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April 22nd, 2014 #1
Aubergine's noobish sketchbook
Hello to everyone! I decided to finally leave the lurker life behind me and try to introduce myself and my drawing attempts to the people on this forum. I will start posting random stuff here and, maybe with some critique, it will help me get more focused on learning and improving my skills.
A little something about me first. I am a 24 y old ecology graduate, but have been an art lover since I was little (my mother is a painter). I used to draw a lot (for fun) until I went to college, then I took a long break. However, I wanted to continue drawing as a hobby so at one moment I decided to take some art classes. Done this for two years and was kinda dissapointed because, although there was some improvement, I still lacked technical knowledge. As a consequence of an unfortunate event in my life, I started to reconsider what I wanted to do from now on. I am still not sure, but I have started taking art more seriously and plan on investing a lot of time into building some fundamental skills.
Currently, I only use traditional mediums (graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastels), but I also played a little with digital(photoshop) and plan on buying a low budget tablet sometime in the near future.
I draw a lot of portraits (love them) and I'm very noob with figure drawing (those art classes were all about still life), so be gentle
So here are some random sketches and studies and.. stuff
edit: changed first picture.
Last edited by Aubergine; July 15th, 2014 at 10:33 AM.
Hide this ad by registering as a memberApril 22nd, 2014 #2
your abe study is very structrual and looks good, but there is big constrast between that one and the one drawing below that looks very flat. I have an issue with this myself.
April 22nd, 2014 #3
The drawing right below Mr. Abe was a very fast sketch. I was very messy with that one and didn't pay enough attention to forms. I often do that unfortunately. I am trying to transition from copying what I see and thinking in 3d (form). It's very confusing sometimes, so I screw up
April 22nd, 2014 #4
I was very impressed by a sculpture I saw a few months ago called Bedouin (by Phillipe Faraut), so I tried to draw it in charcoal. Doesn't look too much like the original though.
April 26th, 2014 #5
Good study gesture, body and portrait !! Keep it up !!
April 26th, 2014 #6
You are 're-starting' with a good level of understanding, keep drawing!! I like the sculpture study, just watch the anatomy, the placement of the ears seems a bit out, should be closer to the top of the eyes, and ending at the bottom of the nose (generally).
April 26th, 2014 #7
I love these drawings alot! They have such a sense of depth and volume to them , I can see it in the gestures alone. Must of had a ton of practice on 3d shapes. I could learn so much from you alone lol!
April 26th, 2014 #8
Your drawings are great!! The first and the last one are very good.
My Sketchbook http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...n-s-Sketchbook
April 27th, 2014 #9
I tend to be fast and messy too. Its something that we just have to work on.
April 27th, 2014 #10
I love that Bedouin sketch You're not noobish at all!
May 2nd, 2014 #11
Thank you for the comments everyone!
@iloostrader: yeah, I really have to pay more attention to anatomy and not rush the drawing so much without checking that. I know both Abe and the Bedouin have wrong ears (I reaaally dont like ears - should sktech some more of them).
@OdinPen: actually, I think I don't practice enough 3d shapes Hope that will change soon... Glad you like them though
@Vatina: I still have so much to learn, especially when it comes to figure drawing. Thank you!
This week I scribbled a lot, but still wasn't as focused on figure drawing as I wanted to. Will post some stuff as soon as I take some photos.
May 2nd, 2014 #12
So here are some sketches from last week. I am just starting with Loomis mannequins and heads. Some are kinda stiff (?) I think and I skipped the first horrible ones . I also threw in a sculpture sketch (the lady with the bow) and some still life (not too keen on this one). The last one is my first attempt at watercolour portrait, though it ended up grayish cause I'm afraid of strong colour
Reference for portrait: http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/d...er=2643&camID=
May 22nd, 2014 #13Registered User
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Great work. The last picutre cought me the most as that simple light-blue colour in the eye really brought the picture to life. Please keep going.
May 24th, 2014 #14
@ynz: Thank you! I thought I should have chosen a more saturated blue, but maybe that would have popped too much.
I haven't posted in a while, but I have drawn a lot. I will post some of the portraits first.
Tried studying asaro planes of the head (first on the paper was second drawn, I think that one looks better), some elvish portraits (I know I got Arwen kinda wrong, mostly because of the nose, I think) a quick sketch of a statue (military man), an orthodox monk and a random pretty girl (lips turned out wrong).
