Well, here’s my story…
My name is Brent, I’m 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 everyone’s work and progress I decided to pick up a pencil. Of course I was terrible, but it was like this release of energy. I’ve always expressed myself in poetry and writing but nothing compared to just drawing! I can’t 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, I’ve 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 that’s 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!!!