So I have a huge problem- I have no self-discipline...I know it sounds childish and stupid, but I just lose focus too fast. This thread is my way of getting over that, so please critique as much as you can so i can get to work!
Another thing I wanted to ask- what do you do to keep yourself motivated? Do you draw everyday? How much should I draw a day? What do I draw? lol just wondering. Thank you for looking!
Here are some figure quick studies
Last edited by SarSengo; February 16th, 2013 at 12:22 PM.
Hello Sarsengo. Firstly, nice start! I have the same problem of self discipline and it's the biggest thing that I'm trying to improve about myself. I think probably the main key to becoming a good artist is to draw a lot and in order to draw a lot you have to be pretty self disciplined and motivated. I get a lot of motivation from looking at other artists. Also, it's motivating for me to look back and see my own progress, that's what's awesome about starting a sketchbook here.
As for discipline. It's not entirely true that you have no self discipline at all. It takes quite a lot of discipline to get to the level of drawing that you're at right now. You just have to keep it up. How much should you draw? It's really simple, the more you draw, the better you'll get. So if you want to get really good a drawing, DRAW A LOT! Take the amount of time you think you should draw and multiply that by like 7. In all seriousness, they say that it takes you 10,000 hours to get REALLY good at something. That's the same as 8 hours a day for 5 years, 4 hours a day for 10 years, 2 hours a day for 20 years, 1 hour a day for 40 years or 30 minutes a day for 80 years. You get the point.
What should you draw? It depends on what you want to get good at. If you plan on making art with people in it then it's good to focus a lot of your time studying anatomy and such. I'm sure you've heard of all the famous authors on figure drawing, Loomis, Vilppu, Bidgeman, Bammes... Just get there books and learn from them.
Also, encouragement is motivating so... Keep working and you'll be really good soon enough! I can see that you're already pretty good but obviously you can get much better. So do! Ok, good luck!
"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." - Michelangelo
you are completely right in your note about composition being more important than detail, work on strong compositional shapes and arrangements, specially to attract interest in your key points of your work, sweet landscapes man the perspective is a little bit shaky but it shows you that you really thought of how to draw what you were seeing that is good, it seems the scott robetson basics dvd thaught you alot step it up a nodge and push them further i would love to see a bit more figures, to make it at least leveled between landscapes, figures, and still lifes that is if you wish to have a good understanding to make strong illustration now if that is not your focus then im steeping over the line here haha, so please do share what are your goals whather they may be short-term or long-term goals, that way we can give you better advice, keep it up!
So now i am going to take some time to thank you guys for even looking at this thread
Oakleaf- Thanks bro! That is definitively very good advice, the more you practice the better you get at it. Although I got advice from a lot of people, and what I have gathered so far is that there is a good way to practice, and a mindless way to practice...I am still trying to figure out this thought, but to my opinion, the hardest part is putting lines and shapes on that intimidating white piece of paper (at least to me). Keep up the good work! im watching your sketchbook!
Lakai- Dude your paintings inspire me...i need to start messing around with color...
Lionheartgfx- Appreciate the time you took to take a look at this thread bro! Yah practicing concepts like perspective, composition...blah blah is all good and well, but recently ive realized (and this is after one of my professors told me that i should enjoy drawing, not burden myself with getting better) that i need to find something personal to illustrate. I have tons of ideas of awesome stuff! just too afraid to start the project and fail at finishing it because its not up to my "standards". Anyway aside from the bitching and moaning, I will answer your questions: first off what are my goals, to be honest i have no idea, i just like art and got too deep to turn back. I love concept art, visual development, illustration, 3d modeling, animation, vfx, fine art, graphic design(Depends on the design lol) so i have not been able to decide what to get into...and i dont even want to get started on specialization...i hate that people tell me i need to narrow it down to character design per say...why? i mean i get being a jack of all trades will not help me build a strong portfolio, so i decided i will just pour 100% on everything, and if that dont work ill pour 200%...to end the rant: short term goal is, learn everything and master it like a boss...who knows ill probably change my mind later
Erikly- You and me both bro, need to get back to drawing, thank you for stopping by!
dude i understand you Completly i dont want to settle or specialize in anything either and in fact i do encourage evryone to be at least knowledgeable of all the aspects required to do a serious illustration, if you are looking into landscapes and dont know how to bring certain interest try looking for the books of jack hamm the man is a master of composition and landscape, im gonna draw and take notes of the whole book soon i will share my ventures in my sketchbook if you wish to get a glimpse of what hamm is all about, and about anatomy i do like hampton way better than bridgeman since bridgemans abrscrations are too mechanichal and abstract for me to understand i rather would read hamptons lectures on cunstructing the pose and telling a story through it, i saw your shool stuff AMAZING stuff it shows you have a clear method to work with that explains why i saw all of that structure in your doodles and sketches.
in terms of your flaw about not being able to do finished work, its all about getting rid of the fear man, if its gonna suck its gonna suck its innevitable to fail the first few times but that is the only way you get the nack for making confident serious and most important of all consistent finished work, you have to work your abilities and use them in a smart way, you an me are still in our way to obtaining such tools but you can always jumpstart and try to do what you can
another quick thing i realize rather recently is that that you CAN and i think SHOULD make studies with proper focus to a certain illustration, for an example if you set out to make a big ass city composition with a big accident in the middle of it and the people suffering around man thats a big projectĦ but you can little by little study the miscelaneous stuff and build the illustration though your studies, in the end that is the reason we draw with reference, to be able to understand how that object works and how its constructed so you as an artist (god i hate that word) can manipulate it at will and make it interesting.
well enough of my rambling thank you so much for coming by my sketchbook cant wait to see you try and pour all youve got to a pieceĦĦĦ man im getting excited
Some faces studies! I did these a while back but I am always adding more faces!
This one i did today! -after i missed my train stop because i was so into it...
Some quick pencil environments
I will update soon, I have made 100 random forms to practice scott robertson construction techniques! I also went around the city and drew a bunch of vehicles! stay tuned!
Good gestures, and strong lines, I like it! Looking forward to seeing more.
this sb is UNREAL. the 3dness of the form, the structure, the subtle rendering its fantastic. keep it up dont know what to suggest uh maybe try doing a painting?