Okay. I've been on here for a few months, looking at lots of fantastic images, paintings and sketchbooks. Thought I'd wait for 2011 and start my own. I shall start with some life drawings, generic poses and studies that I have done over the past few months.
I hope to spend this year learning how to draw people, use digital mediums and produce something worthy of this place. Here we go!
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Here are a couple of images. Trying to get to grips with artrage and a tablet, colours are far too vivid but hopefully will get used to the paint tools and tones. Will try and produce something new shortly but the holidays are nearly over and back to work soon.
Here is a picture I have just finished. Fairly happy with it, although it did not colour the way I wanted it to!
I need to understand form and anatomy and learn how the human body is built before I can even think about being interesting! For now its basics (would say "back to", but was never there...) Thanks to Loomis for, figure drawing for all its worth. Soon I shall draw something with the correct proportions; watch this space. Here is tonights sketch, a look at proportions and structure, will practice more...
Tonight I've been on posemaniacs.com - some 30 second sketches, then 4 x 5 minutes and then a 20 minute pose to finish off. Struggling with proportions but slight improvements, need to keep practising or I'll never get better. Enough for now...
Here are a couple of pencil drawings I did over the past few months, been wanting to add them here but will stop posting old stuff now. From now on I will add only new sketches and drawings.
This weekend I have been failing miserably... Reading a book my Bridget Woods on life drawing, observation and anatomy I came across a really good thumbnail sketch (see picture 1). I thought I would "quickly" copy using a biro without correcting any lines, to see how accurate I could be. After many attempts, each one being wrong in a completely different way, I failed! Ugh. Here they are anyway, I hope I never draw this badly again.
Starting to look at the bones in detail. Sketches from Loomis and an X-ray found on the internet (Department of Health Western Australia). I often wonder what the great artists of the last 200 years would have produced if they had resources like computers and the internet...
A couple of drawings from my life drawing class yesterday. Comments welcome!
I am really glad I found this place... trying to work through various books and stuff, jumping around different topics so I don't get too frustrated or bored with any single aspect. Past couple of days I have been looking at Loomis again, Drawing the head and hands. Started off really bad (as usual required more effort than I thought) but got better, will keep trying, I know I need lots more practice.
Oh, and a little random sketch.
Nice studies, if you like pose maniacs you might like this drawing tool as well. http://www.pixelovely.com/tools/gesture.html
I will become better at art!
Valen - thanks, just had a look, great quality images and just what I need to help with my life drawing classes. Much appreciated!
This weeks studies, looking at the skull structure and muscles. Then the shoulder, I struggle to draw them correctly, too bulky and wide, hopefully this will help.
Then some 30 second poses, of actual people, much harder than the 3d models! 2 five minute poses that seemed longer, will time myself next time to be certain, don't want to cheat! Happy with them.
Finally 10 minute sketch of girls face, left eye is great, right eye isn't... half way there!!!
It was a good week, learning lots from everyones work and, getting a little more confident.
you've got a great amount of work already in such a short time! if you can keep this up for a whole year you'll see a huge amount of improvement (I know cuz that's what I did all through last year)
I think you're taking on a bit too much at once tho, especially with shading and digital/colour. those are quite advanced techniques in that they are the result of fundamental concepts such as 3D volumes, perspective, and depth. those are things you should focus on.
it's good that you've stopped using photoshop too, pencils are the way to go if you want to learn. the idea is that you need to deal with your mistakes rather than just hit undo and forget about them. sounds mean, but anytime you hate a drawing afterwards because of some mistake you made is the most tangible kind of progress - you'll figure out what went wrong and won't make that mistake ever again.
I reckon pencil figure drawing is the way to go for now! don't worry too much about faces, they'll frustrate you like crazy at this early stage!
your figures are getting better, just some proportional issues keep popping up. mostly in the legs. that's perfectly normal at this point, everyone does it. as a guide, the crotch is about halfway up the length of the figure.
I reckon your main problem though is that you have trouble seeing things in 3 dimensions. have a look at loomis (and maybe hogarth or bridgman, altho they're harder to understand) and how he constructs things out of primitives. when you start seeing the figure as an assembly of 3D shapes (called "volumes") you'll have taken a very big step towards really being able to draw
well, that turned into a rather long post... your work so far is promising, keep at it!
send me a msg if you got any questions
NeonDuck - Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. I have to agree with you about the digital stuff, its fun to do though, but... do I want to have fun or do I want to learn how to draw? Will concentrate on figure studies and the issues you highlighted about seeing the 3d form and volumes. I have been looking at Loomis but need to study them closer and understand the principles instead of just trying to copy the pictures! Really helpful thanks and I hope my next post reflects your comments!
NeonDuck said a lot of what i was going to say.
but also, try to find some interests and passions to draw. too many boring sketchbooks here that focus on generic things like warriors and elves.
also, try to leave anatomy for a while. focus on life drawing. anatomy from a book won't help until you're used to seeing a real person moving around and until you understand volume.
So the weekend is over once again. Back to work tomorrow. All weekend I have been focusing on volumes, proportions and the 3d form. This week will look closer at foreshortening and practice getting the proportions correct.
3 hour pencil (HB) drawing of a Chellist, copied from concert on TV, trying to convey depth, proportion and scale.
2 sets of gestures / volumes, the left from imagination, the right from figure skating couple off TV.
