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Clanlord: No problem, I take back my sarcastic comment then. Thank you for your advice as well. I am definably serious about improving my art, at the moment I am working through the constructive anatomy book by Bridgemen, and the drawing manual by Vilppu.
Anyway here is a small update. Attempted a fix of that girl in a dress, I think I need to work on the feet, head, and hands still. The cresses on the arms still are a bit strange. I think the pose is correct now, not 100% sure though, will keep working on it till it looks right.
Done some Vilppu action poses to fill the rest of the page. The bottom left one was an attempt at adding 'volume' to the figure, probably need to reread that section of the book quite a few times over lol
edit: thanks for the link, never heard of Hogarth before. Bookmarked the page will have a read a bit later, got to get ready for work tomorrow.
edit 2: Spent only 45 mins on this page. I think I will spend all of monday drawing. A lot of the problems in my art I believe can be fixed by me spending more time on it. btw I have also done about 8 life drawings of hands today also spent 45 mins on, unfortunately I used far to much water on that water painting so its creased the page to the point it wont scan very well ><
Had a brief look through that Hogarth link and its great I will definably be using it along with vilppu and Bridgeman books, thanks again.
Last edited by Scriar; July 18th, 2008 at 01:37 PM.
I'm glad if I was of any help
about your new pic about the woman... I think you should avoid such clothes for a while. the human body is tough in itself, this plus folds on a difficult clothes are too much for you now. if you must use clothes, use plain skirts and stuff but drawing naked bodies (nudity details aren't necessary) has some advantages, the anatomy problems pop out more, you are forced to draw everything, now we don't see the shape of the legs, for example... and if you see where is the navel, the crotch, the knee, you may have better proportions because the flaws are more visible.
I dunno if it helps or not, but for me it was highly useful when I started to draw muscular men. it's not my preference at all, but there were such DSG topics here in CA... and I found out drawing a muscular man is much more easier and gives better results. one learn something about some very important muscle groups (even with only watching some photos about bodybuilder guys), the body is full with bumps so it's spectacular AND it's really difficult to make very basic proportion/anatomy mistakes, because the muscles come so nicely and evidently. you can't mess up a big bump so easily as a tender, slightly bending line
shiNIN: Thanks for the advice and your previous advice was helpful I copied it into my sketchbook next to the picture so I know what to avoid next time.
Ill probably work through this Hogarth book seems to be a lot of muscular Men/Women in the book so I can do as you suggest.
Going to lay off drawing clothes for awhile, think I need to just pick one thing and get the hang of it before jumping onto the next
Hi, sorry for the lack of updates been at work the last 3 days so had no time to draw ;/ (or energy for that matter lol)
Anyway, here's some updates for today, first is 2 life drawings. One is a crisp packet, and the other a sharpener. The notes just mention that I sketched the crisp packet from the side, and the sharpener looking down.
Second is a picture based on a Black and White photo I saw in a readers digest book that was lying around the house.
Really like your anatomy studies throughout this sketchbook! Especially the hands! They look amazing! I've been told that Bridgeman studies are really something... keep them up!
And the very last picture you've posted, lady with the hat, I like the composition of it. Her neck craned over that way, the shape of her hat... even the slight frill of her shirt. Nice stuff! Keep it up!
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ohnojenny: thanks glad you like them You can download the PDF for constructive anatomy here if you want to try them yourself: edit: the download is the link that says PDF on the left hand side of the page.
Heres a last update for today, they are Bridgemen arm studies. done 4 pages worth to make up for my lack of updates over the past 3 days ;p
Your latest studies are looking really nice, make sure to keep it up. I'd advise looking at the muscles that form the 'blocks' you're practicing if you havn't already done some work on them as well, it'll help with flow and flexibility.
saggy: thanks, will hopefully get to that part soon, trying to get used to the shapes first, the next bit I plan to work on is the shoulder, and how it connects to the arm, a long with some more general arm, and hand studies.
Here is a small update for today, spent 90 minutes or so doing a hand study (life drawing of my own hand), but to make it interesting I made it a watercolor.
This is my third watercolour I have done quite enjoyed doing it, think I might try to do more watercolours to brighten up my sketchbook and so I learn to use more than just pencils as a medium
edit: forgot to rotate the picture after scanning, here is a updated version.
Hi, an update for today, another women sketch reference from artmorgue.com
something was bugging me about this picture, and I just realised its the head being out of proportion ie its to wide, think the eyes should be closer together as well, probably too late to fix it now so Ill have to bare in mind for my next drawing. edit: come to think of it the mouth is wonky lol
Hi there! things seems to getting along well!
Like you've noticed yourself prorpotions are abit of a problem, but I suggest you just to draw random stuff from life from different angles. It will help you to understand form, size and so on.
Just keep going!
