Your road to learning has definately taken a good start, I like the clean lines you push out at times!
One thing you could try to do, and which you actually do at times, is to use a different pressure for different parts of a line-gesture, to make it easier for the eye, and you do do this at times, maybe without thinking about it, but now I'd love to see you think about it too (dark lines vs light lines)
Way to go! I'll be watching this thread!
Lakka: I've been thinking about that. I know my lines are too even all the time, but I don't know where to put the different lines and at the same time maintain the balance so I haven't tried it much yet. I should, though.
Hey, I sense progress with the sp's! Approached them differently this time. Previosly I started from the nose every time (maybe not the best way to do it...) and today I outlined my cheeks and jaw first.
The selfportraits much cleaner now, I think you should try to build up with that style, seems to be working for you
Lakka: I don't know if I'm going to aim for a certain style, I'll just get that which comes naturally. I kinda hope it's a "clean style" or how should I say it. Have you seen James Jean's work? Awesome!
RandAlThor: GREAT advice. I tried to use it with my today's sp and I think it worked wonders... Did I do it right though? I would be very intrigued if you could demonstrate how to do it better. My scanner doesn't seem to capture the light lines very well.
Here's a pretty bad attempt at rendering. Is there a way to prevent the previous page showing through when scanning?
I couldn't concentrate today for a reason or another. A short session of Diablo 2 before sleep should kill off the frustration.
Back from a lazy slump, ugh. I need to figure out how not to get into one. They come too often... I have a day off tomorrow, going to do a huge update!
Well, I can't call this huge but it is of decent size. More tomorrow!
Anatomy studies for a change.
Longer studies. I used about three hours for these, made sure the lines were right. Of course they are not 100% right but at least 85.67% I hope. Got bored with rendering though... Lines are more important anyway!
You just keep on doing what you're doing, you're on the right track!!
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Great awesome, you know what is a great great excersize that helped me a lot?, drawing a specific part of my face from the mirror, first to the linedrawing and correct it very much until perfect, and the shade it, i recommend you to do the same, take your time doing these as with the patella and femur, it will help you a lot im sure. Good luck!.
Nerahla: I will!
Christian223: I just thought about that after doing those studies. I'm going to try it tomorrow.
Some fun sketching before bed.
Ok, I really tried but this doesn't look like me and rendering isn't going to help. Off to draw something else. Maybe another attempt later today but I don't know, my right shoulder is getting quite sore from sp's.
Can you spot the hidden character and woooow that skull was hard to do from head. By the way, are these scans too small? I'm resizing them down to about 500x700 for my own convenience so that two pages are placed side by side. My horizontal resolution is 1280.
Good news, everyone!
I think I might have won over my procrastination and laziness issues. I've started to make a schedule for drawing and instead of hating myself and thinking "I really should draw" but not doing it, I look at my schedule and I can never think anything to delay it. I've been doing this for the past couple days and it's working great.
So, grab your popcorn and start hitting that F5 because from now on, this sketchbook will have DAILY UPDATES. YEAH!
Wow man some great progress in here!
Think i'm going to make a schedule too lol.
Keep up the anatomy studies, cause they're really paying off.
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Surion: Heh, I don't see the progress myself but I hope it's there. Thanks!
I didn't have much free time today but here's something.
I've been really tired today. Here's all, bigger update tomorrow.
Dannelf: Thanks! I'm going to keep it coming until this sketchbook has 5 stars and well... after that too. There is no choice!
Hey man, just started drawing myself. Love your line quality, what type of pencil do you use?
D.C.: I'm using Staedtler Mars Lumograph HB and 4B. I used Cretacolor pencils before, but my sharpeners kept breaking the tips of 4B and anything softer.
That's the result when I'm trying to scan and fit A3 page together, haha. I thought I resized them to same size but I don't know...
Hi, to sharpen your pencils dont use a sharpener, use a cutter, that way you have more control to be sure not to break it.
I think you could improve much faster if you did not copy drawings but instead draw from your imagination, you are becoming a good copier, but are you learning what you copy?, if i ask you to draw from imagination something like the things you copied, would you be able to?, i think its better to draw from imagination, then evaluate what is missing, then learn what is missing, and then add it to your memory so you dont make the mistake never again, start from simple things so its not hard to learn, and advance as fast as you learn something new.
I hope that helps you, good luck.
Christian223: Everything in this sketchbook that doesn't look like Bridgman, Loomis, anatomy studies, still lifes, sp's or station drawings is non-referenced from my head. Including the sketch in the previous and this update... I can see some improvement in those, but I feel like I'm not getting better at copying, heh. I think it is better just to shell out the studies and leave the imagination work later. I SHOULD use reference with them though. I think the method you explained before (first copy the original and then try to draw it from head) is good practice and I should do it more often.
I suck much with everything, so much to learn!
Taneli,... You don't suck.
You have awesome line quality. You can create a shape with a minimum of lines, and that's very difficult. For example, i'm having problems with that. My lines are way to sketchy.
Keep up the studies, when you feel like drawing something, but you know you can't draw it, pick up your pencel and draw it, get some ref, compare your drawing with the ref, look what to improve, and learn!
Another important thing is to draw what you like to draw, keep having fun drawing. Don't draw heads and stuff when you don't like to draw them, if you like to draw them than that's good. if you don't, that's good either. Keep having fun, that's the most important encouragement.
Cheers, and keep it up!
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My experience is that you should consiously learn new things in order to improve. For example, i drawn thousannds of hands and i still cant draw them correclty from imagination, and thats because i did not learn anything that i could remember, i just copied it, they where nice copies, but i didnt memorize or learn specific things conciously, thats why i tell you that you should correct things, see what mistakes, and learn how to correct them, this is a bit harder than copying because you must think and do extra work to correct, but its a faster way to learn, you wont need to wait days and days to improve, hoping that one day youll learn, but instead you know you are getting better because you are learning new ways to draw.
All beginners are not good at what they do because they have lots of things to learn, but remember to not demoralize yourself, or else you will lack the energy to keep drawing, motivate yourself, have fun, and keep it up, you have some stroing points as Surion said.
Keep it up!.
Hey, Taneli. Good to see you practicing, anatomy is the key!
I notice that you really have a solid linework, your lines are firm and determined. This is really something that you can explore, because I don't see many artists with this "skill".
Your anatomy practices are really looking good.
Keep it up man!!