Great start! I like the variety in the subjects. Keep pushing! Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain seems like a great book to work from. How do you like going through it?
I took a short break from Nicolaides, but I'm back at it again, and up to chapter 13 now. I also finally finished Venon Blake's "The Art and Craft of Drawing," and now I'm reading Speed's drawing book. Blake's book was great, but he makes Speed seem downright diplomatic.
BTW, wife says the latest self-portrait still doesn't look like me. I see a lot of problems (and no doubt there are many more), but that litho crayon is impossible to correct.
The recent studies are all quite solid.
As far as likeness is concerned, that has to be done right from the very start: if it doesn't resemble you before you put in the details then it won't resemble you after you put in details. Without seeing the reference we can't be more specific, but the rule is not to add polish before the foundation is ready. It's looking good either way, so feel free to be proud of it
My Sketchbook - All are welcome
Random studies from life and photos.
Finished Speed's drawing book today--what a great read! After Blake's book, it almost felt like light reading. My wife scored a copy of Gardner's Art Through the Ages for free at a garage sale, so I've got plenty of reading to keep me busy.
Here's some stuff from last week. I'm still plugging away at Nicolaides' book; up to chapter 15 now. BTW, the drawing that looks like a blob is supposed to be a drapery study . The human gestures and portrait are from photos
Attachment below: me, annoyed 'cause my drawings look so goofy.
Seriously though, I had a question: Nicolaides talks a lot about sympathy for the subject, even suggesting that the student feel a figure's pose in their own body, but he also points out that all things have gesture (his example is a pancake). How does one have sympathy for a pancake?
First is a (incomplete) Nicolaides exercise: "extended" gesture + blind contour + modelling with light. Next is me proving I have no understanding of a figure. The rest are just misc. sketches from life.
BTW, I know I sketch that chair too much, but there's a really comfortable couch across from it, see...
Long study of a bookend where I tried to concentrate on form and light.
I'm about halfway through Ruskin's Elements of Drawing, and it's another great read. I love the unapologetic opinions that I'm discovering in older books. Whether or not I agree (or even understand), it's a refreshing change to politically-correct dithering. A few examples from Ruskin:
- "...the only rule which I have, as yet, found to be without exception respecting art, is that all great art is delicate."
- "No great painters ever trouble themselves about perspective, and very few of them know its laws..."
- "I do not think figures, as chief subjects, can be drawn to any good purpose by an amateur." Later: "the best answerer of questions is perseverance; and the best drawing-masters are the woods and hills."
- "...the real difficulty and masterliness is in never letting the hand be free, but keeping it under entire control at every part of the line."
- "Always remember that a little bit perfected is worth more than many scrawls..."
- "...if anything goes wrong, it is nearly sure to be refinement that is wanting, not force; and connection, not alteration."
- "All deceptive projection is obtained by partial exaggeration of shadow; and whenever you see it, you may be sure the drawing is more or less bad: a thoroughly fine drawing or painting will always show a slight tendency towards flatness."
- "It is one of the worst errors of this age to try to know and to see too much: the men who seem to know everything, never in reality know anything rightly."
- "If a great man...thinks his effect would be better got with two lines, he never, to show his dexterity, tries to do it with one."
- "...the rule that no good drawing can consist throughout of pure outline remains absolute."
Ruskin talks about "leading lines" (he also calls them "chief lines" and "awful lines"), which seem to me to be the same idea as gesture. Nothing new under the sun, I guess.
As far as actual work goes, I'm still crawling through Nicolaides' lessons. I'm not sure if I'm "getting" the B&W gestures, but they're fun to do, nonetheless.
Blown away by your progress!
Fabric study. This cheap paper is awful, and I have no idea how to use these crayons, so I'm just making it up as I go along
Really great progress dude! Uhm the only thing I can say, is these drawing manuals, they are great, but don't be afraid to break away and do studies that you regiment, and make sure you draw from your head as well, you don't want to fall into the trap of being a human photocopier.