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April 20th, 2012 #31
Today I drew people in a bar (first 2 pages), it was quite fun. I also tried to draw from imagination some poses and faces and stuffs (last 2 pages of course)... despairing but well, it can only be better next time.
It's really impressive the gap (the gulf... worlds... univers) that exist between what I can do from a picture (already not much) and what I can do from imagination. I understand that is normal but it's still frustrating.
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Yeah, the human mind has an inconvenient tendency to simplify anything it doesn't understand. As your knowledge increases, the work from imagination will improve as well
For now, I notice you tend to draw legs a bit too short. Watch out for that.
The sketches from the bar are cool
April 21st, 2012 #33
Hey, I am pretty new to CA also. Maybe we can help each other out . Hope to see more of your work!
April 23rd, 2012 #34
April 23rd, 2012 #35
Some exercises to help getting confident with the lines and some of the <I don't even want to know how many> 2mn gestures I did those two last days ^^
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The best advice to give you is have fun - then you'll keep drawing!
And draw from stuff in real life!
April 28th, 2012 #37
Thank you Dahlium ^^
I tried working on faces, not really for faces themselves but for the general 3D forms feel, and it's clearly not integrated yet. I will do more and more spheres, cubes and such.
I also tried a street enviro, at first it was just to work on perspective , but I developped it a bit, just a rough, I don't know if I will continue working on it.
April 28th, 2012 #38
You know, I think you might enjoy doing some da Vinci master studies - his face sketches may be just what you're looking for. The perspective study is nice too; I'd like to see stronger lighting on the lit sides for contrast, but the lines all check out
April 28th, 2012 #39
What a nice sketch book you have here. I like your attitude. It is very inspiring to hear that you bother about you being 40 yrs old and that if anyone will tell you to stop drawing, you will continue anyway.
I'm 25 and a computer technician and sometimes I feel there's no point in drawing since I'm "too old" and have too many bad habits, other interests and so forth, but I can't really stop because I love it so much
So thank you very much for sharing, I'll try to keep the same mindset as you.
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May 3rd, 2012 #40
I realise that I didn't post for few days (not good !) And the reason it's obviously because I didn't do much this days (not good at all !!).
But I still have a few things : Michael Hampton studies, heads, and a real quick painting to test light and color.
May 4th, 2012 #41
Da Vinci just happens to be a good example, but if you look around you may find one you're interested in trying out.
If you haven't seen it before, this ancient thread by Kevin Chen helped me figure a few things out about how to construct heads and other body parts.
I really like the feel and color scheme of your last speed paint. I'm afraid the light and shadow aren't making much sense though. The light is coming from the window, right? At its core, light and shadow follow normal perspective rules. Here's a good explanation:
Seedling's Perspective 101
Nice progress overall! Good to see you really getting a feel for those gestures.
May 5th, 2012 #42
Thanks for the links IntoTheVoid. I knew Kevin Chen's one but not Seeding's one. It will help (and yes light and shadows doesn't make sense ).
I didn't draw any gesture for a week, so I choose an hour pixelovely class (30sec, 1mn, 4mn, 11mn, 30mn)... and I feel like restarting from ground -_- I really have to do some everyday, even if it's just for 10mn.
May 5th, 2012 #43
Hey good studies! That last ballerina looks really good!
May 5th, 2012 #44
Thank you Gibi
Painting from imagination. There are some wrong things in proportions/perspective, colors, values (seems flat)... but I probably spent too much on it without pause to find exactly what...
May 6th, 2012 #45
Few corrections after a good night. Seems to me a bit better.
May 6th, 2012 #46
That's a pretty cool style
What you're describing is precisely what flipping is for! And in the case of traditional media, using a mirror will have the same effect. Once an image is flipped your brain is no longer used to it and stops trying to "fill in the gaps" for you.
In this case, the major weakness is the neck: it's 100% flat and seems to attach sideways to her jaw, instead of vertically under the occipital bone and mandible. Kinda makes her look like a sock puppet
May 7th, 2012 #47
OMG the neck.... Thought about all but that, and it's so obvious :/ Thank you !
