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FEEL THE POWER!!! Ok, so I've been doing some sketches in my handy sketchbook and now it's to start the thread. I'm not as good as most of you guru's here sooo... I'll post the time it took me to do each piece and tear it up with C&C please!!
Roughly 20 min. 'Roman Girl'
20 min. 'Beach Girl'
15 min. 'Wiki Warrior'
About 50 min. 'Warlock'
30 min. 'Soldier'
15 min. 'Mountain Sun'
Really tear this stuff to shreds with C&C, I don't mind . Also, when I draw for just an hour or so on one piece, it starts to smudge really bad and erasing doesn't make it any better. I think its the paper, it just gets worn out real quick and wears off like a kleenex. Does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of paper or brand I should use for my artwork. I've been using the Impressions brand, Medium Weight Drawing Paper. Much appreciated
Last edited by Immortal; September 24th, 2008 at 01:37 AM.
So far, 1.5 hours 'Orkan Magi'
Roughly 10 min. 'Expressions'
If you are having smudging issues I would suggest that you put a piece of paper overyour drawing where you rest your hand.
You should try doing some drawings from life or from photos, I think that it will help you understand your subject better.
I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine!
MY humble and embarrassing sketch book
About the right paper,
for sketches i usually use inkjet copy paper (90g/cm²
I like inkjet paper for laser copy paper because it isn´t just smooth without any sign of texture.
To do real drawings you should take some better paper u get at artstores
(200g/cm² more smooth surface)
To avoid smearing
just don´t take to soft pencils (4B+ smear alot more than ordinary HB)
or take the tip by casale
So just go on, do life drawings of people architekture and all
the things you might find useful.
Also look for a anatomy book (loomis is nice to read and to look at)
I think you should try using different lead actually. Try an HB pencil or even a H. For darks, go to a 2B or 4B. Try Utrechs or Canson drawing paper. Utrechts is cheap and alotta bang for your buck, while Canson is more expensive but also more durable. For your figures, draw from reference ALOT. On your off time, or at work, keep a piece reference you cut from a magasine or something in your pocket. Draw the reference as best you can from looking at it. Then take the reference away and try to draw the object from your memory. This will visually and mentally stimulate your brain and make your start remembering things. Also, try to map your figures out with line and and ball for joints. A good beginner book to pick up as silly as it sounds is "Drawing the marvel way". This book is ald as time, but still great. It s a great book for dynamics and introductery figure drawing either from your head or from life, and it will help you very much. Hope i helped you as well.
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Thanks for the tips. It's really hard for me to draw from real life or reference photos cuz I totally suck at it. I'm just not use to drawing from life, I usually just use my noggin'. But I will try, I promise, and I'll set up a quota for myself so I don't shy away from it.
FYI: I usually start out with a 6H (because for me it's lighter and helps me not to leave any nasty lines while erasing) and then move up to a low B or H, depending on the situation. I also own 3 Burne Hogarth books: Drawing Dynamic Hands, Dynamic Figures, and Wrinkles and Drapery. I haven't really gotten around to reading them fully, because of the art school I'm in now, but they're there for reference...and this summer (oh please come soon). I'm open to any more suggestions about books/paper/pencils and whatever you want and C&C is always welcome.
But more importantly...
I did this at school today, tell me whatcha think!
I agree with stormcrow135! Drawing from life and photos is dificult, but its through our strugles that we improve. it will improve your mom reference drawing a lot.
I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine!
MY humble and embarrassing sketch book
I can't agree more about the drawing from life and reference. As much as you think you suck at it just keep trying. You'll get better the more often you do it. If you can, get in on a class or 2.
The "Orkan Magi" looks alright, compositionally, but, I would definately try to clean it up. What else are you planning to put into the background?
Keep on posting!
good going ........keeo it up
good going ........keep it up
koroshiya001: (edit: lol misinterpreted your question)- In the 'Orkan Magi' pic, where you see the small triangle of small lines, I'm gonna draw an army there and then the sketchy stuff in the back is going to be a city and then eventualy I'll have fireballs raining down on the city, summoned by the magi in the foreground. I'll try and work on that some more and update (definitely going to try to clean it up too).
casale: mom reference? Anyways, at school today I was actually drawing people in the classroom (mainly teachers, so that it looks like I'm paying attention and taking notes..dont worry, my classes are ez). And plus I'm afraid a student will look over and be like "WTF!?"...*sigh*
stormcrow135:Thanks for the tips on paper and pencils.
Xaya:Also thanks for the tips on paper and I've seen some studies from Loomis, Ill check it out.
I've been having this artists block for a long time so I didn't really take any blank paper to school (and I guess its finally lifting because I want to draw again)...sooo I did all my doodling on lined paper >.<! but don't worry I'll do some doodling tonight and post it (but I have to work tonight so I dont really know when I'll be posting it)
Last edited by Immortal; February 9th, 2006 at 12:05 AM.
