Getting a bit more into a consistent drawing/sketching routine now.
Figured I'd sketch an update of Close up Bob Face since its been a month or so since I started drawing them. Still constantly changing things on them and almost call my characters...just not happy enough with any of them yet.
Bob Head 2-9-13 resized by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
So, my Drawing II professor's insistence on using construction for still lifes has finally made its way into other things.
It took longer to get my scanner working than it did to do this...
Im still super pissed at the scanner for cutting the bottom of te feet off. I'll rescan it later, with whole feet.
Bob Standing 2-13-13 resized by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Hey there. I'm really impressed with the amount of progress, in particular there was a pretty big leap in one year in the earlier pages. It's also great that you're pushing through the drawings despite school and health and all that, that's very inspiring.
I think, at this point, that there's no problem with simply keeping on as you're doing, but in my own opinion the way you are going to see fastest experience and improvement is to take a pause for a bit and identify your endpoint. Do you want to be a professional at art or is it mainly a hobby? There is no right or wrong answer, but if your answer is the first, then I think you should start exposing yourself to a wider range of styles. Pick up some 'Art of' books, especially from Pixar and Dreamworks, start looking at other cartoonists' blogs, start creating a folder either on your computer or a literal binder and save all images you find that really inspire you. You have great potential, but I think to improve faster you need to get out there and see what else exists. Please don't take this the wrong way, there is absolutely nothing wrong with drawing cat people, but again, if it is a hobby, draw away! If you desire to become a professional at character animation or design, then you need to broaden your horizons.
That said, again, you do have a TON of potential. Keep drawing and great work!
^ What he said.
"Observing the world around me"
Nice progress here. I like your last few figure/character drawings, keep on working hard!
art is never finished, only abandoned~Leonardo da Vinci
Thank you. And yup, no offense taken, I really do need to draw more types of characters than the people + animal bits. I'd really like one day to do this as a professional and have grabbed a bunch of print outs of various artists.(No Money to get the actual art books) Moebius, Frank Frazetta, Alessandro Barbucci, Barbara Canepa, Joe Madureira and it the list goes on. I am just largely failing to break from this hyper-focus (Largely because I start writing stories form them in my head non-stop) that gets me stuck on drawing the same character over and over. The only time I seem to break outta that is when doing designs for my friends. But I think your post has given me an idea on treating this habit of mine.
Imma go buy a buncha' binders and label them via genre/theme (Sci-Fi, Pulp, Fantasy, etc) and try my best to do a new design for the each one every week!
Thank You Again.
Here are two of the things I did a couple days ago for my Pen and Paper RPG Group. Usually I just give them away before scanning them.
Jack by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Woosly by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Stuff doodled out this week before and after classes. Trying to not draw many catfolks.
Gonna work on expanding variety and looking at more artists tomorrow.
Bob Turn (Resized) by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Newton (Resized) by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Yo! by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Talking Heads by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Slow Brain Day. Could only get out this one Sketch Tonight. Friend from the Europa got me a Wakfu Artbook. So I stole and Nose and other things from it.
Page Fit on the Scanner, but it still kept o cutting off half of the arm.
Hob NPCs for a Changeling game I am in. Drawing out all the NPCs I can for the ST. Haven't gotten to the Chariot Whip-Scorpion Pulled along by Bunnies...or Spider-Horse...
Sailor and Cookie by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
While I do agree with the other posters regarding your paltry amount of technical studies; it seems that you have some decent color sense.
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BoB 1 by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Woosley 1 by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Iggy 1 by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Ethan 1 by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Random Poses 1 by Mental-Mouse, on Flickr
Scanner Royally Fucked Up Some of The Scans. Making Them Far too dark but took so long to get them scanned in the first place I didn't really bother correcting things.
You're doing well after seven years of not drawing. Just don't quit again. I also went through the process of getting back into the game after quitting for a few years... all I can say is that with time and practice you will improve. Lots of observational studies and reading will really help. Good luck with your art!
Thankies, I've been trying to push myself.
Trying to make a local, weekly figure drawing meet up, though as its quiet a drive and I have little gas, I cannot make it often at all.
The faces look awesome, I hope you can get back to drawing on a regular basis.