If you are reading this, thank you for looking at my sketchbook, the aim of this is to track my progress over time, but also to gain helpful feedback on my artwork, if you leave feedback I want you to know it is appreciated to the highest degree, you're helping me get better and I thank you for that.
Kicking off with a portrait from imagination I finished today, there is something just off about it, I think it's a combination of things, it's not anatomically correct with the shape of a skull, I like to paint/draw characters with different proportions, this time it just didn't work out quite right, I've put the painted version and the initial sketch here to show.
Also here are two of my drawings from my first proper life drawing session I went to the other week, going to try and go to more of these, so useful.
Great start Keep working hard, can't wait to see more
Thanks Minella! Going to try and update this daily, gotta get better!
Done some 30 second gestures today, hard at first but I think I'm learning to capture the poses, any feedback is appreciated!
Also some heads I drew a week or two ago that I'm quite proud of, but critiques are more than welcome!
Some anatomy studies I did today, not as clear as in real life, need to work on making them clearer, think my proportions aren't too bad.
These are drawn from my anatomy model I got from 3D Total by the way
and then a full drawing, not done a rendered pencil piece in a long time, lower legs are really short, values aren't too good, some of the anatomy is okay though.
Update on the portrait, going to tidy up the hands/pomegranate and redo the hair tomorrow, think need to work on getting a better structure down I think, as my painting doesn't really look like her.
Going to call this done, not done much today apart from finish this, just got my Companion set up today so hopefully some digital studies from life soon!
So today consisted of a cluster smuck of studies, did some leg anatomy, mainly focusing on proportions, not going for any clean sketches, then I studied a full body anatomy plate from here:
and then I went on to draw the planes of the head from different angles (life drawing), started the exercises from Scott Robertson's new book 'How to Draw', really helpful stuff, can't wait to do the complex perspective stuff (later tonight hopefully).
Then I just have a few heads I sketched from the web.
Any feedback is appreciated
I also did some gesture drawings but they were just as bad as my previous ones so I didn't bother uploading.
Sat in front of the mirror for about 8 or 9 hours today, not too happy with what I came up with, first self portrait is always the hardest I guess!
Here's a sketch from a photo and a perspective study, need to get better!
Done some gestures this morning, did way more but these were the ones I were happy with, have trouble getting the right line/curves.
Then a landscape study I did of this photo:
Really enjoyed it
Carefully studied the proportions of the head today using a link Wojtek Fus shared on Facebook:
Is what they teach at Watts Atelier.
Then started watching the first lecture of a series of 10 by Robert Beverly Hale about the rib cage, really great learning material!
Finished a skeleton study today, took a good while but I think the proportions are pretty good, good practice for line quality, trying to not use sketchy lines at all, good fun. working on a portrait of my friend also so I'll upload that when it's done
nice stuff. I liked the girl with the pomegranate..it seems to have a story.
I always wonder if it's better to do the same thing for a period of time (like only do gestures for a week or so and then move on to head studies and so on) or if it is better to mix it up only a daily basis. Looks like you're mixing it up nicely.
Finished the portrait of my flat mate today, tried to do it from life but with her not staying still and me moving also it was a lost cause so I recovered it using a photo, I need to start doing some still life's on my companion.
Right, so here's a sketch I just did from memory whilst watching Dave Rapoza's stream where he mentions studying something and then applying it straight away, where as I've been studying but not testing myself to see what I learnt from the study, so I'm leaving this as a sketch and going to do some studies and then try and redraw the studies from memory.
then applying a cloak and plotting light sources:
Only did this today, watched Jeffrey Watt's 'Drawing from the Model' which was very informative, going to draw a few skulls every day until I can draw a decent one from memory, then I can move onto my Asaro Head that I've had for a while and learn the anatomy of the head properly.
Really weird using charcoal after a long long time, hard to get used to drawing with the pencil held in a different way (Proko/Watt recommends), ordered the wrong pencil too so it was very grainy and scratching the newsprint a lot.
Anyone who can afford the DVD should really get it if you're into portraits (as you should be), he has a very specific way of teaching but it works really well, tempted to enroll in the online classes.
For anyone who wants to know the materials he uses/recommends highly they are:
Primo Charcoal B Pencil
Wolff’s Carbon Pencil 4B/6B (depending on how heavy handed you are.)
He also has a specific way of sharpening a pencil that Proko (studied under Watt) teaches here:
Haven't drawn much the past few days, been busy reading:
The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head
Drawing Lesson's from the Great Masters
Picture This: How Pictures Work
and started reading:
Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life
Really great books, I recommend them to anyone, anywho, here are a few sketchbook pages I've done between reading, loving the red biro.
Got the right conte pencil delivered so going to do some charcoal studies tomorrow, it's so smooth on the newsprint, it's a dream, and barely smudges!
Done these so far today, the Contè 1710B is a great pencil, as well is the Wolff's Carbon 4B, so smooth on the newsprint!
Not too happy with the companion so I'm sending it back, whatever I painted on it looked great on the tablet but washed out on my computer, plus the glare and plastic nibs were off putting.
40 minute charcoal portrait:
2 hours still life:
Did this today along with some head studies from Loomis' on how the head pivots on the neck, not worth uploading, went to London yesterday and drew a painting and bust, not too good though, need to start drawing from life more, going to resume life drawing with the money I get from my cintiq return.
Some studies I've done today, trying to get a bigger range of facial features seen as I keep drawing the same thing from imagination, happy with these, can see definite improvement
Gosh watching your improvement is really awesome and inspiring. Keep it up !
"Do... or do not, there is no try."
Been at university today, decided to drop out after this year to pursue the dream, keep drawing characters in my sketchbook but this is what I'm most proud of today, sketch from imagination, going to develop this into a full piece, still need to flesh it all out
Progress update for the witch, started painting today, really hard working out the colours of the skin, trying to keep my values good but it's far from perfect, going to leave it an hour and come back to it, any suggestions are more than welcome
Update on the Witch piece, redid the face (more feminine and in proportion), started rendering the arm/hand, used a reference but hands are hard, plan for tomorrow is to sketch my hand as many times as possible whilst at University, anyways enhanced the lighting from the sand, way happier with it today, slowly but surely, never finished a piece like this before!
Called quits on the witch picture, felt like I was kicking a dead horse and not learning, did some life drawing today (going to start going every Sunday) and some hand studies I've done, need to put way more hours in, can't wait to leave University.