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...?
Last edited by Fungus; October 12th, 2012 at 11:03 AM.
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Let's have some hand/composition studies to start things off.
Still life paintings. Done with either tempera or acrylic. The wine bottle one took me only 4 hours, I'm very proud of it.
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
@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.
And I draw people, too! These were more experimenting with different techniques than anything. The last three are self portraits, more or less.
Some sketches and studies done from photographs. One day I hope to draw at this level from imagination. One day...
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!
@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.
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.
Originally Posted by smallergod
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!
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!
@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.
Great sketchbook... I really like the rhythm in your linework! Looking forward to an update.
I did some more sketches for figure drawing. We're working on a large format figure study, I'd say about 3m x 2m, so the model is holding the same pose everyday. All feedback and critique is appreciated!
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