Please go to the last page I got a bit better, I promise.
Hi all! I would like to re-introduce myself to CA (I havent posted in over a year.)
My name is Alberto, I am 16 years old and from Brazil. I started to get into art a long time ago and I really love it.
I have no high expectations, but all I want is to get better and have fun. Please help me in this quest! If something sucks please tell me. I dont get offended easily, so no worries.
I had an old sketchbook, so these are the OLDD stuff from it.
SORRY FOR THE LOW QUALITY SCANNING!
From oldest to newest.
Next post... My new sketchbook.
Last edited by Saraiva; December 23rd, 2013 at 03:26 PM.
Hey Alternative, I like your use of reference, that's always a great tool to use when you're starting off. One thing I would suggest with your poses is breaking them down into simple shapes. It'll bring more form to your poses. Keep it up!
I really enjoyed your later poses and hang gestures. It seems that you're doing well with shading as well. I wish I could give to some critique, but you're far beyond my skill. I'll have to keep a watch out for this thread, as I enjoy your work.
First of all there's a very obvious improvement from the stuff from your old sketchbook and the newer stuff. I noticed your line confidence in particular seems to have improved dramatically.
Other than that I'd just say keep it up, I think I saw some posemaniacs studies in there, so keep at those, and those drawing without looking at the page exercises are equally invaluable and will improve your hand eye co-ordination with time.
You seem to pretty to have all the boxes checked, maybe try a few drawings from imagination? More from life (so important!!) Also maybe try doing a few longer drawings, and take the time to really push the values and the forms (and possibly your patience) as far as you can. Some of your images don't seem to have the depth they could have if you spent the time to render out the forms properly as oppose to just washing some soft pencil over them. I would suggest maybe ditching the soft pencils all together and just sticking with an HB or 2B for a while. This will encourage you to spend time on your rendering as you will have to work an area more thoroughly to achieve darker values.
But anyway I'm just rambling now, keep up the good work your doing, maybe try not to take a year off again and keep posting up your stuff. If for no other reason than it will allow you to track your progression.
Thank you for your thoughful comment Danlambert. I will try to use harder pencils and see if that helps me. I thought that I had to use softer pencils to so I could go darker, I never thought about what you just said. Thanks a lot for that, I will definately try it.
I also need to draw more from imagination, I know, but I am just terrible at it. I need to study more, I guess.
Sorry I don't articulate words too well, but by Simple shapes I mean breaking the form down into shapes. Meaning for the head use like an oval, and for the torso use an upside-down triangle and things like that.
About the pencils: Your best bet is to try everything! One thing that might be especially helpful for you is to try using charcoal sticks. They make a really smooth, big mark, but it's very difficult to get a sharp, clean line with them. You should try some experimental drawings where you only draw the light and shadow, without any outlines at all. That will really help you see volume instead of contour. You have a tendency to outline everything, which can often make a drawing look flat. But that's getting better in your later sketches.
In your drawings from the live model, always draw the hands and face. Never leave a blob there. It doesn't matter if the hands and face look like crap every time. It's important to see the figure as a whole entity.
You are definitely going about things the right way. Study lots of anatomy, and draw from life all the time. Drawing from nature will always be your best teacher.
Conti - Ohh okay. Thanks, I will try to do that later today if I dont fall asleep. It's like 2 in the morning here
rolandb - Thank you very much. I will try to do so. Thanks for leaving such great advice. I usually have a lot of trouble with hands. I need to get better.
So I've always wanted to experiment with two first. Digital Painting and Watercolor.
First I tried to digipaint. I haven't attempted to do it in a while, because last time I did it was total failure. The first sketch is supposed to be a sailor kissing a zombie lady. I really wanna be able to color it.
Then I tried watercolor for the first time (Without counting art class in like 4th grade)
I loved it! I am having so much fun. I only started, so I just played around and tried different things out.
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They look so good that's why I keep 'em in the front
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Thanks for stopping by my SB! Looks like you're hitting the studies hard, the best (possibly only) way to improve! Keep going and going, drawing from life and the anatomy books and adding to your mental library - can't go wrong that way in my opinion