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
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Ears today. Also, cleaning up the unholy mess I call a desk and getting a Rotring 300 2mm (feels so smooth).
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.
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.
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!
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 -.-
Some poses from observation, some painting practice (now with colors!) and doodling in ballpoint pen
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.
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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Starting to work on arms and legs, more faces and some doodles
Tip: If you're using a leadholder (like the Rotring 300) don't use the integrated sharpener! It takes more time and leaves graphite dust on the inside of the button (which may then fall on your paper). Plus, if you accidentaly break the lead while sharpening, you'll be looking foward to several minutes of quality time trying to poke the graphite out of it (and making a mess of graphite dust everywhere).
It's best to have an external sharpener, unless you're on the road I guess.
It's good to have resources from awesome artists like David Finch. However, i think his videos are better for those who already know the structure of all muscles, as he only shows his approach in drawing, not defining every single bone or muscle. For me, it's like learning to paint with custom brushes before learning to use the default.
So, i think if you really want to master human anatomy, you should check "The Structure of Man" by Riven Phoenix. In these lessons, he will explain every single bone and muscle and show how to render it with pencil. If you draw together with him in every video, you should get a strong foundation in anatomy. So, that way you will find the Finch DVD way more useful, because he has "shortcuts" for many things.
By the way, keep posting, you're already getting better.
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Hey, thanks for the comments. I'll finish going through the Finch DVDs now since I've already started with them, and I'll check Riven's videos then. The complete course does seem a more complete than what I'm doing right now. I've also ordered Atlas of the Human Anatomy for Artists by Peck. It should arrive in a couple of weeks (hopefully )
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