Shea, that's great advice. Thanks so much!! ^_^ I'll keep trying. I don't know what it is with me and legs; they never grow. I never get them long enough. I may exaggerate one day and they'll be stilts. o_O
Don't worry, as I'm someone who still struggles with practicing a LOT, I know that place you're in. Hee hee! And I know you can get to drawing more, if you're given the time to do it, first and foremost. Even an extra minute. ^_^
Nice update, Jazz. It's great that you're getting out and sketching people -- that helps so much. Some of them look great! It looks to me like you're getting a bit bogged down in the details, though. Start out by putting down a few quick, flowing lines to get the "swing" of the pose. Then, if they move (or if some razzafrackin' woman gets in your way ), you've already got the pose, and you can fill in the rest of the details from memory. This page will show you what I'm talking about -- I didn't actually read it, bu the pictures are right.
Another thing is that it looks like most of these people are facing away from you. I know it's hard to stare at people and draw them when they're looking at you -- one thing I'd suggest is going to a busy cafe or something, and setting up where you have people sitting facing you, but talking to their friends or whatever so they don't notice. That's the ideal situation. Unfortunately for me, I usually only get to do this kind of drawing really early in the morning, when it's just single people coming in and picking up their morning coffee. Weekend nights are great for it, though.
Hey, funfetus! Thanks for the advice! Yes, details are my snail feet. -_- That page you shared looks VERY helpful! I think it might be what I need! Or part of what I need! Hee hee! I always think I'm supposed to draw the people's clothes to some point, at least as far as I remember.
Yeah, it's hard drawing people facing me. Though it's easier drawing them walking away than walking forward because, once they pass you and they're walking forward, that's it! O_O They're gone! I was standing there, just getting anyone that I could keep a glimpse of. I do get intimidated when facing people because I have to look "closely" at them. Takes me a while to do that. So after a while, they notice, then turn and ruin my picture.
So, maybe one of these days, I think I'll sit around in a coffee shop. Plenty of 'em, too! Ha!! Thanks again! ^_^
Sweet looking gestures sketches from life! That's definitely a good practice to build up one's skills. I recommend Jazz that you check out Stephen Silver's blog, particularly episode 6 of his podcast where he describes his method of "memory sketching". It's both fascinating and inspiring to listen to. Podcast link in his homepage, left column.
The green haired painting child (?) above looks like it was done with pastels on pastel paper. Have you tried that medium?
Argh!! The stresses going on this week! They don't even seem so big! I have another interview Friday. I have my scholarship package that I at least must SEND Friday. I haven't done any decent artwork this week. No, that's a lie. I did some nice artwork for a friend! Some other stuff that people had mixed feelings for.
I want SO badly to do something great for my friends and family. That's what I want. And I want to be happy with what I know and what I do so far! If I can, then I'll be able to just go forward and...let me stop rambling about this.
FlipMcgee, thanks for the link!! I almost got to look in it, but I think something distracted me! o_O; I've only briefly tried pastel, but maybe I could try it again someday! Thanks!! ^_^
Okay, as this was "the week" for brainwrecks, that's what you'll get from me! Hee hee! But I'll at least show you guys what I tried to work on.
I was going to make something out of this, but soon got tired of it. Attachment 152991
This is the picture that people had mixed feedback on. A female version of Gaara from the Naruto anime. I was struck by the less positive comments, because it was a risk to take, but also, I didn't do much with that risk. Some other time, though. This time I was just doing it for fun. Attachment 152976
This is one of my comic characters. I was saying to friends that I was disappointed in making him look older than he's supposed to look. He's just a boy. But...I liked how the lips looked. Attachment 152990
Just no. A test gone wrong. XD Then again, I still haven't practice structuring kids' faces. I'm fine with copying from a photo for practice, but that's all I got. Attachment 152988
I wasn't in it the day I worked on these. I'm going to have to work harder. Attachment 152986
Just because I hadn't touched my coloured pencils forever! Just light practice on Bristol smooooth... But to smooth it out, I needed my blender. XD Attachment 152987
I didn't do anything with this, just put where I'd like to see the light source. I need some help with pointing it out, if anyone's got pointers. Attachment 152979
I could also use some direction with these. See, it's progress on me trying to find a good pose for a picture of my friend's character. I want him using his scythe, "flying" through the air fighting off fire salamanders. Just...is difficult to get his pose, and how to hold a scythe, poised to swing. If you guys have pointers, I will be SO grateful! Attachment 152981
Just worked out some folds. I deliberately lessened some detail on the part of the blanket that the kid's not touching. I think it's time I did my background. But, even with the idea I had before, I'm not satisfied. I need something a little freaky, but sad. Oy. >_< Attachment 152980
I did a LITTLE work on this. On the skinny guy with one finger. XD And a little more on the girl's detail. I didn't really do anything but mess up a part on the big queen pin. Eh, it'll get there! Attachment 152978
Hey nice update! I especially like this character.
For your pose, I like that last one you came up with, it seems pretty dynamic. I'm not sure if you've started already on it but in case you haven't, I think if you moved his left leg a little bit higher it would make it a little more dynamic.
Also that finished rendering of the green haired girl looks real nice.
