I finally decided to start a sketchbook after lurking for a while.
My main focus at the moment is anatomy with the goal of drawing/painting believable figures from imagination (interested in fantasy genre).
Anyway, I'm starting with mostly anatomy studies and some doodles, hopefully to post some more original stuff as I improve. Studies include (in no particular order) Bridgman, Vanderpoel, Loomis, Rubins, Michael Hampton.
For reference I usually use:
The Drawing Script, Artsy Poses, Pixelovely, Drawing Tutorials Online, Posemaniacs.
Great studies. That is -definitely- the way to improve, and don't worry if they don't stick automatically or even within a few months. Over time you might not notice the little anatomy corrections, but other people will, and one day you'll look at a recent painting and feel like it's all come together.
The painting is really nice. I'm not much of a painter, so I'll just say it looks like a great piece.
@ Noro - Seems like all my anatomy knowledge evaporates as soon as I try to do something out of imagination. Will keep pushing through!
I was the same. I'd do a lot of studies, feel like I had the hang of it, and the next day I'd try to draw from imagination and I could recall only a hazy impression of yesterday's work. How I solved it, and this seems an extremely obvious approach to me now but it only occurred to me after a long time, was that I'd make a page of copies/studies, working on them until I was sure they were right, and then I'd put the page and everything away and pull out a black sheet of paper and then immediately I'd try to draw everything again from memory, or slight variations on it. I would try to draw it perfectly, I'd take a minute and try to think exactly how something went, but the main aim was that I was putting down each muscle, each bone, make sure that I was remembering all the points and seeing exactly what I wasn't remembering. After I did that for a page, I'd make another page of copies from a book and repeat the process. After doing this just three or four times, what only takes less than a day, I found things stuck to a great level, at least for me.
It's maybe a dumb/obvious suggestion but for me doing this made a huge difference.
Last edited by Grosby; February 7th, 2012 at 05:40 PM.
Practiced rendering a few different materials today. I'm using basic sphere in Sculptris as reference. Thanks all for warm welcome and advice!
ZombieGrub : Thanks! I'll try to be patient and wait for the payoff
kliest : Hey I'll keep that in mind
Roope Maatta : Appreciate the motivation!
Lagarto : Thanks!
kimozabbi : Cheers!
Grosby : Thanks, I'll definitely give that a try!