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Last edited by Misty Feather; June 10th, 2014 at 09:50 PM.
If I was going to give you a quick tip, that might help, I'd say that you should slow down, think, and spend more time on each piece you do.
Also, if you do studies from reference, you should try to apply them to something imaginary afterwards to make sure what you learned sticks.
Otherwise, this looks like a good start, for how long have you been drawing? I enjoy what you've produced so far, so keep going, man.
I've been drawing since high school. So... About 14 years on and off. But, I'm planning to apply more time and effort now. I recognize that the time doesn't mean anything if you don't fill it properly.
Yes, you are on the right track with the references. I noticed that time was mentioned... I notice that I do best when I'm not focusing on time, but rather on trying to get what I am drawing to look as close to possible to the reference. Unless, you're in school (or working on commissions) I don't see why you need to rush anything. Work on something (or a few things) over the span of a couple of days even and try to get them as close as possible to the reference.
But, quality is important too. I should spend more than just a few hours working on each piece, and it's okay to slow down and work on a piece a day or two. I just end up getting sick of the material, so, as you said again, it can be more than a few pieces that I stretch out over the course of many days.
I have a lot of time to fill right now, and many days without work or school, so I should take advantage of those days to get the best stuff.
Right now I'm working on skull and hand studies, which I will post today. I will get started on a longer piece subject!
Thank you so much for your advice and support.
take time for your studies and do a lot of drawings... is the best advice
i like your sketches and did a overpainting - be careful of your lines - try to show as much as you can with every stroke.
thats a way i clean the sketch to keep it simple. always keep the form in mind.
Last edited by Misty Feather; May 24th, 2014 at 05:07 PM.
Yay, new face studies in my new Simblet book.
The effort gets greater, the results show improvement! Huzzah!
Thanks to all for advice so far. It's helping a great deal.
More stuff today. Studies. GOTTA KEEP FIGHTIN'.
Last edited by Misty Feather; May 25th, 2014 at 06:23 PM.
Nice range of studies, that's always a good thing to see here. Remember the head to bodies ratios in your figures. Drawers always tend to make heads too big at the start because we see heads as being more important (or more fun) to draw. The anatomy studies are looking good.
Do you ever do drawings off the top of your head after doing studies? Sometimes it helps you understand what you're studying. Another good one is trying to draw you study at a different angle (e.g you've studies a face from the front, then you try to draw it at a 3/4 view)
Anyway, good start. Hope to see more soon! Keep up the good work!!
Cool anatomy studies, the bones are great. Keep posting.
Be water my friend
Thanks Naidy-- That's very useful advice, and a good platform to go off of today, 'cause I did a ton of skull and face studies the last few days.
Thanks acu! Dem bones are also my favourite. I have pages and pages of them, but I figured I'd just put the few examples, since it's old work and I'm kinda rusty.
I've been drawing a lot the last few days, even when I was feeling really sick, but was too lazy to put it all here 'til now.
IMPROVEMENT!? I THINK SO! Yay!
I drew people on the bus:
Did some face/skull studies from Hogarth.
I noticed the quality of my work suffers if I don't do some warm-ups before studies, which should be common sense, but I forget common sense all the time, and employ uncommon sense instead!
Some frustrating things I tried to do without reference. Grah. My lack of skill is painful.
My favourite study so far:
And a random girl which I forgot to add previously:
Woo hoo! Okay. Now a bit of a break before drawing more today.
Cool sketchbook so far, I can't wait to see more! ^^
I think I like the anatomy studies best. I have to start doing them too lol.
Have you tried drawing from life? Cuz while you're good at rendering, your faces tend to look a bit flat.
I think that drawing something that is 3D would help you understand the form better than copying 2D photos That's the advice I got when I first came to the forums, and I must say it's probably the most precious one so far xD If you don't have anybody to pose for you, you can just draw yourself in the mirror! ^^ Or set up some sitll lifes
I've been drawing for: half a year!
I agree with Alicja. Another thing I would recommend, in case real world models is unreachable for the moment and you want to start working right away, is starting your drawing off from 'building blocks' every now and then, a lot like you've done HERE on the latter stages. Only begin with the blocks and go forward from there. Might help you with balance and slanting issues in some of your work.
Keep at it, I'll sub and wait for new posts.
Alicjas and Turisas: Yes! I've definitely drawn from life and have had the benefit of models when I went to art school. These days, I'm drawing people on the bus and stuff.
I'll attempt to do some 'building blocks' when I next do a photo reference study.
Thanks so much for your advice! Really helpful stuff.
Alex DL: I didn't know him, but checked him out. Was a real nice refresher on gesture, and though I practiced, there's not much improvement yet. I'm also look at his other videos, which I think will help strengthen my overall drawing.
I will keep finding the action lines and the weight of the pose, and for every one I do, I hope I'll do a bit better.
