10 min (observation)
10 min (observation)
2 hr self-portrait
Last edited by Dark_Eyes; June 16th, 2011 at 04:09 PM.
i can feel a lot of movement in your observation drawings, they look alive!
Keep going : )
those moleskine sketches are so damn amazing
Strangely enough, you look just about like what I pictured. That just speaks to how skilled you are.
Grzessnik: Thanks! In my moleskine stuff, I'm using a mechanical pencil. It is literally impossible to get broad strokes with that method, as the tip is always sharp and there is no broad side to stroke with. Working this way forces me to think in terms of structure,form and contour so I like it for a change.
in regard to your questions, I kinda' answered you in post 341. It is a matter of finding your own way. I've tried every exercise under the sun, so I don't know what else to tell you except to try that? Basically everything you've mentioned, I've tried over the years, but that has been over my whole life so it's difficult to summarize a lesson plan of exercises in one post (but I'll try ).. copy from anatomy books, do master studies, work from reference, work from model, work from imagination, in as many different mediums as possible... WHAT GETS MEASURED GETS MANAGED... so set learning goals for yourself, and hold yourself to them.
Vertical: Thanks! Yeah those are nupastels, but I'm basically shooting in the dark with them right now.. I'm learning a lot about how to layer color in pastel. It's great for that impressionist broken color type effect, especially if you don't smudge the colors together.
prsnsweeney: Thanks! For some reason it's really fun to choose seemingly unrelated colors to play with like that
Henrique Ventura: Thanks! If only I could get that effect into my longer poses
f1x: Aww thanks man, I'm loving your chicks too . The stuff on your site, shows a lot of experimentation..I love the piece that's in your avatar
p sage: thanks P, overly generous as always lol . I know just what you mean, art is a strange kind of language when you think about it.. I always see a little of myself when I draw characters from my head.. (usually a sign that I'm being lazy in my design lol) This may seem a bit Freudian, but can you also see the artist's mother in their work? lol
1 hr 20 min (my mammy)
Last edited by Dark_Eyes; June 20th, 2011 at 02:51 AM.
~ 2 hrs (imagination)
5 min (observation)
Verehin: Thanks man! Your work lately is god-like.. I've never had such an urge to jump back into digital..
Aryeh: Thanks! I'm upgrading my computer soon so that I can do digital work again... I plan on keeping this thread going for just my short-short studies in the future and starting another sketchbook for my more finished stuff (traditional and digital)
ryanoir: Thanks! I agree... I'm about to blow a grand or so on art supplies.. goache, oil, ink, watercolor, you name it ... I've thrown myself completely back into my traditional roots, but my plan is to start integrating traditional and digital together, so I should have some more mixed media stuff to show soon!
2.5 hr (imagination) As far as scale/materials/technique, I tried to approach this one as if I was doing a portrait of someone real...
30 min (imagination)
25 min (observation)
20 min (imagination)
2.5 hr (imagination) EDIT: Thanks for the heads up walnut. Tried making some changes but it's basically a failed piece. Tomorrow, I'll do a hundred or so studies of the neck, jaw and the head from below until I get it right from imagination.
Last edited by Dark_Eyes; June 24th, 2011 at 06:19 AM.
Jawbone and symmetry are pretty off in that last one, it all droops down to the left. It's a hard angle to draw the face from, but still. On a more postive note, i love the lightness of the pic in #376.
Hey man, a tip I have for drawing from imagination is to study Vilppu's constructive approach to figure drawing which is especially suited to it. Gesture based drawing is the primary method used by animators who of course work mostly from imagination while on the job. Vilppu's approach of gesture driven material isn't the only way of course, there are plenty of variations, all of which are great. Michael D. Mattesi's book Force: Dynamic Figure Drawing for Animators and Michael Hampton's book Figure Drawing: Design and Invention both utilize gesture driven approaches and are equally viable for drawing from imagination. I'm obviously not that great at it myself but I feel it could help if you want to get better at creating figures from imagination. Your imagination stuff isn't bad per se, it's just that to me, your observation stuff is noticeably better. Hope this helps you out in some way, good luck with your work.
Last edited by Sir Cam; June 25th, 2011 at 02:19 AM.
"Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours." -Richard Bach
Ryan Mcshane: Cool! I know your name now I definitely keep coming back to my traditional roots...I haven't done anything digital for a few months now... Will be nice to get the whole ball of wax rolling again!
p sage: Thanks! I really do go for the hardest thing possible with my imagination stuff... I tend to learn a lot when I push outside of my comfort zone... the down side is that it makes my imagination stuff too stiff... It's a result of my lack of training...
Delmar: Thanks man! I remember you from my way back on this site... I luv your digital style... nice and painterly.
kischi: Thanks man! I'm glad you like!
Lav: Thanks! I definitely like to mix it up!
walnut: Thanks SO MUCH! I wish everybody would call me out like that.. I REALLY appreciate honest critiques... they really help me grow..
Sir Cam: THANKS! Someone recommended those books recently, I think on this sketchbook... and I'm in the process of devouring them. I've been through the Vilppu course as well, should probably revisit it. It's ok, you can say it my imagination stuff IS bad.. I've struggled with it for a while now. I went to college to study fine art, and when I came out, I realized I wanted to do work in a more concept art/ illustration type of field.. so I felt a bit lost at sea...I made the mistake of forcing my learning instead of enjoying it... You don't need school for that, but it does take time to accumulate skill, so learn to love learning for learnings sake
3 hrs (imagination)
Last edited by Dark_Eyes; June 26th, 2011 at 04:19 AM.
omg! THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION!
15 min (observation) baby Noah... Uncle Colin got to babysit tonight.. I managed to capture his likeness in the first fifteen minutes, then he farted loudly and erupted into tears, lol.. poor little guy has some stomach problems.. the gas is really irritating him.. such a cutie...
Still doing great here! Glad to see you are still keeping up with this sketchbook. I did however notice something that bothered me a little in one of your latest drawings. The neck was WAY too long...I took the liberty of doing a little photoshopping to make it closer to how I think it should look (I hope you don't mind!). It is still off a bit, but maybe will give you a sense of the problem. If you take a mirror and position yourself like it you can see even better how elongated the neck was in the drawing, and how the positioning of the closest shoulder was also off, which only made the neck appear even longer. I also thought the distance from the ear to the face was a bit too much, so moved the face back a little...although this is really subtle and you probably can't even tell the difference
"Complacency is the womb of mediocrity. " -- Jason Manley
"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." -- Bruce Lee