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I'm a 20-something guy from Saudi Arabia. Currently working as an IT project manager (since I majored in Software Engineering). I love drawing and I wish to make it my retirement job, if not before (less headache!).
With the absence of art schools here, everything I learned was online or from books. I'm still lost on what to focus my practice on. I know that I'll need a lot of practice, but which area should I develop first? and is there a recommended practice method?
Any critique or help is appreciated , or feel free to just look around.
Below is one of my latest sketches. I'm currently working on my digital lines.
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@R a n d i s: Thanks
Here is something I tried tonight, coping the work of Mr. William Whitaker (http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=152936)
I know its not finished, but I didn't dare to add anything to it because I loved it so much .
Things learned here: Using tracing paper over pre-sketch. Some shadowing.
it"s beautifull, i like it a lot more than your animals study
her head is less inclined on your sketch but it still looks good, just pointing out
@bubblesaw , thanks! .. yeah, I think I messed up the tilt there.
Here is a drawing done on a napkin today ... it was suppose to be Ray Charles, but it didnt came out right.
Nothing much for today, time was lost watching Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid
Copies of Mr. Bill Presing work ...
Some photo that was linked in the irc chat channel, cant remember the ref (it was some celebrity news).
2nd image is a redraw of a drawing by Lois van Baarle (aka loish) that was in the 5th issue of "Digital artist" magazine.
3rd image would a random car ref
a partial redraw for this piece
under it is a couple of redraws from "Drawing Dynamic Hands" - Hogarth
Random redraws while attending the online lecture "The art of the female figure" by CA
Something I draw today at work using a ref.
Some good stuff, keep it up, and draw draw draw!
Love the hands and the Panda!
Thank you very much Benjy , Norris
Now, I was suppose to be continuing with Mr.Loomis Head book, in order to get back to the female 100 head assignment.
But an image was posted in the chat channel, and I couldn't resist >.>
I was told I need more value in my drawings.
So here I'm adding more value to my SB
Criticism, hints, links, tips and tricks are highly welcomed.
I'm posting this WIP before I get the chance to ruin it!
Seems like a good progress than previous shade work, but ...still more work is need.
The hair, oh the hair will be a great mess, because I still haven't figured out it how it should be drawn.
I'm posting the ref below it. Ref is by http://nocturno.deviantart.com/
During the month of October I had an awesome vacation in Austin, TX. In the first week I went to OnlineGDC and in the following 3 weeks I did nothing but "almost" daily life drawing sessions.
There seems to be some good improvement by the end of the month, but alas, the road is still long long long *sigh*.
Here is the first group of drawings...
Next patch. This one for the days 11 & 12 Oct. Things clicked somewhere in my brain at that time and a good improvement was noticed.
Third patch 12 Oct to 17 Oct. I was still trying different processes and different pencils to see which one I liked best.
@tehmeh: Hey bro, its been a while . Hopefully I'll see you in the chat soon, currently offloading from the vacation. I did *technically* during the vacation finished the 100 gestures and faces, since I went to 20+ sessions and most had a 10 guestures run at the beginning
Also thanks for the tip. You are right, I started doing that more toward the end of the trip, as the coming images do show (Or so I believe they do).
4th patch. During the session of the first image, a great friend *Paul* gave me a black All-Surface Pencil (I have no idea what that means). I loved that pencil immediately, as it gives a true black line and much smoother to move than charcoal. I began using that pencil and a white pencil to finish a drawing, after spending 80% of the time trying to get the proportion and the details right first in pencil.
5th patch: The girl in the first image did wear a dinosaur mask and gloves for this pose. It was fun
Last patch: This is near the end of the trip. I'm very proud of the following two images. Every time I look at them I go "God damn, practice DOES work".
You see, I didn't do any book reading or anatomy practice like I planned for this vacation. It was just attending session after session (which can be rounded to about one session a day, 2-3 hours each). And near the end, I managed to make some of the best drawings I did to date, and I'm very motivated by that. Just keep drawing is something I can now rely on as a fast way to progress
As for " did it cost an arm and a leg to get so many life drawing sessions? "
Plane trip to Austin, TX - $1064 and 60 hours of travel (both ways)
Condo rent for a month - $2000
Model fee in every session - $5 each session (x20+)
Bus pass to reach these sessions - $28
Personal satisfaction from end result - Priceless
(heh, I always wanted to do that XD)
i just would recomends you to be careful with the position of your pen when you are shading.. there a lot of hard lines that may be avoided to give more realism to every illustration ! ..well... i just think so :B!
Anyway, i like a lot some of your illustrations with model..they are so much better than mine! :B
Keep it up!
@InCOUM: Thanks Man. May I ask you to show me an example? like maybe pointing out one drawing from the top and telling what might be wrong? I would LOVE to improve my shading!
Here is something done yesterday. Ref used for both. For the record, the model in the first image was crossing her eye
Random sketching junk ...
These are some great life drawing studies! Looks like your trip paid off. I particularly enjoy how you draw the female head - I'm still having trouble with that lol. Just a question with the white highlights on your drawings, is that done digitally?
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