Quick pencil sketch of a dog skeleton seen front on.
This is one of my quick doodles. I worked on this for about 5 min.
I started with the eyes, I did not plan on any thing I just doodled away to see where the doodling would take me.
I am feeling a bit insecure about my figure studies. I am a member of a local figure study society, and they have given me some bad critique of my studies.
They don't like I draw the constructions' lines, and I was told that my way of drawing isn't very artistically. I joined the society to get better at drawing the anatomy, and to learn to draw the proportions right. Should I keep drawing the way I do or should I try to draw without the construction lines?
Your thoughts are very welcome!
The studies I have uploaded are all 4 min studies.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with using 'construction lines'. They help delineate volume, planar changes and help establish widths.
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What size paper are you using and approx how large are the figures posted here?
For a 4 min pose all I would attempt to achieve would be gesture and perhaps laying down some constructional volumes such as ribcage and pelvis.
As for being told that your art isn't very "artistic" - seriously, who in the world can produce gallery worthy art in 4 min?
Thanks for your comment Burning_chrome!
I draw on 11" x 17" paper.
I know my lines looks a bit insecure, perhaps I should give up on the details, and just do gesture drawings. We vote about how long the poses are, and most of the members only want the short poses, so I never get to draw any long poses.
Last edited by ranunkel; March 18th, 2011 at 02:21 AM.
Keep your efforts going. You're doing very well for 4 min with a model that doesn't seem too expressive in her poses.
Gesture is the driving force in short poses of course, but it remains a CRITICAL first element when drawing longer sessions too. One of my teacher's teacher, Steve Huston, emphasized it constantly in all his lectures/notes. Google his name and take a look at his paintings.
I have been taking a rest from my figure drawings, and worked on some oil paintings. This is a sketch of some clouds done from my imagination. The paint was still wet when I took the photo, so there is a loft of reflected light, sorry about that!
Drawing on location doesn't mean you have to draw exactly what you see. You are the artist, so use your imaginations and don't be afraid to experiment. This sketch was done outside the Freshwater centre in Silkeborg, Denmark. The centre provides a framework for an interdisciplinary milieu and comprising AQUA Freshwater Aquariums. I thought it was fun to add fish into the sky above the building to emphasize what the building is used for.
Someone asked me how I come up with the ideas for my fantasy art. I couldn't give her a straight answer when she asked me, but I've mulled over the question for some time, and now I think I might have found an explanation!
You see in the right side of the brain, there is a dragon-cave, where the dragon called Creativity lives. He sleeps on the bank of a pond called The Pond of Imagination. Creativity feeds on a special kind of fish living in the pond called Ideas' Fish.
If I pull out my sketch book and some colour pencils, and I start to create some random doodles, the doodling activity inside my brain, will start to tickle the dragon. The tickling will make him open one eye and perhaps scratch his bag, but he will still be lazy and go back to sleep, unless I keep drawing in my sketchbook.
Let's say I then start to draw my coffee mug standing on the table. This activity will cause the dragon to open an eye again, and perhaps he will even stretch his bag this time, but he still feels lazy and bored and closes his eyes again.
Now that I am done with the sketch of the mug, I grab a nice blue colour pencil and start to draw a tree that grows inside the mug. This activity inside my brain catches the dragon's attention, and it awakes. It stretches its body from head to tail, and starts to feel the hunger for the nice Ideas' Fish swimming in the Pond of Imagination. Creativity is still a bit sleepy, and not fast enough to catch a fish, so my next activity in my sketch book is crucial for the dragon's fishing ability.
If I decide to stop now, Creativity will go hungry! Hunger will make him tired, and he will go back to sleep. However, if I decide to pick up a nice orange colour pencil, and start to paint bright orange dots all over the tree, Creativity will feel awake, and he will jump right into The Pond of Imagination to catch an Ideas' Fish or two to feed on. Creativity will swallow his fish and go back to the bank of the pond to lay down. The two Ideas' Fish will go straight into my brain, and a new idea for a bird monster will pop up in my brain, and I will add it to my sketch. Using the idea the dragon Creativity has caught, will cause him to feel stronger and even more hungry, and he will jump right into The Pond of Imagination once more to catch another Ideas' Fish.
This will go on as long as I keep working with the ideas that the dragon is catching for me. If I let the dragon go to sleep for too long, he will get more and more difficult to awake, so the more I tickle him, and keep him awake, the more ideas he will catch for me in The Pond of Imagination.
So working with art will automatically accumulate more ideas and creative!
Copyright: Marianne Mathiasen 2011
To day I created a shadow box. I am going to try to do some fantasy cityscape from models I will create. I will place the model of the city inside the shadow box to be able to control the light and shadows.
I used a large cardboard box like this one.
I used black spray paint for painting the box inside.
I painted the box outside and used a safety mask to cover my mouth and nose to protect my self from inhaling the paint.
I painted all the flaps as well as the box. The flaps are importuned to keep on the box, because they can be used for directing the light into the box later.
In this photo I placed a jug inside the box to show how i will use the shadow box. I need to cut some holes in one of the sides of the box and on top of the box.
I cut two large windows in the box. The windows will be used to directing the light inside the box, just like you do at the theater on a stage.
As you can see I can move the flaps of the box in different ways. ¨
The next thing I did was to cover up the holes from the handles in the box with tape, because I needed to make sure that no light can get through any gabs in the box, I also covered the corners of the box with tape, and painted it black.
I created a black lid for the top window of the box so I can close it if I want.
If any of you ever worked with a shadow box I would love to to hear your comments and ideas. Could it be improved some how?
This is a sketch and layout idea for a comic strip, I am working on for a friend.
The comic is just sketches done very rough and quickly, in ps.
Last edited by ranunkel; April 20th, 2011 at 03:27 PM.
cool dragon logo - I have no crits for you really regarding your pencil work because its looking good.
I have never heard of a shadow box before, but now that I see one it does look like a really good idea. And those holes in the side are where you introduce a light source and another for viewing the subject right? If so, I'll definitely make one, because that could be very useful.
Great ideas and hard work, keep it up!