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May 31st, 2007 #1
CecelyV's Sketchbook (Updated 6/16/10)
Hello to All,
I'm starting this sketchbook thread as a way to continue my art studies and record my growth as an artist.
My goal is to become an awesome concept artist, and I'm beginning by focusing on the human figure.
Any and all constructive critiques and advise are welcome and appreciated!
Last edited by CecelyV; June 16th, 2010 at 07:39 PM. Reason: Update
Hide this ad by registering as a memberJune 1st, 2007 #2
Hey man, these are nice studies. Make sure you do proportion studies along with these anatomy studies. I'd also recommend drawing from life as much as possible.
When drawing a figure, dont focus too much on each individual muscle in there. Instead try to draw the figure using abstractions that you can easily remember and turn around. Having a good understanding of anatomy does help indeed.
So keep this up and you'll reach your goal!
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
June 1st, 2007 #3
im also trying my hand at anatomy at the moment, you should try and get into a life drawing class as its nice to be with people trying to achieve the same goal
June 1st, 2007 #4
Thanks. I actually took many, many hours worth of life drawing classes back when I was in college. I majored in painting, so I've done about two years' worth of life drawing. Problem is, even though you get a good grasp of the figure with a model, it doesn't help much with drawing the figure from your imagination.
I do want to take another life drawing class so I can have access to models, though.
Thanks for the advise. I want to draw from life, but I'm not sure how to accomplish that. I mean, my husband can't stand to sit still long enough to pose for me, and I don't know enough people in my area to ask to pose.
Plus, I have a day job so through week I can only devote about three hours a night to my work. When I tried drawing people in public places, they'd get all weird and turn around or move so I couldn't draw them...<sigh>
What do you think?
June 1st, 2007 #5
you know i found that it is very hard to draw accurately without a model in front of you.....i actually set a plan in motion to not work for a summer and just take 7 life drawing classes a week in order to just......instill it into my being so to speak (lucky i have this luxury)
personally i think you're off to a great start. some places i found great for drawing are @ bus/subway stops. just sit @ a bench in a corner somewhere with shades on and do it there if oyu can...it really depends on how fast you can draw. sleeping people are good as well but lately i've been finding myself just taking a hell of a lot of photo refrences...the thing with this is that it also kind of affects your style in drawing.
but yeah sorry i can't be much of a help. nice studies
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June 1st, 2007 #6
Well if you absolutely cant draw from life, you should use reference as much as possible. A couple of books that might help you draw the figure, easily, from imagination are; Vilppu's Drawing Manual.....and.....Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life.
Both of these artists are masters as far as anatomy goes, and both use abstractions to draw different muscles from any angle.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
June 18th, 2007 #7
Image Dump ^_^
Okay, it took me a while to find time to scan some of my new stuff...started a new day job
Crits much appreciated! Thanks everyone
June 23rd, 2007 #8
Hey CecelyV, howís the new job going? If you have as much as three hours a day after work to devote to learning this stuff, thatís terrific. The most important thing is to make sure you use that time. Get yourself into a sustainable, daily habit of drawing, and keep doing it even on days when you donít feel like drawing.
Drawing people from life will help you to draw better figures from imagination. Would it be possible to talk a friend or coworker to do short, clothed poses for you for an hour sometime, or sit for a portrait while they read a book? Bribe them with dinner, perhaps?
(On my list-of-things-to-do, when the weather turns cold again I plan to bring my paints in to work and do hour-long portraits of my coworkers. Iíll start asking around beforehand to stir up some interest, and I may bribe them by offering them the paintings.)
Another thing to try: if you still have those figure drawings you did in college, dig them out. Pick one figure, and redraw it in some sort of costume.
And if you have a camera, you can supplement this stuff with photographs. Got a friend that you could talk into goofing off in front of the camera?
And when none of the above is available, do self-portraits, keep doing the anatomy studies, and draw still-lifes. If you use your time to do even just one still-life a day, your drawing abilities will skyrocket.
Oh, by the way, there is also a Ladiesí Forum here at CA. If you havenít been spotted yet, then go put a post here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=98595
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.
July 5th, 2007 #9
Okay, not too much for today. I've been exhausted & sore, so I haven't done as much during my studio sessions. I'm all better now, so things will pick up.
Here is very first sketch ever using Painter X and my new wacom + stylus. I'm new to Painter and my wacom, so much of what I post from now on will be done in Painter--Gotta Practice!!!
July 30th, 2007 #10
Long time no post...
Been very busy with the day job and learning about Painter X--the exercises I'm doing to learn it aren't exactly sketchbook posting material, but I've got a couple of things I want to add here today.
August 22nd, 2007 #11
Rose Still Life...A.K.A. more adventures in Painter X
Rose still life I did as part of my studies in Painter X.
November 16th, 2007 #12
Good work - only thing I'm missing is quantity atm! You need to post more - as it is now, I have a hard time getting a feel for your style and to give feedback. I believe you are currently too much focused on lineart and would advice you to try more with shading to get the general shape of the subject. Try not to see only the outline of your subject, but the form it makes up of shadows and highlights, if you get what I mean? Maybe a good practise for you would be to try black and whites for a bit, dividing your subject into dark and light areas without making any outline at all but concentrating on the 3D shape. I could probably use the same practise myself, come to think of it...
Looking forward to some updates when I visit next!
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November 19th, 2007 #13
How are you?
Yes, I know I need to post more--things have been hectic. I have my all girl TD piece to post, but I couldn't post it until the TD voting results were in. I'm working on a Minotaur concept now, too. I'll be posting more after Thanksgiving.
Thanks for the crit, I appreciate it. I'm struggling most with the whole teaching myself thing. I probably already mentioned that I'm trained in the fine arts via state art department training. So, where I'm hitting the biggest snag is figuring out how to concept characters--where to start, how to continue once I get started...that kind of thing. But, I feel like it's going pretty well. If it feels right, I keep going...because not doing anything at all feels horrible.
Anyway, I'll try to see if I can post before the holiday, so I don't forget.