One Nice Day
I've decided to keep a sketchbook for myself to monitor my own progress. I've serious problems with drawing and can proudly boast that I got the worst results among my art class when I was a teen eons ago (partly due to laziness).
Now I'm trying hard and learning to draw in the hope that before I die decades from now, I can at least draw a recognizable sketch of a human face.
As some of you may know, I'm now at chapter 5 (or 6) of Betty Edwards' book and is currently learning contour drawing (that is, drawing and outlines of subjects etc.).
Attached is one of my drawing I did. Now, I would be happy if anyone is able to recognize what it is (no, it's not a military tank).
It took me nearly 3 bloody hours just to come up with this piece of arse and I must admit I kinda got frustrated during the process.
As you can see, the left side of the subject is drawn wrongly (too slanted).
Overall, although I can personally see what it is (since I drew it), I must say I'm not happy at all with the results.
I was intending to draw a very exact and accurate line art version of the subject.
The bending parts of this subject (the area around and below the screws) are particularly hard to draw even when I close one eye.
Pls critique if possible, on the proportions, line, sketch quality, angle, anything.
And I've no ego, so feel free to abuse my drawings if you've a bad day.
Last edited by Xeon_OND; March 22nd, 2010 at 09:41 PM.
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looks like a hole-puncher to me...
please tell me im right!
im really not sure...
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If you want a private sketchbook, then why make a thread?
When I started my sketchbook, I was really scared and embarrassed even. But that temporary courage turned out to work in my favor and I feel more motivated than ever to work on my weaknesses. Seeing so much great art makes me want to work even harder.
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I'm guessing it's a hole puncher as well. I'm expecting my £100 in the mail lol.
You shouldn't feel intimidated by anyone else's sketchbooks. No one is perfect and that's the reason we're all posting them up.
Getting a little criticism won't take away from you current skills and abilities at all, but it will allow you to grow from your current state.
You should upload more ^_^
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Xeon, keep at it. By the sound of you talking about the way you draw you seem faaar too worried about the outcome of each and every individual drawing. Embrace the fact that you're learning and instead of seeing each drawing as a finished piece which should be aimed at perfection, see them each as a step (no matter how big) towards improved drawing. Don't be embarrassed about your sketchbook, I feel the same way about mine (so much so I removed the link to it from my sig until I have some stuff I'm proud of in there), there are so many amazing artists here on CA that it can feel quite demoralising at times. But you need to realise that those people got good through hard work and time spent drawing and if you're prepared to do the same there's no reason why you can't be as good as anyone on this site.
Now that all sounds very idealistic I know, I'm struggling with the whole idea myself but that's part of the challenge, if it was easy it wouldn't be satisfying.
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Hey, you should feel embarrassed about display your artwork. The more comments and crits that you get the better get at it. I like when people give me feed on my stuff really helps me instead of those who just says this is good and all. You came to conceptart for a reason and that reason is to improve you artwork. Keep the thread and keep going at it. Never give up and don't feel embarrassed. Every great artist started somewhere. I'm going to save your thread in my favorites and expects more drawings on here from me comment on. So everyone in CA community can help on endeavor of becoming an artist. And I been there and felt the way you felt many time before.
You can do it!!!!!!
"True artistic talent is the ability to pursue your goals and not give up until you succeed, whether it is on the second or seventieth try," Daniel Pelavin.
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Hi guys! Sorry that it's been some time since I update this but I was kinda busy last week.
Many thanks to everyone here for your kind words. Every freaking time I come to CA, I always feel a bit like sobbing as I'm so touched.
Below are scans of my work done last week and the week before, together with my comments.
There's "words" on the drawing paper cos' it's recycled paper at the back and the scanner can pick that up too.
The key below is supposed to "go back" and extend away from the viewer into space, but it looks like it's floating in thin air no matter how I draw. I think I may need to draw a table to "give it context".
The line quality of the paper clips is TRASH. The stapler is my first version.
The stapler (2nd version) looks better now:
The object at the upper-left is a tiny souvenir. The head is kinda off, though. Curves are very hard to estimate and draw!!!! Shit it.
And the contour drawing of my hand below. I think it's recognizable, though the anatomy and parts of it is wrong. I didn't draw this myself, though. I used the plastic viewfinder to help me in gauging the proportions etc (as per Betty Edwards' exercise in her book). Spent 1.5+ hours or so on this.
Another contour drawing of the hand. As you can see, some fingers look a bit fat and off, and the finger that's touching the thumb is too obese.
My 1st perspective drawing of a corner of my room. Took nearly 4 hours to do it as the sighting of proportions and angles is MIND-BOGGLING and a bit stressful. I keep closing one eye and my left eye was kinda tired yesterday. I wanted to draw a bit more but I started out too large and paper has no space left.
If you can identify what these stuff are easily, maybe I could consider giving you a virtual kiss. LOL
Feel free to critique! My line quality is crappy, btw.
My conclusion: Drawing is addictive and now I really like it though my art truly sucks. I'm gonna work hard at it and I've come to a point where I'm not gonna give up ever and my resolution is set and sealed in stone.
I'm gonna do more practice on more subjects. It might be some time before I update this thread here again.
I know you're working from Betty's book, but try this: Try to visualize the vanishing points of everything you're drawing.
The horizon line is simply your "eye level" line. Whatever it is you're drawing can be drawn in perspective. If it's a squarish shape, like the hole punch, so much the easier for you. Perspective is just a tool to help you make these drawings from observation easier to do.
You're allowed to use tools like that, even though you're trying to draw a contour.
Also, try not to "finish up" lines too early. You'll have to catch yourself and STOP yourself when you just go in and slap a line in there to "finish" the shape. Make sure you carefully observe each and every time.
Hope that helps ya. Keep working!
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if i ever start up a sketchbook you can come check it out and im sure itll
make you feel better about yourself!
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One thing I've noticed is that you're always saying your lines suck or you're the worst artist or things that are negative. Biggest piece of advice I can give you is to stop thinking negatively. I used to go on deviantart and see some drawing and pieces on there and it made me feel so crappy... like I could never do things like that. But in reality I was my own worst enemy. If you think positively and just tell yourself "i'm not there yet but I WILL get there." it will help you more than anything else. Have faith in yourself and rather than saying they're crappy, mark what you don't like and next time fix it! It's all about gradual improvements.
Originally Posted by Xeon_OND
Example... your fist stapler the perspective is off. The second one is much closer. You can see an improvement even between the two. So just keep it up and STOP saying negative things.
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I definitely agree with Ardescoere, man, you should stop putting yourself down. There is no point in telling yourself (or anyone else) that you suck over and over again and making that your mantra, that's not working towards anything but your own demise as an artist and a person. It's a good thing to recognize ones own shortcomings and being able to spot your own mistakes, but be glad that you have this ability and use it to better yourself. Analyze your drawings when they don't come out the way you want them to, find out why and give it another go trying to avoid making the same mistake again.
I am a beginner myself, and the best thing I've done for my own advancement was to stop letting my failures bum me out. Just put the pen to the paper and draw, failed attempts are a part of the learning process and they are nothing to be upset about. I used to get really disheartened when I made a bad drawing, and it even stopped me from practicing for a very long time because I was afraid of failing even before I drew the first line - in hindsight this seems ridiculous and I regret that I didn't realize it sooner, but I think it's common for beginners.
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Thanks folks! I'll stop saying such negative things from now.
Btw, Andre and Crass, you two have any sketchbooks? Don't seem to see it in your sigs.
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