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October 12th, 2010 #1
Learning to draw
So, I'm someone who's wanted to be able to draw better for a long time, but rather than actually practice, I just doodle things in notebooks every once in a while.
I've been inspired to take this seriously, however, and so I'm going to be doing at least one serious drawing a day. I hope this is an appropriate place to put it all up. I wanted to get as much critique and advice as possible.
I've ordered a proper sketchbook, and it should come tomorrow. These past three days I've been using the few remaining sheets from my highschool art class sketchbook. As for what I've been drawing, so far I've just been google image searching faces and picking interesting ones. Any other suggestions would be great.
I've been using a pen so I can't erase, because when I can erase, I spend forever obsessing over little details, and it takes me a long time to finish anything. Also, I have a nasty habit of "petting my lines" when I draw, so I'm *trying* to break that.
Anyways, without further ado, here are my beginner attempts at drawings. Here's hoping I improve!
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My sketchbook came today, so that's exciting.
I kinda like the way this came out, but there are tons of problems, especially compared to the original photograph.
October 13th, 2010 #3
That last one looks like it needs a funny quote next to it. It looks pretty good already.
I will become better at art!
October 14th, 2010 #4
October 14th, 2010 #5
Nice start bro. Keep drawing and good things will happen. You should also start doing some self portraits from mirror. And post all of them here. That way you can easily see your progress. It's hard at first, but you'll get there! Oh, and one thing. Avoid drawing lines between each tooth. That makes the gap look huge.
My sketchbook here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...75944&page=999
(some nudity may occur)
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October 15th, 2010 #6
Here are today's sketches. I am NOT happy with them at all. I was sort of rushed tonight (huge test tomorrow, and not much free time to draw), but that's not a good excuse.
The first one has a few problems. First of all, the kid in the image was happy, but this guy looks like he just found out his dog died. Also, kids have such soft features; I have much more of a problem with that than with scraggly-faced old people. Another thing with the kid, I completely misjudged how much space I had left on the page, and drew him too big so he got cut off.
The second one I started because I was so unhappy with the first, but rather than take it slow, I rushed it and kind of gave up towards the end. I also improvised the top of her head; the original image was cut off there.
So yeah, I didn't really want to post either of these, but I promised myself that I'd do something every day, so here they are. I'm going to try much harder next time.
October 16th, 2010 #7
So, I didn't do anything yesterday. I got home late and my internet was so slow that it basically unusable. Those are bad excuses though, I could have at least drawn my hand or something.
Did stuff today at least. Sort of happy with the creepy guy in the first picture, though it's still riddled with problems. Not happy at all with the second one. It was a different angle for me, and I started drawing from the nose instead of from the outline of the face, like I usually do. I need to try that angle again.
October 19th, 2010 #8
Missed a day again yesterday. I'll probably miss tomorrow as well because I'm going to be pulling an all-nighter to finish a project.
Here's a Loomis study in the meantime. I think I'm going to try to work my way through this book. This was really tiring to do, 12 consecutive drawings is a lot for me, even though they're fairly small-scale. Looking at it now, there are all sorts of mistakes.
Doing this really made me aware of how bad I am at drawing circles. I liked drawing the last face though. It was fun seeing it all come together.
October 24th, 2010 #9
Man, I've missed quite a few days lately. I'm still at it though. I actually did stuff yesterday too, but I was really tired, and it was really terrible, so I didn't bother posting it.
I had a lot of trouble with this study, and I'm not happy with it. I think I started loosening up more towards the end, but I need to practice a lot more. I guess that's what this is for, though!
October 24th, 2010 #10
Good for you, I did that same exercise and had the same frustrations as you. The funny thing is, after you do the exercise, your knowledge of how to draw just improved significantly compared to just drawing without guidance. By you not being happy with the results can be a good thing because you are starting to see the ladder you must climb in order to improve (but take it easy on yourself too).
Pay close attention to what you are doing when you are doing these studies, b/c you learn better that way and the information sticks to our stubborn head. Maybe you're not, but I know I am. Keep it up. I notice the ears on the bottom right head are not in even plane, just my observation.
Insert very insightful quotes here ...
- get back to work!
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October 24th, 2010 #11
Only three Loomis heads today. I'm still not too happy with them, but I feel like I did better than yesterday, where I was sort of conforming everything to the shape of the initial sphere.
October 26th, 2010 #12
I won't lie, I was pretty lazy during this study. I definitely rushed it.
October 27th, 2010 #13
There are some pretty complicated studies after this one. We'll see how I fare.
October 28th, 2010 #14
Not a huge fan of these "eye" things. Also, messed up the photograph a bit, forgot to change a few settings, so it's a bit blurry this time.
