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@MilitaryRaiden: Err I don't think I'm that good but thank you so much anyways ^^
Today's work... I don't know how archipelago does it lawl I'm up until like 12 o clock (I guess I had an evening class today so thats why) drawing and now im really tired... And I STILL can't seem to keep up with him D: If you'll notice on one of my pages has an agenda for the day on it XD
I apologize profusely for not scanning these but I really just want to go to bed...
AGSDF I JUST REALIZED THAT ARCHIPELAGO DID HIS TEN PAGES DAY ON THE WEEEKENDDD SO IVE BEEN STAYING UP LATE FOR NOTHING LOLLLL YAY
In no particular order...
I tried not to use refs today, to draw from memory and such... such why my stuff is sloppy. I did some sps, and a super shroom trip one because Archi did it XD. The only other ref I used was for the cat. I tried to copy Archipelago's expressions, but since I was getting them off his old stuff when he was 15 ish mine usually came out better, it's good that way so I don't just copy and learn
what the fuck is up with my eyes lol its like O_______O
@Defiledvisions: Hehe thank you ^_^ I will do my best
I sucked at drawing today... I don't really know why... Could be because I had one of the worst sleeps I've ever had last night or that I had to draw a bear in the morning that kind of threw me off XD either way I feel like I got worse than yesterday or two days ago
As you can see the page with the dumpster and my pencil sharpener is smudged to hell and the poor standing lady, I completely brutalized her beauty The felt page at the end was just filler... I wasn't really trying hehe I'm really tired XD. If you're wondering why I have my hand on my head for the self portrait page it's cuz I have ridiculously long hair (I don't like haircuts =_=) and i hold it out of my eyes so I can draw ^^
I hope I can relax soon... I know Archipelago cools down to about 3 pages a day plus bridgeman studies, I'm working my ass off here D: Also I hope he starts other things soon because I'm getting bored of just faces
Well goodnight anybody who reads this I stayed up until 1 in the morning drawing and scanning this XD
Last edited by menjah; January 8th, 2010 at 04:06 AM.
great drawings, there is lot of progress visible since page 1.
I am flattered that you are using my sketchbook thread as a guide, but I don't think I am a good example to be honest. Like I said before, if I could do it again I would do it very differently.
The main thing I had wrong was that doing a lot of pages and loads of studies does not equal how much you learn. It is better to take a long time doing the studies, and really thinking about them. it is less about output and more about input if you get me... think about what you want to get out of the studies you are doing, think about specific problems that you want to figure out, and use the studies as a way to get an answer.
I would have also simply looked at a lot more art, analyzing artwork and really figuring out how different artists solve problems in different ways. I would look at a lot more 19th century art, at people like sargent and how he handles values, always keeping shadow and light separate. http://artrenewal.org/ is a good website for this.
self portraits and hands are great excercises, and so are anatomy studies, but I would have spent more time on them and really try to get them to look right.
reading and collecting information is very important. James Gurney (the creator of dinotopia) has a really excellent blog that is updated almost every day, I would really recommend reading his blog from start to finish instead of my own sketchbook thread.
He also released a really great book reccently about how to go about doing imaginative illustrations.
His blog can be found here: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/
anyway, keep up the great work,
@Archipelago: Thanks so much for the advice! I'll try to think more on my stuff... Also thanks for the links as well I'll check out this James Gurney person, and try to do some studies from him as well
As for my drawings, I think my non-reffed people are getting incredibly stale... Almost too practiced XD I should do some more drawings from photos.
Also I CONSISTENTLY draw one eye TOO LOW it makes me mad >:C because they would be otherwise good faces. Another thing I'm having trouble with is the jaw, can't seem to get it right. IM GETIN WORSE ARGG
today and yesterday...
and my first digital drawing in like 6 months,
Yesterday and the day before that's work
Please excuse my massive suckage... from the fail of a self portrait to my really crappy pencil-sharpener drawings... I think I am getting worse not better
ARGH sometimes I just want to give up cuz it's like I'm not getting anywheressss but that would be stupid so ill keep going. I just fear dedicating my life to this and ending up broke, talentless and penniless >.< AND IM 2 DAYS BEHIND ARCHIPELAGO SINCE I STARTED GAHH
so here they are in the order I did them, 6 yesterday and 6 today. I need to spend more time on them, I think I'm trying to do them too quickly and thus having to do them many times to get it right, rather than just observing a lot and getting the strokes right. But on the other hand I don't have a method for this, sometimes I start at the eyes and work my way out, (Thus why my eyes are usually not symmetrical) sometimes I draw the jaw first, which makes the face to short, and sometimes I draw the forehead first as a reference line, but this usually makes the nose too long- these all make me re do the sketch anyway. Idk I'm just not consistent, unless I'm consistently BAD.
