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Once upon a time I had a sketchbook up on here. But I was off for so long that all my things were deleted. Which makes sense because I was gone for awhile, got caught up in classes and research papers. It's the end of the Fall semester now and I have time to draw every day this month. I'm going to a community college and getting my associates degree is in Fine Arts. Hopefully I can go on to an art school and get a bachelors. I have some things I did in class, and some doodles that I did. I like to draw in pen a lot. :X I don't know if that's good or bad.
Anyway, I never really took it seriously when it came to art, I knew I wanted to be an artist ever since I was little, but I didn't put in the work I should have. So now I'm going to be spending every single day putting aside time to draw, focusing on fundamentals. Enjoy my sketch book! It'll get better as I go along. I hope! I really really am very inspired by the Lord of the Rings concept art. And maybe one day I can be a concept artist too.
I labeled this "NSFW" just because there will be drawings using nude models as reference. ALSO. I'm not sure how to use the attachment feature, so I hope I'm doing this right. If not please tell me!
Last edited by Epoch92; January 4th, 2014 at 04:26 PM.
I'm not going to let myself slip out of practice anymore. So today I decided to work on the figure, since I want to be able to draw people. I looked through the gesture drawing thread and thought it would be fun to try! I used the quickposes website to generate 120 second poses, and this is what I have so far. VERY FAR away from what I want to have, but practice makes perfect. I also have a picture of my basic drawing final. The idea behind it was that I wanted to use body language to depict mood. I wanted people to "picture" what the model's expression was, hence why I added television heads. Hopefully in the future when I draw better I can redo these images and make them better.
The 120 second (2 minute) gesture drawings in compressed charcoal
My final drawings for my basic drawing class
Haven't gotten any comments on my lame sketch book, but that's fine. Probably won't get any comments until I start drawing like everyone else on here. But my drawing ability isn't there yet so I'll just use this as my dump for practice and sketches, and forget about feed back.
Here is a warm up for today, done with my tablet and photoshop. I might open paint tool sai later and fool around with that, but for now I'm sticking with my roots.
Hi Epoch! I think you have a great start. You've shown some of your work, and the reason why you haven't gotten any feedback could be due to the fact that you've just started this sketchbook out. In order for people to leave feedback it is essential to see a lot of someone's work. That way it's more clear to the person giving feedback to see what needs to be worked on.
Like I said, I think you've started out great, It looks like you're already fairly familiar with the human body which is great! I'd say this, keep up the work and keep posting. I'm gonna love to see your improvement here on CA!
Thanks so much! Yeah, I'll have to post a lot of stuff this month since I'm on break from classes. I definitely need to improve when it comes to anatomy and portraits, so hopefully I can post some examples and people can help me fix what I'm doing wrong! Thanks for the feedback though. I appreciate it.
That's what you're here for. This is a site dedicated to peoples artsy improvement, not a portfolio website to show off how good one are. That's at least what I think of it, and it's certainly very rewarding thinking like that. Everyone's here for the same reason I believe, to improve and become better at doing what they love. It's always great to see some new profiles around this place! Good luck matey!
Nice drawings you got here. Your final basic drawing class idea is aewsome. If you want to get something out of gesture drawing, don't try and draw the anatomy of the figure, focus on the gesture first,on what the body is doing and then the legs and arms, search gesture drawing on youtube and you will find some very good and informative videos from proko and sycra.
Good luck and keep posting!
Thanks razvanb08! I will definitely do that. I did feel that I was getting too caught up with the details and lost the poses a bit. And yeah that's true Uiriamu, everyone is here to learn. I'm going to try and post in the critique section of the forum a lot so that I can improve.
I forgot to add some of my other "gesture" drawings. They're kind of more detailed than gestures should be, but I'm practicing!
Also, this is a cardinal I painted today. Trying to improve my digital painting skills so that I can make awesome landscapes and render people using my tablet and computer.
Finished my first ever digital painting. Merry Christmas everyone! My new years resolution is to focus on art and get better and better.
Here are some more sketches and doodles. Trying to practice everyday. Let's see if I improve.....
wonderful studies and sketches! I would love to see you draw a series of quick sketches, no longer than 1-2 minutes.. putting as much information as you can down as fast as possible. I think this will give you a sense of cutting loose and trusting your instincts even more so!