Much improvement in here, especially in the digital arena. The black and white little girl portrait is wonderful. Looks like those latest life studies are helping you too. Keep at it. You excel with cartoon drawing, I think that's your strongest style. I dig Koopa falling in the lava...sorry, but our princess is in another castle! Always another castle...BLAST!!
nice to see you guys have all been busy=D and it looks like u are all over the board as usual! as for the problem w your poses, in general they look static for a highly dramatic action shot. a few things which may help you define that pose, exagerating always helps, but pay close attn to the way the spine moves particularly. i would assume that the shoulder w the weapon would be pulled really far back as well. from the poses u have i like the top right on page 2 the most, although it is minimal u can really anticipate his movement which is reflected throughout the body. playing w camera angles may also help u find a good pose, perhaps try not to be so head on the horizon w your frames.
Do you have a digital camera? Excellent tool for getting refs. If you don't have a model just set it to auto-shoot yourself holding poses.
Re: you green haired character. I think I know what he/she is doing but her overall body language is vague to be honest. The arm that's exposed could be interpreted as a nose, for example. Why is the tail coming from the front when her feet are directed forwards? Just some feedback for future considerations
Re: 3 figure piece. Yup, this is coming along. Getting better with the lighting here. I'm kinda tempted to see what auto-level would do in Photoshop! Composition wise, the left side background negative space makes it look imbalance. Not sure if you've mentioned if you're going to do more with the background. I like the middle girl's gesture. She's so girly! Ha ha.
Re: blue guy. When you do highlights think of which areas you want the viewer to focus on first. Right now it's the torso. I don't know why but maybe you will reveal that later......Hmmm...just noticing....how many painting projects you have going at the same time? Not discouraging you or anything...just noticing.
Good luck with your next interviews and college application. Keep up those gesture sketches and figure studies. I think you're going somewhere positive with those.
Stressful several days. I've only got crap to show this time around.
thedestroyer: Thank you!
Clocks: I'm so glad you like that character!! There's a little hope for me with character creation! :3 I shall heed your suggestion for the leg for my project!
Piranha Clan: Thanks a lot!! Oh, I'd better hope the Princess is in another castle with Bowser there! Heh! He does NOT look like he'd let her live. o_o;
kawakaze: Great advice! Thanks!! I'll try out some different angles and look back at the page 2.
FlipMcgee: Thanks for the advice. I have a digital camera, but my brother took it for a while. I've been pondering over making my own poses, but I'm very shaky. XD
Regarding my green-haired kid, really, he's not doing much of anything. He's there, alone, huddling. I'm certain a person could think of his arm as a nose, but it really looks like an arm to me! Hee hee! With an elbow. And his tail isn't coming from the front. It's actually from behind. Now this is where it would be vague, and I admit it. I put it in a weird place, but it's coming around from behind. Long tail, not all of it's showing.
With the apparition piece, I'm not touching auto-levels...well, not yet. I'm slowly detailing the characters because I need to find that difference between the girl and those two "apparitions" surrounding her. What makes her alive and them...sort of existing. I'm leaving the background for now, but soon will work on the detail. Even so, it may be imbalanced, as you said. But right now it's these three I'm worried about. Girly girl? Hee hee!
As for the prince, I'm still working on where the highlights will be, but in fact, that torso of his, and perhaps his face, will be two parts of interest.
I'm not sure what you mean by discouraging me. You haven't said anything to clarify. I'm not sure how many things I'm working on. When I'm stressed* I tend to go chaotic. Ha ha! It's something I'm working on, not doing as much at once. Thanks for the encouragement about the other things! ^_^
*Yes, I'm stressed. I may have lost a chance to get that big scholarship because of a stupid reference letter mistake. I did an interview that I found...a little misleading. Also, other school-related stuff (co-op) is stressing me out.
So, I'm afraid I'll have to leave you guys with the scrapings of my week. I'll try to work on better things when I'm feeling better.
Heya Jasmine, Pffff seems I was so busy this week that I missed allot of your work.. Sorry for that, but seems you got a busy week as well.. hope everything turns out ok for you, good luck with the scolarship!
Way too many drawings to critique all of em, just a few overall thingys =)
The female gaara could actually be the female version of Gaara, i like her and she shows personality. Actually, I like all the digital ones.. looks like you take your time on these and it shows.. might be a tip for your bus drawings. I mean, you can work em out later if you like em and see how far you come with the information you gathered so far.
Oh, start with the background of the lonely piece, the character is really cool so far, and it deserves a background
About your digitals, try out different sizes of brushes, they look good but I think you can get a bit more detail in with a smaller size brush
Hey, Shea! Thanks a lot! I really hope I get the scholarship matter sorted out before it's too late.
And thank you about the digital stuff! I'd say it's my favourite stuff to work on! ^_^ Though I should try a little more with all those coloured pencils and markers. I'm just so lazy. About the bus sketches, I could probably do something with those. It would help me, I'm thinking. At least if I shaded them a bit.
About the rest, yes! I shall get a background for the lonely picture. I worry that it'll mess the whole thing up. And...with the other digitals, I have yet to go into heavy detail, that's why you don't see smaller brush strokes yet.
I'll be looking to see what you have in store, too!