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May 16th, 2011 #61
Need to do more!
Christ been a lazy past 3 days, gotta catch up and do some serious drawing here!
But high time for some sketches.
Mostly from imagination, because I spent the past week doing alot of pose drawings I wanted to draw poses from imagination, still come up short cause I still don't fully understand how it fits. Its like I know- but when I come to put it down it falls apart.
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Poses, mostly gesture in an attempt to capture action and weight with a mannikin figure. Its harder than they make it in the books!
Second is a quick thumbnail for something i'm doing mainly from imagination but ill use references once I start doing the finished piece
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May 19th, 2011 #63
more shit, im trying to draw from the arm, to get those lovely sweeping arcs and lines you see in so many gesture drawings, but its hard with a Medium sized Intuos- But I'm beginning to prefer to the digital process over the paper and pencil (Its more "clean" and no scanning! ).
Last edited by Little-Maiden; May 19th, 2011 at 01:32 PM.
May 20th, 2011 #64
I honestly dont know know if my gesture studies are getting better, but I vow to do a 1000 of them before the end of the month!
So heres another emm...50?
Last edited by Little-Maiden; May 20th, 2011 at 04:16 PM.
May 21st, 2011 #65
Oh wow you're just powering through these studies
You're quick gesture linework are great, definitely your strong point.
I'd say it time to push for a more three dimensional feel to you're figures. In addition to the outlines, get a strong terminator line (the line where in light meets to the dark). I see that when you add a bit of shading to your gestures or do a painting, the edges to these shaded shapes are always soft edged and non-specific blots of tone. Nailing that specific shape (as well as correct tone and edges) of these shadow shapes will make your figures pop.
I'd steer away from photos with difuse lighting for this.
It's possible to practice getting the 3d form of the figure with quick timed gestures studies too. But it's hard to see the form of the figure in posemaniacs so try this out every once and a while:
I've cluttered your sketchbook enough, so I'll just give the links to these images
Here are some examples of gestures with the terminator line
Orbik Quick gesture
Orbik Medium quick study
The terminator line
Light on form diagram
One with the line, one without it
My Sketchbook - Have a look and say hi
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May 22nd, 2011 #66
Wow! thanks for the resources! Yeah the gesture drawing website you put is certainly alot better than posemaniacs, well, at least in terms of being able to see tone and such.
Terminator lines are certainly a weakness for me, then again alot of things are still - but i've always had trouble since i have this habit of blending alot so I find it hard to keep things apart via a line.
Well studies away will improve it!
Some more gestures and scans coming...
Last edited by Little-Maiden; May 22nd, 2011 at 08:49 AM.
May 22nd, 2011 #67
nice line work and studies - keep them going and it will get awesome ~
SB. p31 updated 25.04.2012.
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May 22nd, 2011 #68
Towel I started with folded then i unfolded it randomly, more to come later until its a mess!
Done in photoshop about 20 mins each?
Last edited by Little-Maiden; May 22nd, 2011 at 06:20 PM.
May 23rd, 2011 #69
Hi. Just joined the "Just another drawing group" and as an assignment Im obligated to comment in here
I really like your character studies. You can clearly see the progress between pages 1 and 3. You have an eye to the form and directions which is good.
As a begginer myself I would advise against using soft brushes. Try working with 80% hardness brushes for better understanding of value. Soft brushes tend to lie, and make the whole value spectrum too liquid to understand planes thus making the form blend and unreadable at that early stage.
Work with values with hard brushes and use smooths only when you reach the final rendering, light blending stage.
As an overal I would say you should stick to lineart studies, sketches and value experiments. Save colour, composition and rendering for later.
May 23rd, 2011 #70
gestures gestures and more gestures, I feel line work is improving with the hours I spend doing these, 30sec, 1, 2, and 5mins.
May 24th, 2011 #71
I finally got around to scanning a bit of the pencil stuff i've been up to the past 24-48 hours. Also a gesture (2mins) The good pieces are from reference and 3 are Frazetta studies from photo-ref.
