Thanks man. I really enjoy it. Don't think there's much call for half arsed thumbnail artists though? ; )
Although 10 years ago my pal was getting paid by a games studio in Dundee to send up pen and ink drawings that were literally blobs of ink blown around the page with a straw! Amazing stuff.
Anyway been back to life drawing recently for a bit. This guy had some interesting volumes to study
A couple more from life drawing. Two sitting poses and a quick sketch of another artist. Much happier with this profile after spending too much time on the previous one! (Shame the camera cant really pick up any of the lighter tones.)
Its been interesting drawing with the edge of the pencil more. Although I am really having to work on accuracy, I think some of the lines are a bit more fluid.
Thanks for dropping by my sketchbook. Great, that you have access to life drawing! Good stuff. I have come to the point when I have a "fruitless night" I am at least happy to know what went wrong. Helps to start again next time.
Hi again, I've been looking through your sketches and I have to ask: is it easier to sketch with a pencil or a tablet?
I long ago lost the cables for my scanner and gave up pencil sketching for digital. I mostly only sketch from photo references I can download, telling myself I can best learn that way. But I'm not so sure, what do you think?
Sixten - Nae bother. Yeah life drawing can be expensive and its hard to take time out from family life regularly, but the council here put on classes at high schools that are pretty cheap. And yeah, you cant get too depressed about having a bad day. I suppose it comes with having targets and trying your best to meet them and you cant really knock that.
StephanDraws - Aw thanks man. That's very nice of you. They usually start with a few short poses of tens mins and then a couple of 45 minute jobs..and no worries, your sketchbook rocks. Looking forward to seeing more.
Ermac - Thanks dude. I love the thumbnail stuff and even the mention of aliens cheers me up! Thanks for the suggestion.
rrock - Thank you!
Keither - Hey man, good question but I don't really know! Hmm. I find the physical aspect of sketching with pencil much more natural, you have lots of control and you can move the paper around etc. However in photoshop you can build up layers and use all the erasers and brushes to your advantage. Anyway Im no expert dude but I'm sure working on the Wacom from reference is a great way to learn, maybe just try a bit of real life every now and again to keep a hand in. Working from life lets you analyse the object in 3D space more, if you are not sure what a form is doing you can get up and look round it. This obviously improves your understanding. Why dont you consider doing some of the levelup stuff on here?
Thanks vezun. I hope to get on to that soon. Spending the short amount of time I have doing studies at the moment.
Bit more life drawing here though.
Spent quite a lot of time struggling to find the pose and the proportions on this one. The model had such interesting features so I was frustrated at messing up the head. Anyway, managed to get in a bit closer and do a quick sketch before we finished.
Good updates! The life drawings looks pretty vivid and solid, I really like your approach. Proportions are fine as far as I can see. The shading in the portrait looks awesome too, it makes the basic planes clearly visible.
Cool stuff, looking forward to see more of your life drawings!
Your life drawing is good. I appreciate the poses and structure. There are many interesting things about your drawings gestures, volumes and shadows. You have a good knowledge of the basics of drawing. Your sketchbook is great. Hoping that you regularly upload your sketchbook. I can not wait!
StephanDraws - Thank you very much for the feedback. It means a lot.
fefe73 - Aw cheers man. You are very kind!
I hope to get back to life drawing soon. Lots going on in 'life' just now, difficult to fit the 'drawing' part in!
Along side the level up work I have been starting to think about adding value and forms to some of the silhouettes recently though. I am finding imagining the construction very challenging but lots of fun. Never very sure if I should be looking up or down at a ribcage and pelvis. Any tips on this would be hugely welcomed! Will hopefully keep working these up soon but probably going to spend more time on the level up studies for now.
Thanks again for looking anyway..
I was tempted to post this in the critique forum but maybe best to wait till bit more finished looking?
The last post is great! A great exercise and thinking it through shows in your shading! It is coming along for you really well. From my opinion maybe there is a little bit too much top view of the pelvis in them. But then again, these bones are in real life a little bit like a bowl tilted to the front. If that makes any sense. Solid work here! If you don't mind I might give this exercise a try, too.
Sixten - Thanks man, that's very kind. Yes I think you are right, I have rotated the pelvis a little to far towards the viewer. I find perspective really tough, especially on figures so it was a very useful exercise. I would heartily recommend it. I actually worked through a few different options for each one and settled on the ones that felt most right (Eg. See below). Still not very sure though!
I suppose construction is something we should be thinking about when building up silhouettes from imagination to get more accurate poses, it should probably be done first actually. I tend to worry too much about the overall shapes and forget about the forms.
And of course I don't mind you trying it! I cant wait to see what you come up with but I am sure it will be ace Thanks again for the feedback dude..
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Thought since I have reached number ten in composition 1.1 I would throw up my progress so far..
Started off just trying to match rough shapes and values and looking at basic planes before I got into more detailed stuff. First one or two were closer to the hour mark while number ten was nearing 10 hours..Been a great experience so far. I think I am improving my rendering and photoshop skills and it has been amazing studying art history again.
Titian - Venus of Urbis
Raphael - Miraculous draught of fishes
Raeburn - Portrait of John Home
Courbet - Bonjour Monsiour Courbet
Titian - The Sacrifice of Isaac
Oskar Kokoschka - Self Portait with folded arms
Andre Derain - Portrait of Henri Matisse
Sargent - Portrait of Henry James
Gericault - Portrait of Delecroix
Raeburn - Colonel Alastair Macdonell of Glengarry (och aye)
These all need tightened up and I didnt really go back in after Jasons feedback, just took it forward to the next one. I think I will make some changes to the last Raeburn as I have invested so much time in it. Plus who doesnae like a good sporran!
Off for a couple of weeks in a few days so this is me for a wee while.
Thanks again for looking if you have been!
Been on holiday for a couple of weeks, so just playing with some abstract brushes over the last couple of lunch breaks then added some colour and hints of lighting.
Thought one or two of them turned out quite nice anyway!
Hey Scott I am so glad you posted in my little book because I have really enjoyed looking through yours. What a great range and variety you already have. I think you have it all going on and that you are doing all the right things. Just don't stop or overthink anything too much. I know I am going to be looking forward to your posts.
wow. thanks for all the comments folks. Its very encouraging and very nice of you all. Feel guilty for not posting for 3 weeks!
Busy time at the moment though, trying to get a job in England, getting a job in England, trying to find somewhere to live, not finding anywhere to live!
Been briefly trying to experiment with one of my older thumbnails, playing with different brushes and attempting different views etc. These are pretty embarrassing, especially that terrible dome head thing on the first one. Some glass studies required I think! Occurred to me after the side view that the design was that great after all and fundamentally he was missing a head. Hence bottom right, so might play around with him some more with an actual head!