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January 4th, 2011 #1
I've been watching this forum for quite a while now and I've finally decided to start a sketchbook.
I've always loved to draw even though I haven't drawn much in my life. I'd really like to improve and I hope having this sketchbook will give me motivation to draw more. I'll try to post on a regular basis, the drawings I like as well as the ones I'm really not happy with.
I'll have to illustrate a Flash game very soon, so I need practice !
Comments, advices and crits are welcome
Thanks for watching.
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Here are some sketches to start with. For the first two ones I used a photograph as ref.
I draw a lot of Space Marines these days for a project. I use 28mm Games Workshop miniatures as ref.
Here are more updates. Still drawing Space Marines from miniatures. I'm getting a little tired of them but I'd like to get them right. Legs and feet give me a lot of trouble, guns even more. It's never the right orientation nor the right shape.
For the drawing on the last image, I used a photograph of miniatures as ref.
Last edited by Volute; February 28th, 2011 at 06:53 PM.
January 18th, 2011 #3
I put the Space Marines aside for a while and struggled with some Bridgmans studies
January 24th, 2011 #4
Still working on Bridgmans.
I try to apply the 7 1/2 head division of the human figure in my drawings. It's very helpful as long as the figure stands upright. But when the attitude is more complex I get confused. Sometimes I'm not even sure where to make start and end the first head !
I'm quite unhappy with the drawings in the last image. There was always something wrong and they didn't even seemed to get better at all.
January 31st, 2011 #5
Here are some skeletons. In some drawings, I tried to apply a vertical symmetry to the ref, and in the last one I tried to draw the ref upside down. I read somewhere that it's a good exercice.
January 31st, 2011 #6
Nice work so far. I hope to see a fully drawn person soon; either way keep it up.
"How'd you like them apples?"
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February 9th, 2011 #7
@ dsacc : Thanks for the nice com' and encouragement
Here are new studies.
Drawings in image 2 are quite ugly. Tiny refs give me huge trouble !
February 9th, 2011 #8
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February 17th, 2011 #9
Thanks NeonDuck, that's very encouraging !
For now, I try to stick with Bridgmans as much as I can. Following a book gives me some kind of focus and direction. Without that, I tend to lose motivation (happened before ). I'll switch to other subjects and try to draw from life when I'm more comfortable.
I just finished my A5 sketchbook. That's the first time I ever fill a sketchbook with drawings. Having this thread is great
Here are more drawings :
Image 2 : When I saw the ref I knew I wouldn't get it right. And it happened as expected : the figure came out way to large. I don't know exactly where such a distortion came from. Maybe the arm on the left. At least, the second drawing is better.
February 22nd, 2011 #10
More studies It's the chapter about balance.
February 23rd, 2011 #11
Thanks for your comment in my sketchbook, and i think I may "borrow" your idea to try drawing warhammer figures if that's ok - I'm sure my other half has a few lying around
Your studies are coming along well, I'm finding bridgeman to be pretty helpful too It may be good to vary what you do though, like NeonDuck suggested, just to stop yourself getting bored and bogged down in anatomy. Still lifes are always good or drawing people from life ( which i should do more of ) on a train, or bus, or in a public place like a mall or park maybe. Even try sketching family members if you can get them to sit still for long enough
All in all a good start. Keep up the hard work and motivation
My sketchbook : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...15#post3032315
I do draw every day, but being a busy mum, don't always get time to update.
Comments and crits are always welcome
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February 28th, 2011 #12
@ Saffire Dragon : Glad you dropped a word on my sketchbook. Looking forward to seeing warhammer figures studies on yours
I listened to your advices and tried drawing something else for a change. Here is a praying mantis from a photo :
I did some memory and imaginations sketches after that.
Then I went back to Bridgmans studies but I decided to change my approach. Instead of trying so hard to make each drawing look exactly like the original, I gave myself 5 to 10 minutes for each studie. I hope it'll help me improve my tolerance to doing very ugly drawings so that I can try to draw more from imagination otherwise it's too depressing.
So here are some Bridgmans studies and some random doodles. It's mainly the chapter about rythm.
On the last one I tried to force myself to draw less unecessary lines.
Tried watercolors a bit. Last time I did it was when I was 9 or something
I also did a study of a MattiasA drawing but I guess it's not ok to post studies of other people' sketchbooks. Anyways, it was a lot of fun
March 3rd, 2011 #13
Sketches from the last few days.
Bridmans studies and imagination :
Penguins from photos, mostly.
More Bridgmans quick studies :
Photo studies and some details from imagination :
Photo studies. Not as bad as I thought it would be. The guitar neck is not a success though
March 7th, 2011 #14
I read some pages of the book "Keys to Drawing with Imagination" by Bert Dodson. I'm always stuck when it comes to drawing from imagination and so I found this book very inspirational. Plus the illustrations are great and funny. I tried to start applying some ideas from it.
Here a dish towel, two glasses from life and some kind of walrus I saw in the shape of the dish towel.
Bridgmans studies. I switched back to my 2B pencil as I wasn't so comfortable with the HB.
More Bridgmans studies, beginning of the chapter about shading. I also tried to draw my eyes.
March 7th, 2011 #15
Very strong and nice start on this Sketchbook! I'm glad to see you're using Bridgeman's book.
Keep it up! You're doing great!
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March 12th, 2011 #16
@ Featheredface Thank you very much for the nice comm'
Here are some new drawing from last few days.
I started with some Bridgmans studies (still following the book). Then I read somewhere that trying to draw some stuff holding the pencil in the underhand position could be a good warm-up. So I tried. It's not very easy drawing like that, I have absolutely no precision and my hand is shaking a little bit, but it's surprisingly funny. I started by drawing some objects around me.
