Hello! I've been lurking here for a while. Made an account and lurked some more. Finally decided to start posting, figured a sketchbook was a good enough way to do it
Little bit about me: I'm currently 26. Live in Canada. Art has always been a kind of therapy for me, helped me get through some rough times, just doodling. I don't expect to ever do it professionally, but that doesn't mean I don't want to improve as much as I can. I think I started really loving art when I started reading a lot of fantasy in Jr.High, and getting into the cover art, kind of moved into both an interest in traditional fine art, as well as all sorts of comicbook/sci-fi/fantasy/videogame illustrations.
C&C Always appreciated!
Thanks for looking!
Last edited by DSiwek; February 10th, 2013 at 10:27 PM.
I'm a really messy sketcher So I tend to sketch in different colored pens and pencils so I can keep track of what I'm doing, then I scan and play around and change things, sometimes it helps me see flaws on the monitor I didn't catch looking at the actual sketch in front of me.
Kind of a wip I've been working on for months. Usually I just poke at it when I'm not feeling particularly inspired so that I'm at least getting something done. Attachment 1389366
All those little dots are torture lol. The crow is from a photo ref
So... being inspired by some of the breathtaking environment art I've been seeing around here, I decided to try one from my head, just to gauge where I am and what I need to improve on. I think "blobs" and "everything" covers it Attachment 1389941
Round two was with a photo ref, and considerably more effort/planning. Landscapes and buildings are really intimidating, just because there's usually just so much to it... Attachment 1389942
the crow is dope. really loving the detail you've put into it. i like the shading you've done in post #3 too, the one of the woman. looks like you are pretty balanced so far in the short sketches and longer ones, which i think is good (: keep it up! i can't see the second pic in your last post though, maybe think abt uploading them to CA so the images don't become broken over time for whatever reason? it's fun to look back as you improve (:
"the world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." - w.b. yeats
Thanks for the SB comment! You're doing some interesting stuff here, the environment from ref in marker has some good things going for it, a nice sense of space.
On the figure drawing stuff you posted, re: what to do with the very short poses, this link might help... maybe not the first example, but the second and fourth ones especially show good ways to capture the whole pose in just a few lines. With 30s and 1min gestures, the important thing is getting a sense of the basic thrust of the pose; just a general line of action is a pretty good way to start. =)
neonndreams: Thanks! Not sure why you couldn't see that image, it is uploaded with the CA uploader thing :/ hmmm
Revidescent: Thanks so much for the link!
Blarg, I got to celebrate the start of the New Year by getting a nasty cold and spending the rest of my holiday break barely able to breathe :/ So instead of practicing I spent my time napping and puttering away at this: Attachment 1396246
Painted (acrylic) version of the sketch I posted earlier. Lot of issues with it (GIANT HEAD omg) but it was good to unwind a bit I think. Clearly, I've been playing to much Skyrim
Anyways! I also bought myself a book of nude model photos recently, and I'm definitely looking forward to studying from that lots as well. Here's the first one from it: Attachment 1396247
I wanted to set it for the 30-minute exercises where they start doing longer poses, but I clicked the wrong one and didn't realize it until I had filled nine pages in my book
Set it to male-only models since I find them a lot harder than women... didn't realize until I had looked back that my male gestures are wonky stick-figures Hopefully it'll be easier to do them more fleshed out as I get more comfortable with the male form.
Super quick sketch from a photo. Mostly to unwind/relax/cheer up. Female profiles are quite a comfort-zone for me I think... Attachment 1404893
This is showing lots of potential! I think the shading and the style looks great, as if it has been easily drawn with comfort (which perhaps it has? ) I can see your work improving with every post! Your colour work is also very nice, you seem to naturally know what looks good.
Welp, not to productive lately I went to the zoo to try and get some practice working from life but it being Saturday, I ended up getting really annoyed with the crowds. Maybe I'll try stopping by some evenings after work and see if I can squeeze in an hour here and there before it closes.
Hey, mate. Not a bad start. Good that you're already well into your gestures and portrait studies.
I think currently your figures are ahead of your heads, atleast in your studies. Perhaps it'll help to get to grips with parts of the face in isolation, like say, the eyes. Have a go at doing a few self portraits from the mirror, it'll help you gage depth and all that better than a flattened image on the screen.
Well, this is kind of awkward and embarrassing... it's been almost a year since my last post Last year has been kind of a soul-crusher, but I did get some drawing done. Not a whole lot of studying, which always makes me want to whip myself.
Hopefully thread necromancy isn't to much of a crime when there's some actual stuff to upload? >.>
First a smattering of older stuffs:
Some more recent-ish stuff:
And a watercolour sketch I did today The medium hates me but I'm determined to figure it out.
Thanks for looking. Apologizes again for the zombie thread.