I've been drawing since I was little, but never took classes till last year.
I took an express (introductory, yet serious) course on sc. illustration, which
I found to be actually fun and really useful; those were the first drawings I
made truly from the natural (I normally just did by memory, used photos or
even trace things down). Latter, I found this community; I began to realize
then, how shitty of a draughtsman I am. So now I'm gonna start dumping
some of those and other sketches I may do, hopping for some of you guys
to help by giving suggestions. I wanna do real better.
Thanks for your concern, from the very beginning. See you around.
The next are from these days. The last one was made the kind of way I normally do: from imagination, without models... and it shows :-( As you may see, up to now, I've developped a sort of stylization that was fine at the beginning, but now is just turned formulaic and limitating. So I'd really like you guys to give me some advice in order to clean my style and developping truly academic realistic skills, like those many of you display.
Yo, you got a great shading style and sense for three-dimensionality, but I think you have to draw more gestures of the human, because the things you made out of imagine seems to be overhasted and not clearly thought about the anatomy and perspective
All your studies are wonderful. However, the study of the moth and leaves/trees is really elegant. Reminds me of old plates from naturalist texts from 100 years ago. It illustrates something useful about the organisms, but is also really beautifully composed.
Well, thank you very much. But, at the beginning of the thread, I was talking about drawing from the natural: to collapse a 3D/real input into a convincing 2D equivalent; that's what I meant by truly drawing and that's what I was allegedly going for.
In the end, however, I didn't. I do try to work much more on my structure, rendering, local values and profit from others' feedback; but all I really changed was working from imagination to rely almost entirely on reference photos now. It's a failure alright but not a big deal; what really matters to me, as I realized, is not the ability of drawing itself but the composition: the formal or semantic novelty that may (or not) arise from putting initially alien images together. So... Yeah. I pretty much gave up on drawing, by now.
Last edited by elemile; March 14th, 2013 at 02:59 AM.
Giving up isn't really a smart decision. I imagine you've worked a while to get where you are now. I've drawn for 5 straight years by now and my hunger to evolve is much stronger than ever. I would never think of giving up. Sure , I had some retarded pauses , because I have the habit of playing lots of games -_- which detriment the general flow of things.
Relying on reference is not necessarily a wrong way of doing things , but when you fall into these kinds of habits they tend to constrain you. " Break the standards " , at least in your own agenda. Create a new plethora of yourself. Rather than RE - LEARNING , RE - IMAGINE.
Great pencil work! I'd say that if you are having trouble drawing from imagination, then the only thing for it is to build up some mileage doing it. You just have to not fall into the pitfall that alot of us do, which is to get discouraged when the first couple of drawings we do in a new mindset don't turn out like we would like. Just stay positive, realize that its a process, and keep at it until you get it! From the skill level you are showing, I bet you anything that with a little determination, you could easily bring your imaginative stuff up to the level of your referenced work. It will just take some more mileage. Keep it up man, and keep posting!
- Draw slower. It's about coming better, not first.
- Sketch on vellum paper. It's creamy, you can erase several times (which can also serve to give some highlights) and you can not just flip the image at all times, but actually draw and shade large tonal areas separately on each side, which will give you much more control. You can also put new clean sheets over previous sketches, trace cleanly what's important and thus end up with a "2-layered" much more solid final study.
- Use harder and very sharply pointed pencils. For sketching I use 4H-6H; just very rarely I use HB and 2B for pencil-only finished drawings (like the one of the girl with the hat and eye-patch). Always start with the hardest/lighter ones and left the softer/darker ones for later.
- Always keep in consideration the respective local tone of objects (say: however the light is coming, a banana should be overall lighter than an apple next to it). Change pencils as often as necessary to achieve this.
- For finished pieces, never forget to give one clear focal point to your compositions by increasing the tonal contrast there (that's where the eyes will most likely jump to, disregard of the subject).