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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a 17 year old high school student. I really need to make a lot of improvements in my work so I figured I would join this site and make a sketchbook that I will post drawings in on a daily basis. So constructive criticism is more than welcomed! Though I'm not going to lie, it makes me feel kind of nervous being on a website filled with so many wonderful artists but I shall try my best to improve and not give up!
So I'm going to start this sketchbook thing off with some studies. (sorry if the images or too large!)
homgeh dat title LOL.
welcome to CA! i'm a newbie too but i definitely know what you mean, this site can be rather intimidating at times. ;u;
awesome start and studies. i like how you painted the pears! keep posting daily c:
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don't be nervous and just paint, draw, study and post! I know exactly what you are talking about...It took a lot of time to finally start my sketchbook as well... There are so many awesome artists here that one might think "wow...I just have no chance compared to them!" and that might be true... But actually it doesn't matter. The only thing matters is: how much you do for your personal skill and how much you learn and improve. Especially during the first periods of the learning time. And for that purpose sketchbooks like the ones here are perfect! After a while you will become better and better and maybe someday you will be one of the awesome artists on this site so don't be shy and just try to keep it up. That's actually what I am trying to do as well. It's really motivating to try to keep updating your sketchbook. And after a while one will be able to (maybe) see some improvement over the last few pages...
another thing I would like to say: keep in mind how young you are. You are 17 years old. There is a saying: "one needs 7 years for learning every subject on a proffessional skill-level". And others say you need 10 000 hours of study for becoming a skilled artist...and a big part of all that work is studying the basics. So if you do all of that now, you will not have to deal whith it later. Of course you will always do studies and improve more and more, but only the first part of that long path is the "boring basics" and after that you will use your awesome projects for improving and learning new stuff. so use this very nice opportunity and work hard on your skills. If you do so, you will be on a very high level by the time you are 20. I promise that!
long story short: just do it!
Your studies are really nice, so I don't think that you need to change anything (as far as I can tell from the first few images) . The head of the last body (on the right side) is a bit too small, but that's not a big deal if you continue studying.... Try to keep a balance between pure studies and the implementation of what you learn through them. On that way you won't forget the new stuff. Just try to do some sketches after a while of studying and try to use your imagination and the studied basics.
i am sure you already heard of andrew loomis and all the other awesome people who created very nice books dealing with all of the basics you will ever need. There are also a lot of websites, where you can study from special nude-photography.
I hope I could help a bit
Feel free to visit my sketchbook and give me some advice!
Thank you! I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way haha ; u ;
I will try my best to update this daily!
Thank you! I shall follow your advice and make sure to keep a balance between studies and pieces of artwork. Also thanks for the book advice! I really hope I can see some progress within the next couple of years c:
Here are some 45 sec gesture drawings I did as a quick warm up
So I'm currently trying to draw little Marceline from Adventure Time because that episode from Monday made me want to cry omg ; o ;
This is what I have so far. It's really sketchy sorry haha I don't really know how I would draw like an overall dress from this angle. ( @ A @ )
And I'll post some more studies and gesture drawings later when I have time to scan stuff from my notebook haha
something im working on that i will probably never finish haha
also i get a week off for thanksgiving break which means i can go into super mega artist mode and draw everyday until my hand falls off because i really want to improve and i feel like i haven't been doing enough studies, practices, and actual pieces of art lately because of my crazy school schedule ( o n o ) so expect more art from me soon on here!
Good seeing studies in here. I'd suggest looking up artists like bridgman, loomis, hogarth, vilppu
if you don't know them already, and studying after them as well.
So far, I can't really tell what are your strong points and which are your weaker ones, keep posting!
AHhhh! I did not know you joined cA at all! Hello there! Big fan of your stuff (I've been following you for more than a year) and it's nice to see you here! I'd like to see you work on body diversity, though! It seems like all your forms are the 'picture perfect' and i think it would be beneficial to work with bodies that are bigger or skinnier or not hour glassed!
Hey, welcome to CA! I +1 the mention of Vilppu. His figure drawing instruction is incredible, especially if you can nab some of his DVD's and not just the book. I would also suggest starting perspective drawing training as it is one of the more in depth and time consuming tools you'll need to have in your belt. And you're just 17 so there's PLENTY of time to get really good at this stuff. Most of us are starting out much later or have started much later so don't feel pressured or rushed to become amazing over night. Take your time and enjoy your stay in the forums!
I will make sure to look into Vilppu's stuff! :o Also how would I do perspective drawing training? Like what helpful tools and resources do you know of that could help? Sorry if it sounds like a silly question haha
I know ugh I just feel bad because when I first started drawing I never really focused on learning the basics and just kind of jumped into stylization, but I'm really glad I joined this site because everyone is so helpful here!