I am new to CA, so first some info about myself: I am 24 years old, living in Switzerland and studying Visual Communication. I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil. Lately, due to my studies and projects, I have spent less and less time drawing, so I decided to open a sketchbook here, primarily to motivate myself to draw more. The major part of my most recent pictures are pencil and therefore uncoloured. I plan on using more colour and getting into digital colouring (PS, painter).
More aims are: Learning to draw better and more distinguished faces (particularly noses), better hands and more perspective and vehicles.
Currently I am taking an Act Painting course at my school, which helps me to losen my style a bit.
Anyway I would be very glad about comments, particularly constructive criticism & hints.
Starting this sketchbook with some sketches which are 2 to 1 years old. More recent stuff to follow...
I am interested in the melting of machine and flesh (eagle is losely based on photo). Left is an Egyptian Cat God
One of my favourite comics
Goliath ganger from Necromunda
Three caricative takes
An act not based on reference
Last edited by ChM; September 4th, 2006 at 02:01 PM.
Hey there ChM!
Nice sense of character in these drawings! Which is really important.
I would say don't be afraid to pull out that dust 6B and throw down some real dark tones. It'll give you more depth and solidarity.
Also try playing with the line weight. Less solid outlines, allow the viewer to fill some gaps her/his self, such as where a muscle falls, by a subtle change in tone.
@Badger: Indeed I only have a 2B biro-pencil with me in school (all of these were done in school). The thing with 3B+ is, my sketchbook gets all dirty and smudgy before I get home to fix the sketches properly. That's why I don't doodle with 3B+. Well maybe I'll give it a try in the near future, since I just bought a 9B graphite pencil...
Excpect something in colour soon, since I'm getting to learn Painter now
Love the bird on the first post.
I love your sketch quality in the figures, but sometimes the weight and balance really look off to me, whether exaggrated or not, maybe it's a good idea to think more about the balance, if you want exaggration, perhaps add in extreme exaggration so we get it right away.
Ok finally grabbed the pen again and started off with buying anatomy books.
I also used a B9 here like suggested:
I am not very confident in drawing human faces, especially the eye area, so I did some studies from a fashion mag. Second uncertain area: Hands. All right from the eyes is from imagination, so the hands are false, especially the one of the girl seen from above
Practice drawing a "basic head" from different angles, trying to get a feeling for the shape of a human face
I will continue my studies of the face and hand until I am certain I can draw them more or less accurate from imagination...
Hi gmags, thanks for posting. My current avatar is not done by myself (like you couldn't have guessed). It's from a cover of the 2000 AD Comic "Slaine" painted by Simon Bisley. Funny, cause I am actually thinking about drawing an avatar by myself someday soon...