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Thread: Kode's Sketchbook
January 30th, 2012 #40
No way man, your faces are improving a lot! I'm eager to see how you find the measuring technique with them. Avoid using it as a crutch if you can, but definitely use it to learn.
Given you've been drawing some expressions lately, and you're learning to draw the face in general, I recommend checking out the Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression by Gary Faigin. It goes into awesome detail about the eye (very subtle things can change the expression of the eye, but in a reliable way that's the same for everyone), obviously a lot on facial muscles and which are activated for which facial expression, and its own way of constructing heads (which I had a play with last year here, and found useful). Really I'm not sure why this book isn't recommended more often in these forums. It helps you actually understand exactly how much to cover the iris/pupil with the eyelids, why and when.
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February 6th, 2012 #41
@ Lulie: I had a glance through the book on amazon and it seems pretty good. Looks like it goes into more detail over each of the facial features which is something I could do with. I've added it to my wishlist and will probably buy it on my next buying spree, cheers!
Taken the measurement idea on board for this batch of faces, trying to measure each feature off each other. I've also began to take my time with the entire image (bottom 2 pictures) instead of rushing to the end result. I'd say the extra time spent is worth the outcome.
February 8th, 2012 #42
Now with Life Drawings!
Attended my first life drawing class last night. Never done it before but it was fantastic. Learned 2 good things from my first class though;
- Use the whole page - For some reason I kept my drawing to about the size of A5, yet I had an A3 sheet.
- It's harder than you think - Despite going through Bridgman/Loomis trying to memorize everything is a challenge. Might take a ref book with me next time.
Below is the end result, sadly I didn't get to finish it.
February 15th, 2012 #43
More heads and also this weeks life-drawing class. Used the entire A3 sheet so I can't scan it now, instead I have to use my awful camera.
February 22nd, 2012 #44
Stitched the A3s together in photoshop. No idea why I didn't think of this before. Derp.
Another face, last weeks life-drawing scanned and this weeks life drawing too. C&C are more than welcome!
February 29th, 2012 #45
I was convinced to try charcoal for life drawing and I spent most of last week practicing. So far I've been enjoying it as it allows me to focus on form and value a lot more, instead of getting lost in the details like with pencils.
Bottom two images are the results from life drawing class!
March 7th, 2012 #46
Ups and downs this week. Done some studies that I think really showed some improvement, then when I tried to keep up the improvement it seemed like I went two steps back.
Life drawing also failed this week. Certain parts, like the chest and head I just could not get right and I also went a bit crazy with the blending stick I think. Bring on next weeks class to try and correct this!
Bottom two are from the class.
March 14th, 2012 #47
More of the same this week but with a little less work to show. Spent some of it reading and doing other stuff. (ME3 *cough*)
March 21st, 2012 #48
More of the same... figures, portraits and life drawing. Jumped back into Loomis too to pick up on the more advanced perspective.
Things I need to work on are nailing down the features on portraits, the lastest one I did showed me how much the slightest error in measuring can really mess up the end result. Other thing is to use an easel while doing the life drawing, skewed the image slightly and didn't notice until it was pointed out the end.
March 28th, 2012 #49
More studies, mostly the same. Added in some perspective this time, used photoshop for ease, plus the colour selection helps keep the lines clear.
Another model lying down this week, once again I struggled with it. I can't quite grasp the form of the torso lying down, and it ends up as a blob. Need to work on that fo' sure!
April 4th, 2012 #50
Update! Seeing slight improvement this week I think, hopefully I can keep it up! C&C always welcome!
April 11th, 2012 #51
Another perspective dump, plus some mor studies from photos. This weeks end result from life drawing I think is my best yet, although the hands are messed up. However my drawing process still needs some major improvement, I spent nearly an hour on the legs.
April 18th, 2012 #52
First image is my first ever self portrait! I've already noticed many problems with it but hopefully I'll iron these out as I do more of them. I plan on trying to do one every week atleast. More perspective work too, moving onto 2point, also used my new tablet a bit with them.
Bottom image is from my life drawing class. Again I struggled as the model was lying down, the very sublte foreshortening on everything really made it difficult.