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Inspired by MindCandyMan's journey that started over a decade ago, I've decided to log my journey, down the path of becoming a better artist. His thread is truly inspiring, and will serve as a reminder that hardwork and dedication trump talent any day!
For a bit of background: I'm a 27 year-old from Canada, with limited background in drawing. I took art classes in High School because I was drawn to it, but after a few false starts (and a teacher who didn't seem interested in helping anyone without 'natural talent'), I gave up. I regret it, but you know what they say, the best time to plant an oak tree was [in High School], the second best time is now.
I've got a new view on things now, and realize that all those that are seen as 'naturally talented', just drew a lot more when they were kids than I did. So, it's time to put in the work.
I'm really draw to charcoal sketches, and portraits with different hues from what'd you expect (work like this http://koikoikoi.com/2010/05/francoi...ful-portraits/).
Anyways, I'm planning on using two of Loomis' books to learn - Fun with a Pencil and Figure Drawing for all It's Worth, while finding basic exercises around the internet (like these two threads on /r/learnart) to practice up my skills. If anyone has any advice, I'm also open to suggestion.
Here is some work from today - a couple heads from Fun with a Pencil, and my can of cider to practice cylinders. Need to read up on shading so I can make my cylinders look real.
Last edited by hobz; July 20th, 2014 at 05:58 PM.
Actually you don't need to read up on shading to make your cylinders look real. just get a can and a lamp and draw it from life. . Then after have a couple of goes at that, then you can start to read up on what all the different lighting principles are and you will have a better understanding of how to apply them.
"The whole point of practice is to do it until you can do it right." - dpaint
That's true, thanks for the perspective element. I'll have a go next time!
A few more shots of some Loomis practice and shapes making:
Trying to avoid just straight copying Loomis' 'Blooks', but finding I don't quite have the imagination right now to add shapes like he does. So, I'm trying to learn from what he does, for future me!
Last edited by hobz; July 20th, 2014 at 05:59 PM.