Update 18: Portrait Study
Hard round brush only, hair isn't my strong point..
Made it to page 2!
At that point, I usually put it down and go back to it later.
One of my goals is to make every line the most beautiful line I can, every drawing the best I can do. When I remember that, it usually recharges me on those long pieces.
Nice master studies.
Hey I meant to drop by sooner, thanks again for passing by my sketchbook, I really appreciate it. What I like about you digital paintings is the little renaissance-y look most of them have. Smooth values transition, it's like... soft but firm at the same time, haha does that make sense? Love how you do the eyes. Studies look nice too, can't wait to see more!
SKETCHBOOK! IT'S FULL OF HOT RUSSIAN GIRLS WHO WANT TO MEET YOU AND WEIGHT LOSS/TEETH WHITENING SECRETS DISCOVERED BY A NEBRASKA MOM WITH NO ARMS!
Quick sketches from ref + life drawing, time to work on my major weaknesses, that means EVERYTHING!
Starting tomorrow I'm going to have daily updates for 1 week and see how I go from there, figured it might help motivate me to work harder, perhaps it might be worth setting weekly challenges for a bit of variety.
monstertree: It's so true, I feel like I learn something with every stroke when copying the masters, it's a great exercise indeed, thanks for the support!
p sage: That's a good way to see it, thanks P sage!
Robodrey: Thanks so much, you're too kind.. I understand what you mean by soft yet hard, I try to avoid using the airbrush when I paint in photoshop, I think the image comes out crisper that way, thanks for stopping by!
Last edited by Invalid User; September 7th, 2011 at 08:42 AM.
Hey, you have a good sketchbook. Always love to so many studies in a sketchbook, but sometimes you might want to try something from imagination. It is important to see whether you retain what you've learned from all those studies. It's a good reality check.
Having said that, you should keep studying. It helps build that critical visual library. Also, I think master study is a good idea, but don't just make it a rendering exercise. It's pointless learning only the surface of what constitutes a master's work.
That was verbose. Anyway, I wish you best of luck with your sketchbook. Keep updating!
A few things from ref + some 60 second poses, I think I'm going to make a habit of posting those quick poses.
Vritra: Thanks! I think I want to study anatomy a little longer before I post some stuff from imagination, I feel as though I'm retaining some of the knowledge though, I think some studies of the human skull and it's structure might be a good idea then, thanks for the tips, I appreciate it.
Actually, I told you that because I fell down that slippery slope myself. I studied for so long, and found such comfort in drawing from a visual reference, that I became far too dependent on studies. When I tried to draw from imagination, I found that I couldn't come up with a single thing! I had been too concerned with how many studies I was doing rather than how I should be doing studies. The critical element was gone, and I had forgotten to build a visual library.
I also later read advice from Jason Manley, who was suggesting an user to do more works from imagination. No matter how many controversies Mr. Manley finds himself involved in, I still respect his art, and approach. However, if you feel that you need more studies as an artist, in the end, no one is a better judge of what you should be doing. Best of luck, and keep updating. And if you don't mind, I'll drop by again.
Vritra makes a great point.
More and more I'm discovering that as long as your shapes read, it doesn't matter whether or not you reffed them from life. You can create very convincing drawings from imagination. David Finch says that he rarely uses ref if at all.
If your purpose is to do portraits for sitters, however, you may want to carry on trying to sharpen your observational skills.
However! Drawing from life, you can practice seeing the 3D shapes that make things read (which is the stage I'm at now...) Bridgman is great for this, too. All his drawings have 3D shapes hidden inside them. Actually, so do drawings from most masters.
But yeah... if your plan is to do your own imaginative work, you should be doing that now... even if you don't share it. Plus, it gets you hyper-motivated
Sadly I have to attend a social event tonight so my drawing time has been limited greatly, here are a few things I managed to do anyway.
Vritra: Your knowledge is proving to be invaluable, thanks again, i'll take what you've said and try and implement it into my daily routine, I appreciate the support, you're always welcome around here.
p sage: You both make valid points, I'm always open to others suggestions/oppinions. I'm not entirely sure where I want to take my art but I find myself gravitating towards fine art. thanks again for the handy info and ongoing support, it helps keep me motivated.
Hey nice studies, love that chrome thingy. I'm always amazed by material studies haha. Btw think it'll do you good to do some quicks gesture drawings, maybe about 30s to 1 min each. They do help a lot with proportions, flow and basically the gesture of the figure. Keep it up!
top - 60 second
bottom - 30 second "gestures"
Vritra: Cheers! thanks for pointing that out, I tried to follow suit with the top poses in this post.
p sage: Thanks, I agree looking back on the old ones, no worries, glad I could finally help!
yongs: Thanks, the study was a lot of fun haha, thanks for the suggestion, I gave it a shot, not entirely sure how to draw gestures though, they close enough?
The update on post #49 is very difficult to make out because of the high exposure of light. Post #50 is looking good, but if you've been digitally flipping faces, I'd discourage it at this earlier stage. Nothing like drawing it twice, especially from different angles.
Keep the updates coming.
Well today marks the seventh and final day of my daily update challenge (for 1 week: good to start small I guess)
I might start another one on Monday, perhaps i'll choose a theme this time though.
Just a character from imagination, had visitors tonight so this was all I could come up with..
Last edited by Invalid User; September 9th, 2011 at 07:27 AM.
Watch the proportions; don't let yourself off the hook.
Check kingkostas' thread for inspiration. That guy is relentless in pursuit of finding a way to get proportions. He has a great hold on them now.