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I am a Graphic Design student with aspirations of illustration. I also have aspirations of drawing more frequently so as to hone my skills...but I always find something to distract me...so I accepted a friend's challenge for us both to do a drawing a day -- the point is to do SOMETHING creative each day, even if it is little. We have been making it so far. Hopefully, by drawing every day, I can work on my skills that are weak and further strengthen my, um...strengths.
Attached are days 1-5, with 6-infinity to follow in due time.
Also, I am somewhat new to this whole forum format...I actually began this account last year and ended up leaving it idle due to being intimidated by the setup. So, I apologize for any faux pas, and hope you will kindly let me know where I transgressed without being cruel.
One area in which I wish to improve is in facial anatomy. I tend to revert to 'symbols'--the shorthand *I* am used to using to define a face--rather than drawing correct facial anatomy. I am attempting to correct this by doing studies from photos of faces in different positions and expressions from different angles.
On the first (pencil) drawing, it looks like you ran into to the "working top to bottom and oops, no room for feet!" problem. When you have a paper in front of you, make sure you take the time to work out the general figure on the page beforehand so you can fit everything on there. If you're going to put the time and effort into drawing a full figure, stop yourself before you work top-to-bottom and instead go general-to-detail so you have room for everything!
You are right...I believe that is exactly what happened. I have been trying to get better at planning out my drawing beforehand, but I occasionally forget and sometimes change stuff as i go, ending up loosing some of my space...or, as I believe was the case here, i just get lazy and don't plan ahead. But you are absolutely right -- if I'm going to be putting that kind of time and effort in, i should plan ahead so that all the effort I put into the drawing isn't wasted by sloppiness.
Today was long, and I spent hours vectorizing after some attempted sledding, and by the end of the day I still had my drawing left to do...so as the point is to do SOMETHING every day, even if it is small, today you get a quick and sloppy sketch of me sleeping instead of drawing.
Last night's drawing a day, 'cause I had to get to bed early and forgot to post it.
A cowboy taking a bath.
Cheated a little since I sketched this night before last, but I inked and colored today.
I figured there had been plenty of girlies for a while and I should throw in a little man-candy.
Drawn w/o any kind of references, so stuff like shadows, anatomy and things that are supposed to represent stuff in reality are mostly crap, especially the cowboy hat.
My drawing of the day from last night that I fell asleep before I posted. After an exhausting and stressful first week of school (evidenced by the less and less awesome drawing each day) you get this. A coloring page. It was all I had in me. But I slept a lot last night. Maybe I'll make something good today!