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July 29th, 2012 #1
No chicken scratching allowed.
I bid you welcome traveler, for you have reached a sketchbook in which I will document my continued failures on my quest to become GREAT. The road to GREATness is plastered with obstacles such as perspective, proportion, composition, values and various others, which are fearsome foes indeed. Every sketch I do will slowly chip away the mask of those enemies which I hope to defeat.
Enough of the dramatic entry texts tho, let's just focus on the art.
///1. A skull study
This must be one of the only things I've drawn in forever that I actually like.
///2. Value study of a back
I messed up the perspective/proportions and I had a really hard time figuring out the nuances in the back. It was a horrifying experience.
///3. A self portrait
I seem to have huge problems when it comes to hard lighting. The mouth seems to be perspectively wrong, the brows are too high and the jawline doesn't resemble mine. I need to contruct more.
Reference: A mirror
Bonus: a gif of my drawing process, maybe its helpful for critique
Critique is very much appreciated and I only implore you to point out everything that is wrong and tips to improve.
Thank you very much.
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Some pencil sketches.
July 31st, 2012 #3
Picked up Bridgmans constructive anatomy, been loving it.
July 31st, 2012 #4
Since the attachments seem to be broken right now, here is what I did today.
The images of the last post should be up whenever the attachments come back online.
///Types of muscles and joints.
Picked up the book "The Naked Human" by Gottfried Bammes, a truly fantastic book about everything anatomy and I heartily recommend it to everyone.
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July 31st, 2012 #6
That skull is super nice!
August 1st, 2012 #7
August 2nd, 2012 #8
@Psychobuddy, drunknmunky and CrashPoint
Picked up "Sketching and rendering in pencil", so I tried to improve my pencil shading skills. Didn't realize how great a tool the pencil really was (and how much I suck at it, there are some amazing pictures in that book, you should check it out, since it's free and all).
///Quick landscape sketch
August 2nd, 2012 #9
good progress so far just touch up a little more on the face feels slighty off. Also book I recommand checking out if you are interested is figure drawign by micheal hampto and if its still available go to your local bookstore or online and get imagine fx special o the human anatomy by ron lemen it will help you out.
August 7th, 2012 #10
Thanks man, I'll be sure to check it out.
// Ink sketches
Decided to try out sketching with ink, it's a lot of fun.
August 13th, 2012 #11
Some more sketches. Still working on the anatomy of the legs.
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keep it up with your anatomy studies and your b&w paintings dude, keep on being specific, study just a few things for a while, right now, drawing skills + values is enough, so keep that for a few months, and you'll make tons of improvments !!
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August 14th, 2012 #14
Will do, thank you.
Two self portraits, one in graphite one in Photoshop.
The really blatant flaw in the graphite one is the position of the eyes, with which I had problems in the digital version, too. Quite odd, I never seem to know where to place them.
August 14th, 2012 #15
Very nice works so far (I dig the 'dramatic entry text' xD ) My fav has to be the skull , very realistic.
As for the self portraits; Maybe you should take a closer look at noses and lips. The nostrils appear to be too visible for a front view -maybe the nasal wings start a bit too far under the level of the nose tip? (Hard to judge without seeing your face though :/ ) And adding a bit more detail to the line where the lips meet will make the face look more open and natural. Right now the portraits seem rather tense and, literally, 'tight-lipped'
'looking forward to your next posts!
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August 15th, 2012 #16
Thanks a lot for the critique! I will pay more attention to it next time.
Nothing fancy, just a few more leg studies.
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Your studies are looking good, that skull is great! Keep it up.
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August 17th, 2012 #18
Some sketches I've copied from Gottfried Bamme's Book "We draw people", it's quite good.
I should really switch to A4 paper, I can't scan this because it's on A3 and my scanner is too small.
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August 17th, 2012 #19
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May 23rd, 2013 #20
Haha, I've been absent for a long time, but I have not stopped drawing!
I managed to ace my entrance exam for art and am going to study starting this winter, about which I am absolutely thrilled.
I made the animal drawings yesterday, references were stuffed animals.
The figure drawings were made 2 weeks before that, thanks to the wonderful model that I hope I represented alright.
I made a lot more drawings over the past months, but I didn't want to dump all of it, so I decided to just post the last ones that I made.