Can't believe it's been a month since I've updated...
Anyway, it's been a really crazy month. A friend of mine is producing a miniatures game (http://triskelegames.com), so I've been busting my ass trying to produce a few concepts for him. I've taken to a really nice warm-up routine that has me producing some pretty creative results.
15-20 minutes of drawing circles (warm up the wrist, arm, whatever)
45 minutes - 1 hour of plastilina/Sculpey drawing. What I do is just...mash the clay into some sort of shape, and as I play with it a little I start to get an idea for a drawing. Well, I only play with it for a couple of minutes, and then I'll set the clay down and draw based on the blob I've created. I've been getting some very creative results, and from this warm up I'm inspired for the rest of the day, even if what I produce during this time has nothing at all to do with what I'll be drawing later.
I do this hour or so of warming up every morning, and then I head out, go to classes, do gesture studies of my classmates, yadda yadda. I'm going to start a massive study on the planes of the head Wednesday, as I've a test tomorrow that'll be killer if I don't spend all day studying. Ah, the life of a college student.
Anyway, I've been doing some more creative stuff lately and less focused studies, which is why I haven't updated in a while. I was really kinda lost for a bit as to where I stood, but today I decided to just do some concepts and see how it went. I normally don't thumbnail, and today was no exception, but it's a habit I'll need to pick up soon. So I did my warm-ups, did the hour of creative drawing, and set to work. Here's what I produced:
Now, it may not look like much, but I'm rather proud of what I've produced. I'd love to render the images, but the format for the book is B&W lineart only, so these'll have to stay lineart for the time being. I think my improvement is showing. Sure, they're not faces...nor, really, vaguely human, but I'm getting there. My knowledge is more instinctive now, especially about the bones of the face, so I feel more comfortable drawing random heads. I think I'm making good progress, and that's really all you can ask for, eh?
These were both drawn using plastilina as a reference. I just kinda played with it until something clicked, then did a quick 2-minute gesture of the clay as the idea fleshed itself out. Then I scanned the quickie, resized in Photoshop, printed it out, and traced over it on another sheet of paper, adding all sorts of details. Here's the quickie page:
I'll have those other two by tomorrow, along with some head studies and a massive headache from that goddamn test. Head planar study begins Wednesday, through 'til sometime next week, along with a few more concepts I've got to finish for my friend. All in all, things are looking on the up and up for my artwork, much better than they were 4 months ago when I started this thread.