Hello all, I am very new here so not entirely sure how everything works but someone suggested I should start a sketchbook on here even if I am not very good yet, if nothing else it will help track progress. I Also have set up a Youtube channel to track my progress/ display my progress and hopefully help others with what I learn too ( although I am still a newbie at the moment ) (www.youtube.com/learningasidraw)
I am 21 years old, living in the UK, currently a student studying computer animation and special effects but hoping I can one day be a freelance digital concept artist and illustrator ( You have gotta have a dream right? ). Most of my work posted here will likely be digital or pencil on paper. I really like fantasy characters and will be working towards that although I still have to work at basically everything before I get to that point lol.
So yeah, as the title suggests I suppose I am starting at the bottom but going to work my butt off to get to the top even if it takes me a very long time.
Thanks for taking the time to look through my sketch book
Last edited by Stephen H; July 29th, 2014 at 07:15 AM.
Right so since starting digital art 6 months ago and trying to take art very seriously I have messed around with a lot of different things but I am just going to post a few random bits I have been working on, good or bad, they are going up.
After I painted that skyrim picture posted above, I tried to use similar techniques for a head from the front without reference.
Something I made when I set my Youtube channel up to try and promote it a little (LOL)
Trying to paint a nose and a head without reference, I thought the head was okay but I posted it up and I realised I have to do a hell of a lot more work from reference to get it right, but at least I gave it a go right?
I attempted a 'sexy warrior woman' type thing, I used photo reference for the body and just tried to make the rest up
Here is something I copied from the Tomb Raider comic book, nothing fancy but I am doing a module next year in Uni where I have to create a comic/graphic novel type piece so I thought a little practice couldn't hurt.
Messing around with hair colours..
Then I attempted something more concepty.. a little bit of character creation
Some hand studies from photo reference ( I plan to do a lot more studies like this too)
After posting things like this I was told I should work from life an awful lot more so here are too little things I tried to paint from life. The first one is a Tshirt I threw over my pencil pot which had a few pencils in it, hence the weird shape, The second is just a spoon (hopefully you can tell that ha)
Some of these look okay when they are smaller but when you zoom in they look messy but I hear that's the case with a lot of peoples work?
Anyway I am aware these are not 'Fantastic!' but hopefully it's something and as I mentioned before I really am working hard.
Today I am off to buy a little table and a lamp so I can play around with lighting and improve my understanding of it, hopefully will get some more drawing from life done too. I am also studying the Gnomon anatomy course at the moment.
thanks for reading/looking .
Last edited by Stephen H; March 23rd, 2014 at 09:07 AM.
Looks great so far! Glad to see your eye for values is already quite developed! Better than mine I have no real critique for you yet, except keep drawing all the time and posting it! Easier to find trends with lots of samples~ What are the goals you have set for yourself?
To be honest I hate to admit it but these are probably my top few images from over the months, a lot have been much worse..
I need to improve everything dramatically but I am currently working mainly on the human anatomy and the anatomy of the head along with trying to get the hang of lighting - something I am having great difficulty with. I am learning lots of other things too but trying to focus mainly on one or two things to start so I don't get too overwhelmed.
I am hoping to one day be able to specialise in fantasy character creation. Everyone on here has told me I need to work from life more which I am trying hard to do at the moment so I suppose you could say at the moment my goal is life drawing everyday, I am hoping to find life/figure drawing classes in my local area too soon!.
