(It was a stupid clumsy thread, which I have made a mistake and posted it in the WIP section. Sorry.) The objective my DS is to be able to draw out of my head without reference and be a better artist. In addition, it is going to be my life long process.
It is been a harsh start for me in the past for striving to learn to draw. And, I believe it would be even tougher in the future, as I do not have formal traditional media training before. Now, I just get kicked start to know-how what is the basic idea of pencil drawing after a long year sketching in the dark. All thanks to a colleague of mine, Mr. Raymond, who is the only one among many others whom kind enough gave me an insight and exposure for open up my mind. He demonstrated a life portrait of me right in front of my eyes. He showed me "strokes"; its direction and overlapping would make the subject looks more solid and visually engaging. It is a shame to say that I do not know what is stroke all about until the live demo which really bang my head and open up my eyes. And, he suggested me to learn and practice the stroke in a singular direction as a starter. I practice that 3-4 times a week. I know it is insufficient but I am trying hard to keep up the practice.
Now, all my subjects of drawing are photo from magazines. I know I am not talented in art but it does not matter. It is the passion, which keeps me on going. Sometimes it is frustrated after some long time of self-dedicated practice; I still cannot draw like a photostat machine! I still have the same old problems of proportion and photographic memory. I had a very poor psychomotor, which my eyes and hand does not go along. Right now, my only resort is to draw more and built up more confidence before starting an outdoor life sketching.
Below are some sketches and thumbnails, which I doodle from time to time for my personal 3D animated short film project. I think I am going to put this idea into a shoebox for very long time. I felt my ideas is hollow and lack of the fun factor. Anyways, I decided to post it up here because it is part of my DS too.
Lastly, thanks to CA who hosts such a wonderful portal for showcase so many aspiring superb artists, which really motivate everyone to draw.
Last edited by chenga; September 26th, 2014 at 05:31 AM.
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Man, you have some crazy characters with some crazy detail. Loving the whole creepyness of them. They seem to be pretty complex characters as well. Would love to here some background stories for some of them. Keep it up.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge"- Albert Einstein
It is been so long for not updating my ds here. And, I am slacking away for months not drawing anything. I feel bad, really bad. (I guess been caught up too much at daily work)
Yesterday, I got a chance to try out newly install MudBox software in the studio. I really thrilled and excited about it. Well, I found that it is quite user-friendly. However, I am not a sculptor nor a strong modeler. Thus, I just create a simple plane in Mudbox, then start to "paint/sculpt" something random by heart. This 2.5d drawing is really fun.
Below is what I got:
Envisor: Hi there! Thanks for words I shall keep working on it sometime when im ready.
Unbreakable: Thanks. I have neglecting my study in anatomy for sometime. I shall heed your advise and work it out.
Bad times. I found some of my old crappy "conceptual stuff" while trying backup all the junks from my dying hardisk. I hope to get a new hardisk asp so that I could update my ds here in a more frequent fashion. Anyway, I would to post it here b4 its gone.
A further exploration of mudbox. It is a great 3D painting experience for me. I sculpted this without reference and merely into learning more about the software. It got some bad anatomy structure there.
At last, I managed to save for a new hardisk after nearly 2 months of cold turkey. I felt exicited about it so much because I get to scan some doodle of my and updated it here. My drawing is really sloopy and always in the same way. This time I did few new attemptions by exploring other media for spice up my thick chunky sketchbook. I know this sound lame, however it took me alot to buck it up. I still having the haunting memories of punching a hole through the drawing block when try to pickup watercolor painting. It is really embrassing and so discouraging. I didn't dare to use it ever since then...
Ah btw, below is my tributes for this month ds.
And, for this one below, does it looks familliar? Haha, of course not. Anyways, I found the nearly 7 years old alpha watercolor at home. Its nearly dry up and about turn into fossil. I am thinking of ways for utilize it fully. Then, I came across a painting of John White Alexander, Repose, 1895. I really like that brilliant painting which got a pleasing composition and harmony colors. Thus, I try to replicate it as part of my learning process. I know I can't fool around with the "water" elements media, coz it gonna ruin my sketch book, and I do not wish to have a wet hole through it. So my solutions is to stay "dry". I use the masking tape and gesso which prescript by some painting workbook that I browse at the bookstore. I have been cautious for not "killing" it. At the end, it ends up some crap as below. Still it is a fun process for plattering the colors around. I am looking forward more into it...
For this one, it is totally an incident. After some fun doodle with the dry brush. I seems to be accumulating more guts and eager for another one. And, I tried to paint some potrait for this time. I really screw up this time, blow the whole thing up! All the colors been clutter together and turn into greyish. I can't see the pencil line anymore... I felt so frustrating after that nite. I want to tear off that page and trash it right away coz its been another stain that I am visually no good. I didn't open my sketchbook for days after that. Then, as usual I am back on my desk coz I like to draw. I look at that page, and felt dorky been beaten down by that bleaky painting which can't see a form in there. I have to turn it into something instead of leaving it like that. I grabbed a pencil and draw over it blindly plus angrily. I dunno what I am doing really, just circle and circle. Then I started to see a form, and I followed it up quickly before loosing the imagination trail. At the end, I got something, but it is too dense with all sort of lines. Boldly, I use a thick permanent marker to trace and clean it up. At last, I felt some satisfaction after the "revenge". Then, I scanned and colored it in PS7 after reviving my hardisk.
And for this one, it is a pencil drawing potrait with magazine as reference. Then, later I scanned it and paint over with painter. It is fun for exploring the oil brush which I am inept to do it real life.
Another entry for my DS. This is one of my concept sketch for my personal shortfilm which I hav been incubating for quite long time. I really wanna make it comes alive with the magic of "illusion of life".
I find that it is kind of hard for striving the balance between the ideation of my personal project while improving my drawing skills. Somehow, I hope to draw and do more anatomy studies as my precious sketchbook.
Micaiah Nelson: Thanks. More Anatomy studies shall be on the way!
Ashab: Well, I guess people like me who don't hav a strong or proper traditional media training mostly blindly bold without knowing a thing. I tends to be barbaric when picking up any media and while at my very best for pouring out my imaginations or visual minds into the blank paper. Mostly, it ends up with a hole or deep scratch in the middle of the canvas or paper. Thats is another reason which i like to stick with digital media
Dabaers: Thanks for the plugged! I really enjoy ur creature works too. Let's keep posting
Btw, I digged something up while restoring the data back to my hardisk. It is some concept stuff that I visualize through 3D which dated nearly 2 years back! I didn't get to finish it. As far I could remember, I was painting the seat's texture half way through. The file is getting too heavy for my machine to cope with. Hopefully, I could finish it render a turn around.
Hello You have a nice thread going here. I like the diversity of your subjects
My recomendation (besides doing anatomy studies which has already been mentioned) is to try to clean up your line. It seems that when you draw a line now, you almost always want to restate it and draw over it again... and again, thus creating a jagged "hairy" look of the contours. Try doing as much as you can with a single line without breaking it up or restating it. You may accentuate it at times, but do so again with as few jagged lines as possible. Try to use longer flowing strokes. It's hard at first, but cleaning up your lines really does wonders for your drawings!
Good luck! And have fun