Valve Hey, thanks again. Well, I mostly use just a regular 0.5 mechanical pencil. On poses, or whenever I feel like testing myself with permanent lines, I use a "0.5 needle point" BIC pen (at least that's what it says on sticker). And hey, if you keep dropping by, I'll be sure to keep checking out your stuff
And speaking of portraits, I looked up this "MMA Photography" that a lot of people seem to be using, and did some studies from there. They're not exactly portraits, but there's a bunch of faces.
you started out this sketchbook strong and I'm already seeing good progress in here. Your anatomy looks like its getting nice and strong, lets see some more studies though, also try out doing more from your imagination with what you're learning.
I smell good potential in this sketchbook, update often please!
AustenFM Thanks! And yeah, I need to do more studies again, thanks for pointing that out. It's nice to have someone remind you what you should be doing instead of what you want... And does daily updates sound good enough?
Just some poses for today, but ill have more tomorrow.
Valve Heh, nice to know my influence is spreading. Drawing pencils? I'll have to find some next time I stock up on sketchbooks. And thanks for the downloads link! That'll definitely come in handy!
For the posemaniacs, I started out doing 45 second or full minute sketches. Just try to get the major shapes of the body down, don't worry about every angle at first, or even always completing every figure. Just do a half page of them every day and you'll find the poses becoming easier to understand and draw.
Once you start feeling comfortable, begin increasing the speed.
Joce Yes. Yes I am. Thank you.
Poses, Bridgman neck studies, and some doodles. And yes, three uploads this time!
Hey there Hamms! I love all your studies. I love to draw and paint but my biggest issue is drawing humans. I've always had problems with it. I tried studying Loomis and I do some practice and try to make a habit but after about a day or two I end up forgetting about it. lol. Any advice? Great work! Will definatly be checking it out every day!
First off, I deeply, deeply apology for yesterday's missing updates. This sketchbook is supposedly update daily, and, well, I was unable to post last night. The story goes like this:
Our outside pole light was "fixed" to shut off at a certain time at night (usually around when I post) and last night, when it shut off, it tripped the breaker it was on. Unfortunately, our internet router is attached to the same breaker, so when the light went out, so did my internet connection.
Chantz Hegemann Thanks! Advice? Hmm... The number one thing I'd say is get in the habit of drawing every day, at the same time (at a time you know you can make every day), if only for 5 minutes. This is important as it helps bring a level of familiarity when drawing, and makes it a part of your schedule so your less likely to forget. Once you get in the habit, its just a matter of not getting in the mindset of "having to study" but "wanting to study". It's boring, it's slow, and most of the time (if you do it right ) it looks terrible.
This is a good thing.
Once you pick out your problem areas, make a note of it on your sketchbook somewhere, like the cover. Now, whenever you do your daily drawing, get nice and loose, broken in, and pick out something on your list to do. Anything. Doesn't have to be in any order, just pick something, like hands or feet or solar plexis. Go look up reference and models, and draw from that. Do at least a page a day, and if you feel bored after that, draw something you want to. Don't get bogged down and discouraged by doing study after study because...
The MOST important thing to do is to focus when studying, and get something out of it. Look at what you're drawing, and what it's supposed to look like. Make notes, look at your own body, just make sure you're drawing not just to use paper. It's called studying because it helps you learn.
If you have trouble getting motivated, I usually find that keeping an inspiration folder on the desktop, filled with your favorite pieces of art, and looking through that before sketching gets me in the mood. Also change your desktop background to something awesome and inspiring (like this).
Whew, I hope that helps. It's mostly what I do myself, so it might not work for you, but don't get discouraged and good luck!
However I intend to make it up today with a double dosing of poses, studies, and even some environments. The truth is, I really love environments, even more than character or weapon designs. Each and every piece is usually epic, and looks awesome, and holds so much detail in each it. I don't know why I haven't posted many before, but I would love to improve my environment skills just as much as my anatomy.
Also, to celebrate page three and over 1000 views (pathetic, isn't it?) as well as apology for yesterday, I present a digital piece I've been working on and off on for awhile.
Last edited by Hamms; July 28th, 2009 at 10:07 PM.
Nice sketchbook Hamms, I'm really loving all the posemaniacs pages. It reminds me of some of the massive pages that other artists do on here. What I like most though is the environments you've done in the small boxes. You should take those over to photoshop and see what you can do with them.
Hahaha that star wars picture made me laugh so hard you have no idea. Thank you so much for the advice. Its just every time I sit down and take a look at something like bridgman or loomis I just get swamped and confused as where to start... As for making a list of my biggest problems on the cover of my sketchbook...phew thats gonna be a big list lol. Thanks again for the help, and i'll keep lurkin in your sketch book. Great eviroments, btw!
OOooo. I'm digging the environments and your posemaniacs are looking stellar. Maybe bump on the contrast of your scanner for your last image. I need to post my stuff but I'm to lazy to take the time to do it .
I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing a little "art project". We'd both work with a similar concept and have a deadline of next friday.