This is a journal of sorts where I post my work so I can see my improvement over time. Enjoy!
This is a journal of sorts where I post my work so I can see my improvement over time. Enjoy!
Last edited by nightfall; September 14th, 2011 at 11:09 PM.
Hi Nightfall, great attitude you got there. My first tip would be just keep practising, drawing and learning from your figure drawing book.
Also start with some basic perspective studies, drawing cubes, cones, spheres, ... When you want to learn something about anatomy, Loomis will be a good friend .
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wow thanks for the reply guys i appreciate the tips! ill keep drawing as much as i can, and anything i do will be posted here for comments and suggestions! thanks!
Hey. I was pretty much the same as you. Never touched a pencil for years. Early last year I decided to start drawing again. We should never forget the things we love Anyhow, good luck with the sketchbook man.
"The boxes are just random (and i know the perspective is wrong)"
So fix it. I suppose drawing can be considered as imposing your will on a piece of paper. The picture won't draw itself so erase and erase and erase as many times as you have to until you get it to look right, get those shapes and lines right even if you have to make a smudgy mess. Tracing paper is good, trace the examples straight from the book and trace over your own drawings correcting mistakes.
"Beliefs are rules for action"
"Knowledge is proven in action."
"It's use is it's meaning."
Ok did another hour of dedicated sketching. First page is of a girl in my figure book. I then did some eggs in different positions and man were those difficult!! If you can master shading things like this you're on you're way. I have no bearing for shading so I'm just trying to copy what I see as best I can. Although I'm sure there are tougher things to shade (like cloth for example) those for me even for beginning, are good mental workouts. The last sketch is of a phone that I did with Prisma cool gray markers and a couple of boxes and a cylinder to workout perspective a little. I'm good at geometric objects right off the bat, my weakness is anything other than that for the most part.
Hey! I would try to make your pencil marks longer and more free. loosen up!
With the above poster in mind I tried to make more fluid movements with my pencil while sketching this one from my figure book. Unfortunately I didn't have much time today so I could only punch out this one.
Ok, another figure and then my left hand. I tried working on the shading for the veins as that seems pretty difficult to master (cause of the values needed to make them pop out).
I can see some improvement already! I like the shading on the eggs, its obvious that you're really looking at things and not just drawing what you imagine there. Just keep practicing, eventually you will do the same with the body. Just try to break it down into shapes.
keep it up!
Here's two from today. Unfortunately during the weekdays I don't have much time every night to sketch so I hate only putting up like two sketches. Hopefully that will change during the day since tax season is over with and I can do some during work!
The figures are from the book.
The hands are me trying to copy my hand and breaking it down in to simpler parts.
I haven't posted as much as I'd like, although I'm still sketching everyday (mostly at work). I have a bunch of sketches in the sketchbook I have at work (waiting to fill that up with a lot of them so I can make a large post with them).
Here's a couple I did today. The very first sketch seems to always be my worst and acts more as a warmup than anything else.
Last edited by nightfall; May 3rd, 2009 at 07:38 PM.
It seems like all I draw are figures and whatnot but that's all I have to pull from (the figure book) and I'm the worst at drawing people so I guess it makes sense. I am going to try to attend some open studio sessions at the local art school to see what I can get out of that. I've never done them before so that should be interesting! I will also be signing up for some drawing classes this fall at my local community college. Unfortunately Az is not known for good art schools so I have to use what I've got. '
Below is about an hours worth of sketching
hey i was looking at your sketches that you have of your left hand with the viens shaded in that was posted april16 2009 and then the second picture of the second hand posted in april 17 2009.
I just wanted to let you know that the first way that you were shadeing was more on your way. With the second one i found that your shadeing was getting to "lined" and too contrasting between the light and dark. in the first one you didnt have so much contrast which is more believable. When i look at my hand and look at my viens, i see that the shadows from the viends to make them look "3D" is faded and feathered like. very soft. not so harsh. you were getting that concept in the first hand drawing and i just wanted to let you know you were doing good and keep up the practice, your drawings are getting better and better.
just remember if your going to outline anything on a human, try keeping any lines on the inside (ex. if you outline the nails or knuckles or viens) to keep them lighter and thinner than the lines you would make to outline the shape of the entire hand.
