Without boring you with my life story, know that I've recently recommitted to improving my art and drawing everyday. Drawing Everyday. I've read somewhere that it takes 10,000 hours a practice to master something, that's my goal. I'm about 33 hours in, I've got pencils, ink, and a little watercolor tin, which I'll be working in for awhile. I'm keeping this forum to keep me honest.
Mostly studies, some sketches next time.
Last edited by Demotyme; March 12th, 2011 at 12:39 AM.
great start. And the 10,000 hours is a reference from Malcolm Gladwell I think?
Its funny you wrote that at the start of your sketchbook because that it exactly what goes through my mind every day when I wake up: "time to put in the hours towards that 10,000 mark"
I also see that you have some good loomis faces going on here, thats a great place to start - nothing to criticise except watch the feet. I read that the best way to get feet to draw realistic is to draw the footprint in perspective first then build up from that. You will be able to tell if the footprint looks wrong more easily than the whole foot.
Looks great so far! Human anatomy is a great thing to begin with.
Just one advice: Try to draw with fewer lines, arty, hatchy lines are not the way to go.
To get more precise lines try thicker pencils, markers or ink pens (they are unmerciful...).
That's very interesting idea to count down those 10 000
Cool studies, you are going the right direction. Try Lomis book at first ("Figure drawing for all it's worth"), it heped me a lot to kick off those studies
Good start man, just do more more more! If you haven't, I'd suggest getting bridgman's books (free pdfs online) in addition to loomis.
Keep up the life drawing and anatomy study, it's going to really pay off. For gestures, let go of your expectations. They don't have to look good, especially when you're just starting out. Try not lifting your pencil much (or at all!) and let the lines flow through and around the figure. 15 or 30 second gestures are largely about nailing the motion and balance, and you'll get a lot better at structure and getting them to look better over time. You could also get some thicker charcoal or graphite sticks and use them on their side to just fill in where you see masses. Just experiment, you'll learn a lot!
Anatomy studies! Good job, keep up with that. Maybe more gestures and dynamic poses if you think you've got figures down to a place where you are comfortable doing those kinds of poses. But just keep drawing! And since no one replied in my thread, lol, are you in the SSG now?
God and other artists are always a little obscure. - Oscar Wilde
All art is but imitation of nature. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca