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June 10th, 2012 #211
Hide this ad by registering as a memberJune 10th, 2012 #212Sketching simplistic objects from life and trying to understand the entire form, do you guys think this is a good thing to practice?
Basically, the problem I am having in constructive drawing though is when you foreshorten say the front plane or side plane I tend to mess up proportions or lose track of placement of features etc, any advice?
Below I've done a sketch (I hope it's more helpful than confusing)
This is how you can figure out spacing with perspective.
A - if you start with a box you can find the center of each face, by drawning an X from corner to corner. This is true no matter what direction the box is turned.
B. using that new found center- you can draw line following the perspective to give yourself a line through the center of the box.
C. If you draw a straight line from one of the top corners through the center, until it meets the outside line- this is where your next box would be.
This is a great technique to learn- because you can measure distances. If you know the horses' nose is the same length as the head- you can use this method to figure out where the front of the nose will be.
Your initial practice sessions will be incredibly messy- but if you take the time to learn it well you will start to be able to do it in your head- and you wont need all the guide lines.
Saurabhinator linked a really fun tutorial - the only criticism I have is the artist doesn't use any construction lines - and it's obvious that he has a solid foundation in perspective already.
So far your making great progress, just keep digging up new ways to explore the fundamentals and challenge yourself
June 11th, 2012 #213
saurabhinator- Hey, thx a lot for the vid, was very informative thx .
Rhubix- Wow, really appreciated how in depth you went and really took the time out for that comment, means a lot. Funny thing is, I've been doing lots of perspective and form studying today, and the x to find the centre of the square and then use to find the equal distance trick I actually already knew but your tips were really helpful and I will practice them .
Ok, so heres some perspective and form stuff, I think I need to solely practive structured stuff for now as I feel quite familiar with the fundamentals, however when I draw organic forms all of this tends to go out the window lol, leaving me confused with what I'm doing lol. Oh and I can't believe I'm on page 8 :0.
June 11th, 2012 #214
Been slacking today . Still finding it hard to imagine full 3d objects from pictures, are 3/4 views (side and top) best options for this, or should I have several pictures of the same object from different views, bit confused?
June 16th, 2012 #215
July 2nd, 2012 #216
Update- totally got the idea for this off of sickbrush's stream. just messing around with projection and textures and it's not finished obviously. Will be uploading more perspective stuff too .
July 3rd, 2012 #217
Perspective drawing i've been working on and a crappy portrait
July 3rd, 2012 #218
self portrait sketch
July 8th, 2012 #219
3d model I've been working on in maya
July 8th, 2012 #220
July 11th, 2012 #221
Kevin_- Thx man, will definitely be piling up studies and life drawings soon too
Practicing more organic stuff in zbrush, my goal right now is to kind of bridge the gap between structured and organic objects. Obviously I need to do more head studies lol but just trying to understand how to go about how to study organic.
July 12th, 2012 #222
July 12th, 2012 #223
Some more sketches
July 13th, 2012 #224
quick portrait sketch studies, sketched about 10 so far and I think I'll do the 100 challenge with them, then remodel the zbrush head and see if theres an improvement
July 14th, 2012 #225
Update on this need to push the contrast more and the eye on the left is too dark, values are so freakin' confusing.
July 14th, 2012 #226
July 15th, 2012 #227
oh great uppdates!
The house 3d model is looking great. Looks very elaborate.
Great drawings too, you have improved a lot, specially on perspective!
My only crit is with your portraits, in the latest update of portraits you made the eyes bigger than normal in some of them, so just keep t in mind :U
Anyways, great stuff, keep updating
July 15th, 2012 #228
Kevin- Thx a lot man, and you should definitely try it out, the environment one is maya and the head was using zbrush
Voodoomama- Thx so much, means a lot, and yes I have a major problem with getting the eyes the right size lol, but I will try and fix it
Updates- All are studies except the second image which are from imagination, oh and sry for the terrible ear studies lol
July 17th, 2012 #229
July 18th, 2012 #230
TNiznet- thx a lot man
Quick update of some lighting studies I've been doing, just think understanding more of how bounce light works, reflections and materials will
help me greatly . Will be doing more of these and posting sketches in the following days
July 19th, 2012 #231
July 20th, 2012 #232
Sickbrush- Thx a lot man, means a lot as I have been following your work . Oh and the
tower bridge thing I did sucks really bad lol. Looking back on it now I'm wondering what the hell I was doing with the texture and why the line quality is so bad. Anyways, thx again
Just some more cube studies, really rough though lol.
July 21st, 2012 #233
Some sketch studies and an illustration I've started. Something feels really wrong with the values or something so any advice on that would be great
July 21st, 2012 #234
July 21st, 2012 #235
Kevin- Thx man, and I know what ya mean, it just ultimately comes down to working your ass off lol
Update on 3d model environment
July 29th, 2012 #236
Updates, portrait obviously isn't finished, but now I realize how bad it looks . Think I need to pay more attention to edges and soften things more.
July 30th, 2012 #237
nice updates! I think your last portrait is a good start, you just need to keep going, add definition to the features, soften some edges, etc. just keep going!
July 31st, 2012 #238
Thx Voodoo Mama , worked some more on this study but it just looks terrible so I'm gonna have to call it before I drive myself mad lol
July 31st, 2012 #239
August 7th, 2012 #240
Crappy unfinished study from a few weeks back but just post to get on to a new page .