don't put yourself down.. keep on drawing but do it with a purpose, try to have a goal in mind everytime you pick up a pencil, you might want to spend half an hour drawing the eye for example and try to really see what the eyes look like instead of what you think it should look like (i.e an almond shape).
learn the proportions of the body and face by picking up an anatomy book or simply take your pencil or a ruler and measure photos or magazines. you'll see patterns starting to develop..
Check out some of the tutorials on this site or some of these
char is totally right - practice the contruction and layout of the head in perspective (don't bother with vanishing points, I just mean wrapping the features around the form of the head). He gave you some excellent links, also check out the Loomis books online (saveloomis.org). Look at Gabo's sbook - when he's trying to understand a form, he'll fill pages with little pages of studies for it. They don't have to look good, and in fact probably won't, but I think that's where you'll see the most improvement immediately.
Also, one thing about facial features in particular: they almost always look better if you don't close all the lines. Take the lips, for instance - you only need one line between them maybe, and some slight hints of lines above and below, to indicate lips convincingly. Same goes for the eyes - as soon as you completely close the line around them, they look bad. Check other artists or books like Loomis for examples of how to indicate the features with line.
Don't get discouraged, either, and try not to speak negatively about your work when posting it - every bad drawing brings you that much closer to what you really hope to draw.
got over 30 pages still to post, when i get time to scan them. more old stuff to be removed, just leave some to show progression or lack of it. now been drawing for almost 3 months, still not much progress, my lines are too bitty, need more flow. at least getting better at hands.
Last edited by karma0zero; May 7th, 2005 at 05:08 AM.
You've improved a lot! I especially enjoyed your hand-studies.
About your last colored-stuff, the lighting is really confusing. Pick a source for your light, and try to imagine the shades from it. The shade/lighting will show the forms better. Try to go black 'n white/greyscale to help you see the values better.
dCepT - thanks, i surprised myself how well the hands looked. about the coloured stuff, i assume you mean the rat, i was just messing around trying it out when i was resizing it, seeing how much of a difference adding colour would make, i want to concentrate on drawing untill i'm better, then work more on colour.
Dellie - thank you, yep, i need to work on everything, especially perspective.
Aloha. I just wanted to let you know that I'm impressed by your determination. It's heartwarming to see how you've been drawing so much already. There's definitely signs of development shown in your lines and faces and hands! Keep the pen in your hand and never stop. I'll look forward to see more from you.