The folds in both shirts look a little disorganized. I would advise trying to be very aware if where the shirt is being pulled. Keep gravity and form in mind.
"Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours." -Richard Bach
it's cool to see how much youre improving with ever post. I really like the obvious difference between your very first sketchbook post and the other one, it shows you're improving, and that's always fun to see (:
I also like your cartoon style, it's cute and conveys great expression.
my only minor crit overall is that a woman's hips are usually as wide as the shoulders, so watch out for narrow hips an broad shoulders on the ladies!
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Nice sketchs!!! you really improved a lot since you beginning to post!! Hope I can do the same!
Advices please: Sketchbook
You've made some good progress since your first posts - awesome, keep at it!
Some ideas for excersizes:
- Draw from life or references - get ahold of some anatomy books. Study by drawing.
- invest in some other drawing utensils... I'm thinking charcoal. Or if you can't get ahold of some, use the side of your pencil only... no lines allowed - draw tonally by shading in shapes.... I say this because (like pretty much every beginning artist) you tend to outline everything... but look around you - outlines do not actually exist. Of course lines do come into play in art - but first I think you need to study forms, and how light will affect them.
Keep at it!
Again, sorry for the looong delay. Again, I do practice, but sometimes homework and school and life in general get in the way (Hence why most of them are on homework and notebooks LOL)
So here's some more. I'll probably add more tonight, as I've started on another page already while I have the free time.
Did some faces and general females today, seeing as I need work on faces.
The shaded one with the wonky placement (which I didnt happen to see until AFTER it was done) was no ref. This only proves that I still have a long way to go with faces...But I do think the shading is slowly improving. But your opinions matter so much more.
Been a little while. Sorry for lack of updates!
Here's two little pages of sketches. First one was more of a practice for me, with some fun thrown in. Second one was practicing sketches and see what objects I could put down on paper without reference. (I used a blending stick for the teddy bear and like two others.)
Nice stuff so far
Its good that you are starting early and your stuff is shaping up quite nicely. I started in college and pretty much have been doing stick figures before that.
It would be nice to see you including more background with your figure drawings(interacting with one another) and trying out more different subjects(animals,objects,etc).
Just keep practicing and you should be fine
Here is an helpful links to help you improve
List of:Anatomy,photo references, body part drawing etc
Perspectives/tutorials and references
Scenery/Landscapes tutorials and references
Got some new sketches to post!
I do not like the first page's bottom sketch...Eugh...I did it in like 20 minutes, seeing as that was about how much time was left in class. I'm trying to find the image again. x-x;
About an hour on this little girl here...I gotta continue the shading, but here she is so far.
Hey there-- try studying some proportions (the little girl's forehead head looks too tall). The photo ref of the girl with her hands on her knees looks super: better proportions at a glance, at least. About the still life: unless you're doing a contour drawing (just lines), look for changes in value-- basically, things will get lighter or darker depending on where the light is, and this helps make it look 3D.
It helps to remember that there's no such thing as shadows, only places where there is more or less light.
Hey there. Looks like you're off to a good start! To get a little better at faces, you might want to study the 3D shape of a face. Right now, it looks like you're still mostly treating eyes as one arc on top, one arc on the bottom, iris in the middle. But an eyeball is a sphere, set into recessed depressions in the face, covered by two folds of skin that bulge outwards, following the surface of the eyeball. It looks like you're trying to set that up in some of the drawings, but you don't seem to follow through with the shading. Same with lips and noses.
Maybe do some exercises where you set up the planes of the face, to understand which parts come out and which come in? Or play around with some play-doh?
In any case, keep practicing! A lot of that knowledge becomes easier to apply with practice.
Hey sky! Long time no comment!
You're definetely getting there. I see that you're working very systematically with improving, and I admire you for that.
However, remember not to get too bogged down with books and studies and whatnot (Although I am in no way encouraging you to stop using these tools, they're essential to becoming a good artist). Set some time aside for personal, loose stuff. Don't worry so much if it looks good or not, just shotgun tons of sketches down on each page, trying to capture the movement and dynamicism (Don't think that's a word) of creatures, humans and objects alike. Being able to convey a convincing sense of motion goes a long way.
Some of your recent stuff has a tendency to look a bit stiff, you see.
Please do not feel disencouraged by this post. Your shizznizzle is coming along very nicely
Sorry for the EXTREME delay of updates, guys! I went through a slump AND had irritating scanner troubles. Rest assured, I sketch every day still. And iambanana, how could I ever be offended by your comment? Just hearing I'm improving is inspiring enough! And I will put up some loose, quick sketches up too. I dont tend to save my sketches though (I know, bad me. ^^; ) I do have a little something different to show.
This piece was done in Cretacolor Colored Pencils. Total time is about 5 hours. (new record for me! *celebrates*). I'll probably do some more touch ups on it, but I am rather proud of it! Of course, feel free to critique away! Even if I think it's my best, I will always need a second opinion.
Oops! Forgot to scan something else in!
I did this November 24th...No ref, about an hour and a half of work. Trying to work with shading. The pot itself looks a bit wonky though... Tell me what ya think!
No blending was used either. All just pencil strokes. LOL
very nice! and as one new comer to anotherI think you are improving leaps and bounds.
Thanks for leaving a comment, sky. Although I fully respect your wish to draw anime-style drawings, you should really learn the anatomy of a face first. It's a common beginners mistake to copy the asian-style work of other artists, without learning the basic anatomy first. They learn how to draw the eyes, nose and mouth, without really knowing how it all comes together. What I'd really like to see from you is a few more realistic faces.
Knowing correct anatomy gives a much more convincing manga-style, you see.
I know I'm nagging alot, but I see the progress in your work and I wish to push you to be the best you can be
iambanana -- Does it really look like Anime style? I've been trying to get a more cartoony look with my stuff. D: Looks like I'm going to have to experiment more with styles (After doing the recommended studying of course, as you suggested )
I dont have much interest in the Anime style, nor do I wish to make Manga style comics, but I guess I picked up some features from it anyway ^^;
It's alright to nag. Like I said, I need it. Thanks always!
Here's a nice little update for everyone! Some posemaniacs sketches, female anatomy from Loomis, and a page of doodles. I'm almost embarrassed to put some of these up, but bein' self conscious never helps me learn.
I didnt allow myself any erasers on the doodle page and the posemaniacs pages. LOL. Enjoy!
My scanner was givin' me more issues the past few days. I finally found a solution to it, so I shouldnt be having aaaany more issues. Lol
I did some nose practices, because lawdy knows I hate drawing them. I hope to improve on them mainly so they aren't such a hassle for me to draw.
Dont mind the bottom so much. I tend to wander a bit when I do these pages. Gotta get off of that habit. Hehe.
I think you managed to capture the subtle variations in the noses quite well. Hope you update again soon.
awesome too see the improvement between your first and last post!!
keep it up!!
This is good, waiting for a killer update. I wish I drew this well when I was 18, you've got it.
Insert very insightful quotes here ...
- get back to work!
you really need some practise. seardh for loomis e-books, for example, "fun with pencil" http://www.scribd.com/doc/8943613/An...-Learn-to-Draw
i've done it. practising at first seems hard.. but in some time it will become easier..... with practising. i sometimes draw others pictures and practise like this. good luck!