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Thread: Kino's Sketchbook
January 6th, 2012 #1
Been a member of the forum for a little bit.
Decided that I want to start drawing again and thus make a sketch book.
I am a beginner and I read Loomis/Vilppu/Rockman so now I am just improving my technical skill.
Present Project: To fill the flower page with more flowers to better understand how they are drawn.
January 6th, 2012 #2
I really want to improve my drawing of flowers and yet I can't seem to get them to really look good.
Are there any tips you guys can offer me in terms of drawing flower pictures?
January 6th, 2012 #3
drawing flowers is just like drawing anything else-- observe carefully and learn how they work :]
Try to use a long sweep of your arm to draw a line, instead of composing a line of many small lines. Start with -the- most basic forms first; don't just start in drawing detailed lines. Also, keep your pencil sharp for linework!
January 6th, 2012 #4
Thank you Vekke. I feel like when it comes to conveying value though I just can not seem to shade in a way to actually depict it carefully. I try to observe but when I hatch it it than looks like crap so I end up smoothing it out, thus making it look worse and mono-valued.
I would love to convey a flowers form like this: http://browse.deviantart.com/traditi...flower#/d5rrhp
But everytime I try I fail lol
January 9th, 2012 #5
Thanks for stopping by my SB Drawings are looking great ..we need more!
One thing to concentrate on is trying to incorporate at least 3 types of line and 3 types of tone in the drawings which will make them pop. So a light tone, a mid tone and a shadow tone with both line and shade.
Note I offer this advice while at the same time being unable to do this myself!
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January 11th, 2012 #6
flowers and foliage are very hard to draw,and If I was to be honest,the example you linked wasn't that great.Its more about simpylfing light and shadow shapes and good design,then progressing with detail.
To do this,you can squint your eyes,or take the photo reference into PS and blur it,this will give you a clearer idea of the dark and lighter values shapes are.
Keep at it,
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January 12th, 2012 #7
Thank you for your tips Nubian I will definitely attempt this
January 12th, 2012 #8
January 14th, 2012 #9
Thanks for stoping by my sketchbook!
Regarding drawing flowers, i havent done many myself, but one good thing to keep in mind when drawing anything is where your light source come from. That way you can think better where and why those shadow shapes are there, and it makes your drawing less general too.
January 14th, 2012 #10Registered User
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I think you just need to work with more values, as others have suggested. I know one common mistake I've seen is that the drawing is done all in mid-tones with limited shading. In other words: no highlights, no real shadows. Don't be afraid to work dark and have contrast. Working with graphite pencils of different hardness, you should be able to get what you're looking for.
January 15th, 2012 #11
Thank you all for the support/tips
So I did as you all said about values and so I did a couple of studies from Photographs, Life, and other drawings.
They consist of an incomplete moth study and some eye studies
I can sorta see how I do not push the values so much :/ So I will definitely be working on that.
I am reading Deborah Rockman's Drawing Essentials and it has helped me alot so far,
January 16th, 2012 #12Registered User
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Hiya! loving your drawings so far! I'm going through Loomis/Vilpu, too. Soo much info packed in x)
One advice I would give, if you are taking advice, is to start big and work small. A mistake lots of people make (including me.. shame ><) is going in and detailing too soon, before everything is 'set up' and laid out. This gets you tired out soon x( This goes for both drawings, value paintings, etc... I think gestural/blind contour drawings will be really helpful for you, esp if you've just taken up drawing again, I've just started doing them and I feel a big difference. It really teaches you to see the whole thing as an essence and not get "stuck". Cheers and good luck, keep it up!
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January 16th, 2012 #13
Your eye for detail on the...ahem well the eyes (=P) is quite good. Do you have any figure studies? I personally think next to still life those are the most important.
That and hands.
Curse those hands!