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April 16th, 2011 #1
Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...
Alright, I'm a 24 year old (had to think about that for a minute) guy, and I'm currently doing my master thesis in physics. I have absolutely no formal education within art, but I've been drawing since forever.
So hopefully I'll be able to update this thing from time to time.
All critiques and tips are welcome. I'll try to keep my stubbornness out of the equation when I'm recieving it
Since I got most of my stuff on DeviantArt already, I'll attempt to link to them there (I'm lazy like that). So here's selected stuff from 2006'ish till 2009'ish:
Shivo (character request on DA):
Anaranë Alcaring (character request on DA):
Horrible portrat (except for the nose):
The biblical God:
After 2009, I slowed down drawing quite a bit. Did a few sketches and stuff, but nothing really noteworthy. And I couldn't be bothered with scanning them to my pc anyway. Then I bought an intuos4 tablet, and I've done a bit sketching, but most practicing the basics and stuff. But there's one quick sketch that I did, that though it has problems, doesn't suck too hard:
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April 18th, 2011 #3
I haven't looked at them no. I see them recommended all the time though, and I see what people going through them are doing, so hopefully I'll get to take a look at them somtime soon!
July 3rd, 2011 #4
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July 3rd, 2011 #5
Currently I'm working on my linework. I need to have a reasonably good line (it's still a bit sketchy now) before I work on more advanced stuff like anatomy and such. But when I have a line down that I think is reasonable, I'm probably gonna go through a Loomis book or two.
July 3rd, 2011 #6
July 6th, 2011 #7
Since you didn't hold back with me, I won't hold back with you.
You have about fifteen years of work to do on these before they are up to snuff.
I have a friend who jumped from below this level of quality to professional level in about 5 to 6 years time, but he is an insane workaholic who is destroying his health. Art is his life, not a hobby.
Now, for practical advice. When the head is turned to one side, the eyes do not stay horizontal. They rotate with the head. Are you drawing basic construction lines before drawing the surface details of the character?
I suspect you are drawing from the outside in rather than the inside out. This is a bad habit of my own, but I am working to break it.
Draw a simplified skeleton, then draw the musculature around it, then draw the clothing on top of that. Use reference.
Acquire these books, in physical copy or download a pdf:
Figure Drawing - Design and Invention by Michael Hampton
Dynamic Anatomy by Burne Hogarth
This is advice from someone who is himself trying to improve.
July 7th, 2011 #8
July 8th, 2011 #9
I suppose I should update this from time to time with actual work though. I'm currently going through a Loomis book or 5, but a few basic studies trying to get somewhat of a line down, I've done is one of Eva Habermann (Ref) and Sophie Ellis Bextor (Ref). Both are very unfinished and have a sketchy linework (which I'm currently attempting to adress), but anyway...
July 22nd, 2011 #10
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August 6th, 2011 #11
"If you don't want to hear that you suck you're in the wrong place. This isn't intended to be a rap battle where your responses lengthens your e-penis accordingly. This is intended to be a place where you get honest opinions on your work. If that's not what you want, then you and people replying here would be better served for you to take your business elsewhere."
That's total bullshit, by the way. There's no such thing as "honesty," shitbird. It's all subjective. All art is great, all art is crap. And people like you are more jealous than honest. Dude.
August 18th, 2011 #12
I don't want to be a broken record, so I won't repeat what everyone else here is saying. But, one tip for getting rid of sketchy lines is to get a piece of paper, and just draw straight lines. Doesn't have to be anything, just straight lines that extend across the paper.
Then, when you're drawing and the sketch looks too sketchy, stop and try to correct yourself by doing longer, more deliberate lines.
Ultimately though, I think it all comes with confidence. I still do the sketchy lines quite a bit (especially when I'm drawing with an ink pen), but I usually catch myself doing it and try to correct it.
Keep it up and good luck!
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