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I've been checking this site for a while and must say that the talent on these boards is very inspiring.
I'm trying to improve my drawing skills. So this post will help me keep motivated and see my progression.
Critic and comments are more then welcomed.
(graphite & photoshop) :
Last edited by PChabot; December 16th, 2008 at 11:42 PM. Reason: update
Not my greatest drawing so far. There's a bit of proportion weirdness and I've tried to get the right values but wasn't successful.
I'll try harder tomorrow!
I've also got a copie of Andrew Loomis's Drawing the Head and Hands. I've heard great things about it. I will study it and try using his knowledge for my future selfportraits.
Spent more time on proportion this time. It is an improvement compared to my past selfportraits.
There is a lot of issues I see in my drawing:
- The eyes are not on the same axis.
- My mouth seems to be in the wrong spot.
- The values aren't contrasted enough.
I'll just have to try again!
great start pchabot .... well from that last post, it seems like you are your own worst critic , i guess thats good, you know where and what to improve... my only suggestion would be to try and observe more, and draw less while drawing? see what you're head is doing, why does it work that way?, think of the main masses and the whole and construction of the head...... keep at it dude ... :
Hi polipol! Thanks for your advice. I guess I try to rush things with details and get the right values all at once. I need to learn to be patient. I've heard that drawing is 80% observation and 20% drawing!
Here's a 45 minutes sketch.
My mood changed in the middle of my process and it shows in the drawing. I've never realized that emotion can greatly affect a drawing.
Not a success but learned something today.
Hey man, yeah it's a good start! Try to make some head studies, to understand proportions. You have a good self-critisme. your hatching need o follow masses, volumes, instead of having all the same direction, That's why it looks a bit flat. Observe selfportraits from algenpfleger to understand how it works. Keep it up dude !!
Walid D, I will try to study all kinds of heads. I've been doing a bit of posemaniacs to understand the figure.
In this selfportrait I've tried to follow the form and shape while hatching. I have a hard time trying to blend the values... I think I need a lot more pratice!
hihi, i would suggest building the structure first before going into your features peace~
notti: by building the structure do you mean getting the right proportions, or getting general idea of hair, eyes, nose, etc?
Here's no 8. I think the proportion seems a bit off but I'm not sure where. I checked in the mirror with a pencil and it seemed all good...
I'm starting to enjoy making these self portraits.
Hihi, hmmm i kinda mean something like the bone structures like your jaw bone etc etc sometimes your portrait looks like it has lots of flesh without any underlining bone support it hmm dunno if you understood me or not haha
anyway the last one is quite an improvement! keep it up
notti : I will try to take notice of the head structure when I draw. I guess you show it with the shading.
I've been working my 3D portfolio all day but still managed to find 30 minutes for this one.
Really not the best, but I see a bit of improvement in understanding form. I've got to learn not move so much when I draw!
The bones create the form. You need to take a good look at the human skull. If possible, draw on from a variety of angles. Take a look at Bridgman's Complete Guide To Drawing from Life. It ha a good chapter on heads and features.
Hi Maxine Schacker : I will try to make time to check out the book. It seems like a great book to help better understand seeing and drawing. I've tried sketching a skull in photoshop from a reference picture, but I guess it's not the same experience as drawing from life. The image of the skull I sketched can be found here.
Here's no 12. Everything seems off. I really need to start studying the human head to better understand what I draw. Hopefully soon I will be in a better situation with more time to draw.
Here is no 20 done in 45 minutes.
I've slowly started to read about the anatomy of the skull.
In this drawing I've learned a bit about myself. On paper, I've never really took the time to redraw something that wasn't right (maybe out of being scarred or lazy...).
I realized that making mistakes is normal and I simply need to redraw the part to make it look better.
Been very busy this weekend. But here's no 22 and 23.
First one was a quick 10 minutes sketch and the second 20. Done standing in front of the mirror.
The first one looks better in proportions compared to the second... I look like the small head - big body person in Bettlejuice.
heya! the last one looks great! take your time in doing the SP, a rushed SP will teach u little
Hey dude, thanks for dropping by my sp. Be persistent! Don's stop drawing! I realise that your lines seems very hairy. Use long strokes to define a line instead of breaking them up. (Don't worry i have the same problem in my drawings too. )
notti : thanks for the wisdom! I try to make as much time as possible in my drawings. Even 20 minutes is better then nothing in practice.
shamandalie : I tend to try to merge small storkes to define form, I think I need more gesture drawing practice to practice and be more confident in my strokes!
This SP needs a bit more contrast. The neck area is really rough and a bit weird, flipping the image horizontally made me aware of a lot of mistakes.
Oh well.. good practice.