sup Tom keep up those studies and trying to apply them to your imaginative work. If you havnt already would try and get the book from James Gurney called Imaginative Realism its a great read
keep it up hmm should try more still lifes to help train your eye
have a good one thanks for the visits in my sketchbook
thanks for the advice! I will try to draw more from life and as for that book - just ordered it from amazon so hopefully you'll see its influences in my later SB (probably 50 pages down the line but doesnt matter!)...
Keep up the good work Thomas! I noticed your linework looks quite shaky.
Draw with more confident strokes and avoid scribbling! Try practicing drawing without resting your arm on the table and experiment with larger formats. Hope that helps =)
I'll try and work on that shakiness - I guess I'm a lot more feathery and shakey than I thought! I am trying to draw generally larger at the moment (on A3 usually) for exactly that reason. Thanks for the comment and I have checked out your latest posts in your SB too if you fancy a look!
Thanks to everyone for the comments, really appreciate the encouragement and advice on how to improve.. Its only page two and I feel i'm starting to improve already (two HB pencils later)
Today I have done some more portraiture and even a few thumbnail sketches as I got bored of drawing rubbish faces! I have started reading Jack Hamm's "Drawing scenery and landscapes" and its really helping so far, although most of these were done before I began reading. Anyway here goes nothing...
Hey mate! I see some nice stuff in your SB you are making nice studies on the head. I will repeat what some else mentioned that you lines are looking scratchy which is an issue I have but have started to work on.
Second you should draw from your shoulder not your wrist which is possible once you hold the pencil properly and begin to work on larger paper. Here is another link for this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YLOiIbQYFw
UrbanHermit - thanks for the links, I've watched them and they were really useful! I used to draw more like that actually, but recently I've regressed back to bad habits. Also never knew that drawing on a flat desk was not the proper way to go about things...
Oren90 - thanks for the continued encouragement and making me feel like im getting there no matter how slowly!
thanks to all for the help and criticisms, I feel its helping and thats half the battle. Anyway here are today's humble offerings to the gods of art! Not the tastiest of offerings but hey beggars cant be choosers!
Hey dude keep going on those studies, exactly what you should be doing.
Human faces are NOT easy so once you have that down, you should notice improvement in how you tackle other things as well.
I always use parallel construction lines to make sure the features are in perspective. While placing each one, think about the 'roundness' in the face, especially for the lips. Generally, just keep doing what you're doing
Post #45 - last image. The bearded man looking up, has a defined plane on the side of his forhead that you've shaded in...I wanted to note this specifically as its very helpful to indicate, and is a major shift in planes of the front to the side of the head. nice!
Jakers - yeah I'm really trying to work on the "skewedness" (if thats a word) of how I place features. I think the studies are slowly improving how I draw the features themselves but of course thats only half (or less) of the problem of drawing heads... I hope that learning to think in a sort of comparative way about volumes in constructing the head will help me in other aspects of drawing when the time comes!