May 25th, 2011 #72
In line with the advice from Jason, I've stopped doing so many gestures in exchange for longer more deliberate studies measured only by my eyes.
sketches and studies, going from 15secs-to a 1 hour study (last one)
I am ofc still using gestures to warm up. This is for today, roughly 3-4 hours work in SketchbookPro- I love this program!:
I will do alot more today, or at least one long 2-3 hour painting but for now, before my power blows out im uploading these:
OH THE HORROR *cries and dies a little inside*
Last edited by Little-Maiden; May 25th, 2011 at 05:53 PM.
May 26th, 2011 #73
*lesigh* such demotivation when it feels like i'm not improving.
Some studies, need a good solid 1-2 hour painting, but i'm so busy between things here and there that I can't find the time to sit for 3 hours and just hammer out something!
Last edited by Little-Maiden; May 26th, 2011 at 04:41 PM.
May 30th, 2011 #74
Been away travelling the past 2-3 days, so here is an update of some of my sketchbook (its new )
May 30th, 2011 #75
more crap from the SB while I spent most of today watching Criminal Minds
May 31st, 2011 #76
I think i'm going to fill this page with 5-30 min studies. I really need to do a finished piece someone prod me please!
Last edited by Little-Maiden; May 31st, 2011 at 08:11 PM.
June 1st, 2011 #77
*puke* more of the same stuff from pixelovely and some drivel from my SB
Last edited by Little-Maiden; June 1st, 2011 at 07:59 PM.
June 2nd, 2011 #78
Last edited by Little-Maiden; June 2nd, 2011 at 07:48 PM.
June 3rd, 2011 #79
I love your progress. It inspires me to do more on my own sketchbook. Keep it up!
June 3rd, 2011 #80
June 4th, 2011 #81
Girl with a Katana- Assignment 15.
uff not really a finished piece but something I did for the study group i'm involved in
really the focus is meant to be the sword and it's scabard/sheath.
The original concept was posted a few posts back. I'm not exactly happy with her hands, but then again, i'm not happy with much of it ;(
Done start to finish in about 2-3 hours in Photoshop with no reference used except some research into Japanese traditional clothing.
Last edited by Little-Maiden; June 4th, 2011 at 11:08 AM.
June 5th, 2011 #82
Sketchbook stuff and some studies of the head and its features. I think the next 30 posts of page 4 of this sketchbook shall primarily be dedicated to portraits and faces.
Personally I'm trying to increase my daily drawing load from the current 3-4 to more serious work levels around 6-8+. The more I spend now the better I am after- at least thats the line of thinking
Last edited by Little-Maiden; June 5th, 2011 at 08:43 PM.
June 6th, 2011 #83
June 7th, 2011 #84
Anatomy studies, head n neck from Vilppu
Some sketches and studying from Villpu anatomy vids. Today- head and neck. Torso and pelvis to come!
June 7th, 2011 #85
June 8th, 2011 #86
@Sushy, thanks for stopping by! though those silhouettes were just me dicking about really ^^
More stuff for anatomy and studies i did today and some other thingies from imagination and refs.
Last edited by Little-Maiden; June 9th, 2011 at 05:12 AM.
June 10th, 2011 #87
argh missed a day! but heres what i've done the past 2
Last edited by Little-Maiden; June 10th, 2011 at 07:55 PM.
June 11th, 2011 #88
Bleh some stuff!
Last edited by Little-Maiden; June 11th, 2011 at 06:52 PM.
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Nice sketchbook! Love your studies, they are looking great! I think your drawings will improve if you use different brushes settings, I don't like the soft brushes.. Maybe that's just something personal, but I would use some harder one's. Or mix it more up.
Maybe it's good for you to do some more environments, props and perspective. Don't only do characters. I do think that it helps to learn from everything something. Maybe I am wrong... You should do offcourse what you like to do
I actually use Photoshop for my digital drawings. Using a normal brush (shape dynamics, sometimes transfer and smoothing). Good luck and thanks for dropping by!
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June 12th, 2011 #90
some studies and enviro thumbs. God enviro ideas just plain elude me-
Last edited by Little-Maiden; June 12th, 2011 at 07:32 PM.