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First of all I'd like to introduce myself to CA, as this is my first post here. My name is Alberto, I am 15 years old and from Brazil. I started to get into art some time ago (only started really drawing a month ago or so). I mean, I've had drawing courses in lower school, and stuff like that, but I nothing the average person doesnt get.
Even though Ive only been drawing for a little time, Ive always wanted to draw well. But, it was one of those things you have when your small and then..you know.. give up or forget. This time I wont though, and I am willing to spend hours studying every week if I have to to improve.
Please help me in this quest! If something sucks (which is going to be 99% of it..I dont draw that well....YET *hopes*) please tell me. I dont get offended easily, so no worries. Also, I am very unsure where to start. I got some books over Amazon, but I am not sure if I should just follow them, or what to draw from them..I'd like some help on WHAT to draw.
Here are some stuff that Ive done these past few weeks..
SORRY FOR THE LOW QUALITY SCANNING!
From oldest to newest.
Self portrait (then added the "Love" with the tape")
Was supposed to be a self portrait, but I got carried away..The end result was blah.
First anatomy studies
More to come.
Thank you for stoping by.
Last edited by Saraiva; May 28th, 2008 at 07:05 PM.
Hey, I saw you on Ventrilo a couple times before.
Very nice start with your sketchbook here.
I see you're doing figure and hand studies, which is great. It's studies like those that take you far.
Remember to think of your paper/canvas/board as a 3d white space, and not a flat sheet, it'll help you a lot. :]
Thanks a lot for the first post and advice. I'll keep that in mind when I draw again.
And ye, I went into ventrilo few days ago
You're starting in a really good place.
Work on your understanding of the three dimensional form. Sometimes it really helps to try to understand the big shapes of things before you draw the little ones.
Don't stop drawing!
Quigleyer Thanks for the support and advice. I think that making things look 3d is one of my biggest problems.
OranjeJoe You dont suck at all! Im liking your work, just want to see more. Thanks for the post. AND FOR THE SITE! Its great.
Rarebit: Ill make sure to keep those tips in mind. Im going to practice shading soon.
Thx for the support. Im off to bed now.
Hey here , your offf to a really great start i wish i had the same start, and just thought of using pencils and doing as many anatomy studies, i basically wasted the first couple of weeks lol.....
But your doing great!
Only advice i can give right now is, Life drawing, you donno how much it helped me, life drawing and then just shading it in really helps you greatly, so your observaing and kind of doing a value study at the same time.
Also draw from reference alot, and remember to keep it as fun as you can.
Do anatomy, faces or what ever just keep studying and enjoying it
thx for comment on my sb btw , your doing a great job
keep at it
Thanks for the advice Lilnebo. I got exams in a week, but then it is going to be vacations, so Ill have much more time for studying. I will start drawing more from life, I havent done that that much.
Thanks again :]
EDIT: Probably wont draw today, got to read a bunch of chapters for english :/
I can relate. This quarter, it seems I am only drawing when I'm not writing essays...
Thanks for checking out my sketchbook. I think its great that you're doing all of those intense anatomy studies. I hope you pay extra attention to Rarebit's crit because I believe that a better line quality coupled with the anatomical knowledge you are gaining will really make your work sing. Keep posting.
Thats some pretty good early work there man.
In regards to inspiration, look at artists that you like, and constantly look for new ones. Whenever I'm uninspired I go on a watching spree on sites like CG society, deviantart, gameartisans, flickr, good old google and of course this site.
Theres nothing more inspiring than looking at art created by super talented people.
Other than that you can always consult your books, and do exercises from them. I know it can get really boring and tedious at times, but I find that once I get going, and get warmed up, it's all good.
As you get more practice, and your drawing confidence grows - it will become easier for you to be inspired, and find your own little tricks to get in the right frame of mind for visual creativity.
Keep it up.
You know, people go to books to study anatomy when all you have to do is look in the mirror. Here is a tip. Stand in front of a big mirror, naked. Put on some music and start moving around. This will help you see the way the body moves and assist in character/action design. I see all these hero/demon designs and the muscles are mostly over developed.
I like the work you're doing. One critique I had was to make sure you are drawing/sketching what you see, rather than what you think you see. This is a process I am working on myself. And even when you draw from the imagination, try to imagine the object you are trying to draw as a real thing, and focus on replicating lines/values rather than eyes or noses.
Hey, you are doing good only after a month. You might get more confident lines by concentrating on every single line you draw. Think about where it starts and where it ends and how it behaves between those two points. Don't lift your pencil. At first it will be hard and frustrating but try to do it still. A pen might also help because you can't erase it, resulting in more thought out lines. I don't like drawing with a pen (at least at the moment) though so it's not a tool for everyone.
Ex Nihilo: Thanks for the post, man. I am trying to pay attention to the lines now.
Genius Malignus: Thanks for the tip! I hope I can get more confident in my drawings..
SinusAnimus: Haha, great advice. I actually tried that yesterday, and it did help me. (Oh, and Im glad my mom didnt walk in while I was naked )
Toogoodwu: Thank you, I'll keep that in mind.
Taneli: Thanks for the tip, Ill try doing some pen sketches later. Can it be with a ball point pen? Cause I heard they suck for drawing (?) Anways, thanks.
Here are some stuff I did..Not much cause Ive been busy..
I need to work on values..
These are probably the first "fully" rendered bodies Ive ever done..I think I need more contrast (?) - Edit: Wow It had low contrast in the original..The scanning made it worse :/
Thanks for viewing.
Comments and advice are always welcome.
Last edited by Saraiva; May 31st, 2008 at 06:45 PM.
Nothing I can say that hasn't been said before, other than your lines have quite a forced feel to them. They'll become more natural once you getting the ball rolling though, so don't worry about it. I think you're off to a great start with all these studies you're doing. Keep it up.
You are doing great, just keep doing those studies, concentrate on proportions since i can see you could do better with a little more effort and patience right now on that issue, keep your motivation up!.
Also, sharpen your pencil until its very pointy, that way you can vary more the width of your lines, and youll also find easier to cover wider zones of greys using the side of the pencil.
Keep it up, keep learning more, Jesus bless you.
Wow, for a person who only started drawing about a month ago, you can draw hands really well! Good job!
Not a bad start, Keep practicing that anatomy and it will do wonders for you in the future!
Practice your lines every day, I suggest taking a page from the sketchbook and just draw lines across it as strait as you can until you fill the page. Do that a few times and you will start to see the results I promise.
Work light and loose at first drawing simple shapes and start to refine and darken lines when you are more confident.
Watch your proportions and never ever EVER smudge the lead with your finger!
And last but not least (well actually the least) stop by my Sketchbook and give me a halla!
Keep it up always practice!!!
Thanks for the comments guys
I was just wondering..There are no close Life Drawing groups, or whatever they
are called, near me and I hate looking at the computer screen for ref. Are there any good reference books I could order over at Amazon? Nude pictures preferably. Also, any if you know any other photography book that could be interesting to buy (for ref on different things like different types of clothes, costumes, and any other interesting things that could be fun to draw.), please post.
Sorry, I have exams in 2 days so I am studying like crap so I cant write back to everyone that commented on my sb. THANKS THOUGH! Ill make sure to post again briefly!