This is the second sketchbook I'm starting here. This is my more serious sketchbook. I'm going to take more time on each sketch and really focus on what I'm doing. My influences are archeology, anthropology, natural history, ancient history, nature, animals, aviation and the military. I really like Bridgman and I'm currently studying him. Basically I am self-teaching myself so any help is greatly appreciated.
11 November 2005 - First attempt at drawing my hand in various positions.
16 February 2006 - My second attempt at drawing my hand in various positions.
14 March 2006 - Bridgman
15 March 2006 - Bridgman
16 March 2006 - Bridgman Hands
These hand studies were really hard and all of them are off in one way or another. I need to do these again and again until I get them right.
Last edited by afgal; April 24th, 2006 at 10:21 PM.
hi! thanks for stopping by at my sketchbook -- nice studies! i should start studying bridgman, too. your hands look a lot better after working with his book, so there's definetely an improvement! keep it up!
Thanks everyone for the comments. I definitly need to draw more from real life. Which I am now making it a point to do that. I've notice that I can draw already drawn stuff fairly well or at least I've improved in that a lot but real life, while much better from a couple months ago still has a long long way to go.
18 March 2006 - Not my characters. Was trying to replicate from a cartooning book.
Did some more life drawing but my subject was easily distracted so I couldn't spend as much time on it as I wanted. I have a long ways to go on this stuff. I also did a contour one where I only looked at the cat. I can tell a huge difference between that one and the attempts where I looked at the cat and the paper. Need to turn off the draw what you think you know part of the brain! 18 March 2006
Hey afgal, looking good! Try to block things out with shapes more. I also think you're missing the point of a blind contour. The purpose is speed to catch the movement or pose of a fast moving subject. Instead of 30 min blind contours, do 30 sec to 1 min contours. Try doing a few of these of a subject before drawing it to get a feel of it, then spend your 30 min doing a more rendered version. Blind contours are also a good way to look away from the paper more.(You should spend most of your time looking at the subject). For people, setting up the 8 heads always helps. Try building people out of basic shapes insted of lines. Mentler has a great tutorial and notes on this in his sketchbook. Keep it up, your showing definate improvement!
Hey afgal! Glad to see you going to some figure drawing classes! You seem to have a big problem with squishing figures. Try to always set up the 8 heads before doing a figure drawing, it will help alot. Keep it up!
Thanks Cup of Joe. I looked at my drawing and the camera angle I took the picture from made the squishing worse. But they are still ahh short. I started to big with the head. Plus the class kept teasing them so there was some shifting around and all that. Overall I am pleased with it. Thanks for the comments.
It's hard to draw from photographs but, when you don't have a model you have to make due...There are various sighting methods that I have been trying to work with:sometimes when I am at school I set up an easel and basically transcribe the shapes horizontally straight onto the paper, sometimes I have to find a basic unit of measurement to use as a means of judging the rest of the subject by and sometimes I try to use angles and basic shapes to break it down and then I work within them. I am trying to get used to using them all since each one works well within certain circumstances . Funny thing about drawing is I don't notice my own progress and as I get better my standards of "what is good" tend to grow at the same rate. I've been doing those gesture drawings as well. I love the frog by the way and some of those hand sketches look great just a little choppy. Well I have to do two projects in pastel this weekend as if I needed to add color in to the mix before I had a handle on all the other basics Thanks for stopping by my sketchbook.