The Line Goes Ever On...Confessions of a pencil addict
having just recently begun practicing drawing on a daily basis this sketchbook (selections from my chaotic one at IFX) will hopefully show some kind of progress as days turn to months turn to years...
All constructive criticism is appreciated.
Been member here for 5+ years now, and a lot has happened with my art and in my life. This SB shows some of my struggle and improvement (my apologies for the missing images in some of the older posts). Thanks to CA and all amazing artists who have pushed, inspired and helped me along the way. The journey goes ever on, so keep telling me where to go next, where to look in order to take another step, to reach another level. I am currently studying traditional drawing and traditional/digital painting. Wish you guys all the best. Peace and Keep Drawing!
More recent artistic expression of mine:
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First tree-sketch of the month. This is just a part of the sketch, I decided to add pen to it and then changed my mind since I discovered it "bled" through the paper too much. Hence the awkward cropping. (No ref.)
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This lizard is definitely the strongest piece you've posted so far, although I wanna see more! Let's see your raw, original posemaniacs sketches right after you draw them, try just throwing a bunch of them on a page like this (from Swamp's sketchbook). It won't necessarily be pretty, but it will make you a better artist in the long run.
Also, definitely look up some of the books on this blog. My personal favorites are the Loomis ones, although there's a gold mine of information in all of them.
Draws tons and tons and tons of those. I spent hours one day just drawing gestures from posemaniacs. Fill your pages up with them and you'll notice improvement.
I know it can be a drag to keep working and you can't notice improvement but trust me, if you go back and look a few months down the road you'll see you actually did improve. I realized, if you want anything worthwhile in life (ex. a career in art), you have to put in the work. Keep drawing and god speed.
The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.
Welcome to our little team And thanks for the comment on my sketchbook!
To be really honest you still have to improve on every aspect of drawing I think. Id say especially focus first on anatomy and your linework.
Dont be afraid to use strong lines, they will only show confidence in your drawing and will make the drawing look more solid.
And Id say try to draw realistic stuff from refs and experiment more concept/fantasy art, but dont draw realistic stuff out of your imagination yet, cause this can make you to learn yourself the wrong way of drawing.
My biggest advice is: just DRAW a lot and quality will come.
Those latest posemaniacs are looking much better, you can tell that you're getting a little bit more confident with the pen, you still have a long ways to go, though. The magazine reference isn't half bad either; it's good that you can work through your mistakes like the one on her arm. One crit on that one though is that she seems fairly flat, and I think that in order to grasp the true nature of the figure when in positions like that, you have to take the 3D form of the body into account. Through in some shadows, etc (although it's tricky when using a Sharpie like that).
And regarding the hand, I think you got your proportions messed up, and that throws the whole work off. For example, your pinky and ring finger are thicker than your middle and index fingers.
And about your question about anatomy, I guess the trick to progressing is being able to be both consistent and fresh in your studies. Never, under any circumstances, neglect to use your imagination. Also, I think that in order to get the most out of these posemaniacs, you should really dig in to the proportions of the human body and how it is put together. That way, you'll have a better idea just what you're replicating from that website.
There's not really a single "magic" exercise that I think can make you better at drawing, but Jakhalz put it quite well: just draw. Keep it fresh so that you get bored (as in, studying only Vilppu for three weeks straight would get boring!). Keep your mind engaged by doing some stuff from imagination, but keep referencing those anatomy books to grasp a better idea of what you're drawing.
Thanks mate, that's really valuable advice. Actually have decided to focus more on Figure drawing/Anatomy than I've had.
About adding shading I must ask though: Shouldn't I skip that atm considering the level I'm at (focusing on gesture, contour and line work instead)? IF I'm to add it - do you mean like comic-style line-contour inking technique (the only ink technique I've tried so far)?
Looking forward to your next sketch, really happy about our SSG :-)