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Hey guys, been lurking for short while. Decided to make an account and post up my progress as an artist. Basically, I'm a 23 year old male from Singapore who wants to be a 3D animator in the near future.
I wouldn't say I've been drawing all my life. To be honest, I've drawn, but it's all been copies of stuff. I've never actually studied what I was doing. I studied animation in school but I kept thinking that drawing was just unnecessary since I wanted to be a 3D animator so what was the point of all this drawing nonsense and put it all off. I have never been so wrong my entire life and I've only just realised that. I just didn't put in enough effort.
I knew I wanted to be an animator since I was kid. I used to make these little flipbooks and all my friends and classmates loved them. Plus, I've always enjoyed making people laugh.
Anyways, I've been conscripted into the army for the past 1 & 3/4 years, and have only 2 more months to go. A month ago, I wouldn't even touch a pencil because I didn't care. Then one day, I told myself something needs to be done about my attitude and how it was affecting me in a negative way.
I was being lazy. It was as simple as that. I wasn't good. I needed to get good.
It's been a couple of weeks since then. I've decided to start a sketchbook, and basically relearn drawing from the very basics. I don't care how long it takes or how much time I've wasted. I am going to learn as much as I can, because I've only just realised that drawing is an extremely fundamental and vital part of being an artist, no matter what industry you're in. It was only naive of me to think otherwise.
I'm thinking about applying for Ringling's CA major in the near future, but I'm not even going to bother until I think I'm good enough to get better by leaps and bounds and improve if I go there. I feel like its only worth it if I'm at a certain standard and I'm going to basically pay the money to network and learn from an institution. Who knows, all this might change if I feel that I'm good enough to study by myself and I don't need a school to guide me. Either way, that's my motivation right now.
Hoping to receive some critique or helpful advice through this sketchbook thread here, so I'll upload as many pages as I can, as often as I can. I apologize if I upload more texty pages in my sketchbook as I'm learning and I feel the need to write things down to remember them.
EDIT: Added a decent front page pic. (Latest drawing as of 300714)
Last edited by hellothisiskan; July 31st, 2014 at 06:57 AM.
hi Welcome to CA! Good introduction Looking forward to seeing more
The first page in my sketchbook, just drawing shapes. Getting used to the pencil again.
Learnt this drawing exercise where you'd draw a blind contour of an object, a drawing of the object from imagination, and drawing the actual object. I actually learnt a very important lesson from this exercise. You have to study your object as much as you're drawing the object.
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Tried to construct an image out of a cube. My imagination isn't that great yet heh.
Same exercise as above.
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Was in Bali and drew this at a beach. There wasn't anyone there so I had to imagine all the people. You can see how horrible my anatomy is. Gah. Still, I did draw something, and I'm proud of that.
Watching Proko's videos. Learning never felt so fun.
Exercise w Thumbdrive
Tried my hand at drawing a camera without doing the exercise. As you can see, I didn't do so well. I got stuck at the part with the lens. I realised I couldn't draw a cylinder with perspective. I got stuck there and gave up. I felt like I needed to learn shapes first and drawing in perspective before I tried drawing the camera again.
My study plan. + Starting to read a book from Loomis to learn shape/form.
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I had to know what made the difference between a cube and cuboid. I think I found another technique but I haven't tried it out yet. Sycra had an amazing tutorial on how to draw a perfect cube, but I found it abit more complicated than I thought it would be. As you can tell from the drawing below.
Anyways, that's all for now. Gonna try this update this thread as much as I can, everyday hopefully. It's a good place to view my progress I think.
Next post! I've been working on perspective. Tried my hand at a decent drawing and its still a WIP but I'll post it up anyways.
Some exercises + perspective drawings.
Took me quite a while to do this, I think I'm concentrating too much on the details and not finishing the layout of the drawing first. My workflow isn't good yet I suppose. Hmm. I'll try another 2 point perspective soon, after I complete this 1p perspective piece.
I feel like the position of the bird could have been better. I wanted it to look like it was soaring, not diving. Might just be my eyes playing tricks on me though haha.
I've been reading up on figure drawing and think I'm gonna give that a shot soon. Drawing still life and perspective is kinda... well... boring :X I know that perspective is very fundamental though, so I'm not going to stop, but I just feel like adding figures into my drawings might give it more life.
P.S Does anyone know how to get rid or prevent the pencil smudging I keep getting. Or is it just part and parcel of using a graphite pencil?
Last edited by hellothisiskan; July 31st, 2014 at 06:42 AM.
First Up, "finished" the 1p perspective drawing I did. I screwed up big time on this one. After I inked the roads, I felt like I needed more contrast in the piece so I started inking random parts of the buildings. It was too late when I realised I should have been patient and thought about shadows and where the sun would be shining. A very painful lesson learnt about not rushing.
Started gesture drawing today, 30sec poses each. Watching Proko's lessons.
Just random doodles from imagination. I need to work on my visual library bigtime. All my doodles look like they were done by a 10 year old
Started reading Loomis' Figure Drawing for all its Worth.
Been feeling really demotivated recently after seeing all the progress other people have made. It always seems like they've started off 10x better than me and ended up 100x better. Buuuut it's only been 2 weeks, and I'm probably being too hard on myself. Just need to keep working on it, and find more inspiration!
Did my first 'major' drawing (from imagination). Idea just popped into my head and I just went with it. I need to work on my composition skills. Everything in the drawing is so parallel. Ugh.
Learning from a CGMA video tutorial.
I really like how I managed to capture the pose in this one.
Learning the Bean! I feel that the bean might be a good way to start my gestures or something now. I always have trouble with the torso and its rotation.
Really didnt feel like drawing after watching Proko's structure basics. Don't why I just felt so demotivated.
Trying out holding the pencil a different way. (Not the usual holding pencil way but more like I'm holding a charcoal stick?)
Took my time with this small drawing. Not alot of time, but more than 2 mins. The time constraints really mess with me and I think I need to start slowing down and learning more about anatomy to better understand what I'm drawing. I keep expecting my 30 sec gestures to look like amazing drawings.
Gave myself some things to teach myself over the week. Not in any rush. Going to take it slow and absorb as much as possible.
I felt extremely demotivated for a week. It's really stressful knowing that you aren't that good. I'm going to keep trying though. Can't waste any time.
Today I read a phrase that kickstarted my motivation again.
Basically it goes, "I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don't."
I give up EXTREMELY easily, and I always fall back on playing video games to take my mind off drawing (Oh how I wish it was the other way round). I'm trying not to see it as 'work' but it's honestly a personal hurdle for me. It's something I need to get used to and overcome. So many amazing artists out there, and I'm constantly comparing myself to them. My mind also tends to skip the "THEY STARTED WHEN THEY WERE 6 DUDE" part of it. Heh.
Im with you dude. Have exactly the same problems with motivation... But good start here and you definitely got better since your first post. Just do it and draw, even if you don't want to. Looking forward to see new drawings in your sketchbook b
great studies, keep up the good work
also make sure to do drawings from life, they always teach you lots
Main Sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...23#post3801623
Portraits Only Sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...=1#post3835715
Alright, so I've decided to mix it up a bit, and stop doing gestures. I'm going to follow a schedule of
Mon - Proportions (Loomis)
Tues - Anatomy (Hogarth)
Wed - Hands/Feet (Hogarth)
Thurs - Gesture
Fri - Texture/Shading/Shadows
Will probably make changes to this (and add stuff to do on the weekends) but for now, I'm going to follow this as strictly as I can.
I get bored extremely easily and tend to rush through things, so I think doing different things everyday will help me learn while still improving myself.
Anyways, here's what I've done today. Used mainly B & 2B, + 4B once(for the leaf stem + branches)
This took longer than I expected. Honestly, I surprised myself at how much I can learn from looking at just textures on things. For example, the notches on tree barks tend to swerve around the stumps and not just go straight through them. I never realised that.
Man, I need to pay more attention to everything now.
Alrighty, decided to learn how to draw portraits!
Man, I need to learn how to draw facial features badly, but I also need to make sure I get the technique down first.
No point adding features when I mess up the proportions right? (Like in the side view one where I made the side plane too small because I forgot it had to be 2/3rds of the circle)
Tomorrow is proportions day! Can't wait. Still, I'm gonna do some practice on heads first to familiarize myself with the technique first before I jump into learning proportions.
really inspires me seeing someone working hard
It's great to see that you are learning from your mistakes as well as your practice in general, by trying to take something away from it each time. I should take a page from your book in that respect. The textures you posted recently, especially the water one, look really cool! Draw on!
