You've got a pretty cool sketchbook going here and it's looking like you're making steady progress since when you started. I would say though that you really need to focus on drawing. Draw a lot and of lots of different stuff. Something I would strongly recommend for you is to get some pics of nudes (tasteful) online and do some timed drawings. I would recommend starting with 30 sec and 1 min poses in 1 hour sessions. What'll happen is you realize that you can't finish the figure in that amount of time and you'll start rushing and making a horrible scribbly mess. Then you'll start to realize that your ugly drawings are out of control and you're making random marks in a rush without really looking. THEN you'll start to work on line economy and getting an eye for seeing the figure. It should help with your proportions and poses. Which brings me to my next point: You seem to draw the same female character in the same pose over and over again. Sometimes the proportions are mixed up, or sometimes she's an elf or what-have-you, but basically the same person. In order to make progress, you gotta draw a lot of different types, male and female, as well as other subjects. Keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and really look at your source materials and what you're putting down on paper.
Sorry for the long post.
This is finished for now. I might go back to it later but I have been working on this too long and really don't feel like working on it this minute. More work and studies coming soon.
P.S. I think there may have been some confusion. My post before this was something I did 3 and a half years ago. That is not something I did currently so I just wanted to make that clear. That is I think why some of the comments that were mentioned said some of the things they said.
Kungfoowiz and NickTrip -- Incase you haven't looked through my whole sketchbook, you will notice that I have been doing studies. Lots and lots of studies. I am getting annoyed defending myself about this. I feel that I have learned a lot. Yes, I have been drawing the same thing lately because I have been re-exploring an idea but I do need to push myself outside of my comfort zone. That is something I will work harder at. And I have done quicker figure drawings in the past so I don't understand why you are bringing this up to me. I guess I need to do more so that is something I will start doing as well but I find it weird that you are bringing it up to me.
The previous character I designed was meant to have longer arms but since a lot of people were confused but it, I shortened her arms.
And my sketchbook is better than okay Kungfoowiz. I'm not going to let negative or insulting comments discourage me. I have seen a lot of progress in myself and I won't let your comments stop me.
I was going to ignore your comments but over the past couple of days, they have been bothering me more and more and I feel like I need to defend myself to some degree. I originally started this sketchbook to get honest feedback and also to get encouragement to keep going. Maybe I'm being a little sensitive but I feel sometimes like I am getting slapped in the face and all of my hard work is for nothing.
Anyway, I will continue to do more studies and work on my proportion issues.
Hey man, good work, keep at it.
I'd recommend maybe working on gestures some more to get more of a flow of movement in your figures. I thought I'd mention so far I've found the book "Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators" pretty helpful in that regard if you're interested.
I'd also recommend perhaps throwing in some head and value/color studies as well as figures seem to be the bulk of your work. It depends what your priorities are artistically I suppose. I'd also recommend doing some work from Loomis's head drawing and figure drawing book if you haven't already.
Keep it up man.
Your teaching yourself memory drawing is admirable-- keep it up!
Looking through your work, the primary crit that I come up with is:
I recognize that scratchy/hacky/hairy look from my own experiences-- when I try to draw from memory or draw something new I don't understand, or try to keep track of a moving subject.
I think a good exercise for you would be some slow careful studies in line only. Don't do any painting or shading. Just try to finish the cleanest most professional grade line art that you can for a few drawings.
nice studies so far Istmin!
It may feel like a slow process but it will definately pay off, i'm gonna stop slacking and start doing much more studies myself as well.
Don't get too upset when people give you feedback and it sounds negative in your ears, it's really just trying to point out weak spots so you can get stronger. I personally like your "disproportional" work but if it comes across confusing you could maybe think about exagerrating it even more. And yes even then you'd still benefit from the studies you're doing because only once you understand what the nature of something is then you can make a great exaggeration with it.
Keep up the good work!
some Bridgeman studies and drawing from imagination...
Well I finally did it. I signed up for an anatomy workshop. The commute is a bit far but I think it'll be worth it. Even though I've been studying anatomy on my own for quite some time, taking a class might really clear some things for me and really help me with my goal. The anatomy workshop is 4 sessions so I'll see how it goes. I'm really excited.
Here are some Bridgeman studies and the last image are some figures I was drawing out of my head.
Thanks for visiting my book mate. Real life has kept me away from here and I haven't had a chance to checkout your book properly but I'll be back 'cause I really like what I see. I just wanted to say hey.
Thanks jigje. Please come back to visit my sketchbook any time. lol
Here are some animal studies I've been drawing from Ken Hultgren's book The art of Animal Drawing and more doodles. Ken Hultgrens book has been helpful. He does what Bridgeman does with human anatomy by breaking it down into simple shapes that are easy to understand. You can find it here...
Here is a painting. I haven't done one of these in a while...
Thanks Lav. I am feeling a bit more confident with my lines so I'm glad it shows.
This is a painting I started working on today. I find it really hard to paint a still life when there are so many objects that you have to look at at once. Does anyone have any advice for that? I know I need to fill the page basically but if an object is particularly complicated or has a bunch of values in general I just find it hard I guess. Maybe it just comes down to practice. Who knows.
I think if I spent about another couple of hours on this, things would be coming together even more. Enjoy.