The aim is to produce 50 gestures by Sunday the 27th of December.
- The gestures can be of anything, human, animal, cavorting capybaras.... You can draw full figures, but you can also go for heads, arms, eyes, or anything specific. All media can be used, both digital or traditional. Coloured or black/white. Quick scribbles or long studies. Imagination or referenced. Clothed or nude. Specifics are up to you!
- In addition to this, participants can choose to do an Optional "Figure Shadow Study", in any medium.
Additional notes on this weeks’ Optional Study:
The idea is simple. Produce one or several figures, and show shadowed areas! This will probably require you to 'think 3d'. Form! Shape! Value! Reference may be the best way to go. You don't need render everything out.
Look at the 15th post in this sketchbook for very detailed and useful information on shadows. Some wonderful anatomy studies here, easy to understand. Colour, medium, time frame, any specifics are up to you! Have fun!
50 poses is a challenge, but don't hurry or stress yourself reaching it! Focus on drawing, as practising is the main goal of this exercise.
Critting each other is highly encouraged!! Share constructive criticism, reference and resources!! Let's help each other get better!
So cool that you chose this optional, as it was something I had already started working on yesterday
This is my WIP
and a bit of a color test
Haven't decided on hair yet, still trying to soften her up some. Still got a long way to go, and much to fix, but feeling good about it so far for a no reference portrait. To give credit where it is due though, I was browsing CA and came across the ZhangLu stuff, and pretty much got this far from only the preview video. I can't imagine how much I would learn if I could actually afford the download
Any insights would be greatly appreciated
Edit: Couple hours later.. I think I have taken this as far as my ability / patience is going to allow. Tweaked the face to the point where it lost all the personality it started with and now I got yet another blank stare result.
edit: time to put this aside, I can't see the issues anymore.
Can't even remember all the Photoshop tricks I used to get it here. At some point it stopped looking/feeling like 'mine'. Maybe that is a good thing
Last edited by bakadoodle; December 24th, 2009 at 01:52 AM.
Baka - That portraiture looks pretty good. Sounds like you know the areas you need/believe you need help with, so I'll just add a few thoughts. I'm still trying to get a handle on digital renders, so finished product isn't my strong suit. I do think that keeping interest in the expression is all eyes and mouth. Your piece has very pronounced eyes, but they're a bit standard, in that they're just looking off into direction x. A squint, a raised brow, a pinched corner... anything could set the personality back into the work. Try some paint-overs and see if it helps. Be bold with it too. Raise a corner of the mouth a smidge, etc. Little tweaks can do a lot to change the tone. Those are my thoughts, hope something there helps
A quick workup I did this morning... trying to keep all these wonderful crits and suggestions in mind.
I realize I miss the thrust of the optional... shadow-play on figures, etc... but thought I'd post this study as it more or less relates, and is continuing some work from past SSG's. Thoughts appreciated.
(Posting gestures/more optional work soon.)
Last edited by JBurrough; December 23rd, 2009 at 04:33 PM.
Thanks JB, I'm going to do exactly that with some duplicate layers. This was done pretty much all on one layer which I realize now was a mistake. There's only so many times you can use liquefy and still feel good about yourself
Everything seems really solid on yours, great practice. I want to try that now. The only thing I see, which isn't a big deal as I doubt it was the focus of the study, is the thigh musculature is a bit wrong and his wrists seem kinda thick considering the thumb position.
Oh and heheheheh... naughty bits... heheheh that made me laugh.
I had a bad week (the house I've just moved in has been sold before Christmas), trying to draw make me very nervous. maybe I do some environment copy for relax or anything...
maybe I do a few poses later but I definitely will come next week!
nice optional, I tried to draw one (ref: Jacques-Louis David: Patroclus) but messed it up, I guess it needs pencil anyway, not Tegaki
the principles about drawing shadows was familiar and I dug out of the bottom of a cardboard box my beloved chiascuro portrait book
bakadoodle: nice girls in #6, only the bottom right has some issues, but I'm not good enough to tell what those are.
sorry for this useless post, I wanted to say hi, I'm here all alone and can't draw at all.
in the next week I wish to reach the point where I can say I wholeheartedly STARTED to learn to draw.
shiNIN - Sorry to hear things aren't going well. I hope everythign gets settled for you soon
Ananda C - Hi, Welcome! Glad you decided to join. You did all that in a morning huh? Sheesh that much would take me 2 days. All looks pretty strong to me. Seems you have a strong sense of the human form. Only crit I have offhand is the alignment of your eyes, nose, mouth seems to be off in several of your faces. I have the same problem. Not sure what to tell you except maybe a ruler? Keep up the great work!
Anthis - All wonderful. But I have to say I like the from imagination set the best. Very dynamic and natural looking.
Anthis: nice girls in the first pic... in the past I realized you're significantly weaker with faces (compared to your wonderful figures), but these are good, expressive faces, I enjoyed looking at them
the full body gestures are great as practically always.
I drew 4 gestures in hours but I won't show them. any of you would make better 60 seconds ones with a touchpad. I have no line control at all. I haven't experienced this annoying feeling since I bought my big quality tablet.
I switch to pencil now. I can't be this hopeless...