I'm 24 years old and have always loved to draw, but never really aimed to get good at it, so it has been more or less doodling to this point.
During last semester I studied art(education) as a minor at university and really got couraged to learn more.
Now I feel it's time to get a bit more serious about drawing and painting. That means studying anatomy and all that stuff that is vital to know to an artist.
That is why after a long time of lurking on these forums I finally decided to get myself an account here and start this sketchbook.
Hopefully this motivates me to draw and paint every day from now on.
btw, I went to the bookstore today and ordered Bridgman's Complete Guide To Drawing From Life. Can't wait to get it and learn me some anatomy finally.
For starters here's some things from the university studies and also some recent personal stuff.
The gorilla was done with charcoal lifting out technique. Really enjoyed working with charcoal, building tone is so much easier than with pencils. The second one is the second ever nude figure from life I did. It was good fun, really should do it more often. Then there's two digital master studies, one Bouguereau and the other Repin. Finally a quick lemon from life.
Any comments or critiques are highly appreciated.
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Finished a portrait of Robert De Niro. I haven't done too many portraits so this was good practice. Didn't catch absolute likeness, but i'm satisfied for now. Gotta do more painting from life to learn how to work with colors better.
Great stuff man! Very nice model drawing. I think the top right and the bottom left of the color studies looks a bit flat. Could be because there only seems to be hard edges, maybe more variation in warm and cool colors could also help. Other than that I don´t have any more crits right now, just keep going!
Great works. You definitely have artistic eye, but I think you are a bit too cautious working with shapes. Your De Niro is especially full of rounded shapes. Round shapes in nature are quite rare and usually using them is an expression of uncertainty concerning the real shape.
One approach that might help getting rid of the vague barbapapa-like shapes is carefully studying the nature of different forms, esp. taking note of the the basic lines, and going over the top with the mad ventures to edginess.
Really nice stuff! Amazing gorilla!
terragalleria.com seems to be a pretty handy site.. thanks for the tip!
Keep on working!
"Less questions. More doing.
Learn by doing. Learn how to learn without asking a million questions. Learn to trust advice. Learn to go with your gut, to go on your own volition. Go. Do."
- Kev Ferrara
Mumph: Thanks for your crits. You're absolutely right about the flatness of those two. I should remember to vary the hardness of the edges more. I didn't really pay any attencion to edges before I read the edge tutorial here. Your comment about the cool/warm colors reminded me of the painting course in university. After viewing my first acryl painting my teacher also mentioned about the importance of color temperature in painting, although at that time I really had no idea what he meant. Now I understand the concept but putting it into practice still causes trouble. Moar studying must I do, heh.
R-Russo: Thanks, man. I'll try keep the ship on the right course.
Icedearth15876: Really appreciate that, thanks.
Kidda: Heh, you're really trying to build pressure on me. Thanks so much. I spent way too many hours on the gorilla, but I guess it paid off.
Muemi: Very good points, thanks. I think one of my biggest problems is that I'm using too small brushes most of the time. Gotta remember what Stapleton Kearns emphasized in his painting blog "DO EVERYTHING WITH THE LARGEST POSSIBLE BRUSH." Great blog btw. Full of important stuff. Here's the link if someone's not already familar with it http://stapletonkearns.blogspot.com/
Chronberg: Thanks. It's an excellent site yes. I found it through Alpenfleger's (did I spell it right? ) sketchbook, so the credit goes to him.
Placeboast: Kiitos, kiitos. I haven't got my copy of Bridgman yet, but when I do, you can expect lot more of that stuff. Also I haven't got a scanner at the moment so I can't post any pencil drawings - which I prefer over wacom when doing drawing studies - right now. I did find his Constructive Anatomy from Archive.org and made couple of digital studies though. Here's one of 'em. I'm trying to tackle one body part at the time, and decided to focus on the arm first.
Ok, here's some new stuff. Study of a simple metal plate from life and arms from Bridgman's Constructive Anatomy.
Last edited by ismo; July 14th, 2009 at 08:13 AM.