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July 27th, 2012 #1
Annie's book of sketches
Been lurking for a few days and decided to show y'all some of my drawings - I really want to improve so if you spot any mistakes, major or minor, please inform me
In the past I've done a lot of sketches from photos and from life, but I don't think I really learnt that much except how to copy. Then a few weeks ago I started anatomy and recently I've been trying to learn drapery... so I can clothe my people so they don't get cold I'm also trying to go back to basics.
Attached are a sample of the things I've done over the past few weeks (or older). Perhaps you've noticed a running error or have some advice for the future. This would be awesome as I really don't know where I'm going with my 'art'. Any suggestions on what to focus on or try would be incredibly useful!
Sorry about the photos. The scanner works but it's not very good...hope you enjoy these for now. First few are still life, next few are from photos (yeah the felt tip one has problems), next few are humans (been doing lots of posemaniacs loose sketches), and the last few are from my imagination. If you want to know more about anything just ask
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little update -- started on hands a few days ago! and first are a few studies from references. crits welcome
July 31st, 2012 #3
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July 31st, 2012 #4
Welcome to CA.
Looks like you're on the right track, you've got a good handle of the basics. Those hands are looking nice and proportionate too, which is a tricky thing to do! I'd recommend working on your lines a little bit, make them less scratchy. Try doing a drawing using as few passes with the pencil as possible, making long smooth lines.
Keep it up, and you'll be flying in no time!
July 31st, 2012 #5
Thanks for the encouragement, guys! I'll try that now, Clur, but what do I do if (when) the lines come out wrong? xD Cheers!
July 31st, 2012 #6
Work lightly, erase it, and try again! :3
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You got a nice feelings to your drawings!
The best advice I can give you is just to keep drawing from life, and sometimes from photographs.
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July 31st, 2012 #8
ooo somebody already does have a sketchbook ! I already love the portrait and hands ! and see how good your figures already are ! keep posting and we can all kick butt one day haha
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August 1st, 2012 #9
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August 1st, 2012 #10
sorry for the boring
Thanks for dropping by, everyone
Jerry, I hope we do kick butt one day ;D
So I'm back to drawing humans, and I'm really trying to see the form and use longer lines instead of scratchy ones. It made me slow down quite a bit. Oh and I actually picked up a rubber once or twice! I also picked up some willow charcoal, which was too much fun (don't know if I used it right and it's smudged now oh well).
First is a before and after type thing. Last is from imagination - something seems VERY WRONG about it, the hip and legs particularly....but I guess I should do these to test what I've learnt?
Also does anyone have any suggestions for drawing books, general or anatomy?? I wanna improve loads before a-levels start
August 1st, 2012 #11
August 1st, 2012 #12
Cheers JiR, and yes I do Recently I have anyway
August 3rd, 2012 #13
August 4th, 2012 #14
First few, playing with cubes a bit. Next is some gesture drawings from posemaniacs, all under 15 seconds. Next is some arms taken from stills of trampoling men's final at the olympics ;D Last is people drawings from stock photos, experimenting a bit. By the way I always do more than is shown here but that would make for a huge post
August 7th, 2012 #15
*sigh* I don't know what I'm doing. Have some random crap. Tried using values properly, like first put darks in, then midtones, then darkest darks and light parts but it was damn hard to stay consistent >:I
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Hi Annie! Really nice start with your sketchbook! You seem to have a pretty good grasp on proportions and values already. The picture of the man in a coat is especially great!
As far as advice goes, um, one thing that has really helped me in doing studies from life or photos or whatever, is trying to be as accurate as possible. For example - the bowl of fruit, when you compare it to the reference, do you feel as though it is as accurate as it could have been? What could have been improved? Like the values, or the position, or the details and shadows. Just try to be as honest as possible and then try to fix it.
Of course this is really just when doing studies. To me the reason is so that you will push yourself to learn as much as you can from that subject you're drawing/painting.
Hope that helps a little. Good luck!
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August 9th, 2012 #17
Thank you very much, LongJh!
Good advice, although the fruit was from life so I can't correct it now But I'll try to think about your words in the future! Thanks again.
No update today...I did a little self portrait but I'll maybe lump it in with the next post - when the book I ordered arrives and I get to doing exercises from that
Hope it gets here soon ;_;
August 11th, 2012 #18
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those studies are looking good.
August 25th, 2012 #20
shamandalie: I FOLLOWED YOOOU.
Thanks guys, and I'm sorry I haven't posted for...2 weeks! Oh my. You can shout at me, I deserve it.
Been doing some projects from 'Keys to Drawing' by Burt Dodson. Was unimpressed with it at first but it does have some great advice
Last attachment is sketch from holiday.
August 30th, 2012 #21
Warning: even slower updates to come (school)
Watch out, here comes Loomis. I realised I never spend long studying something so this time I am going to spend enough time on heads to get it perfect!!!!!! Or there abouts.
Should have drawn bigger and in pencil, but it's okay. Please excuse the suckiness.
Also attatched some skull studies, and the sketchbook cover I decorated! For no reason! (will write my name in the facebook like space)
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