So I've been on this site for months now and I've finally built the courage up to start a sketchbook. I'm slowly progressing doing sketches of men, women(mostly women), animals, fish, food items, and anything else that catches my eye.
I've only really been practicing with graphite and getting that down. With the occasional attempt at something in photoshop. Well if you have anything helpful to throw there for me I'm all ears.
* If you know how to create a thumbnail that would be awesome advise. I can't seem to find that thread again.
Last edited by DisorientedArt; July 6th, 2009 at 10:03 PM.
welcome To CA, the skull is a good start just make sure to occasionally dump your work in here every few days and keep studying starting from the basics and working your way up.
posemaniacs.com is a great place to get 3d references for models, and check out books like loomis, Hogarth, Bridgman... and their are others for anatomy practice..
o about the thumbnail well im not sure but i should be the last image you post on your first post. i think your skull pic might be to big to work though ...idk check in the support section
Good luck and happy studying
Some more things that I have saved to my computer. hopefully the power doesn't cut on me.
Demo* I'll have to check out some of those books you suggested. I think the thumbnail worked it's self out. I'll definately post something every week. I'm trying to do a number of different sketches daily.
Welcome to CA! I think you must practice drawings, there are a lot of errors (sorry)
You haven't post any figure drawing, try to do it. To studdy anatomy you can do 30/60 seconds drawings with pose maniacs, it's a very good exercice : http://www.posemaniacs.com/?pagename=thirtysecond
Here are some more sketches. I tried the 30 second figure on posemaniacs. I think I may need to step up to the longer version for awhile since I didn't complete any of the figures.
Still looking for any crits and advice anyone can give me. Some of these are really cartoony but I think it's just to get myself more comfortable with faces in general since I have never been very good at them.
keep on at it, your doing really well
Twan* I have started the figure drawing but you only said that I had errors you really didn't point them out for me. I know a few(perspective, shading, facial spacing) but I would like to know what you meant.
Sarkey* Thank you I will keep at it.
Sorry about all the crappy photos of the drawing. I spent most of the day trying to get my scanner to work but after like 8 restarts and 14 times of the install just stopping I finally quit.
Some of these are recently done( 3days old). The one of the woman is much older but my only Life drawing class with a live nude model. It was fun
Your faces are good but tend to be quite simplistic. Try to break down the face into planes to add depth to the picture. I'm sure some of the older guys here would be happy to give you some references and people to study from for that.
Ev'sSketchbook for the lazy minded but willing!
Help an artist, leave a critique.
Evzyza92- You have no idea how good it feels to finally have a critique. I'll be sure to start adding depth to my sketches really soon. As you can see I've been bouncing around quite a bit between different items. Either way Thank you for that.
hey, first off, thanks for the comment in the crit thread. (I hear ya that it's hard to get some good feedback sometimes.)
As for one comment you made about the 30 second poses at posemaniacs... You said that you weren't able to complete any of the poses before it changed I think? 30 second poses are only for a warm up really, you want to try and just get the gesture of the pose down.
What I mean by gesture (if you haven't done "gesturing" in any classes ) is to get down the shape or the feel of the pose, but don't really worry about the outline. Don't worry about it at all actually. Try and get the mass of the pose down, and try to do it without lifting your pencil off of the paper until you start another pose. They will look messy and crappy to you at first, but the more you use them to warm up, the more you will see improvement and see how useful gestures really are. I wish I could find the link I have in mind, because there are at least a couple of professionals out there whose sketchbooks a choc-full of squiggly gestures.
I agree with another comment below too, that some of your faces (while not bad, don't get me wrong) seem to lean more towards cartoony and stylized. If cartoons/comics/stylized is what you are going for in the long run, I'd -still- recommend spending a great deal of time learning to draw people realistically first. Knowing anatomy in great depth can never do anything but help. =) Try starting some drawings in the "middle" of the object, where there aren't any edges, only mass. Learning to give mass and depth to a white piece of paper is one of the hardest things to learn.
good stuff, keep on drawing!
*AmbientSounds- Thanks for all the advice. I'm not really going for a stylized look, I have just fallen into a trend. I haven't really been doing any shading or add depth recently. I changed that a little bit today by doing a couple of 15 minute drawing with some shading mandatory. Still thanks for taking the time out.
*EmiAlvarez- Thanks for the encouragement
So this was kind of a rushed post because I haven't been posting in awhile. Classes have started and I'm just sort of empty headed right now. These are a few DSGs I have done. They were really fun and everyone should try some of the new ones being posted.
That skull in the thumbnail is really freakin cool. That shows what you can do --quality wise--potentially all the time, and from memory.
Just keep drawing every day. You'll pick up little things here and there that improve your craft... after a while, that bunch of little things adds up to a whole lot, and there will be quite and improvement.
Just make sure you study gesture and form to begin with... and then move to perspective and other things. Pecking away at those things starting now will pay dividends.
I finished school about two months ago and decided that I could use a break from it all. You know since I'm still young and my life doesn't quite yet depend on making 40 hours a week. I napped, I ate, and I watched more tv than anyone ever should in one sitting.
Here's something I felt the urge to draw during my little break.
hey thanks for droppin by my sb i really like your skull drawing at the top has some nice values in it your right for faces your lookin really cartoon ish my advice would be to just put alot of time into studying the head and face and its shape look at pictures and the lines around the face then do some master portrait studies and studies on how light affects the face