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 06:40 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!
This is really good. Do not let up for one moment! I started not long ago myself. Anatomy can be mundane but the rewards are fulfilling. From the knees drawings I could tell it was George Bridgeman
How often do you draw?
Very strong studies, and I love the painterly quality of your digital works. Your alternating between copying and working from memory is awesome. Very inspiring since its something that I have a lot of difficulty with myself
Somehow I've gone two months without posting. I went back to uni, quit uni, and am now figuring out my next step. I managed to finish a sketchbook (60 pages), which I'm pretty happy about as my last two took me an entire year. On to the next one! Expecting to be working more digitally as well (scanning is a pain lol) and I've started oil painting.
The following = photo studies courtesy of Artsy Poses, The Drawing Script, Pixelovely & Online Life Drawing, some Drawing Tutorials Online exercises, my wooden mannequin, horned lizards (google images), and some figures/random doodles/dragons out of imagination.Thanks for looking!
Last edited by EndlessStair; May 16th, 2012 at 12:12 PM.
The sheer volume and tenacity of your work is inspiring. Great to see some animal and color studies recently.
I think it'd be great for you to do some more pieces outside your sketchbook in different materials and scale.