Good studies, I really like the idea of movement in your figure drawings. If you're accepting book recommendations for studying sessions, Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators has some great lessons overall. Basically, it teaches about drawing pure force/movement instead of focosing on separate body parts that need to be assembled.
Hey, welcome and thanks for the SB comment. Don't worry about being intimidated. We all start somewhere, and everyone here is here to learn from one another.
As far as your sketchbook, so far so good. It's great that you're learning to draw the ol' fashioned way - paper and pencil. Stick with that for a while; it'll serve you well.
As you're first learning to draw, the most important thing to get down is your construction/perspective. The dvd series I always recommend to beginners is Scott Robertson's Basic Perspective Drawing. If you do everything on that disc and practice it consistently, you'll leap far ahead in your abilities. Keep working hard and I'll check your stuff out again after you've updated.
oops, I missed your reply in my SB. You posted right as I was working on my own post. Rather than bump my thread, I'll bump yours. Anyway, your story sounds rough. I feel for you, and I can relate in a few ways. Not sure I can give much in the way of practical advice (you're at the right place to learn, though: tons of resources around here), but I hope drawing ends up being something that brings you some needed self-esteem and gives you a sense of purpose, as it has for me the past couple of months.
It's not easy. It's very hard, by nature, and it can get to be a slow, grueling, boring grind. It's good that you're already used to that sort of thing, and know that slow progress and endless repetition yield results. BTW, I'll bet there are drugs for getting better at drawing too, and they're different from steroids. The colors! You probably shouldn't do those either, though.
I'm sure you've already seen some of the years-long sketchbook threads where people start off as relative newbs and end up being epic. I linked to it in my own thread, but Algenpfleger's is one of my favorites. There's also Miles Johnston. There's tons more, can't think of any right now. But, it can be done, if you stick to it and stay disciplined. That's something I have trouble with, haha. But the others who have done it always serve as a reminder. Good luck.
Yeah I've spent a lot of time being inspired so now its time to work lol. My story sounds rough but I think everyone has their own story with certain struggles. I was just being a little dramatic. I recently quit smoking cigarettes so the withdrawals have been smacking me around like a 2-dollar hooker. I didn't draw for a good 3 or 4 days but I think the most grueling part of the phase is over with because I finally started drawing again and will be making an update pretty soon.
So I took a short break for a few days but I'm back at it. Recently started studying Bridgman, but I'm still mostly studying perspective. You can probably guess which drawings are from imagination and which are studies. I do my self portraits by looking in the mirror so they are pretty challenging. I got frustrated with this particular portrait, I always struggle with the eyes. I really just don't enjoy doing portraits at all, they're not fun for me.
Hey man. I found your sketchbook from your post in diamandis' thread. I've gone a different path but I can relate.
Keep on drawing and don't pressure yourself, and don't compare yourself. A happy mind is an inspired mind.
You've got a nice feel for gestures and lines in your work, you just need practice to get more control over it. You can really see you're putting yourself into it, which is great. That last mountain piece and the warthog are really cool
I think a really good place to start is to practice drawing free-hand cubes, spheres, and long straight lines (the entire width of a sheet of paper. It's the most basic exercise, and one that almost everyone thinks they can skip over, but its actually surprisingly hard and anyone can learn a lot from doing it. I did 20minutes of cubes, spheres and lines to start my day everyday for weeks, those 20 minutes would sometimes go up to an entire hour because I wanted to get those spheres and cubes right and I noticed how I wasn't really managing it. This teaches you to have more control over your pencil, and develops patience/discipline, which in turns is helpful for any type of drawing.
There is a tutorial here which I recommend to everyone because it helps you think about *how* to think about the different aspects of drawing, how to divide different areas of study, etc. http://www.autodestruct.com/thumbwar.htm
Check out the "drawing fundamentals" and really try and practice drawing 3d shapes of all types, not just with perspective grids but also with your mind.
My final piece of advice is: pay attention to any tension in your wrist or forearm. If you're frustrated, your arm can lock up and drawing can be quite a painful frustrating experience. In order to have good control you need to be able to move your pencil over the paper with your arm being totally relaxed and free. Best to start practicing this as soon as possible, there are people who have been drawing for years and still have tense arms while they draw. If you've ever tried playing a musical instrument you'll know what i mean, it's really the same concept. Breathing consciously and keeping your arm totally relaxed is really important to having control over it, and to not get frustrated while drawing. Sometimes when I'm drawing it just doesn't seem to come out right, and it's nearly always because my arm tensed up without me realising it, or my breathing became very short.
anyway i hope this was helpful, keep drawing everyday!