This is my first attempt at life drawing since getting kicked out of artschool 5 years ago. I say life drawing, it's really just a copy of a photograph from Sarah Simblet's "Anatomy for the Artist". I've set myself the challenge of making a drawing from every photo in the book. Overall, I'm quite heartened to see that I haven't lost all my skill, though my draughtsmanship is not as accurate as it used to be. I'm pretty embarassed by the "hands" and the "foot", so the next thing is some close up studies. All the same, even if my hands suck and my feet stink, my puns are awesome, so that's something
You people are all so amazing. I'm going to post a few of my life sketchs, more to try and break the ice for me since this will be the first time I've posted any content on this site. I realize I'm not up to par with the higher end forums here, but I hope being surrounded by so much goodness, I'll be more inspired to keep up with my studies and keep practicing. I'm 22, and I have no formal training except a few HS and College Art Classes. I've only had the opportunity to draw a nude model twice.
Love the post and the drawings here, here's some of my drawings to share, as you can see I have a BIG problem with shading. Is there any tip anyone can share with me? because I simply can't get shading down at all for some reason. Thanks
skinz - your shading doesn't look too bad, tbh, but you should try building it up more gradually - it looks a though you've outlined the shadows then filled them in. Also, pay more attention to the kind of marks you lay down. Try some hatching, or use curved lines to suggest the shape of the form. Or try holding the pencil near the blunt end at a very oblique angle and lay down the tone with the side of the graphite, gently.
something else I notice is that you're making the dark shadows too solid. look for light within those deep shadows that's been reflected from surfaces in the environment, or is coming from other sources. Often, the darkest areas are at the edges of shadows (there is also a neural effect at the borders of light and shade, because of the way the retina works. it acts to exaggerate the contrast in these areas).
Follow the line of the arm up to the point where it would join the pectoral girdle. Either the arm joins the side of the face or the neck at a point a little above the elbow, or it bends back the wrong way to meet the shoulder. The way the image reads to me, the arm should either be more bent at the elbow, meaning that it should be emerging from a point further underneath the cushion, or it should be flatter against the mattress, and therefore more foreshortened.