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I am a beginner artist - I have always enjoyed beautiful pieces of art, especially portraiture and expressive figure drawing, but drawing myself is not something I have done until recently. All the sketchbooks here (especially those showing much improvement) have inspired me a lot so I've decided to start my own.
Please be critical but fair - hopefully I will improve as I post more and more!~
Just a collection of what I've been doing over the past few days. Sadly my scanner is not the best but at least I got to borrow my sister's tablet!
Last edited by Waze; May 22nd, 2014 at 01:20 PM.
Just drawing heads. This is before I tried out a hair tutorial;
Last edited by Waze; May 22nd, 2014 at 01:24 PM.
More head drawing...the last one was particularly difficult because of the asymmetry
Inspired by dragning here at CA, i've decided to start doing daily still-lifes...Which I usually hate doing, but...all in the sake of improvement, perhaps...
Who knows if redlining your own drawings actually helps? Any critique would be helpful, thanks. Here's what I see wrong with it so far;
- Shadow wasn't round enough (I shined a torch on it to give it a stronger light source, and the redlined version shows what I saw)
- My midtones aren't clear enough
- My shading looks very patchy
- The part at the top didn't "pop" enough - it didn't look 3d
Last edited by Waze; May 26th, 2014 at 10:44 AM.
Great start to your sketchbook Waze! I'm flattered that I inspired you. Anyway, I'm not an expert or anything, but I think a solution to some of the problems you presented in your last post could be to spend more time building up the tones in your shading, using several passes to really darken your darkest tones. This would theoretically define the values more and create a greater variety of them. Oh yeah, and keep drawing!
@dragning Thank you for your feedback, I'll try to focus on building tone in my next few pieces.
- The whole thing was a little too "fat", and it was slightly less curved in real life
- Still need to work on those midtones...
- Shadow placement was a little off from where I was sitting
- I spent a lot of time erasing in order to add highlights in
Today I lost a fight...with a bunch of bananas...
I usually do one preliminary sketch just to get a feel of the 3D shapes, but today I did 7 with no success whatsoever I just couldn't seem to get the angle right, haha (they were lying more on their side than they appear in my sketches, I couldn't "rotate" them in my mind it seems). So I ended up having to move them to an easier position for my still life today.
- Both of them look a little "lumpy" for my liking, I need to work on my curved forms...
- Shading on the banana in the background had no real depth to it (I was smudging all over the place)
- The shape on the one in the foreground could use some work also, near the bottom on the left-hand side, it just doesn't look...right
- Not happy with the depth of the shadow out in front
Also, I really enjoyed using charcoal. Really nice medium for putting down dark tones quickly. I have no idea if I was using it correctly...black dust everywhere.
Sorry no updates yesturday or the day before. I have time to draw, but not time to take photos/scan, edit, resize, upload, redline...Verry busy.
The main issue i've noticed is I really struggle with even basic 3D shapes...not just in the shading, but interpreting and manipulating them in my mind, which is probably why a lot of my drawings look rather flat. In the next few days, i'm going to try the approach of "breaking objects down into simple 3D shapes" thing. We'll see how it goes...
I like the way you are approaching your still lifes with a preliminary sketch and then crtiquing a bit at the end!
By the way, I don't know if you've seen them already, but you might want to check out the links to the videos below for learning to draw simple 3D forms. That, too, is something I am still working on!
Structure Basics - Making Things Look 3D
How to Draw Complex Forms Part 1 | Start with the simple forms
Constructive Form Pt. 1
@dragning Ah, thanks! I got that idea from you, actually! Those little notes you write to yourself on your sketchbook made me think of it - I sometimes come away from a drawing having learned nothing, so I figured it was a good idea to look and think what I might improve for next time. Thanks for the video links as well, I hadn't seen them; I had no idea I was drawing boxes wrong my entire life haha...
So I used my phone case as a basic cuboid shape, and then made a similar model in google sketchup to test the difference. It's weird how when I look at a drawing it looks "ok", but then put it next to a 3D model and it's like "whoops"...I guess it really shows how little I see in 3D. I have Norling's book on perspective so I hopefully will improve from here.
- I mostly had trouble with my lines "reaching towards the vanishing point", and I would instead just draw them parallel to each other.
- The curves on my cylinders weren't curved enough
@Kaioken20xGoku Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them Slowly getting better and better...
I figured I'd give you guys something different to look at today - I havedone some more technical drawing, but it's just like 2point + 3point perspective and basic shape drawing, not very interesting (and mostly inaccurate). I'm drawing more and more, even when I'm out, so I figured I'd show some pages from my smaller travel sketchbook.
I drew the second crocodile on the page after doing some cuboid sketches - can you see a difference...?
The skulls in post #13 are interesting, especially the front view. I like how you utilized the mid-tone of the paper.
Where are you Waze? If you are reading this, please return!