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    Wim's Sketchbook (sketches & drawings) - last update March 5, 2010 -

    * Wim's Sketchbook *

    I'm 25 years old, living in Belgium (Western-Europe) and I started taking art classes almost a month ago.
    Currently we're still doing some really basic stuff, like contour and blind contour drawing, negative drawing and so on. However, I think I've already taken a liking to portrait/life drawing. So I guess you'll come across a lot of anatomy studies in my sketchbook...

    I didn't have much drawing experience prior to the start of the art-class, so I'm really just starting out.
    Comments and (constructive) critique are always welcome, of course.

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    From a photograph

    http://users..be/wverhulst/drawings/girl01.jpg

    Probably the first face I've drawn, ever. Any crits welcome !

    edit : really been busy lately, but I'm expecting Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life tomorrow, so I will update my SB more often...

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    Self-portrait (sort of)

    1. I know I should have started more to the left of the page
    2. Drawn from a photograph (see here)

    http://users..be/wverhulst/dr...ortrait001.png

    C&C welcome

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    Are the drawings so bad, that you guys (and girls ) don't know where to start ?
    Since I'm still a beginner, I really could use the critique though...

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    pretty good considering you've just started
    hard to tell where your weak areas are from just 2 sketches
    the eyes look a bit pop outy

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    I probably won't update my SB with everything I draw, it's all practice, so that may get boring for others to look at after a while.
    Anyway, started with Loomis today (Figure Drawing : For All It's Worth), studying proportions :

    http://users..be/wverhulst/dr...ortions001.png

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    Updated the previous image with a profile drawing of the same man (8 heads tall)

    http://users..be/wverhulst/dr...ortions002.png

    Drawing on the left: tried a blind contour drawing for a change, but I completely messed up the proportions (especially the legs, they are way too short). Will have to work on that...

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    Keep with those anatomy studies and pay attention to how the eyes fit into the face. There is a big improvement from the first face to the second, though. The face has it's planes and surfaces and the eyeballs have form, too. they don't just lay flat on the face like centipedes. Good start with the basics and keep up the good work.

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    A little something I tried at work today (drawn from reference) :

    http://users..be/wverhulst/drawings/face001.png

    I find drawing the eyelashes very difficult, can't seem to do 'em realistically. They always look too much like pencil strokes...

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    your stuff is looking good and promising. One thing you may want to try is really building the form of your characters with shapes. Make a face with a bunch of spheres, really understand the volume of what you are drawing. Making clean clear lines comes later. Make a mess of pencil lines, then redraw it cleaner, then redraw it again cleaner. There are few people who don't make a bunch of messy sketches before the good clean one. Keep up the great work and you'll be awesome in no time.

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    Thanks for the advice. I'm reading Loomis's books now, and I wanted to try something different for a change.
    But you're absolutely right, the basics are important and should be mastered before doing more complicated stuff.

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    You appear to be on the right track. Keep looking at Loomis and Bridgman, its a great help. Right now I'd say just focus on life studies, and look at form and shape more closely.
    I can already see that you are noticing more things and are improving, such as the eye you did in the last study.

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    I drew the male proportions again, as I wasn't pleased with the previous drawing

    http://users..be/wverhulst/dr...ortions003.png

    I think that'll be enough for now, next: female proportions

    Actually how important is being able to draw from memory at this stage (meaning : proportions, perspective, planes,...) ?

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    he's already looking more solid and filled out.

    drawing from memory is never really super important. Everyone uses references, be it a favorite artist, a guy on the street, a photograph. A better way to approach it is to draw everything around you, use as many references as you can. After some practice, you'll have seen how, say, an arm looks. All that practice can then be applied to some character you create from your head.

    As far as proportions go, once again, from practice you'll automatically start to remember what basic proportions people have and apply that knowledge. Remember though, everyone has different proportions, some people have longer legs etc. but you'll pick that up later.

    For perspective, there isn't really much memory needed. Once you learn about single, two-point, three-point perspective, you just use the techniques that you'll learn.

    Keep up the good work.

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    I tried one more face today, but I messed everything up when I started drawing the hair (I'm not good at that).
    The result looked horrible, so I scanned it, removed most of the hair in Photoshop and here it is :

    http://users..be/wverhulst/drawings/face002.png

    I think I'll stick to the basics for now...

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    looks good, but you gotta show us the bad hair if you want us to help you get better at it

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    I think the girl's right eye (our left) looks a bit strange though, but I can't tell exactly what's wrong with it. Maybe it's a little too big...

