I'm completely new here, nice to meet all of you!
About 1 week ago I decided to pull my finger out and really dedicate myself to learning to draw.
Actually, what follows is some background, so maybe just ignore it and jump beneath the hashed line, if you can be bothered reading at all.
Ever since I was a kid I've really wanted to be a good drawer... and animator. I love hand-drawn animation with all my heart, so naturally I've proceeded to become an ecology student.
Actually I love science too, but my biggest regret is having never had the dedication as a kid to learn to draw properly. I want to change that now. Not only do I want to draw, I want to teach myself how to animate. But baby steps, hey? All the good sources say that a good animator has a very solid foundation as a good draftsman, so that's the first thing I want to become. As bad as I want it, I plan to keep animation at an arm's length until my drawing skills are good enough for me to deserve it.
After I started drawing last week I poked around the internet a bit and one of the suggestions was to have a look here. I was directed towards the journey of MindCandyMan, and I was floored by how the community here reciprocated all his hard work to help him achieve what he did. And lord knows I need guidance; I'd be stoked if you guys are willing to help, if I can prove that I'll put in the hard yards.
Right now I'm 4 weeks away from end of year exams. That means that my ability to practice will be somewhat impeded by my need to study, but don't think I'm trying to make excuses. I'm still intending to spend as much time as I can drawing, and once my exams are up I plan to draw my fingers to the bone in the 3-4 months before my next year of uni starts. I'm also going to look out for some drawing classes to sign up for over that period.
What I probably don't have the time for until then is good, old fashioned reading and study. I have a bunch of books I plan to grind my way through (Bridgemans, some Loomis books, I'm looking for more on perspective and shading and tone though) once my exams are over.
Currently, my main practice is coming from life drawing and practing gesture drawing with 60 seconds on posemaniacs (to improve my hand-eye coordination, get a basic grasp of human form and proportion, get better at eyeballing things, etc).
But I'm no expert; I've no training at all, and have never, to this point, sat down and just drawn things. Maybe the odd doodle or two. I'd really appreciate any and every tip and criticism you can throw at me. I seriously want to learn proper... everything. I struggle with form, lighting and shadow, perspective, tone, shading (oh my god I can't shade), everything, and I want to fix that. I also don't know what kind of balance I should try and strike between drawing from imagination and life... I'd assumed that until I start hitting the books I should stick to life? I've also taken to drawing purely with lead pencil. I'd rather nail the fundamentals before moving on to colour, unless someone here tells me I should do otherwise. I do have a dusty graphics tablet stashed away in a corner.
Anyway, enough jibber jabber. I talk too much. I'll post from the very beginning, so there's about a week's worth of work up until now. I'll do my very best to get at least one proper drawing in every day, plus littler things (like my gestures and stuff), but nothing is guaranteed until my holidays. I will post everything that I draw, no matter what.
I'm just a sad, penniless student - I don't own a scanner, so I'm trying to make do with a camera to upload my pictures. This first batch has some fuzzy ones because I photographed my sketchbook at night and had to photograph with a low shutter speed. I'll do the rest during the day and hopefully there'll be no further issues.
In chronological order (I think they're all dated on the page...)
I think this is the pic with the spoon in it? That was a bastard. I had a lot of trouble separating the tone due to lighting from the reflection in the spoon. Dat metallic lusture, ugh.
My proportions and outline are off, but this was my attempt at practicing shading and values, and not very well. I still find this really hard.
I had trouble holding my hand in that position for so long, so this is a bit of a combination of a bunch of slightly different poses.
Please note that I will restrain myself from splooging WORDS all over my future posts.