Hello everyone, my name is James Joyce, I'm 22 and like all of you I'm an aspiring artist. I changed my major a year ago from Computer Science to Studio Art and worked my butt off to finish where I was attending so I could move on to an art school to get some proper training. I tried to start a sketchbook last year but the work load was too much and I had to focus on my classes (you'd be surprised how little drawing there was in my studio art classes). My work has paid off so far, I've got my degree, I'll be going to LCAD in the fall, and I might have even improved at drawing However I still have a long way to go and I hope this second chance at making a sketchbook here will be more fruitful than the last.
On a side note I have some progress from my past year on my blog(link in the signature) in case anyone wants to take a look.
We did blind contour drawings of these things then drew them after for like 20min
Good thing you're checking out Loomis books, It's a good start. My main tip for you would be trust what you see (specially at the beginning). ex. If doing a portrait drawing don't think of the nose as a nose, think of the shape you see instead.
Sorry if I'm being confusing.
Another tip would be get a good quality and variation of line. (Vary thickness, speed etc).
Hey thanks for posting and your not being confusing at all, I've been through the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain book (think it's betty edwards) and she talks all about that. Never thought about variation of line but when I looked it up you can tell it adds more personality to drawings so thanks for the tip I'll try it out.
Anyways here's something I did today of this sculpture in the garden
Thanks NeloWolf, I'm just working away on the basics
I've been away at Mass Art and Design taking a Life Drawing course where we learned how to draw the figure from life. It was an amazing class and I learned so much in only about two weeks and the teacher was just as amazing. His name is Gerry Hoag and I found some of his work http://www.giotto.org/cimabue/hoag/index.html in case anyone wants to see the quality of his work.
I'll be putting up all the things I drew in the next few hours...there's like 55 pictures so it will take a while.
Last edited by ArcZephyer; May 16th, 2011 at 04:03 PM.
Nice drawings, you're way better than me
I decided to become a concept artist literally a week ago, and it seems that's my way to go, so I have to learn and learn and learn and practice much. Hehehe.
Post some more
The first thing we learned in class besides how to setup the figure with arcs was the bony landmarks of the body.
The first image I messed up on the proportion, the line farthest to the left is mine then the other is the teachers. Also for a while I had trouble making my drawings smaller so you'll see a lot of body shots before we go over composition. The little drawing in the corner of the third picture was because I was getting to curvy with my lines for the head and he showed me how if you were using straight lines(or arcs) how you could make a circle.
Next we had a to wait for the model so we drew the scuplture of the body used for anatomy reference, then we had a female model.
Last edited by ArcZephyer; May 16th, 2011 at 04:03 PM.
Ok switching back to male model and more foreshortening. The first picture I started probably three times the pose caused so many problems for me. But there were some I got the hang of like the one of him laying down.
and more pictures...
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So this should be the last post. We started using L frames to make a better composition which are basically those L rulers except cardboard and two of them so you can create a composition and size it to your liking. It's like a sizable viewfinder and it was very handy.
We only learned a small amount about shading and it was fairly simple.
So that's all I have sorry to have such a huge update but I wanted to get it all out there.
Last edited by ArcZephyer; May 16th, 2011 at 04:07 PM.
Pretty good start for your sketchbook! Keep at it, yo. My advice is to work on making you figure studies more fluid. Use lighter strokes and think curvy! Don't be afraid of being a bit messy, it takes the pressure off to make the strokes perfect ;D
The first is a white container for a cylinder study I guess, I think I'll do more of them later with different lighting conditions. Then a quick character and still life of a lemon which I think came out pretty good, took just over an hour.
Near the end of school I wanted to do a tribute piece to the character Ace from Eiichiro Oda's One Piece. If you haven't read the manga or seen the anime I won't spoil anything, this is just a tribute to Ace and Luffy's brotherhood.
I decided on making three of them where they would get older in each one. So the first one is as kids and the second one I just finished with the general line work. If anyone would like to critique the image so I can make any changes while I'm painting it, that would be awesome
I wanted to work on color so I've been going through the peer project thread from Apathy and so far it's been wicked helpful. Though I suppose I should work on value in black and white traditionally before I move on to color, I just can't help myself. Besides color I've been trying to quickly sketch things at work which more or less turns into giant mess but it's still fun, I'll post some of them next time.
I pre-apologize for the state of these images, my moniter died last week and since I'm moving to california next week it would be unwise to get a new one until then. So I hooked up my tv to my computer which doesn't work very well but it does the minimum that I need.
So I've been practicing gesture pretty much all the time lately, it's one thing I want to improve on before school starts so when I get live models I can use them to the best of my ability. Really everything below except for the dude in the grass skirt is referenced from some photo and even then I referenced the head! It was such a pain to add this many photos, I'll remember to combine all my gestures into one photoshop document next time.
As I mentioned in the first post I'm going to LCAD in the fall and since I was living in Maine I had to move out here. I have now officially moved into my apartment in Lake Forest, CA! I had to road trip it out here with my cousin since I need my car and so I've been on quite a long vacation, but it's been incredibly fun I have finally settled from the vacation craziness and though I had little time to draw I'm excited for my classes coming up starting the 29th of August. The foundation courses are four hours long and when I get to the regular classes they are six hours long! The longest class I've ever taken was 1hr and 15min so this should be interesting. I did sketch a few things on the road trip though it's a meager effort on my part...it was one of those vacations where you have no time to yourself and you need a vacation from the vacation. Needless to say tomorrow I'm back to work with the Summer training starting right now!