LAST UPDATED: 8 OCTOBER 2013
My (user)name is Steely Danmaku, and this is my sketchbook. I will be scanning, of course, pages from my real-world sketchbooks, and will be writing up short blurbs about what I was attempting to do on these days. I hope to update this thread once a week.
I am fairly well-versed in perspective drawing and I have a background in studying machinery, but as of late I have been mostly trying to draw human beings better. I am an occasional sprite artist, but given my recent constraints (and the intents of this forum) sprites will not be shown in this thread. I'm a huge sci-fi kind of guy, in particular mecha (the walking-tank types; y'know, like in Battletech, Steel Battalion, Hawken and Lost Planet; as opposed to the shiny humanoids) and as of recently, androids/cyborgs/et cetera.
I'm in university for Not Art and it is very time-intensive (not to mention I finish this December, so I'm also looking for a job at the same time) so the best I can do on a weekly basis are, well, these sketches. I do structured practice when I can, but I tend to find myself just sketching what's in front of me or hopelessly trying to make something out of fancy ideas I have. While art is a hobby I hope to develop further in the future, I am currently limited to mainly using it as catharsis.
I come here openly admitting that my work is well, well, well below the standards of any other member I can spot on this site. I'm limited to pencil because I can't accomplish anything in digital painting, and again, I have severe time constraints until the new year at earliest. As it is plainly obvious that my basic skills are lacking (and I can generally see where I failed, and I'm nervous enough to post my art on this site) - please be gentle with your critiques! I am, however, extremely open to hearing about what you think I should focus on for practice/improvement, as well as if you have any suggestions for improvement exercises/et cetera.
Here is a summary of my art education thus far (please don't laugh too hard ):
*High-school-equivalent art homeschooling + an actual high school art class
*Read through Andrew Loomis's Fun with a Pencil
*Currently reading through Andrew Loomis's Figure Drawing for All It's Worth
As far as I can tell, my greatest strength is perspective. Also according to my own assessment (with minor input from an acquaintance), my greatest weaknesses are faces, line/stroke quality (I pet lines like crazy. I can't help myself! I'm trying to but I can't!), contour drawing, and torsos.