Thanks SAPRO! Yeah I think I'm going to try that tomorrow. I might use the quick poses website and try the 1 to 2 min quick gestures, just to loosen up my hand. Tonight I'm working on value. I just started this thing here (probably going to finish the whole drawing in the next couple of days. I've been making it smaller and seeing if the shapes still "read" before I get hardcore into it:
Your figures good overall, but I agree that some shorter, more simplified gesture drawings could really help you out. Try to capture the general shape and movement of the form in as few lines as possible.
For your digital work, I highly recommend still life studies from direct observation. It's a great way to practice perspective, value, color, and texture as well developing a process that works for you. Try to work the whole image at once - that is, when you're laying down your values, block in the local values for everything, then the shadows for everything, then the highlights for everything, etc.
Good luck and keep up the good work!
Thanks! I will take your advise and work on some objects (with my spot light on them) and block in the colors before rendering them out.
Home work assignment for advanced drawing. I had to pick one of Van Gogh's drawings and draw it. We had the option to use whatever medium we wanted. I just used a pencil in my moleskin sketch book. This is my advanced drawing class. Too be honest, my basic drawing class was VERY basic, and we're finding out there is a lot that we didn't do (like using the pencil as a way of measurement) and so now we have to go back. But I'm happy that I'm going to learn a lot of stuff with this new teacher. He's from London.
I know I should be sticking with the technical side of art and learning more about proportions, shading, perspective, and what not. But I thought I would take a quick break from that so I could do some random sketching.
Process sketch stuffs.
Really nice linework. You might find this helpful where the rendering is concerned: it's a tutorial that GregPro posted in the Crit Center a few years ago.
The basic idea is to control your values by limiting them to 5 at the outset; 1 highlight, 2 lights, 1 shadow, and one shadow accent for ambient occlusion and whatnot. Blocking in with just these 5 will ensure that you get a strong read on your forms, and prevent you from accidentally muddying the values by painting the darkest areas of the lights darker than the lightest areas of the shadows, and other common mistakes.
GregPro did a bunch of these on various painting fundamentals; you can search his username to find the others if you're interested.
Oh wow! Thanks so much, this will be really helpful for me. Especially since I don't know how to "block" things in very well. I know that it involves putting down the basic shadows and what not but I have never been good at it. I tend to just put down colors and then color pick and keep blending everything together. Thanks for this!
The red birdy is great for your first digital painting and the skull is cool too. Just watch the eyes on the girl in post 19 they look a little too big. Keep up the good work
Thanks Bri in the sky! I'm trying to develop my style more and I have this love for really big eyes. But I will make sure to not make them too big next time!
I finally have something new to post in here. This is from drawing class. They split the drawing classes into 1.5 hour blocks when they should be 3 so we don't have a lot of time to draw. This is a quick drawing of this lady named Yuri who is in my class. She sat for us.
My teacher measured the proportions to see if it was right and for once IT WAS. I treasure this sketch.
Some drawing from my painting class and also from today.
This is my try at a more abstract painting. I'm not good at them, there's a method to the madness in this one though. I just love bright colors. But they came out dim because of my camera.
A close up:
Here are some quick 1 min gestures (in compressed charcoal)done in my 14in by 17in sketch book for advanced drawing class:
I really like the sketch of the girl Yuri, and the abstract painting is super. I love abstract stuff, it's as if it comes from a deeper place you know, a sort of union, a dance of the subconscious and the paint. Keep up the great work
Thanks Bri! Yeah it was very relaxing making the abstract painting and seeing all the colors mix and become their own color was very cool.
Nice drawing you got there, I especially like the value studies. And the doodles. Gosh I should doodle more. Carry on!
The is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
This is my sketchbook! Feel free to come by and leave a constructive comment!
Thanks! My biggest problem is that I can't stop doodling long enough to do the important stuff which are the studies (so all my life drawing stuff is very very weak). XD
Been really slacking this past month when it comes to drawing. :/
But! Tonight I drew some things for art class.
The first picture is a copy of one of Ruben Ireland's illustration. She has a facebook page and her work is awesome. It's all black and white and the way she does eyes and faces is beautiful so I'm trying to learn from her. The second is my own original drawing.