I'm Chris. I draw.
Heres a good method to practice.
All you need is windows xp or if you have a mac find a screensaver that allows you to have images change every 2 minutes or less. I use windows xp so what I do is put hundreds of images in the my pictures folder and then right click the destop/properties/screensaver and set the time to 2 minutes then click preview. This is by far the most fun practice I do because I never know what image is going to come up next and I know I have only 2 minutes to get it done. This helps me find the big shapes fast, improve my hand eye coordination, and greatly increases my design knowledge.
In one hour I do 30 images or more because sometimes I'l finish before the 2 minutes and just move on.
I drew these today at star bucks. They are all about 5 to 12 seconds. I've worked pretty hard to be able to draw fast and accurately.
These are from one of my quick sketch sessions using the screensaver
sketches from borders books.
sketch from star bucks. Something I really like to do is just circle the highlights and outline the lighted areas when sketching fast. It's not always important that you render everything but know where the highlights are and mark them.
20 second sketch from library
This one is older but I kinda liked it's sketchy quility. 4 minutes
older ink sketch from last semester- 30 minute pose
I have a study book dedicated to light. Many many notes are in there and lots of little paintings like these to practice value. They are done in acrylic which I can't stand but right now my I'm not allowed to use oil where I am staying.
Both done at star bucks. One at night and when in the day
Here is a old ship design I did earlier this year but never finished on paper. After I scanned it in I used a brush set to vivid light at 20 percent and added the highlights and lights.
Here is a screenshot of a robot I'm making . It goes along with this months study of highlights and reflections. So far I've spent 7 hours on it.
check out the making of it so far at sijun http://forums.sijun.com/viewtopic.php?t=39268
alright. That's it for now. Later.