I did a quick self-portrait...couldn't think of anything else to doodle
My left brow hangs lower than my right(really), but I think I overexgerrated it...and my ears SUCK!
I need to shave HAHA!
(Edit: I noticed that the original SP looked really fat...and I realized it was because of my stupid scanner!
So my head should look like how it was originally intended to look)
Last edited by Immortal; February 8th, 2006 at 10:41 PM.
More school sketches, check em' C&C appreciated
Hey! I'm very liking the last update you made. Especially the guy sitting behind his school table looks nice.
as for the rest I'll try to crit you.
the arms of the characters you make are almost everywhere too short. I really recommend that you find some references on the internet of full bodies (or take pictures of yourself in different poses!) and try to draw them, looking especially at the proportions.
On the self portrait you made the hairline start too low, you can divide the face from the hairline to the chin into 3 parts. The upper part is from the hairline to eyebrows, the middle part is from the eyebrows to the tip of the nose, and the lower part is from the tip of the nose to the chin.
Keeping this in mind has helped me a lot with drawing faces.
Also the mouth, it may need to be a little bit wider (but I don't know that for sure because I don't know how your mouth looks)
Just one other thing; shading.. I see that you do give clothes grey tones but you mostly avoid shading the face and other exposed parts of the body.
Try to shade some more so that the sketches you make seem to have more depth in it, it makes them look more real also.
and don't forget to keep it up!
I like the imagination you have.
Noe: Thanks for the help, and now that I look at it, my arms do kinda stink
Dos anatomy sketches
And if you don't like nudity you better just stop looking (but from what I've seen no one really cares...and we shouldnt )
no offense, but you need to draw ALOT. atleast 2 hours each day. then you might start to see improvement.
Took a break from drawing for a bit...its good to get away. Anyways, heres a well...kinda nasty (unrefined) sketch of the best hero in Warcraft (fanart)...the Keeper of the Grove
Some fanart from Starcraft- The Protoss (sorry for lined paper on one)
I worked on this for like....2 straight hours, and loved every minute of it
This one has a girly kinda pose (as pointed out by one of my friends)
I think your work is def getting better. I would suggest working a lot on proportions. There are tons of books out there that are great for teaching you the basics.
Keep up the drawing!
I'm going back to the basics, trying to master control. I'll be updating a lot hopefully. I'll be doing a lot of random 3D and 2D shapes and shaping figures with them. The reason I'm doing this is because I've noticed in inconsistency in my proportions and fundamental elements. My goal is to get a deeper grasp of the basics to make my proportions more accurately and to train my eye. It's what I feel I must do to progress.
It's back to the drawing board for me...literally.
Last edited by Immortal; April 10th, 2006 at 07:39 PM.
FREAKIN' BOOBS THROW ME OFF!! In an art related sense, I mean. Ya' know...not..in....ok.
ashrumm: Thanks (especially for the proverb)! My school doesn't have a life drawing course, but are there any online courses? If not I'll probably just take a wack at it on my own (which could be bad...)
Here's two more pictures I did at school today, figures and a female paladin (although I guess I didn't really plan out her pose too well..tehe). Also, feet seem to be a problem for me too, choosing which way they should point and how to draw them pointing that way accurately. Any tips are welcome, and don't forget to C&C yo!
Female Paladin Adept
I went outside for some fresh air and ideas. There weren't many people around, like there are anyways...so I drew my car and a tree. There are somethings that forgot to post yesterday.
My car (which BTW is a Chevy Celebrity and is very unappealing outside, but has an excellent engine with 222,000 some miles on it!)[PS. I didn't make that huge dent on the side, that was my brother, I think]
-STuFF i FoRGoT YeSTeRDaY-
Figure Practice-C (all nude women)
Some sketchs I did today. I had an epiphany, why don't I just put my notes and my doodles together on one sheet during school in a sketch book. So I did, kinda gives my little doodles their own little mood (like today in math class, summation notation with the professor-- my attempts of capturing Albert Enstein's look).
i like some of your drawings, but i dont know someone mentioned it before here, but your chicks boobbs are weird! there is too much space between them. the strangest was the girl in the armor.... anyways keep it up!
Your charactars look too slim, try to draw some really fat ones and medium sized char's too...
"Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."
Uziel: Yeah, my characters do seem kinda one sized...I'll try and mix it up a bit next time. Thanks
csabesz: I haven't drawn many women, I draw mainly men which isn't very good. I'm still trying to break into drawing women. But I definitely will work on those boobies. Thanks
Here is a doodle page for today, got to work today so I won't be posting too much today (atleast I got one, heh). No notes from school on this one (DARN!). BUT! I do have Martin Luther King Jr.'s face on there...not much of a resemblance though. Thanks for stoppin' by, have fun and C&C y'all!
Awesome drawing of your car - I knew it was a chevy celebrity before i even read the post!
I had one just like that in high school....mine was 1988 dark blue with pink pin stripes, it even had the same rims....unfortunately mine was a piece of junk, it sounds like your isn't...220,000 miles - thats insane!