i started a thread in the wip section seeking some advice, but i thought i'd set up something a bit more permanent so i can constanly update it
I'd like some advice in the area of anatomy and perspective cause i think its quite obvious thats where i'm most lacking in skill.
also, i quite often hear people say, study Bridgemen or something like that, but what do you mean by study? surely you can't get any better at art by aimlessly copying an artists illustrations? i do try to just reference the anatomy and draw my own figures but i'm not to sure whether this is the right way to go about things... i suppose thats why life drawing is so good.
Anyways ramble over, if you have any advice please offer it
the last picture's a copy of a piece done by Yoshitaka Amano (i've got to have at least something kind of worthy of showing off in this )
Last edited by Quasar97; March 22nd, 2013 at 04:23 PM.
Hey, mate. Interesting question you've got about how to study. If anything, you're right that you shouldn't 'aimlessly copy'. Keep an eye out for how things relate to eachother, their proportions how things like arms can move and why they're able to. Pair studying Bridgeman with other sources, like anatomy studies- and even more importantly- observation. Draw your own hands/legs/face and try to keep what you're learning from books in your mind.
Course; I'm a begginer myself, but I'm sure varying your studies won't hurt you one bit.
You heard of Loomis yet? I think you would do well looking up him too, especially his advice on how to draw heads. Right now, I'm seeing a generic manga style that doesn't really show me you understand how the head's constructed. Why not do some head studies for your next post?
i feel kind of frustrated, i'm unsure as to how i can improve at drawing i know its all about observation and study but its kinda hard to observe people when there's not too many around and its kinda hard to sketch quickly when there are. hmm....
To answer the question you asked previously, to get good at drawing you may want to start with learning to draw and shade simple forms like boxes and cylinders correctly in perspective. Every object can be broken down into these simple forms so once you master them you will be able to draw and paint everything. Try to get your hands on materials that cover the fundamentals. I hope to see a lot of studies in this sketchbook. Keep it up!
You can get better by copying an experienced illustrator's illustrations, particularly Loomis and Bridgeman. After learning the principles in those drawings, you can move on to drawing from photo reference or from life. "Studying" basically means drawing from observation to improve your hand and your eye so that your work looks more refined. The closer your work gets to those illustrators' drawings, the better you are.
As of right now I would focus on developing a familiarity with realistic proportions, basic muscle groups. and constructing the figure in perspective.
Hi Quasar97! I'm not an expert but I think that what people mean by "study X" is that you pick the books and try to read them and understand their construction methods and so on without just trying to copy from life. That's what I am trying to do with Andrew Loomis. I think that the perfect balance is to study the methods and then try to look for those planes,lines,structures in real models. Drawing from life you just try to copy what you see, but studying the underlying structures you start to "see" how things work and that enables you to draw a big deal more. I hope this helps, as I said, I'm no expert!
Hey Quasar! Just saw your sketchpad and noticed that you are probably born in '97 if I am assuming correctly. Still it seems like you have not had a lot of development in age yet when I see how you are working and attempting to get better I am jealous that you know of Loomis and have posted on CA already. joined when I was 15 and hadn't posted till last fall and haven't really uploaded much since.
You will be a great artist one day and if you keep at this sketchpad I have no doubt in my mind that you will become a great artist. Remember what the others said and keep in mind shading as opposed to just linework. In reality everything is just a different value of a shape, no real lines defining things from one another! Though it is important you shouldn't think of everything as just a contour
Also - stay with the anatomy and Loomis, I hadn't had much time to do or delve into anatomy studies when I was younger and am just starting to see some development!
I will look forward to your development! So keep your head up!
Striving to be the best that is possible before I conk into the grave.
@spitboi7 Thank you so much for the kind words! reading that really made me happy, thanks
anyways, here are a load of random character designs, doodles, a copy of an Akihiko Yoshida painting and other random sketches! sorry for the bad quality, couldn't be bothered to scan a ton of pictures :/
Last edited by Quasar97; October 15th, 2012 at 03:20 PM.