Alex Eh: You're so right.. I'm aware that I have issues with proportions. I've never taken the time to really study them in depth. I get carried away when I'm drawing and don't pay enough attention to the raw construction stage. Then I realize at the end that it just doesn't look right... Someday I'll take the time to figure them out, it just doesn't seem like much fun =/
LordLouis: Thanks for the compliments! I realize that the bone studies aren't exactly an ideal way to learn bone anatomy. My rationale is that I need to learn anatomy for school anyway (in a lot of detail) and this way I get rendering practice at the same time. Still, all I'm doing is just meticulously copying an existing image. I could probably learn a lot more by repeatedly drawing the whole skeleton in different positions and what not. Also I think I've gotten attached to that kind of drawing simply because I can make it look good... you know, positive reinforcement. What I need to do is step out of my comfort zone and draw more from imagination, more whole body stuff (taking proportions into consideration), etc.
No, I don't go to art school and I've never taken any art courses. I'm currently a neuroscience undergrad, but I'm thinking about wetting my feet in some formal art training when I'm done with this degree (not for a few years still).
Somehow I don't feel like I'm the one to ask for advice on charcoal/chalk. I just put dark tones where I see them and light tones where I see them.. hah
Thanks so much for dropping by. I love the feeling of support I get from this community! Keep posting in your SB and I promise to keep checking it out and telling you to post more. =P
Obviously, the only drawing I've been doing recently is life drawing. It's not that I'm not interested in anything else, I just haven't had much time to draw other than the 2 hours a week in which I have no other choice. At least I have this club forcing me to just sit down and draw every week, even when school is stupidly busy (which it's actually not right now, so I have no excuse).
Soon I'll try to get to something a little more imaginative.
Still, it's good practice!
Nice studies here, I'm pleased to see how many you've done recently.
I can tell you the practice is paying off and the bodies as wholes look good to me.
the faces are particularly well developed but sometimes it looks like you're having trouble connecting heads to bodies. like here and here
Maybe it is not exactly that, but something seems off like with the stoutness of the necks.
I just googled this and this for reference. try applying these in dynamic positions. I have the same problem with heads and bodies and necks.
btw thanks for the kind words on my sb, keep at it man!
Sporus, thanks for the comment and the advice! I see what you mean about the heads/necks. I've definitely noticed when I'm drawing that I have the most difficult time sizing/orienting the head. I usually do it last. Something to work on!
Great stuff here so far! I could tell you to do something other than life drawings for a change but I won't, since they are the best practise (and I know I should do them more also). Well maybe you could draw some other stuff from life too? And do more works from imagination also. Oh and study anatomy from the books. I like this self-portrait very much btw.
These are really solid, especially the top left one. Definitely see a lot of improvement here from the early life drawings. And now that the club is off-duty for a while, it's the perfect time to draw some other things!