I've been doodling for a number of years and i really have a passion for drawing. I've taken a few classes in high-school and college, but the majority of what I know has come from this forum . So recently after watching mindcandyman's progress after only a few years i have decided to force myself into getting better and practicing everyday.
i just bought bridgeman's complete guide to drawing from life on saturday and have been going through it like a textbook. but i don't really know where to start in this whole process.
here's my second watercolor ever done last december.
this is my first self-portrait besides ugly little cartoons that i was compeled to do after seeing MCM's first few pages last week.
Last edited by pennington; March 26th, 2010 at 01:31 AM.
The water color's good, I can easily see it being put on some tissue paper packaging. The first thing to study in art is perspective, so make sure you have a tolerable understanding of that before studying figure drawing. Also make sure to peep a bunch of different figure drawing books, they've all got something different to say, the same with perspective books.
hehe, yeah mindcandyman, a real great inspiration but I must say that u have one advantage over mindcandyman : You re much better than he was when he started drawing, so keep up the hard work and I mean this exactly the way I say that : HARD work. You've got a great start, rock on dude!
Good improvement, you are definatly doing the right stuff. Stuff i can never be bothered to do. When shading try to be confident with your graduations. Also remember the lightest tone in the shade should never be lighter than the darkest tone in the light.
Keep on drawing, tiz the way.
Man I though I had already posted here. anyway. The SB looks very nice so far. the last self portrait looks good but the foreshortening may be hurting a bit. Your eyes look sleepy in it. Hair was nicely handled. The rendering on the face looks too uniform. Did you use different pencils on it, it looks like you only used one.
The studies are what keeps the mind images fresh. So keep at them and continue to work on the heads under structure.
thanks everybody! i have a ton of stuff for to day. i was thinking about it and i should really get a big pad of cheap paper and practice loosening up my technical skills cause i can only draw thumbnails pretty good.
i tried to do the portraits as fast as i could. the one of me looks just like my dad when he was my age. the one of my friend is the ugliest thing i've ever drawn, she's really hard to draw
not finished with this.
i was surprised to get the girl bending over so well from imagination, but when i tried to put a skirt on her it looked like she was a dwarf. really bad.
i got a tombow brush pen to do gestures and i copied some gestures i have. then i did some on my own. not sure if i'm doing them right.
a kness picture i copied then a photo reference i changed into that style
Last edited by pennington; October 22nd, 2005 at 12:52 AM.
i wish things didn't take so long! but i guess that's what make beginners beginners huh.
i'm borrowing a graphire from a friend and actually after only a few uses i notice that my arm doesn't hurt as much after using the computer, awsome. so i tried it out in painter and i have no idea what medium to start with. i like watercolor so i tried it and it's soo different from photoshop. i don't know how to work with it. then i went to the painter forum here and saw davi's comment about goauche black and white on low opacity. so i tried it and here's the result. (a no ref apple. enjoy!)
so more testing out the tablet. i have no idea how to use painter! plus it doesn;t help that i don't have a ref. but it kinda helps my other wise i go into to much detail and mess up the whole pic anyways.
this and the last one are from memory of the drive home from work. i'm still gonna work on them summore. the middle one is a copy of Bengal's "chat". crit's very welcome!
I'm impressed at how diligent you're being with the reference sketches.
Working from Bridgman's is a good idea...I need to do that more. Also check out as many different artistic anatomy books as you can find, seeing slightly different takes on the subject will help clarify things faster.
Checking throught your SB, liking what Im seeing, I agree with some of the posts, you dont really seem lika a COMPLETE noob at drawing, you got a good grasp on form and value. That equalls a great foundation to continue building on. I also like your enthusiasm, Mindcandyman is an inspiration to us all, and hopefully, someone will say the same about us in a few years time! Keep it up, ad keep posting.
Critwise I cant really say much, except that id recommend not doing digital just yet, but continue with traditional coloring, itll pay of bigtime in the end I think. There is such a difference between work from people who go digital before knowing color/form basics, that it shows in their work in a differnt way. but thats just my opinion.
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Pennington, it's been a while since I've checked in but you are doing real good. Forget about the Wannabe thing. This place is about encuraging honest wannabes (you want to actually work at being better then you will get lots of love here).
Keep on rockin'!
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Nice SB Pennington!
I realy like the first one she's sweet! I like how you draw faces but maby you could clean up your lines a bit, you seem to draw the same line to many times, I sometimes tend to do the same thing. Its the only advise I have for now, oh exept, You would gain alot from handstudies, Draw as many hands as you can for about a week and it wont be a problem.
Nice sb I enjoyed it a lot!
hey thanks guys - bohh all from the same book
quicksketch thanks man i tried to do the guestures as fast as i could, still prolly took 5 min.
B man thanks i know my lines are horrible i have a really shaky hand and i get so meticulous that i have to get it right. i need to learn and practice the different draftman strokes if that makes sense.
qxzi thanks man keep practicing.
tfk yep the whole gamut and that perspective stuff has been incredibly helpful in my regular drawing.
l scott knight thanks so much for the encouragement.
apollonuevo thanks i really apreciate it.
just doodled a quick perspective car and thought i moght try to color it. i kind of like it even tho i know it's terrible.
Last edited by pennington; November 25th, 2005 at 03:36 PM.
wow sorry for that last post. heh heh. oh well, just practicing. i've been doing a lot of persecrive stuff and i wish i could post it. i don't have a scanner readily available, but i'm still tryng to post. so here's another...
i was just doodling cause i really want to practice with color since i don't do it much. i know it needs more shape but i need more practice with "from life" stuff to get that better.