Hey guys I`m a 14 year old guy that got real into drawing about 2-4 weeks ago. Yeah its not long time ago, but I love drawing wanna work with it when i get older. Anyway, I`m from sweden and thought that this would be good motivation, and I can see how I improve. I currently do drawings of real life photos, almost just faces, I got bad faces.
EDIT: Im 16 now as you can tell, and I had to delete some pictures, had like 25 meg on the photobucket thingie. I am a deleted boy
Last edited by Profil; December 14th, 2006 at 02:57 PM.
Before you go crosshatching, try the shapes concept (idea).
Look at everything as a shape.
For instance, a computer monitor is comprised of a giant cube and depending on the shape some circles in the back and on the bottom supports. A lightbulb is a circle with a rectangular stem for the screw. Build onto the shapes, then keep building.
Crosshatching, I to am still getting the hang of it. It's a lot harder than it seems it would be. Start light (light as possible!) shading the same value in one direction, to make your values darker, do the same light value over the first one except in a different direction. The direction of the hatch depends on how you want the drawing to look, the curves, etc. Just practice. At 14, I wasn't doing that. I was out partying and skateboarding. Stick with it! You're solid.
try to get a book called "Drawing on the right side of the brain" by betty edwards. It will help you an incredible amount by teaching you how to see clearly.
Learning how to see is most important. later comes techniques like cross hatching.
practice drawing things in long, smooth lines, not short jagged ones. Once you can do that, you know your getting better.
There really is no quick fix to cross hatching, just keep on practiceing.
Cross hatching usualy consists of a bunch of paralell lines of 9-11 strokes called a set being overlaped by another set at a slight angle, a 90 degree angle, or anywhere in between. Just keep on working at it tryin different directions, sizes, angles, and even stroke direction (like drawing towards you or away from you).
you will eventually find a set that feels comfortable. consistancy is key. don't make the sets too short... it usualy doesn't work too well.
patternagainst: here is the partys mostly about drinking and.... well they drink to they puke... well they talk and then they drink some more...... I dont like alcohol....
misterjc: yeah I got a problem with long lines, my hand is kinda shaky so it gets like a shaky line... well the next pages will probaly be looking at objects and just drawing the forms with long lines.
oh you can try some of the feng exersizes to get your muscles to listen to you when you want to make a streight line and elipse/circle .. jsut make soem dots on a page and go form one to the next in a solid stright line then try the same thing makeing circles and curves .... sinc eyou jsut started your body is probly not used to movieng and controling your limbs in this way so you will build up a physical memory that way .then i suggest movien on toe th esuggesteion form the fella above .. do basic shapes circle triangle square ... then go to cube sphere piramid cilinder .... then head on to waht davi suggested and render them with full values .. also look up the words and such and get as comfortable with the terms as you possably can <this will help alot when people make suggestions and your try to learn form tuts >the betty edwards book will really get you firmiliar with all the tearms and various tecniques .another book thats great for beginers for quick refrence and a verry simple intro to construction is how to draw the marvel way .. its not the best but i think since it has verry limited and simple format its verry user frendly <not over whenlming at all and a bit fun too >eventualy <and it wont take too long > you will start seeing things as their basic shapes and you will be able to make out diffrent surfaces of those shapes and it will be verry easy to apply light <and lack of light > to them
keep going main thing is do it eveyr dya no matter waht evne if you little boged down with school and such kik out a couple shapes and such and above all have fun with it
<i thin you have a good start and are doing well mate keep going >
damn photobucket ><
oh well heres 2
fast ref I didnt feel like drawin today:
I got tips now of learning the body anatomy first and such and same time.
I think I will do it at the same time.
and I gotta learn the basic shapes and start to render them before I render faces and learn the lines of the face first.
Last edited by Profil; October 23rd, 2004 at 02:53 PM.
You got Bridgman so I suggest you to check out the blocked construction of the head...and draw (don't imagine) a cube and some construction lines and then draw the head inside the cube...I've recently started to practice a little using this method and so far it has helped me to better understand how to get the different planes correct and getting better volume in the heads I draw. Simpler than Loomis construction..personally I prefer Bridgman. So I guess Bridgman might help you too.
Anyway I guess I'll be meeting you and the others in Stockholm gonna be great 8)
Anyway, I noticed that when you do general face shapes, you used curved lines, but when you do details or quick, full body studies, your lines get choppy and stick-like. You might want to keep in mind that while the male body is ok angular, most females have curving bodies (unless they're super anorexic thin)