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@Magicpudding - Thanks! Though I still have lots and lots of work to do, I still kinda suck haha Also, thanks for page five I was getting tired of looking at my year old sketches XD
Here's a work I did for my mom's birthday... I did it yesterday from start to finish, about 6 to 8 hours.
-lighting is lame
-why do I always make everything metal
But I had fun. I honestly don't know how I fucked up the grayscale of this so much... as soon as I was like DERP COLOR it just went downhill oh well I will try harder next time
did this last night, trying out technical drawing but failing lolol... it has to protect its disco ball!11!
Last edited by menjah; December 10th, 2010 at 01:16 PM.
Here is what I have been working on today. I didn't have enough time to finish because I didn't start early enough in the day and because Im actually trying to use line art more. I may or may not finish this depending on how much I want to start a new project haha. Crits are welcome!
incredible volume of work, really nice effort, but i gotta say i agree with archipelago - it's not about the number of drawings you do, it's about practicing every day and learning to become better.
I think most of your stuff looks so similar because you mostly draw the same face over and over again - probably because you know it and can do it really fast so you can draw lots of them. there's your problem right there. the key to learning how to draw is to learn to look at things differently. with everything you draw, try to pretend you know nothing about it so you have to really look at your subject all the time. you should spend at least 80% of your time looking at your subject, you should be analysing it literally between each line you draw!
a good book for this is "drawing on the right side of the brain", because it aims to change the way you look at everything. it's a bit long-winded, but has very very good exercises. helped me a lot!
the second piece of advice is construction. you seem to be following the "copy" approach to drawing, which is taught a lot in art schools but really all it does it teach you how to take photographs with a pencil. have a look at Loomis books (available for free online, since they're decades out of print) and see how he constructs figures and environments out of primitive shapes in perspective. once you've got that down your drawings from imagination will improve incredibly
lastly, it's hard to tell if this is a problem for you, but it sure was for me so i'll mention it: slow down. you seem to be drawing incredibly fast and scribbly, maybe cuz you've seen much more experienced artists draw that way. they do it because they know what they're doing, and because they do a lot of really important steps in their heads to save time! if you slow right down and think about every line you draw and analyse every mistake you made, you can improve a lot more by just doing 1 page a day. you'll also see your lines improve towards stronger, longer, more confident lines.
oops, that turned out to be kind of a long post, I hope some of it makes sense!
all the best
A quick 20-30 min still life after my lamp lol. What an achievement, I drew a lamp. by the way I am now copying Dile for the studies and such. Next up: Pages of leg and arm studies! The only down side is I feel like every time I try to memorize something I lose a bit of my creativity :/ I have to balance the studies out with just random imagination drawing
Masterstryke - thanks for the advice, if I work under black lines they tend to have a multiply effect on whatever Im doing and slowly all my shadows turn pure black haha... im not sure whether I want to finish that but, I kind of like it so why not
Neon Duck - Yeah I tend to focus too much on other people's improvement and not enough on my own. That way it gets no fun really fast, because I'm not actually thinking about what I'm drawing I'm just trying to make it look like the other person's - this is why I think I did not learn much the whole time I was drawing faces, because I never actually thought of what I was doing I was just copying... then I worked out a formula so thats why all of them look the same. Also, thanks for the book ref As for the scribbly drawing, it's how I imagination draw... it works well with paper but not so well with digital since digital goes to pure black much more quickly. There's construction type lines and then there's the flowy imagination lines that I use sometimes, i don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing but it's difficult for me to just think of a shape in my head and draw it, there needs to be something, some kind of randomness or noise, already there for my brain to make the connections.
Leg studies... no ref for drawings, but I did look at some real legs to try to figure out the muscles. I E I didn't copy the poses / angles of the legs, but tried to decipher the muscle placements from photos. I think I'm going to do some straight studies right out of my book now.
