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March 21st, 2005 #1
Steps on the Artistic path 28th April 2008
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Working on the basics.. line.. negative spaces.. relationships..
all done with HB pencil or biro from photographs
between 5 and 15 mins per page.
Last edited by karma0zero; April 28th, 2008 at 04:34 AM.
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March 21st, 2005 #3
2 more, posting at near original size to show all the mistakes.. i know, i know, it was a mistake to ever start drawing.
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March 23rd, 2005 #4
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March 24th, 2005 #5
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
how to draw lips
drawing the nose
drawing the eyes
what not to do (you might recognize some of your drawings here)
Drawing the head by Ron Lemer, a modern master IMHO
Drawing hands by Ron Lemer
Good luck with your drawings
March 25th, 2005 #6
charcoalartist - thanks for the advice, your right about the eyes, all mine look the same almond shape.. i'm starting to check proportions and use guidance lines.. i'll check the links, thanks.
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March 25th, 2005 #7
March 25th, 2005 #8
SirGreenSock - thanks for the encouragement, i've seen a small improvement but not as much as i would like, i've still got about 40 more pages to post before i get upto date.
March 25th, 2005 #9
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.
March 28th, 2005 #10
jkior - thanks for the advice, i've been trying to use line to suggest features, but it never seems to look right when i try it, it's very tempting to want to draw like the all of the lips.
monday i did sketches of my hand for the second, i think there was a little improvement, i guess i'm impaitent, only a few weeks ago, i couldn't draw a hand at alll.
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March 28th, 2005 #11
in the first month of drawing i did 14 pages, and the last month i did 40.
Last edited by karma0zero; May 7th, 2005 at 05:03 AM.
March 30th, 2005 #12
looking at all the drawings i've done, they all look really bad.
Last edited by karma0zero; April 23rd, 2005 at 11:45 AM.
March 30th, 2005 #13
my best yet? i think so..
biro, like how this turned out.
Last edited by karma0zero; May 7th, 2005 at 04:50 AM.