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I have just started to focus more on my drawing in general and to that goal, I dedicating most of my waking hours. I know I can not progress on my own so please provide your input and crit my work. I decided to focus on anatomy to start with.
Here we go!
Last edited by Rabdi; December 22nd, 2013 at 05:28 PM.
I chose to start studying anatomy as it seems the obvious starting point, I am currently using a number of books on the subject. These are terrible but hopefully I'll get better
Great start, but have you thought about drawing from observation to start off with so you can get some experience before you go straight to anatomy books? Life drawing, self portraits, landscapes, still lifes, or anything you can think of really.
Make sure you understand the structure beneath the drawing as you copy them!
I look forward to more : )
Make sure when you draw you work from general to specific: Block in the large main forms to make sure general proportions, angles and shapes are correct, then start going for more and more detail as the drawing progresses.
As Nutella said, work from life. And copy the masters. Copy work will really help your technical skills. Learn perspective. Make sure not to neglect the fundamentals.
Gosh, its been a few years since I posted anything here. Glad to see the community still going strong. I have been drawing on and off, life gets in the way sometimes but I am back to my abandoned sketchbook. I have contemplated starting a new one but seeing as though this is still in its first page why not continue here.
As stated above all critiques are sought and are very much welcome, I shall do my utmost to keep this sketchbook updated.
Here are a couple of recent-ish figures, continuing on the same theme I started this sketchbook with. My goal is to be a concept artist for the film and entertainment industry.
The drawings below are from life, and there is a portrait study after John Singer Sargent.
Last edited by Rabdi; December 22nd, 2013 at 05:54 PM.
Some recent life drawings ranging from 2 mins to 20 mins. Merry Christmas yall
I like your lines Great sketchbook so far, would like to see some still lifes
Minella thanks for stopping by, I really need to get some still life going, I've done some in the past but I've been avoiding it so much lately. Alas, some still lifes should be coming up very soon
Some more recent life drawings, again ranging between 2 and 20 minutes. I have been using charcoal for a while now and was very hesitant to bring my laptop and tablet to life drawing. I have decided to paint digitally in a manner similar to the wipe out technique in oil paints. It would basically help me focus on the values at hand and avoid the use of colour. I had a bit more time with a couple of them so decided to add hints of colour to them.
If you have any critiques please do keep them coming
Don't have a critique for you, but the improvement between 2010 and now is amazing! Makes me want to work hard, too, aha.
Keep up the good work, and I'm loving your life drawings!
Bitschi thanks a lot buddy, need to keep working, we'll get there
These are pretty much more of the same. Below are life drawings ranging between 10 and 20 minutes, its always a rush to add colour but I will keep at it and see how it goes.
Thank you rabdi for your comment!!
Your sketchbook is nice!! It's incredible the improve to 2009 until 2013 !! i love your pose life !! the shadows are wonderful and the lines are amazing. I hope you will manage to accomplish your projects and worked in entertainment industry. Keep it up !!
It's great that you updated your SB againt after a 3yr hiatus.
The improvement is really cool to see, sad that you didn't stick with it for the full 3 yrs.
The figures look damn good. I'd suggest mixing your appoaches without using line for instance, and working with tone to build up your figure
Wow! I really like your figure drawings! were you able to take classes on those 3 years?
twelvexthanks a lot! I figured no point in opening a new one Thanks for stopping by.
féfé73cheers pal, I will definitely try my best now that I am back!
TomSeasthanks Tom. Wish I could have put more time into this but life got in the way I guess. I am determined to stick at it now though Thanks for your feedback and I am certainly in need of mixing my approach, will keep that in mind for sure!
aburnierAbsolute pleasure! Thanks for stopping by and keep up the hard work!
JpoyYes, there were times when I could not do classes but I tried to attend regularly or sketch on my own as much as I could. Need to work harder to make up for lost time!
