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August 31st, 2010 #1
AbNorMaLLy's SkeTches - Please Help me Improve! Update!
Hi, I'm Abnormally, I'm new here and hope to improve my skills and have fun. I have a passion for drawing and enjoy doing it from my imagination, mostly. I am self-taught and don't have much technical training via personal study, although I hope to do more in the future. I'm inspired by music, politics, literature and things that are important to society and the preservation of culture. I am slowly learning new skills to help me express these things, I hope this site will help.
I don't do digital art, and have never ventured into that realm. I'm a fan of traditional graphite, charcoal, pen (bics are fun), chalks and dry pastels, markers, acrylic, watercolor, collage/multi-media, and colored pencils. I like to try out different styles and experiment!
I know I will receive comments to study anatomy, perspective, value, proportions and the like, any constructive criticism is welcome, so please post often and help guide this n00bie to personal improvement! I value your artistic opinions and hope to make a few friends along the way. Peace!
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Hi Abnormally, I'm in the same boat as you, just grab a PDF from one of those guys- Loomis, Bridgeman etc. and start looking at those bones n muscles!
More importantly though, feel free to pick-and-choose elements of books and other media to use, because personally I find it very difficult to just stick to one in terms of reference..! E.g- There are some things that will help show how the muscle works when strained, and some others that won't so much.
Also personally, I would study only one area of the body at a time in terms of the indepth study- lest get horribly confused. D8 (Right now for example, I'm doing arms and arm muscles. Not going to so much as TOUCH anything else.. unless it happens to flow from an arm lol). A bit at a time, that way you stand more of a chance actually remembering all the muscles as a whole later, right? Bite-size the studies!
Work with Gesture studies as well, on the 30 second feature on Posemaniacs- that way you will be able to apply your first studies quickly and efficiently to a whole body form. Don't worry about how the Gestures 'look' per se, they are there to help you capture the pose of the figure in a swift flick on the pen/pencil.
Lots of people here willing to give hands, so don't be afraid to speak up Also I'm fairly new here meself- to proper studies that is- so I'm just speaking from experience I guess. Hope it made some sense, take or leave!
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August 31st, 2010 #3
Here's some work:
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August 31st, 2010 #4
Thank you AjaxDynamoDroid, I have a few books on anatomy, I know I just find technical studies dull at times...unfortunately, but I get into grooves where I dig it.
ps. Does anyone know how to get my thumbnail for my sketchbook?
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August 31st, 2010 #5
Technical study IS horribly dull at times D: Which is why I think Gestures will really help to finish them off with. That, and repeating the study with flowing movements and building up in shapes- easier since you've already done it once. Keeps it less slow and plodding that way, or at least it may find a way of sustaining that momentum? xD; Since there's no point in sitting down and drawing lots and lots out in one bulk- I for one couldn't concentrate for that long..
Also for the thumbnail, I -think- you just make an attachment post in the very first post. I had one but got rid of it, and it blanked out. So I thought it might work backwards, lol.
Also wow, excellent stuff here! I'm liking the portraits, and the sense of style and surrealism in some of these hehe. Looking gooood!
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August 31st, 2010 #6
Hey thanks again AjaxDynamoDroid my brothah! Figured out the thumbnail thing. Gonna go check out your sketchies when I have time.
I'm a huge fan of Dali, so I love surrealism! peace!
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September 1st, 2010 #7
I agree with Ajax on doing anatomy studies, gesture studies, etc. But also life studies will do you well
I love your comicy/cartoony work, especially the surreal look
Dali also inspires me greatly. My first two tattoos are inspired from his vision of how ants are the grim reaper of the world
Your work inspires ME ;]
The trees and body studies look wonderful, more more more!
The 9th page in your first post with the actual showing of your work is WOWWWWW, that face/hair is beautiful. The fruit looks good enough to eat!
I would most definitely like to see more life studies of fruit and maybe some self portraits or drawings of your family/friends, if you can find anyone to sit still long enough :p
I think gestures would help loosen you up in the beginning of the day before you start drawing more tightly. Plus, gestures are quite fun!
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September 1st, 2010 #8
I'll try to go and do some quick studies of gestures and poses etc. Thank you for the advice! Hopefully will have some updates later tonight!
Thanks again Color, you encourage me!
September 2nd, 2010 #9
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September 2nd, 2010 #10
Inspector - thank you I worked quite awhile on that one!
I have loomis books in pdf and some great anatomy books to boot!
So I tried a digital piece out of boredom from this site: Harmony which I found through Naidy's sketchbook. This site is addictive and fun...not sure about digital art for me, but hey this site seems fun, try it out!
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Ah crap lost all the text I wrote.
I like that even though you like patterns and stylization that you realize the importance of real life studies. I think you should use a bit more contrast, some of your work is a bit light. I really like your latest pic, very artsy. ) That's fairly rare out here.
Harmony is great fun.
Keep up the great work.
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September 2nd, 2010 #14
Hey there, thanks for dropping by!
You've got a nice comic surrealism going there, I'd stick to that and keep developing it further. However, you don't want to suffer tunnel vision. The broader the range of style you can apply freely, the better off you are as an artist; especially if you're looking to make a profession out of your art.
What hucumkedi most likely means by brave lines is that you need to steady your hand more and really think about the line that you are about to put down. Focus on getting more done while doing less, i.e. do more with less lines. Avoid "scratchy" lines.
As far as the resources that I use go, I'm currently using Bridgeman, Lemen, and Vilppu as my main sources of study. They are all great sources to turn to if you're interested in drawing the human figure. Another person I have to mention is Andrew Loomis. You really don't get much better than those four when it comes to drawing the human figure. Some people use Burne Hogarth as a reference but I think his style of drawing interferes too much with learning the figure. This, however, is just my opinion.
Keep up the good work!
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