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August 8th, 2012 #181
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Somewhat big update today - spend a few hours drawing people this morning before work, and also took photos of some other sketches that were in my art bag that got left in San Francisco (which I have back now). Also, some sketchy pshop panting stuff.
August 13th, 2012 #183
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August 15th, 2012 #184
I spent a couple hours this morning doing life drawing at Starbucks again. I recently saw on James Gurney's blog that he'll add ink to his water brushes to use them for washes. I've been using water brushes with watercolor pencils lately, so I picked up a couple more and tried that method with a few different colors. It worked well enough that I think I'll do more of that in the future.
In general I'm liking drawing early in the morning - it really lets me get my fill of sketching before work instead of being limited to the lunch hour. The only thing that sucks is that starting that early in the morning means there isn't nearly as much foot traffic at the street corner as there is later in the day.
August 15th, 2012 #185Registered User
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that's what i call mad O__O
do you got to bed with a pen in your hand? xD
you got motivation² keep it up
visit my Sketchbook!
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August 15th, 2012 #186
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August 17th, 2012 #187
@Neyut: Only sometimes ;-) Usually I study before bed (mainly Japanese)
@Erikly: Thanks, I'll try to keep it up.
This morning, I stared off drawing cars in the nearby commuter parking lot. After that, I did a couple mini-landscapes and scouted out a new location for drawing people. It's pretty close to to the other one, though a bit more "exposed" since it's a park bench. Later on, I also did a few small studies of the David staue. I'm sticking up a couple more painting sketches tonight as well.
August 17th, 2012 #188
love your sketches! you really inspire me to do more!
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Great drawings from life, love them. How long do you usually draw in the Starbucks? Looking forward to next stuff. Keep it up!
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August 21st, 2012 #190
nodeerskulls: I'm glad I can be inspiring! I love the way you use color, by the way.
blu01: It depends whether I'm doing it in the morning or during my lunch break, but lately I get there at around 7am or 8am and stay until around 9:50am (work is nearby and starts at 10). I can usually do around 1 page of sketches every 1/2 hour, though it depends on the art method I'm using and how much foot traffic there is.
Lots of life drawing today, and some farmer's market stuff from the weekend as well. Mainly Starbucks again this morning, though went to some other areas during lunch.
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August 21st, 2012 #191
Awesome man. Are you using a grey marker for the values? if so what kind? I have been looking for a good one to try out. I have narrowed down to something like prisma or copic.
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August 21st, 2012 #192
In this case, I'm using a Pentel Aquash brush with an ink+water mixture inside, but I also use Copics and Prismacolors. I used to only use Prismas, but after trying Copics I like that they can be refilled and it seems like you get a smoother blend with them as well. Because of the ability to refill them, Copics should work out to be cheaper in the long run, especially if you use them all the time.
August 22nd, 2012 #193
Admirable dedication with the studies. Seems to me the only thing you are neglecting slightly is industrial design stuff.
For some interesting design tools and exercises visit ccsears sketchbook. Since you've mentioned it as a goal yourself I thought you might be interested.
Really like your contributions to spartan camp too by the way.
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August 22nd, 2012 #194
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August 22nd, 2012 #195
Obstfelder: Thanks for the link; I'll check it out. One thing I want to do at some point is run through all the previous weekly challenge topics.
casperamy: Thanks! I'd recommend finding places people are waiting in a slow-moving line. People tend to hold their poses for minutes at a time while waiting.
August 22nd, 2012 #196
I agree with u polly. GREAT LINK! lol.
August 23rd, 2012 #197
I recently picked up a toy car for studying - a scale model of a 2009 Nissan GTR. It's about 4" long, so big enough to have plenty of good details but not so big that it's hard to store. I might pick up some Hot-wheels cars later. This morning I did two 1-hour still lifes of the car. I found it pretty challenging and I have mixed feelings about how they came out. They roughly followed the still life method I previously used for the fruit paintings.
Afterward, I also did some creature painting, using colors but trying to no go quite so saturated this time. I'm also posting some grayscale creature stuff I did recently.
August 30th, 2012 #198
I'm really inspired by your SB!
Love all the gestures! I tried drawing people I see on trains, but I can never gesture them quick enough. I guess it takes practice.
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August 30th, 2012 #199
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August 30th, 2012 #201
Really loving the observational 'out and about' sketches; the washes really bring them to life!!
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September 19th, 2012 #202
Oh, hey, attached images are starting to show up again!
I've been continuing to do sketches and studies while the forum is being upgraded - lots more life drawing and still lifes. Hopefully they'll finish soon so I can safely post them.
@FalconnessN: Thanks! Part of it is practice, but there are some tricks to it as well. My general strategy is:
- Draw everything "thumbnail size" (apx. 1 inch tall), to keep myself from over-detailing
- Find people waiting, especially in line (coffee shop, theatre, amusement park, etc.). Lines move slowly, and most people have a few favorite poses they switch between.
- Focus on silhouette and overall shape before doing any details. Use exaggeration and approximation. Go for the "essence" of the person, rather that perfect accuracy.
- Cheat as necessary - no one sees the original person. If one person goes out of view, you can sometimes use another similarly dressed person of the same body type to complete the drawing.
- Washes work well and can be applied quickest when using water-brushes. I keep water-brushes filled with a few different ink washes for the most common colors - brownish-yellow, greenish blue, and gray. Brown-yellow works for skin-tones and many hand-bags, greenish-blue stands in for both blue and green in many cases. For the less common colors, I have another water-brush filled with plain water and a set of watercolor pencils.
With this stuff I'm mainly studying what kinds of clothing go together, what different kinds of people are likely to wear, and what kind of judgments can be made about income level, occupation and personality based on a person's style. I'm pretty sure it's obvious how this feeds back into character design.
@DennisH-Art: Thanks! It feels like it's been helping a lot every since I started doing them on a semi-regular basis.
@xbert: Thanks! I'll try to keep it up. I've seen what some of the other people here have been able to achieve through their dedication, and it's incredibly inspiring.
@Mortiroth: Thanks as well! I can thank James Gurney's blog for introducing me to water brushes and watercolor pencils.
September 21st, 2012 #203
you are such an inspiration, dear god
you are a mad man, so much drawing!!!
your volume of work is going to be my goal from now on D:
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September 21st, 2012 #205
Awesome work!!! Very inspiring!
September 21st, 2012 #206
September 21st, 2012 #207
I think you can slow down for a little bit and make some refine studies
September 21st, 2012 #208
nodeerskulls: I'm glad to be inspiring. It's mainly a matter of getting out for an hour or two with some portable supplies. Any place with people waiting and lots of foot traffic works great, espeically tourist areas.
dessinateurimpulsif: I do find them encouraging. :-)
Greenhouse: Thanks! I'll keep it up.
Tschayssen: I'll definatly keep it up.
Kojot: It's true - other than doing gestures on a regular bases, the biggest improvements I've seen in my ability to paint things has come from doing still lifes. I really want to get a nice set of geometric forms and a good muscular anatomy model before too long. I also keep meaning to get around to doing some plaster casts of my hands and feet to study from.
Hey, looks like sketchbook thumbnails are working again. We also finally have a new uploader! It could use a couple improvements, like saving defaults. Mabye that's coming later. :-D
Anyways, here's the first 20 from the break:
September 21st, 2012 #209
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