Danelf: thanks for the advice, going to try do some life drawings today, might try another self portrait, and some mirror studies later today as well
Was just going to edit my post to add these, but I thought I would reply and say thanks instead
These are some silhouettes from this morning (they are kinda crap, but oh well Ill get better )
only just found out about how the actual technique for them works, think I might use them more often to get down ideas that pop into my head, I think once you get the hang of them it is probably a great way of brainstorming character ideas.
At the moment my knowledge of art limits what I can draw or what I feel confident about drawing, so the silhouettes should help till my knowledge catches up ;p
you're so humble showing your sb pages in this small size. it often works, but for the more detailed or busy pages a bigger size would be better
shinin: thanks ;p they are small since I compress the images to websize in windows picture viewer, just tried saving that last image in corel painter x as a jpeg seems to have compressed it, no idea what the size is like so Ill post here to see if its better.
p.s sorry for bumping my thread, I guess you can class this as a detail shot lol
edit: seems to have worked, although now you can see how bad they are with greater ease lol
edit 2: Ahhh my computers harddrive has just gone, that confirms my thoughts that it is not meant to make loud whirring noise upon starting up lol
I probably wont be posting now for awhile since my scanners only capatable with my computer. Posting on my sisters one atm >< ahh well when I can post ill have a large update probably ;p
Last edited by Scriar; July 25th, 2008 at 12:55 PM.
Hi, sorry about the lack of updates as mentioned in my last post my computer died on me ;p Managed to get it fixed but now I have no means of scanning as the scanner has finally gone (it was old and nackered anyway)
For now Ill be just updating with digital pieces. I brought a wacom bamboo yesterday, arrived today so I have just spent a couple of hours playing around with corel/photoshop/alchemy.
Heres some thumbnails done by first using alchemy to get random shapes then I transfered them to photoshop to try and make them into something recognisable.
Last edited by Scriar; August 1st, 2008 at 04:36 PM.
Hi a small update for today, been working all day so only had an hour and a half to spare.
This is a tonal practice for the most part. Used a reference from a marie claire front cover. Used most photoshop and done the blending in corel x.
edit: added a slightly better version
Last edited by Scriar; August 2nd, 2008 at 06:19 PM.
Scriar, your work has definitely improved and is getting better in regards to your later posts and the early ones, the face and facial features seem more in place and better shaped. Keep it up!
Dazz78: thank you
Been at work all day, so only had an hour to spare today, decided to do a digital environment for a change. Hopefully Ill have a scanner in a week or so, so I can post the sketches that I have been doing as well.
I done this in photoshop, I did some blending in corel painter x as well, since I haven't quite got the hang of how you do it in photoshop yet ;p
edit: added a slightly better version (imo) added some blending in photoshop to the mountain on the right with some more texture. edit: btw did not use a reference as originally I was just going to play around with the layer and custom brushes for texture settings, decide on the environment after one of my brushes started looking rockish ;p that was the one on the left btw which is why it is probably better defined than the one on the right, Ill try make a custom brush for that one to to get a better result next time.
Last edited by Scriar; August 3rd, 2008 at 05:50 PM.
about a face in #48: it's nice, but I dunno why you used lines for the iris+pupilla instead of shapes, that would be more natural and nicer.
except this, the eyes is okay enough to make the whole face work, with the help of the really good and emphatic mouth - despite the really rushed nose
ShiNiN: Thanks for the advice, did not intentionally use lines, I think it was a combination of being half asleep and being new to the wacom pen ;p
Yeah the nose was a bit rushed. It was really long at first then I cut around it and gave her a nose job to put it back in proportion lol seem to have buggered it up in the process
Ill spend a much more time on it next time, probably have another go tomorrow have all day since I am not at work.
Here is a last update for today, it is a sketch done intirely in Alchemy, was hard but fun. ;D I used the scrawl tool with block lines for the whole thing.
I can definitely see the improvement in your stuff. Keep drawing and keep at it!
One thing though, some of your drawings seem stiff and lifeless. Try loosening up and do quick 5-10 second figure sketches. Spending an hour on a little drawing tends to suck the life out of it.
Just a few tips for your photoshop landscape:
- Don't use gradient tools for dominant areas of your piece. They look extremely computer-y.
- Try to disguise stock photoshop custom brushes (i.e the grass brush) as best you can. They're very easily recognizable.
I like your studies of hands and feet and the stuff on post 47 is pretty amazing. If you can neaten up this angular style you seem to gravitate towards I think you'll be on a real winner.
iambanana: Thank you for your advice Ill bare that in mind for my next environment.
Gail_Blitzy: Thank you glad you like them, and thanks for the advice as well.
Heres an update for today, I have been pretty sick today, think something disagreed with me (most likely my little sisters idea of cooking ;p ) so have not got as much done as I would of liked, this is what I have at the moment. It is a figure study of a picture from the marie clair 20th addition catalog, from page 281.
Spent about 30 minutes or so, plan to finish it tomorrow. For now I tried to get the pose, the basic values, and the larger shapes down.