Ok so here is a little of the old and a little of the new, I got bored yesterday so i used some ref pics as a warm up and a bit of a study. Yeah I know its not as good as real life but it's the closest I could get yesterday.
The torso's are the stuff I did yesterday, I'm working on my lines, so no more 'messy' stuff. All the rest is from a few years ago (2006-07) to show where i was then.
The teddy and the boy, I drew from life. The woman in charcoal (who is supposed to be kristin bell) was for my art class, the teacher made us trace a picture (cheat) so we could concentrate on just practicing with charcoal.
Sorry about the quality of the torso's *sigh* evil scanner had to darken in photoshop, which means..drawing a little darker in future.
Keep doing studies from life and photographs, especially life! It's the best way to learn. And don't get obsessed with improvement, like I did, just have fun. As long as it's not an abomination unto god and man and you tried your best, it's great.
Well I haven't posted anything on here for a while, but I got a wacom tablet last week and decided to start over on here. So here are my first two still life's. A banana and a hole puncher, I like the shape of the banana but im not as happy with the hole puncher looks a little off to me. Don't be shy let me know what you think
I can't tell with the hole puncher without seeing it. Mine is longer for notebooks. Anyway, it is good to draw blurring to get a vague idea, and after you start to see more details even just a little you can add them in. I draw in Photoshop like that, and when I am done I crop. I see you might have started out with a sketch. Pencils and digital can be very different. With pencils you draw the edge and kind of map out things so you can draw them in. With digital you fill in the area you might need to draw on with a base color, and start drawing in details, so the difference is like a reverse of the other.
Pencils can take longer, because of the coverage size, but digital can be quicker for the same reason. Lines are not easy to do in digital as they are pencil, so you can learn to do without them or find other ways to make them. Like holding down the shift key to go from point A to point B or use the marquee tools and use stroke. Or just use the pen tool. There are many ways, but it is not as simple as drawing them free hand unless what you use has a better grid for drawing. Lines might look jagged because the computer can't be sure exactly every point you cross as you move. So if your art don't need accurate lines, there is no reason to use them.
The banana, and the hole punch are coming along good, now get at them with a harder-edged brush. Soft-edges/airbush is good for laying down base colours, or backgrounds (They'll look blurrier, and with the foreground more detailed and done with a harder brush you'll get some depth into it).
As for digital linework, just work bigger than the finished size (2x should be enough that the shakieness gets hidden).