Hello everyone !
So yeah, I'm new around here.
My Name is Felix, aka Xelar, a 17 year old from Germany.
I remember visiting this site about 5 years ago and being awestruck by the skill and creativity in this community.
I have had a tablet for about 4 years now but I didn't really start taking art seriously until late 2008 when I got an email asking if I would want to illustrate cards for a fantasy trading card game. I have already sold over 60 illustrations and I decided that I want to pursue art as my career.
However my artistic skills are terribly lacking in certain areas. I feel very confident when choosing colors and and compositions but my knowledge of human anatomy is , well, limited.
When I use references it's not an issue but when I don't my figures not only all look the same but also all are terribly flawed.
Since I'm now on my summer break I'll try to invest as much time into drawing as possible. I will probably do anatomy studies, 30 sec poses etc.
I also bought "Drawing on the right side of the brain" and "The artist's complete guide to figure drawing" and borrowed "Color and Light" and "Imaginative Realism" from a friend to help me out.
btw If you want to see some of my finished works
Thanks in advance for critiques and advice or recommendations !
I deleted the first few pictures. I couldn't figure out how to change the icon without reuploading all of the old pictures and that's just too much work
Thx a lot
As I said drawing with photo reference is not an issue for me given enough time.
I started doing quick poses from lovecastle and its so damn hard ;_;
I'm so slow -.-
Right now I dont really have any great sources for learning anatomy outside of
quick poses. I'll have to dig up my loomis pdfs but if anyone knows a good site, author etc. pls let me know!
1: first one is a selfportait (mirror as reference), second one is a random chick
with the same lighting, 3rd is my hand
2+3: quick poses from lovecastle... they looked better on paper ....
4:random doodle in PS
Good sketchbook start, Xelar. Keep up the sketching from references and make sure you keep up with drawing from imagination to constantly assess what you learn. Life drawing will help more than Loomis with drawing figures at the moment too.
I say you're onto a good start. Those portrait studies show a good understanding of form, definitely keep them up.
I'd love to see you handle bodies the same way you do with faces, you show a nice way of shading.
Also, liking the colours on the last landscape.
Nothing really very constructive I can say. Just keep going.
I noticed how much I suck at painting hands and feet so here we go
Sometimes its a little embarrassing too look at my pencil sketches since
I have been working commercially for quite some time.
Photoshop sketch took like 10 mins and looks nice without me even trying all that hard and I can't even manage to draw feet properly with reference in double the time -.-
Those shaded bodies don't look bad at all, and I can sympathise that the extra time it takes is frustrating, but it's definitely worth it in the long run. You always have to remind yourself that sometimes sacrificing quantity can sometimes help you retain what you're learning better.
Anyways, I'm loving the colours in those landscapes, definitely hope you keep them up, and the occaisional well-shaded body too.
Keep up the good work
I started doing poses from posemaniacs (2nd page) and it feels so much better
than the ones from lovecastle(atleast for male figures)
I feel kinda bleh about the colors in the photoshop doodle though :/
Maybe I should start referencing for those
I find myself having a lot of difficulties with hands.
When working on bodies I usually start out at the waist/hips and have a good basis to start with. When painting hands I dont know where to start and end up with a horrible mess. Any tips?
Hey Xelar, another fellow from Germany.
It's very impressive that you have sold illustrations already being this young.
It's good to see that you are not satisfied with this alone and want to push your skills further, away from human photocopiers to teh real skill0rz
I can recommend Vilppu's drawing manual for figure drawing when it comes to full body. It is very good for creating dynamic and flowing lines, slowly constructing the body. If you have the money, you could get Gottfried Bamme's "Die Gestalt des Menschen", which is some 80€. Cheap alternative is "human figure" by David Rubens. Many prefer Rubins over Bammes. Rubins is a very tight anatomy book, showing all muscles in detail. To understand the human body as boxes, cylinders and basic shapes, I can recommend George Bridgman's "The Human Machine" or alternatively "Complete guide for drawing from life". As for your hand problem, check out his book on hands: http://www.amazon.de/Book-Hundred-Ha...ef=pd_sim_eb_4
And always try to draw from life, draw your own hand, study it closely and how it looks in its real 3d form, not just the 5 sausages on a stick that you think you see.
Thx for all the recommendations !
Vilppu's drawing manual for figure drawing looks kickass.
I dont really like Bridgmans style to be honest, though - too rough and "scratchy" for me.
Ill probably get the free pdf versions for them since I'm way too closefisted to buy the real thing.
I really liked the pose I did in the first page so I decided to use it for a Miss Fortune (from League of Legends) fanart sketch.
Not sure if Im gonna continue working on that fanart.
Im still working on my hand problem and I think its going places now.
The last one is a quick face from imagination - Colors are ok but the jaw is kinda wonky