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February 24th, 2011 #1
Krystar's "stop suckin'!" Sketchbook!
My name is Ian Osborne, I'm 27 years old, live in Virginia, and have lurked around this site off and on for several years. I've recently made a few changes in my life and have finished my core curriculum in school. I start working towards a BFA in Studio Art hopefully this fall but it has been so long since I have drawn or painted that I have very little, if any confidence in my ability.
I am still attempting to determine if I want to focus on 3d modeling or with illustration or concept art in general, regardless a solid foundation in the basics is mandatory and I've been drawing/reading or studying for art least 8-12 hours a day, however I'm not doing nearly enough, I'm slowly trying to work my way to about 16 hours a day but its so easy to get distracted! I'll try to update this every day. I have a massive pile of sketches but I won't burden your eyes with those!
This sketchbook is here to change that! The only path to success and to overcome failure and or complacency is through sheer determination, considering I don't think I have too much in the way of talent and have thrown away enough years of my life doing little to nothing I cant think of something more motivational.
My overall goal for the end of the year is to have a fairly competent grasp of figure drawing from imagination and reference, a working knowledge of anatomy, more confident linework, and a basic foundation for understanding perspective, form, light and shadow.
Any comments/criticisms or questions are greatly welcomed, although I usually beat myself up and agonize over my countless mistakes!
DAY 1 - FEB 24
This is actually mostly work from yesterday but I'll update it later tonight with today's sketches. Scanner tends to scan a little light and I cant really find the time to load and re-level each scan
- These are posemaniac poses (which I do daily)
- Stuff from Hogarth's Dynamic Figure Drawing
- Random stuff from life
- Photoref stuff
- Vanderpoel plate studies
My first digital painting. I had some color calibration issues and couldn't get the shadow quite right although i spent nearly half the time on the shadows!
This was done from photo ref, not from life, bad form, I know!
Today I'm gonna hit up Bridgman and Peck most likely. My heads, hands, and feet are awful so I need to integrate that into my daily drawings. Also got a nice setup with mirrors for some life drawing.
Last edited by Krystar; March 5th, 2011 at 03:37 PM.
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wow, that are lots of studies. couple of them are even verry nice. good work and keep studying.
February 24th, 2011 #3
wow some wonderful studies there. but now the pressures on, you've put daily in the title so I'm expecting daily updates!
February 25th, 2011 #4
DAY 2 - FEB 25
Did several anatomy studies as well as Hogarth and posemanics (down today, only did 2 pages), have a few other minor things I haven't scanned yet (I will tomorrow).
I've been working mostly on the torso and hip areas, starting to get a better understanding of it! Just takes a lot of studying and drawing! Even though Hogarth is often touted for being too stylized, I find his very curve based figures are helping me straighten out my stiff line based drawings!
On the chopping block:
- Perspective study (doing this tomorrow) ~3 hrs
- Hands, feet, etc from life (mirror) and references.
- Getting started on Heads/facial features
- Still life sketches
- More imaginative stuff
- Master studies
Quick digital painting, I think its ehhh okay. I was mostly just fiddling and seeing if I could cobble something together with some PS brushes I got. Didn't learn much from doing this. So I'm gonna go back to painting from life/photo ref and using a more painterly method than slapping brush alphas around.
Last edited by Krystar; February 26th, 2011 at 12:32 AM. Reason: Added an image and a few other things.
February 26th, 2011 #5
Hey! studies are lookin good, and i too expect to see daily updates, it's a tall order, specially when motivation is no where to be found, but i believe in you!!
so keep it up, and stop by my book sometime, i've got like 9-10 feet studies specifically on page 5
edit; and oh check out
it's like Poseman, but better for some things
February 26th, 2011 #6
Thanks guys for the encouragement! My hope to starting this sketchbook would be have some pressure to keep working at it everyday. Before I would draw for a few days, get lazy and just stop for an entire week so progress was really slow. It's much better to draw/paint for a few hours everyday than for an entire day once a week.
Dope Fiend: Ya that site is pretty nice I've used it for gesture stuff in the past, I should try using it again maybe for 60 second poses, especially considering they are much more natural than the posemaniac stuff.
I should scan some of my 30 second gestures from a few months ago, that'd be comedy
February 27th, 2011 #7
DAY 3 - FEB 26
Spent a few hours messing around in photoshop and getting my tablet configured. Didn't too too many studies, mostly some stuff with perspective which I think helped me understand it a bit more, however I was totally lost on constructing complex forms in perspective. I'll have to come back to it later because it seems to require a lot of draftsmanship, precision and is more of an advanced topic. There are a few pages of exercises I didn't scan.
Here are some boring perspective and anatomy studies!
Digital painting. I really need to stop trying to finish these all up and do them quicker!
Last edited by Krystar; February 27th, 2011 at 02:17 AM.
February 27th, 2011 #8
February 27th, 2011 #9
and make sure you're doing some imagination as well (with ref if you want), but make sure you don't become to fixated on the actual studies, or copying..it's supposed to aid in your ability to convey your thoughts.
just puttin' it out there
and i'm curious, are you in school? i was doing daily updates til school started and i just couldn't manage it.
February 27th, 2011 #10
February 27th, 2011 #11
nice anatomy studies!
February 27th, 2011 #12
Thanks for the advice and comments guys! My imaginative stuff isn't that good although it's getting better slowly. I need to develop some sort of process for testing my memory. I'm not exactly sure how to go about it. A few days ago I tried re-drawing the same thing over and over. This seemed to help but only for that one instance and took almost an hour alone. Sometimes I sketch random things or test my memory of a study. I could certainly use reference and draw and invent from there.
For the longest time I would just draw from memory, produce a terrible drawing and get discouraged and stop entirely. I stopped drawing mostly when i was around 12 or 13.
I'm noticing I have a MUCH easier time remembering things I draw from life compared to actual studies.
Obviously I've been focusing on the torso the past 2 weeks. I know how boring it can be to look through someones sketchbook of the same old anatomy studies but sometimes I enjoy doing them
Dope Fiend: I'm at comm college now but only taking 1 class to finish my degree, then I hope to transfer to work towards a BFA in Studio Art. I've heard some horror stories from State universities and art education so I'm taking it up to myself with the free time I have now to try to improve as much as I can before the fall. I look forward to the figure drawing classes more than anything since that seems to have the greatest return on learning to draw figures (live models!)
February 28th, 2011 #13
DAY 4 - FEB 27
Didn't do too many studies today, watched a few tutorials and scribbled down some ideas for possible paintings in the future. I did enjoy doing this digital painting and managed to finish it in about 50 mins which is nice.
I think on Wednesday I'll spend the entire day doing gestures and basic geometric figures from ref and imagination. Gesture seems to be something you can never neglect. Sometimes I get confused when forms are twisting or bending over one another.
I'm getting fairly comfortable with the anatomy of the torso. I'm going to start moving onto legs and arms and get started with heads and facial features later next week!
Last edited by Krystar; February 28th, 2011 at 03:28 AM.