Then I drew some dalmatians using some photos from flickr for ref.
Some exercices from Bert Dodson's book. Still very inspiring. We learn some ways to doodle and transform the doodles into more elaborate drawings.
And the usual Bridmans studies...
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I like how clean and fluid your lines are.
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March 17th, 2011 #18
@ Clockberry : Thanks
Some new drawings...
1) Unfinished study of an eggplant. I'm not happy with it and I have absolutely no idea on how to make it look better.
My values studies are always very bad. My shadings always differ from one side of the studied object to the other and I'm reluctant to put pencil everywhere. Maybe I don't have the patience.
If you have any advice on this, I'll be more than happy to take it
2) Drawings from photos of warhammer figurines.
3) Drawings from random photos on flickr.
4) And the usual Bridgmans studies. I get closer and closer to the chapter about the head
March 17th, 2011 #19
FUCK YEAH, WARHAMMER!!!!
Seriously, warhammer artwork is some of the greatest inspirational works to go after.
I like your style, lovely cute pinguin as well!
Try and do some battlescenes like those in the warhammer books, those can be really fun.
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My sketchbook: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=235236
March 23rd, 2011 #20
@ Urötskidoji : Thank you. Not sure I'm up to draw complex battlescenes right now, but I'll try someday
Here are more drawings from photos of warhammer figurines.
For the colored tyranide, I drew the outter contour first, then I drew the shapes inside. I thought it would come out very distorted and make no sense at all. Well, it doesn't look like the photo... but I'm not too unhappy with it.
Then I tried looser sketches, and obviously my fountain ink pen doesn't handle them so well. I had to switch to a black marker.
Those are with photo refs from flickr. It was my first real attempt at drawing fur.
And Bridgmans studies.
March 25th, 2011 #21
Dropping by to say thanks for the kind words in my sketchbook!
Your doing good progress, I like the furry bear sketches. Your sense for drawing
shadows is also nice, keep it up!
3d/2d Portfolio: www.oscarottosson.se
My sketchbook: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=235236
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March 29th, 2011 #22
@ Urötskidoji : Thanks a lot
Some new updates...
Those are drawn with photo refs mostly :
Tried to draw my cat on this one, but she wouldn't stay still even 5 seconds ! I quickly gave up...
Bridgmans studies :
March 29th, 2011 #23
You're a very line oriented artist! It's beautiful, but I think it shows in a couple of your animal drawings that it can be restraining. I'd love to see you do some more animals from photos, and maybe try blocking in the form first rather than just drawing the contours.
I'd also like to see you try to do some texture. Maybe bark versus glass versus fabric. See if you can do them without hatching.
I love where this sketchbook is going. It's obvious you've developed a lot since the beginning, and your line is fantastic. Just don't let your love of it become crippling if you have to use texture or color.
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April 4th, 2011 #24
@ autumncoloredmelodie : Thanks a lot for your com', glad to have your feedback You're right, I definitely need to practice more my texturing, but I lack the technique and didn't find good doc about it so far. As for colors, I'm still somewhat shy with them . I'll work on it.
Didn't have much time to draw these days.
First drawings are from photos of echidnas.
Then I did some pen handling practice exercices from Guptill's book.
There's this exercice where you have to draw waterdrops. You start from the top, draw the left side, then start from the top, draw the right side. How hard can it be ? Well, I didn't manage to draw a single one right. The curve of the second side is still either flattened or exagerated. Symmetry is hard ! It's very frustrating.
May 20th, 2011 #25
It's been a while since my last post, I've been busy lately because I'm working quite intensively on the developpement of a Flash game.
Here are some quick sketches of space marines, genestealers and zergs with ref I did these days :
I have to make sprites in pixel art for the Flash game. I've read a lot of tutorials about it but I have absolutely no practice.
Here is the base drawing I did for an alien. The game is a tactical with an isometric hexagonal grid, hence the 6 orientations :
This alien design is not very original, but I needed something simple that I could easily apprehend to start with.
And here's my try in pixel art for the first orientation :
Here's a second try. I prefer the colors of the first one.
And here's a little marine :
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I prefer the first alien try too !
I'd prefered the colours of the marine to be less pastel tones !
Very nice sketches of warhammer, I might do some studies of my old eldar army !
Looking forward to your next update !
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May 31st, 2011 #27
Thanks Shad- !
Here's another marine. The colors are less pastel but I'll rework them anyway because this purple is not a good choice.
I did 3 other orientations.
I struggled a lot with the back view. I was never satisfied because it always looked clumsy in the game. But I realised that it was not because of the sprite in itself but because its orientation did not match the orientation of the walls. But we need to keep the project moving so we'll keep the sprite this way for now.
All the orientations have a walk animation like this one :
Some drawings :
And some from imagination. I hardly ever draw from imagination, so it's not easy...
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June 3rd, 2011 #28
I made the profile view, and two attacks views :
The first attack view looks kinda awkward, but I've spent so much time on it, tried so different versions... The animation didn't work with a different position for the character.
Pixel art can be so frustrating sometimes. A pixels doesn't look good where it is, so you move it slightly to make it better... but it only makes it worst !
It's like a puzzle !
Here's a screen in-game. We didn't make the alien sprite the upper marine is shooting, we use it for the prototype until we have something of our own.
June 3rd, 2011 #29
I think you improve all the time. Have you tried to draw people from life? If not, you should try. It is valuable lesson and you learn watch, understand, sketch, improvise.
I like your pen drawings more then pencil. Imho pen are more definite, you draw with confidence.
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June 18th, 2011 #30
@ Grzessnik : Thanks for your comment. I hardly ever draw from life, I don't have a lot of occasions, but you're right, that's a very valuable exercice and I should do it more often.
Some doodles :