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March 9th, 2006 #1
stine's sketchbook -- a portrait a day keeps the doctor away...
so, here i am.
a little intimidated by all the great books on this board, but i decided to give it a shot.
always enjoyed drawing, but when i looked at a blank piece of paper a few weels ago i realized that quite a lot had changed since i last took a pencil in my hand: first i saw that working off photo-reference made me LOOK but never quite UNDERSTAND what i was drawing.
second i lacked a serious amount of penmanship after working so much on the computer...
well, don't know whether it is ok, but i'll post some of my older drawings to give you a hint where i am coming from...
"speckhäng" (my sister hanging from a high bar...)
well, and now to the "real" sketchbook, my first page.
tried to make it fun for me so that i can remember everything more easily... and hopefully you can enjoy it, too...
i'm thankful for every kind of hint what i do wrong, because i know that it's much harder giving up bad habits than learning how to do it right in the first place.
in case you can't read my handwriting just tell me and i'll type my comments in the future...
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March 9th, 2006 #3
Well, if you can get back tot the ability you show in your earlier work, i think you'll do great!
March 9th, 2006 #4
thanks for stopping by!
i guess the motto here is "back and beyond" if that makes any sense...
quick motion studies and everything like that -- the drawings above weren't quick at all, they took me a day or two in the making.
so i reeeeeaally want to improve that.
right now i'm working on a face study of bernini's "apoll and daphne", but i became awfully slow...
anyway, don't want to bore you, thanks for your comment.
March 9th, 2006 #5
hi, i guess, that's a wrap for today. learned a lot just by doing some sketches, now all has to settle in my brain...
got my third page, so here we go.
hmmm, the scans of the pencil-drawings always look a bit harsh on the screen, so if anyone has a tipp...?!
i'll try to use everything i learned today on a new page tomorrow...
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March 10th, 2006 #6
using what i've learned before
so that's what i came up with this morning...
i guess i'll stick with the nearly-profile and get a feel for proportions. people have so much forehead! guess, i've always put the eyes too high... so in my free time i'll start "inventing" a lot of different faces...
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March 10th, 2006 #7
Jesus, your older works are incredible. I nearly mistook your Madonna piece for a photo. The one of your sister has lovely color to it.
Nice studies so far, and I'm liking your note style/content (the muscle marriage cracked me up ). I'll be watching you!
March 10th, 2006 #8
thanks, lotekk! liked your sketchbook a lot, hopefully i can get to such dynamic poses in the next few weeks...
now i notice that some proportions in these old drawings are a bit off. but anyway, it was fun making them...
i realized i made the eyes on that male head a bit big, so i'm trying to avoid that in my latest sketches.
guess, tonight i can post my next page...
March 10th, 2006 #9
Well ,your older stuff is quite nice .
Even I am learning the basics after drawing for years ,which reference books are you using.
March 10th, 2006 #10
it is very important to do lifedrawings.try to learn something about light; it will help you improve your drawings which now just seem too flat, they have no depth
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March 10th, 2006 #11
hi there and thanks for taking the time to look at my stuff...
bhanu, right now i'm using a regular anatomy book (the sobotta) and look at a drawing book i borrowed in our library. it's the only one i could get and by andras szunyoghy... also, a friend of mine was kind enough to lend me his bob kato gnomon dvd's, so i thought i was well set.
vali, you're definetely right! unfortunately no one wants to be my model and we don't have any classes here, so i try to do my best and work with photo-references and a mirror... i hope to get more lights and shadows involved in future drawings, right now i'm just so busy with getting the proportions right (beginner's mistake, i guess...). thanks a lot for pointing that out!
so, i've got my 5th page done.
it's a combination of reference photos for body parts i wasn't sure how to draw and the measure-method. so it's half-reference half-invented. but the lady isn't too happy... guess it's still a long way, but it's only day 2...
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March 10th, 2006 #12
those are some thorough looking SB pages
looks like you're getting on fine, your stuff already looks decent, and your older work is very finely rendered, so I look forward to seeing more of your progress
March 10th, 2006 #13
thanks a lot!
well, my last page for today. i sketched a little bit bigger now and took a little bit more interesting person... i seriously need to work on my hair-rendering...
