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Hi. I think I've been improving lately so I made a thread. I use reference pretty much all of the time.
It looks like you are doing the right things. I wish ye good luck!
Rblitz7: I'm 19, studying Electrical Engineering. My short term goal is get better at drawing, long term is to study art and paint portraits. Yeah the background has too many lines right now; I have to smudge it and then redraw lines over it. I forgot to mention I'm copying the girl from a Waterhouse.
I saw a picture of a bird and thought it looked like a person, so that's the sketch I'm posting. The cast drawing of Voltaire is something I did this summer, I think it's the best piece I've ever done so I'm putting it up here as a benchmark.
Last edited by mikehan!; August 29th, 2006 at 07:18 PM.
Worked on the Waterhouse study some more today. I'm drawing a cast of Zeus (I think) in art class, I need at least another 6 hours on it though. I learned that when shading, it's helpful to leave some lines to help map out the planes and give an object a stronger sense of form.
So I finished the dress. I have to practice the face a couple dozen times now, one square inch is pretty small for a head...
After trying (unsuccessfully) to draw a face that small, I think I'll leave my study faceless.
Hello Mike! You have done a nice job with the master-copies. Why not switch to drawing from life, though? It’s a more effective way to learn than copying subjects that have already been recorded in 2D by paint or photo.
I think you are awesome, and I wish you the best in your endeavors, but I am tired of repeating myself, I am very busy with my new baby, and I am no longer a regular participant here, so please do not contact me to ask for advice on your career or education. All of the advice that I have to offer can already be found in the following links. Thank you.
Perspective 101, Concept Art 101, Games Industry info,Oil Paint info, Acrylic Paint info, my sketchbook.
Did some more drawing from life yesterday. I think I could have better on the leaves. I didn't remember to vary my line weight until halfway through, but afterwards the drawing was a little more interesting. I probably could have been more focused though.
I think the wind chimes are pretty bad; they don't even look like they're made of metal. I also tried to draw a tree, but I got my ass kicked. I can't break it up into planes because its one of those Christmas-type trees; it's made up of groups of branches, and there is shadow/open space between them. I tried to group the branches together, but I still don't know how to really render a tree because there's so much going on. Right now I'm going to try to draw just part of a tree and see if I can learn something from that.
Today's edition includes:
A portrait of Chamillionaire
Some sketches I did to get used to my Wacom
The house across from my backyard
A photo of said house
Mostly copies of drawings by Sargent and Whistler. The tree is from life.
Hey MikeHan, good stuff here bro!! Nice portrait sketches. I also have a hard time with trees. Keep postin more stuff bro!!
A copy of an etching by Whistler and some blocks.
Starting to learn Painter, it's kind of frustrating because I feel like I have idea what I'm doing. For example, blending colors. Do people do it on the canvas or do they pick what color they want to use before they start?
Painted a tree using my previous sketch as reference. I'm trying to figure out how to bring things forward/push things back. With pencil, I learned to bring things forward by using more/denser lines and more detail, and to smudge/use less contrast to push parts back. I was thinking that in painting, maybe less saturated colors could be used to push things back, but I'm not really sure.
LOL, nice! I love the big lebowski.
Don't have much experience with charcoal so I'm practicing it. There are open figure drawing sessions at my school that start this week, so that will be good for me.
I would like to see you take a little more time in some of your drawings to lay down values. Be more patient with your strokes and really get the graphite or charcoal on the paper evenly. It especially bothered me in the hat in this drawing: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1157336760
This is something I've been trying really hard to accomplish in my drawings. Smooth even laying down of darks. I'd say stay away from smudging too. It can easily be used as a crutch and keep you from noticing mistakes.
I LOVE the mountains you did in painter. Really awesome job there!
OK I got called out by morningbloom I'll spend more time getting my values right. This is a WIP of a crinkled up piece of paper. I'm not touching the light area until I get the dark area 80% done. It's kind of weird because there is a shadow on the left part of the paper, making the part in the back darker than it actually is.
I think this is a good exercise to learn how to block out big shapes/map out progressively smaller planes. I didn't go into as much detail as I could have.
great stuff here. enjoying the sargent studies
I wikipedia'd for cowboy.
So discovered that there are brushes other than round. The red background girl is a Sargent with m@'s brushes and the blue background girl is noone in particular with default brushes. I think this has been a pretty good improvement for one day and I can do better.
This one is also referenced from a piece by Whistler. I'm gonna spend more time on my next drawings, make some things I'll be proud of (at least for a while).
The portrait's from life, the likeness is pretty weak. The fountain is a work in progress, and I really suck at trees.
Did some figure drawing today, here are the two better ones, plus two quick portraits from photos.
Last edited by mikehan!; September 28th, 2006 at 11:00 PM.
A few sketches. I would go and do some more quick drawings of people but lately it's been rainy as shit in Ann Arbor. When I do really quick sketches, I have this habit of making zigzags. I don't know why or how I picked it up. I guess it's because I know I should keep my pencil moving but my brain can't process all the information fast enough, so I draw random lines.
Just finished this one. It's from a Sargent. I had some trouble with the leaves. I wonder why I can't draw like this from life.