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November 5th, 2010 #1
xiola's sketchbook - figure drawing, perspective practice and various studies!
I want to improve!
I have some basic skills, but I am getting lost along the way. I need to provoke my imagination more, but also I need to draw way more from observation! My mind still acts as a filter and I need to break that down in order to actually recreate details, be it texture or value or colour or form, in my art. I feel like I over-simplify everything. I want to learn more about colour theory, about perspective, about rendering form accurately, about anatomy!
I do instructorless figure drawing once a week at a local art centre, and in addition to that once a week or so a group of friends gets together and we draw each other. In addition to that, I've got a fair amount of time to do other studies... but, again, I am finding myself lost.
So, here's a place for sketches and studies for me to practice these things and jump start my brain!
Last edited by xiola; February 16th, 2011 at 12:23 AM.
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Sorry for the terrible quality photos. I don't have access to a scanner, unfortunately. I will try to rectify this for future posts.
Last edited by xiola; November 6th, 2010 at 12:10 PM.
November 6th, 2010 #3
Figure drawings from about three weeks ago.
You can see on some of them that I tried to use value to indicate form, but in some instances I way overdid it.
January 27th, 2011 #4
Wow, it's been a while. Here are some things I've scanned and/or drawn in the last couple of months.
Working on my portfolio for my interview at OCAD next month. Much of this, though not all, is part of my portfolio. Thoughts?
January 27th, 2011 #5
this is really gorgeous
is it from life? did you then embelish on it later? or was it like, a 45min pose?
maybe try doing more like this one.
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January 27th, 2011 #6
Catish - Thanks. It is embellished afterward, but I tried to make note of various shadows and value divisions before the pose ended. It was 20 minutes, with basically 85% of the value added later, which obviously took a while longer. I think I shall continue working at it, though I'm not sure where to take it because the legs are cut off. It wouldn't work very well compositionally overall I think.
January 27th, 2011 #7
Nice start so far! I definitely see improvement in your latest post compared to your first post. Your line quality looks better and has more energy. Great life drawings as well. I think adding more contrast in your work will make them stand out. If possible, try and experiment more and use some color. Keep up with those life drawings! You're doing great!
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January 27th, 2011 #8
Keep up the good work! Only one post and I have already seen much improvement in your technique.
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Please, help out with critiques!
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January 27th, 2011 #9
aresa - Ah, colour. Now there's the tricky bit, something I definitely have to work on. But I feel like I need to understand light and value a little more thoroughly before I can move on to that and feel really confident.
Sean McClain - Thanks very much!
MeZergy - Thanks for the encouragement! Here's hoping improvement continues.
February 7th, 2011 #10
Here's something I'm currently working on for my portfolio. The top is cut off because I've got a tiny scanner and since it's not detailed in yet, it's not important to get it all right now. Just know that it's a clock behind her, yes?
She can control time by controlling the wind using her breath. NEAT.
Last edited by xiola; February 7th, 2011 at 09:34 PM.
February 10th, 2011 #11
Still working on it...
Really pleased so far. Pencil crayon is fun to work with for the most part.
February 10th, 2011 #12
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February 10th, 2011 #13
Naidy - Thank you very much.
Strangely, as you were making this comment, I've been perusing your sketchbook as well! I'll head back there and leave a comment for you there.
February 13th, 2011 #14
My first real oil painting ever. It's hard to control and keep from getting muddy. I'll put some more details in when it's dry, but here we are.
Apple, tomato, orange and egg.
February 15th, 2011 #15
Hey ,xlola those are some damn great paintings but i have a question.
What type did you use for the coloring of the previous paintings.Was it water colors because its very clean and nice looking and im interesting in trying new things.
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February 15th, 2011 #16
TheGreekDollMaker - Thanks Glad someone out there thinks they are 'damn great', haha! Thanks for the great compliment!
As for the medium, well, the one of the lady in front of the clock is actually in coloured pencil - Prismacolors to be precise. They're nice and waxy so they blend well. I feel like I have way more control over dry media and prefer it, so it's interesting that it seems to give a painterly effect nonetheless.
February 15th, 2011 #17
Wooo, more oils.
This time, a self portrait! :3
Last edited by xiola; February 15th, 2011 at 11:59 PM.