Another head study, man I'm really falling behind with my self-portraits, gonna try to apply what I learned from these studies to do work on those next, I think I'm getting the hang of the planes of the head more now:
Went back to doing figure studies, some are from posemaniacs, one of them from a photo, one from Henry Yan's book, and another by Jeffrey Watts. I had a hard time with charcoal, still messy, looks super crappy compared to the original drawing uugh, must do more studies on lightings on objects I think that'll make it easier.
I also did another drawing from imagination, my friend and I did an exercise where we told each other what to draw, I had to draw a "robot ninja":
Hoo man haven't updated in a while, but I have been continuing with my studies...I felt I still needed to strengthen my drawing skills, so I did a bunch of photo studies of figures and portraits...I tried to employ the Reilley Method of shading with the figures..but I think it doesn't work as the photos didn't have strong contrast in lighting, or maybe I just don't understand it enough yet.
Also I've been working on a couple charcoal still life pieces to put in my portfolio:
Tony00 : thanks, I'm getting the hang of it...now that I double check those head studies, some are too long haha. I used Borden & Riley Kraft pad because it was much cheaper than the Strathmore, and still somewhat worked as a middle tonal background.
I've been working on more portfolio pieces, the last few have been self portraits that I posted in my SP thread. This one is a full body self-portrait that I just finished, I still have so much trouble with value I gotta make more studies, but I gotta apply to transfer soon so gotta complete my portfolio pieces, so gotta make do with the skills I have now:
Congratulations on creating art that does not suck. You have some really nice figure studies and faces. Your online presentation could benefit from a better means of scanning the images, however. Also, I still wouldn't pay for your art, so if you want to make a living at it, keep going and try applying what you've learned through all these studies to some interesting concept design or some such. Great job with all this. You certainly have stamina.
Dahami : Thanks!, yeah I agree with you I'm still leagues and leagues away from making art that people would pay for, and yeah my sketchbook is seriously lacking in the conceptual department, gotta work on that..but first I wish to nail my foundations down pat first.
I've been feeling like I haven't progressed much, if at all this past couple of months, like I'm stuck in a rut. I think the reason being is that I haven't kept up my studies as consistently as I did before, as a result the information I learned slowly dissipated away...But! looking at the Finally Finished threads, and some of the awesome sketchbooks around here, as well as listening to some Bobby Chiu has reignited my desire to improve. Thinking back, even though I did a lot of studies there was something missing in that I didn't do any memory drawings, of what I studied.
Anyways this time around I decided to focus my studies into small increments, and study that intensely until I truly understand it, to start off I did 100 eye studies from Loomis, Bridgman, Vanderpoel and others. The next step is to apply what I learned from these studies to draw from photos and from life, after that, is the last step which is to draw eyes from imagination, as this will sharpen my memory drawings...then repeat with another area, I plan to do nose after, but for now it's eyes..:
ahh..so much for updating the next day, o well, as long as I never stop right. I was ruminating the past few days and I realized I can't just focus intensely on one thing, cuz there's a danger of losing the big picture..and...it's boring! So I decided to set several activites per day from studying anatomy, to self-portrait, to doing a master study drawing, to studying painting and colors, and lastly to exercise imaginative doodles, anyways here's the start of that schedule, (the face is the start for a Sargent portrait study I'm gonna work on):
Did studies of the mouth now and did some junk doodles, man my imagination needs some ironing out, I had a block because I've done studies too long without doing something creative , the advices various people gave in the previous posts were right, gotta practice imaginative stuff as well:
I think I was going through a burnt out phase, needed to just take a break, relax etc, anyways more studies, gestures etc. plus I finally started doing color charts, something I've been meaning to do but never started for the past several months...it'll probably take about 2 weeks to finish, I have 13 colors. hopefully I can be more consistent with updates:
Whoa... This sketchbook kicks me right up on my feet, just what I needed!
It's very inspirational seeing your progress, hard work and dedication in this sketchbook!
You're really good with pencils I have to say
Maybe you would like to try working with Photoshop or Painter, though?
I don't know what you're intrested in learning most.
But it's Something I sure would like to see from you
The first 3 are 3 min. gestures from last time, next 4 are 15 min. figure sketches, some Vilppu exercises, then many more 3 min. gestures, and I finished all the color charts..they're not perfect, but nonetheless I learned a lot about what colors my palette is capable of producing, ..now on to actually practicing painting..:
More 3 min. gestures, and a teapot still life sketch. I also worked on 2 Bargue plates, they're really good exercise I gotta say in becoming patient, and ultra sensitive to your medium, so I used graphite for the foot, and oil for the arm. I think one of big big problems I have with oil is simply getting used to handling it, so this was good practice I think, I'll probably go back to them each day as I seem to find something wrong on places I didn't see before:
10, 3 min gestures as usual, and a couple 15-20 min. figure sketches. I worked a bit further on the Bargue arm painting study, and also on a teapot still life. Also I started a portrait study of a pin up painting done by Gil Elvgren: