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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Working on the basics.. line.. negative spaces.. relationships..
all done with HB pencil or biro from photographs
between 5 and 15 mins per page.
Last edited by karma0zero; April 28th, 2008 at 05:34 AM.
2 more, posting at near original size to show all the mistakes.. i know, i know, it was a mistake to ever start drawing.
Last edited by karma0zero; May 17th, 2005 at 10:20 PM.
Last edited by karma0zero; May 17th, 2005 at 10:28 PM.
don't put yourself down.. keep on drawing but do it with a purpose, try to have a goal in mind everytime you pick up a pencil, you might want to spend half an hour drawing the eye for example and try to really see what the eyes look like instead of what you think it should look like (i.e an almond shape).
learn the proportions of the body and face by picking up an anatomy book or simply take your pencil or a ruler and measure photos or magazines. you'll see patterns starting to develop..
Check out some of the tutorials on this site or some of these
how to draw lips
drawing the nose
drawing the eyes
what not to do (you might recognize some of your drawings here)
Drawing the head by Ron Lemer, a modern master IMHO
Drawing hands by Ron Lemer
Good luck with your drawings
charcoalartist - thanks for the advice, your right about the eyes, all mine look the same almond shape.. i'm starting to check proportions and use guidance lines.. i'll check the links, thanks.
Last edited by karma0zero; May 28th, 2005 at 04:57 PM.
SirGreenSock - thanks for the encouragement, i've seen a small improvement but not as much as i would like, i've still got about 40 more pages to post before i get upto date.
char is totally right - practice the contruction and layout of the head in perspective (don't bother with vanishing points, I just mean wrapping the features around the form of the head). He gave you some excellent links, also check out the Loomis books online (saveloomis.org). Look at Gabo's sbook - when he's trying to understand a form, he'll fill pages with little pages of studies for it. They don't have to look good, and in fact probably won't, but I think that's where you'll see the most improvement immediately.
Also, one thing about facial features in particular: they almost always look better if you don't close all the lines. Take the lips, for instance - you only need one line between them maybe, and some slight hints of lines above and below, to indicate lips convincingly. Same goes for the eyes - as soon as you completely close the line around them, they look bad. Check other artists or books like Loomis for examples of how to indicate the features with line.
Don't get discouraged, either, and try not to speak negatively about your work when posting it - every bad drawing brings you that much closer to what you really hope to draw.
jkior - thanks for the advice, i've been trying to use line to suggest features, but it never seems to look right when i try it, it's very tempting to want to draw like the all of the lips.
monday i did sketches of my hand for the second, i think there was a little improvement, i guess i'm impaitent, only a few weeks ago, i couldn't draw a hand at alll.
Last edited by karma0zero; May 11th, 2005 at 08:52 PM.
in the first month of drawing i did 14 pages, and the last month i did 40.
Last edited by karma0zero; May 7th, 2005 at 06:03 AM.
looking at all the drawings i've done, they all look really bad.
Last edited by karma0zero; April 23rd, 2005 at 12:45 PM.
my best yet? i think so..
biro, like how this turned out.
Last edited by karma0zero; May 7th, 2005 at 05:50 AM.
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2 months worth of drawing now posted.
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my first go at drawing my hand
Last edited by karma0zero; May 7th, 2005 at 05:53 AM.
concept art sketches, done 22/2/05
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got over 30 pages still to post, when i get time to scan them. more old stuff to be removed, just leave some to show progression or lack of it. now been drawing for almost 3 months, still not much progress, my lines are too bitty, need more flow. at least getting better at hands.
Last edited by karma0zero; May 7th, 2005 at 06:08 AM.
a quick doodle in oil pastel
you have improved a lot. When you draw your hand dont look at the paper very much that way you will draw what you see rather than your minds image of the hand.
If i shoot the J then its "Good"
please hit up the SKETCHBOOK
willpaxton - thankyou, i'm spending much more time looking at what i'm drawing now, i've realised drawing well is as much about observation as about actually drawing.
now i've been drawing regulary for 3 months.
study of my hand
understanding how to draw the head
more of my hand in biro
study of a apple
can you tell it's the new Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston?
really paid attention when doing those lips at top left, think it shows, took 30 mins.
i was a teenage ratboy
Last edited by karma0zero; May 7th, 2005 at 06:09 AM.
You've improved a lot! I especially enjoyed your hand-studies.
About your last colored-stuff, the lighting is really confusing. Pick a source for your light, and try to imagine the shades from it. The shade/lighting will show the forms better. Try to go black 'n white/greyscale to help you see the values better.
Keep up the good work!
dCepT - thanks, i surprised myself how well the hands looked. about the coloured stuff, i assume you mean the rat, i was just messing around trying it out when i was resizing it, seeing how much of a difference adding colour would make, i want to concentrate on drawing untill i'm better, then work more on colour.
Dellie - thank you, yep, i need to work on everything, especially perspective.
starting with perspective
all fibre/drawing pen
understanding structure of body
Last edited by karma0zero; May 7th, 2005 at 06:00 AM.
A3 oil pastel
start of new sketchbook
Aloha. I just wanted to let you know that I'm impressed by your determination. It's heartwarming to see how you've been drawing so much already. There's definitely signs of development shown in your lines and faces and hands! Keep the pen in your hand and never stop. I'll look forward to see more from you.