Keeping with the theme of practising light and studying from life.. I have just set up a table and a lamp with an egg on the table ( as suggested to me ) and have tried to paint these on my graphics tablet concentrating mainly on the light. So the top 2 were are fast rough attempts trying to show what I can see in terms of light. The bottom one I concentrated on lighting still but I tried to spend a little more time on the egg, neaten it up a little, blend it better and add a little bit of texture. It's not amazing by any means but Its a step in the right direction for me (studying from life) so here is the pic
Need to start posting way more in here. I am in my last month of uni (2nd year) at the moment, after that I will have about 4 months of no uni work at all, which is when I am really gonna be able to work my ass off with improving my art
Anyway... due to my deadlines I have not been able to do much drawing recently but I decided to do some 30 min class mode sketches (30 min in total for all the below sketches) from pixelovely just to improve my anatomy and gestures a little bit. I was tempted not to post them up because honestly, they are very disappointing! I have used the website a fair bit in the past and sometimes have produced some better work, this was definitely not one of those times! however I am still going to post them up below, if nothing else I can compare results in a few months
Almost all of these are 30 second figures and the odd 1 min and I think a 5 min one too. The last one I had 11 mins on, At the time I thought 'oh this one isn't too bad actually' then i looked at it from further away and realised I have given the lady a very long upper body and/or very short legs :/
Again, a little shocked at these drawing but im sure everyone has day's where things don't go to plan.
I presume it's okay to post pictures like this on this section of the forum (nude)?
Thanks for looking
No worries, your sketchbook has some incredible work! Good advice I will remember that
They are great threads, have bookmarked them to come back to as well.
Thanks for checking out my sketchbook, you are the first person
So I haven't had much time to draw/paint or post recently due to uni work but the good news is it's almost out the way!
Also here is something I painted this morning from reference, I was actually happy with the way it turned out, although I often say that and see it the next day to find a lot of mistakes..but for now it will do . It is by far perfect and 'clean' but it was only supposed to be something fast, got me using a few different brushed and what not, nice piece for the behind lighting too. Although it was supposed to be a fast piece it actually took me about 3 hours... I am so slow!
Hopefully its recognisable as the Starwars episode 3 movie picture
tried a study from life. resembles the person I was drawing a little bit but as im sure you can tell it's not amazing, I am pretty terrible at drawing from life at the moment but here it is so far anyway.
Okay so I have almost got a decent timetable written up that will have me doing anywhere from 5-7 hours a day minimum, A little scared to be honest but we will see how it goes, it focuses mainly on anatomy but with face studies, colour studies, drawing from life and then a few bits like backgrounds and textures/materials, will post it soon if any one is curious
Anyway as suggested a week ago I watched Prokos videos on the bean and robo bean, really love his videos so this next image is me working on that, This is just things I have worked on over the last few days. The robo bean ones ( the majority of this image) I think were 60 second ones then I had a quick go at doing some full body poses over 30 seconds and 60 seconds, they arent all great but I am hoping that's excusable for 60 second ones I think there is improvement in comparison with when I have tried 60 second poses in the past, and I would never have been able to do anything in 30 seconds before, so that's something at least! Also with the final pose that came up at the bottom of the image I tried to do a bit of a value study on that, I didn't have a time limit for that though. Wasn't too happy with the way it came out but it will do for now.
Also attempted a quick colour study, I think I may have picked something a little too advance for my level and I did not want to spend too long on it so this is it after an hour and a half, maybe even 2 hours, was really disappointed with the way it turned out if im being honest. Although I like to think if I was willing to put another few hours in it would have improved a lot.. but posting it anyway!
I need to practice faces more...
Nice work on tackling the bean shape of the torso. When drawing them pay attention that the center line is drawn actually in the center! This is crucial since you'll be using it as a reference to place other forms correctly.
You'll have to slow down a bit and really take time to construct your drawings properly, checking if things are lining up.Especially in drawing heads. Whether you're drawing or painting, get the overall form and the correct placement of the features first, then you'll have a solid base to add the details on. Keep up the hard work!
Thanks for the advice! I can see from the quick overpaint you have done, what I have done wrong, I seem to do that a lot so I need to work on that big time!
