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Thread: Crass' matter of life and death
August 26th, 2009 #1
Crass' matter of life and death
Long story short, I want to become an artist, it's the only career that I can imagine myself being happy having. I've always been messing around making pictures on the computer but I've never really sat down to practice drawing before now, maybe I imagined skill would come to me magically while I slept, I don't know, but I realize now that I will have to work hard to make it so I'm pulling out all the stops. I am about to turn 22, it's time. I have set up a small studio and I will dedicate myself fully to becoming an artist from now on. That means I won't have a job, I will use money that I have saved up from before, and I will work full time, every day, to improve my drawing.
I hope that this thread can become an outlet for me as well as a showcase of my progress. I know that there are many people here who have tremendous skill, and hopefully some of you will have time to help me out when I am struggling. Please critique my work.
Any suggestions that will help me improve will be greatly appreciated, but before you recommend me any books, please note that I have already bought these:
Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters - R. B. Hale
Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters - R. B. Hale
Dynamic Anatomy - Burne Hogarth
Dynamic Figure Drawing - Burne Hogarth
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - Betty Edwards
The Natural Way to Draw - Kimon Nicolaides
The Human Figure - J. H. Vanderpoel
Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life
Perspective for Artists - Rex V. Cole
In addition to these I also have all of the Andrew Loomis PDFs.
Last edited by Crass; October 15th, 2009 at 01:49 PM.
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I bought a cheap scanner for the sole purpose of uploading my sketches here, the scans show that I didn't pay much for it, but I think it's good enough for the puropse.
Here are some studies of the female abdomen, while doing these I realized what a great benefit it would be for me to study some anatomy, I don't even know what I am drawing half the time. I don't need to know to get a likeness, these are all from photos, but I want to understand what it is I am looking at, how else would I ever be able to draw the figure from my imagination?
August 26th, 2009 #3
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August 26th, 2009 #4
Well, good for you. It can be hard to stay motivated, especially if you have no cash coming in.... keep posting, keep practising.
You seem to be doing the right things. Work your values a little more, and try to keep you lines clean. My big suggestion is life drawing classes.
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August 26th, 2009 #5
Great, I've been waiting for you to start a sketchbook here. Subscribed.
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August 28th, 2009 #8
Here are a few more.
I am very unhappy with these, as you can see I tried to render them smoother this time but there are huge errors in all of them. While it is fun to render them out this way, and I definitely want to learn how to do it well, it is way too meticulous for the purpose of simple studies.
I need to learn how to simplify shadow shapes nicely to be able to make quicker sketches that look good. Whenever I try to do something quick and neat it looks awful. I look at someone like Loomis and his shading looks simple and effortless, I really need to practice that. When I take the rendering this far, I tend to commit to finishing even if i realize that the entire construction is wrong halfway through.
I'm still learning how to use my pencils correctly as well. I've pretty much never used traditional media before, only digital, so it's all new to me and sometimes I really overwork the paper.
August 29th, 2009 #9
Here's another page of similar drawings. I've gone back to much quicker renderings. I still don't feel that I have any control over my shading, but I guess that will come with time and I think things will start looking better as I become more accurate as well. Still drawing from photos.
August 29th, 2009 #10
Crass good start to your sketchbook. I think you all ready have an understanding of how to draw from observation but there is room for improvement. I suggest looking at and copying some old master drawings from Rembrandt and that era. Your shading seems like you want to fallow the contour of the figure sometimes but other times you contradict yourself. It might also help to try and do a few studies were you only make your rendering marks in one direction to focus more on the value range and the transitions between your lights and darks. Keep it up and you'll improve greatly here.
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August 31st, 2009 #11
That is good advice Ninjac, I will do it. I spent most of yesterday reading the two lessons from the great masters books and there are a lot of pictures in there to choose from if I want to copy something. Regarding my shading problems, I know why it is good to shade around the form, but sometimes it is really hard to determine in which direction the shading lines should go, I pretty much short circuit when that happens and just draw them every which way.
Anyway, I spent most of today doing gestures and stuff, I didn't save any of it. We've all seen the Loomis mannikin a million times so I didn't think there was a point to uploading a hundred more. However I did some of them digitally and I took this one a fair bit further, I couldn't help myself and played around a little. I was going to develop some kind of character from this but I didn't have time today, maybe I will pick it back up some other day when I don't have anything else to do. I used photo reference.
August 31st, 2009 #12
We have similar goals. I do not have a job at the moment and I am working full time on drawing, even though I am not very good yet. I have also recently come to the realisation that creating art is what I want to do. You seem to be off to a good start. I wish you all the best with your studies.
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