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A bit about me:
I was once an art student, went to college for illustration, had to leave for financial reasons, spent many years doing nothing artistic (and my skills degraded) and now over the past 1.5-2 years I have been slowly trying (trying being the operative word) to re-learn and hopefully GROW as an artist.
Here are a few quick studies from my last trip to the MFA, a quick study of the taps at my local watering hole, and the LAST one being a quick sketch I did today!
I would love some thoughts, crits, opinions, input ... and thank you!
(((UPDATES AT THE BOTTOM OF THREAD)))
Last edited by astroluc; June 30th, 2009 at 07:10 PM. Reason: updated
here's a couple more recent sketches; any and all crits/comments appreciated!
more to come
Last edited by astroluc; July 9th, 2008 at 08:06 PM. Reason: added image
a few of my older sketches to put some perspective into my progress... these are in descending order from newest (top) to oldest (bottom) with the most recent being about 6 mo. old and the oldest being about 12 YEARS old... with a large gap somewhere in the late 90s to the early-mid 00s
(don't mind the watermarks... I yanked these from my another online gallery of mine to save time in resizing! )
The first one is a bit silly, but recent...
the second is still "in progress"
The rest are just simple sketches.
a quick study of George Carlin done during he last HBO special, a couple months before he died, and a few more from the past 2 months
piece of advice... the hatching you're doing for tone is distracting sometimes. when your hatching or parallel line strokes leave spaces between them that are close to the same size as the features you're actually trying to draw, it confuses the eye.
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from a distance it's messy to see that you were trying to include the "i" detail.
hatching is difficult.
you probably need to change whatever medium you're using or use it differently to make some progress easier. right now, it looks like you're trying to do some quick shading with a small tool over a large area. you get impatient or bored and hatch it quickly just to fill it in and get back to the good stuff, but it looks a little distracting.
for now, if i were you, i would focus on drawing cleanly and accurately with confidence. lame as it might sound, the best way for some people to do that is by tracing photographs. since the tracing paper blurs what you can see of the photograph and since there are no real "lines" in nature, this teaches you to make a decision about where to put a line, for what reason, how to separate light from shadow, how to organize interesting shapes, and where to put soft and hard edges. what it also helps with is avoiding the nervousness when trying to capture a likeness and avoiding proportion mistakes.
in other words, it reduces drawing to a decision-making process that trains your eye. without a good eye, you can't tell whether your hand is behaving itself or not.
hope that helps. good luck.
ccsears' mentoring thread--Lesson 1. Pen and Ink, hatching
ccsears' mentoring thread--Lesson 2. Reilly's Head Abstraction Notes & Discussion
some threads i've been following and some people i met along the way:
Tensai *** Mike Butkus' SB *** Bhanu *** Wanimal *** AztcFireFlwr
There is an example of some of my more refined work HERE just to give you a bit more insight into my work.
I hear you on the photograph thing, though... in my effort to re-learn a lot of the old skills I should re-do the old excersises, and I can honestly say I can't recall much of my earlier training so any suggestion is welcome!
Thank you very much for your thoughts, do you have any other thoughts or critiques on the anatomy or any other of the technincal aspects of my work?
Very good sketchbook so far. Your understanding of lighting and shading is good. But I'd say your biggest skill is creativity. Keep working it and don't get sloppy on your anatomy, and you will see some great progress.
Wes' New and Upgraded Sketchbook (September '08 )
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You have some nice sketches in here, and I understand that aggressive look you are going for, I kinda like that too, it shows a lot of energy. I think you can keep doing that but definitely strive to do some longer and even more thoughtful studies. Developing patience has helped me immensely, so maybe give it a go. Most of all keep on drawing! The comments and critiques will come with time (All this advice should be copied and pasted right into my sketchbook too!)
My sketchbook --->
Hez m8 your drawings are reallz good, keep working Too bad you had to leave art school
I have been trying to be more patient with my drawing; also, I have abandonned my earlier narrow minded techniques in favor of "building" an image using varying styles and varying lead softness/hardness... etc... hope you like the update, all done in the past few months.
Last edited by astroluc; May 5th, 2009 at 01:09 PM. Reason: added info
your stuff is reall good. but it seems to me that in alot of these peices you werent really thinking about the overall composition...of design if you will.
as i read through this thread i did notice a huge leap in your production. switching up your pencils was a good idea...i always catch myself using more than one pencil...
-2h- i use this to do the first real rough sketches..
-hb- lots of detail...lighter hatching.
-2b- all other darker areas...line weight.
im not saying this is a formula for perfection..its just what i use...
everyone else has already mentioned it..but patience is important..it took me a very long time...and multiple unfinished peices to realize i needed to just slow down.
dont let yourself get distracted by a messy page..(one of my biggest problems) focus on the image in your head.
great job tho!!!
The extra time spent on shading makes your recent stuff look more refined than the earlier sketches. I think it's time to try another full rendering (with background).
Post more often! Don't fall back into a non-drawing rut.
EDIT: I like the Hope & Olivia piece a lot.
Last edited by jhofferle; May 6th, 2009 at 08:33 AM.