On another note one of the studies I have been working on actually turned out good for my ability! The background was not working for me at all and I almost gave up on this piece completely but then I painted gollum and thought he came out really well, I was happy about it so posting it here lol
Hi there! Good start) I don't know what to critique, just maybe one thing - in post #11 and #12 characters without ears, looks strange) Oh, and i just noticed feet in #12 is absolutely flat, i guess you should practice drawing them. Overall, like I said, very good start, keep it up! =)
Maybe not the most exciting of updates but I have been working back on the basics, watching Prokos videos on structuring the head, as I have always struggled getting the 3 quarter view accurate, I just took a quick photo of a few pages , very basic. Some turned out well ( I think) some did not but hopefully I am doing these right? Ignor the features I tried to doodle in, some didn't turn out so good haha
Also I have seen a lot of people doing realistic pokemon and similar things recently so I tried to do a realistic bulbasaur lol. First attempt of a creature drawing so I wasn't expecting anything amazing.
Thanks maybe I just didn't go dark enough with the shadows, I think I shaded in similar areas to what you have done in the paint over but I tried to add reflective light too ( on the belly for example ) however maybe I was off with these I will take a look at the video, Sycras stuff is great !
I know, slacking! I finished the year at uni at least and I enrolled on an 8 week pin up workshop. I have only done a week or just over so far but I will post up some of the stuff I have done. Will try get some stuff posted tomorrow!
right.. sorry its been a while, im just going to post a few small bits from the pin up course I have started on, I am only 2 weeks in so far.
Started some value studies of eyes using reference..
then with facial features colour picking a palette from other pin up artwork whilst drawing a feature from reference.
I was happy with the way the eyes above came out
Anyway the next step was basically putting all this together to make a face. here is what I made to use for reference ( LOL )
And then after I colour picked again from another artists work I started working on the piece, I like the way it turned out but I know it's not amazing and the colours are way over saturated.
We didn't need to add hair at this point but I wanted to give it a quick attempt
The next assignment was working on something similar but trying to get skin texture in there, this one came out a lot different from the last, the features didn't work out so well for me, I can see i messed up a lot with the proportions and such, including symmetry. But I think the colours are maybe a little better this time? again colour picked to get a palette.
And then the last thing, we were given some mannequins and our job was to put a vintage style pin up hair on one and a more modern on the other. So bare in mind I only did the hair on this bit, not the face.
I realise my work is not brilliant ha, but that's why I need your guys help so please do give all your thoughts so far. Thanks
tried to do some more head drawings and sketches, working a little faster as I am pretty slow. Still work ing at a basic level, some turned out 'okay' some did not..
Although I like to think I understand the basics of the head I am still crappy at drawing them. The main thing I struggle with is doing the eyes on a small head. I can just a detailed eye pretty well but when laying in 2 symmetrical eyes... well you can see from the pics they just go wrong everytime and make my faces look like a 5 year old has done them lol. Also I really struggle with the jawline, something really simple but I can never get a feminine look to a female jawline, it either comes out boxy/manly or comes out chubby (lol!)
Anyway as the picture says, 5 min sketches, 10 min and 20 min, got to admit I am a little disappointing with the majority of them, got to work harder !
Would appreciate any tips and feedback on this.
Hi, Stephen. You've improved a lot, good job. Don't stop - momentum is very important. Tips about heads and faces - I can see that now you're constructing a head then adding features, right? Don't just add features, first add construction of a feature, and then finish them with details, hope I explained it..) And about hair - have you watched Proko's how to draw hair? I highly suggest you to watch. About female jaws - mm, I guess sharper chin, smaller jaw and more acute jaw line will do, but the main thing - you have to try it out. Practice makes perfect! Don't stop!
Aya-kun - Thanks, yeah that's what I try and do but I somehow still manage to mess certain features up, especially the eyes, although maybe that's partly to do with setting time limits? ( Or maybe I am rushing my construction lines)
Hmm I wonder if I would be better carrying on with time limits and just keep practicing until I have it, or if I should ignore time for now whilst I practice..
Also do you mind me asking where you find a lot of your work as a freelance artist? I hope I can do the same one day so I am always looking for tips
Misty Feather - Thank you! Yeah I should be uploading a lot more really, I am moving house in a week so hopefully as soon as that's all out the way I can crack down! Also I have been tracking your sketchbook too, loving all the work!