Hi. My name is Tesa. I'm a stay at home mom to a 2 year old. I stopped doing art 4 years ago and just started back up in October. I would love to be an illustrator sometime down the line, but right now I'm focusing on improving- getting the foundational stuff down, learning how to work more from imagination and developing a style. Previously, I was too timid and discouraged when things looked crappy. I hated that I didn't have a style and frustrated that I couldn't do the things I wanted to do. This time, I think I can push through and be more aggressive in my studies.
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Here are some examples of my old work circa 2008 or 2009.
These are a few things I've done recently.
Sketches to come later. I've just started a book by Loomis on figure drawing.
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Some photoshop practice from this past week or so.
Hand studies from deviantart reference
landscapes from photos (google, deviantart)
quick portraits from deviantart reference
quick study, trying to paint with 100% flow/opacity and no pen pressure
I've just started to read a figure drawing book by loomis and hope to have some figure sketches from that soon.
cool stuff =) i wish i could spot colors and values that well
Delusional- Thanks! I actually struggle with value and resort to using levels in photoshop a lot! Especially when I'm making up my own paintings rather than just copying an image.
Here are some pencil sketches. Scanning them made them look even worse than they already are.
This first one I didn't really use a technique other than copying what I saw. I'm just starting a loomis book and hope to apply some of his technique when constructing gestures.
Drawing from photo reference.
Loomis perspective exercise.
Some people I sketched at the beach and colored in photoshop.
Thank you for visiting my sketchbook! You're right to be checking out Loomis. When you can distill complex forms like those that make up the human body to the most basic volumes possible it becomes much easier to draw/light. And then from there you can customize them further to flesh out a design.
Your work is pretty impressive and I see you have a vision. I'm excited to see where your work is going
Really lovely stuff Tesa, I love the girl with the long red hair in your first post. And the stairs picture
Hi Tesa, thanks for visiting my sketchbook! Your sense of lighting looks great, especially in your digital studies. Loomis is a great resource, be sure to check out his section on the face, I found his breakdown of it into planes to be super helpful.
mcswagger08, crisimikiwiki, michellehiraishi- thanks for your comments!
Trying to make different variations based off of the same reference. They aren't very successful- I could have exaggerated more and they don't even look like they are from the same reference.
Started some Loomis exercises. The poses are from imagination. I really need to work on my line quality and expressiveness.
Value study from photo ref. I think it might be a movie still.
Hi Grimpysaur and welcome to CA
i enjoyed your first post , best thing t: be a mom and do art
your ref studies are pretty good , for the style it will come soon. it s a amtter of enjoying things and integrating them into your art ( lol in fact it's much more but u can start there)
as a crit for your last post:
the loomis exercice is good, but you should also tweak form (u seems teaking distance and size only) and don't fogrget the invisibles harmony lines
gesture and poses are good , do mooooooore !
good luck with your nexts
Hi Zou, thanks for the feedback. What are "invisible harmony lines"? I googled it, but didn't find anything.
So I'm still working on more of the same Loomis exercises but I won't bore you with those right now.
Here I've done some contour drawings from life without erasing anything. Just trying to observe carefully and practice some line stuff in photoshop.
Here's a few no ref things I did for fun.
Inspired by my beach sketches. These are the types of people often seen at beaches around here.
I used a character generator as a basis to start this one, but I deviated from it in the end.
My idea of a nightmare would be to have triplets.
thanks for your visit
the harmony lines , i just called them like that. you can find them in andrew loomis 's drawing figure
you try to find the lines connecting differents parts of the body wich may be far from each other (neck and legs for examples)
here the loomis examples ( look into the book for more)
oreilly also talk about it and many other :p
he has a complete method for drawing figure from mind with these harmony lines
they are an awesome tool when posing and drawing from mind
Zou- Ah, ok I see. Yes, I think those would have been helpful to include. Sometimes it was hard to visualize how the pelvis and torso related to each other. Harmony lines would have helped. Thanks for the link!
Here's an update of some stuff.
Loomis- adding some mass to the skeleton.
Drawing from life is hard. People move too much. I hate my pencil drawings. Notice my uncle with his fancy half shirt.
Quick study from ref.
Trying to figure out a composition for a painting. Needs more cats. I mainly used the poly lasso tool to construct it but it's taking too long. I think I just need to use a straight up opaque brush and get a bunch of thumbnails down. I've never really done thumbnails before and would like to start incorporating them into my process. Its hard trying to figure out the scene and how things recede into the background and what I should even include in the background. I need to start studying perspective.
Love your work so far, I think you should really finish one or two of these reference pictures you´ve done. So you can come back to change mistakes and learn alot of things about detail. The quick study you did from ref of the woman whos infront of the mirror could be a nice one to work out. A bit like the photo study value ref you did from a movie, with the girl at the door. The atmosphere in that piece is just incredible and if you could spend another 2 hours on that. I think it would extremely good. The one you did with the character generator would also be a good thing to finish. Keep up with the practicing fundamentels but don´t forget practicing detail isn´t a bad thing.
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