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February 1st, 2012 #14
Thank you! I'm practicing anatomy all the time, haha. I need to work on different body types as well as learn the skeletal and muscular systems. I'm actually practicing right now, reading Figure Drawing for All It's Worth by Andrew Loomis. I'll be sure to update when I get some more practice in. ^^
Yeah...DA just doesn't do it for me. This is my favorite art site I've found so far, and I haven't even been here long. I'm hoping drama doesn't fester here like it seems to everywhere else.
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Welcome to CA!
Right now I think it would help for you to practice some anatomy studies. Like Bridgmann, he's really good to study from.
I love the Pixielovely gestures you did. The first and the bottom left one has beautiful lighting and value. Love the patterns and details on your work, too.
February 1st, 2012 #16
Thank you! I'm working on practicing from Loomis' books right now, I'll have to take a look at Bridgman's stuff as well.
February 2nd, 2012 #17
Practice today reading Andrew Loomis' books.
On the important landmark studies, I focused a little less on getting the anatomy perfect and a little more on getting more confident lines out, so that's why they're a little wonky. I'll probably redo them again at some point. I just have issues not making everything super sketchy and going over lines multiple times.
I was so confused on that last head...something about the perspective was making it near impossible for me to measure it out.
I got mad for a minute trying to follow his instructions, because he describes it...strangely. He says that there's the center cross, then "about halfway" up from there is your forehead line, then "about halfway" below it is the nose line, and an equal distance from there is the bottom of the chin. Only thing is, if you go "about halfway" it would pretty much end with the bottom of the ball, and couldn't go past it like it should...so I was using thirds instead, since that's what it looked more like to me in his drawings.
February 3rd, 2012 #18
February 3rd, 2012 #19
Thank you! ^^ I get bored staring at plain white/textureless stuff that doesn't have much to it sometimes haha, so it keeps me interested in what I'm looking at.
February 3rd, 2012 #20
Love the deer and your birds are wonderful. Is there any particular reason that you are using a limited pallet?
As for the habit of not finishing things, well, most people are a bit like that! It's natural and it's actually ok, in my opinion. However, you have to be able to say that you have learnt at least one thing from your unfinished piece. One thing and that makes it worth it - move on. Mind, can't keep doing it with everything, as then compiling a portfolio would become devilishly difficult.
I like your light body studies on green, but maybe you should try to loosen up a bit. How big are you drawing? Use the full screen (photo and canvas side by side) and use a nice big brush, bolder strokes. It's all about describing the shape, don't let the photo fool you into drawing too much light where according to your own drawing it is the bit in the shadow. Use appropriate references (with studio lighting is best). Aaand, try to think about the colours you use. The birds are wonderful partly because the colour is flattering, for example. Why not do the same justice to human form?
Love you sketchbook, keep practicing and never give up!
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February 3rd, 2012 #21
Thank you! ^^ I started using a limited palette at someone's suggestion because I wasn't very good with colors or shading with color instead of black and white; it's to help reinforce the idea that any color can be used for lights/darks.
That's a good way to think about it, thanks! I think I'll start to pick out certain pieces that I really like to finish. You're right about the portfolio thing.
My canvas is 3000x4000 px. I work relatively zoomed out when referencing though, to make sure the proportions are right. I'll try using a larger brush. And I'll try to use more flattering colors the next time I do an anatomy study, haha.
February 4th, 2012 #22
First is some Loomis mannequin practice, 2nd is some 60s posemaniacs practice. I'm going to try to get more done in a day...but anything with lines still takes me forever, I spent ages on the first picture. >.<
February 4th, 2012 #23
February 4th, 2012 #24
Haha thanks! Will do.
February 8th, 2012 #25
First is some 1 minute each posemaniacs sketches from a few days ago, 2nd is some 2 min each http://www.pixelovely.com/tools/gesture.html canine practice from a few days ago, third is 5 min each posemaniacs practice from tonight.
I'll try to get back to updating every day. >.< Life's crazy lately.
June 6th, 2013 #26
Well...it's been kind of a long time since I updated anything on here.
I was kind of going through a pretty rough patch around the time I was posting before, so it doesn't really surprise me that I dropped off. At some point after that last year, I started making jewelry instead of drawing after having a really bad case of art block. I only just recently started to draw again somewhat regularly.
Fortunately I'm doing a lot better now (mentally) than I was then, which is pretty awesome! I'd really like to start getting back into posting here more often, just because I don't have almost any friends who are artistically inclined, and even fewer of them that live nearby. Basically, I'm in desperate need of some sort of feedback. Not just to improve, but also to keep me motivated. I do have more stuff in a sketchbook, but I don't have a scanner and the lighting in my apartment is awful so I may not get around to posting any of that.
I'm a bit uncertain on where I'd like to go with my art. I'm thinking I'd really like to focus on character designs and scenery. I really like movies like Pan's Labyrinth, Mirrormask, Spirited Away, and What Dreams May Come. As for video games, I like the feeling of Bioshock (all three of them are amazing), Folklore, Silent Hill (I've only ever played The Room but I've seen art from others and it's really fantastic), and Rule of Rose. Any recommendations of similar stuff to look at would be great.
The first here is just a practice painting I did of a cicada. I really hate them, so I'm not entirely sure why I decided to try that out haha. The second is a pokemon mashup from that site I keep seeing floating around. The third is a character of mine. I don't do very much fun or personal art. I tend to spend more time either practicing or creating little character designs to sell. The last was something I sort of did at random. I started with a solid gray base and just sort of splashed around lighter and deeper grays until it started to look like something, and then expanded on that. I actually really like how it looks when it's shrunk down. I feel like if I really tried to go somewhere with it, it might become something worth looking at.