Hey guys! Been away for awhile, here's some new work! More soon.
Also, my friend and I just released a e-book on life drawing! Check out the link on my sig! or PM me
Ebook Sample pages
Construction studies from life in Glenn's class
Studies from life
I was just wandering is it ok to post here if I am working from photo ref.?
Here's some more from me from this week. As ever, any crits much appreciated as there's no tutor at these sessions. I was trying to get the outline in one go as suggested by @Mawh. Also been trying to get the tonal areas smoother, I really love those effortless buttery strokes that some people have on here whilst my values generally look like they were scribbled in by an angry child. Oh well.
2 min gestures (the model was holding a hula hoop by the way)
20 mins for these two
Thanks for looking everyone.
Here's a portrait commissioned by my friend Lisa. 1 hour from life
here are my first non-pencil drawings (charcoal and conté, I think):
Thanks @dessinateurimpulsif, I will try to look at that.
@quaternion I like your latest ones I think they have a nice sense of volume to them, particularly the third one down.
Here's a couple from me this week. They basically suck tho! I know this is gonna sound like a lame excuse but up to now I've been drawing on newsprint but this week I ran out and used some different paper which was really rough in texture which kind of threw me a bit, felt like I was drawing with a tree stump!
I am sorry for cluttering this thread with such stuff. I promise to get better.
It's very unlike what I expected. I expected I'd be learning anatomy, proportion, etc. I had imagined the tutor would walk around, tell me I screwed up proportions and perspective and confused shoulder blades with buttocks or something like that. But the tutor rarely says anything about anatomy issues etc. Instead, she showed me how to use charcoals and conté (and I'll be experimenting with more materials the next sessions, maybe ink, and finally hopefully some oil painting). Actually, I like that. This weeked, I will get my own charcoals and a larger sketchbook, and hopefully improve my charcoal skills.
It's exciting and all, and initially I was enthusiastic because in most of my life drawings, I didn't have any big screwups or any really tough problems setting up the figure. But now I feel less enthusiastic because it's still such a long way till I'll be really good at figure drawing. Setting up own figures, inventing new poses etc. does not come easy to me. It's a little bit frustrating, but it's ok.
Don't worry about the length of the journey dude, focus on the little goals and the big ones will take care of themselves!
That's interesting about your class - I assumed things like proportion errors would be part of the teaching but I guess that will probably come in time. Good luck, look forward to seeing some oil paintings in due course!
another question to you all: What kind of books do you study with? Or do you use books at all?
Personally, I started off with Bridgman, then tried a bunch of other books. Most people told me Bridgman isn't so good for studying. I don't know, he's kind of still my favourite.
Do you or did you use lots of reference stuff to learn proper anatomy? Or did all of that just come by itself through many many nude drawing sessions?
Great work on this thread!
This one was painted from life on a Intuos 4 Tablet with CS5
I look a lot books of andrew loomis, then bargues... I know brigdman since many years but i begin to draw from his books since few time...I think that kevin chen is a very good ref to. Knowledge are very usefull but you need to practice from life in the way not to invent.
Here is the results of last week's sessions...
Try to draw with 8b mineplumb, lines seems to be awfull, the first portrait more interesting due to lines which are not drawn in light parts...
two firsts drawings are 15 minutes long each, other are from 3 to 5 minutes...
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Here's some from this week both 10/15 mins
I feel like I'm still really struggling with getting the gesture down and the proportions etc right. I've been trying to use the 'reilly method' for laying in the gesture, with careful measuring etc but this seems to lead to quite a stiff drawing. On the other hand, when I try and do a more loose rhythmic gesture sketch I tend to lose control of the proportions. Any tips anyone on reconciling the two?
Thought add throw some of my recent drawings up here. All about 10-15min poses with charcoal and white pastel.
I think these belong in this thread... from last Friday evening. I am hoping this week we have a more.. err.. energetic model:
30 minutes (fellow artist in the session):
Sometimes short poses are too short, the students make better subjects than the model XD. and oh hey, i graduate in two days. whew!
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People wake up and have a bad day and don’t put any lines down that are worth it. It’s very reinvigorating to take a day off and realize there’s nothing you can screw up in your drawing, there’s nothing to fear but your own laziness. –Marko Djurdjevic facelessvision.wordpress.com
model = Quantae
Ths week's session. Took me a while to warm up tonight.
it's been a while for me, but here's some new stuff: