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September 23rd, 2011 #1
I've been lurking around these parts a few years now, and though I had started a sketchbook thread a long, long time ago, I wanted a fresh start. I hope that's okay!
My name's Maya. I go to an art school with a very classical, traditional, fine arts approach. I hope the conceptart.org can help me expand this education with a broader range of ideas and perspectives. And of course stress relief.
I'm interested in comics, illustration, concept art, animation, you name it. I'll like to be an illustrator some day, maybe.. hopefully...?
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nice studies, the bottle is indeed a neat piece
I also like your hand studies, even tho something weird goes with/after wrist, looks like if the arm was too thin and the hand too big, maybe its an effect of the perspective hum I dont know
anyway, hope to see more, btw I never managed to paint anything decent with tempera, I find it to be a difficult technique which is weird since I do more or less fine with acrylic, do you actually spot a big difference between the two? besides acrylic is I suppose more water based / water friendly
September 23rd, 2011 #5
@f1x: I know what you mean about the wrist/arm structure, I'm aware it tends to be a bit "off" in those drawings. They weren't so much anatomy studies as composition studies, but it's something I should keep in mind regardless. Thanks for pointing it out!
As for acrylic vs. tempera, I find that tempera tends to be a bit chalky, especially if you don't mix it with egg yolk and use it straight from the tube. Acrylic dries faster and once it dries, you can't "wash it off" by going over it with water, like you can sometimes with tempera. However, I've found that tempera colors will more readily mix, like in that last still life painting. Both are water-based media. I'm no expert, though. I've only been painting like this for less than a year.
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The still life paintings look very nice. I think drawing your own hand is actually a really useful exercise so keep at this too! Drawing people from photos is good for practice but definitely try going to a life drawing class too if you can, it will really help with drawing people from the imagination.
Looks like you are off to a good start with this sketchbook, best of luck!
September 29th, 2011 #9
@Lightpunk: Thanks! Yeah, life drawing classes are the absolute best. When school starts, I'll have figure drawing almost daily, so I took a break from it till then.
Here are some more studies I've done from observation. The figures are from http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php the rest is from observation.
September 29th, 2011 #10
This drawings are beautiful, I would like to know you practiced to reach this level. It's very nice I hope I get to draw faces like yours from imagination to someday.
September 30th, 2011 #11
It really is just a lot of practice and understanding. From your sketchbook, I can see you're on a good track, just continue working on visualizing faces, how they work, what part goes out in space, what part goes in, etc. Life drawing classes helped me a lot to see that, because when you have a live model in front of you, you can walk around him or her, see features from various angles, etc. It's also a bit of a pain if they keep falling asleep!
October 3rd, 2011 #12
Such a lovely sketchbook you have I like how you draw and paint pretty much everything, especially the hands. Looking forward to more of your works!
October 4th, 2011 #13
@adelenta Thank you so much! More work is on the way, I promise.
I'll try to update more often. I've found that if I go more than two days without practicing in some way, it's hard to start back up again. Today I started figure study class, working on a really large format, but I did some sketches first. And some doodles from imagination, trying to work out a concept for a t-shirt design.
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I'll have figure drawing almost daily
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September 23rd, 2012 #19
I don't think I've had a less productive school year in the entire history of my education. Well, no whining, just drawing. Some portraits I've been working on to get back into the swing of things. I'm trying to work in more color into my digital art, but I know I also need to work on the actual precision of the drawing. The first two are from imagination, the last two from photograph references. All feedback appreciated, as always.
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@Noomwolf No problem! Anything I can do to help out a fellow artist. I would also recommend you try oil pastels or chalk pastels. For me at least they're an easy way of forcing yourself to see color in the subjects you're drawing and really bringing them to life without getting hung up on some of the more delicate aspects of painting. I think they're a good transition step between drawing with a pencil and painting with a brush.
Here's another screen cap digital study I did yesterday/this morning. I'm really trying to get faster at these, but in the beginning stages they kind of look terrible.. it takes me a while to fix them up. :/
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I think you jinxed me, Noomwolf! The moment you noticed my constant posting, I went two days without posting anything! (actually, I didn't even draw D: ) To make up for it, I did an hour class session in Pixel Lovely's Figure Drawing Tool. The time intervals were 30s, 60s, 5m45s and 11m and 30m on the last two figures. I don't know, I feel like I wasted those last 30 minutes doing nothing special... :/ OH WELL NEXT TIME