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December 14th, 2005 #1
An Artistic Odyssey...(**Jan 9th - 2nd Acrylic Painting & A Perspective study**)
Well, hereís my storyÖ
My name is Brent, Iím 22, and just graduated from College. I recently picked up a pencil a couple months ago. But before I go into that let me give you a little more background on me.
I have a family of female artists. My grandmother, two aunts, cousins, my mom, and my sister are all natural artists and painters. I grew up around arts and crafts my entire life. I am the only born in male of my family so I was always turned off from painting. I thought it was what girls did. Anyways, I have never tried to draw, paint or anything; yet I have very artistic hobbies. I thoroughly enjoy writing poetry, songs, playing the guitar and designing graphics (I actually sell custom logos part time). Still, none of these things tapped into what was inside of me. I love creativity and design, which is what brought me to this site. This site is AMAZING! Probably the most uplifting and inspiring site for an artist I have ever come upon. The community spirit is what gives it that great appeal. After just admiring everyoneís work and progress I decided to pick up a pencil. Of course I was terrible, but it was like this release of energy. Iíve always expressed myself in poetry and writing but nothing compared to just drawing! I canít really explain it but there is something about drawing that feels amazing. I am completely horrible, yet I love learning and progressing. I have bought a ton of books recommended on this site, I took a very basic drawing class this semester, I am going to have my aunt and mom give some painting lessons and I have all the needed supplies. Now, I am just going to bite my bottom lip and draw, draw, draw.
So, I have decided to embark on my own odyssey. I just graduated from college and I am at a time in my life where I want to find out a lot about myself. So, Iíve decided to let everyone here see this voyage. I will post everything I draw/(eventually paint) and just learn, learn, and learn. My goal is to eventually become a digital artist. Who knows maybe even a painter? I really have no idea where this will take me, but thatís exactly what I love about it. I am the empty sponge, the eager student, the tenderest of feet, and I am ready to learn from everyone here. First, here are sketches made throughout the past months from random things and books. (Please keep in mind I started drawing in September of 2005)
Some class drawings from old master drawings
Various progressing sketchbook drawings:
A vase in my apartment
Scribble line gesture of a water bottle
My sad attempt at figure poses
Lamp in apartment
Man from reference photo
Military Guy based on Saving Private Ryan cover
Practicing shading with various shapes
Attempt at rendering a pepper
These next three are my attempts at practicing shading and rendering various human face parts, i.e. nose, lips, eyes
I've been doing all sorts of Loomis studies, I'll post those as soon as I can. I really want to get good at figure drawing and drawing from my creativity rather then refs. I just bought the Bridgeman studies book and Drawing from the right side of the brain book too. Thanks for checking these sketches out! Many more to come!!!
Last edited by BrentM; January 9th, 2006 at 03:24 PM.
Hide this ad by registering as a memberDecember 14th, 2005 #2
there is some great tallent hiddin in you.
your sketches to life are very good.
(there where beter then my first time)
your model sketches are good
to improve it taka a look at Auguste Rodin and keep up those studies
of the face. they realy help
December 14th, 2005 #3
I'd say you're off to a great start!
If I make a suggestion, try getting a copy of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". I bet it'd help a lot.
December 14th, 2005 #4
Droopy: Thanks for checking my sketches out! and thanks for your suggestion I will definitely check him out. I'll be looking forward to seeing your sketchbook progress too.
Ryn: Thanks for commenting, and at the end of my post I listed some books I just recently bought, that being one of them I was actually just about to sit down and check it out. Any suggestions on parts of the book to focus on??
December 14th, 2005 #5
Hi Brent, yea I would say you're off to a good start. Definatly study the Loomis books, I think those are some of the best drawing books out there, but I would also say just draw as much as you can from life. It doesn't have to be a person, just draw what's in front of you, that will get your accuracy up and get you used to controlling a pencil and give it a little more finesse. Keep it up
December 15th, 2005 #6
Here is an update with some Loomis studies and my first attempt at a self portrait (got a long way to go) and other portaits
self-portrait from mirror
Portrait of my sister from when she was a kid. Shes 26 now and has a kid
Portrait of my neice
I'll be putting up some Bridgeman studies and Loomis studies soon. Thanks for checking these out!
December 15th, 2005 #7
your first selfportret is more then good
try to watch out for the lips.
that is the only thing.
December 15th, 2005 #8
Loomis and bridgeman are great resources.
Keep on sketching and posting.
The forest fight for sunlight, that takes root in every tree.
December 15th, 2005 #9
This is the hardest time...the beginning. It's horrible. It's where you have the most doubts but also where you see the most progress. I have been insanely angry...at times. Sometimes I even wanted to throw things (and I have hehe). I have stabbed my paper with my pencil...I have ripped drawings to shreds...I have set drawings on fire (seriously) just to get the pleasure of burning that piece of crap drawing.
If I am not good at art, then I will live with it,
I know what you mean....but don't ever say that again! That is not an option. You have to make a commitment now and you will always wonder if you will be good enough. You will learn the equivalent to how hard you push...simple as that. I would definitely definitely recommend starting with a bargue drawing...check out the bargue drawing thread here:
I would absolutely start with that...if you do that and you post it shoot me a private message or something and I can give you quick critiques. This is a war...you are at war with your brain. Hold the line...keep going. The beginning sucks...I remember. I was seriously mad all the time. It gets better with time...the rewards get better.
p.s. - Your first self portrait blows my first self portrait out of the water!
December 15th, 2005 #10
your doing well for such a begginer!
One thing i recomend is to get your hands on "artistic anatomy" by Goldfinger and copy/ read it cover to cover. Knowlege will help your speed and accuracy.
December 16th, 2005 #11
Droopy: Thanks man, ya I thought the lips were off too, I'm having a hard time getting my lips right.
Hypronost: Thanks for stopping by, I'm just warming up
MindCandyMan: hey, thanks for even posting here! That is some great advice and I will definitely listen to anything you gotta say. I will look into starting a bargue drawing, and thanks for the resource. I'll contact ya if I have any more questions about it
Blahm: My sketchbook supporter!! I was looking for a good Anatomy book and I'll try and get my hands on that this weekend. Speed and Accuracy are definite problem spots. Thanks again for letting me in the group!
December 16th, 2005 #12
I'm impressed. Four months after I started drawing, I was nowhere near this level. I'm starting that Loomis as well (just started it last week) so it will be interesting to compare notes. I feel like I'm starting all over again with that book, just cause nearly everything I've been doing has been from reference/life, as apposed to straight from my mind. I wish I had discovered "Figure Drawing for All it's Worth" sooner. You're off to a good start. The trick now is to just draw nonstop
December 16th, 2005 #13
Bullfrog: thanks!, ya I'll be doing lots from that Loomis book.
Here is a quick update with some figure drawings. Not much, but something. Wont be an update tomorow because I'll be graduating from college
Loomis and just a pose from a magazine