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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...
Last edited by stine; January 6th, 2007 at 07:54 AM.
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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...
Last edited by stine; April 8th, 2006 at 08:54 AM.
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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