Some sketches I took from photo references. Unfortunately I don't have a scanner so these are cell phone pics smushed together.
Thanks for commenting on my sketchbook! You got some neat works in here. I really like your oil painting. Just keep studying from life and practicing. In your first photoshop piece, it looked a little bit flat (unless you are going for that style, but I read that you want to do more realism), so try and add more tones and values. It will bring out your piece a bit more. Try and use long strokes when sketching too. It will add more fluidity. Keep it up!
Looks like we both went to the same place for ref on male figure
I really like where you're going. There's some really good structure study showing, so congrats on that. And I love the expression on the last (greenish) one. He sure looks beaten up!
That said, the first guy (the one... kicking?) looks a bit off: I think his right shoulder is a bit too high, and his hip seems to be too tall. Apart from that, it all looks mighty fine.
Keep 'em coming!
The values on your new drawings look good. I would watch out for your proportions, but keep at it.
Things are looking pretty good and your MMA drawings are showing a little improvement over some of the stuff on your first page. I think you need to really focus on drawing. Draw everything. From reference on the internet and from life.
Also, have you seen this:
There's another common one that I can't find, but I'll post it up when I do.
Thanks guys. Sorry for the hiatus. I've been busy the past week with family and a lot of stress resulting in me popping some white hairs and loss of sleep... Here's a sketch I did in photoshop from a photo reference. Didn't finish the leaves off. I'll have some things I've done in my sketchbook up soon.
I'm liking the most recent study. You seem to be getting a hang of values and color.
Very nice little sketchbook here, good variation and progress! I just feel that there is not enough of the looking closely at anatomy, especially obvious from the animal drawings. No need to study the names of bones and so on, but googling for pictures of animals in action, for example, will arm you with brilliant displays of their muscle structure and of they how they work. Photoshop renderings are brilliant - shame they are just separate objects, as I am sure you could go much further with your skill.
Best of wishes,
Nice reflections on the lanterns. I'd suggest starting off or changing the background to a cool grey, as the lantern's flames will be warm yellows and oranges.
I also like the first figure in post #31. The way I draw, I exaggerate the curvy-ness of my figures, it adds to the organic look - that's what I see burgeoning in that first figure. Sure, adding curves and bumps to figures may not represent real life - but we're artists, we're allowed creative license (And this is the 21st century we're talking about. If you want a 100% photo realistic representation of real life, use a camera).
Oh, if you're curious about what I mean by curves, I'll upload a few of my life drawings.
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Jansi/Ana: Thanks for dropping by! I should start looking more at animal anatomy. There's so much to study I feel myself torn between my human figures, animal studies, still lifes, portraits etc lol. I think I'm gonna set a schedule for myself to set aside time for all of these things. And thanks for the encouragment I think I am going to start doing group still lifes and paint those.. get a composition of multiple objects in a setting rather than the solo objects I'm doing.
Rabbi : I think I'll definitely take that color advice for the lamp. I think it'll make it sorta feel like it's somewhere and not floating in imaginary white background land... =P And yes I totally get what you're saying about the bumps and curves. (I skimmed around your sketchbook real quick to see your figures) And you're so true! Yea we can do representational stuff, but it's up to the artist to take it to that next level and make it even more appealing/interesting. Thanks for the c&c ! =)
I like how you're handling the shiny surface of the lantern, its coming along really nicely. Just make sure you double check alignments and that everything is straight that is supposed to be. Your figure work is looking nice too! I wish I could spend time working on figure stuff now.
Heya Sonia, great start and glad that you finally took the plunge into joining this wonderful community! Uh oh I see some cragee goodness already in terms of improvement in that last sketch!
I think first and most important thing to nail down are proportions and scale of objects in relation to one another. I'm still having lots of trouble with this myself but it helps to do excercise where you try to draw things relative to one another in terms of size. So for instance let's say you drew like a squirrel approaching a tree than to try and capture the scale of the squirrel in relation to the tree. As for figure drawing, I think measuring things is going to help a great deal and when I do more concentrated studies, I still measure things with my pencil. Rendering form is nice to look at but seeing a sketch that is in correct proportion is even better!
Keep up the hardwork!
So here is a sketch for my SSG. It's one of hopefully many daily drawings that we're all going to do.. Looked at a picture of a saiga antelope for a little bit then tried to draw it from memory.. It's really bland looking lol. The horns and legs are painfully wrong and idk wtf I was doing with the colors. I'm exhausted (just got back from a wedding and dancing my booty off) so hopefully the next one will look better lol.
The top of that lantern is looking really nice, keep going!
Also, you did a good job with the antelope. I think you did well getting the overall impression of it. I think maybe you should pick the next topic since we didn't get anyone else in this time. Just PM it to everyone if you could, until we get it rolling.