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For a few years now I've been trying to get better at drawing but I've shown very little improvement. I don't think there's much alternative now but to share my work in hope that I might be able to get some help on how to go about fixing my mistakes and improve. I'd be truly grateful to anyone who can take the time to offer some advice.
My long term goal is pretty vague at this point but I want to draw well from imagination. Being able to communicate your thoughts, ideas and feelings through visual illustration is the greatest thing in the world (at least in my opinion) and so I'll happily dedicate the rest of my life to pursuing it.
Last edited by shoebill; 4 Weeks Ago at 08:56 AM.
Blocks and general perspective:
Last edited by shoebill; July 17th, 2014 at 10:39 AM.
I was asked to do a drawing of a bat so i may as well add this one to the sketchbook.
Today i arranged some small boxes and did still life studies.
The bottle gave me a lot of problems.
Drawing the bottle from different angles:
Those are some great studies. I like how because you struggled with the bottle, you made yourself draw it again twenty times from different angles. That type of attitude is going to get you far! You already have a pretty good foundation and you're only going to get better.
Check out my sketchbook! Socially acceptable opportunity to yell at a teenage girl!
aw thanks! Stubbornness helps a lot lol
One more hand for tonight. It still looks kinda 'flat' and i don't know how to fix it. Gonna have to draw more hands tomorrow i guess
I used a lamp in order to get a better sense of light and shadow for this value study:
Somewhat happy with the results but i know it could be far far better.
Testing what i know about lighting.
Looking at it carefully now...
Last edited by shoebill; July 19th, 2014 at 10:30 AM.
I love your perspective studies! To be truthful I am only about to start learning them myself, so I'm sorry that I am not able to give more constructive comments. But as far as I can see you are doing very well with them! I especially love the little room sketch, I wish I am able to do such nice clean lines
Arishandera - Thanks very much. And it's ok, i'm just happy to get a comment once in a while
I wish you luck with your endeavour!
Your lines are very clean, an impressive start Keep it up
Nice focused studying, carry on with the good work.
I'm sure you'll get a hang of that tricky sharpener eventually! The persistent are rewarded . Also, though you say you can't get it right, it actually looks pretty spot on to my untrained eyes haha). Nice go at the furniture as well!
Your persistence is really inspiring! I need to take that lesson from you. If I have a hard time drawing something I tend to give up. I really like the furniture. Way to go! Keep up the great work.
Thankyou everyone for the words and motivation
Oh drapery, a true challenge they are. I envy the people that are able to make it look so easy. Folds are some of things most difficult for me to get just right. I believe your second attempt at it shows improvement compared to the first .
With the second one I could focus more on just the single object and so I think that helped a lot.
Another still life set up:
The focus was just on measuring the proportions and placements of lines. The floating box near the middle kinda shows I was innacurate.
Nice going with the studies.
One point, you're pretty negative over your own stuff. I really don't see a reason to do so.
If you're comparing to other's art, it's better not to do so, as they have also once been at the level you are now, and they've improved.
If you feel it's awfull because of what you are mentally making of it, then you need to check why it's not to your satisfaction. Identify those areas and when you redo it, make it a point to not make those mistakes. Drawing is learning, and the best way to do that is to make mistakes. So don't beat yourself up on some mistakes you've made. Just check what you have and what needs to be different.
And if you're ever feeling down because you think your progress is lacking, compare your drawings to drawings from a good time ago. You'll see that you've made progress, especially if you're doing studies as the one's you've posted above.
So enjoy the learning process.
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.