Deadlines.' Sketchbook - New, ambitious, and thirsty for C&C
My name is Andreas, and I'm from Toronto, Ontario. I have loved art, and by extension, this site, since I was about thirteen. At the moment I'm one year out of completing my bachelors degree in Business Management, and all I can think about doing is getting involved in the art world in some way or another. Though I have been drawing for a long time, I have -never- had the discipline to sit down and actually get all my stuff straightened out.
For the past two months I've been waking up extra early and dedicating an hour or two to sketching/painting/learning something about drawing. Recently, I have purchased a few books on anatomy by Burne Hogarth; my most recent anatomical drawings are actually not half bad, however they are in my physical sketchbook and I don't have a scanner.
(Anyone have any tips for getting sketches off my sketchbook and onto my computer without a scanner?)
Anyway, I'm digressing. I am here to learn how to be incredible at art, and I really don't want to settle for anything less. I would be extremely pleased if you would be as harsh and instructional as possible, if you have the time to aid a budding artist get past his baby steps. I can take verbal punishment; what I can't take is being crappy (or even mediocre) at art for the rest of my life. Over the next year (and beyond), I hope to attain a level of proficiency that could, at the very least, land me some work as a freelancer (until I figure out what to do with myself).
I am -so- excited to finally be part of this community. It is a pleasure to meet all of you!
Please try and get past my first page. ...Not so good!
Last edited by Deadlines.; January 29th, 2011 at 02:19 PM.
Thanks for stopping by guys! I will be drawing, and drawing, and painting trying to get better. Please leave some C&C to help me speed along the process.
Right now my routine consists of generally doing anatomy studies, and painting a bit when I get bored. Anything I should really look at? I like Bridgeman more than Loomis, and Hogarth is cool because of his instruction on rendering in space...kind of gives a better description of how the form exists, and not just what makes up the form.
Also...are my images too large? And goddamn! They look - horrible - at 100%. Any tips on that? Is painting at 50-75% a bad idea?
Thanks for stopping by again; eagerly awaiting some feedback.
You seem to be off to a good start, Bridgeman and Hogarth and good things to practice from. Don't forget to draw random things for fun, its a good way not to get bored with anatomy studies and it also can bring up things you need to work on or just really like to work on.
many (most? who knows) people draw zoomed way out and only zoom into 100% to put the finishing details on. of course then you'd resize pictures to share them. I think it makes drawing and paintings look better when you work at a bigger size.
keep up the good work and I hope to see more from you. (I really like the first blue/green painting.)
The background recedes too abruptly; need some more buffer space.
Treeline obviously needs to be rendered a bit better
The building needs to be rendered and solidly constructed.
The foreground might need something interesting.
Did this one speedpaint style; pretty happy with it. No reference obviously, and Im happy with the colour palette. Its a bit dark...could have used another light source but I got tired after ~2 hrs. Props to SamsonsReaper for his process vids on Vimeo! Quite inspiring.
Having some trouble with this one. Been wrestling it for over 3 hours now, and I can't get it to look right. Any tips on fixing the skin tone up, and/or dealing with the hair would REALLY be of help to me.
I'm not certain which brush really works the best for hair. If anyone has any suggestions, that'd be great. But it could just be my mechanics; I've never been good at hair.
Sept.24th - Sept.24th - Another enviro sketch. This one proved rather difficult, even with use of ref. It turned out not too bad; Im getting texturing a little better, though my colours could use some work here. About 3 hours.
It's a little stylized and messy; I got tired with it. Any crits?
So basically, I need some more routine to my paintings. Been doing too many enviros lately...agh, anatomy is so boring though.
I also have a bit of an issue painting things in perspective. I suppose I should work on that. Any tips?