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June 19th, 2008 #1
Amateur Artist Sketchbook, In need of Help!!!
These are some of my latest works, SUGGESTIONS AND HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED, thanks
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how are you drawing these? is it from a reference or your imagination? that information would help.
Do you frame your art work before you draw, i saw a little bit of that in the hand you have. are those circles a representation of the joint or of the muscle between the joints?
it's good that you're trying a variety of pieces to the whole, like the eyes and noses.
Here are some anatomy books by a guy named Bridgman. They can be found here
and also look at these links here
June 22nd, 2008 #8
Thank you, i very much appreciate you. Um, most of the bodies u see on the wider pieces are from references, u can see that some are labelled if they aren't cut off.
Yeah, i frame my heads before i draw, but i do the body and such from my head.
Thank you for the links
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not bad a lil more practice and all done Worck a lil in the faces.
June 22nd, 2008 #10
Keep them comin. The more you practice the more you'll see improvement. I also suggest you start doing some life studies. Those really helped me get a better understanding of how the human body looks. A hour a day of those studies will really help and you'll look up one day and realize how far you've come. Keep up the good work and thanks for the comments in the SB
June 22nd, 2008 #11
I think you'd probably find some benefit in your more finished sketches if you studied some of the basics like proportion, and mastering the basic geometric skeleton, as can be found in Loomis' Figure Drawing for all it's worth, you can find scans of the pages HERE but if you're willing to do a little hunting on Google, you'd probably find the whole thing as a pdf. But to start with, try and hunt down the pages which show the human figure simplified as a ribcage, skull and arms and legs, and practice with that. Once you find that easier, you'll probably find interpreting your reference images easier. From that point, you can focus on bits at a time, which is pretty much how I got my grasp on anatomy. But keep up the practising, it'll start paying off eventually, just make sure you have some understanding of what it is you're drawing... it's underlying structure.
June 24th, 2008 #12
Don't stop drawing!
When you really start to draw pay reallllly close attention to your reference. Spend at least an hour on each of your drawings if not more as well. Humans are really hard to draw, try drawing simple things right now.
June 24th, 2008 #13
Loomis and Bridgeman are both good suggestions, and just more from reference and life.
Do you 'block' out the main areas of the anatomy first?
Eg: sphere for the head, oval/rectangle ribcage etc. I think you'll benefit greatly from starting with a basic stick figure and building these up from there. Don't worry about details until the basics are in the right place and in proportion.
.... and have fun!
my sketches here... http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=92997
www.sevans.co.nz , for more images and to kill time.
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for 16 years old, you're on the right track. if you want my advice, try to work from life other than from memory of the imagination. it's never too early to get a good portfolio going for art school admissions.
try to get art books from the library and try to copy famous artists as best you can.
June 26th, 2008 #19
Dude, your stuff looks like an awesome start. It's great you're working on proportion, now study the structure of the underlying bones and muscles. Having a knowledge of how the more three dimensional structures of the human skeleton, like the pelvis and ribcage and how they interact with the limbs can really help you in drawing it. Just having that knowledge of what those masses look like help you envision it in different poses and from different angles. It also helps make it look more inaccurate.
Also, if you want more figure practice, either to warm up or to get some different poses in your head, just to help you with structure, go to www.posemaniacs.com/blog It's a fantastic resource. I do the 30 second poser and sometimes I'll do detailed studies of the random poses. Keep posting!
June 26th, 2008 #20
Everything that I could say about your sketches so far [anatomy books, framing your subjects before rendering them out] has been said already, so I won't be an echo lol
What I appreciate here is how open you are to learning and improving. Great attitude. ;D Keep studying and learning, but don't forget to enjoy drawing.
June 26th, 2008 #21
I see some good promise here and I pulled out some of my old sketchbooks, the similarity is remarkable. What you need is time and influense, both of wich are important when maturing as an artist. You need to broaden your spectrum of interest, this means doing a lot of research, looking into great artists and seeing how they tacke different problems artistcly. You should also start doing digital stuff as soon as you can, if you have some interest of that. It helps when you are trying to understand the molding of a figure.
You should check if there are any possibilities of figure drawing or croquix in your area and join as soon as you can. It is enormously helpfull and if you keep at it, it will pay of for sure.
One last thing is to get a sturdy sketchbook and keep it with you at all times, drawing as you go, even when you have no special interest in drawing, just doodle and keep the muscles in your hands going.
I can not give a whole lot of advise, seeing as I am still working on myself, but I know I wish that I had focused on these things earlier^^
Keep rocking it!
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June 26th, 2008 #22
I believe Mischeviouslittleelf gave some really good advice.
The only advice I have for you.. which is just from looking at your work, is slow down when working from reference, it looks like your rushing it and not paying attention to the details. Really look at what your drawing from.
Also, if your serious about your goals they will guide you. Hard work and dedication pay off; having that target on the horizon works as well. That way you always know where your heading. And as the saying goes "Luck is opportunity met by preparation". Okay I am kind of rambling. But this is advice I follow myself.
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Hey good work! You are on the right track.
My only suggestion would be to experiment, experiment, experiment! The more try different approaches to drawing the better you understanding will become. The stuff they teach in school is really good for this. Try some blind contour, try just drawing the negative space, try drawing with you Left and right hands at the same time. and remember drawing is about 20% in the hands and 80% in the eyes and brain.
and, of course, keep posting.
June 27th, 2008 #28
your making quite a good start so don't pull yourself down.
at the beginning it is all about the practice and experimentation, so don't stop drawing
yeah as said before me concentrate on proportion, likeness and draw what you see, not what you know, saying that don't hate on yourself if it doesn't turn out the way you expected. Art is all about the process, so start up a new piece and keep at it until your happy.
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