Remember to do a sketchbook for-your-eyes-only just for fun exploration stuff. It's like a perpetual motion machine... you get your energy and enthusiasm and love (of drawing) from that.
Update - pretty disappointed. Will I ever be comfortable drawing cubes? Probably not.
Thanks for the sketchbook visit, i posted a long reply and then thought hang on he wont see it for weeks, so I thought I'd drop by and explain myself.
Firstly the cubes dont look too bad, but I would say try doing the vanishing points and propper perspective thing. You will find this approach so much easier than winging it and seeing what happens.
Anyway the figure drawings on my page were an attempt at some thing from the "Walt Stanchfield lectures" books I purchased recently thanks to some advice from "JavierP" it was to try to capture the essence of movement in the image or ti simplify, to sell the action in the image by not putting people in poses that feel static and false but to try and catch a moment in time and tell a story.
Anyway thats what I'm up to at the moment, all the best to you my mate and keep it coming.
P.S. try some frazetta sketches honestly mate you will have a blast whilst doing it and learn a lot at the same time.
Did some skeleton studies, mainly ribs, which took an ungodly amount of time. But it was to prove to myself that I could manage it (scared of drawing the skeleton).
Then I have a couch.
Lastly I have some super-quick sketches, just to try to loosen up. /shrug.
I still say try some proper drawings matey, honestly you will get such a lot out of it, you will be amazed, its damn good fun too!
The skeleton is very good by the way, the skull is a little off though it doesnt match from one side to the other, but on the whole good job mate.
all the best and see you around soon.
Really trying to get angles and perspective down by observation. It's taking me too long to draw these things.
So I watched "Anatomy for Artists" which I got during the video sale; it was pretty entertaining. I'll take the instructors advice and start working on bones, as well as forms.
I wanted to get the rib cage done in an hour... but it took me three. :/ Damn that thing is frustrating, but once I get done I feel much more confident in drawing other things (aside from becoming more comfortable drawing the human body) So I think it's worth it.
wow, your perspective stuff has improved a lot since I last dropped by your SB. Keep it up!
Those seashells are looking really good as well.
You should start shading your sketches!
Thats great matt!!
you tried some of Frank's drawings, now you gotta admit it was more fun and clallenging than just cubes and loomis skeletons, and you did ok too. I think It is important to try your hand at these things and use them as kind of a measure of how well you are doing, you also pick up some pointers on the way.
I personally find that a after a few weeks of study on basics and forms or light and shading I start getting stale and bored, so I take a break and go play with Frank Frazetta drawings or Roger Dean, Chriss Foss or anyone else that I think is brilliant.
Then a few days later when I have had a blast I feel better and go back to work on learning the basics, I always find that doing some cubes and lighting on balls etc gets my eye on the ball again.
I never asked but who are your inspirations or stars in the world of art?
all the best matey
@Lightship- Thanks for stopping by. I'll be taking your advice and alternating more.
As for my artists, I don't really know. I know what I like when I see it. I respect Hayao Miyazaki a lot, though.
Nice Bridgman studies!
Do more of those.
you really study a loot that's for sure, one advice that i keep giving most of people is try and focus a lot on proportions they will make your characters looks great without you knowing anatomy that very well but keep on going
you havnt posted in a while and I though I would formally request some more work please, LOL.
serously mate i hope you are well and post some more soon, you were starting to get pretty good at this drawing lark and I was starting to get a little jealous so come on beat me with your skills mate.
All the very best to you wherever you are.
Update: The eggs and Bruce Lee picture were too big too scan, so I had to take a crappy camera shot.
Hey Matthew good to see you progressing so well. I think the egg study looks great, you have a good range of values and it has a delicacy to it which goes well as it eggs. One little crit is that the background on the left side of the skull seems to be the same value as the skull, so the skull, which looks good, is getting a bit lost in that area. Good update though, keep it up.
Another updated. (Ugg, so tired of my scanner magnifying all the flaws in my drawings >.< )
Gonna be practicing more portraits, hmm...
I was starting to think we had lost you mate! where have you been? working or teaching at a university somewhere? what ever you have been doing I hope it brought you fame and greatness and I'm glad you are posting again mate.
thanks for the SB visit and all the best mate
Good studies, man i think u going in right direction so keep it up)
Hi Matthew, hope you don't mind me commenting.
You've made a huge leap in progress in the last six months thats amazing to see. That eggs study is beautifully shaded and you caught Bruce Lee's likeness really well. Great stuff.
Just wish you'd posted the transition stages so we could see how you've progressed, but no worries, you're doing great.
Good luck and keep posting! I reckon Lightship has the right of it and you'll be famous soon enough.
I wasn't happy with the first portrait that I did, so I tried again. Also we have some Hogarth studies.
Some doodles I did for fun. Both are supposed to be Orc faces. I didn't finish either one, really.
I really think that you're digging into those faces too much, especially the one of the dude with the beard. Try to pull it back some, and avoid over detailing. I think the next step is to start rendering out more of your drawings, you've shown that you can render just try doing it more...the lines make things flat. Anyway that's just what I've noticed, keep up the hard work!
come on push some more and get one of those portraits rendered up and finished, you will get such a lot out of it mate you will wonder why you don't do it before. It will be fun to do honestly mate come on you know you can, you cant just do still life for ever you will get mentally stale and jaded. Have fun with your art that's an ORDER soldier!!
All the best buddy and I hope to see more soon!
Those faces look quite good already
Where did you go? You made a monstrous jump in proficiency near the end of your sketchbook. I do hope that you didn't stop drawing.
It took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done.
My sketchbook (it'll get good near the end)
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