Okay, so I decided to work a little bit on faces today because I felt learning about proportion wouldn't take up too much time and, I felt itchy from yesterdays learning to try out a longer construction.
The longer construction. Need to do these more. Plus I need to go learn how to draw facial features.
Proportions (Hale). I think I prefer this over Loomis' method (still not sure yet because I haven't put it into practice just yet.)
A drawing of a mug I have on my table.
I need to work on my proportions (the mug is slightly taller than the drawing) and my ellipses (Look at the hole. Ughhh).
I realise that I tend to take a very long time to do any drawing because I always get caught up in the details and not focus on the big picture first. If anyone can give me tips on how to practice 'seeing' the big form , I'd greatly appreciate it!
Maybe I'm just rushing into drawing instead of taking a step back and slowly marking out the important points in the subject. Hmm.
Tomorrow will be Anatomy day! Can't wait!
Last edited by hellothisiskan; July 21st, 2014 at 11:34 AM.
Studied a bit about anatomy today. (Muscles)
Then I took a look at Loomis' manikin and tried to copy it. I have issues drawing things at different angles. I think I need to work on my shapes.
I really like the drawing I did on the top left corner of the page. That was from imagination. Added some 'anatomy' in the arm after I did the gesture.
Alright, here's some gesture drawings I did. 30 sec, 60 sec and one shitty 3 min drawing.
I really enjoy dynamic poses! Still having a bit of issues with proportion though. It might be because I rush through my drawings.
Last edited by hellothisiskan; July 22nd, 2014 at 10:32 AM.
Alright guys, was busy in camp yesterday so I couldn't draw. Came back early and instantly started sketching.
Relearning the bean. I feel like I have to keep practicing this because I simply cannot do gesture drawings starting from the head. The proportions always go out of whack when I do that. So I need to start from the torso.
Adding form to the bean.
30 sec gestures
60 sec gestures
Doodles of fun. (I absolutely enjoy sketching dynamic poses. Just feels sooo gooooood)
Learning how to draw hands. I like being able to refer to my own body for studies like this. It's just so, convenient...
Alright, its been a while guys! Did a few studies of the face the past couple of days. Also been trying my hand at drawing cartoons, just to get dem creative juices flowing.
Started out drawing/constructing faces from imagination.
Studied the loomis method again. Copied faces from the book. Also started a bit on the eye.
Eye + Nose Study
Facial planes. Got lazy after a while and stopped.
START OF A NEW SKETCHBOOK!! Woohoo. Decided to draw cartoons to loosen up. I need to get used to drawing cartoons I think. Real life all day makes jack a dull boy.
Gesture Drawings (timings on paper)
Trying the pen out.
Okay, this is supposed to be gesture drawings (1 min) but ONLY done with straight lines. I came up with the exercise because I noticed I spent too much time contemplating the form and contours of the figure instead of going straight to the pose. I think its helpful. My scanner for some reason decided to do a 'smart' scan and break up the page, so I apologize for that.
Okay, I suddenly felt the urge to draw something related to baseball. I don't even know why. But it happened. And I'm so happy that I actually drew something on paper instead of shrugging the feeling off like I usually do with weird impulsive ideas. It started off as a ball mid-air that was hit by the batter but then I decided to make the drawing more dynamic. Also, I shouldn't have used a pen to 'sketch' the idea out, but ah well, nothing I can do about that now.
Now it's the pitcher giving a last-min order to his teammate right before he throws the ball.
I am SO scared to finish this one. Honestly, I'm so afraid I'll screw it all up and be pissed with myself. Gaaahhhh.
Update! Spent around 3? hours today fixing up this piece, only to realise some HUGE errors with anatomy and trying to fix those errors.
I need to make sure I'm okay with everything before shading next time. Lesson learnt.
Last edited by hellothisiskan; July 31st, 2014 at 06:59 AM.
Alright guys, new update! Been reading up on the basics (form, shape, etc.) and working on it. I'm extremely weak in this department as you can tell.
Drew a aircon remote on my desk. First, I drew it by just looking at it, then I constructed it with boxes. Also, getting used to making different marks with my pencil. Just going crazy and loosening up my arm. Felt so artsy doing this.
Still going ballistic with my pencil.
Decided to come up with a simple lighthouse scene and rendered it using different strokes of my pencil. I REALLY like what I did. Had so much fun.
Building landscapes using Form. I'm going to do more of this. My construction is really weak I think. I need to train more in that.
