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August 2nd, 2010 #1
Craig's Sketch Book
Well, I have finally gotten up the nerve to post some of the sketchbook work I have been doing. I have a comic type character, some hand studies and a couple of figures
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A sketch for a bigger project
August 3rd, 2010 #3
Nice to see the Bridgman. Can't wait to see this last piece finished
August 4th, 2010 #4
Thanks I am really liking his stuff.
August 4th, 2010 #5
August 8th, 2010 #6
August 8th, 2010 #7
Start of dragon color. I really don't know what I am doing but I am doing it.
August 8th, 2010 #8
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March 9th, 2013 #9
March 11th, 2013 #10
I am trying super hard to draw EVERY single day. And I figure if I can maybe post here that will give me some incentive to keep doing it. I have a long way to go to get better.
Here I tried some Hogarth dynamic poses. I know drawing from real life is the way to go. I work with the resources I have at the moment.
March 11th, 2013 #11
I really like how this woman came out. I am practicing my pencil grip and keeping my lines really flowful (is that a word?)
Trying to loosen up. Reading Force dynamic life drawing for animators at the moment.
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March 11th, 2013 #12
Trying out some pens I got
March 13th, 2013 #13
March 13th, 2013 #14
Hey man! This thread seems a bit back from the dead, doesn't it? I'm curious to see how much you've improved in nearly 3 years time. Have any works somewhat closer to finished to show me? I want to give critique, but it'd be unfair to judge by works almost 3 years old.
March 14th, 2013 #15
@Amphsix Thanks for visiting my sketchbook! I was wondering if anyone would comment. I really do need a critique.
I am trying to draw everyday and post here to continuously improve. I am trying to do studies mostly but some of my stuff is still cartoony. I will be posting more human forms here shortly as I need to practice them more. AND I am doing digital painting.
This picture is cartoon heads but last night I really starting groking the angles in the head and the relationship between some parts of the face. Thinking of the center of the face as a cylinder really helped me especially with the direction of the mouth.
March 14th, 2013 #16
Trying to get value down. I am trying to understand. I don't completely appreciate it yet.
March 14th, 2013 #17
Good to see some more works from you. There's nothing wrong with drawing cartoons, in fact, I think the faces you show here are an excellent way to learn about facial features and how they differ from person to person.
I do see a little improvement comparing your earlier pictures in this thread to the later ones, but not as much as could be expected in 2-3 years time. I suppose you might have been on a drawing hiatus for a while? Not that this is by any means a bad thing! We all learn at our own pace and sometimes lives get busy...
Though comparing this dragon/monster above to the earlier red dragon you did, you actually did improve with values a fair bit. Values are difficult to pin down and hardly ever get completely perfect. Tips I can give is to always keep the material you're trying to draw in mind. The creature above looks kinda shiny, like it's got a very shimmery/slippery skin, or even metallic. This is because of two things: The bright, almost completely white highlights, and the reflection on the underside of the jaw and neck with are almost as bright as the highlights themselves. This is fine if that was what you were going for, but if you were expecting a more skin-like or leathery feel to the creature, you might need to darken the highlights and reflective lights a little and really gradually build your gradients (only use harsh highlights for the absolute most reflective parts.. like maybe some shiny saliva on the teeth, or a shimmer in its eyes? This will really help those parts stand out and make it look more threatening.)
Another good thing to keep in mind with values is to be careful they don't get "muddy". When digitally painting you can very quickly end up with a few dozen different values, which often don't really make sense unless you "tidy it up". To learn values, it might be best to stick to a limited number of them, make a clear distinction between highlights, midtones and shadows (like the samples you put to the left of the picture). Once you understand the subtleties, you can start adding more and more values to your work. Focus on how the shading affects the form.
I hope that helps somewhat definitely keep on going!! That creature looks pretty badass!
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March 15th, 2013 #18
@Amphsix, THANKS! That's really helpful.
Here is a something I did the day before the grayscale monster.
March 15th, 2013 #19
You're welcome. Liking the blue shadows on that cube monster =)
March 17th, 2013 #20
Just trying to keep drawing every day. Push my self a little more in every way that I can.
I am trying to find good resources for doing nude studies. Any suggestions?
March 17th, 2013 #21
March 17th, 2013 #22
trying to do some more studies. These were really quick sketches. I get impatient sometimes when drawing and don't like to spend a lot of time on anything. Anytime I starting thinking I don't like it.
March 18th, 2013 #23
I am finally drawing comfortably holding my pencil like a wand. I actually like it so much more now. I NEVER thought I would
Some of these are from my memory and some are from books. I SO need to find some real figure drawing classes.
March 18th, 2013 #24
Hey Craig, the sketches are going well as I can see,it's always good to get your anatomy checked, I would just work more in the shadings and a bit of line definition because in some drawings they're very light, so I think that in some you could thicken the line a bit to evidence what you are pointing out.
Also, it would be good if the scans were a bit smaller, these last images are preety big for some screens.
Congrats and keep it up!
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March 18th, 2013 #25
Thanks for the tips. I will try and keep my sketches a bit smaller.
March 19th, 2013 #26
March 19th, 2013 #27
I really like those dragons and creatures! The anatomy sketches are nice too What I do sometimes to practice proportions, is to start drawing from the knees, the feet, hands.. and then the rest of the body. At the first attempts it looked ugly but with a lot of practice I could draw faster!
Keep it up!
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March 19th, 2013 #28
Interesting method! I will try that for sure.
March 23rd, 2013 #29
I don't like the fact that I didn't draw that ROBOT in perspective. I need to pay more attention to that.
I have a TON of studies that I am preparing to upload. Trying to get back to the basics and work on my fundamentals.
March 25th, 2013 #30