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August 21st, 2014 #1
DmDoodles sketchbook- The road to VisDev!
Will come up with a more creative title later on, but for now this will be my sketchbook. I've been self-studying art for a while. As a matter of fact, last year was my first year of college, and my first year having a formal art education. However, as i'm still on second foundation level classes in school, I'm still doing alot of learning other stuff myself outside the lessons.
I've been looking for an effective way of self-study, and have thus far been sort of unsuccessful. It's not as much a matter of me not being willing to do it (because have before and will again), but rather a matter of not knowing where to start. I'm hoping my posting in this sketchbook will prompt others to guide me in the right direction, aswell as critique me.
And when I say critique, i want to be critiqued as hard as possible.
There's always going to be something wrong with what i post though, so I'm not too worried about people not being able to find anything.
I also have a tumblr, which served as a record of my artistic journey, but it's hard doing it alone. While i'm not follower-less, I still don't receive any sort of feedback, which is why im here.
My goal is to be able to draw whatever I want with ease, as I have alot of ideas in my head that I just can't get out coherently without some sort of anatomy being off, or perspective or me not knowing how to draw landscapes or seascapes. In that sense I also want to broaden my horizons (taking risks is something I have a hard time doing, as i've noticed lately). I don't want to just draw humans, I want to be able to design objects and clothes and creatures, etc in paint, digitally, rendering with pencil/ink etc
I wouldn't consider myself horrible, but i've still got a LONG way to go
So i'm going to start by reposting the scans from a sketchbook I did back in june on here
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really nice work so far. i find that if your using markers work slowly with them you'll get a much smoother coverage. i would love to see some of those basic forms studied from life maybe draw objects like an apple or a box with different perspectives and lighting conditions, using a pencil/pencils will help capture the more subtle tonal differences.
August 21st, 2014 #3
EDIT: resized all the images since they were taking forever to load because they were so big. You can click on them to make them bigger anyway (also moved them to the second post)
Like I said, I was looking for an effective way to study and still am not sure of where to start. At one point in time I started studying value, this time around I started with perspective. I need a dedicated approach. I also tend to pick one thing and learn it very closely, and while this can be good and bad, I think it's a sure fire way to get bored with studying quick. So i'm trying to find the right combination of things to study all at the same time. Sorry if its confusing ^_^"
Here are some more of june's studies. Trying to get all of my previous attempts uploaded so people know where i'm coming from first. Then the stuff I upload will be from that day/week/whatever
once I finished my short lived perspective studies, I tried making forms and studying from IDsketchers and how they're able to draw different objects. This was also back when I was planning on doing a sketchbook on a different subject a month (june obviously being perspective)
My lines are wonky here and my forms aren't as neat as I want them to be. This is probably from lack of practice and not spending alot of time since they were quick pen sketches.
Next are the notes i started taking from Dynamic sketching by Peter Han. Notes from this course helped ALOT (even if i did have to reconstruct the homework assignments from looking at what other students did)
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August 21st, 2014 #4
More june studies, and the ones that I can say honestly helped me the most-
Peter Han's contour and shape exercises. Since doing sheets of these i've been able to see form more clearly in objects. Still working on it, but alot better than I was before. It's a learning process right?
These shapes and forms were genuinely fun exercises that I still do to some degree now
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August 21st, 2014 #5
Good start! I think you have plenty of technical basis, all you really need now is to apply what you learned.. If you want to be able to draw anything I would recommend doing drawthrough studies from life.
Are you going into ID?
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August 21st, 2014 #6
Thanks! And you bring up a good point that i think ignoring is what keeps me running around in circles. I know alot about the technical side of drawing, maybe not everything but definitely alot. But i think because I never had a formal education in it before now I keep psyching myself out and thinking that I need to go back and relearn things the way everyone else most likely did- in the order everyone else did.
When really what I need to do is take what I know and put it into practice. And figure things out from there- from DOING rather than flipping through a book and relearning the head proportions for the umptenth time because it didn't stick before (because i never practiced like i should)
So while I don't know whether you intended for your comment to do so or not, it's opened my eyes quite a bit.
August 22nd, 2014 #7
A few more things from june's studies. Peter Han's texture exercises. These may be my last uploads for a few days since i'm moving into my dorm sunday and have already packed my scanner up. Although i hope to update daily starting monday. I'm still drawing in the meantime though (working on value studies and techniques now, and will scan them in later)
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August 25th, 2014 #8
Now that i'm moved into my dorm and have my scanner back, here are some value studies from the past few days. Figured I should refresh myself on the subject and learn how to actually render (standard shading, what marks describe what materials, etc) Rendering in some areas may also liven up my studies a bit, as I can not only do anatomy structure studies and such, but also studies of how lighting interacts with the muscles and everything.
The very last page was inspired by this wonderful man's gallery here:
his technical studies and skills are awe-inspiring!
warm up gestures from one day:
(sorry this page smudged a lil)
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August 28th, 2014 #9
No studies today since I haven't scanned them in yet. However, I just received my yiynova msp19u last night and decided to do a little warm-up sketch on it this morning to test it out. This is a character of mine, in the style I currently have. Slowly implementing some things from my studies into my more cartoony sketches (for instance i studied the face a week or two ago and had a realization that in 3/4 view the bridge of the nose obscures part of the eye. its a real nice way of showing depth
August 30th, 2014 #10
Just a random update:
It seems I've underestimated my class schedule with telling myself i'm going to post once a day. So i'm currently working out a schedule for studying my art in between my classes. As for posting on here, guess i'll try and upload it as soon as i can
August 30th, 2014 #11
I like where your thread is going. I can't give much critique at this point because I think I am the same point as you are. You saying "I need to go back and relearn things the way everyone else most likely did- in the order everyone else did" very accurately describes my reason for joining CA.
Are you studying at CGMA? I came across some of Peter Han's videos and would love to study with him! I really like his teaching style.
Anyhow, keep it up! :-)
August 31st, 2014 #12
btw have you opened a sketchbook yet? I'd love to check it out
August 31st, 2014 #13
One of the best parts of being in college for me, is that I have a network of friends who are also art majors who understand the struggle My one friend in particular has actually landed a job this semester as a figure drawing model (we have figure drawing every friday here on campus) and wanted to practice long poses. Therefore we all did what good friends should and agreed to come over to draw her naked!
We started with short 1 minute poses, then went into a 30 min pose. I'm find with drawing gestures, but when it comes to drawing the full body in a longer pose i tend to buckle. It's like I forget everything about form and perspective and proportion, but that's more than likely because i need to put it into practice more (also we all agreed that she looks petrified here )
Full body poses isn't where I shine in figure drawing, however...
It's when I really zoom into a particular area of interest and focus solely on that where I find most of my successes. Even last year in my drawing observations class, putting my focus into one area gave me more time to study that particular bit and the structure and lighting that goes along with it. Here I managed to implement my previous studies of value and shading to try and create form without relying too much on lines.
This also probably reveals alot about my study methods...now that i'm thinking (well typing) about it... maybe instead of focusing on the broadest ideas of drawing I should laser focus on something that I really really want to learn and learn that thing, then gradually move out to the broader.
Hmm...well, we'll see I guess haha
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