Got bored of white paper so I'll try more toned in the future. I tend to use the eraser less when not working with graphite, so I think that's a plus too. Last one is in charcoal.
Last edited by Aubergine; May 24th, 2014 at 04:32 AM.
June 3rd, 2014 #15
sometimes less line is more light let the viewer complete the picture and use lineweight better other than that Completely Aaaaawesome i wanna see more
June 3rd, 2014 #16
good sketches! clearly not a noob
June 3rd, 2014 #17
Thank you! I've got a lot of work to do to improve my line, I know its too heavy in some places. I'll try lighting it up
July 13th, 2014 #18
I've been quite busy this last month, being in the process of rebooting my life and all... Anyway, I took a break from regular drawing but still managed to sketch once in a while. I kept praticing figure drawing too, but couldn't keep the focus on basics too much, very few gestures and loomis mannequins. And not enough studies.Of course, I've done more portraits and dabbled a little in colour and pen and ink. I'll leave that for next posts.
First, gestures and figure sketches (sorry about the bad gesture photos, I bought some big sheets of low quality thin paper for gestures and it keeps wrinklinging). Last two ones are a sketch after a sculpture of Rodin and a drawing of Rembrandt
July 13th, 2014 #19
Some portraits and sketches. Tried some dwarves, planning on doing more.
July 13th, 2014 #20
July 13th, 2014 #21
Thank you Mothman!
I mostly do pencil work and some charcoal , I still have to wait until I get a tablet. I myself don't see the improvement yet (or not as much as I would), but I know it's because I haven't been too focused lately
July 13th, 2014 #22
It can be a slow process and there are times when you will get frustrated (from personal experience) but remember to have fun. Its all worth it when you start getting comfortable with the medium and can begin to truly express yourself.
Every artist has bad days, definately including myself but the trick is to keep going. Your definately in the right forum to grow as an artist.
I think its sometimes hard to see your own progress but trust me your doing a great job, just keep going
July 13th, 2014 #23
very nice pencil works you have there, I really like your mark making, and it seems you have a great understanding of the face proportions
great work, keep it up
Main Sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...23#post3801623
Portraits Only Sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...=1#post3835715
July 14th, 2014 #24
@Mothman: That is very encouraging and I am really glad I joined the forums.
@anime-master-96: Thanks, I'm way ahead with face proportions compared to figure, I should balance that out...
Decided to post some pen drawing attempts (I'm quite new at this), starting with my first ones (from spring), that are quite messy, and the last (damselfly portrait) done a couple of days ago. I'll probably dedicate some more time to this medium in the future, to help me push out of my comfort zone. The viking character dude is not mine, I used a reference that I can't find right now
July 14th, 2014 #25
Dwarfs! I love them!
Drawing them is maybe the only way to memorize their names :3
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July 22nd, 2014 #26
@Qupo: ha ha! I love them too, even though the movies were kinda dissapointing. I felt that their face variation would make for some good exercise. Unfortunately, I kinda messed up these next three...
I'm also adding these new scribbles and a watercolour attempt. I'm still so shy (and bad) with watercolour, it looks too *tamed* for my taste.
July 24th, 2014 #27
Decided to post some portraits from imagination, bout 2 weeks old. The big-nosed dude has a lot of mistakes... I tried to push some of his features and I'm only happy with the nose. The next ones are an attempt at drawing a fairy-ish lady (called her Titania - original, no?)
p.s. I want harsh critiques.
July 24th, 2014 #28Registered User
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Great stuff. I really like your shading. The man with the slightly blue eyes is especially nice. Keep at it, please.
On a discovery voyage in drawing wonderland.
Feel free to check out my sketchbook and leave a comment. I like the feedback to draw lessons from.
July 24th, 2014 #29
I hope i don't offend you by saying that the shading of the pink jacket of the colored girl makes her look like she has enormous hanging breasts.
Anything unrelated to elephants is irrelephant.
July 25th, 2014 #30
@Christof: Thank you, I am planning to do more watercolour portraits soon!
@Tiggeraz: Oh my... I will not be able to unsee that .. ever Ha ha! Something did look odd before, but breasts never came to my mind. On the bright side of things, now I will know how to shade breasts in watercolour.
Tried to shoo my laziness away by shading fabric (I usually hate that), and another portrait. Can't quite figure out what I did wrong with this one, maybe the eyes?
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