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June 5th, 2012 #14
You deffinatly have a great flare for drawing from what I can see, and I like some of the figure studies.
As the others said, the proportions need to be tightend up but I feel that the whole tube and sphere approach to figure drawing is doing nothing your you, and I know from experience that it will hold you back. I think what could serve you a great benefit are observational excercises such as blind contour drawing, and semi-blind drawing so you become a lot less subconscience about what your doing. The shaky proportions may have to do with a sense of nervousness and a worry to get everything right, if that makes any sense. Blind drawing can open up new zones in your mind and help develop hand-eye co-ordination when drawing and can help build your confidence.
Why I'm bringing up the blind drawing is because it is more or less what life drawing instructors will have you doing for the first class or two, for the reasons mentioned. The more you do it, the more sensitive your eyes and hands become to what you're seeing and it makes life drawing a lot easier when you move into more gestural drawings and anatomical studies. Even when you begin to rely less on contour and more on rendering tonal values to build up an image, you'll feel a lot more confident with your hand-eye co-ordination.
So yeah, I'd look into any local art leagues or life drawing classes in your area as this will help your figure drawings out a lot more.
Good luck with your art and keep drawing!
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June 5th, 2012 #15
Sorry for the double post there. Stupid Firefox is at it again! xD
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June 6th, 2012 #16
Fullmetal-Animator, thanks for the tip on blind contour drawing. I did a few of them for a while with objects, but didn't think it would help a lot in the long run so I dropped it.
I've started looking for life drawing classes, I'll add blind countour to everyday practice in the meantime
June 6th, 2012 #17
Ears today. Also, cleaning up the unholy mess I call a desk and getting a Rotring 300 2mm (feels so smooth).
June 6th, 2012 #18
Hey man, I know you're doing a page of studies of each part a day...but maybe, at the end of the day through in some other face parts from memory just so you don' loose it completely or burn yourself out...I know it can get pretty discouraging drawing the same thing over and over. Otherwise just keep it up, I've seen some improvement in your drawings since the last time I was here.
June 7th, 2012 #19
Psychobuddy, yeah drawing the same thing over and over gets kind of boring, but I was able to get a sense of structure from them. Now that I've done all the parts, I'll do whole faces. I may practice the head frame a bit more, since I'm sucking when it is in perspective.
No studies today
The scribbles at the bottom is just fooling around with a marker, trying to alien languages. I think the girl's head came out a bit too narrow, nose and proportions are also wonky -.-
Some enviro sketches
I've gone back to my castle enviro sketch, and I want to make into a full painting. I've fixed the composition a bit, worked on the road, the foreground, and remade the haunted castle. Not super happy about the design though.
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hey man, how are things?
looking good as far as i can tell!
thanks for your message and keep it up.
looking forward to seeing the castle in full, some people have said to me too that a good way to progress skill wise is to just try to get everything to as near complete as you can with your current skill set, and then push it with the next one (if you can, even do multiple versions of the same thing)
much encouragement from me dude, keep going!
June 11th, 2012 #21
samthemule, totally. I used to leave things unfinished and it never did me any good. We have to push as far as we can.
I've been doing practising blind contour drawing a lot, so not much to show.
Did some symmetry excercises. I've always had trouble drawing symmetric objects/faces.
Also, I'm hating faces so much right now -.-
June 12th, 2012 #22
Some poses from observation, some painting practice (now with colors!) and doodling in ballpoint pen
June 16th, 2012 #23
June 16th, 2012 #24
When drawing faces try to construct all the feature, check out Andrew Loomis or Michael Hampton for some construction tips.
When you know how the face is constructed it will be much easier to place the features ofg the face in the correct places.
I've seen you've tried constructing in your first posts, carry that knowledge onto when you're drawing people from photographs or life.
June 17th, 2012 #25
telohs, hey thanks for stopping by. I've been trying to incorporate construction in the last 2 heads (the bottom ones), but I jumped to details too soon. I have Loomis' book on faces, and David Finch's videos. I'll look up
Some clouds, still working on my brush strokes
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June 19th, 2012 #26
More 5' enviro thumbs, figures and painting practice
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