Finally 2.5 hour pencil (HB) drawing of model from Pixelovely.com, I need to be more strategic with my shading for foreshortening and perspective.
In your drawings is your proportions are all different for a few reasons, Understanding AND remembering Loomis' proportion breakdowns of the head will help tremendously. This map will allow the features to stick to the right spot on the face. Few people fly without this map on paper or mentally. Apply to straight ons, 3/4's, side's in the beginning to solidify them in your mind.
1st thing I notice is the eyes - In Loomis you'll see in a straight on head there are a certain number of eye spaces across the face. In your 3/4 it would help to map this out, corner to corner, too.
Your efforts from this book are fantastic. Proportions first, then all other learning will fall right where it should. It is all about practice, but a little analysis will push you a lot further for the effort.
You have a great attitude towards your drawings, keep that up. It´s really fun to see your improvements aswell. Anatomy can be a real, real shithead sometimes, but if you want to get good at it it´s just a matter of practing and practicing. And you´re practicing very well from what I can see! Keep it going!
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Here are some some quick studies from the last couple of weeks, bones, muscles of the arm and a tutorial on how to set up portraits / heads. I did a quick sketch using a ball point pen following the steps and it seems like a good method, heads are just really hard to draw! I found the drawings of the arm really helpful at my life drawing class, when your brain understands what its looking at makes drawing a whole lot easier! Need more knowledge, more reference and more practice.
My main thoughts these days are, not enough time to draw, everyone is so much better than I am, I wish I learnt to draw years ago when I was younger... so for now I know that the most important thing is to use the time I have to practice and remain focused, or I'll never improve but still keep getting older!
Ixallus No. not Bridgman. From a book called "Life Drawing - a journey to self expression" by Briget Woods. It mainly looks at how to deal with subjects during life drawing classes, from an artist / model / organisers point of view. But has some useful basics on setting up drawings, proportions and measuring techniques. Bridgman, Hogarth and Loomis are the best for learning (in my opinion) but I like to look at alternative ideas too. She has a cool website you may want to check out - http://www.bridgetwoods.co.uk/Home.html
Oh, thanks for the comments by the way!
Tomorrow I'm off to buy a new sketchbook, then, Friday I am taking it on holiday with me to Switzerland, will draw everything I can! I shall also be visiting the home town of my favourite artist, HR Giger... I hope to do a study of one of his pieces, If I get the time (will probably just stand their in awe instead).
Here's a quick update, hope I'm not posting too much, I treat it as a reward for my hard work (or an incentive to work hard!?!). Yesterdays and last weeks best sketches from life drawing. Finding pens cooler than pencil, will try and get some suitable paper though cos this is too rough and heavy.
I wish you all a happy easter (unless you don't do religion or holidays, then just have a nice week!)
I can relate to your thoughts of wishing you drew earlier, lol since I'm going through the same process of having to make time for art with work/education/etc. Though like you said, what matters is to just keep on making time to do it because were not get any younger ahah.
Looking over your sketchbook, I'm definitely liking what I'm seeing! See your really working on those foundations like anatomy, construction, value, and gestures which are all just so helpful to get better. Definitly going to be checking back up on you to see what you'll be doodling in switzerland ^^.
Back from holiday! The weather was awesome and we went to loads of places. The idea was to take a sketchbook and pencils and draw everyday. It was interesting to draw different things after concentrating on people, anatomy and gestures for the last 6 months.
I think it was a successful exercise, in terms of being able to recognise shapes, mass and perspective. The ability to see what was in front of my eyes without my brain interferring has improved. I need to train harder at this, its crucial to be able to transfer what the eye sees to the hand, without the brain interpretting shapes and altering it to what stuff should look like. The use of shade, light and dark needs alot of work too, everything is rather grey and not enough tonal variation.
I have put together a single sheet as the originals are all about a4 / a5 and too big without much detail. Also thought it would be nice to do a sketch of the country, Switzerland, to show the location of the places I drew, also I have never drawn a map before... its a little abstract but generally accurate!
The first four sketches are from Le Fuet, where I stayed. Houses, kitchen, view of hills and a bunch of toys. The next is from Sutz, view from a terrace looking at some apartments. The next is the medieval part of Biel, would've liked to have spent longer on this one. The bottom left is from Neuchatels botanical gardens, this shows my lack of ability to draw trees, plants and rocks! Useful to know I guess. Final sketch is from gruyeres outside HRGigers museum.
May look a little unimpressive but was a really great learning experience, now I just need to focus on all the things that need improvement but at the same time can be happy at the progress I have made!
Thanks for stopping by my sketchbook earlier! Have to admire your level of perseverance; The nudes are quite ok in proportions. Also like the drawing with the woman (I think) walking up the stairs. The details show that you have a high degree of patience.
Regarding the figure drawing, I can only recommend what 100000 other people are always recommending - Loomis. You can find his books here.
Hope to see more of your work the soonest.
All the best,
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Rad studies Dayle . Keep them coming
Goodness I wish knew you were back earlier lol, those environment studies are just great, definitely something I need to get more of myself! The shading is something of a mystery to me still, I just always admired those who really push themselves to achieve a nice gradient quality in their penciling (or traditional mediums in general). Keep up the hard on studies and work, since I'll be coming back for more for sure!
Your environments are actually better than your life studies, though there could be some room for a ruler
You are on the right track, keep it up. I guess the only thing I can say is, dont jump into shading too quickly before building the figure to a point where it can stand on its own.