Hellooo my fellow artists! I've been checking out this site for about a month now and decided to join. I LOVE your guys' work, whatever skill level; it just gives me this awesome motivation to draw. Perhaps it's because I can easily relate and understand your many frustrations when it comes to art. ANYWAYS...here is my first sketch.
First off, I must tell you that this is a Michelangelo; however, I used this piece to study the rhomboids.
Your pencil work in the first sketch looks very promising, but the charcoal used for the shading just isn't working for me... same for the charcoal in the second sketch (possibly due to the texture of the paper).
I've found charcoal to be a very unforgiving medium on most art papers, so might I suggest you stick to pencils for sketchbooks? But if you really like charcoal, then newsprint or pastel paper is great for it.
At any rate, I like what I'm seeing in terms of the line quality and proportions, so keep at it and maybe try a few different drawing supplies along the way.
"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali
Hmmm...I never gave much thought about the paper i was using, but i WILL keep it in mind. Now I know why we ALWAYS used newsprint in figure drawing class...
Anyways, I do need to use more drawing utencils; i've become comfortable with graphite and charcoal but that's it. Thanks again for your comments. 8)
Yes, it's been forever since the last update, i know i know. I'm horrible! Hahaha, well the good news is that i've been drawing EVERYDAY since then, be it an hour or three hours I make sure it's everyday.
this sketch is a scene from my favorite movie, Saving Private Ryan...
Man, that last sketch is so great! My only suggestion is that you should vary your lineweight a bit more, let the eye know what is dominate by thickening your lines and darkening them up a bit. It will help punch up your sketches a bit more.. but I'm really looking forward to seeing your later work!
The above posters are spot on-- you need paper with the right amount of "tooth" to make charcoal work right.
Nicolaides is well worth study-- lotta wisdom in that book. But, my advice? Hit the "fast forward" button! Don't torture yourself with strict adherence to the schedules. And, don't put all your eggs in that one basket. Read the "How To Proceed" section in Loomis's Figure Drawing For All It's Worth and check some of the Civardi books out of the library.
You've got some good basic line drawing skills, as evidenced by the Private Ryan work, over focus on Nicolaides would just bog you down!
Good to see an update from you. Did you get your hands on a new scanner?
I like your latest sketch, especially the guy in the middle. And I think your sketches will look awesome if you work a bit on the lines as majortom mentioned. Keep it up!