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Greetings. Long time sketchbook lurker, first time poster
The following posts represent some of what I've done since relocating from Texas to L.A. for my arts education approx 6 months ago. I'll try and work towards developing some concept stuff, but I still feel that I need to pay my (significant) dues with figure drawing and draftsmanship in general.
Comments, critiques, questions and suggestions welcome.
Here are some drawings using photo refs done for Charles Hu's classes (Gesture Drawing & Anatomy Drawing) at 3Kicks Fine Arts Studio:
Here are drawings from the 2nd weekend of Hope Railey's Long Pose Portrait Drawing Workshop. Hope is an outstanding instructor I'm definitely attending another one of her workshops in the near future.
Gestural & construct practice done from photos:
2 or 3 min, I forget:
From Kevin Chen's Analytical Figure Drawing class, but there's a gestural feel to it:
Here are some 20min and 1hr drawings done at LAAFA during the uninstructed sessions:
Conte on 18x24" Newsprint (20 min):
Conte on 18x24" Newsprint (1 hr), no good shadow shapes since I was sitting on the far edge
The last two drawings took an hour each, all the rest are 20 mins.
Approx 3 hrs (Conte on 18x24" newsprint):
Some 1-2hr drawings from a Non-Academic Figure class I took last quarter (Polychormos on Biggie Sketch Paper):
2 hr head drawing done at California Art Institute in Glen 0rbik's class (unfortunately Glen wasn't there himself):
Uninstructed life drawings from this week:
Thanks for checking out my thread. It's funny that you've worked with Charles and Hope. I had Charles for AA last semester and Hope for the past 2 semesters of figure drawing. Your short poses look really good. When you get into the longer poses, take more time with construction and think about line quality. Your figures tend to have somewhat of an outline. I know Charles is a fan of the rough newsprint, but I just find it easier to get flat tones and smooth transitions on the smooth, using either the Conte or a 2b charcoal pencil. Keep drawing!
@MichelleFarro: Thanks for the observations. I've been unhappy with the heavy presence of contours in my drawings as of late also. As for line control, that's an issue I'm continuously working on since I have a heavy hand and tend to overpress (hurts my back/shoulder also).
@Twan: The work from imagination will get addressed - I've just started a Creature Design class with Jerad Marantz and for our first homework assignment we're suppose to redesign three classic movie monsters. Wish me luck, I'm more inclined towards character designs, not creatures.
Your anatomy is coming along great, keep posting!
Thanks Elz, I should have more stuff this week if creature design doesn't drive me up the walls.
very nice sketchbook ..... nicely drawn figures ......u doing the drawing great ...... keep it up
WARNING: Big Sketch and Various Works Post!
My instructor corrected my initial major errors and set the proper block in for the eyes, nose and laid the groundwork for the mouth with the vine charcoal.
nice work, you have been busy, some of your proportions are off on some of the figures but not on all of them, keep iot up
2, 5, and 15 min poses and a 2hr pose
From Sunday morning drawing class:
A few 5 min poses, one 10 and the final is a 25 min pose
Last edited by burning_chrome; May 9th, 2010 at 05:45 PM.
Hey man. I'm seeing a lot of improvement in your drawings lately.
One thing though, when shading, I think you have the tendency to make the core shadows too sharp. Use the broad side of the pencil to make them nice and soft. Often times I can't tell the difference between your cast shadows and your form shadows. When the model is lit with a spotlight the difference should be more apparent. Contrasting soft edges with sharp edges will really add a lot to your drawings.
Last edited by Norkagar; May 9th, 2010 at 10:04 PM.
Thanks. I think I'm taking Rick's teachings regarding massing shadow shapes a bit too far in practice - at least with colored pencils. I'll work on using the side of the colored pencil to shade the same way I do with Conte or charcoal pencils.