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Thread: Halflife's Sketchbook
July 18th, 2007 #31
I haven't been on the forum.
These are some pictures i scribbles this morning, really scratchy lines and need to spend longer on the actually drawing, attention and boredom set in too fast, need to be less sporadic about it very lazy lazy boy. 1 ref 2 non
I'd appreciate any comments on, how to progress, what to work on, anything helpful really.
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good stuff here, keep at it! watch the jaw area. its always parrallel to the mouth. and remember to always do vertical measuring. another neat thing you can do is watch yur stuff in the mirror. you will instantly see stuff thats off perspective. loomis helps a lot indeed
July 31st, 2007 #33
another generic head. (no ref)
giong to stop head all together atm, need to learn very basic stuff, always avoiding learning and stuff really needed i think.
September 13th, 2007 #34
Wow man some very nice stuff here. All these plane studies are clearly working for you, but yeah maybe take a break from the head for a while and do some whole-figure stuff as those seemed a little weaker.
I'm bad at sketchbooks, have a tumblr!
September 13th, 2007 #35
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September 27th, 2007 #37
Very lazy, got bored drawing household object, it actually put me of drawing for a while. I sort of re-read Burne Horgarth's (about a quarter of it ) and drew this without reference, but replicated the lighting of a person from a newspaper, the lighting referenced sort of, it's really rough, any crits or tips would be appreached, read a little about light, but cant make any convincing non reference light, very harsh.
October 2nd, 2007 #38
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October 2nd, 2007 #40
Your sketches makes me smile
October 4th, 2007 #41
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October 4th, 2007 #44
Nice studies! Try and branch out from just heads though! hehe.
Keep it up man
October 4th, 2007 #45
October 6th, 2007 #46
October 6th, 2007 #47
Cool stuff! If you ever feel like cleaning up the lines on one of those, you can paint it alot easier in photoshop by adding a layer set to multiply. Itll paint under the lines even though your actually painting over it, the lines show thru etc.
Good luck, yes change it up a bit , and keep posting!
October 6th, 2007 #48
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I can see you improve, maybe it's good if you do some self potraits or just life potraits from other people you know. And draw as many different faces as you can from life or images. <<< I need to do that as well, though...
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i love how you can stand back and look at your own work and see whats wrong with some of the lines, many people cant do this
keep it up
October 6th, 2007 #51
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October 13th, 2007 #53
October 13th, 2007 #54
WIP is a work in progress Your persistent in your practice which is quite cool, and the multiply thing is going now by the look of things.
One thing I would suggest you to try to work on form, as you mentioned above, is paint a portrait in greyscale (you can just pick pure grey colors, or set the mode to greyscale.) Scan a drawing you did from reference, and use the different values to describe the forms, still using the same reference image...this way color will not complicate things.
October 30th, 2007 #55
October 31st, 2007 #56
IMHO, I wouldn't attempt to really use anyone's "method" verbatim. Drawing from life is really the only way to easily understand the forms of the human, or any other figure for that matter. Hogarth and others have good methods for learning and application, or such as bridgman, techniques for drawing from life- but none of them are an "all encompassing" approach. Bridgman, for example, is great for learning masses and forms, volumes and space, even perspective. It might not be so good for edges or value contrasts, nor precise anatomical structure. I believe both Hogarth and Bridgman were teachers, so it would make sense that they use something easier to digest- but by doing so it also might become less effective when it is digested.
In a nutshell; Make sure you draw from life and synthesize it with what you learn from books and old masters. An Anatomist isn't necessarily a great artist of the figure!
March 6th, 2008 #57
March 12th, 2008 #58
not really worth posting i guess it was more self indulgent fun for a batman fan art thread on another board
Used this picture of Heath Ledger as rough reference
scratchy 15 minute sketch
messed around with adobe cleaned up the mess little
Last edited by halflife99; March 12th, 2008 at 02:05 AM.
March 13th, 2008 #59
March 14th, 2008 #60
Im enjoying this sketchbook, the progress with line work and your starting to feel form.
But the way you are teaching yourself is going to lead you to a corner very quickly. What I am refering to is the lack of A) life drawing (as Justin already put quite well) and B) varied subject matter. Drawing from life teaches you to take the 3 dimesional and place it in a 2d world. This is the main reason why art is alluring, and also because it teaches you to place something that does have any real dimensions into 2d; Meaning your imagniation.
Photo reference and master copies are excellent tools that aid in increasing knowlege of techniques and ones mental library, but the bases of all good artists are the ability to draw from life at an advanced level. Of course there are exceptions but they are very few. So draw mainly from your imagination and from life, and suppliment and study things that are weak. IE you wish to do a pose of a woman stabing a spider with a sword, well maybe you dont know how a spider looks from behind or how a swords sits in a persons hand. So you look up a reference learn from it, and then apply it. That will usually allow it to stick in your mind.
Overall your gonna make it, you already have a good work ethic. THATs half the battle, keep going were watchnig