Today I mostly did stuff from magazine refs... uhhhhh idk if I learned very much but anyways. I found out how difficult cloth is to draw =P Also I tried to follow Derss' advice and draw old people... I find it much harder to do these from imagination than young people, for probably obvious reasons =)
Last edited by menjah; January 15th, 2010 at 05:00 AM.
haha alot of faces they are rly good, some are very similare though. would be cool to see more "uglier" faces if you know what i mean :p keep it up!
@Derss: Many of them are self portraits but I see what you mean. I draw eyes / jawlines etc all the same in many of my pics. I actually enjoy drawing old people because they have more facial features =) I hope to get to some whole-body anatomy soon, (faces are getting quite boring, not only that but I can't seem to get them right) but I have to get through a pile of Archipelago's work before he starts to do bridgeman studies. I'm going to spend time today trying to get them RIGHT, 3 pages of good work, to work on my accuracy. Archipelago doesn't do much detail in his first drawings but he gets the shape and basics right which is really important, I on the other hand start too small and get details right but proportions off.
YOU BLODDY NOOB! I can't believe you whine -.- /bitchslap!
Just god damn work noob! you are showing progress FFS I mean compared to your first... It s gettin ok!
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Lol! I didn't draw much for 3 days so I'm bad again... (Wanted to play through mass effect again lol) but I'm slowly getting through to the digi painting and anatomy work, so I'm happy about that I tried to draw old people but this paper just doesn't hold detail... it smudges so easily lol. To be honest I really hate this sketch book but I had it already so I was like oh well ill just finish it =P
On a side note I had a really strong urge to digi paint last night lol, but I had to do the sketches first D=
some are reffed some are imagination, you can probably tell the difference
Last edited by menjah; January 19th, 2010 at 12:30 PM.
Wooo! Pathetic photohshops and more of the same! (mostly just effing around trying to get a hang of a tablet lol)
two weeks of no drawing! Again! This is last 2 days work!
Derp de derpity diddly doo!
long time no see... I have such a giant friggin pile of papers that I drew, but they are just more of the same so I decided not to. I am going to life drawing weekly now, they are 3 hour sessions and I go on saturday. I decided to try going back to digital, but not exclusively.
here are a few of my stuffs
hope I'm gettin better
Yay another 3 month hiatus... I'm now 4 months into 18 (only 8 more before 19 D: ) And I have some big milestones to overcome in time for them. Arcipello joined DA when he was 19, Mr D as well... you get the picture lol
Anyways, these are everything I've done in this time, ill try to update daily with stuff I've done. I tend to do one big piece a week (lol 'big' is relative, about 12 hours) and the rest are either scribbles on paper of me trying desperately to understand form or me attempting to sketch in photoshop.
Without further adieu here are my summer and drawings - in the order I did them.
Last edited by menjah; September 29th, 2010 at 10:51 PM.
Last 2 weeks of drawing: (September)
And various sketches from last 2 weeks. Wanted to draw some kind of tree spirit/ demon thing. 2 iterations, first being a rather cheezy looking angry one and second is better one but with wonky perspective on face.
More from last 2 weeks:
More work herp derp 2 hour speedpaint from two days ago
- I only did the helmet and shoulderpad on this
Another wip to add to my pile
Daily speedpaint number 3: Melt Terrain
Took me about 2 hours. Not exactly speedy, but most of that time was spent doing colors that I later discarded. I wanted her to be a faintly red ghost, and the ground burst into flame because of her ghost passing through it, not necessarily because her body itself was hot. (lol wording) Needless to say, the colors failed miserably so I deleted them, and the lack of detail makes it look crap but I'm happy with it as a learning experience =)
Took about 5 or 4 hours, done in one afternoon... need to get faster / draw differently. there's a point when it stops being fun and just turns into render render although I have had fun painting before, and it went much more quickly. hard to explain, but artistic flow is important
Tonnes of work here, and all very skillful. I like your faces very much, a skill I have not yet acquired. A nice balance of old school and tablet too, so well done.
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