Aw, thank you! I am in the same boat: constantly wanting to improve! I've been reading Figure Drawing for All It's Worth by Loomis and even though I have barely gotten into the book, it has already tremendously helped. I recommend it!
I thought I would try something a little different and did a still life in pastel. I have to say, it was a challenge working in pastel and making the fruit seem solid. It may just have been because of the tooth and the texture the pastel left behind. I was also trying some different ways of mixing color and found that using cotton swabs just took the color off. Getting a good picture of the paper with accurate colors was difficult too. But overall, I'm fairly happy with how this came out and it was a fun way to test my observational color skill. I wish I had done something with the background beyond the table though :/
Working on the male form this time. I had a tough time figuring out how the muscles on the sides and backs "worked" - that and foreshortening were my issues this time. Since I have no models, these poses are all from Pixelovely again, done in the space of about five minutes each. I learned a lot, but I also learned I have a lot left to work through! If you can read my handwriting, I tried to make notes to myself on where I messed up, but if you see anything else please point it out! Thanks guys.
Like you I could greatly benefit from some figure life drawing classes. Despite this i think you still have a good grasp on proportions and really like your gestural studies. Think your sensible to be drawing quick sketches of people in public at least i think they are in public.
your drawings have a good energy to them but I think you should do some where you slow down with the pen or pencil and try and be more deliberate as your lines are a bit scratchy at the mo.
Thanks for mentioning my line quality, one of the things tat really has helped me since march has been do practice exercise like drawing circles and ellipses and straight lines. i do an hour of this per day and you really can see an improvement in your line work even within one practice session.
Another great exercise is to draw a line it can be straight, zig zagged or wavy and trace over it a few time and tray and not break the line. this forces you to slow down and be more controlled in your mark making and has really helped me.
I got all this from a video tutorial by Peter Han on CGMW its called dynamic sketching. you have to pay to stream it and I think you have it for 48 hours but its really great for foundational stuff with regards to line quality and basics of rendering. all done in pen but watching it has really helped me a lot.
Thanks for the comments ja1307! I do tend to be really sketchy when I work quickly, since I use a ballpoint pen and don't erase at all. I will definitely try to economize my linework - maybe I can get a few 'finished' sketches done when I understand more about how muscles are put together. That, more than anything, is the hurdle I have to jump over now! I will try to do some pencil studies later so I can get cleaner drawings.
I want to get into some perspective studies too - I think that will be where clean mark making really comes in handy. I will definitely try out the exercises you suggested, I had never even thought of doing that! Thanks so much!
Just a small update - I've been working on still life practice and perspective drawing (which I hate!). I like the way the pencil still life turned out since I haven't taken the time to render pencil in a long time, but I think I could have pushed values more. I got burned out on it though :/ and my mom wanted her new coffee back! I think it's definitely a step forward though. Thoughts?
Ugh, I think I have gotten to a point where I feel a little burned out. I decided to switch gears and try reading Bridgman, which seems too technical for me to really utilize properly. I had trouble with male torsos, tried to study up on it, then sort of sputtered. Need to get back on that train soon. I don't like my marker drawing very much anymore either, thinking about redoing it when I can replace my markers. I hate the face of the woman in the foreground, messed it up very bad. Ugh! A very frustrating couple of weeks, studies-wise.
Sketch dump! Lots of studies here, I have really been trying to focus on muscle groups and get a good handle on it. There are also some life sketches in there too.
If anyone's out there and reading this, I'd really appreciate some critiques, especially on torsos. I've been studying torso muscles lately and have found it to be quite a challenge. My trouble spots are the sides, underneath the armpits (where the arms join) and the back. It's difficult to find live models and while pictures are great, many are lit in a way that makes it difficult to really see the muscle structure. If anyone's got some good resources on torso muscles and how to understand them, lay it on me! Cheers guys.
In addition to doing a little bit of muscle studies, I've been trying to do more gesture studies. As a future animation student, I want to make sure I can understand the acting figure as well as the anatomically correct one. I've been reading Force by Michael Mattesi, which has been hugely helpful - especially with my gesture drawings, which usually lack weight! Most of these are done from Pixelovely but the last eight or so are from a life drawing session at my teacher's house. I definitely think there is an improvement in quality when I sit in front of a model and I can't wait to do more.
Another set with a live model. It was fun drawing someone who didn't have an "idealized" body type that is used in most life drawing studies. I feel like I am definitely improving with regards to the shape of general muscle areas and really getting the masses down. What do you think?
Nice figure studies!
There are lots and lots and lots of them in this here sketchbook. Perhaps try doing more of the same character, as in different angles.
Or perhaps concentrate on a finished peace for a change. Try more variation
Sketchbook - I really appreciate comments and critique, please visit!
I would love to do more finished pieces! Now that I've been invited to some life drawing sessions with a live model, I'll take your advice and try going in some different parts of the room. I don't have any characters per se, but I could see how I do with setting up a figure without any references. Thanks for the advice!
I've been meaning to do more digital painting, so here's a quick exercise I did using a photo from Pixelovely. I gave myself a time limit of 30 minutes - for me, it's a challenge drawing with a tablet, so I think I'll do more studies in the coming days.