(I flip a lot when I paint, but at some point, in a way or the other I can't see anything ^^)
May 10th, 2012 #48
Gestures, heads with Loomis' method, basic proportions (fail ^^)
May 12th, 2012 #49
More loomis heads, gestures (tried an other way, but...), quick still life sketch and various exercises.
May 12th, 2012 #50
The recent gestures aren't bad or anything, but the ones from May 10th were a good deal stronger. The reason for that is line confidence. I know it's hard to resist, but avoid at all costs "petting lines" and "probing lines". It's probably the single most common habit artists start out with and it causes them a whole lot of grief.
I still catch myself using them at times! They're evil!
You know what I mean? Those little marks you put on the page before you feel brave enough to put down a proper line. Intuitively it might feel like they're helping, but they never are.
You have to force yourself to commit to every line you draw. If you absolutely hate a line then just erase it and draw it again, but never put down any faint, placeholder lines.
Also, don't mistake those for construction lines - those are different. Construction lines have a similar basic purpose, but they are just as deliberate as the final lines are.
I hope that made at least some sense, like it did in my head. I remember an exercise I was doing to cure my lines was to take a drawing and redraw it 5 times, so by the end I just "knew" where the line was supposed to go and didn't need any crutch lines underneath
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You've improved so much! The advances in your gestures is unbelievable! I must ask, did you read something to help improve your gestures or did it just come naturally from drawing them so much?
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May 13th, 2012 #52
It did not come naturally, I first read Vilppu : http://www.awn.com/mag/issue3.3/3.3p...pudrawing.html (this chapter only, it's already so difficult to master this ^^) and had the chance to have a friend with the lecture of this chapter in video in which Vilppu explains in details the idea in 1h. And for 20mn at the end of the video, he draws gestures from photo explaining the process. So I drew at the same time copying him line by line, listening to what he says, and reapeat that several times until I think I understood something doing this (the "flow" maybe), even if I can't reproduce that with other references than the ones he uses in this video.
And I also studied (and go back to it regulary) the first chapter "Gesture drawing" of Mickael Hampton's book "Figure Drawing - Design and invention" where he offers a point by point process for gestures that you can adjust as you developp your own style. I really love this book, maybe he has the type of pedagogy that suits me, I don't know.
The mix of those and practicing a bit everyday (or quite :/) with gesture's sites is what I do. I hope it can help you.
And while we're in gestures, here are mines for today (I'm not happy at all with the 30sec ones, and most of the 1mn ones are not much better, but I keep doing them to gain confidence)
May 13th, 2012 #53
Great studies, keep at it!
May 15th, 2012 #54
Thank you Sirenus !
Gestures and a quick drawing.
May 20th, 2012 #55
Again, some gestures.
October 9th, 2014 #56
2 years and a half since I post something here and two years and a half I didn't draw... You know, procrastination, then stuff in life and all the excuses I can find... Shame on me and all, but well, complaining is something really useless !
I restart to draw a couple of weeks ago. And of course I have to restart from the begining, but hey, I desserve it.
Here are the stuffs I did the last weeks :
- This one is called "Dawn", the result doesn't feel "polished" and I don't like the setting, the background, the colors...
- This one is called "Bagua Zhang" which is a Chinese internal martial art I practice. I wanted to express it in a picture. I spent an incredible amount of time of it and I'm pretty happy with the result, but... I know it's not really my style wich I still have to find (and I know only pratice can help me) :
- I called this one "Bienveillance" (Benevolence). Again I spent a lot of time, but I don't like the result. In fact, in my opinion the painting process ruined the drawing ^^
- And so, this the drawing of "Bienveillance" :
- Finally a quite quick drawing from imagination (I used a bunch of photo as reference for the previous ones), a lot harder of course :/
I also restarted gesture studies, but not even a full page yet ^^, so I will post them later.
It feels good to be back here and it's always so good to see all those incredible pieces of art members of this forum are sharing !
October 10th, 2014 #57
So, back to gestures, long long way to go...
And a drawing
October 10th, 2014 #58
October 11th, 2014 #59
Thank you SenK, that's motivating
For today, a few failed gestures and a tree :
October 12th, 2014 #60
Gestures of the day. I tried to have several things in mind :
- Stop scratching, confident line !
- No need to hurry, take your time !
- Try to visualize each line before drwing it
The result seems to me a lot better than the last two days !