I've been meaning to learn to draw for a long time, without doing much about it. I've been looking at sketchbooks here for a while, though, and seeing how much people are improving, I thought I'd try it for myself.
I think my only goal is to draw and post regularly.
Below are some faces from photos, a few from mind, and a few still-lifes. At least I'm posting!
(And, yeah, no scanner, so just photos. :/ )
E: Um, is it just me who can't see attachments anywhere in the forums at the moment?
black-swan: Thank you, and I've taken your advice. More stuff from life this time
Dragons from imagination, skulls from life and a few from imagination, and a bunch of random stuff from life. (The stuff with the blue marker looks awfully extra sloppy because I tried to do them very quickly.)
Yeah, some. But it's mostly been like between my first and second post: "NOW I'm gonna learn how to draw!", then wait 1-2 years, then do it again. Haven't carried too much over between each time. Too little drawing, too long pauses. But not this time!(?)
No beauties here, exactly. But, I'm drawing. Trying to do quick sketches of things from life, just to keep an eye on different things without investing too much time. Some turn out okay, some don't.
nice lines on those objects, I also like the skull studies in post 13. One thing I would say is to draw pictures not just objects floating in space, draw a frame ie. rectangle on your sketchbook page and have a go at drawing an interior or an object with a backdrop. Don't be afraid to invest time into just one or two drawings, just make sure you make a good start, if you're not satisfied with it, start over.
Your marker work does have charm and a nice look to it. I hope you keep going
Great improvement since the still lifes in your first post. You're getting a lot more confident in your strokes it seems. Shifts in media can really help as well and I really like those ink & marker studies. To echo black-swan; try drawing some scenes or surroundings, at least the objects' shadow, it can really help.
Longer studies of simple objects can help you think a bit more about values. Don't worry about screwing stuff up and don't get discouraged about it. Just draw and have fun . I'll be watching!
black-swan: That sounds like a good idea, I will make sure to do that! I think I'm afraid to commit a lot to something that I might not end up liking, but I see that thinking like that might hold me back. Thank you for the compliment on the lines and that the objects have some charm to them - that's something I'm hoping I will achieve regularly and easily; a style of sketching where the flaws add to the charm rather than make the sketches look bad.
Lost Shock: Yeah, I notice that shifts in media can at the very least be encouraging and fun. I will try to draw more scenes, I haven't been very bold about that yet. If you'll be watching I better make sure to update my sketchbook, then! Thank you very much for cheering me on!
Psychobuddy: Thank you, I will! Maybe it'll have as many pages as yours one day
Today's update is very .. loose. Posemaniacs and loose marker sketches. I've been a bit busy the past few days, so drawings have been quick and sloppy.
Already in page 1 seeing improvement!
you have a great understanding of animal forms
I want to say that u need to work on u'r line-confident, but I already see that in ink
u r doing one confident line, instead of plenty - good!
keep it up
Chompi: Yeah, I agree I need to work on my line quality. Thank you for the kind words!
amaranthxx: Thank you for the encouragement! Yes, the blue parts are marker, Letraset Promarkers. I like them quite well. If you're going to buy some, make sure they're not too deep a color so you can put it on in multiple layers!
Today's update is actually a few weeks old, but couldn't really post it until now. I have a lot more to post, but I'll portion it out - maybe it'll feel like I'm drawing more than I am!
Some digital doodles, a couple ones on paper and some bears from refs.
(Too bad about the smudge in the middle one. Won't be doing pencil on two opposing sketchbook-pages again.)
Owl from photo, fruit and skull from life, head from mind.
E: Oh, and I'm gonna try giving myself assignments for improving particular things, beyond working on my lines, values and other basics. First, to get better at drawing male heads, I'll do 20 heads based on Loomis basics.
Last edited by nouge; September 21st, 2012 at 03:36 PM.