Hi! I've been floating around here a while and finally got courage to register and make my own sketchbook I have drawn a couple of years or so but didn't bother to construct things or think about bones and muscles or anything, just drew shit from imagination and needless to say didn't improve much at all. And I played videogames, MMOs etc. many years even if I wanted to develop my drawing skills but I was just always too distracted. I mostly just admired other's creations, but now I'm SO ready and willing to improve! It would be one of my biggest dreams to be able to draw anything I see in my mind
Critiques and advice very much appreciated!
Last edited by Minella; January 5th, 2014 at 02:14 PM.
30 second gestures, a couple of doggies from google and one of them was done by not trying to look much at the paper, a red chalk test annnnd something from Borenstein's book. Critiques etc. always welcome
As someone who struggles with gesture drawing I really like yours, some of them have a great sense of motion. I'm currently watching these videos by Vilppu and can't say enough about them, he's a really great teacher, if you have time for over an hour of gesture drawings give this a go.
Lynayru - Thank you! I will
drbernardi - Thanks man! Those videos are great, thank you for the link I have all his books, should just spend more time reading them hehe
Koi and ladybugs from gooooogle, gestures from Vilppu's book and 30 sec gestures once again. I'm ill (in the summer?!) so I really couldn't concentrate much on anything :/ Critiques etc. always welcome~
Good sketchbook, i can see improvement since the first post. As for gestures you can check out Sycra or Proko on youtube, and maybe do some landmark studies from the Loomis book.
Good job and keep posting!
Skin and bones, spin the stones, mask the
task, and after all try to snatch the hatch. Since
your goal is to be able to draw at will from your imagination, I would
suggest you to draw first a lot from photo references and a lot from life.
For example a daily routine would be 50 percent life drawing, 30 percent
photo referenced, and the leftover 20 could be drawings from imagination.
Drawing from imagination is the most fun and less tiring for me. As you
improve, evolve, and build up the reference library in your head, you
can increase the imaginations drawing percentage. In the end you
can have complete days of drawing from imagination.
Ain’t that gonna be just great and fun?
Looking at your sketches, I see that you did a lot of gestures animal
and human, and you’ve improved after time, your effort put into
all this is definitely paying off, you just keep on being persistent.
As for drawing the human head, Loomis book is a great choice, but
if you’ll have a chance also try to draw actors and people from photo
references, and I don’t know how to accentuate, but drawing portraits
from life are priceless, and best overall. Well I guess, that’s all I can
say for the first time, nothing more comes to my mind. I wish you
to continue drawing, posting and sharing your progress and people
will be very glad to help. Have plenty of happy painting hours
and we’ll talk later more I hope.
razvanb08 - Thank you! I've seen some of Proko's videos, should watch them again tho Loomis is great, I especially like his method for drawing the head.
LtPlissken - Whoa, thank you much for the long comment! It made me smile hehe. Life drawing is a bit hard for me, but I'll try to do it when I get a chance, tho I think even a mirror could help at that I'll keep your advice at mind and will try my best!
Studies from Hampton's book (which is GREAT btw), 1 min gestures and 5 min gestures/studies.
I'm annoyed by the order these images upload, it doesn't make sense. Anyway, drew today from Hampton's book, did some gestures and quite fast photo studies trying to find landmarks and apply the stuff I learned, and a bit stuff from life.
Something shitty from my head. I should start to study animal anatomy for real, among with figure and life drawings and uaaaaaaahh there's so much to learn! It's sometimes hard to choose where to start : D
Keep it up ! Studies are the way to go. You might want to try using the side of the lead for basic pencil shading ; I found out it really helps to make quick sketches look less cluttered, and the volumes easier to figure out.