There are months your brain gets pelted with spectacular commodity dictating
even the smallest crap you should do. Your brain freezes over and gets as
exciting as the landscape a mole looks at for the bigger part of his life. In
these dark hours you forget that you used to move around, breath and
actually do stuff. One of these things I used to do was art.
This morning I deleted all the video games, movies and series from my laptop.
I stripped my room from a lot of everyday distractions, dusted off my art
books and sharpened my pencil. While cleaning my room I even found some
paper that I somehow managed to keep immaculate.
In short, it is time to do some art. After four years of fucking around it is time
to actually do some studies, improve and all in all become the awesome
person I was destined to be. I used to have a sketchbook on this website
which worked as a great motivator. If I can keep this sketchbook updated
daily it means I'm progressing daily, if not, I suck.
Last edited by D.Labruyere; February 16th, 2014 at 06:52 PM.
Thanks Blindshot. I was curious myself so I did a longer pose. I won't be doing a lot of them for now though. I have the feeling I first have to be able to handle the very basics before moving on to more fleshed out drawings.
I noticed I am afraid to post some drawings because they are so incredibly bad. Because such fears can only reflect badly on your art I will from now on post everything even if it sucks. All for the improvement and hopefully as this sketchbook advances things will get better.
I have bought a book of Gottfried Bammes and am very excited about it. It will be a nice supplement to the Bridgman book I am currently working from.
Hey, thanks for stopping by my sketchbook! I'm liking your work so far here. The longer study is looking good. You tackled a pretty difficult pose in #8. Lots of foreshortening and bending going on here. I'll try and do a drawing over this in photoshop at some point to help you out when I get the time.
Anyway, my first order of business would be to ask a question. What is it you want to improve upon? What do you really struggle with in your work?
My second order of business would be to give you a bit of advice. Be less hard on yourself. You can keep a critical eye about your work, but if you beat yourself up and say it sucks, you'll only make the drawing process agonizing instead of enjoyable. In the past I was hard on myself like you are. Even if other people who were viewing my work objectively said there was improvement, I was still entirely dissatisfied. In a way this drove me, but it made drawing a very scary thing for me. You have to realize that you can develop a positive attitude about drawing, even if you're not where you want to be. Your next piece is always going to be better than the last piece. You're always going to learn more when you draw. If you draw enough consistently it's inevitable that your work will eventually start to look exceptional. Just try to bear in mind that you have a bio-electric supercomputer inside of your skull. Drawing is a task that it is entirely capable of learning well.
Basically what I'm saying is that if you develop a positive attitude toward your work, you'll make a lot more progress. Being less hard on yourself tends to have a freeing effect on your work. You'll be more prone to taking risks and experimenting. You'll create more dynamic compositions and learn faster because you believe you can so your thoughts aren't bogged down by thinking you can't.
Hey Blindshot! Thank you for coming back to my humble sketchbook. My main focus right now is the good old anatomy. I know the basics but I have never managed to completely nail it. The further I progress the more I notice that is a consistent issue within my work. It is not structured enough.
I am a bit hard on myself because it took me a really long time to figure that out hehe. But you are right. It shouldn't get in the way of the fun that is drawing. And I promise you, it doesn't. Even though I think my work isn't good yet I am learning tons and am very excited about that.
Anyway, I have got my old toy again, the wacom so I have been playing with it. I also have done more anatomy studies on paper but I don't have the time to scan and upload them right now. I will do that asap.