My name's Chris and I'm a new artist that hopes for a break in the fantasy and gaming industry.
Being self-taught, I have to admit that this world is intimidating. There are so many talented people, each with a unique style. So, I thought I'd join CA in order to develop my skills and improve my style.
I started reading Andrew Loomis' book "Successful Drawing". Well, I thought I was walking, when in fact I was leaning on crutches! Damn!
The second paragraph makes perfect sense:
"There will always be a certain amount of confusion about what is talent or native ability in drawing and what is knowledge of the craft. Too often knowledge is construed as talent. On the other hand, drawing that lacks constructive knowledge is seldom successful as drawing. The truth is that we do not see the talent until the means of bringing it forth has been developed. That means is a reasonably accurate analysis of the laws of nature as they apply to man's vision."
So, according to Loomis, there are 10 fundamentals/qualities. The 5 Ps: Proportion, Placement, Perspective, Planes, Pattern. And 5 Cs : Conception, Construction, Contour, Character and Consistency. In my humble opinion I have some skills on Placement, Perspective, Conception and Contour. On the other hand, my drawing lacks of Proportion, Planes, Pattern, Construction, Character and Consistency. So, I have to improve those qualities!
Right now I'm studying G. Bridgman's book "Complete guide to drawing from life" and here's my first sketches/studies.
This is my first study on values of planes. Based on an image in A. Loomis' book "Successful drawing".
Hope for your constructive critique through this quest of mine!