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November 23rd, 2013 #1
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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November 23rd, 2013 #3
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.
November 24th, 2013 #4
cool stuff =) i wish i could spot colors and values that well
November 26th, 2013 #5
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.
November 26th, 2013 #6
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
November 26th, 2013 #7
Really lovely stuff Tesa, I love the girl with the long red hair in your first post. And the stairs picture
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November 26th, 2013 #8
November 28th, 2013 #9
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.
November 28th, 2013 #10
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
November 28th, 2013 #11
Hi Zou, thanks for the feedback. What are "invisible harmony lines"? I googled it, but didn't find anything.
November 29th, 2013 #12
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.
November 30th, 2013 #13
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
November 30th, 2013 #14
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.
December 1st, 2013 #15
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.
Ma Sketchbook brings all the girls to the forums, damn right its worse than yours.
December 3rd, 2013 #16
Thanks for your feedback Dennis. I agree, I need to work on finishing a few things. It's easy for me to get distracted with all sorts of different projects without finishing any of them.
I've started adding mass to the Loomis skeleton. First page is copied from Loomis's drawings and the rest are no ref poses. Last page are some no ref doodles.
December 3rd, 2013 #17
I really like the hand studies in post #3, hands have always been a dilemma to me I'm curious to see where this is going
December 4th, 2013 #18
Minella- Thanks! I definitely need to study hands more as well. It's ok when I'm straight up painting them, but I'd like to get to the point when I can form them a little more through imagination.
Here's a figure study that took 2-3 hours. I want to make sure I'm drawing/ painting real models to help supplement my Loomis work. I'll have to do a more dynamic pose the next time. I usually color pick from the reference picture but I tried not to this time. I did cheat once or twice to make sure I was on the right track.
December 5th, 2013 #19
WIP. I took Dennis's suggestion and decided to try and finish something. I'm taking it a little at a time. This is my first attempt at armor and weaponry, so it's a challenge. I'm trying to get her armor to read as leather.
December 8th, 2013 #20
Still plugging away at Loomis and attempting to draw more from life.
Here are some figure studies from reference and a doodle from imagination I'll try to take further.
December 8th, 2013 #21
studies are pretty , small proportions issues (you must always recheck proportions)
and you should do structure very carefully before goto the next step.
you should try 30 seconds gestures too
December 9th, 2013 #22
Zou- Yeah, I usually rush the structure part of a painting. I'll have to force myself take more time with it.
Loomis. 30 sec gestures (posemaniacs). Made up poses. Beach drawings from life. Movie still studies. I'll need to make sure and work on some of my own stuff soon. It's hard figuring out a well balanced self-study program. There's so much to do, so little time.
December 10th, 2013 #23
Practicing line work and figure drawing. Digital line work is so hard. It's looking choppy and all the same weight.
December 11th, 2013 #24
Hi Grumpy! Really loved your hands studies - looks pretty professional! in quality they are superior to the other piece you made. I would like you to put the same amount of love on the other pieces
I also see a lot of nice gesture drawing which you should take to next level and add some interesting subject matter.
One my main progress is to really study the artist tutorials on youtube. The share lots of trick to get better and work faster. Really is a goldmine.
Last piece is nice, but what caught my eye are the hands, you did a great job in your studies but here they are very stiff. And finger usually always bend. Make the same pose in front of a mirror and really look at your hand and you'll understand.
Keep it up Tesa and best of luck.
December 13th, 2013 #25
Aissa, Thanks for your great feedback. Really appreciated. I haven't looked at any youtube tutorials for a while. I'll have to look at some soon.
December 14th, 2013 #26
Hi GS! Thanks for your visit .
The first thing that really widen my eyes was the handstudies and how amazing they all looks. Great eye for details. A quick scroll made them look like photographs!
Something that struck me was that the humans on the beach could honestly be worked on a bit longer with more detail, even for being sketches. Considering the hands you made, i'd say you got the potential for it!
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December 14th, 2013 #27
Wow that doodle is creepy The muscles around his neck ( dont know what theyre called ) from the guy in your study should be a bit lower. Because it's almost like they connect behind his ears. The doodle girl is really good, she got this creepy vibe around her. Really like your colours in that piece as well. Maybe you could work that one out, I think it would look really good!
Ma Sketchbook brings all the girls to the forums, damn right its worse than yours.
December 14th, 2013 #28
This stuff's looking good!
In response to your digital linework problem you were discussing, Make sure you have shape dynamics and even pressure sensitive opacity enabled. It's a simple setting that can really make your life a lot easier than if you aren't using it.
I once went to buy macaroni and came back with no macaroni, a new tablet, and monitor, so yeah, I can be impulsive.
December 14th, 2013 #29
Nacon- Thanks for the visit and the kind words about the hand study. I think since they are so zoomed up, it was easier to paint them. I have a lot of trouble when I connect them to the body and it's in a smaller scale. Working on the beach sketches is a good idea.
Dennis- Thanks for the feedback. I just slapped on the neck which wasn't even on the reference photo and didn't even really think about it. You can tell I haven't studied that anatomy yet.
Thien Bao color study. Man I love that guy. Or his work I should say. And a still life from. . .life. It was tricky picking the values and colors in the dim light. Took maybe 5-6 hours over two sessions.
December 14th, 2013 #30
Thanks for the tip James. I do have those enabled but I think I need to check out the pressure sensitivity on my tablet settings. It seems like I have to press down awfully hard and then my lines are all wobbly. Can't figure out how to do that quite yet on this new tablet.
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