I've been needing a major kick in the butt for the past year so I'm finally giving myself a giant bitchslap and starting a sketchbook. I've been really lazy with painting and haven't actually done absolutely anything since summer so I'm gonna start painting like a maniac and catch up with the 5 months I've been wasting. Fat chance, but hey, I'm trying ;P.
Anyhow, I'll try to update daily... but as you all know, shit happens, but I'll promise to do this twice a week at the very least. Hopefully this thing will keep me from slacking off though. And if I slip, may I be brutally murdered with stolen cheese.
Last edited by Saara_; April 17th, 2012 at 05:29 PM.
This stuff is from the week, I was too lazy to scan. The last picture is a kind of a ''collab'' with my little brother. He drew some of it but basically he was just telling me what to do . Maybe not sketchbook-material but it turned out pretty awesome (in my opinion) so I'm gonna post it anyway. It's a cannibal potato monster that also eats bananas.
The pictures look a bit too large because I resized them on a computer with a higher resolution screen. Should I make them smaller next time or is it too big on just this screen?
Also, just to warn you... I have a childish sense of humor. Er, yes. There's some pretty scrappy stuff in there too but I didn't post the worst pages.
Stuff from yesterday. The scans are a bit crappy... I tried fiddling with curves but some have way way way too high contrast and too much sharpen. I should probably just take photos instead. Anyway, I think my lines improved a bit on the gesture drawings, that's nice.
Aaahh, looking at them now on the small screen everything looks so crappy now. I'm not being emo, just an observation... Haha. I'll try harder to get something decent in the next post, I swear. The 3rd page at least has an excuse for the crappiness by being done with the wrong hand because my left wrist was hurting like crap. Doesn't really matter which way you do it since learning anatomy is in the head, anyway.
And the colors, wtf? They looked fine on my laptop screen but the saturation is puke-inducing on this computer. Well, the purple thing looked like crap on the laptop also but yeah, you get the idea ... Gaah!
You have a great sketchbook here! So much good stuff in one page!
I love your pencil work, you have great control,
and a good idea of the range of things that one can do with one.
Your ink gestures are very good too!
You have a good idea of motion, weight, and what poses the body is able to hold realistically.
I like seeing that you are working hard on learning anatomy in a way that you can remember it.
Something that has helped me with that a lot is Riven Phoenix's Structure of Man series.
He works specifically with building a system that artist can remember and apply.
It is a super extensive course, and I haven't even gotten a quarter of the way through it!
I hope that you keep working on this sketchbook, and I will be back to see more!
Sushy: Answered the question in your SB!
Greyskill: Aaahh, thank you. I'm both embarrassed and flattered at how you took your time to carefully look through everything. I appreciate it a lot . And yeah, the memorising thing is based on rote learning. Sounds fancy but it's just something I picked up in psychology class, haha. I'm just trying it out, though, but it seems to be working very well. Basically you just repeat and summarize what you've learned after short intervals, then study more (and correct the summaries if needed) and in the end repeat everything you've learned so far. No reference allowed when repeating from memory, of course. I'm sure it will work for other people as well, because it does help me a lot.
Anyhow, the original ref was in color but I tried making it B&W as a value exercise. I dug it up from booooooom.com, I just don't remember where. It was from a while ago.
And... After posting huge walls of pictures I post... A doodle. Everything else was too scrappy to post, hahaha.. ha.. ha. Stickmen.
I really like your flowy, sketchy lines and how you use the side of the pencil, some of your sketches look effortless in a great way. The poses on the ink figures look natural and the sketches from life have a nice sense of form. Keep up the good work with the anatomy studies too, it's nice to look at them because they're so informative. The values on the last digital study look good, the fancy brushes just look kind of distracting but of course it's good to experiment. It's too easy to sacrifice more important things for appealing strokes with fancy brushes though so look out for that and try to use them only when you have a reason.