the eye below) is done with that not the mouse anymore.
Last edited by Ekul; June 9th, 2008 at 04:33 PM.
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Hi, you may want to leave colouring in computer for a while since it will hinder your ability to learn faster, since the computer is another medium to learn from, you are adding the dificulty to learn to draw an paint in the computer plus the dificulty to actually learn to draw and paint well. You are just making things harder for you, stay with pen and pencil until you know very well what you are doing there.
www.fineart.sk read andrew loomis books starting with "succesfull drawing", it will teach you how to correctly light and shade what you draw. For example, in the back and white face, its not very clear what is in shadow and what isnt, since there is not that much difference in value of the zones in light and the zones in shadow.
Keep it up!.
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May 18th, 2008 #3
Thats probably a good idea, to stop the coloring/painting of it and work on the lighting. I don't seem to have that big of a problem when Im shading using pencil and paper though. Do you think I could just practice drawing on the computer and leaving out the coloring part?
Thanks alot for your tips, I'll have to look into those books.
May 18th, 2008 #4
Do you think I could just practice drawing on the computer and leaving out the coloring part?
May 18th, 2008 #5
That makes sense, especially since I was using a mouse.
Thanks for the tips!
May 18th, 2008 #6
Im going to be putting up some sketches soon, so look for em!
May 18th, 2008 #7
Ok so heres some sketches from my book, I really do apologize for the crappy quality (I dont have a scanner)
May 18th, 2008 #8
Heres a little demon, imp thing I started. Not finished. Obviously
May 18th, 2008 #9
Not sure what this is, I just got bored
May 18th, 2008 #10
Some random doodles and face study
May 18th, 2008 #11
Again not exactly sure what this was supposed to be. Alien/human thing I guess
May 18th, 2008 #12
A zombie!!! un-finished
May 18th, 2008 #13
Randoms with a slightly humorous one =)
May 20th, 2008 #14
Your friendly neighborhood Spiderman!
May 20th, 2008 #15
I like your sense of humour.
May 21st, 2008 #16
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May 22nd, 2008 #18
Not that i'm an expert but i have sold a couple of paintings and things in my time...i'm not shooting you down i'm giving you free advice. The dude who said you should refrain from using the pc was correct, mess around with it but dont try and refine your technique with it, it will only slow you down for now.
Get an anatomy book and copy it, draw each and every picture in that book, if you can get one specifically meant for artists i would recommend using that.
I mention this because i notice you have the same problem i used to have and thats per portions!! They are a right bastard to master but once you got them under your knee you wont believe how it will improve the quality of your work.
What works for me is when i'm sketching from a model or reference picture i dont draw what i think i'm seeing, draw the lines and only the lines, its a difficult concept to get your head around, i'm having some difficulty explaining this idea to you by just typing. When you draw a tree for example or what ever, dont think "ok i'm drawing a tree, a tree looks like this etc etc etc" draw what you SEE, follow the lines. The same goes for lighting, lighting can make or break your piece. Light is just lighter and darker lines. Everything is about lines and placing colours in the right places.
The most important piece of advice anyone can give you and i'm sure everyone here will agree, is DRAW DRAW DRAW DRAW DRAW DRAW untill you get SICK and then draw some more. That is the only way anyone can improve. Be creative, keep painting, drawing, sculpting what ever tickles your nasty and dont let anyone shoot your work down ever!
I can see you have a natural flare for art but you HAVE to work work work work!!!!
Keep drawing and keep shining!!
PS. the budgie is cool :-D
"We question pictures before listening to them, we question them at random. And we are astonished when the reply we had expected is not forthcoming." Paul Rouge
May 23rd, 2008 #19
Thanks for the tips! I understand about the computer thing, but its so fun to use! Im getting a tablet soon so that will be a bit better.
Im goin outta town for a few days but will bring a sketchbook along. Then Ill show ya some stuff I made while there. So keep an eye out!
PS anyone know how I can improve the quality of my pictures without using a scanner?
May 23rd, 2008 #20
Mr_White's right about staying analog for now. Tracing's the watchword, I think, at your current stage of art development. Keep plugging away, and notice every little line or patch of light and dark the underdrawing forces you to put in, no matter how small - and notice why, because it'll all become part of your vocabulary for drawing anatomy.
May 23rd, 2008 #21
I agree with mr White. But also try to draw from life, or failing that, a picture. Do it at least once a day. It may help to take an image or scene and draw it as accurately as possible. Take hours doing it, don't stop until it is perfect, but don't get angry with it.
I look forward to seeing improvements!
May 26th, 2008 #22
Nice start, you should work on volumes, more exercise with draw without render the light/shadow, keep the volumes with the lines at first.
And (very important)...copy copy copy...from photos, or best from real life.
Keep it up! :-)
Sorry for my english...
May 26th, 2008 #23
Thanks for input
I never really like to copy from real life, not sure why...
But while i was out of town I tried it and was surprised
I'll post it tomorrow
June 2nd, 2008 #24
kinda let this get a way from me for a few days so heres some new stuff
these are some sketches I did while up north at the cabin
June 2nd, 2008 #25
Heres a robot/cyborg that I drew in my last week of school
I got in trouble for drawing it haha
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June 2nd, 2008 #27
Heres my most recent drawing. Another robot! Ooo how exciting!
June 2nd, 2008 #28
Is CA file manager just the 'manage attachements' button? Because if it is I already use it
June 2nd, 2008 #29
Oh and the master chief is pretty cool -- I used to play halo all damn day -- it really kept me from getting any drawing done though.
Now I can't stop playing GTA 4, but that's about to change while I'm out of the country for a month. But now I'll have lots to draw (not to mention the all the sketching I'll get done on the 20 hour flight to singapore).
I'm kind of scared of the flight... especially now because I leave tomorrow (yikes!)
But for real though, have a good look at that book I posted in that link (it's totally free, but trust me when I say it's priceless!).
June 2nd, 2008 #30