Some leg studies right out of my book and a bunch of arms + chest studies out of my head, but occasionally reffing the book to check where the muscles are. These ones are not as good as the other leg studies cuz it's too late and I could not think straight or learn too well haha,,, so lines got messy and 3d thinking was hindered
Uhh, my anatomy book confuses the HELL OUT OF ME. they got an amazing life artist to do it, but throughout the book he literally goes through every single bone in the body and every single muscle... and it really confuses me when im trying to draw it so all I can really do is simplify and guess as to the details. any suggestions for an alternative?
used ref for the ones marked ref... other ones aren't that good but I am trying to figure out the structure rather than just copying it from every ref angle
@Mischeviouslittleelf: Okay! I'm honored by your visit =D I'm not too sure what to do color studies OF though, any suggestions or resources?
I tried to make a skull but it looked scary so I went with it and so it became a monster XD
This time I was trying to regurgitate what I had 'learned' about the arm from my studies. Unfortunaltely, all I could remember was about 4 large muscles and the rest I just fudged until it looked right. Which means it probably doesn't look right to people who actually are good at anatomy lol.
Also I did this today, I had the idea floating around in my head for a little while but decided to put it on paper today... there's a piece of glass between them in case you cannot see. I know the woman's pose is really awkward but I can't find a way to fix it even though I moved and redrew stuff XD... My crosshatching will most probably be painted over, I just did it because I miss and enjoy crosshatching hehe, just did it for fun =P
Another one whole month of not drawing anything due to class exams yayyyy
I've gotten worse, it shows. I need to focus way more on big shapes instead of rendering pieces of armor individually... it's just that I SUCK AT LINES
@Mila: Thanks for the input! Yeah im trying to make more individual posts so my pages don't get so friggin long XD
Did this today. got lazy, not too good but im happy trying haaarrddd to get the sketch to be legible before I start rendering... not easy going!
Trying to finish something every day. Spent a while (about maybe 2 hours) on the line art, even though I didn't finish lawl. My idea was to make a dude who had such a big gun that he needed an exosuit just to walk around with it. Alas, the gun was an afterthought and is neither big nor threatening.
started out quite fun and moved along hastily, but as I worked things got slower and slower Im a bit sad I couldn't finish it before bedtime, which means I probably won't :/
derp derp derp
lots and lots of hard work here, its paying off, keep at it!
sb most art copied to page 1
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@Velocity Kendall: Thanks... I hope it is, I don't really see a year's worth of improvement though hehe.
Nerp derp one more for the pile
On a side note, I'm so depressed about art right now I want to throw up. I just want to be good at something as a purpose in my life, is that too much to ask? =/
raminafshari : thank you, it's really nice to have encouragement
Ok, I know this is disproportionate... I'm going to show it anyways
Spent a significant amount of time on this today. About maybe 5 hours? Probably less, I think I did this faster than my usual stuff. Kept it more loose this time! According to spiffy the claw arm looks awkward and stupid for the pose, I never saw its awkwardness but I was staring at it a long time, so one tends to miss mistakes like that.
speedpaint for DRSP - Green Anger was the topic, about an hour
MORE ARTS! Done this evening. Since I did not do a line art for this, I will post my super messy and crappy pencil sketch. I guess if anybody is here (lol I see tumbleweeds in my sketchbook) you could give me a crit or way to improve on my pencil sketches? I currently really suck at them :/ Usually I can make them legible in photoshop but it would be nice to have a base so it doesn't take so long to make a work.
For your sketches, maybe try to conserve your use of lines more and use your sketches to focus on the general forms and getting some solidity down? I think right now some of the basic shapes in your figures in your sketches come across a little bit hard to read because it seems like you just dive straight into detail piece-by-piece without really getting your basic forms put down solidly first for the figure as a whole. If you're just making a sketch with the intention of fleshing it out digitally, do you really need to go to that level of detail, especially if you know you're a scribbly kind of sketcher? (Not a bad thing!) If you still feel compelled to get everything down in a sketch beforehand, at the least try to consciously think about your lines before you put them down and slow down a little bit to give yourself the opportunity to think before you've already gone crazy on the page.
I didn't draw all day Then at like 2am I decided fuck it I'm gonna draw before bed. So I came up with this poop, about an hour. SO MUCH FOR FLESHING OUT BIG SHAPES HERP DERP