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March 6th, 2006 #1
Chisa's Happy Place - updated 25 June
Hookay, I'm another one of those people who have been lurking around here a bit, a little too timid and intimidated to post. After taking a look through people's sketchbooks and seeing how supportive everyone is and how much people have improved here, I'm going to take a shot at this sketchbook thing.
Little bit about me
I'm a 20 year old Australian computer science graduate, currently working as a web/graphic designer. I started attempting more than simple doodles about 8 years ago, but unfortunately began by looking at anime tutorials and developed the bad attitude and habits characteristic of noob anime artists. Since then I've realised my limitations with my poor understanding of anatomy, but never had the time to do much about it. I still don't really, but I'm willing to sacrifice a little sleep for it. I don't think I'll pursue fine art as a career since I'm happy with what I'm doing, but I enjoy it and it would definitely be useful and complement my current work.
I haven't studied any art formally and can't at this point... so I'd be grateful for any advice you can give me on learning on my own.
Currently working on:
- figure drawing, from Loomis' "Figure Drawing for What It's Worth"
- shading... damn shading...
- drawing people from references
- not accidentally stylising things
- facial anatomy
So, on with the show!
Some quick tiny studies done while on the bus, without reference and still fairly anime~ish:
Started reading 'Figure Drawing For All It's Worth' since it seems to be recommended and mentioned a lot around here. I like Loomis' writing style, and he seems to really know his stuff.
Further on in the Loomis book, doing some quick sketches... are they called gestures?
Tried to do a self potrait based on an old photo... I can seem my anime influences in places, need a lot of work here.
Finished work from a few months ago. Had help from a few artists who were kind enough to do some red line drawovers on this one, so I think the anatomy is a little better than what I'd usually come up with.
I guess I'll keep reading this book and do some more gestures(?) and post more soon!
Last edited by Chisa; June 25th, 2006 at 10:14 AM.
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Welcome to the SB-section!
Good start! I like the gestures... Keep 'em up, and when you get there, build on 'em.. heh... I like the colors in your digi.
March 6th, 2006 #3
Thanks! I guess for the moment I should just be doing a ton of them. Took a break for a bit and did some scribbling though.
March 6th, 2006 #4
You've already learned the ideal proportions, so i think you can start going a bit further in anatomy.
But anyway, i like that tree (?) in the top right corner of the last pic
March 6th, 2006 #5
The gestures are really good. And do more of those Loomis stuff, they are good. I am doing that too now
Check put my schetchbook if you please
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Good start there Chisa. Like that anime piece you did. I'm also having a hard time with anatomy. Keep em coming beautiful.
March 6th, 2006 #7
Gestures save lives Keep at it, the proportions are lookin good on that second picture. I also just got a proper copy of that loomis book and can't wait to start workin on it . My only advice would be to study anatomy, other than that, things lookin good.
March 6th, 2006 #8
like the colours and background on this one
especially the erotic splatter behind here are doing it for me.
keep it up
check the Tensai Tokyo Sketch Thread (Sketchbook)
check the Tensai Cityscapes Thread (Finally Finished)
Originally Posted by strych9ine
March 6th, 2006 #9
Thanks guys, I'm still going with the gestures and will post them when I get home from work. I'm feeling that I haven't completely got weight and balance down properly yet, so I'll probably be doing these until I can get more comfortable with it. Thanks for the support!
March 7th, 2006 #10
Hokay, here's todays work:
Done entirely on the bus. Hooray for buses! I tried sketching people at the bus stop but they kept moving and looking at me strangely... I need to get faster at sketching or learn to look at them more subtly...
March 7th, 2006 #11learn to look at them more subtly...
Nice pose studies. Love the spidey one. Nice expression studies as well. I like the stylized look of the color piece you did. Nice color choices and rendering. Awesome t-shirt.
March 8th, 2006 #12
Hrmm I'll try that... I think I need to work on my memory skills too, the image just slips from my mind so quickly and I realise I'm working from anime style heads again.
Thanks! I have a tshirt like that.
More sketching on the bus and at bustops yesterday:
I also got some proper pencils... this is probably obvious, but its very hard to shade with a mechanical pencil. Not sure what kind of pencils are good to get, but they only had 2B and HB at the newsagent I went to... I can't actually tell the difference in darkness between them!
Last edited by Chisa; March 8th, 2006 at 06:59 PM.
March 8th, 2006 #13
Hey, I have that T-shirt!
Great series of studies. I like the cute coy pose you've captured in the girl for your most recent update. Lovely.