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    From Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing From Life :

    http://users..be/wverhulst/dr...ridgman001.png

    At first I thought his style was a bit crude, but now I'm actually starting to like the drawings in the book. And a good thing too, because I'll have to draw them a lot...

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    Finally did the female proportions (Andrew Loomis) :

    Front & Side

    http://users..be/wverhulst/dr...ortions004.png

    Back + some more Bridgman

    http://users..be/wverhulst/dr...ortions005.png

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    More Bridgman

    http://users..be/wverhulst/dr...ridgman002.png

    The right one looks a bit off, the position of the head seems rather 'unnatural'...

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    It's good you use books, like Loomis and Bridgman as referances instead of photographies for now. As on photos you receive way too much visual information. And for a beginner it's hard to figure out what lines are important and which not.
    You migh also want to do some imaginative stuff once in a while. Doesn't matter if it looks bad. What matters about those, is how to develop ideas/ concepts. Creativity practice so to speak. Cuz copying all the time is not only boring but also degenerates your imagination (sort of).
    Keep working hard it's gonna pay of.

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    I finally have something to show again.

    http://users..be/wverhulst/drawings/skull1.png
    http://users..be/wverhulst/drawings/skull2.png

    Drawing skulls turned out to be a real b*tch I know I should avoid those scribbly lines while drawing...

    As for the lack of 'imaginative stuff' in my SB : people more talented than me might be able to do that after only three months of practice, but I guess I'm not that lucky I'll do more of that when i feel more confident about the basics.

    Next : bargue drawing (you'll be able to follow my progress here).

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    After reading bumskee's thread about Digital Painting in PS (here), I wanted to try something myself, and here is the result (with my mouse, unfortunately no Wacom) :

    http://users..be/wverhulst/drawings/apple_PS.jpg

    I know I've already posted my apple in the thread I mentioned above, but I'll probably get more reactions here...

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    Hi Wim, its great to see someone else who has just started out with drawing . I think you are doing really well so far. Using the Loomis books and Bridgman will really help you and give you those proper foundations, which are so important.
    Your proportion work is looking good so far, as are the bridgman studies. The skulls are a great idea and will help improve your face drawings. I recommend that you just keep drawing as much as you can from life and references. Also, have a go at still life and perspective - I neglected those when I started an am now totally intimidated by the thought of starting to learn them.
    Good luck and keep posting!!


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    Heya, I only have two drawing from imagination in my sketch book hehe, and thats pretty average (if that lol). As a beginner, don't worry about drawing from imagination too much. Things like that take years to develope, depending on how hard you work on it. I always see it as - if I still struggle to draw from reference, Im going to have problems with drawing from imagination.
    Just keep at it, it's really hard when you start out, but it gets more fun. I'll be watching your progess.

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    Another piece of fruit, colored in PS.

    http://users..be/wverhulst/drawings/lemon_PS.jpg

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    Another skull I did today (it's not perfect yet, but I'm starting to see its construction in my mind)

    http://users..be/wverhulst/drawings/skull3.png

    The following is something I'm kind of struggling with, and I could use some advice on this.

    http://users..be/wverhulst/drawings/eggs.png

    The egg on the right for example, does it seem convincing (in terms of volume), or does it look flat ?
    What I'm trying to say is, when drawing an egg (or a sphere) you have not only to make sure the egg is round along the X-axis (green arrow), it also has a slight curvature along the Y-axis (orange arrow).
    There's my problem : my eggs don't show this Y-axis curvature, and I just can't seem to get it right on paper.
    How would you handle this ?


    http://users.pandora.be/level-zero/d...ggs_volume.png

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    Anybody got some advice on my eggs/spheres problem (see previous reply) ?

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    I did another self-portrait today, and while the drawing is not entirely accurate (mouth too small and too close to my nose), I'm more interested in the technical aspect right now.
    Good things (if any), bad things, things I should avoid doing ?

    http://users..be/wverhulst/dr...ortrait002.png

    You can see the reference photo here. Be warned though, I'm not exactly what you would call good-looking

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    I notice I've not been getting much reactions lately.
    I am eager to learn from all these great artists here, but without someone to point out my mistakes or comment on my work from time to time, I think there's only so much one can improve. Sure, practice is important, but if you keep making the same mistakes over and over again (without noticing them), what have you really accomplished in the end ?

    Anyway, I think it's time to get my priorities straight. I'm going to read Nicolaides' book (among others) and see if I can finish what I started. Until then, thanks to the people who wrote something here and take care

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