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i thought i would start a sketchbook so i'll draw more often. here are some old and some recent drawings, lots of nudes here, but i do try to do a bit of everything. any c&c would be appreciated, and i will try to use any suggestions given to me.
* i decided to bump all the images in this post down to the next one to make it easier to edit the title of this post whenever i update my sketchbook.
** also from now (09.06.04) on, for every note i have at the end of a post, i am going to fill a page. since most of them are like "do more of this" and "study that", it should work out ok. any that i've finished i'll just check off with "*done". also, any crits i get i will add a note for, to ensure that i actually get around to doing that. im just going to focus on getting caught up on this stuff for a while now. oh and with notes i have posted more then once i will need to do more then one page for, its not just one page per same note.
Last edited by nmcleod; September 18th, 2005 at 09:03 PM.
hey, just realized that we're using the exact same nude ref pics. that made me laugh. One of the best tips I got here is not just to copy stuff, when you draw from ref, but try to understand the pose and anything that's behind it, lighting, too. Keep up your good work.
Really sweet sketches you have there. I look forward to seeing more from you. I don't really have many crits, just keep playing with the lighting and different perspectives...it will help you out a lot in the long run.
jeff jaws: thanks for replying. yeah, haha, good refs. i'll try more to think about what im drawing rather than just copying it, i'm going to start doing more anatomy studies too.
ccnick: i'll try to do some still lifes, etc. to work on perspective and lighting a bit more.
again today only had time to do one page, been working so much lately. should be able to do more than one tomorrow. i thought i should do a bit of work on hands.
cool stuff, keep drawing from life and references, it'll help you along the way. also, don't be afraid to spread out your sketches, if there's too much on the page, it will make the drawing difficult and distorted as you try to cram it into a specific area.
keep it up!
cotron: hey buddy, thanks for posting. i did what you said about drawing from life, did a still life tonight, and will probably start doing them more often. also tried to spread things out a bit more and it did help for these ones since i was rendering them more.
today i got a still life of an apple, banana, and a napkin. and i did a full page of a face. although i think both of these turned out lookin like crap, they were good to do, i think i'll have to do more full page drawings.
waronmars: thanks, im working on another still life right now.
here are a couple quick digital sketches i did using references from the "Drah'n Time 8" thread. i'll post a few traditional pages later tonight.
Last edited by nmcleod; July 28th, 2004 at 01:41 AM.
another page, charcoal and chalk pastel.
i actually drew three faces for this, but the first was too small, and the second didnt work after i covered up the first, so i just scanned it and screwed around with it in photoshop.
here are a few more pages. i decided that every day now im going to try to do at least one page from life, and at least two pages of studies. i wanna do some paintings each day too, but didnt have time today.
Last edited by nmcleod; July 13th, 2004 at 03:46 AM.
a couple more pages. i finally have a day off tomorrow so i should be able to get a few pages done. i plan to hit up a nice little art shop then go to a cafe and do some drawings there. might post a little more later tonight.
arghmisfit: thanks, the brown paper that eye page is on is really nice to work with.
yesterday i went out and bought some watercolor stuff, and i've never done it before, so i read up a little in a painting book on technique. damn its a lot harder than i thought it was going to be, but anyways heres my first watercolor painting.
havent really had much time lately to draw but i got a couple done today.im going to start using this more like my actual sketchbook and putting notes in of what i have to work on and all that, just so i have it all in one place what i need to do.
-more faces, facial structure
-work on connecting body-neck-head
a couple pages for today. i went out tonight and bought a new sketchbook that im just going to leave with me all the time for doing sketches on the bus, in cafes, etc. i felt extremely uncomfortable about doing this, but after trying it tonight for the first time, it wasnt so bad, anyways, i'll start posting a page of bus drawings every night starting tomorrow.
-more pencil, stop working with pen so much
-more from life
Keep it rollin' dude! Keep pushin' for the studies and life drawings too. You'll get where you want to be!
ZebzFree: thanks, i'll keep workin hard. thanks for the reply, after ten updates with no replies i was beginning to think no one was even looking anymore.
here are a couple more, drawn on the bus. this is really hard, and i have tons of respect for anyone that can do it and even more for those who can do it well.
-more bus drawings
-try to get less sloppy, even if the bus is bouncing 6 feet in the air..
No problem, bud. I feel your pain! LoL I don't get many replies on my sketchbook posts either so don't worry about it! If it helps you then that's the key, right?
Those bus sketches are pretty good and yeah, it's tough to draw in a moving vehicle. Something I wanted to maybe say is to make sure you're "forming" the form of the figure or whatever it is you're creating when adding value. Sometimes when you shade it may help to think of the yourself as a sculptor. Sculpt that drawing! Think about how light and shadow would wrap around the figures. Nice work overall though. You're kickin' butt on those studies. I'll be lookin' for more!