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Hello folks! I've been a lurker now and then across these parts for years and now that I'm looking for a new direction in life I gathered up the will and courage to post a public sketchbook on here. First time doing this, so hopefully my work is actually in the correct format to be displayed......
I just turned 30 in July and been reevaluating my priorites for the past 2 years trying to get a grip on the basics of art all over again. I've filled up at least 100 sketchbooks since 2004 when I got my AS Degree in Graphic Design, trying to improve and find my style, teaching myself, but got lost on the way due to obligations and life being...well life, lol. Have been doing freelance work around my hometown doing portraits, paintings and tatoo artwork in addition to my full time job in retail. Been working out as well and eating right, after all, gotta keep the body fit in order to draw right?
One day I would like to get together my complications of notes and such and self-publish graphic novels but first I need to condition myself to finish what I start and try to improve as best I can. I plan on going to college/community workshops to just get out there, but I would be grateful if you guys could give me direction and honest crits as well.
I'll try and update this thread everyday with my daily sketches.
Last edited by PT Abram; June 16th, 2014 at 06:39 PM.
Some old ones mixed in with newer ones. Looking to get a better grasp of form and shadows.
Some gesture drawing from the today and yesterday along with form practice. Kinda wasn't feeling confidence in some of these..
Some 5 min gestures and shading practice I did today. Wondering how to make my inks as confident looking as my pencils.
Cheetah study I did earlier today.
Perspective studies from imagination and some animal breakdowns from reference. Trying to do work primarily in pen at the moment to train myself to seek out the correct lines as soon as possible.
Some dedicated studies from a weight lifting magazine and some of the better gestures from Posemaniacs. Not sure how I'm supposed to be approaching the gestures. These feel wrong.
Some inked 30 second gestures, some 30 sec gestures in pencil, some robo bean torsos in pencil(how I generally decide a pose, then some 2 min gestures in pencil and ink.
Did some imaginitive anatomy work while on break and did some 2 min gestures an hour ago. Re-discovered that I see the gesture best drawing through everything.
Revive and rise again! Some studies and sketches from the past month.
A few more drawings from toy models and some imaginative figure work.
I like the last page of rhinos. The expression of form is clear and the shading on the last one is great! DO NOT STOP!
A piece I worked on for myself while working on a commission a few days ago. Prisma markers and ink.
Some from a few weeks ago. Need to focus on updating this blog between work and school.
Some older ones with another character of mine.
Your grasp of 3d form is easily visible. The detail on the last horse anatomy study is great as well. Keep at it!
I feel my grasp isn't strong enough at this point. ALOT better than it was 5 years ago though....dark times.....
I don't know how to explain it. In some angles I can see the form clearly, in others, I put in the construction lines and the perspective seems odd, or I have to change the outer details to look "right" even though the form is off underneath SOMEHOW. I'd have to post a picture later of what I mean.
Site is back up which means time to upload again. Some stuff out of last month's sketchbook.
Going to upload most recent batches from my sketchbook from now on. I feel my last few sketchbooks are boring to look through, that and my teacher advised me to draw more than cubes.
Did a still life, sketched a muscle bound dude with no reference, sketched and colored more OCs, did a pen only drawing of a helmet, a colored pencil drawing of a sword with reference, and a page of basic shapes and arms with no reference.
Working on anatomy at the moment using poses from books, Loomis, and Anatomy for the artist. The page with the many mannikins was from imagination before studying this prior in the last week. It's getting easy to see how things connect together, but not happy with the style yet. It's easier to draw big muscled people than it is lesser defined ones like women and regular dudes. Although I DID find it alot easier to draw breasts from any angle once I rationlized they were effectively...lady pecs lol.
Opps, knew I forgot one, detailing my lady pecs from observations.
One more I meant to upload yesterday. Some character design practice. Not sure how to push ahead and break out of generic molds.
Simplified clothing reference from a magazine, studies of the legs from Loomis and Jack Hamm, attempting to practice what I learned on the same pages. And still life of binoculars thrown in because shut up.
Some clothing and muscle underneath practice after studying Hamm last week. 20 pages ago. Uploading as fast as I can.
Soft pastel works.
A character design of a rat thief/warrior/whatever and some anatomy studies with a painting of a jacket in acrylic that didn't go so well. This is from my previous sketchbook, decided to work on basic forms and color after I finished this one. Did NOT like how the jacket came out. Tips would be appreciated.
Even more anatomy practice. Some using wooden mannikins and some going from memory.
Watched a video by Al Dunn on anatomy again this morning and spent 2 hours on doing freehand torsos based off of what I learned. I'm starting to feel a bit more confident with head construction.
Working on gesture for the past two weeks. Not sure if I'm doing it right.