Last edited by Graph; August 12th, 2014 at 12:07 AM.
These images are so big I can't see them very well on my screen Can you resize them through the attachment manager, please?
How do I do that?
If you can go into the advanced version of your post (when you edit it), you can double-click on the image and a window should pop up that'll let you choose a different size for displaying in the post. Or if you haven't added them inline into a post, you can go into the attachment manager, select what you want to put in the post, and then find the 'insert inline' button at the bottom of the window.
Hope that helps!
Nice work so far, I'm looking forward to see your progress! In your quickposes sketches, it might be helpful to take note of the negative space as well as the figure.
You've got some really energetic lines here! Might want to pay some closer attention to the form of the joints of your figures, like elbows and knees. They're actually pretty thick if you look at them closely.
Keep it up!
Last edited by Graph; August 11th, 2014 at 11:51 PM.
@Tidah Thanks, didn't see your post for a while. Do you mean I'm drawing joints too thickly or that they should be thicker than I'm drawing them?
Hey! No problem.
The bones at our joints tend to be thicker in places, but they don't appear to pinch in unless there's a ton of muscle on either side. Take a look at your elbows (assuming you have them) from various angles. The humerus really juts out at the elbow so it can connect with the ulna and provide a spot for the radius to sit (the radius is connected to the ulna and is what enables your forearm to rotate).
Below are some hasty sketches of my arm, which is very thin so it's relatively easy to see where my bones are.
Knees are also pretty thick. There's a little bulge on the insides of the knee joints thanks to the medial collateral ligament, for example. We humans are a little knock-kneed at the best of times :)
Hope that helped!
Your train picture is great, nice mood, you have your objects in good portion. Your figure from the old photo has a great expression. If you look at the dog photo small, it has great energetic contour lines, but up close I can see you sketched your way along it first. The drawings I see here, you seem to sketch very well and you are able to go over your sketches and keep the energy.
Do you do any work with contour? It's just another way to practice. Try using a marker or pen and doing the line just once, because its not important if it's accurate or not right now. Or blind contour. To draw people quickly, who are moving by, if you can get good with contour, you can get a pose in several small lines. Draw a bunch of squares on a page, a few inches -- long upright for a standing figure, more boxy for a seated figure. When I need to do a figure quickly, I can do it with just a few glances up from my drawing. I can get enough info to fill in the rest after the figure has passed or changed position.
Nobody has mentioned it here, so I will mention The Nicolodiadis Way to draw, I'm spelling that wrong, but it's a book about gesture drawing. It's more about the feel and weight of a figure.
@Tidah Now I see what yo mean. Thanks for the clarification. I'll try it in my next uploads.
@RFalconeArt I actually own that book. Unfortunately, I got bored with it pretty quickly and didn't keep up with the schedule. I'd probably be much farther along right now if I did. Have you had any success with it?
The seals are great. wonderful poses, head angles, very expressive! They look very solid and yet delicate. I've read pretty much all the technique books (although I admit I had not heard of Loomis and some others). I didn't keep up with any of them. What I liked about that one was it gave me a feel for the energy of a figure, sort of abstract. I don't think it helped my drawing in the long run, but without it I can't really draw at all. But it was a good way to get freed up from trying so hard to be soooo exact that I scrubbed holes in the paper. I almost never use an eraser, but that's sheer laziness. I rarely develop anything until I'm actually painting, trial and error, I don't recommend it, but I have some really unique pieces. I'm not above tracing from my own photos. For smaller subjects in a larger painting, I will do a collage of elements in photoshop for the composition but when I am working I will bring out my smaller objects and paint from life. I generally use my photos for larger backgrounds, rooms, buildings.
you are doing very well with your determination to observe the planes and angles of the leg as represented by contour, once you get past what looks like the upper thigh, the figure is impossible to decipher.
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