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I'm Sam Carr. I'm 19 years old (I started this sketchbook when I was 14) and I have a strong interest in a career in illustration and concept art. Had just been drawing shit before now, now I'm seriously trying to get good. Please crit.
Last edited by SamC; January 20th, 2013 at 08:39 AM.
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And here's some of my studies as of yet. I'm kinda embarrassed to post the self-portrait, as anyone who had actually seen me would laugh at how distorted it is. I have the features, I just can't seem to get them in the right places.
Just drew these. Really pleased with how the new self-portrait came out, my art teacher taught me how pick out tones properly. I was feeling a bit down after the last self-portrait, so I'm really glad I've come a bit closer to nailing it. The rest are studies of anatomy.
Last edited by SamC; October 27th, 2008 at 05:45 PM.
Great start! Good to see you're already working from life and studying anatomy... keep that up! First thing I would at least start to notice/work on is your quality of lines. I see that you have the signature "chicken peck/scratch/scribble" method of putting down lines... try to make every line count when you're drawing... dont worry so much about getting it "right" straight away - but try to make your lines as long as possible - over time they will become more and more accurate and you'll gain confidence much faster than if you continue with the scribble method. Eventually you can then start playing with line weight and shading to show form as well.
Keep it up!
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yeah the guy above me is right on with the thing about having confidence in your lines, really try to work on long flowing confident lines, it can add so much to the piece. I sent a ton of info in a PM, cya in school sometime,
Oh and of course, keep it up! your work shows lots of potential
Hm I'm not exactly sure which lines you mean. The shading or the outline? Could you explain it a bit more? Thanks.
Sorry for not posting yesterday, drew all day but never got around to posting any. Finally understood the line thing, the difference is very clear, although I kept accidentally reverting back to scribble. Also, could anyone tell me how I can add text in between my attachments?
Ah yes, sorry for not making it clearer, I meant as in outlines ect. One way to think of it, is that a line is simply a simple way to mark a sharp edge where there is a value shift. I hope that makes sense because I can't really think how else to explain it at the moment Basically on things like the eyes and lips, you don't need to add lines all the way round, just in the most obvious value shifts. Try looking at some other artists line drawings to get a better idea of what I mean and how they use line, especially on the face. Anyway, looking good, just keep on giving it time
Nice start, you tackled a couple of difficult poses there.
Do some proportion studies; Go find some books, websites, whatever that break down every parts relative size. Or grab a photo and grid it up, draw a centre line, lines across the brow, end of the nose, edges of the eyes etc and see what lines up with what. It'll click, just keep hammering away at it
Originally Posted by Mumumash
Thanks for the support and advice guys, it keeps me going . This is today's batch so far, I'm creating a list of my weaknesses and hands are definitely on it. I did some Bridgeman study but I'm having trouble applying it. I did another self-portrait, which I think is better than the last. With the apple drawing, I need help making the difference between tone and actual color clearer, any advice? Also, I'll ask again, could anyone tell me how I can add text in between my attachments? Sorry for the essay
Last edited by SamC; October 26th, 2008 at 12:52 PM.
ah man i think you're going just the right way, keep on studying
that's what i should have done when i was 14
those last hand studies are great!
I'll keep on stopping by
to give some advices if you like
and thanks fore posting in my SB
Yeah thats what I'm talking about with the lines! If you are having trouble with faces I always love to do photo studies and look at other artists work.
Already the selfportait looks better, keep doing them when you feel like it.
Okay, with regards to values. Everything you see through your eyes, or in photos ect, is all varying degress of values, hue and saturation. If you imagine value is how dark a shade is, ranging from black to white. Hue is the actual colour of the object, and saturation is how intense the colour is. I.e a light, greyish red, is high value, red hue, and low saturation. Hue and saturation are basically affected by the lighting temperature and colour, and the base colour of an object. trying to take in all the information about colour at first can be a bit overwhelming, and I still struggle with it, so its easiest to start just thinking of value. So when you are drawing something from life, just in your head think of all your different values on a scale of 0-1, 1 being black, and 0 being white, and everything else a shade of grey inbetween. when you are drawing it think to yourself, what shade on my value range is that tone. then shade it in as close to the tone as you can.
Just keep on enjoying yourself and it will all come eventually. Keep it up friend, cya sometime.
Hygami: Thanks man. Yeah it'd be great if you could keep popping in
Miles: Yeah it is difficult to get my head around Thanks for explaining, it's making more sense now.
Today's batch is mainly study from yesterday. I spent most of today starting doing a life drawing of this huge flowerpot, looks good so far . Tried my first proper digital work with no lines, looks like turd because it's a weird pose and I didn't use an outline. And the grass should SO not have been green. Anyway, enjoy .
Nice start, good to see you're hitting the books.
You could push the values more in your pencil drawings. Notice how you have pure white but hardly any pure black? Almost all of your rendering is gray, use some softer leads to give things more contrast and volume, your darkest darks should be black.
Your figures lack structural rhythms, or gesture. Be sure to focus on perspective, basic proportions and gesture, anatomy goes on top of all of that. Bridgman will help. Also check out Vilppu. And posemaniacs (Google it).
Keep the studies frequent and varied, but don't forget to have fun
Your most recent sketches are already starting to look WAY better than those originals you posted from your firsts you up'd. The Bridgman book REALLY, REALLY REALLY REALLY helped you! CONTINUE to pick up every book you come in contact with! Read the text on techniques... try to copy their work (DONT trace).
Most important thing you can do is keep everything blocky and rounding/smoothing should be the last thing you do. The blockeyness will help your structure and make your images seem more believable. In humans or other organic forms, when we view the images, it is it's blockyness that gives it it's "form" or "boney" appearance.
Do not worry so much about texture.
Focus on line-weight and varying it (sometimes you dont need to outline everything, rather imply where the line should be)
Go find a stick out in your backyard... something thats more blocky than more rounded, and turn it in to blockyness and build it up to being something more... then bring in shading only when you feel its absolutely necessary. Heres an example of my work:
One of the best rules you can live by is that the big picture needs to be completed before you can add all of the pretty details that we all love to see (toes, fingers, hair, holes, ect.)
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