Your progress really is comeing along and keep posting, its nice watching someone grow =)
You have the number 1 tool that is requires to becoming a better artist, and that is the right attitude keep it up. If you can, try and take some life drawing classes I know it's hard where you live. But who knows there might be a hidden gem somewhere, otherwise try to draw from life as much possible (something I should do to.)
Last edited by Eugie; May 6th, 2009 at 11:23 PM. Reason: grammatical error
Keep practicing, im in the same boat, trying to improve so much and i figured here would be the place to do it. Do some digital work too id really like to see it.
Sketch back if you'd like...
My Sketchbook:Struggling to become and Artist XD
(Update) - Here's the second one from today (did in less than an hour) - The side view. If any of you have Anatomy of for the artist book (sarah simblet) you can probably see which one I was trying replicate here. Comments/critues are welcome of course.
I have never done a head study before, so I copied a head out of "Anatomy for the Artist" - that giant book by Sarah Simblet. I did this in an a little over an hour with just an HB and of course it looks horribly wrong but I have no idea how to do this otherwise and I was trying my best to match values. Very difficult!
I'm going to be doing some more later today of other things and will upload those as well. Studies of individual features on the face is much needed (as you can tell). Are there any books on techniques for developing how to see value? Or just ways to draw or shade value?
Last edited by nightfall; May 10th, 2009 at 08:12 PM.
Another figure today from the sarah simblet book. Took about 15 mins. I wasnt even going to think about shading this one! perhaps the next one ill do and will take extra time to shade to see how much i can improve by taking longer to shade
Hey nightfall, great to see how dedicated you are on your sb!!! I also like that Sarah Siblet book on anatomy. Keep practicing bro and don't stop!!!
Here are some of the sketches I was doing at work that I finally decided to upload
Keep going man, you are on the right track.
Do freehand perspective practice. Something I can't do enough of but it seems that you need to perfect it. And I also still need to practice it so I am actually stressing this for myself aswell.
Do contour lines across a figure's for practice, looking for the way the surface volume behaves either like a cylinder, sphere or cone.
If you can get hold of villpu's manual, those elipses and cylinder exercises are gold. It contians and corrects all the ellements you need to have to work towards having a perfect sense for dimention.
there is a certain set of feelings of orientation you need to develop as you draw a line that represents dimention. To give you an idea, if you draw a cube in perspective as an outlined object resulting in a hexagon outline, your mind has flipped through dimentions X, Y and Z. The trick I'm trying to teach you is, draw a sphere but use the same sense of planar direction you have used for the outline of the cube, you need to feel the line come over, come down, come forward and go over and back up even if you drew something that looks like a flat circle. Those feelings is a start to developing a good sense for dimention.
Keep up the hard work.
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Thanks so much for the feedback guys, its very appreciated. I am going to look at Vilppu's manual to see what I can garner from that. I definitely need some instruction on the process of creating figures. Right now all I am doing is copying most stuff from books and that can only take me so far. Creation from imagination is the goal here, and will always be, even if it takes me 10 years to master.
Ok here is some other stuff I did today. More quick gestures and at the end a few figure drawings from my figure drawing book. It seems a bit easier to draw the figures after doing the gestures since I was able to feel the movement of the figure a lot easier after trying to focus on that for a while.
Sorry for some of the see-through on some of them. I try to sketch on both side to get more mileage out of the paper. And it seems this paper can be seen through rather easily with light.
Last edited by nightfall; July 11th, 2010 at 09:37 PM.
Hey man as for your question on how to see value it's all about very good observation, and understanding it. Here's a good tut by Ron Lemen that may help http://www.anticz.com/drawing1.htm keep up the good work. Oh yea and for the fast gestures try using shapes to get a sense of volume, it will really help. Even if it isn't right it still gives a stronger sense of movement, action, and depth.
That's an interesting tutorial, thanks!