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Yep. I am sorry but this is another "Zero to Hero"-thread.
Let's take it from the beginning. I started to draw when I was about eight years old and drew pretty much everyday until I turned 15. I had a big break since I felt that I didn't improve. I had a very slow improving rate and it was really pissing me off.
Now I'm about 17 and a half and I found the joy of drawing once again.
I wanna improve in pretty much every area; landscapes, architecture, still-life, portraits and full-body pictures. I'm also a big fan of fantasy but since I'm really bad at drawing from my mind I don't draw that a lot and it's a shame... Hopefully I'll improve in that area too.
So, I've been reading and watching this forum for quite some time but you guys are so fucking awesome... Basically I haven't had the guts to create a sketchbook until now.
I believe that my slow rate of improvment might be because of the lack of constructive comments and critique so that's why I turn to you. I want all input I can get and I'll be sure to comment your stuffs too! I'll be happy for every tutorial, every tip and every comment you leave in this thread!
Thanks in advance! Let's get this thread rolling, right?
#001 - The Barnicle
Ps. I'm from Sweden so my english is far from perfect but I hope you'll understand me.
Ps2. I'm aware that a lot of the dudes here at the forum is a 1 000 times better than me but I would really appriciate comments and tips even tho' my stuff is kinda boring to watch now at a start...
Cool subject, I love suits and Barney. There's a bit of asymmetry going on with his face, the left ear I think would look better with less detail like the right. Also try a more uniform shadowing on his check then just erase the lighter parts. Top of his head looks a bit mishapen too, if the top right was brought down a bit or maybe the top left was added to it'd be more flattering.
I like where it's going, tho.
Don't worry, your english is better than my swedish .
Capturing likeness is very difficult and takes a lot of practice so just keep at it. I learned a lot about structuring the face from Loomis. You can download his books here: http://www.placidchaos.com/AM/index..../andrew_loomis
Watch the dark outlining maybe work on some value studies. I think you did a really great job on catching the right shape of his hand though. That's not easy to do.
Don't worry about drawing from your imaginaton, it's ok to use reference when your first starting out. Draw from life as much as you can.
This is a great place to learn. I'm learning too.
Thanks for your time and comments! Really appreciate it!
I will surely try to bring the right part of his head down. I'll erase some of the details in the left ear and I'll try to look up that value thing.
For now tho' I'll give you a self portrait. The problem with this is the forehead I believe...
#002 - Self portrait
EDIT: Forgot the attachment.
Last edited by Dreadful Look; October 4th, 2010 at 09:21 AM.
Here's a 15 minutes portrait.
#003 - Portrait of a friend
I am soo not satisfied with that but I thought I'd give you something along with some text.
I've been drawing a lot today but the thing is I'm just drawing random stuffs on papers. Sometimes I get this impulse that I should learn anatomy and I look up a certain part (like the biceps) and draw that one a couple of times. The problem is that it's all so random.
I have actually no idea where to start with this anatomy thing. I love drawing portraits but I fail at shading/anatomy/hair so I believe I have to do other things than just draw portraits. Does anyone have any tips, links or such to learn the anatomy of the face and... well... to become a better portrait artist.
More scribbles tomorrow! Now time for sleep.
So, today I found my way to PoseManiacs.com and found their "30 seconds" exercise which was really cool!
So I practiced some anatomy for a while. Although full body so when I later on made a portrait I didn't notice any difference...
Well, I felt like doing a portrait and since my grandma' complained I never give her any drawings anymore I thought I'd give her one of her grandson (my little brother) and drew this. I am really disappointed with it tho' so all crits are welcome since it will be a gift... Espacially the mouth was extremely hard to make!
Crits are welcomed and needed!
#004 - My little brother
So, today I drew some skulls and some face muscles. Crits are welcomed
#005 - Skull anatomy
Continued on the skull + muscles theme. Crits are appreciated and will be returned
#006 - Face anatomy
So, today I drew some arms and some muscles (and a boob... Hah)
Basically I've discovered that I enjoy portraits most so maybe I should practice face anatomy more... I get distracted after a couple of sketches though and decides to try other stuffs. This time arms.
Comments are appreciated as always!
#007 - Arm muscles
Hey mate. Thanks for visiting my book. In post #6 you talk about random impulses to draw different things. I'm the same, my mind goes all over the place and I want to try everything but for me, it means nothing gets done well. I committed to doing lots of self portrait to get my drawing career going. As a subject, I was always there and available , it taught me lots about the anatomy of the face and head and I also started to see shapes and line relationships and other useful general drawing skills.
It's cliche but it's true, you just have to do heaps of drawings. Do 30 self portraits and you'll learn many things, do 100 and you'll learn more. You are already off to a fantastic start, just keep 'em coming and don't give up. I look forward to seeing more.
I did a lot of drawings with muscle and bone structure as well a few years ago. I don't think I fully incorporated the knowledge until I studied Vilppu, though. Just keep at it and every now and then something clicks and it feels really good. Eventually all those things that are clicking will come together and you'll see how much you've improved. It's good to see you putting in all the hard work. That's how you get where you want to go.
Here is an amazing website that you may find useful:
Here is a direct link to the section that I will be using later on in the week:
make sure you read the description on the page before you begin! Also try youtubing posemaniacs and you can see how other artists tend to draw so quickly.
A better example:
Don't forget to check out the rest of the site and good luck!
Nice drawings! The study of muscles is very good! Keep practicing always!
Glad to hear you found the joy of drawing again
Try to understand the object you're drawing and break it down into simple 3D shapes and...draw more Even if its just for your eyes only... the fastest way you can improve at drawing is to draw
I'll bump this up. I just found the joy of drawing again so hopefully I will post some more here between the BF3 sessions!
What I want to improve most is the depth. All my drawings feels kinda flat so if anyone has examples of exercises or critique on that part I will be very grateful!
#010 Ted Buckland
Last edited by Dreadful Look; November 6th, 2011 at 03:09 PM.
nice sketchbook. but do some skull studies it will help a lot to understand the head anatomy better and better. so lets draw .
So... I've moved into the digital painting and I am so lost guys!
Does anyone know where I can find some basic wacom drawing tutorials? These are all done with trial and error but I haven't found any good way to shade my drawings :s
#017 - Black and White
#018 - Pink Hair!
#019 - Marine from SC2
#020 - Survivor
So, I went to DeviantArt and browsed through the Artistic Nude and drew these. Each was like 10 - 15 min I believe.
Comments are appreciated and returned
#021 - Female Poses
#022 - Female from imagination
I'm lousy when it comes to anatomy and I'm lousy when it comes to drawing from imagination so I'm quite happy with this one
Commentes are appreciated and returned!
dont be sad mate i can tell you by the time you are 25 you will be xxxx times better then me now.. so its more then even you start early and thats good.. just stay inspired, dont lose the fun.. and keep going.. push your weaknesses and never ever have fear ! of anything
my Sketchbook plz help me become a better artist !
#023 - Side Pose
#024 - Sean Plott (really happy with this one!)
MarcSampson - Thanks for the comment! I'll try to focus on the things I'm bad at. I just don't like posting really awful stuff :p
So, after a couple of months of confusion I finally stumbled upon Ctrl+Paints form and value tutorial and fiiiiinally understood how to shade properly!
Feels awesome. Feels like I'm on track now and I'll continue these value studies!
#024 - Ear practice
Comments are appreciated and returned!