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May 29th, 2012 #53
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Hey ja1307! Thank you for the insightful comments in my sketchbook.
The recent gestures you've done are great. They really communicate the motion and liveliness of the dancers. How far have you gotten in the Loomis and Bridgman books before you started with Hampton? I'm looking into getting my first anatomy book (although I eventually plan to study all three) and was wondering which you would recommend.
May 29th, 2012 #55
I would say get a both if you can but i am no exert. Bridgeman definitely has more in depth info then Hampton but I also found Hampton has given me a way to deconstruct and make sense of Bridgeman I say they are all good. But classic texts are always classics for a reason.
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May 29th, 2012 #56
May 30th, 2012 #57
Some gesture drawings from last night, happy with how some turned out not so happy with most, feel like the mannequin figure captured what I was after the most feel like I am getting overly focused on capturing a likeness and losing the energy in the pose prob does not help that these are photo refd, I am sure this exercise works 100 times better when working from life.
May 30th, 2012 #58
Ok so this is the first page of my Bridgman hand studies I am taking a 3 stage approach as follows:
1 after reading the chapter and relevant section copy the original Bridgman line drawing.
2 Redraw the Bridgman study in my own style paying attention to the forms and shapes Bridgman is bringing our attention to with rendering.
3 Redraw the same Bridgman study trying to break it down into basic shapes looking at where they interlock or overlap ect, proportions and masses, and trying to map out some of the basic planes to aid me in thinking about it in a 3 dimensional format.
Not sure how great this methodology will prove to be but be interesting to get peoples thoughts on this.
May 30th, 2012 #59
Really trying to focus on breaking things down into shapes and thinking of forms in 3D rather then contours. Will be doing photo ref studies and life studies of various subject matter and just breaking them down to the essential building blocks
Here is my first example: some horse studies
May 30th, 2012 #60
Here is one from the imagination was really lost with the musculature really need to do some studies, did not even attempt the face as I knew it would be a disaster going to do some separate portrait studies too.
May 30th, 2012 #61
Forgot to add these to the last post, little rough sketch studies for the last centaur drawing, first did a quick gesture of the overall design then quick musculature studies for the torso did not really help need to spend longer at the preparation stage on reflection. But its all good learning.
June 1st, 2012 #62
I think that centaur drawing looks pretty cool so far. It also sounds like a great exercise in terms of anatomical study. Break out that Hampton and do some studies on another piece of paper where you try to work out the anatomy based on the pose in your drawing and the information in your books. When you're pretty sure you've got it just the way you want it, go back to the original drawing and sketch in the solution you've come up with. After that, you probably want to do the same for the horse's legs which are looking kinda weird.
Also, do more studies from life! That cup and saucer in post #51 is a great start, but watch your structure - the whole thing is leaning to the right. Get the structure down, then when you think you have it, hold the drawing up to a mirror and see if the symmetry checks out before moving into value.
Keep it up!
June 1st, 2012 #63
Thanks Dierat thats some great advice about doing some hampton studies based upon the torso, would never have thought of it but it makes a lot of sense. I agree i do need to work on my structure a lot more too. I will keep plugging away.
June 2nd, 2012 #64
Decided to render so,me of the torso of the centaur, pic started getting very muddy and dirty so think I will call it done
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Good job man!Keep drawing and you will lvl up in no time.Good luck!