Procrastinator 2: Judgment Day (a.k.a. Johan's Sketchbook)
Hi everybody! My name is Johan and I'm 23 years old. I've been drawing cartoons, comics and funny animals since I was a kid, but I've never really paid any attention to art fundamentals.
Beginning in January this year I started reading Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and The Practice and Science of Drawing in order to improve. But I was kind of lazy, didn't draw much and had no specific goals.
After a while, though, I got inspired by a lot of talented artists out there and decided to reboot the system and start all over again. Because if I want to be in their league I better shape up.
This happened in June. I immediately began developing my drawing abilities, although I've been having some problems keeping a steady workflow. Maybe the summer wasn't the best time of the year to begin studying, I dunno. Having a sketchbook online will hopefully help me focus.
I'm gonna try to post everything I draw (and later on paint) during the day. Please feel free to critique and comment on my stuff. It would really mean a lot to me.
Just for comparison, here's two self portraits I did as part of the exercises in DOTRSOTB (made in January and April) and one I drew yesterday. Looks like I have a long road ahead of me
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Here's what I drew today (I don't have a tablet of my own yet, but as soon as I buy one I'll start posting my digital painting attempts as well). First some 30 second poses, then some longer ones. Some value studies of an egg and receipt, a hand and a self portrait. The self portrait didn't turn out that good, but at least I'm trying to see the values.
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I tried to study some anatomy today with the help of Mr. Vilppu. Here's some sketches of shoulders, knees and elbows in an attempt to learn how they work. There's a lot to take in, so I haven't grasped everything yet. But I'll probably get this eventually... I hope
I've also been watching Stan Prokopenkos videos and reading his tutorials on facial features, something you can tell by looking at the eye and nose doodles. Still having problems with light and shadow, though.
After a while I started to lose focus and decided to draw some 30 second gestures to get back on track.
Then I began drawing some longer poses, but I didn't go very well.
I did a self portrait as well, but I can't show it to you since I drew it after I came back from scanning. You see, I have to use the scanner at my school and I don't want to ride my bike all the way back just to scan one single drawing. But I'll post it tomorrow instead. I promise.
Didn't have much motivation today. I started questioning if I'll ever become an artist, because today it felt like I haven't learned anything... Do I have what it takes? Do I have the drive? Guess I have to work harder to find out
On the plus side - I ordered a scanner yesterday, and a friend of mine is going to sell his tablet to me. If I'm lucky I might get both at the end of this week. That would be nice.
Anyway, here's that self portrait I mentioned in the last post:
And here's what I did today. Not much, with the lack of motivation and all... I know that's no excuse. First some 30 second poses trying to capture the gesture.
Then some longer poses.
My computer started acting up, so while I was waiting for it to get back to normal I doodled some ellipses and lines. Didn't bother to scan them. I got tired of waiting and decided I could find a better use of my time. So I whipped out an egg and did two short value studies before I began my daily self portrait.
Still having troublues rendering values. And drawing heads. Gonna do some anatomy studies of the head tomorrow. Learning new stuff, heck yeah!
Hi, nice work. I think that Art and stuff is a decision. I don't know a student that feel excited to play the same piano song over and over again. I don't know a medical student that is excited to do autopsies. But it is necessary part of their learning process and has to be done. So don't thing too much about motivation and stuff and just draw, everything else will come You're on the right path.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my sketchbook, k_z. You're totally right! Just gonna have to keep drawing
Alright, this is what I did today: some gestures, bodies, skull studies, nose studies and I also started on a Bargue drawing (no pictures of it, though). But I didn't have time do do a self portrait! A real shame, because these studies was kind of leading up to a self portrait at the end of the day...
I really, really hope my scanner arrives tomorrow. Having to use the scanner at my school is wearing me out.
Gonna end this post with some good news. I bought that tablet today Awesome! Celebrated by making a quick sketch/doodle/thingamajiggy.
Today was not a good day. Sure, my scanner arrived, but I wasted so much time on getting it home, unpacking it, installing it and trying to find a scanner setting that was acceptable (don't think I succeeded, but this will have to do). 3-4 hours down the drain! Dangit!
This is what I managed to do anyway... Started drawing later than usual and my back was killing me, so I didn't bother finishing the self portrait. Procrastination station in da house But tomorrow is a new day and I'm gonna make sure things get better
As a warm-up, I did a blind contour drawing, some 30 and 60 second poses (drawn with a fine liner) and three 5 minute poses.
Continued on the Bargue drawing I mentioned eons ago, realized I relied to much on my measuring tool (a piece of thread) and scrapped the drawing. Started on a new one trying to rely more on eyesight. Unfortunately I couldn't take a picture of it. The lines were drawn so lightly they didn't show up on the photo
And here are two self portraits. I wanted draw more from life instead of using photo references. Gonna draw more portraits (and still lifes) tomorrow.