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My name is Alex and I'm 23 years old. That means nearly 22 years of not drawing... It wasn't until a year after graduating from college in Math and Computer Science that I realized the importance of Art. Here is my attempt to overcome years of neglecting the right side of my brain.
I'm constantly seeking to improve my work. Any feedback, critique, direction or advice will be gobbled up gratefully.
In this first post I've attached a study of Muchas' work The Spring done in photoshop with a Wacom tablet.
The second image a 50 minute study from life during a weekly life drawing session.
The third is a 20 minute study from the week before.
Last edited by Beeboobop; July 31st, 2010 at 01:48 PM.
Working from a photo ref. Critique welcome!
Thankfully, art evolve just by living and observing the world. So your level isn't that bad for "22 years of not drawing". Anyway. It's good that you're working with croquis and that you aren't rushing into color(start monochromatic when you do).
Just some general tips on drawing from life/reference (dunno if you know this thought? Anyway, could be fun to think about.):
-Actually, if you get the chance. Do a lot of 1 minute poses. This forces you to concentrate on the general construction.
-Try to pick out landmarks first and use those as "guides" for placing the rest of the features (imagine straight lines radiating from the landmarks, try to see where it collides with other features on the subject)
-Don't just think shape of person. Try to think shape of space. How does the shape between the legs look?
-Don't start with the same thing. The best thing could sometimes be to start with two big lines describing the upper and lower torso since these lines can be the most prominent (or the legs and upper body as two lines). Don't push too hard when you draw those thought. You might want to go back and do some more accurate lines when you've gotten more things onto the piece.
I see you're drawing a lot of lines when you're unsure how something looks. Try to force yourself to keep as low amount of lines as possible(this is, easier said than done thought). If you're unsure, do ONE really soft line to get an idea of the direction. And then fill in.
Keep it up!
Personal portfolio: http://erikfriberg.com
great start to your sketchbook and beautiful work for somebody that just recently began to draw!
i agree with original pink on the idea of doing tons of quick one minute (or shorter) poses. it may be frustrating at first, but being forced to draw that quickly will help jump-start the right side of the old noggin'.
also, study individual artists and their work. find those that you really like, from all aspects of the art world. fine-artists, animators, illustrators, designers, etc, they ALL have SOMETHING to offer; and a lot of times, by studying those artists your brain will catch on to design and art elements subconsciously and you'll see them work their way into your work, making it easier for you to get the ball rolling.
best of luck with your work! welcome to the madness that is art!
@ originalpink & sabdiasep.m: Thank you guys both! I really appreciate the feedback and encouragement. Definitely been bit by the art bug.
Months have gone by and I've had the privilege to take a couple of classes on drawing and design. They have certainly helped but now that it is summer it's time to get back into the self teaching mode.
I've been doing quite a few one minutes and will try to get those up soon. Attached are some recent works. At this point I feel pitifully slow - but I figure that speed will come in time.
First image is a 1.5 hr photoshop painting of a sketch I did the day after school finished. The Goya portrait study was done in PS and took about 7 hrs. There is a local show going on here involving clowns so I made the last piece to go up this Friday.
Thanks for looking and I will put some pencil sketches up sometime soon!
Great start to a sketchbook. I find that your paintings would be alot more 3-dimensional if the edges weren't razor sharp in certain spots. Its hard to bring attention to any one spot with so many sharp edges! But I like the look so far, hope you post some more.
Thanks redpandafire! I checked out your work and I like it a lot! I agree with you that I need to pay more attention to my edges and will try to be more mindful of them in the future.
Spent the day with my lovely lady friend watching Scott Robertson throwing together awesome enviro sketches and we had to give it a try.
@ Redpandafire: Thanks for the critique. After you mentioned that I definitely see areas I could be softening edges for interest / perspective. Hopefully doing some still lifes will help out.
The first is an egg skeletal enviro sketch for the Daily Sketchbook.
The second is a WIP of a skunk sull still life.
Critique as always is welcome on either.
Done with the skull for now. Time to find something else to paint / draw today
I love bugs
This is still a WIP (planning on some clean up and pushing edges, also I think the abdomen could use some better form modeling) but any feedback would be sweet. Working from a photo ref in photoshop.
Yesterday started (again) The Natural Way to Draw. One hour contour drawings are officially impossible...
Starting to do some anatomy studies
Round of life studies today
First 25 gestures are one min studies from posemaniacs
Second batch are from life drawing class tonight
1st 15 min pose
2nd 15 min pose
45 min pose
Still messing around with the bug painting
Good start my friend. You are on the correct path when it comes improving your art. The life drawings are key, keep up on them. Also your master copy of Muchas is very nice, don't be afraid to do more master copies you can learn a lot from doing them.
As for your latest painting, it's not bad but it needs reworking compositionally. It's hard to tell what's the main focus, is it the figure, the claw/bone type thing or the object in the background. Once you have your main focus try and make everything else in the picture try and lead the viewers eye to the focus point.
Original [E] - Thanks for the feedback! I totally agree with you. Funny thing is that I had a rock where the claw is now. It looked wonky so I painted over it. Didn't think to move the claw back till you noted the arrangement.
The shadows, both form and cast, are difficult for me to work out. Still going to keep working on this but any more feedback is mucho awesome!
Ahh... I've neglected this SB too much. Doesn't mean I've neglected my drawing though
This is stuff from today, a lot of Bridgeman studies. Algenpfleger's SB has seriously inspired my work flow. Brian Despain (www.despainart.com/) has also really inspired me lately even though it may not show in these sketches.
First one is from yesterday (Vanderpoel) and the rest are from today.
Some good work here Bee. For as you say only been drawing for about a year, you show great potential. You life drawing are the strongest. You still seem to have some trouble using you lif drawing skills in your fantasy ones, but you CERTENLY are on the right way. So just keep it up
Thanks Dozeren! I really appreciate the encouragement! Memory / Imaginative drawing is really difficult for me at this point. It's an area that I need to consciously work on, but I really do love doing life studies
Went back to the zoo and got a bunch of larger format sketches. My scanner could handle this smaller one and I like how it turned out. This deer thing is really bizarre to say the least.