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March 11th, 2006 #14
iti is v. beautiful the last one
March 11th, 2006 #15
thanks, vali! *blush*
i did it from a photo reference - in case you're interested, it's here. great source for faces, by the way... the photo is in the people-section, men, age 50-100, and the gentleman's name is tommy p.
don't know whether it has any copyright, so i only post a link, not the photo itself...
when you compare you see that i'm still far away from getting a serious resemblance, but i was really glad i could manage the proportions. one step after the other...
i decided to stick with faces for now -- got my hands on the loomis-books and try to read them over the weekend and hopefully finish another page.
again, thanks everybody for responding!
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March 12th, 2006 #17
it´s good to see that you don´t only have photography skills
March 12th, 2006 #18
hi there, infinit, you're the first one to post in both my threads, thanks a lot!
so, i got my last page for today, it's again a profile after photo reference (same source as last times...) still trying to get all the proportions right and slowly get to a resemblance.
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March 13th, 2006 #19
okay, another small and quick sketch. did it this morning. try to use more b/w photos in the future to concentrate a little more on values (my rendering is poor so far...).
next time i want to use old photographs because they normally have interesting things like hats, unique glasses, strange hairdos etc...
well, i know this thread isn't very exciting, but i hope you can tell that i have a lot of fun learning the basics. so i'm just silently working on...
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March 13th, 2006 #20
why don´t you get yourself a book with photographs by
like: "Antlitz der Zeit" or "Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts"
they are great references and show a lot of different types of people
nice works btw
it´s just fine if they are fun to you cause thats the way it should be^^
March 13th, 2006 #21
nice sketches, and love the drawing of your sister.
just keep on banging that stuff out.
check the Tensai Tokyo Sketch Thread (Sketchbook)
check the Tensai Cityscapes Thread (Finally Finished)
Originally Posted by strych9ine
March 13th, 2006 #22
I'm loving the faces. You've picked really interesting subjects, and really nice rendering. Love the shading. Your sketchbook itself is great, too, what with the notes, and the random clippings. Cool stuff.
March 13th, 2006 #23
hey guys, thanks a lot for commenting...
infinit - great tipp with the book. i used one of mine that has a huge collection of photos, but i didn't know that august-sander-book. our library has it, so i ordered it and can hopefully pick it up tomorrow.
tensai - nice of you to stop by a rookie's sketchbook, really appreciated!
and lotekk - if you like the clippings you will like my next page. thanks for your nice comment!
i was actually looking for a little more dramatic lights and tried to render the face a little more. i found portraits of 50's moviestars very interesting, but then decided to draw the explorer fridtjof nansen... i'm not totally happy with it and have to check more anatomy to get the lightning right...
so here we go. i guess that's the last page for today, but i'll try to post some more tomorrow. the photo of nigel kennedy is for reference. it's an extreme lightning, but i found it very interesting...
thanks again for visiting...
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March 13th, 2006 #24
Great head drawings! I'm curious what the whole character looks like.
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March 14th, 2006 #26
hi and thanks a lot!
sorry, karichristensen, but i guess i'm far away from getting a whole figure done, so i'll stick with heads for a while...
so, here's my page for today. had to work, so i only had time for one drawing... again from photo reference and this time it's my mom in 1968.
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March 16th, 2006 #27
went back to a little anatomy to get rid of things i have the tendency to do wrong: making the space between nose and upper lip too long and not getting the nose-base right...
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March 16th, 2006 #28
Hi there nice sketches and studys
be carefull not to concentrate on heads (or anything else) too much. if you do so you might get stuck and you will have problems to get a balanced overall feel
just jump in the cold water and do some fullbody drawings (we can´t say worse things then "you suck go home" ^^)
btw: my first postings of fullbody pics were grose, a shame, terrible and much more
but people will help you!
March 16th, 2006 #29
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keep the studies up they are looking good. I find that pushing my knowledge and trying to draw the head at difficult angles improves your knowledge of the form and makes it much easier to draw. also try not to focus just on the head. start doing some studies on the body too.