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I've recently decided to buckle down, as I have a little over two years before I graduate from highschool, and I want to see if I can turn this into a career. I'll be doing daily sketchbook entries, most of which will be drawn from photos, but I will certainly be looking into figure drawing classes, and finding places I can people watch to draw more from life.
I've got 2 years, 1 month, and 14 days left. Let's see if we can make this work, together.
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Last edited by CTrance; May 31st, 2011 at 07:20 PM.
The portrait, horrible figure sketch and the horrible orange in the top right were drawn from imagination. The rest was drawn from reference with some slight things added or taken away
It was late. I almost fell asleep when I realized I hadn't drawn yet. I was too lazy to turn on my laptop and all the magazines or books I could find sucked, or the drawing was too hard for me in that state >.>
All from imagination.
If I get spare time I'll be colouring some of my sketches from the past few weeks. It should be interesting.
Hey there! It looks like you're off to a great start. I like your blocky shadows, and your poses have a good feeling of movement and vitality.
Your faces, though, are a bit vague and generalized. Try doing some exercises on observation, like blind contour drawing. (Where you draw an object/face/whatever without looking at the paper or lifting your pencil, trying to set down all the details. You'll end up with a weird scribbly mess, but it's good for training your eye and actually quite fun.) Or read the book 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' and try some of the exercises in there.
For anatomical references, try the site Posemaniacs. It has 3d images that you can rotate to look at from different angles.
The Loomis books are also excellent references:
I hope some of that was helpful to you.
Oh my!! I can't believe I didn't see your reply. I thought I would never get one :/
I'll try and look into blind contouring again! It's been a few months since I've done one of those. I should listen to my highschool art teachers I guess hahah
I'm really humbled that I actually received help from an artist as skilled as you.
Thanks Clur, I greatly appreciate your input!
Now for today's sketchbook.
I drew those two bottom portraits while watching TV really late at night. I would see someone's face on tv and try to take in the image as much as possible and when it went away I tried to draw it. The other two were from imagination.