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Spartan Camp #122 - 50 gestures + Optional "Still Life Study"
The aim is to produce 50 gestures by Sunday the 17th of January.
- 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 "Still Life Study", in any medium.
Additional notes on this weeks’ Optional Study:
Should be self explanary, otherwise google! One of the advantages is that you can really sit down and focus on something. You can take any subject and focus on any thing. Some fruit for the interesting textures..., a blanket for the drapery, your cellphone for some nice industrial design. No need to throw in hours, this can be quick if you want. But challenge yourself and learn something!
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!
Come on soldiers! Flex those muscles!!
HALL OF FAME - SPARTAN CAMP #121
hi! I have Net access again and a new home too, so I'm really well now.
I hoped there will be an optional for my beloved moderately new decorated skull... it will do, right? it's beautiful and I will need hours to draw it but it's not a problem for me.
this is my first half of the week. Just took some pictures i downloaded, created a slideshow and set it to 30seconds each. So, most of them are 30 sec gestures. Sometimes I hit the pause button and spend some more seconds on the drawing.
hope to see your stuff as well!
it wasn't my week... I did only these. I feel I'm rusty. a few times I felt something and drawing my gestures was fun... if I get that feeling back, I won't skip a day again if possible.
Hmm... used the machanical pencil a lot.
No still life study, sorry.
KingElvis - You managed to maintain pretty good proportions on those gestures despite the short time limit, but i suggest you try some longer poses because i find that they're more educational.
Alien Ape Star - Very nice. I can't draw in that clean style at all.
ggnastist - Good, analytical sketches. I noticed we used the same reference on one sketch.
ShiNIN - Nice birds. My tip on the gestures is to try some where you break the bodies down to simple geometric shapes instead of starting with the outline.
thanks but I almost always do it that way. it's still very hard. I hope practice every day will help.
Nothing from me I'm afraid. Didnt scan them :|
KingElvis; That’s a pretty nice method. Not sure how to create a slideshow but it’s worth looking into. Nice poses by the way. Quick gestures are always great. You may not be able to cram in all the little detail, but that is perfectly ok. Just make sure you get the general, overall gesture correct. Good stuff! good sense of proportion too.
Alien Ape Star; Those are some really nice and clean gestures. They seem to be from reference, you used a video for that? Great movement, especially nice tension. Think the 3rd and 4th ones are the best, and actually.. they’re the most complex ones as well. Could be a personal issue but you should look for yourself; I often notice it’s easier to do those extreme poses than it is to do the more subtle, reserved poses. Perhaps it’s tougher to see the small definitions. Just some thoughts I guess.
ggnastist; Nice job on trying out all the different methods. Just see what works out best for you. A common advice I've heard is to switch media when you feel things are getting 'too easy'. I'm guilty of using too few media, I'm always surprised to see what you are bringing with you. Nice!
shiNIN; There really are some nice poses in there. Not too refined perhaps, but you did get the 'essence' there. It's good if you had fun doing these, in fact I'd say it's important. I have my doubts on the effectiveness of forcing these exercises upon yourself, but I guess it can't be helped if you want to improve. Something I too struggle with.
aprat; Mmmh, always annoying when photobucket censors images. Some fantastic studies though. I'm seeing the mechanical pencil in there. I often enjoy using those, although I experience it as a somewhat 'slow' medium. Could be my own fault. Those big portraits are rendered out really nicely by the way. Good line economy, very nice job on those values too. Do you use a different pencil for those broad lines (for example in the hair) or just the side of the pencil lead?
Anthis - Thank you. Yes, it is just the broad side.
@Aprat: Thank you! Yeah, youre talking about my big problem there. Ill tackle that as soon as possible. Im really feeling the urge to do that lately, which is good i guess.
@Anthis: Thank you very much. Slideshows are easy to create using "ACDSee". Edit->Create etc.. and there you can select youre pictures. The software is able to make an .exe file, ord .pdf or .ppt I think.
my goal is exactly that, to capture the essence. I think it's one of my biggest weeknesses. I can do decent copies using a photo ref but it's only the result... I want to feel how to draw the gesture itself, without that my figures won't be good, no matter how I would polish them - and a gesture alone, without anatomy or details can be expressive... I'd love to learn to draw in minimalistic expressive style too