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December 31st, 2008 #1
As a new years resolution I am hoping to do at least one sketch a day for my personal improvement. Here a pre new year warm up drawn whilst watching Buffy.
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Iron Man - 30 minutes at work. As that's all the time I had today for a quick sketch.
January 1st, 2009 #3
Looks good, but You need to work on getting your light source figured out.
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January 4th, 2009 #4
A random idea inspired from looking through a book called "The Goblins of Labyrinth" that one of my friends got for xmas.
January 5th, 2009 #5
Another sketchy idea of a ghoul + some skull studies painted up in photoshop.
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January 8th, 2009 #7
Thanks Sam I attended some life drawing classes as apart of my college course. We were asked only to draw line and structure for our first class. I suck terribly at figure drawing and have never drawn figures from life. But I need to learn. Here's a selection of the better sketches I did. I'm attending an extra life drawing class tonight for some much needed practice.
The last one is my best of the day i think.
January 8th, 2009 #8
......oh and a little sea goblin I did for fun.
January 8th, 2009 #9
Some bird studies. Looking mainly at wings.
January 8th, 2009 #10
I'm on my way to learn, so I don't think I can give you any "great tip" or suggestion.
What helped me to be more confident with line and drawing was a lot of drawing from photoreference; maybe you can try this.
I see that your shadowing is better than your line (in my opinion), so maybe you can try to improve the line, to make it more "fluid", alive, if this makes any sense to you ^_^
Take this just as an opinion, btw!
Great idea to force yourself in a daily sketch, I'm waiting to see more from you
January 8th, 2009 #11
Some 5 eyed beast from imagination.
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January 9th, 2009 #12
Have you tried to think about a source of light when doing those sketches from imagination?
For example, imagine a light coming from left-upper (you can also put a sign there to remember it) and try to render each shape considering that light and the relative shadows/casting shadows. I think it could really improve your drawings
Btw...those 5 eyes dudes are cuuuute (LOL)
January 9th, 2009 #13
Thank you alice. Light source is something I really need to take into consideration. I need to sketch more from life. I appreciate your comment.
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Hi Oakseed! I especially like those bird studies and the 5-eyed beast. It seems that you like to shade with pencil - maybe you should also try some different approaches, for the sake of understanding structure better. For instance, you could try to do some more drawings only using the line to describe form. That will force you to be more exact, whereas the shading often hides lack of structural knowledge. -Just an idea
Anyways, keep up sketching, I am sure you will improve fast!
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January 9th, 2009 #15
Thanks Spike I do need to study form and shadow more. So I took to studying a few apples. More pencil work is needed too. I want to improve pencils and digital painting........and eventually 3d modelling. Thanks for your advice.
January 9th, 2009 #16
Light and shadows are so important, it's worth the study *remembering myself to study them more*
You can also use just greys instead of colours to understand them.
I find it useful for me, because I still have a loooot of difficulties with colours ^_^
Btw, nice to see you are studying!!
January 10th, 2009 #17
A quick still life study of an oil burner. Approx an hour using an H grade pencil.
January 10th, 2009 #18
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January 10th, 2009 #19
Thanks shalite. I tend to hatch my lines instead of of using one fluid moment. I will try that in future studies.
January 10th, 2009 #20
eeek we are struggling on the same road now!
the scary rendering of planes! yay!
ok about me, I find comfortable with a HB, because in this way I can have both lighter and darker tones; but this depends just on myself. But try different pencils and such, it can be revealing.
The difference between light and shadow is not well visible in the surface of the object...it's not defined. Ok, this changes following the material of the object, but this is what I first noticed. Do you know all those basic exercises about how to render the cilinder? This is what I mean....(and what I have to understand and learn to apply...arghhhhhhh....)
But...it's a good start, so don't give up and surprise us!
January 10th, 2009 #21
Alice - I tend to be quite heavy handed once I get into what I'm doing and B pencils blunt far to quickly for my liking. That's why I find a H comfortable to work with. Really need to carry on practicing shades.
I decided to attempt to paint up that oil burner.
January 11th, 2009 #22
I made a little paintover of your latest work.
I hope it's ok for you...my english is pretty poor, images are easier to understand ^_^
This is what I mean when I talk of noticeable source of light...as you see it's a really little thing, I find you did a good job.
As always, take it just a simple suggestion, cause I'm trying to learn this myself too ^_^
January 11th, 2009 #23
That's great Alice thanks I dont mind at all. We're learning here. Thanks for your time, it's really helping.
January 12th, 2009 #24
a few more bits and bobs. A character and a couple of bird studies.
January 12th, 2009 #25
Nice studies. It would be good to see how you paint up your sketches as that seems to be a strong point of yours based on what's here. Maybe the multi eyed monster?
Hope you manage to keep up the sketch a day too, we were made to do this when I was at uni and it really does help. Studies from life really help too.
January 13th, 2009 #26
Interesting expression on that man
Keep it up keep it up!
January 13th, 2009 #27
Porg - Thanks. I have been toying with the multi - eyed monster in photoshop for a while now. I just cant seem to get a colour scheme that I like for him. Drawing skills - Digital painting and eventually 3d modelling are the main subjects I want to improve.
Alice - thanks for stopping by again. Your encouragement and your sketchbook are really helping me to keep going.
January 14th, 2009 #28
January 14th, 2009 #29
Ok an update.......From last night and through the course of today. Quick gestures in my breaks and Life drawing class at college today
January 14th, 2009 #30
yay!! Keep it up, this sb is growing! ^_^