Hello everyone! I’ve been lurking these forums for a while, and finally mustered up the courage to share some of my sketches. Any and all criticisms/critiques would be extremely helpful. To provide some context, I’ve always loved drawing since I was little. However, I never took any classes and was discouraged at the lack of progress I was making. In hindsight, I think a lot of this stems from the fact that I was utilizing a “cartoony” style (lots of symbol drawing, hard and overly geometric contour lines, lack of value & tone, etc). There are a lot of bad habits I’m struggling to shed, so it’s a bit of a challenge.
After getting a B.A. in an unrelated field and being unhappy with where it was leading, I’m now determined to try and change my path. Since I work full time, I’m only enrolled in one evening class at the moment. However, I’ll soon be taking several continuing education courses at Otis. I hope that with the combination of these classes and consistently keeping up a steady flow of drawing in my spare time, I might even be able to apply to art school within a couple of years.
Here is a quick sketch I did at the start of the Introduction to Drawing course to give an idea of where I’m coming from:
Value/tone exercise with charcoal:
This was a two-point perspective assignment. Sorry for the low contrast. I think one of biggest things I’m struggling with is knowing when to use darker and lighter tones, even for simple line drawings like this.
Here are some drawings I’ve recently attempted outside of the class (does anyone know the best way to prevent smudging? I’ve put a paper towel under my hand, wore a glove, tried adding in darker tones from left to right…):
Something is definitely off about the girl's face. Is it the proportion of her features? I also feel like her face looks too smooth/flat, like her facial bone structure needs more definition.
I’m taking an Introduction to Painting class in a couple of weeks, but here are some quick sketches I did outside and then tried mixing with watercolor:
This is a silly oil painting I made as a gift for someone last December. It was my first try at oil painting, so I was somewhat happy with it. I didn’t have a small enough brush for details, so you can definitely see where I struggled. I wasn't too pleased with the right dog's features:
That’s all I have for now. If anyone could suggest any specific areas of improvement, I would really appreciate it. I consider myself a blank slate at this point and want to have a firm grasp of the fundamentals. I’ll continue to update this thread with some progress as my new classes start.