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Exams are almost over, so it's time to start cracking out the pictures. Making a new sketchbook because it's a new year and I didn't like the old sketchbook much, plus there's a new deal as follows:
1) Post at least once a week (preferably more often).
2) Post three pictures each time:
- a sketch off the top of my head
- a referenced sketch (life drawing or from photography)
- a digital doodle
3) Take no longer than 30 minutes on any of them.
Where applicable, I will post the reference along with the referenced sketch, but that may not always be possible with life drawing. Also note that I will not be going for perfect likeness, especially since I'll be trying to do it as fast as possible - basically, I'll be going for the forms and shapes, their interaction, etc. Oh, and I don't own a tablet - the digital doodles will be all mouse.
Here's the first batch:
Pencil. ~30 mins.
Pencil. ~25 mins.
Photoshop. ~25 mins.
Last edited by Aremah; May 2nd, 2006 at 09:51 PM.
Fellah: that's the goal and point of this. Cheers!
Here's another batch. Two updates in a day? I hardly believe it myself!
Pencil. ~20 mins.
Pencil. ~30 mins.
Photoshop. ~30 mins.
Last edited by Aremah; February 5th, 2006 at 05:13 PM.
Bad mood, tired... bad day for drawing. It shows in the pictures. But a deal's a deal, so here goes (sorry about the glare on the photo; I have to use a camera and it's hard to get good lighting once it gets dark outside):
A little nostalgia
Pencil. ~25 mins.
Pencil. ~20 mins.
The robot cometh
Photoshop. ~15 mins.
Really dig your training, just go on with it.
About the reference studies:
I would say you should first draw the basic shapes, which discribe the face or body
you could simplify shapes, but please check the proportion,
because this is quite more important than a loose shading.
Xaya: Thanks. I do try to block in the general shapes first, but in the Joanna pic I didn't - probably why it was so enormously messed up. I'll pay more attention to that.
On another note, I just noticed I completely missed the shadow of the runner in the most recent picture. Sorry, folks - it's really been a rough day.
hey that fellah wannabe sketch aint too bad. Other sketches aint too bad either. Try to do at least one sketch a day, even if u cant think of anything just do it, see were the lines lead you.
Kresh: Thanks. I'm struggling with the "where the lines lead me" bit, I normally have to have in my mind a clear picture of what I'm going to draw before I put the pencil down (then again, the ninja sketch page started out as an attempt at Spiderman ).
Keep up the good work, fellah. It's obvious that you have a lot of passion for drawing. I like the star across the eye of the photoshop tough guy - cool visual touch. Watch the proportions across the torsos of your figures, as in Veronica. Nice reference!
JonWolf: Thanks. I try to watch them (and other things), but it comes out weird at times. But hey, that's what practice is for, that's why I'm doing this. I'll try to have something new to post later today.
Rules are good... but not for me. They just don't work with me. So no more rules.
I'll still draw from life, from photos, I'll still doodle and digidoodle, all the same - I'll just do whatever I feel like doing at a given moment, rather than forcing myself to do one of each every time (because there really are days when some things click, but others don't). Should make my frequency of posting better, too.
Here's something I squeezed in between studying and studying tonight. Didn't know where I was going with this, it started absolutely randomly.
Black and White Doodle
Photoshop, mouse. ~15 mins.
A slightly bigger batch this time; I kept drawing but didn't have the time to upload.
First off, two pages of sketches from girly-mag ads, in ballpoint pen for a change (so that I was not tempted to erase anything). First one ~40 mins, second one ~20 mins - I was watching TV while drawing.
Then I had enough of drawing things from ads, so I turned to my hand instead. Pen again, ~20 mins.
The next one shows the bar of a pub I was at yesterday. I got bored of waiting for the friend I was with to come back from the loo. Pencil, ~10 mins.
And here is the friend after she came back. Once again, there isn't too much likeness, and she looks older than she really is, but it's far better compared to the Joanna pic above. I just can't seem to get rid of the tendency to hardline everything. Pencil, ~15 mins.
And finally, a late-night digidoodle; some robot silhouettes began emerging quickly and of their own accord; a silly idea started dawning in my head which I may follow up in the future. Photoshop, ~10 mins.
Last edited by Aremah; February 13th, 2006 at 08:21 AM.
I made myself dinner and turned on the TV to watch while eating, and I found a show with an older dude explaining step by step his watercolour painting of a golfcourse with a forest. Even though I turned it on halfway, I watched as I ate, and as soon as it was over, I just absolutely had to try it on my own (not imitating watercolour, though - just some of the things he mentioned). I'm pretty pleased with the result even though I rushed it (25 mins including HSB adjustments). I'm confident I could've made it a lot tighter if I put more time in, but I didn't have that time, and I don't like leaving things for another, later go, so here it is.
Photoshop, ~25 mins.
Last edited by Aremah; February 14th, 2006 at 11:21 AM.
Just posting to show I'm not dead. I have, however, been having a serious artist's block (is there such a thing officially?) since the Olympics. And quite frankly, it's still there, as the picture below shows. I think I have to draw off the top of my head some, rather than from reference, for a change. Maybe that'll work.
Got bored and sick of this after ten minutes or so and stopped working on it. Was referenced.
Worst. Speedpaint. Ever.
Some fooling around. First, a referenced Stryker sketch. Lost interest after about 10 minutes, so I just quickly wrapped it up and here it is. ~12 minutes, pencil.
And a samurai picture. My CD marker ran dry recently (not enough to write with anyway), which pissed me off, but I kept it around and today I thought I'd play around with it. No reference. Pencil sketch ~10 mins, marker ~10 mins.
Ideal proportions after Andrew Loomis, take two. Not ideal by any means, but much better than the first time around (it's somewhere in my old sketchbook).
A simple mannequin in various poses (Loomis):
A slightly less simple mannequin (Loomis):
Those warcraft related doodles look great, you seem to be quite good at drawing masculine faces. Great work on the movement manequins, I know it can be difficult transferring the manequin into the actual person. One way I practiced that is by taking photos from amagazines and trying to transfer their pose into manequin form, then fleshing them out... (unfortunately none of my recent sketches are on this site, I've been dead for a while ^^; )
Anyway, you seem to be doing fantastic, keep up the good work