My art dump today is smaller than what I've actually been doing, but whatever. Been doing a lot of gestures, more hand studies, etc. I also did a face study today.
The 90 minute-working-20 minute-resting progression thing is really helping.
I think I'm getting a better idea of forms within the contours, which is pretty exciting. I'll be pro in no time. ;D One can hope!
As always, love the tips.
Here's the reference for the girl face:
Last edited by Misty Feather; June 1st, 2014 at 10:32 AM.
Nice to meet you Misty Feather, I see that you just recently started this
beautiful sketchook, and I can already see some rejuvenating all attractive
high standard drawings, which are with just a little bit of tweaks are ready
to explode. You have that something that will bring you to some hidden
uncharted territories and reveal you some secrets of life that you’ve never
have dreamt of. You see, this is a long and wonderful journey, which you
will take, and after some time you will realize why are the dusks so golden,
and why the dawns are so silvery. I would just say that you keep on drawing,
visit other peoples sketchbooks, leave replies cause that will be the most
effective way, to have them come back and help you in your improvements.
Be patient, be consistent and success is at hand, you know that.
Wish you all the best in your further art journey, and hope
that we will talk and exchange our opinions even more.
The last drawing is beautiful, I would just say to soft a little the outline in the face. Great work.
Be water my friend
LtPlissken: Thank you. I'm honoured that you've taken the time to leave such an inspiring, heartfelt comment. I will keep doing my best! You too!
acu: Ah, thank you! I see it now.
I've been working on this all day, along with another wip magpie. But, I can't look at this anymore. I know the perspective's off, so I kinda ran with it. I think I might do some perspective studies soon.
I think I'm mentally tired from pushing the drawing so much lately. I got a migraine last night, and thank goodness it was around bedtime, so I could sort of sleep through it... But still pushing.
I wanna get good! I do make sure to do my rests. Sometimes I make a longer rest if I feel I need it. But, maybe I don't notice if I need it, hehe.
All tips and tricks appreciated. I won't tell, I promise.
Anyway, I can't even recognize this anymore. I might come back to it later, or redo it, or it might be forgotten forever. I didn't use the eyedropper, and tried chose the colours without. Some progress pics. Mine is the one on your right:
Last edited by Misty Feather; June 2nd, 2014 at 05:31 AM.
Misty Feather, I see you make serious work of your studies.
There is no advise I can add what the real artist didnot tell you already in this tread. Even reading the replies you got teached me more then I learned in a year about drawing. So if you do those things, you probably will become a great artist. So, keep up the good work!
Wow, that landscape photo study looks amazing!
I've been drawing for: half a year!
Love the thread title, and you show excellent potential!! If you can just get better control over shapes and lines you'll be kicking ass like nobody's business!! You're already doing it here and there, but pretty soon it'll be everywhere.
I've been approaching it the same way you are - avoiding the imagination stuff while I crank out studies and develop the visual library, learn about the subtleties of the human body and of color etc. I'm thinking it's about time I hit up the imagination for a while though.
Keep it up!! You're doing great!
Thanks for giving my sketchbook a visit Misty! Pretty awesome start on your hand too! Keep it up! Draw till you drawp ;-)
rottjers: Thanks so much. I appreciate you taking the time to look at my work and comment. I think I'm going in the right direction.
Crashpoint: You're very welcome! Keep up the great work And thanks! I will do more.
Zauselbart: Huge thanks for the tips: Watched the video, however brief, and it really gave me some nice pointers. I think I will try the reverse lighting with sunset or sunrise. It really does sound dramatic-- Might try it with a portrait. I've seen others use this technique before without being able to put a name to it. It's very interesting. Definitely going to dive deeper into colour study.
Darkstrider: WOW! Coming from you, that's a big deal. I really think you're inches away from pro, if you're not already. Thanks so much! And you keep up your awesome works.
jelmerschmidt: Thank you! I'll sure as hell try!
And nowww... For my minor, humble, silly little update.
I didn't do much today, just some drawing on the bus.
When I was doing it, I was like, "I HATE THIS 6B PENCIL. BAD IDEA. WHERE DID MY 4B GO!?'.. But then I was like, "Ooh." When I got home and looked at it. Already improvement with my bus-people drawing! I think I'm showing promise, yes!
I better kick it up a notch though. I've been lazy today.
Neat story though, there was a girl sitting across from me, and I asked her if I could draw her, and I've NEVER seen someone look so pleased, happy, and flattered. After I was done, I gave her the drawing and thanked her, because it's good practice. You can't see it here, 'cause she was getting off the bus, but take her word for it! She said it was really good. :3
Anyway, bussy drawings, and a tiny bit of lazy practice from yesterday too:
Thanks again everyone for your support!
Now let's draw! Push it to the limit! Past the limit! Gogogo!