LtPlissken, thank you, you always seem to find the words I need to hear most at the moment.
The presentation was okay, did a minor mistake, but I didn't lose my tonge, which always is one of my biggest fears.
One more to survive next saturday, then I'll have some peace for a few weeks.
I'll do as you suggest, and just continue the studies I prefer at the moment, looking back this seem to vary anyways
(from enviros to heads to anatomy, rinse and repeat), and trust myself that I will improve eventually.
It really is a slippery slope, to work and improve, but not to beat oneself up too much.
Here's an updated mine wip, still very unsure about the color scheme, tried some fancy cyan/magenta stuff, but doesn't really look too good.
And a WIP for an contest over at dA.
Referenced. I need to make those look less boring, but I don't know how. Whenever I try,
it just looks messier, not more energetic. Also, I dislike that so many poses just look awkward
and miss the "flow", even if I try to use C and S lines. Maybe I'll throw in some non-photo-studies again...
I love that face rendering in post #223!
Your getting better and better in anatomy drawing, keep it up!
This really inspired me, thanks to you.
Those figures are looking really great! They've got such fluid movement, number 77 jumps out especially.
Clur: Thanks a lot! It makes me happy what you say about the movement, because I always struggle with that, and am very afraid to make the figures look awkward and like broken mannequins. Thanks!
More softporn disguised as anatomy study. Line quality is reciprocally proportional to my level of exhaustion
And a few on paper again, I'm a bit disappointed that they are still so messy, but I'm looking forward to a time where I'll be able to draw without using so many construction lines.
Softporn. I like that.
And I like the diligent way that you are working on figures
lately. See that you get frustrated with no reason, you
are expressing frustration very often, but I think that there
is no need for that, cause you are totally on the right path.
You cannot expect improvements in such a short time, and
even when there are improvements you will not notice them
with your own eyes. But others will do, and I did. I see improvements,
you are much better than before. So for what else should you ask for?
The best and most important thing is not to give up, keep drawing/painting,
let it be your daily habit, do it for weekends and do it for holidays.
I have started to think about drawing like from a normal daily activity,
I have turned it to a normal daily activity. For example I am eating,
dressing up, showering, running, cycling daily from my childhood, and
I took those activities total for something default, and I never bring
in question should I do or not any of them. I just do them. So drawing
became mentally one of those daily things that I do. So it's not hard
for me, draw something lame or something more worthy it does not
matter, the most important is that I do draw, and it does not feel like a burden.
Being in a car while someone other is driving is a perfect time to draw
while you take care about the driver to not fall asleep. Or there are
always some coffee times or boring chit chat times with your colleagues
or friends, so you can draw in the meantime. It's overused to say and
to mention, but you do carry a sketchbook with you as often as you can.
I know, people may start calling you a freak who draws all the time,
but you should not care about that. Life is so short, and absolutely any
embarassment that can possibly happen to us, will be quickly forgotten
in the big and widely opened universe.
End of the line. My philosophy time has to stop at this point.
At least for now. Take care and you know what,
you just draw.
LtPlissken: Thank you for always taking the time to encourage me, and make me smile. This really means a lot to me.
You're right, I'm really talking about frustration a lot - didn't even realize that until now. I think my main problem isn't even that much art related, I know that progress takes a lot of time and effort. I also enjoy the process a lot, I love drawing and especially painting, it's just that I always have to stop when I would like to go on (because I have to go to university or something like that), and that makes me feel helpless and like I fall behind all those younger people or people visiting art schools. I also feel like there's a clock ticking all the time, because when I'm done with my biology master's degree (in a bit more than a year's time from now), I'll really have to decide how to go on with my life. It's just so scary. And I'm afraid that I can't justify focusing on art, when I'm not "good" by then. Hell, I don't even know if that's what I want. I just know that this science vs. art conflict is tearing me apart.
Your advice of drawing every day is a good one, I'm already doing this, started out with dontbreakthechain.com 139 days ago, and by now I'm slowly getting to a point where my fingers are itching until I get to draw something. The only times I really have to force myself is when I'm very sick or out from 7 am to 23 pm or something like that. I'll try to draw more outside and inbetween as you suggested, that is still something I'm struggling with, because there's always someone watching. But I'm sure my friends will be getting used to it, this weekend I drew my friend during lecture, it was embarassing for both of us, but also funny
The part about embarassment is important, I will try to think of your words next time I worry too much about something/anything (which I do all the time).
