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May 25th, 2009 #1
Starting from Scratch [slight nudity]
My name is Val, I'm 21, and I've been drawing since I was very young, but I never really had the motivation or drive to follow it as a career path. Not until I saw this website, I think I ran across it in highschool, 3 years ago, but never looked at it as much as I do now. Really been an inspiration, so I found an old sketchbook, and went to the library to get a used drawing manual. Found one by Victor Perard, seemed like a good one to get me started.
I started working for GM right out of highschool (at a metal fabrication plant), and now I'm probably going to get laid off. So I'm going to my local community college for their art program, while I'm on layoff.
Now before I go on rambling, I'll post some some old drawings and paintings & sculptures to show you where I was and how far I've fallen. And then I'll add some of the sketches I did today & yesterday.
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Starting from Scratch Day 1 [slight nudity]
SO I sat down yesterday and did a few drawings from observation, turned out OK i think, and then I did one of a female body from memory, my anatomy is really horrid, but shading is still OK. So here they are, with some studies for body emotions, starting on the muscles today
As always, any advice is greatly appreciated.
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May 25th, 2009 #3Registered User
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Its nice to hear you decided to start to draw, the more people the more we can learn. And by the looks of it you have a better start then. Shading looks just fine to me.
The only advice i can give is, take your time. Patience and careful observation seem to help the most. ( in my case)
So, keep 'em coming!
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May 26th, 2009 #4
I'm tired, so am going to put one scan before I fall asleep, I'll get up early and upload the rest, all I did was practice muscles, and thank you Ravendell I did fast sketches and then took my time on the last ones, and they turned out a lot better.
May 26th, 2009 #5
hello sir pretty ballsy studies you got going on.
The improvement on the last one is wild in terms of the difference of fast and slow.
Maybe do some warmups like hands or still lifes to get your eye in, and look at your subject a lot, even more than your paper.
May 27th, 2009 #6
OK, things didn't go as planned, but I did get to draw today. Did more anatomy studies, and then wanted to do something fun so went out and found a dragon drawing tutorial, kinda cool, I think they turned out colorful. Haven't tried making my own dragon designs yet. (just put my own spin on them hair and different horns, just basic add-ons)
Don't know if I should post all of my sketches, since there are alot, just drawing same thing over and over, just building up speed and memory, so here is the basic 2 figures I've been drawing, back muscles are fun (and yes my hands and feet are wierd looking, going to practice that in the future)
@hunchback - thanks man, figured I'll just jump right in, i'll try hands soon, and still lifes are a little intimidating, want to learn the anatomy before doing the whole observation thing, or is that wrong way to go about it? should I mix it up?
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May 28th, 2009 #9
in order to properly be able to study and understand anatomy and the human form, you need to be able to draw what you see accurately. This is where i am right now. Ive learned to draw what i see and put it where i want it. Now im working on building my visual library.
So yeah still lifes are pretty important, not to mention those old people all that while ago. Im not taking about copying there work yet or anything. just taking a group of household objects or fruit, figuring out how far apart they are and there difference in size and tonal value.
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Nice work... keep on going..
love the dragons... the colors' re relay appealing..
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May 28th, 2009 #11
Great start, really try and spend more time on your anatomy sketches, like 30min per one, focus on making them as accurate as possible. You have done a good amount of figure, pose, and a little of muscular systems. Next thing for you would be to start looking at bones! Focus of one set of bones per sketch, very important, then your off to a flipping awesome start.
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June 2nd, 2009 #12
Finally have time to Scan
Hello ladies and gents, Didn't do much anatomy but did a lot of observational drawings. And some fun cartoonish things , rabbit beat the turtle in the end.
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June 6th, 2009 #13
Haven't had much time to do anything, but the linework for the full body muscles took forever, going to shade it later today, got 4 days off work so going to work my ass off . Still have to work on hands and feet, oh and skulls, my first try didn't turn out too well.