The gesture studies are looking fantastic. Keep updating.
Saturday's pose is gorgeous, keep it up!
Loving the gesture studies man , your pencil rendering is sweet too!
A rut, maybe? Is that what this is? Dunno. Felt very lazy this week. Anyone else feel that way? Seems it's the same old studies this week. I'm still picking up knowledge by doing them, but I didn't stretch much.
Strangely enough, once I decided to sit down and get the upload stuff ready for this post, I felt better. I thought "I can't wait to finish so I can go draw something."
That means--I'm putting too much pressure into this 'update' stuff. I gotta just chill on that... stop worrying about having something to upload (or a quota) and just relax. Don't know why I even got that way.
Anywho... here's this week's
Wednesday... I decided to change up everything; where I set up, how I set up, the type of paper, etc... even brought my own easel. Turns out our little group had 16 artists(!) there when we only have space for about 10. Still I think I was able to do a little better this week. Three short poses followed by a long pose.
This paper is interesting; very "heavy duty"... hard as asphalt, almost. It forces you to simplify your value choices
Thursday (again, my fav night) saw a reprise of Jannicke (because she did so well)... a few goods, a few knobs in there. Most are about 3-4 minutes, a couple are 10/15/20 or thereabouts.
The following one has her likeness... and the overall feeling. I liked it.
Saturday. Nothing much new. Same pebbly/hard paper
And some craep
Hope to stop being lazy this week... maybe less self-applied pressure.
Ricardo Thank you; lo hare!
Kerah Well you and Jephyr are kicking my nards in the Jester department currently Gotta catch up to you two savants. There's a reason why I wanted to be in a group with both of ya
Nettle_Mountain Hehe... hope to learn something from you.
Silwynar Thanx :]
Jephyr Thanks group-mate!
Kungfoowiz Haha! Cheers!
Black Spot Cheers, glad you think so.
Marian Seems we're of the same mind in a lot of things. It's interesting to find mentors in your own circles-of-influence. Thanks!
Flaskpost Hah! Tack! Yep, Bridgman does talk about doing wooden block mannequins of your own.
Eightball_ Thank you.
prsnsweeney Heh thanks pr. Cristina is Black Delphin from these here forums. She keeps telling me I draw heads too big I'm kind of being an ass with her about it
HunterKiller_ Thanks for the critique, and you're absolutely right. I think the way I lay down value must be changed. I need to make sure the pencil I have is sharpened correctly, because even when I do the long-lead sharpen, there are often really pointy edges on it, which come off as lines instead of smooth blocks of tone. This shows up especially when I use textured paper.
I'll need to work hard at that, for sure. And also I need to define the forms a bit better before jumping into rendering. I am finding good proportions now; just have to be a bit more patient.
yongs Haha... hope what I'm sharing isn't B.S. Thanks
Vritra Thank you!
lohes, Vodus Thanks guys!
SMILEFACE XD!!! Thanx buddy!!
Hey Sage good to read you self healing yourself before you blow a gasket! It is so easy to put pressure on yourself when you really want to progress and perhaps not feel you've worked hard enough. I was pleased to read you changed things up a bit for yourself as this is a great way to stop it happening, also of course listening to us who can more subjectively see the great progress you are making. You are doing more and progress further than you realise.
You're so very economical on your line usage. The opposite of me, lol. Very smooth and elegant. Beautiful. I've been trying to get 4-6 hours of drawing a day, but the job...it drains me mentally. Tell me, do you ever NOT want to draw but you just do it anyways? I struggle with that.
How do you call yourself lazy with such a huge update? Maybe it's not as big as you want it to be, but it's pretty big anyway. I know, you probably would like to see more things you created yourself and not just did as "studies", but hey, some weeks are filled with procrastination while some are filled with hyperactive creative energy
Just need to have creative energy weeks more often!
I have nothing more to add, so I'll skip to drawing!
hahah ah i see, man your lines are improving so much, in the last life drawing session the lines are strong and confident and hold alot of information. I think right now your weakness would be in your shading and rendering i think sometimes you. When you keep it simple in the shorter drawings your shadding looks good but in the longer ones it tends to break down a little but i cant quit put my finger on why
great stuff man. mucho fine loose figure drawings.
i can recommend two books called Drawn to life, by walt stanchfield, they´re fantastic,
look them up!
they contain great info on gesture and drawing in general, as well as stories and great texts on mindset and inspiration etc.
I really like those quick poses. Also the figures made on this hard paper look very good. The values look very nice on them. I feel the same way of sometimes having this pressure of some sorts of updating here. And it feels the updating always tooks so long and you would just rather be drawing that time too. Anyways good job as always!
nice to see you improving!!
your lines and anatomy are coming along well, you're getting some real swoosh into your drawings
really like your signature link to "drawing on the right side of the brain" too, it sums it up nicely. i still think it's a good book, but definitely dangerous in the wrong hands or if read in isolation
The life drawing schtuffesses is looking good as usual! Especially since you had some foreshortening challenges in those poses...always had to pull off IMHO.
That paper on the last one was very textured but I kinda like the effect.
Keep 'em coming!
always inspiering to see a hard worker, lines in the life drawings are quite beautiful and they just keep getting better and better, keep it up!
He another victim of the "uploading pressure", you're making very sweet studies, don't forget the whole relaxing thing that drawing is, feeling the paper or canvas, watching the beauty of nature, your studies are strong, you have a good sense for capturing a subject pose, so keep it cool keep loving art and don't wory about the uploading.