Below are some more life drawings that I did a while back, I am realising I really need to up my anatomy game. Some of these are really quick, 30 seconds or so while others go up to 20 minutes. I find that I learn most from quick ones, I guess they're good for developing some dexterity and line weight.
Some quick sketches, both traditional and digital. Lately I have been trying to get more comfortable with digital drawing and painting, it is killing me but I need to get the dexterity and have some patience, I have a bad habit of abandoning digital pieces if things don't look correct at the early stages, which strangely I do not have an issue with when working traditionally. So yeah, I need to do a lot more in terms of studying digitally and up my game.
Gotta get better
Attempted painting clouds for the first time, need to push values first but just wanted to play with colour a bit.
Hope all is well in ConceptArt land. Had a real crazy night at life drawing recently. Basically turned up with my laptop and tablet pen but somehow forgot my tablet at home (I know!), so had to borrow paper and materials. The models were standing so close as well so it was not ideal. Yes, I am blaming my tools!
Your lines are wonderfull !! I like the still life sessions !!
Thanks AdrianNagorski and féfé73 I do not know exactly what you meant by still life sessions, if by still life you mean the cast painting above, that was actually following a tutorial I saw on Daarken's website. Thanks for stopping by
I can be wrong I mean the sessions of living model. Sorry for the error !
Went to life drawing last night and I am still struggling with the digital aspect of life drawing. These were 20 min, the problem was that there was very little in terms of directional lighting, so trying to describe the form was really difficult. This means I had to rely heavily on the contour and I somehow feel these lack a little compared to my previous efforts. It would be really cool if I had the chance to do digital life drawing sessions more often.
Hi there Rabdi~ Nice traditional works. I'm really in love with your charcoal figures.
I think I shall try to emulate them a bit. Really nice.
Mmmm guess for now only critique would be, upload MORE ahha This way I could give a better judgement later on
Question though, why bring your digital tools to the figure life drawing course?
I don't know about you but I definitely feel a disconnect compared to if I try to learn traditionally. I don't know, it's harder for my brain to get a grasp around certain things and also you lose alot of the pressure sensitivity that traditional charcoal/conte is amazing for. I might just be acting naive though so please explain if you could I'd love to hear what you have to say
Will be watching for further
Pou, hi buddy, thanks for stopping by! I totally see what you mean with the using digital tools in life drawing classes. The thing is, I have been trying to up my game in traditional for a while now, and in doing so have really neglected digital painting. Not that I will stop drawing from life traditionally, but at the moment I am trying to seriously get into digital so by immersing myself in it I hope that I will learn more. I find digital painting from life to be particularly challenging, you have 10-20 min at most to produce something presentable which for me is just insufferable, so yeah, I am trying to ease myself into digital painting for now. It is always exciting to do it traditionally, the calligraphy and mark-making is exciting, a lot more than digital but I am trying to balance things and at the moment, I suck a lot more in digital than I do in traditional, so this is my attempt at sucking equally in both mediums
Speaking of traditional (segue master here), below are some oil paintings from life.
Your painting are really wonderful.
I honestly think with what you're doing traditional in some time you will do the same thing with digital. It's just a matter of time and digital tools (techniques).
I like your digital
Féfé73 thanks buddy, that is the plan, though I am not finding digital any easier. Only time will tell I guess, thanks for stopping by
These were done from were both 20 min poses, it is always harder to get something quickly when you do not have form light, sometimes you end up making lights up
A cast study and a Japanese samurai mask study, in pencil. Still very little luck with digital
There's a steady improvement in the figure work. Even when switching medium and going to oils.
The place you got to for life drawings look good too, judging by how the work comes out, compared to a place I used to go where there were like 20 different lights on and you basically had to work with line, because the tone would be very flat.
The last pieces have a charcoal feel to them, considering the mask goes quite dark, and the tones are really soft, as if you laid it down with vine and smudged it.
Not sure if you're doing it, but doing longer studies digitally could help with the work flow, like setting a still life or something.