good to see youre doing plenty of sketching, but it looks like you are going way too fast. you said you took 4 hours on that sketch of the dude in the metalic looking suit, and it really shows. it looks like you really focused on getting a nice polished drawing rather than just going as fast as you can. this was a problem i had when i started out too. i would see professional artists sketch like the wind, but when i tried, it never came out the same. its very important to take your time.
slow down and really analyze your shapes, think about the relationship between the shape you are drawing, and the shapes around it. think about the line you are going to draw before you draw it, and then draw that line with confidence (draw it really lightly if you have to, then go back over it darker if it came out right). do this enough and over time you will get faster naturally. it takes time, but speed does eventually come.
Dude, you are progressing well and it takes time, there is no point in beating yourself down with "terrible" or "fail" or anything like that, I know sometimes you may get discouraged but remember that no one was born an awesome artist, it was built layer after layer day after day, its a constant fight so be positive and don't stop drawing.
even when you think your stuff look like hamster pupu you are learning something, and many times you are not even aware of that but your mind is.
Nice to see an instantly recognizable Andrew Loomis study in your last post! I spend so much time looking at his diagrams that I forget how appealing his finished art is. Are you using his methods/doing his exercises?
Was that your first oil "ever" or "in forever?" Either way, it looks good. You should keep painting and stop beating yourself up (as Danny_K said). The more time I spend around experienced artists, the easier it is to think my art sucks, so I know the feeling. But calling it "terrible" in your own sketchbook doesn't help. If you must make judgments, write something specific about what makes it unsuccessful- skewed features, incorrect anatomy, etc. That way you identify your weaknesses, rather than chip away at your confidence.
Check out my Sketchbook and I promise I'll return the favor.
thanks, in response to triffin and danny k about me beating myself up, i dont recall me doing that? i dont actually think its too bad for my age.
@triffin, its my first oil ever (im 14)
Take your time with studies. Maybe look at a reference picture and try to draw it right to the best of your ability, don't worry about trivial stuff like how long it will take to finish. Quality over quantity etc. You are doing well with the studies, keep it up and you'll be a master before you even know it. The main thing is that you have fun while doing it.
@iheartmyself, thanks for the encouragement and i will do some pages of hands/eyes/noses etc. thanks !
@Rotor, thanks rotor (: i will work on the studies thanks
@Strassenpenner08, aw don't feel bad! your a great artist, it doesnt matter on your age (:
@jigje, thank you! in the school holidays i will do a self portrait a day in your honour (: I've seen how much you have improved and it would be fun to do, i was doing a self portrait while i was in the car looking at the mirror while my brother was in the doctors,,
it looked okay i think, and if i did it more often they will look great
ive been too lazy on my self portraits but i have been studying loomis and such, ive also been on this characterdesigns.com i think it is, Rotor in cA Chat sent me the link and it has great nude models photos which the last image has 2 sketches from, i can feel improvement from the first model sketch in my moleskine which is great
i'd also like to thank OpenANewWorld for taking time to teach me wonderfully! and i'd like to thank Muzz and A La Bapsi
enjoi (watch this video too, i fkn love this band!)
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as far as your drawings in general, id try to work on starting super light, drawing in the basic shapes that make up the body (cylinders and stuff. like a really really basic robot.) and then, a little darker, define those parts as the bicep or calf or face or chest or whatever. if you do this before you go dark, youll get chance to look at a figure and be critical (does his arm look too long, are his feet too small, whatever) then you go dark. it will look cleaner and more accurate
keep it up man, your doing awesome. ill be around soon to see how your progressing!
the first is the first 2hrs of it, the second is the last 2 hours of it and finished,
it was very difficult but fun!
also im now in an SSG so that should be good, and am also a Crimson Dagger
oh and i got a rembrant and a hogarth book
finally finished this bitch
it was so fun! took me about 5-6 hours on and off.
actulally about 9hours but 3 of them were wasted, becasue my computer decided to shut down and not save my work >_>
but im so happy with it ! i must do more, ive learnt so much out of this one
Cool still life! Make sure to check your drawing before you start painting tho, there are some perspective issues in the box... Good work though, you're going to learn a lot from those, and I bet you already have .