Decided to draw people now. All from imagination (except the scribbles below, they're 30 sec warmups)
I decided to get my sister to look at my gestures and tick/circle which gesture she understood/was able to read. I think its a good way to see if you actually captured the essence of the pose. If someone else can look at it and understand what the subject is doing, you've probably captured it effectively.
30 sec gestures
30 sec gestures (STRAIGHT LINES ONLY)
1 min gestures
Imagination stuff. Trying to improve on line of actions.
Been reading the Saga comic and I like how every new character you see makes you go "WTF is that!" when the character has one part of the body that just looks SO out of place compared to everything else. So that probably inspired me to draw that dude down there with the mickey ears. Haha!
Sorry for the delay in updates, had no mood to scan my drawings haha.
So at the beginning of the week, I went through this onset of depression after looking at the portfolios of other people. I felt like I was making no progress and just felt SOOOOO demotivated to do anything.
On Sunday, decided to learn some stuff.
Jumping into seperating the body parts.
Weight + Centre of Gravity. I had fun doing this!
Felt demoralised after drawing this one...
Fell asleep and woke up feeling more depressed but I at least I knew what I had to work on.
Fuck I couldn't even get the simple Robo-Bean right... God I suck.
So, I rewatched the Structure Basics video, and copied whatever I saw. (Pumpin dat Muscle Memory yo)
Practiced drawing cubes at different eye levels + from imagination. This was probably the best thing I could have done to help me draw cubes.
Who would have thought huh, drawing a ton of cubes would help me draw cubes better (No shit...)
Animal construction. Was easier than I thought it would be. I really need to work on seeing things better though. I always assume things are where they are supposed to be and end up being off target.
Okay, I don't know why, but I finally felt like I knew what was going wrong with me. I kept giving up because I was looking at the latest work people have done (while constantly drawing for the past like 4 years). I've only just started 2 months ago! FUCK. I had to be kidding myself if I honestly expected to be of that calibre in 2 months. I can tell honestly tell myself that I've made progress though. Significant progress compared to the past 3 and a 1/2 years thats for sure! For one, I'm ACTUALLY drawing everyday. Like dude, thats already amazing man!
My problem is that I'm rushing myself constantly. To the point where I tend to have no time to just absorb the information. Okay, from today onwards, I'm going to take it slowly. Learn one new thing every 2-3 days. And really WORK on it.
Anyways, back to the sketchbook.
Line of Action/Weight from imagination. I probably enjoyed doing this the most out of everything.
I need to do more gesture drawings. I always concentrate on learning how to draw the human body but I never seem to think that doing gestures will help. Dammit.
Last edited by hellothisiskan; August 5th, 2014 at 09:24 AM.
Good to see that you've overcome your depressive mood - your sketchbook surely does show progress, so no need to worry
Hey guys, feeling some improvement in my understanding of gesture already! I actually find it fun now! Gonna do more if I can. Anyways, here is my 4 day update! As usual, went through some bouts of sadness, then woke up feeling like I was making progress again. Roller coasters of emotion suck
Realized I was being extremely self-conscious when I was doing gestures instead of feeling the pose. I was just trying to get the proportions correct. So much more fun if I just draw flow lines and not give a damn about whether the angles and shapes are right! Also, I've been drawing (shitty) cartoons and trying to improve my visual library! Too many things to learn omg
Anyways, here you go!
I really need to work on my longer figure drawings. Took too long to draw just the pose. Need more practice.
Everything takes time.
Go with the flow (like in gesture drawings! Ohoho!)
I also need to concentrate on one aspect of my art (Like perspective/still life/figures/rendering) and just do that straight for a month? Instead of dashing between different subject matters and trying to improve on everything at the same time. I can work on those other fundamentals but only if I get really bored\frustated with the main one I'm working on.
Croqois Cafe on youtube is amazing btw. I really prefer it over pixelovely's figure drawing.
Alright guys, new batch of sketchbook pages! I feel some improvement in my understanding of the human figure. (Like looking out for overlapping lines, etc) My heads are always too small though. I really need to work on that.
It's really daunting how much more I have to learn, and it honestly scares me sometimes. But I'm gonna take baby steps and eventually get to the level of proficiency I desire.
That is an epic and great start of this sketchbook, some
gorgeous studies, you better keep them coming,
cause we are all waiting eagerly for some new
bunny like surprises.