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May 7th, 2012 #1
POPUPS Sketchbook - A true beginner who needs a helping hand.
Hello everyone, POPUP here.
I have been a long time lurker of CA.org and finally decided to post up some of my own work and begin my own sketchbook.
I have always had a keen interest in art, but it is not something I have ever pursued.
I'm not sure what it is exactly but I feel now is the time for me to pick up a pencil and nurture my creative side.
I have always been a 'doodler' I spend a lot of my work time on the phone to customers and me and my work colleagues are often intrigued by the detail I put into these so called doodles.
The girlfriend recently took a keen interest in my ability and bought me a wacom bamboo pad to keep me motived. And motivated I am.
So where am I at right now?
Well I played around for a bit on my wacom pad. doing a couple of studies. I am quite proud how some of them turned out but after reading tutorials on line, searching youtube high and low. Purchasing loads of drawing books and magazines I have decided I need to start waaaayy back on step one and build up my fundamentals if I am ever to get any better.
I put down the digital pad and went back to paper and pencil and got myself a decent how to draw book.
Hopefully with my hard work and determination, and with the help of you guys I will be able to achieve my goals.
Thank you for reading and please comment.
Last edited by POPUPSart; February 4th, 2013 at 05:26 PM.
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So here is a selection of the first few bits I did when I got my Wacom tablet.
Kind of all over the place. But that was how my brain was at the time.
I have since tried to streamline the process and start from scratch.
Last edited by POPUPSart; May 8th, 2012 at 01:57 PM.
May 7th, 2012 #3
Here is a little piece that started off as a doodle while on the phone for some time.
The original was on a scrap bit of paper that was then scanned in and this is what it turned into.
I liked the idea of telling a story through a sequence of pictures.
Apologies for the random sizing of images. Still getting used to this.
Any ideas for uploading? Size/res etc?
May 8th, 2012 #4
Ok so I have got cracking on some some basic sketching.
I started with just some technique exercises that the book recommends just to get a feel for the pencil and paper again.
This is just the starting posts on my long journey. I would love to see some comments or guidance to point me in the right direction.
Thanks for reading.
Last edited by POPUPSart; May 8th, 2012 at 05:50 PM.
May 8th, 2012 #5
Some further images I have done today.
I really want to be able to draw people correctly. one of my biggest problems is just getting proportions correct. So I spend the night knocking a few out. I personally feel an improvement already.
I'm not going for realistic looks just yet, just focusing on proportions. The rest will come later!
Thanks again for reading. Crits and advice welcome.
May 8th, 2012 #6
May 8th, 2012 #7
Hey there, welcome to CA.
Looks like you're starting in the right place (makes me wish I had myself, haha). Just keep on going!
For the figure, maybe try doing some drawings from life to cement the concepts you learn from books/online. Even if it's just a quick gesture of your friend watching TV or whatever, it's really helpful to apply your knowledge like that.
Also personally I find it easier to construct the figure out of boxy shapes rather than circular ones, but do whatever feels right for you!
May 9th, 2012 #8
Thanks very much for the comments. Mean a lot when people take the time to help me out and for that I appreciate it. I will aim to do some lift studies shortly and maybe try a more blocky method. But for now. Here is something I knocked up on my lunch break at work.
Some female mannequins for your viewing pleasure.
I'm noticing some improvements in the way I draw. My lines appear to be more confident as I go and these anatomy fundamentals seem to be sinking in!
Overall feeling very good. But the road is long!
May 10th, 2012 #9
Another quick update.
Nothing exciting yet but hey! I guess we all need to start from somewhere right?
I do intend to do some life studies this weekend to hopefully utilise all the things I have learnt so far.
Thanks for reading.
Please comment and crit. Im open to all suggestions. I am in awe at the standard of art on this forum and if I can ever hope to achieve those levels I am willing to take everything on board.
May 10th, 2012 #10
I like what I'm seeing POPUPSart. You're doing it the right way. The digital Game of Thrones & pathway in darkforest are awesome.
Here's are 2 links that will help you on your journey. The first one is for sketching gestures. The other link is a guide to sketching. It's helpful to starters. Keep drawing, you'll start to see improvement in no time.
"Hit You with So Many Rights, You Gonna Beg For A Left"
Check Out My Sketchbook
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May 12th, 2012 #11
Hi Blue Gun, thanks for the reply those links are perfect and im sure they will come in handy!
I did some studies of the arm today. Lower and upper and did a few arm sketches to show what I have learnt!
Not much more to add, been crazy busy recently!
Next up I think I will do legs, in a similar way I have done the torso and arms. Then hopefully some gestures.
Thanks again for reading
May 13th, 2012 #12
Hey man thx for the visit, I would recommend studying Michael Hampton's figure drawing book, he uses a lot of form development from the basic forms and it is really a great learning resource. you should also always remember to draw in form and not in line, remember your paper should now be treated like it is a 3d surface not a 2d one, so start with these forms and use planes the same way a sculpter would shape form and create your more complex objects. Your doing great, just carry on and study people like Hampton, Loomis and Bridgman .
my sketchbook- http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...=235313&page=3
May 20th, 2012 #13
So it has been awhile since my last update, I have been slacking recently as it has been my girlfriends birthday
Luckily I have been able to find some time to do some drawing.
Again just working on anatomy getting a better idea of proportion, muscle/bone structure. and studying a bit of Loomis and working what I have learnt about proportion into some gesture studies using the mannequins he recommends using.
Thanks for reading.