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August 19th, 2009 #1
Ardescoere's Sketchbook o' Doom
Thanks for visiting my sketch book! It took me a lot of nerve to finally post some things here. But I figured it was about time I stopped being a chicken and put some things up here. So I want to be an artist. For various reasons I couldn't go to school for it, despite being accepted in to Sheridan in Toronto. It was a really hard day for me and it caused me to basically give up art for a year or two. I was so disappointed that circumstances had so screwed me I just lost all motivation. But about three months ago I was talking with my significant other and talking about the fact I had no direction of where I wanted to go and he asked me (like so many others have) why I didn't try to get into art more. I said well I couldn't go to school for it. He told me to stop being dumb. He said that if I really wanted to do it I could and to just get back into it. He told me that if I really wanted it school wouldn't matter, it's your portfolio. And well... he was right. I found concept art and started asking some questions and looking around. Now I love it here and spend time every day looking at everyone else's work. Now I want to work on mine. I have a long way to go, I am out of practice. But my goal is to get a job in the art industry. So any help I can get... I'd really appreciate it. Anything to get to my dream. So be hard on me, please. I want it!
I'd like to preface this and say I'm writing it from work so I'm posting some pieces of art to show where I was and where I am right now. But it's only the stuff I have access to from work so there's only three pictures lol. My drawings are my attempts at humans. I used to be terribly afraid of them. But now I'm finding that finding new pictures to draw (I've been using references recently although I want to do more life drawing) I'm looking for challenges. In the first image I had a TERRIBLE time trying to draw that woman's hair. I'd never done humans (I used to draw a lot of horses...) and their hair and hands was really difficult for me. The second one I'm posting is about a year later and it was a lot easier for me to draw the people, so I chose something new - white clothing. It was really difficult for me to learn how to do the shading values properly. And the last one, I decided a seriously black (done in charcoal) background and a woman with wet hair was going to be my challenge. That one isn't done yet, I haven't finished her hair. But it gives an idea of where I am.
But any kind of criticism or advice based on these, I'd really appreciate it.
I removed the really old pic and just left this one. As the other one was like 3 years old.
And then there is the one in the thumbnail which is the most recent.
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August 27th, 2009 #2
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That third one is just amazing. The shadows that you did there in that second one are real good. May ask what pencils you used? How exactly do you start shading by the way?
Add more stuff! This is really good. I'm also glad you decided to return to the art!
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And the shading... Well first I would do an initial line art (obviously light) sketch of the figure and position. Then I'd move on to sort of... showing where the darker areas would be through light outlines. I think that's like a value outline. And then I'd start with the darkest parts on the upper left and move towards the bottom right. I mean I know you can see in mine I didn't necessarily stick 100% to that if I had things that were the same and continuous shade. But I did work on the graphite before I added the charcoal. Until I couldn't resist to add it anymore because I wanted to see her pop out of the page.
I always like to have the darkest parts done at the proper shade first because it gives me a guideline for all the other shades. If that makes sense?
I used to be afraid of going dark too... But I gues I got over that. I had an amazing art teacher in my final year of highschool and she helped me with that a lot. Just have to be able to take that risk and make the darks REALLY dark. (not lecturing, just repeating what she told me lol)
Thank you so much for stopping by though!
September 24th, 2009 #7
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September 24th, 2009 #8
There is alot of progression between the three images the last being the best. Its got alot more depth to it that you havent got in the fifrst two. Slightly coloured/tinted paper can help with that and using a white pencil to put in highlights instead of using the white of the paper gives you alot more control
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October 31st, 2009 #11
third one is good, although the other two i would suggest working on hair. It looks to stringy. Remember hair is in chunks.
Like the third one, especially the hair. You can tell it looks wet which is a good effect to learn.
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November 2nd, 2009 #12
Thanks for taking the time to comment. You're right the first two were terrible for hair lol. I think they are each a year apart. It was all I had on my work computer and I appear to be terrible at going on my computer at home and posting works here.
I think I really should look at non-wet look hair though and work on it Thanks though! I'll stop by your sketchbook.
November 8th, 2009 #13
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