Anyway, thanks for the help, LtPlissken.
Okay, this was enough whining for at least a month. Sorry.
Everyone gets frustrated. I think it's just... part of art. Anyway, if it makes you feel any better I really admire people like you who are pursuing both art and science! I think the combination can only make you stronger, in both disciplines.
Also your recent digital stuff is looking much clearer. And the detailing on those fruit is great! Keep it up.
That's what I like to see, great drawings and beautiful naked women, what more could you want? this sketchbook is really inspiring keep up the good work.
JiR: Thank you! Film studies are fun
Lagarto: Thanks! Yeah, I think I had the most fun with the landscapes. Such nice light scenes in the movie!
SamCDee: Hehe, yeah, I do enjoy drawing naked women. Men as well, but I always end up with the ladies
Done with crying in my pillows, back with a new technique and loads of motivation! Just not enough time, as always.
Extra ordinary screenshot studies, gorgeous color combination
and feeling within them. Some of them may require a bit more
sharpness, but overall they are all magnificent. You have
returned with a sehr schön portrait, I admire, you were always
and will be one of a kind. When you do portraits and head paintings,
always think about a multi plane object, and not about a ball,
remember that the eyes are in the eysockets, deeper. Highlight
and biggest contrast should be saved for the eyes also. And why
would such a wonderful being like yourself, cry in pillows?
There is no need for sadness, our future is bright and we
will always be happy, no more sad times for us my dear.
LtPlissken: Thank you. I'm a lot better now! I also tried to push the eyes
back a bit more with my newest portraits, turned out to be harder than I
thought. I'll keep watching out for it!
I had to take some time off, because I just couldn't manage working in the
lab all day, learn for my exams, get my job as a research assistant done
(only temporary) and draw on top of that.. but now I've got some more time
on my hands again! Here is what I did manage to do.
Portrait of a friend of mine, photo referenced.
I'm mostly satisfied, but can someone tell me why it looks kind of cheesy? Can't
just be the fact that she's smiling. I tried not to make it look too smooth, but didn't help.
Are the colors too warm maybe?
"What I wore today", mostly playing around with techniques, not too happy with the anatomy.
I cant even Imagen how much stress you have and are still able to paint beside work and learning
.. you work so hard ..
I am impressed
Nice studies so far! I especially like the way your thumbnails/environments are shaping up.
On your latest face studies, I noticed one consistent problem popping up, and that's the placement of the eyes.
Check out this image of the basic proportions of the face:
Notice how the inside corners of the eyes line up with the outside edge of the nostrils of the nose on the front view of the face, and also see how close they are to the bridge of the nose in profile.
Now let's look back at your pictures! Take a look at the eyes and imagine a line going straight down from the inside corner towards the nose. (maybe even draw it in if that helps you visualize!) A lot of your eyes are way too far out from the center of the face, and on a lot of your faces, you'll have one eye where the position lines up correctly and one where you've placed it too far out. Use the nose as an additional guideline to judge the symmetry and placement of your eyes.
Amarok: Thank you for the advice! I actually pinned that scheme at my wall, but I still struggle to follow it. (Not sure if I forget it, or think things align when they don't). I tried to pay more attention to the nose/eyes placement in my following studies. Is there any simplification for the eye placement in 3/4 view? I try to follow the tilt of the head with a curved line (following the form like a egg, like this), but this often doesn't turn out very well.
Things I feel I still have to fix/learn/watch out for:
- Placement of the eyes - align corners with nose
- Don't make the nose too long (this comes from drawing anime style before)
- Figure out how to correctly place eyes in 3/4 view and profile
- Be careful with chin size and form (not too tall and/or hard edged)
- Pay attention to the tilt of the head
- (practice making stranges angles look ok)
All from reference again - I like that I can check my proportions after drawing it, really shows how often I still misplace especially the eyes.
With photo ref. I really enjoyed this one, I think I could get used to this kind of coloring style! Used the lovely brush from Charlie Bowater. It is easier to control through pressure than the normal hard round brush, but not as soft as the soft edged brush... feels really natural.
Psychobuddy: Thanks a lot for the kind words
I just realized how hard it is to paint grapes! And bowls.
And an anatomy killing thingy for fun, I can assure you that my sister was able to hold the pose very comfortably... for at least 0,5 seconds! She didn't do me the favour to perform the jump in slow motion, though.