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Alright, I'll keep it short and simple. My name is Mike, I'm 34, art and creativity has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. This is a hobby for me for the most part but the occasional graphics side job helps here and there too.
I've been posting to my own blog (address in sig) for about 9 months now, that's when I started going to figure drawing sessions. I don't want to post everything that's already on my blog but I'll throw some stuff on here to get the ball rolling. I am open to all crit's and comments. I've been a long time follower of SamCar's sketchbook and hope to learn and grow as he has.
**Note: I had to edit this (my first) post in order to get the thumbnails right.
Last edited by Blueflies; January 17th, 2012 at 11:16 AM. Reason: Update forum heading
As promised, here are some sketchbook pages from the past few months. I will make a strong effort to post frequently from this point on so as not to overwhelm with mass posts. These first two were just to introduce myself to the forum. I'll be beginning an oil painting class starting up in the next week or two (if I can work out the schedule with work since they're at an odd time on Wednesday afternoons). I will post what I can from that class as well.
some observation, some from my mind...
quick sketches from photo references
Loomis, of course!
quick sketches from photo references
Figure class session, 25 minutes
Finally starting on more complex anatomy studies, this one from last night...
Comments and crits welcome (and encouraged)! Thanks!
Last edited by Blueflies; January 2nd, 2012 at 02:16 AM.
Hi, thanks for stopping by my sb, Your already on a sick start, you seem to be nailing those studies quite accurately, great draftsmanship, you should definitely try ink, its too much fun
Also I look forward to those oils
Jyou: Thank you, I will check back in on you for sure.
Krispy: Thank you for the compliments, accuracy is very important to me, sometimes I get frustrated when a sketch doesn't turn out well and will scrap it instead of just continuing it and learning other aspects of the study. Unfortunately I've had to postpone the start of the oil painting, hopefully not for too long - just scheduling problems that I will fix. I will get my pen out and start scribbling!
Good diligence, love that arm study, and the Bridgeman hands!
A tip for the figure drawing - try getting down the full body gesture in the first 30-seconds to a minute. Just throwing down a line of action, the tilt of the head/shoulders/hips, the general flow of the pose can help a lot. It looks like you're having trouble with 5 minute poses because you're trying to carefully construct the outline of the figure, but for quick ones it'll do you more good to get the whole figure down and then look for details.
Also, your painted figures have very saturated, plasticky looking skin. It's a "draw what you see, not what you think you see" sort of situation, and it's not always easy. If you're working from a digital photo, try eyedropping a colour every once in a while - not to use it, just to compare it to what you picked and see how far off you were... the colours may surprise you. (I'm still surprised every time I do a study of a nighttime scene and find that the skin is basically grey.)
Revidescent: Thank you, awesome tips on the skin tones.....I knew something was wrong with most of them, and you can see that almost every time I tried using a different palette of colors trying to fix it, but I think you correctly called me out on color choice and "seeing" them properly. You are also right on trying to get the quick sketches too accurate. I see other sketch books and am convicted in that when I see other people's gesture drawings. So much can be conveyed in a short period of time! I will work on quick gestures as well as colors. I have done some studies where I use the eyedropper for all the main colors of an image and then only use my own eye for minor variations if needed. It's a good way to learn brush work, value and composition but it's definitely a crutch for me in terms of learning and seeing color properly.
Lunch break, quick work. Photo references, trying to get faster gestures on the page and then come through with the shading. Didn't want to get caught up in "accuracy" of foundation lines like I usually do.
Crappy scan for some reason but ran out of lunch break time here at work...
Revidescent: Sorry, I responded earlier to your post and it never showed up - not sure what happened! Thanks for the compliments on the studies, very appreciated. I agree with your advice on faster gesture drawings and my last post was my first foray into a little more fast and rough pencil figures.....I'll continue to work on that for sure. You'll notice that for pretty much every figure painting I posted I use a different color palette. I've been experimenting with a lot of different techniques and preset "skin tone" palettes. There really is no shortcut or magic set of colors for every figure and I appreciate your tip on using the eyedropper. I am almost always amazed how different the color is compared to what I THINK I see on the screen.
Here is a master study that I've been working on (*well, I've worked on it once so far, hoping to finish it). I have used the eye dropper for all the major colors and have tried my best to choose the in-between tones based off those myself. It's getting there, I'm pretty happy with the look of some of the brush strokes like the ones on his right hand. Long way to go!
Original by Joaquin Sorolla:
And my first go around:
Sorry for the re-post but I had to fix my very first post in order to get my thread thumbnail to show up properly - I'm sure we've all been there? So this is pretty much the exact same stuff as before, just moved it down here instead. Hope that's ok.
First figure drawing session, back in March 2011 - 5 minute poses (using Photoshop). I remember how fast 5 minutes seemed to go by! Others in the class would have full-body sketches.
Then the 25 minute poses....
Over the past 9 months I've gone to 11 figure classes and have done my own work at home when I have the time. I've been ramping up my time commitment to art but here is some of what has been produced over the past 9 months (I switched over to using Painter after a couple classes):
And just a few of my most recent projects (some observation, some imagination):
Hope that wasn't too much for a first (re-posted) upload, but I wanted to get everyone up to speed. I'll continue to post more. I have quite a few pencil and paper sketches from my physical sketchbook that I will add as well. Again, all critiques and comments welcome - we're all here to learn!
