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September 11th, 2010 #1
Nicholas Cato's sketch book
Hello everyone! my name is Nick Cato and i've been looking around at this site for 2 months now, and finally decided to register a join the fun. I think im a pretty good artist (self taught) but i know i have lots to learn.So today i post pics from my growing sketchbook in order to learn what i can improve on to become a better artist.So dont be affraid to be brutaly honest
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looking good on the first two, something around the noose, mouth looks a bit wierd otherwise it looks good. keep it up m8Cheers/ your friend PMB
"Painting my brain with memories of the future"
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September 13th, 2010 #5
Hi Nick, well I have to say you have great shading skills and you're good at showing value in form. I would say to work on facial features, you know practice a page of eyes, noses, mouths etc. Practice heads and where things are placed at different angles. The last 3/4 profile portrait looks strange on the left side (the right eye), it looks flat and as if it's 'moving off the face', just a bit more practice on facial features and I think u'd have a great handle on portraiture. Like I said you're great at showing form, the body shown in the second drawing has weight and depth...(something a lot of artists struggle with I think) Other than that, keep posting. Hope to see more soon!
ps. I'm self-taught too, it sucks sometimes.
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September 22nd, 2010 #7
some more...please comment
September 22nd, 2010 #8
hey nick. it looks like you are going into detail to early in your drawings. draw loosely, take a step back once in a while and take the image in as a whole. hold your drawing up to a mirror occasionally to point out any flaws. Do some Loomis, Bridgeman, Vanderpole, Hargoth, ect studies. keep it up.
Oh and try to avoid bumping your own thread.
September 22nd, 2010 #9
Nice start to your sketchbook,
Two things to note,
Try not to smudge... Really try not to...
Dont ask for comments!
September 25th, 2010 #10
i took jonathan c's advice, looked at andrew loomis video tutorials, and drew these...
Last edited by Nick Cato; September 29th, 2010 at 10:57 AM.
October 1st, 2010 #11
Great rendering going on here. I like it a lot. I second that mirror trick. I used it in my last self portrait and the problems really popped out so it made it easier to correct. Drawing from life really helps train the eye so maybe do some stuff from life.
Keep it real!My Sketchbook
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October 15th, 2010 #12
your good,no doubt about that... though i feel that you haven't developed a smooth and flowing style.i often practice by either drawing something, using the least amount of strokes/lines. or to continuously draw with out lifting the pen or pencil as you view the overall project from a further than normal perspective. thus your proportions can be better scaled...
October 15th, 2010 #13
Yes! Loomis is the king, man! Read Heads and Hands by him and you will grow by bounds and already I see that you are in your SB.
Tho one thing I must ask is, do you draw with your paper on a flat surface and or tilted?
The reason I ask is cause Your faces seem to be skewed to one side. Im guessing your right handed? I used to have the same problem.
If you are try drawing with the paper dead on, like you were reading a book.
Another thing you can try is drawing on a surface thats completely vertical like your computer monitor, instead of one thats horizontal like a table . That way your looking that the picture dead on. Tape up the paper on all four corners and start drawing. That way it doesn't fall off and you cant move it. Take a few steps back every now and then and look at the work your doing.
It also helps if you flip your paper over and hold it up to the light so you can see through it or if your digital flipping the image will help you to see many mistakes your wouldnt otherwise see. Its a trick everyone does or should do.
Its hard for your eyes and mind wont sync up properly otherwise. Youll think your drawing straight when your actually skewing your lines. Hope this helps!
Dont forget to post post post! You got a lot of talent!
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October 26th, 2010 #14
thanks at crazedivan. and im actually left handed! i try to not make it look skewed by looking at them through a mirror, and it seems to help a little bit.thanks for the tips guys! i really take these critiques to heart and i use them everyday along with techniques i learn from loomis.So keep the comments commin!
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