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June 4th, 2012 #1
Long time Lurker, first time poster. I was a little skeptical about posting my stuff on here but decided to take a chance, probably will help me achieve my goals in becoming a better artist. Ive always been drawing but never really took it seriously, I took a 4 year break and just recently started up again. So It feels like Im starting all over again,I'll be updating 3 times a week or maybe more. Feel free to critique!
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June 4th, 2012 #3
Hey, welcome to the forum! If you are looking for some books to start out with may I suggest Bridgman's a Complete Guide to Drawing From Life and Betty Edward's Drawing on The Right Side of The Brain. Aside from that, draw as much from life as you can and don't be afraid to push the darks when rendering. For instance, in your drawing of the eggs that shadow could have been a tad bit darker. Experiment and have fun, good luck!
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June 4th, 2012 #4
Thank you so much! I'll check out those book, yeah I thought I made them darker but It doesnt show well here. So I'll try better next time Thanks for the advice.
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June 6th, 2012 #6
Thanks for the nice comment on my sketchbook nf.
You've got a great start for a sketchbook so far. One thing you can work on is line quality. It's something I struggle with too and there are lots of great exercises such as blind contour drawings and connecting dots with straight lines that you can do as a warmups.
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June 6th, 2012 #7
Thank you for the feedback! haha yeah I tend to get messy when it comes to lines, I'll practice what you told me to do, I hope it will help, I'll post more as soon as I can though, Thanks for stopping by
June 6th, 2012 #8
Don't be afraid to use black and white in your value studies. contrast makes images more interesting and knowing how to push your darks and lights will help you get more volume out of your drawings.
You're off to a great start, keep drawing and posting!
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June 6th, 2012 #9
@gmc9987 Thank you for the feedback, I'll study that next time!
Heres a couple new sketches ive done. Practicing on my line quality arrghh! dont like what im seeing, but gotta keep on drawing..and just a few more gesture drawings.
June 6th, 2012 #10
Andrew loomis studies for head
June 9th, 2012 #11
Few skull studies and muscle studies.
June 9th, 2012 #12
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Good work so far. I notice that you have far more confidence in your line work than I do...that said look around for others' gesture drawings and see how they use construction lines as a guide. I just started doing that in my gestures and in two days it has helped a ton!
Keep drawing, I look forward to your updates.
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June 18th, 2012 #14
@MLB Thank you! I'll try that next time!
Heres a few more life drawing sketches/gesture drawing.
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June 24th, 2012 #18
face value study
June 24th, 2012 #19
hey there good start!
definitely work on your anatomy as it's weak right now before you tackle gesture drawings as you need a fundamental understanding of anatomy before you should try gestures
one thing I'm noticing is that your studies don't look very finished, you're focusing only on getting the outlines of things done. You're not going to learn very much from your studies in that manner so try and build your still lifes up from mass/form first before you tackle line, as a quote from a bridgeman book
"the line, in actual construction, must come first; but as mental construction must precede physical, so the concept of mass must come first, that of plane second, that of line last"
keep on working at it!
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July 4th, 2012 #20
@Duplicitious: Thanks!! The whole time I was working on lines, kinda forgot about form.. I'll be working more on that.
July 4th, 2012 #21
shadows/forms; and hand studies..so many studying lol
July 4th, 2012 #22
selfportrait on photoshop..haha i still need practicing.
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July 15th, 2012 #24
Okay, a lot of late nights studying basic forms etc. studying perspective too, I dont even know if Im doing this right lol.
July 15th, 2012 #25
digital studying, doing whatever I can to understand lighting and value..
July 15th, 2012 #26
Hey! These drawings show some potential! whats your learning process? I tried to teach myself on a schedule, the first day I would draw from photos or other artists (including tutorials), the next day I'd go to life drawing, the next day I'd draw people in public like on the subway, then the next day I'd invent my own faces, or re draw from stuff I've done the last few days. I think this worked very very well for me and it might work for you too! I like to compare this process to learning a new language, first you have to do your lesson (drawing from tutorials), but then you have to speak it or else you wont ever remember what you are learning, and you wont know what else you have to learn!
ANyway, hope I didnt blab on. Good luck!!
August 14th, 2012 #27
@Pamz1e Thanks! Well usually I just find one day to work on basic foundation drawing, then the next would be drawing from life and so on. Maybe I should try it your way, it would probably help me lots! thanks for feedback.
So been gone for awhile but I have been practicing drawing, though these are the sketches I could find over the last month. Still drawing to find more out about form, Im not sure If Im doing it right, When drawing from life I would draw the form lightly from there I would measure the proportion and then start contour drawing the object that Im looking at. Eh, still need some work though. lol
August 14th, 2012 #28
more sketches Ive done.
August 14th, 2012 #29
color/value study that Ive been doing in photoshop, A lot of people say I should traditional painting before going into digital painting. I'll probably do that lol
August 14th, 2012 #30
Nice book man. Your improvement is definitely coming along. Looks like bridgeman is really helping you out. Keep it up man.
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