Working more on quicker gestures and simpler representations....trying not to get hung up on the details. Focus on linework and using shading to represent the 3D form.....so hard to do!!
And also a quick figure done in pen from yesterday from imagination....
Hey, nice studies so far. It's great to see that you're utilizing so many different resources available to you to develop your understanding of the human form. For a crit, I would suggest trying to think more about the figure as simple 3-dimensional objects. Right now you seem to be focusing mostly on the outline of the body and the value, which is good, but it really helps to try to think of the contour, or the surface of the body and how it exists in space. Using wrapping lines (lines that follow the surface of the object, like ellipses spiraling around the outside of a cylinder) can help you visualize that. Also, try to plan out the structure of the form first and double-check your accuracy before moving forward with the drawing. I would recommend that for your paintings as well - start with the structure, plan out your proportions and make sure it's solid before moving into value, color, and texture. With the master study in post #10, it feels like you're getting ahead of yourself a bit. You're fiddling with the texture on the jacket while the chin is off-center. Try to identify and solve your structural problems early so you don't have to waste time repainting things in the later stages. Keep up the good work!
dierat: Thank you for the compliments and crit's! I appreciate your critique and fully agree with what you've said. That's one of the best things about getting my work up here is that I get an outside perspective. You've definitely nailed some stuff I need to work on in terms of process and the order of things - I will incorporate that as part of my studies!
Had a small amount of time tonight to get one sketch done. I wanted to put some of dierat's advice to use and work on the construction of my figures. I plan on doing more of these type of studies and would use what I learn from them to build better finished figures in the future.
Awesome stuff, please continue your hard work. Also instead of doing coloured figure studies try to do greyscale. This helps you understand form and build up your knowledge of values. So it helps with your colours in the end.
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My57: Thank you for stopping by! I have heard about the concept of sticking to B/W before. I have always been so anxious to see a more "finished" product that I rush through it. I am definitely seeing the value in laying the proper groundwork now and will try and do some B/W studies.
Keep up the hard work and you'll improve .. slowly yet steadily.
Other than that, what dierat says, and My57.
I should add to that, that in for example your master study you tend to use very tiny brushes.. try and approach it more as if you would approach a painting instead of a drawing. Work with large brushes (as large as you possibly can) to lay in the basic shapes. Then, only later, move on to smaller brushes to refine the shapes.
Harmageddon: I really have no basis for scale of the brushes compared to what might be used in "real" painting but I am trying to get some oil painting lessons started here, might have to wait until my figure drawing class is over to make the time though. I think there are quite a few shortcuts that I've been taking and now that I've had a chance to browse through more sketchbooks from this site it helps me get a glimpse at some of the steps taken BEFORE the images are final.....and that is pretty handy! Thank you for your comment, you guys are really helping me get off to the right start.
I find that watching video tutorials helps the most. I mean, you might already do this, but it gives a good idea of the right sort of "scale", I guess. Great stuff in here, that newest figure construction looks nice and clean.
Ok, sat down for a while tonight and just went through 2 minute drills using the one over at pixellovely.com and this is what came of it. I still need to work on quickly getting the base structure down, some of the poses were harder than others to fully recognize where the flow lines should be but I just pushed through the harder ones. Still have a long way to go.....
Great determination man.
Keep focused on those studies.
For me, helps to watch people and do quick sketches as about form and movement.
My Sketchbook ---> http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...42#post3225942
Hey man, our situations seem pretty similar, just keep working and you will reap the rewards.... a lot of hobbies turn into paying gigs to! Have some stars to help jumpstart ya'! *****
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The constructive approach you used in post #16 is excellent. Btw there's a book that I really enjoy that's all about building up the figure in this way that I'd like to recommend - it's called Figure Drawing Design and Invention by Michael Hampton. The way he does it is he starts with a loose gesture drawing, which he develops using simple 3-dimensional shapes for structure, and then he adds value and detail on top.
About the brush size discussion, the advice I've heard is "use a brush 1 size bigger than you think you need". This isn't relevant for linework of course, but when you're blocking in your general values, try using a mega-big brush and only scale down when you feel like you really have to. The same goes for opacity/flow - start off with them set really high, then slowly lower them when you feel like you need it. This will help you block in the general shapes faster without getting bogged down into details and rendering too early. Figure out the big problems first, then move in to fix the smaller, less important problems.
Dark Eyes: Thank you for the stars and for coming by to comment. I really enjoy checking out your SB, you've got some great stuff on there!
Dierat: I really appreciate that you came to check on me again. Your comments have been some of the most helpful I've received lately and I definitely am trying to learn more about the contours and shapes of what I'm drawing. That book recommendation looks awesome, the order is in already!! When I'm painting digitally recently I'm getting a little less afraid of "messing up" and trying to commit with more opacity and larger brushes. I think I was way off base before in my methods, trying to get everything right as I lay it down the first time. The approach of constructing the entire piece and getting those proportions ironed out is very important to remember. Thanks again!
After the last pencil portrait I couldn't help myself and started a figure drawing, I'm loving the large format pad and getting to use my entire arm instead of relying on my wrist and fingers. Much better movement and control. The last time I drew that large was probably high school.....and yes, that was 1995....man, I feel old! I'm still working on it so I'll post it when I'm done.