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Thread: Getting Motivated!
July 19th, 2010 #1
New to CA and basically I'm starting a sketchbook to keep myself motivated to draw. But I would also appreciate any critiques! And I hope to be inspired too!
I haven't really had formal art training, though I've finished a graphic design degree, and I'm considering studying fine art in future. I'm definitely going to start life drawing classes soon. Mostly my interests lie in illustration and design rather than concept design.
I have lurked a bit on CA and studied some Loomis and Bridgman, and I did a lot of Posemaniacs drawings last year and early this year too.
Anatomy studies from Deviantart stock photos, Posemaniacs studies, drawings from photos
Photoshop portrait of Anna Paquin from a reference photo
recent sketch w/o reference
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First life drawing class ever!
July 26th, 2010 #3
September 12th, 2010 #4
well, so much for getting motivated, I haven't posted here in ages :/
Thanks Nick! Had a look through your sketchbook and your DeviantArt account and your work is great. It really pops both in black and white and in colour. Keep up the good stuff!
Here's about 2 weeks worth of life drawing (with some repeated images, oh well).
September 12th, 2010 #5Registered User
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Hey keep it up. I've had some problems with sticking to drawing but your drawings look great. You should try to study the muscles so when your next in your class you can faintly draw them or picture them in your mind. It does help for understanding what is going on structure wise. I'm no pro though please keep it up though.
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March 30th, 2011 #6
Oh dear, long time no post. Here's a sketchdump. 4 or 5 of the sketches are from reference.
March 30th, 2011 #7
And a speedpaint of a mermaid. I used some webcam shots as quick reference for the arms...
March 30th, 2011 #8
Final post for today: a pencil drawing inspired by the miniseries Pillars of the Earth.
March 30th, 2011 #9
You are really really good at hair, and I could see it was Anna before you wrote it, good job! You seem to need to work on anatomy and the flow, like a lot of us do ^^ Your starting off really good tho so keep it up
Check out my sketchbook
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March 30th, 2011 #10
thanks spiralpen! yes I think my figures don't flow very well... I shall definitely try to work on that!
April 1st, 2011 #11
sketches and a self-portrait
A couple sketches since the beginning of this year from reference and imagination (easy to tell which is which) and a self-portrait. My neck is not that freakishly long, I'm just bad at sitting still, even why trying to draw myself :p I had a sore throat and was very sick when I drew it, too...
April 1st, 2011 #12
More recent stuff
Things from last night. I was very frustrated with the first set of drawings, I find it all too easy to slip into drawing flat, stylised, ugly faces e.g. the lady with the long hair. Sigh.
Everything else was an attempt to remember proportions/practice loosening up and blocking in figures. I used some Inception stills for reference.
April 12th, 2011 #13
From my last two life drawing sessions. I tried to focus more on shading and modeling the form.
April 12th, 2011 #14
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April 12th, 2011 #15
thank you Jeff! I'm definitely going to focus on rendering in future!
here are the rest of the life drawings I was having difficulty adding to the last post.
April 13th, 2011 #16
Some inked drawings. After these I read a chunk of/did some studies and exercises from a book (Figure Drawing: Design and Invention) which helped my understanding of the spine a lot. Underneath are some drawings from imagination, I also did another quick sketch of the pose for the girl holding a cup, hopefully it's more anatomically accurate and less flat.
The mermaid is for the Illustration Friday theme Bottled. I drew the bottle from life but the inking messed it up even more than the bad sketch...
And some nose and head studies from the same anatomy book c:
I think I need to start working in an A4 sketchbook for my own drawings, my current book is much too small :p
April 13th, 2011 #17
Good exercises - I suggest you more rounded shapes in the female bodies and more shading at the moment it is a bit shy. Use more seeking lines - do not be afraid of the shape.