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My name is Stefanie, I'm almost 21 years old and I live in Germany.
I've been lurking around here for a very very long time (3 years I think) and finally found the courage to register and post my own stuff. I started drawing in 2004, bought my first graphic tablet (a very cheap one), which only survived being used by me for one month and then I got a small but very nice Wacom Intuos 2 and Photoshop as a birthday present. I drew a lot of stuff for a while and then soon lost interest until the end of 2007.
This time I started drawing traditional stuff (watercolors, markers,...) till now.
A few weeks ago, while I had nothing to do at work, I found an Oekakiboard (a small Java App in which you can draw digital pictures online) and registered.
Drawing was a lot of fun, even if I had to do it with mouse. This is how I thought about giving the digital and the realistic stuff a second chance.
So I'm finally here and hope to receive a lot of critique from all of you!
I've only drawn anime so far, so please be gentle with critique about anatomy, I know there are a lot of mistakes because in anime you probably can't do anything that's too wrong but I want to get rid of it and go for the real thing!
But I'd be very glad if you tear me into tiny little pieces if it comes to color, light and shadows and the like, I think I'll never get these things right, no matter how hard I try
I need to work on these a lot!
- COLORS!!! (they seem to hate me...)
- backgrounds/landscapes/scenery (sometimes I don't draw backgrounds because I think they'll ruin what I've drawn so far...)
- post at least every two weeks here
I hope we all get along well
So let's start...
Here's the oekaki I've drawn (No. 1 and No. 3), No. 2 was drawn on my iphone with the "Brushes" app and the last one is a litte practise on noses, done with a pencil
(is there a way to put some space between the pictures?)
I was lazy today...
some studys after Bammes and a few poses. Is it just me or do they look stiff?
Hey a new sketchbook! Forms, anatomy, proportions; those are the three areas I recommend focusing on. Good resources to start with are George Bridgman books, learn how the body is composed of simple shapes, and work from there. Once you get the hang of form, anatomy will come a bit easier. Looking forward to more, feel free to visit my SB. Cheers.
Thank you for your advice
Is there anything different in George Bridgman's books?
I already spent a whole lot of money on an anatomy book by Gottfried Bammes, so I need to know if there are any big differences
today's studies on hands again
I would recommend life drawing as well as those books. Learn actual relationships between shadows, use kneaded eraser for lifting out highlights, ect. Also be aware of planes, especially when drawing noses and hands. Your hands seem a bit flat, and the noses are more pointed than they should be.
I've never seen Bamme's books, so I cannot make a comparison. I recommend Bridgman because he breaks down the human body into easy to understand forms. The language he uses in his books is straight forward, but it make take a bit of looking back and forth at words and images to nail what he is talking about. I've learned a lot from his work; just my recommendation. Once I get through what I'm reading of his, I may take a look at Bammes.
@bratkitty: I'm going to do life drawing after I understood some anatomic basics, that was my plan
I'm already using a kneaded eraser but only for real drawings, not for studies like here in the sketchbook, that would be a waste.
I never noticed that the hands were flat, but now that you mentioned it.. thanks a lot!
So I'll focus on less-flat hands and less-pointed noses!
@Jushra: I'll fore sure have a look at Bridgeman's books then. Bammes goes into the very details of the human body like "draw bones, understand how they look, how they work, why they work like this and then add the muscles. Understand how they look, how they work toghether with the bones, why they work like they're working, draw flesh..."
I just started doing my exercises with his books, so I'd be glad for explanations how to arrange the body in easy forms for my studies with Posemaniac
So here's my stuff for today.
A few Posemaniacs 60sec drawings (a few are pretty wrong, already figured that out lol) and an attempt at a speedy landscape with Photoshop. I still don't get the texture thing...
hier bei dem zweiten Link gibts die Anatomiesachen von Bridgman für lau Allerdings englisch... böses englisch, weil viel an anatomischen Begriffen enthalten ist.
Aber reingucken ist nicht schlecht
I know you say you want to get back into life drawing, but keep in mind that drawing still lifes helps a lot too, and you don't need to be in class yet to do those. Though class is GOOD! I am not saying don't do that at all, just saying until then, knowing how things sit in space is good.
Posemaniacs is great for learning anatomy in awkward postures. It's important to step back after doing a few sketches and ask yourself, "What here doesn't look right?" then focus on those areas. Your skills will slowly begin to improve.
Keep up the good work!
@Nephilie: ah danke dir, da kann ich ja direkt mal reinschauen
@LauraGarabedian: thank you, I'll try doing a few still lifes if I have the time
@dierat: thank you, I hope I can find the time to study a lot and keep posting it here
@fungus: I always skipped reconsideration so far because I was so focused upon drawing itself... I will certainly accept your advice, thanks alot!
so here's a little thing I did a few days ago with Sai Portable. Tried out high chroma and tried to work with a single brush (Sai doesn't have that many..) on different adjustments
hey nice start on the SB, liking the studies, I'd recommend Andrew Loomis books too plus they are free online! drawing figures is a tricky thing, i always try and draw in cubes or primitives first (after finding line of action and gesture) that way perspective will be approximately correct too. Also depends on your style, but if you want to draw realistic characters looking and studying what the Massive Black guys do also helps. Keep it up
@LMK: thank you, but I already know Loomis books and I didn't like them. I'll stick to Gottfried Bammes instead
I already heard a lot of the Massive Black people but I wonder where I can find all of their stuff?
So here's my stuff for today. Posemaniacs 60seconds again. Anatomy is wrong again but this time I focused more on the perspective.
Don't know why the scans look so unclean today..
Last edited by G A I A; August 31st, 2009 at 03:26 PM.
practise again... maybe I shouldn't have drawn anything today, my choice of colors sucks + I lost interest in finishing it
you draw really well, i like the studies and your digital paintings are really good, especially the environment study in post #10. this last one is cool too, your colour choices are certainly much better than mine just keep at it, you're definately improving
@miycko: Thank you I'm trying to practise as much as I can, but I just don't get colors. Sometimes I have a lucky hit but you can't name it "knowledge"
so here's some stuff from the past week. More poses, some crappy color stuff done with even crappier colored pencils and a litte bit of quick observation stuff.. drawn from stock photos, my own hand and crumpled paper, more photos, imagination and so on...
Last edited by G A I A; September 9th, 2009 at 05:06 PM.
I like what i see so far - determination to improve, and enjoyment of drawing Your hand studies are coming along nicely too and you've improved since your first post.
If you're doing a study from a photo, don't be afraid to take your time with it. plan out your guidelines thoroughly. i notice that your stock drawings - though they're pretty good, have some proportion issues - big forehead, small jaw, etc. you might also wanna try relying more on values than lines to express form.
@d-funct: thank you, I'm so glad that improvement can be seen
How does the value-thing work, I tried but I don't seem to be able to figure that out properly when I'm drawing with a pencil :/
so here's a little skintone practise, looked odd without the hair, so I quickly added a bit. Of course not finished again..
wow, nice stuff can see the improvments from here already just skimming through it quickly too..
keep up the posts, intrested on more developments you make
Die Studien sehen ja schon mal nicht schlecht aus. Dein geknicktes Papier sieht viel besser aus als meins