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Here be a sketchbook, yay.
My drawing skills are lacking so here is an attempt at not being lazy and doing everything else instead.
must have... thumbnail... picture.
Last edited by octopus_interphone; May 16th, 2007 at 12:38 AM. Reason: no thumbnail creates sad face for me
so slow at drawing...
self portrait sans glasses, trying to use more organized shading insted of the scribbling I usually do
noses, nose-owl and lions mane jellyfish
...and attention span gone.
please excuse the scan quaility, it dosen't know any better.
spent toooo much time on this, hence why it is better than everything else here.
Last edited by octopus_interphone; August 23rd, 2006 at 12:53 AM.
Hey welcome to CA! Great start here, keep on posting.
Finals are now over so now for some more really boring sketches woo! go left hand go!
I reallly need to get into the habit of drawing moooore. prehaps in the future I shall look back at these measly begginings and chortle....
this is a random idea drawn on the bus, I will eventually expand on it.
must start working on figures, it's a real weak point. Any information anyone wants to throw at me would be very welcome.
I love the guy on the second picture in the second post! Funkay hair! and that birds killer cool!
With figures i'm not the best placed for giving advice but the ladys head on the second to last piece is slightly too big for the body i think and your hand work is great! keep at it! It makes me want to do my hand drawing practise!
hinky doodle - thanks, and you know you want to do hand studies, all the cool kids are doing it.
some sketches for the teen thunderdrome. I probably will not get to finish (or start) it before deadline but the idea was this zombie cowboy realized that the common folk ran away from him because he was quite obviously a zombie, he decided to try to trick them by looking like a normal person. He did this by chopping off a live person's head and pretending it was his own. For some strange reason this was not enough to fool the common person. He still wanders around looking for spare brains.
quick sketches of a bird skeleton, same bird from the work up above in the other post
and two random stiffly posed human-like man creatures.
going to try to develop my drawings more..
Hey, welcome man, i see you joined recently .
This is a good start, one thing though, try to spend some more time in your sketches, sometimes forcing yourself to leave them as complete as possible can be much more rewarding, regardless on how good it looks .
The best advise i can give you right now (if you whish to progress), is to expand upon your knowledge base. That basically means: Study study study. Go here, download all the books, read them, study and try out different aproaches. Theese are the basics and they are fundamental for sucsessful drawing.
Hey, nice start. Your paintings reveal a good intuition about composition and tone. Your drawings are revealing that you have a lesser understanding of volume and form. The Loomis books posted by n0fish are highly recommended. BTW, what are you hoping to improve your drawing skills for? Is there a particular field you're interested in? That would help us to give meaningful critiques. Keep posting.
Hey Ocotpus! You've got a nice sketchbook going on here, Make sure to keep it updated!
Listen to n0fish, he's got some great advice right there for ya. But most importantly keep the pencil burning. Bring it all over, where ever you are, and draw!
all the best,
A general note on the proportions: many of your characters look like they'd been stretched vertically so you could draw the shoulders and hips broader. As others have said, you should read Loomis. Filling A4s with tiny figures has also helped me to learn the proportions. Looking forward to see you develope.
Hi octopus. I'm liking some of your gesture drawing ( thread of may 7th), they seems to be natural and not bad proportions. I don't know how much time u practice everyday, but If you are the first to say that you need the habit to draw more, then draw more! Anyway, I'm lazy as well, and I give u this suggestion. I realized that I got to be in the right concentration to start drawing. But when I get this concentration, I could keep on drawing for a week without sleeping. The point is : don't frustate yourself thinking " I have to draw for 2 hours today!" ...Just sit in and start scribbling when u have some free time, and see if you get the right mood after a while.
Keep working mate, see u
still alive, much craziness has been hapening lately so I havent been doing much updateing. or spelling correctly. more tommarow and responces to all those awesome comments. this is all tonight because I am le tired. (that lady type torso is not finished along with the lower leg)
Lovelly outfits, but your studies could be more effective if you use a mirror to correct your sketches when they need to be simetric, also your work would look much better if you get a smudger .
Keep it up and good luck.
Hey, nice studies. I think you could loosen up a bit, though. Commit to the shape. Often, it's hard to get a nice line - mostly due to the fact that you are too concerned with the line - but once you understand the shapes, your drawing rythm will flow much better. That's why construction exersises are so important. It's hard to get there and it's worth it.
thank you everyone for the great advice, oh so helpful
the thing I certainly need to work on are actually completing drawings instead of leaving the chicken scratches as they are. I have been looking at the Loomis books for a while and finally starting to do studies from them instead of ... well just looking at them.
only two little things today, nice and grey-washed by my scanner. For this one I drew an odd pose and tried to add muscles to it, instead of just copying an arm and a leg from the book.
and a study of a rey bustos drawing.
and now to get into the habit of posting daily.
edit -Shamagim - what is a smudger? do you mean a blending stump or somthing else?
Last edited by octopus_interphone; May 13th, 2006 at 12:54 AM.
I think it's a good idea to study the muscles in your own poses. I just copied Loomis' drawings so many times that I memorized them and had later problems understanding which muscles in the different views were same. I think the guy's right leg looks weird though. To the top right from sartoris, there's too many of those little muscles visible and on the shin, the tibia bone, not tibialis anticus should define the right contour. Also, The external obliques should probably spread more to the sides on their lower edges.
Keep up the studies. They're sure to pay off.
The studies are looking nice and showing improvement. I think I'll just leave it at that for now and say, "lets see some more".
oh yes, I forgot to answer, what the hell is my objective? I am a fine arts student, just finished first year, and I want to be able to draw with the confidence I have in other mediums and be able to draw the ideas in my head without being so very limited by my lacking ability.
smuli - I know what you mean, it's hard to figure out how the muscles move and work when just looking at the static front, back, and side views. Thanks for pointing out what was funky with the leg, I knew something was wrong but couldn’t fix without finding a better reference. I did the second one to help me figure that part of the leg out
TheGnoll and avatar jimmy (and everybody else) - Thanks very much for the encouragement
Look for a much bigger update tomorrow, and yes I know, I suck for not posting any sketches tonight. Don’t worry, you’ll forgive me
n0fish - strange you should say that, I was just thinking why did I start with the mucles insted of the bones?
wow, I have been slacking, much too much. still not dedicating the time I need to be so here are some chicken scratches...
waiting for bus
attempting to draw on bus, proving to be difficult.
this is from a little while ago, certianly not realistic but meh.
Last edited by octopus_interphone; May 16th, 2006 at 04:32 PM.
whoa, these are messy even for my standards
not much to crit.The anatomy on the first one looks quite good though, maybe the legs is too stiff.
Actually i would suggest you not to focuss too much on the actual single muscle positioning, but on the overall shapes, feel and dynamics of the human body (check out Loomis stuff).Remember, do as many doodles as you like, but if you really wanna larn, you gotta practice and practice.ANd you'd better start from the basics