November 17th, 2010 #15
Ok, so, I screwed up. I wasted a few weeks of growth. I haven't drawn. I really don't want to give this up, however. Here's my first drawing in a while. Frankly, I hate it. I feel like it's worse than most of my earlier drawings even. I guess I really haven't been going at this for very long yet though. Here's hoping I stick with it this time. I really do want to improve.
November 17th, 2010 #16
It's tough, but it comes with time and willpower. If you learn to ask 'why' when you're doing these things you'll take more and more from every sketch.
You may benefit from practicing with some 'non-precious' drawings. Rather than focusing on one piece and calling it a day, try to fill one or two sheets with little doodles and scribbles from observation. It'll help you loosen up and start to train your eye, mind, and hand to translate better to paper.
Artists have such a magnificent gift...breathing life into something with just simple lines.
The Sketchbook: Life through Line
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November 17th, 2010 #17
November 20th, 2010 #18
More Loomis. Drew the same head twice. It turned out much better the second time around, thankfully. Mistakes have still manifested in said second head, and I was thinking of drawing it again, but I have to leave soon, and I'm not sure that I'll get the chance.
November 21st, 2010 #19
I find these studies to be really intimidating. I think that's a good thing though right? Pushing your comfort zone and all that.
Also, really messed up the second guy's left side. I'm seeing a tendency to mess that up on that sort of angle. I always do the same thing; I make it too narrow. I'll have to work on that.
November 23rd, 2010 #20
Three heads today. Each one sort of got progressively worse, I think. Practice, practice, practice.
November 24th, 2010 #21
Long day of traveling today. I wasn't sure that I'd get around to doing anything, but I'm happy to say that I did. I felt like doing something different today, so I decided to try those posemaniacs 30 second pose things that I keep seeing pop up everywhere. I have to say, it was really really fun. I'm obviously going to keep up the loomis studies and such, but I think I'll keep doing these as well.
November 25th, 2010 #22
30 seconds is a really short amount of time. I like doing these though; I feel like they loosen me up a bit.
Also did some eyes today. I really need to practice those; I kinda suck at them right now.
November 28th, 2010 #23
Missed the past two days due to holiday craziness, and might miss tomorrow due to travel. Definitely not stopping this though.
Eyes are stupid, by the way. Not too happy with my stuff today.
November 30th, 2010 #24
I'm done traveling until this semester's over, so I should be updating every day again for a while.
Took me a while to get into a good rhythm for the 30 second poses today. Sort of got into it by the end at least though.
Also, decided to use a pencil for the studies today. That was a good call. I should have been using one up until now. I have much more confidence when using it because I know I can erase if I need to, and I had forgotten how good it feels to draw with a pencil.
As a side note, I know my heads are far from perfect in this new picture, but I feel like I'm getting better at doing them, which is kinda cool.
December 1st, 2010 #25
Meh. Not really feeling the 30 second poses today. Couldn't quite get into a good rhythm for them.
Also, a few mouths from Loomis.
December 2nd, 2010 #26
Only some 30 second poses today. It's really late, and it's been a long day of classes and projects. I got something done, at least. I'll do something more substantial tomorrow for sure.
December 2nd, 2010 #27
I really started feeling these 30 second poses towards the end. On the other hand, I was decidedly not feeling the head studies. I had real problems with them.
Also, sorry for the bad picture quality today. Some of the images are a bit distorted from the curve of the page I was drawing on. Not on the heads though; those are just me doing it wrong.
December 3rd, 2010 #28
Hey OnceDaily, great SB you got going on here. Thanks for the advice you gave me about Posemaniacs. I see exactly what you mean in your pose sketches; your line work looks really fluid and comfortable.
Also, good approach to the heads/faces. Are you using a pen on all of these? It's kind of hard to tell after the scanner gets a hold of your pics, but if you are, you may want to invest in some varying drawing pencils so that you have some light vs. dark contrast available.
If you are really into pen work, you may want to consider finding some good cross-hatching books or something to push that sort of technique. I just ordered a couple off Amazon myself:
Damn, that was a much longer reply than I meant, sorry to take up so much space
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December 6th, 2010 #29
Thanks a lot dude!
I was using pen for everything, but now I'm just using it for the gestures, and using pencil on everything else. Still, I need to invest in some real drawing supplies; I'm using cheap pens and mechanical pencils right now. Not exactly optimal. Thanks for the links too; they look like good books.
As long as I'm making a post, I might as well say that for the next month and a half, updates will be sparse to non-existent. These next two weeks are crazy crunch time for final projects, tests, and then final exams for school, and then after that I go straight into winter break where I'll be without internet access for most of three weeks. I'll definitely be drawing during break, but I won't be able to post anything. So hopefully I'll have a mass upload after I get back.
December 6th, 2010 #30
dude, no worries about making regular updates. we all have stuff to do from time to time. make sure to let us know when you are back for some regular critiquing. hopefully we will all have stuff for you to check out and let us know where we are really sucking it up
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