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March 15th, 2011 #1
From 0 onwards
About a year and a half ago I purchased a small tablet in order to help me do some illustrations for cracked.com
A couple of LOL's later, I realized I had no drawing skills whatsoever and therefore it was time to put down the tablet and do some serious studying. Of course it took me months to actually get going, but since September of 2010 I've been working on my drawing on a more or less daily basis (as of now, that makes around 6 months of solid work).
The fact that I don't have a scanner, no one cares about a shitty artist who promises to be awesome someday, and there are literally hundreds of sketchbooks much better than anything I could dream of creating, meant that so far I kept most of my work private. However I recently feel like I reached a point where I think the advice I would get from a public sketchbook would be more then: "find Loomis, read it/ draw it, repeat."
That being said, I'll use the first post  to tell my life story and have a thumbnail
TL;DR: I want to get better, thanks for reading!
Last edited by dracken; January 27th, 2013 at 11:42 PM.
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March 15th, 2011 #3
Motivation is the hardest part
I am trying to balance a full job and family life with drawing and it is tough. But if there is a lesson worth learning from all the awesome people on this forum is that you should never give up. NEVER!
Here is the next batch of drawings. The first image is a light study and then I'm continuing Loomis (some figure drawing starts to show up around now), along with Alienthink and following this awesome thread on pen skills.
Most of these drawings are from late last year around November 2010 or so...
Last edited by dracken; August 23rd, 2011 at 11:15 AM.
March 16th, 2011 #4
Another day, another sketch dump. I'm getting closer to my more recent stuff and by the weekend (another post or two) I should be up to date with what I'm doing. At that point I plan to post at the end of the day whatever I studied and hopefully improvement will be visible/ people can give me advice on what I should focus next.
I love working with ink, but right now it's too unforgiving of a medium, so I tend to stick with pencil and slowly make my way through anatomy. I have several books on bones/ muscles and such and I'm also doing posemaniacs in hopes of developing a bold, clear line. These are also the first studies where I started trying to shade stuff...more on value will follow.
March 17th, 2011 #5
Sketch dump #4.
Some portraits drawn from life.... I kinda look like the Dude and the horribly drawn woman (yes I promise that is a female, not John Lennon) is my wife, who is quite attractive in real life.
Also some nose studies... which seem damn hard to draw, and finally hands after Bridgman.
Also at the end there is a collection of some digital studies I did a while back: a bent spoon, onions and that is an avocado peel. Should do some more of these soon.
Last edited by dracken; August 23rd, 2011 at 11:17 AM.
March 18th, 2011 #6
You know the drill guys and galls. Another day another dump of sketches. These are all from the past few weeks and show more focus on understanding value.
I am also looking into drawing environments and you'll probably get to see a ton more rocks before this is all over.
As always critiques, comments and challenges are appreciated.
March 19th, 2011 #7
March 20th, 2011 #8
Thank you for the comment I'll try to post some interesting stuff to see.
I just wanted to mention that I spent the day at the Chicago comic convention and found out one of the artists for the Least I could do webcomic has a Ustream of his work. I love seeing better artists work on stuff, so this is kinda like a gold mine for me I am also very interested in doing comic book work and ideally someday I would be able to have graphic stories in print....someday when I don't suck
Anyhow, going to the convention was also awesome because everyone I talked to/ heard speak said pretty much the same thing: there is no shortcut to becoming good at drawing, writing or actually any kind of art. You have to do it over and over and over until after years of work you have content good enough that people will gladly support you. On the bright side if art is what you want to do it should never feel like work, right?
So much for me babbling on here is some stuff I've been working on.
These are actually all from the last week or so, when I spent a lot of time on faces and nature studies. I tried to understand various elements of the face and how they relate and realized I needed more practice shading and understanding value. Here is where the nature studies came in since a lot of what makes a rock look like a rock (I think) is the way it's shaded/ rendered.
As always comments and critiques are very appreciated.
Last edited by dracken; August 23rd, 2011 at 11:18 AM.
March 20th, 2011 #9
Here is some more stuff, this time entirely digital. I suck at this, but trying to improve.
The hardest part is remembering to flip the canvas and see mistakes (all my portraits are skewed to the right for some reason) and remembering to work large and not go into details early.
I followed this tutorial for the colored portrait and used Idrawgirls.com for the two females. One of the girls (on the left) was created from values (I just put down dark colors and lights and kinda sculpted around them) while the other one relies heavily on clear lines.
I also experimented with different brushes, looking for a line that could resemble a pencil best, the result is one heck of a sketchy space soldier of sorts.
Finally some rock studies that were more or less successful.
So much for now...
March 21st, 2011 #10
If you suck, what the hell should I say, heh? Don't make the zillion tinier ones feel inferior!
I spent years on faces till I reached the level you show in some of your stuff, well I lacked desire to draw and it's quite problematic for a hedonist. I have a few good points that helped but it seems you have more Not bad, not bad at all, it's quite great improvement considering that time you spent on drawing I guess.
Nice sb It'll be fun to see you improve, I like beginners who don't dump crappy effortless stuff but has high standard and practice various things and update often You seem to be horribly self critical (it's always very serious when even I comment this I'm a tiny bit self critical myself ), but are in the right way so a friendly "keep it up" pat is the right comment here I guess
And the drawing of your wife looks like a woman even if it has anatomically and aesthetics flaws, proportions, missing back part of cranium, whatnot. But you keep practice and it all will be better. I sucked at head shapes for years but broke the wall.
Nice rocks. The most strict photobucket moderators would delete it due to its phallic nature I guess, good thing you attached them
I probably will pop in later as well, maybe I will give some crits as well if I see some stubborn recurring flaw
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March 21st, 2011 #11
Not the hottest photoshop tutorial, I can say,
I have followed the link that you have provided, but
I guess it is ok for some basic gathering of experience.
I can recognize that face drawing, I think it is one
of Riven Phoenix lessons?
Great to see that you are applying the pressure
on your constant improvement, great stuff man,
keep it up.
March 22nd, 2011 #12
Had a miserable day at work and found out that someone stole my exercise shoes from my gym locker...sigh.
Luckily I came home to find a bunch of very nice comments and after a quick browse around decided it was time for another self-portrait. This time around I decided to stop periodically and see what I was doing. Laying down basic shapes was first, as well as measuring everything out (the construction lines should be visible in the first image) Then basic shading in the darkest spots (mostly around my eyes and beard) and then finish everything off
I also included some older digital stuff as well as one of my very first attempts at an auto-portrait. I guess it helps to compare where I was in November and where I managed to get now.
The next step is getting back into digital and improving there....
Last edited by dracken; August 23rd, 2011 at 11:19 AM.
March 22nd, 2011 #13