The last time I was semi-active on this site was around 2009. Since then I've fallen in and out of drawing and my latest hiatus lasted around a year(with doodles and whatnot in between). Currently I'm employed as a designer and I've recently gotten "serious" about drawing again after realizing that design isn't my passion at all. Going forward I'll commit to a productive practice regimen starting with the fundamentals again. As for my goals, illustration is a skill I'm developing for the sake of developing it, and maybe someday I'll be lucky enough to make a living off of it.
For now here's some scans from my sketchbook this month:
Earlier this month, at a mammoth/mastodon exhibit at a local science museum. Pencil.
Mammoth skull, part of a huge full body replica. Really hurt my neck constantly looking up. Pencil.
Still life of petrified wood. Pen.
Still life of knife on ash tray. Pen. Unfortunately near the end I had reached the limits of my willpower and ended up half-assing the bottom of the ashtray. Would have been a great place for a break to revisit it later but I've now learned my lesson about that.
I'm going through seedling's great exercises outlined in this thread: http://www.conceptart.org/showthread.php?t=81332
The assignment above was to draw a landscape or an interior scene and add an imaginative element to it. Some anatomy work on the top too.
From seedling's thread, the assignment was to draw an object from life, and then based off of that drawing, do a new rendition of it changing it in some way. Pen.
Still lifes used to be fairly daunting to me so I'm glad I can approach them with confidence now and plow through them without giving up half way through. I should really slow down and spend more time observing and lightly building up my under-drawings though. My form is still questionable and drawing ornate textures really challenges me so I'm thinking I should work on some simpler objects under more controlled lighting.
How to even begin learning anatomy still eludes me, but for now I'll memorize some of the major muscles part by part and do equal amounts of drawing from anatomical illustrations, photographs, life, and imagination. If you know of a good approach to beginning anatomy I'd greatly appreciate you sharing it!
The weather in Colorado keeps on getting better these days so I'll be out and sketching in the sun soon here! Woo!