Here's my most recent sketchbook page. As you can see I'm lacking direction and skipping from thing to thing. I'm also trying to decide if I want to go with pencils or pens. I'd like to work on my humans and you can see some Loomis heads in there, but I'm fairly lost. Any comments, good or bad are appriciated. I'd really like to improve.
Keep practicing. Draw bigger, you seem to put as many little scribbles on 1 page as possible. Take enough space to draw whatever you want comfortably. It'll give your wrist and shoulder enough space to move and allow you more freedom to draw.
About pens and pencils...they're different mediums, but that's about it. You can learn to control those with practice. Keep using Loomis and try do to some lifedrawing when possible. When it comes to the body, it's good to practice drawing bodyparts or specific muscles, but don't forget it's part of a whole.
Keep drawing and update this sb more frequently. Try drawing 1 hour a day, you'll see major improvements soon then.
Thanks for the replies. I'll try to draw bigger Cookie, but I have a tendency to go small and I'm not sure why.
Also are my scans to small? They look small at my resolution but I'm not sure how big I should be making them.
Working off of the Head and Hand drawing Loomis book. I was doing the steps for the heads (you can see the heads that I followed the instructions directly with to the left of the page with the marks "I" "II" and "III" next to them) those are ok I guess, but when I tried to do the steps on my own everything went bad. They look horrible, but I can't tell why... is there something I'm missing?
I had a few questions to go along with this update. My first two are more about the method of learning to draw.
Will I be doing myself any good copying other people's drawings or should I be learning from a book that explains techniques? I think more advanced artists study other people's drawings to pick up their style but I'm not sure about a begginer (I'm not looking for style yet, but looking to learn how to draw)
Also with these loomis heads, they will help me when I get to drawing real people right? They are teaching me porportions, huh?
Now my problems with todays drawings. I'm having a problem with the faces that are looking directly up/down/straight ahead. Something is making them look too wide and I can't tell what. I even tried to do them a little thinner but...
Also I'm a little unsure on how to draw these heads. In the diagram below, for the front of the face I don't know how to place the line (red or blue) I've been doing what feels right, but is there some sort of rule. Some of my faces in the sketchbook (below the diagram) don't look like they are tilted and I think it's because of this line.
My next question is do I follow the ball I drew in the first place to get the rest of the head and the far cheek (again red or blue) or is there a trick/rule to that as well?
Thanks for all the help, sorry for so many questions in this post. But, your advice will not fall upon deaf ears. I'm willing and eager to learn!
Hey thanks for the indepth reply. The rules you listed should end up helping alot for doing quick checks to see if everything is right. And thanks for answering my other questions!
I'm still unclear on some things about the heads though. For starters I can't understand why when they are looking straight ahead, looking above, or down they look sooooo wide. I'm doing them the same way as all the other drawings.
Also I'm unclear on to where to place the line for the front of the face. In the diagram I drew I have a red and blue line. I think it's the red line but I'm not sure how I know. (It just feels right.)
And last one, this is the one that really bothers me, when your finishing a face up and its looking so that one side is away from you, how do you know where to draw in the opposite chin/cheek area/rest of the head? Do you just stick with the circle you drew in step one? To me this looks off (it's the red circle in my drawing) I drew another line that look good to me (the blue one) but it still looks funny.
I'll get cracking on leaving comments on other's sketchbooks, not sure how much help I'll be though
I think That Fat Kid answered your questions pretty well, the only thing I'd suggest is maybe trying to build a head out of boxes instead of sphere and cylinder. Not as a permanent solution, but try it a couple times to see if it helps you understand how things work. A big box for the cranium, a smaller box for the jaw, draw them at various angles. It'll help you heep track of what's the front, what's the side, etc., and it'll be easier to keep things in perspective so you can see how they shrink when they're farther away, and you can check to see that the lines are going to the same vanishing point to make sure the head doesn't bend (as some of yours here have).
Thanks everyone for the responses. It really helps. Max, I tried the boxes as you can see - it made things a little clearer. And I also see I need to work on perspective a little. Not sure how this or that box should be. heh.
Tried to work on drawing hands a little quicker today. And...guess what, there are errors in them who would have guessed Also drew some more loomis faces. I think I'm getting better at them, not sure. Tried to render one and it stinks.