Hello everyone !
So yeah, I'm new around here.
My Name is Felix, aka Xelar, a 17 year old from Germany.
I remember visiting this site about 5 years ago and being awestruck by the skill and creativity in this community.
I have had a tablet for about 4 years now but I didn't really start taking art seriously until late 2008 when I got an email asking if I would want to illustrate cards for a fantasy trading card game. I have already sold over 60 illustrations and I decided that I want to pursue art as my career.
However my artistic skills are terribly lacking in certain areas. I feel very confident when choosing colors and and compositions but my knowledge of human anatomy is , well, limited.
When I use references it's not an issue but when I don't my figures not only all look the same but also all are terribly flawed.
Since I'm now on my summer break I'll try to invest as much time into drawing as possible. I will probably do anatomy studies, 30 sec poses etc.
I also bought "Drawing on the right side of the brain" and "The artist's complete guide to figure drawing" and borrowed "Color and Light" and "Imaginative Realism" from a friend to help me out.
btw If you want to see some of my finished works
Thanks in advance for critiques and advice or recommendations !
I deleted the first few pictures. I couldn't figure out how to change the icon without reuploading all of the old pictures and that's just too much work
Last edited by Xelar; August 28th, 2013 at 03:23 PM.
Thx a lot
As I said drawing with photo reference is not an issue for me given enough time.
I started doing quick poses from lovecastle and its so damn hard ;_;
I'm so slow -.-
Right now I dont really have any great sources for learning anatomy outside of
quick poses. I'll have to dig up my loomis pdfs but if anyone knows a good site, author etc. pls let me know!
1: first one is a selfportait (mirror as reference), second one is a random chick
with the same lighting, 3rd is my hand
2+3: quick poses from lovecastle... they looked better on paper ....
4:random doodle in PS
Good sketchbook start, Xelar. Keep up the sketching from references and make sure you keep up with drawing from imagination to constantly assess what you learn. Life drawing will help more than Loomis with drawing figures at the moment too.
I say you're onto a good start. Those portrait studies show a good understanding of form, definitely keep them up.
I'd love to see you handle bodies the same way you do with faces, you show a nice way of shading.
Also, liking the colours on the last landscape.
Nothing really very constructive I can say. Just keep going.