Btw I read stuff on your blog, it's very very interesting (the article about realism is very interesting and quite close to what happens nowadays i think)
Nice progress on the random sketches from the imagination. Your previous characters had more sausage-like-limbs quality and I now see more bone structure and perspective coming through.
I'm not much of fan of "heavy duty" textured paper. It's like drawing on sand paper and makes all your pencil/pastels feel like two grades softer because they rub off quicker.
Make a sketchbook happy, feed it a tip to improve!
Hope the attachments don't die..
I think the due date for the Jester is almost here... I seem to recall Jephyr saying something about "October". Woo hoo! I got one more week
Hope this stuff doesn't bore you guys... having to comment on my studies. AlexTooth comes in and says "Yeah! Uh, great... stuff" that one time... I had to laugh.
In general, I'm going to get a little more time now to do some digis and get some color and creative stuff up in this byotch
I think the my issues from last week are done... the lesson for this week is that my subconscious mind hates to fail, and so when it comes time to "fail" at drawing (which is necessary) it throws all kinds of procrastination, laziness, excuses, etc at my feet.
It's not something I'm immediately conscious of (well... obviously) so the point is to recognize when my mind is trying to sabotage me (and make me lazy, procrastinate, etc) and then head back at the work with full force.
I have to fail. I need to fail. Fail is good. It's GOOOOD. Must fail.
I think that's the summary; I have reached the point in several areas where failure is necessary, and my subconscious is resisting. Too bad, Mr. Sub. It's time for the "conscious" to take over.
Decided to do more varying studies... another attempt at a master copy... this time Daumier. The main angle is a bit off, and there are other inaccuracies. Important learnings were more about laying down large shapes, etc...
Mine on the left, original on the right
Wednesday's drawings are getting better. I'm trying to be more refined with my value choices... also not using that hard-ass paper anymore
Sad news about Thursday. Thursday nights are hosted at the University's art building. This requires usage of some school property; and sometimes there are "important little people" in that process who feel like their authority is stepped on when they don't have full control of the classes. The class was started by a former student and prominent artist; but he was no longer there.
Long story short, someone with "power" decided to put the kibosh on Thursdays... so no more short pose Thursday. Have to find a replacement now.
Alex Eh Thank ya!
Marian Cheers Marian, much appreciated. Your support I value highly. Keep working hard in your world, too. You're doing very well.
Flanagan Yeah man... sometimes your body likes to sabotage you.... I do a couple of things. First, I like to just get a scribbly sketchbook that I don't show anyone. Sometimes maybe, but I put all kinds of the weird shit in there that doesn't make sense to anyone but me. That keeps me going. The second thing is something I realized this week... I realized that failure is something my body physically resists. Failure at art... failure at anything. I have to work to adjust to that, and to take control and make sure I fail at something during the day. The surest way of doing that is to take on an extremely difficult study, or a master copy, or something else I'm sure is going to kick my ass. My hope is that after a bit, my subconscious will either give up sabotaging me, or I'll just get so much momentum going, that it won't matter.
Cheers man, thanks for the visit.
Kerah You lookin' at my heug update? Thanks bud. Will do.
Aragah Well, thank you
Fallenangel Awesome to have your visit... you're going places with your stuff. Thanks.
prsnsweeney You're absolutely right, Mr. Sweeny. Values I understand; it's the application of the values with my ham-fist. Must use a much more refined touch, I think. Thanks for the crit!
Flaskpost Mi Svedish compadre! I do have those books; I haven't perused them in a while... I'll go back to 'em. Thanks!
AlexTooth Thanks bud. I know this shit bores you So I'll try to create something as awesome as your skull stuff (nope; I will fail at that but will fail swinging )
Kungfoowiz Thanks thanks!
monstertree Thank you... kind of you to say.
Satupeikko Yep; the pressure model is absolutely the wrong way to go about it, though, isn't it? Thank you for your kind words.
NeonDuck Haha! Yeah, that book caused me some turbulence once upon a time. Hope the link helps someone Thank you for your comments.
Jephyr Cheers, mister!
snatti Wow, thank you buddy. I'm flattered to have your comments in my book. Keep kicking ass in yours, btw.
Feil Magnus Hey thank you, man. My blog is a vain-glorious thing for my own vain mind game Glad you enjoyed that. And particularly, thank you for your words on my work. Certainly heartening to hear that.
Pigeonkill You don't like sausages? Hehe... thanks man. I know you try all kinds of stuff. I've come to the same conclusion... unless you're doing a quick study with really large sticks (pastels/charcoal/etc) that paper is really too difficult to deal with. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to be refined on it, though.
Vritra No worries, man. You're doing really well. You're one of the guys that "gets it" about the work ethic. I think you'll go as far as you want to with your work. Cheers on the comments about mine; I still have about 98, 500 miles of the 100,000 to go though.
Great linjework on your life drawings, very clean and deliberate! That's what I like to see! And great anatomy studies, very nicely rendered with the pencil and well detailed! Keep it up, man!
btw, your avatar keep confusing the hell out of me... ?_?
Fall down to your knees as you fail, but do stand up with renewed strength! Don't get stuck on one level of proficiency, take a bit of risk and move up!
The master copy is great, and I completely love how you worked on this study - http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1319429900
The other life studies are perhaps worth commenting on with one word - Great!
I'll see how a week can tweak your creativity and priorities!
Your gestures rock! You've captured so much with so little line usage. It appears you've mastered that. I'm glad you stated you will soon spice up your sketchbook with some more creative pieces. I can't wait to see all you convey all your knowledge through imaginative pieces. On some of your more rendered drawings it seems like you can push the darker values a bit more. Good stuff.
Dude, your life drawings are looking excellent! Keep it up!