Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 13 of 21
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 12 Times in 6 Posts

    I Don't Just Draw Onions

    Hello ConceptArt! After a fair bit of lurking I've decided to finally make a sketchbook.

    I really enjoyed art in school, and drew a lot, but since dropping it 7 years ago in favour of maths (largely for job prospects), I finally resolved in December that I'd start to get serious with my drawing. So, I signed up for some life drawing at the beginning of January, bought myself some Loomis, and thought, "hey, why not start a CA sketchbook?" And so here I am.

    I'm going to start by uploading my way through the fruits of my life drawing lessons so far. I do also have a bunch of anatomy studies, but have done a fair few over the last couple of months, so I'd be sitting by the scanner for a good portion of my day if I tried to upload those! Once I'm up to date, I'm aiming to post stuff as I do it. Updates may be sporadic, but I do try to do at least something every day.

    Any critique is more than welcome, I'm always looking for hints and tips on how to improve, what areas I should work on etc. So, without further ado, I hereby declare this sketchbook... OPEN!

    Attached Images Attached Images  
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 12 Times in 6 Posts
    So, first up I'll update to where I am currently with my life drawing classes. Apologies in advance for the poor picture quality, my photography skills leave much to be desired.

    This is my first week of life drawing. Turns out it's way trickier than drawing from a photo reference! A couple of 5 minute warm-up sketches, and then some charcoal work. Back in school I used to hate charcoal with a vengeance, so I'm determined to be able to produce something decent in the medium at some point. Anatomy is definitely a bit off on the charcoal piece. Also completely forgot to put her left arm in!

    Attached Images Attached Images      
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 12 Times in 6 Posts
    And on to week 2.

    Warm-ups this time were annoying don't-take-your-pen-of-the-paper sketches. Main study was all going so well until... that head.

    Attached Images Attached Images      
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 12 Times in 6 Posts
    Week 3.

    Main pose was an absolute pain for this one, but I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. Maybe I'm getting better? Although that head/face is definitely still off.

    Attached Images Attached Images      
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 12 Times in 6 Posts
    And week 4, which was the last one before I'm up to date with these.

    Warm-up in black paint. It's really hard when you can't go over your lines hundreds of times to get them right!

    Tried a portrait this week to attempt to tackle my horrendous facial massacres. Thought this was quite good until I got home, and noticed that those eyes are huge!

    Attached Images Attached Images    
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 12 Times in 6 Posts
    That's it for the life drawings at the moment.

    I've also been playing around with some digital painting. So a couple of digital still lifes for the sketchbook. First one is from a couple of weeks ago, and I just did the chillis this afternoon.

    That's all I've got on my computer for now. I plan on being fairly religious with my scanning, so will update once I've got more.

    Attached Images Attached Images      
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    244
    Thanks
    33
    Thanked 48 Times in 48 Posts
    Nice sketches. Keep posting.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    63
    Thanks
    13
    Thanked 24 Times in 13 Posts
    Not enough onions.

    The woman lying down in post 4 is really good, thats a hard pose to draw.
    I feel weird critiquing people, but I guess my only critique would be to practice your line work. I know some of those are 5 minute warmups so maybe its not fair to judge but smoother lines can def go a long way.
    Maybe try doodling lots of quick organic shapes/ clouds when youre bored at class/ work, I feel like that helped me improve my line work alot.

    Great stuff though!

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to Ty Dawg For This Useful Post:


  11. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 12 Times in 6 Posts
    Azsha - Thanks

    Ty Dawg - Definitely needs more onion. I'm sure I can arrange that... Thanks for the pointers, you're definitely right about the line work. It's a habit I've been trying to kick, just can't seem to do it. I've heard that gesture drawings help with that, so I've been trying that out. I'm sure I can incorporate some doodle time into work .

    So, today's updates are a bunch of 30 second gestures (turns out 30 seconds is surprisingly quick, I need to get faster at getting the gesture down), and some Loomis mannikins, including one godawful attempt at foreshortening the torso . I wanted to try some work from imagination in photoshop today, but my imagination seems to be broken at the moment . Apologies for the lack of contrast on a couple of these.

    Attached Images Attached Images                
    Here there be onions:

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  12. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 12 Times in 6 Posts
    And week 5 of life drawing. No warm-ups today, just one long pose, so not much to this update. On the plus side, it does mean I actually managed to mostly finish most of the basic toning for the piece (although I did that hand in about 30 seconds after we'd officially finished lol). Moderately pleased with how this one came out, think I'm getting the hang of this charcoal lark . Once again, apologies for poor photo. One day I'm getting myself one of those daylight bulbs so my late night photos don't turn out so yellow...

    Attached Images Attached Images  
    Here there be onions:

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  13. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Finland
    Posts
    226
    Thanks
    143
    Thanked 69 Times in 51 Posts
    Hi! Nice start with your sketchbook, but I think you should take a step back from the figure drawing and practice drawing basic forms (sphere, cube, cone, cylinder) in different perspectives. When comfortable with them, try to find those same forms in the figure and build it up. At the moment your figures seem to lack some volume and depth. But don't get me wrong, you're doing pretty well already. Those digital still life paintings were awesome! Just keep practicing!

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  14. The Following User Says Thank You to Ilari Gröhn For This Useful Post:


  15. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Schweden
    Posts
    61
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
    Not enough onio-- Awww! Someone beat me to it D:

    But seriously though, this is a nice start. I think you're on the right track with those 30 second poses. Try to find the energy in swooping, confident lines. You don't have to put down just one line and call it a day but don't scribble. I agree with LeaderOfZombies, you could draw some basic forms in perspective so you get more comfortable. Don't forget to draw some stuff from imagination as well. Just for fun. And for practice

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  16. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 12 Times in 6 Posts
    LeaderOfZombies - Thanks for the suggestion, I can definitely see where you're coming from with that. I've only just started picking up a pencil again, so I really appreciate tips on what I should be practicing, as I'm still trying to figure out what sorts of drills/exercises I should be doing.

    Here there be onions:

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Members who have read this thread: 0

There are no members to list at the moment.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • 424,149 Artists
  • 3,599,276 Artist Posts
  • 32,941 Sketchbooks
  • 54 New Art Jobs
Art Workshop Discount Inside
Register

Developed Actively by vBSocial.com
SpringOfSea's Sketchbook