I've been teaching myself to draw for about six years, and I'm applying for a graphic design program.
I enjoy drawing human figures, but I am working on trying to draw perspective pieces and other things besides. My other interest is in comic art, so I figure that I ought to be able to draw just about anything under the sun.
I'm a bit nervous regarding feedback, but I am hoping your feedback will also help me to get better as I progress through art school. I'd like to work for Pixar someday, so I know I have a LONG way to go. I'll give it my best shot.
Anyway, here a few examples of my work.
On another note, is there a simpler way of uploading images? It is irritating and time consuming having to enter category, copyright, subcategory, favorite color, radius of earth, etc for every image I upload. I couldn't find the attachment manager...Thank you for your help.
Last edited by FerrousCranium; September 21st, 2010 at 12:35 AM.
Though, I need to actually work on painting--so I'll be making a painted version of my self-portrait (cheap, but it's just a study) sometime...maybe tomorrow. I'm trying really hard to draw every day, and to keep myself motivated. I was particularly happy to discover Posemaniacs.com, because it allowed me to practice anatomy in greater detail and with greater freedom; now it's part of my daily routine.
Okay, I've not done a lot of sketch practice so far (think I will later, though), but I've worked a bit on my self-portrait. It's a work in progress, but it's proven to be a good color study since I've been able to focus on each part in detail.
Nothing is quite finished yet (especially the lips and hair), but it's coming!
Here is a negative figure study I did.
WOW these were tough. I probably spent around three to five minutes on each--so I'll be practicing more of these in the future, until I get to the point that I can do these well in thirty seconds.
I did this one in photoshop this time--just for computer convenience--but next time I'll do it on paper and take a picture. When I get back to my apartment, I'll have a better scanner available, so please bear with me.
Yay! The 30-second tool on Posemaniacs.com only appears to be malfunctioning--but it's just the first few poses that don't appear. After that, it's fine! So, I did some 30-second gestures. I've been working on space management a bit better, but there were still a few gestures that went off the page...just an old habit I'm slowly beating.
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Hi! Nice stuff you have so far, I like the WIP of the self portrait. SP's are a great way to learn faces, colors and stuff I think! A tip is to do a bunch of value studies aswell. Like greyscale from photos and also do some self portraits in greyscale too.
Keep up the good work!
Later today, I'll post a value study of a wrench--and I think I'll do a color study tomorrow, instead. Maybe I should make that a routine? Better to do a value study first, then to do a color study? What do you think?
Anyway, this is what I've done so far this morning. I tried to fit in four poses in forty-five minutes, but I didn't make it quite that far. I knew when I started my 30 second gestures that I was starting off the day a bit awkward (compared to yesterday!)--so I'm expecting to redo these later. The features are definitely off in places, and even though it is a muscle study it ought to have better value contrast. I guess I made quick notes more than anything else....
Oh, and I worked some more on my self-portrait. A few things need revision, like the eyes, but I'll work on it.
Again, thank you very much for your feedback! I'm trying my hardest!
Another study, the wrench. Good thing I did a value study first; I would have been over my head. I still am not quite satisfied with it, but I want to keep the work flowing so that my sketchbook accumulates drawings. I'll definitely be doing more metallic studies in the future, so that I can draw these from memory and make robotic figures in my sketchbook.
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Your self portraits are awesome! Your sketches remind me of one of my good friends- great line control, lot of life in your images.
Don't bother looking at my sketchbook. I haven't updated that thing in years. :/
The portrait and the spanner turned out particularly well.
Keep up the studies.
I didn't do much of anything yesterday because I moved back to the university, but I did manage to do some gesture drawings.
Today, on the other hand, I've been much more productive.
I did more 30-second gesture drawings:
Then, I tried sketching without the pencil tool--I tried a brush instead. It was a bit of a difficult experience at first, and I still want to draw the contour lightly. Eventually, my goal would be to draw just the shapes inside and outside, to get away from the contour drawing style I've been doing most of my life and to try something different.
Anyway, I'll do a study of a coffee cup and post that later. I'm bringing my focus more towards value in color, so I'll start out more with analogous colors at first. Then, I'll bring in a few more colors and experiment with complementary, triad, and (ohmygoodness) split complementary. I'm so excited! (and exhausted!)
I'm trying really hard to make this a daily thing, mind you, but I was lazy and didn't upload anything yesterday...shame on me.
Anyway, here is yesterday's stuff. I'll upload the rest of today's stuff this evening. I'm trying to develop a routine...get up around 0800...do some gesture drawings for fifteen minutes or so, do some more anatomy drawings...draw whatever the heck is sitting around...upload everything mid-day and in the evening again...working hard, you know!
I'll make sure that I get something uploaded every day...sun, snow, hail, crappy computer, whatever. Just gotta give it my best, give it my all.
Oh, by the way, I found a cool resource for those of you who don't have skulls laying around your bedroom:
(It rotates, by the way, just like at PoseManiacs)
I focused a bit more on anatomical understanding and practice today, since I've been frustrated with trying to draw from memory and really just need a better understanding of how things actually work mechanically.
So, I worked on shoulders a bit. I'll wait until school begins to decide to purchase Bridgman's How to Draw from Life.
I got one of his books via the free resources thread, but I'd like to have a copy I can actually hold in my hands.
Anyway, here's my sketchbook so far today. I spent all day (from about 1000-1900, with thirty minutes for lunch) practicing, and I'll likely do more stuff after I post these. (I'll include them in next afternoon's post).
Okay, a quick study of a banana in a brush I am totally uncomfortable with. To heck with color, I say! To heck with color! ^_^
Though, seriously, I need to be putting out more colored doodles. I need to loosen up WAY more than I have been and just put out more colored work. Enough of this pencil stuff...
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Gosh, it feels as if I'm working so hard...but I'm not putting out that much. I just need to loosen up, and I would very much appreciate a critique here or there. I would love to know whether I am doing something well or not.
work in progress
Nice studies and stuff, I know that you're problabally going crazy with the work your ass of technique, but don't forget to have fun from time to time (or all time).. I am far from professional artist (very far), so what do I know? But I have also been through that crazy studying period, trying to push the limits, getting frustrated because I couldn't reach the utopic ammounts that I set to myself and constantly overthinking every stroke on paper with thoughts like "is that drawing going to improve my skills? or should i do that instead?"..
And other times I have just impulsevly had fun, went out on a trip with couple of friends or something, and just sketched the surroundings/people at bus/park, just for fun from morning to late night.. just the stuff that I liked, and I noticed that I got a lot more done than on average days when I tried to stay home and follow my study route. I just went out and had my sketchbook, and drew because I wanted to, not that i had a goal similar to "draw 30 gesture drawings" or something..
It all works differently for different type of people, but hey, that's my experience.
Working hard is good, but now and then you need a fun brake.. or atleast I think so, or you'll just end up burning out.
I remember one quote from this forum "Draw what you like, and you'll end up drawing all the time" (though comfortzones should be avoided) Can't remember who said it though.
Life is fun, art is fun. Enjoy it.
With gesture/figure drawing I suggest to check out Vilppu. He has great tutorials on it. (gesture, form, anatomy etc. about 20-30 different videos all together). And that selfportrait is looking pretty damn good for me. I don't know if you do so, but if you travel around a bit, get a sketchbook and draw people in public and also take a life drawing class. (the usual suggestions in this forum i think haha)
spark_zero: Thank you for your advice. I took it a bit easier today and made some friends, and we spent some time sketching on the university campus. To my great surprise, I actually had much more fun--and I produced the same amount of sketchbook pages as I have done for the past couple of days.
So, I'll have to loosen up from now on. Of course, I'll still need to work my ass off from time to time--but I'll keep my pace a bit more steady and manageable now. Thanks.
Anyway, here are some small studies I did today. Really, most of it is crap, but I'm keeping at it everyday--sooner or later, my learning and growth will really shine.
Tried charcoal on transparency paper--very simple, but I need to get more charcoal media....and I need to be lighter with my strokes. Damn...those "here kitty, kitty" crawls are tough to get right. It's still not quite right--you're not seeing the re-dos I attempted afterward.
And here is where the crap starts...at least I'm learning something or other...
Today, I met with a friend and we discussed some of our goals for our university sketchgroup...then I got to work and played out a bunch of drawings. Crappy they may be, I feel like I've learned more than back when I was forcing myself to draw all the time--and to draw slowly and with excessive perfectionistic behavior. Not being worried about the outcome really helps to put out more work from which to learn from.
Soooo....here are some sketches I made today.
This first one is actually one I did yesterday--I'd lost it, but now I've found it and scanned it into the computer.
And here are the works for today:
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Well, evidently not all of the attachments went through...CA crashed a couple of times, either because the server was being upgraded, modified, etc...or the internet connection at my university was being upgraded, modified, etc.
Anyway, here is that invalid attachment from the above post (the lost/found drawing):
And here is that last attachment that didn't load to my last post for whatever strange reason:
That's all! I'll post my exercises later today.
EDIT: You'll notice that two of my uploaded works look like they've been cut down the middle...well, they have. I made the hand and life gesture studies on 11" x 14" paper, which was too big for my scanner. To make it fit, I folded it in half and pieced it back together in PhotoShop.
Hey I like the progress you have with your gesture drawings. Here is a link that should help you improve them http://www.awn.com/mag/issue3.3/3.3p...pudrawing.html
And you should also check out the Andrew Loomis books. One time I was in a rut and it felt like I wasnt progressing at all for weeks! I looked at Loomis's book Fun with a Pencil, just had fun drawing the funny faces and the following week I was progressing again.
Keep drawing every day! Takes time to get better!
More drawings today!
I admit that I was a bit lazy for about 1.5 days, and I did absolutely nothing. On all the other days, I did make some practice--just not some uploads to CA, here.
Anyway, here is all the stuff from the past couple of days (no particular order, though the ink stuff is more recent than the charcoal crap)
Determined Animator: Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my sketchbook! I just got your message today, so your advice will not be reflected in these gesture drawings--but I will definitely give that place a try! And I've downloaded a couple of Loomis books, so I'll be looking at those too.
Thanks everyone! I am so happy for your support!
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