More pencil studies...
The first is from reference. The others are night doodles. Trying to focus on the render of volumes and shadows, and on achieving new texture with the pencil.
C&C pleaseee :p
45 sec. gesture studies.
I tried to focus on the line and movement... d'oh I still have to improve
Are these from ref, or poses you are thinking of? Because there is a huge variety of poses here, better than I often manage to find.
These are great for 45 sec studies, a lot of very dynamic feeling ones and good line work.
My 'quick as possible' poses that I have done this morning mostly have been scrumpled and thrown in rage, gah it is frustrating.
Royzy, the 45 sec poses are from posemaniacs.com
there's the 30 sec drawing tool, that displays you 3d models in different poses, with a timer.
it's good for quick gesture sketches
I think your gesture studies are looking good
I need to work on those myself so I'll have a look at that site you suggested, sound like a good one
Waaaaaah. More great stuff I love 04.jpg and 05.jpg. Great character concepts there. Your pencil work is soooo cool.
Areve good luck with the gesture studies
Oakseed I have so much to learn ^_^ but thank you for your nice comment, it's helping me to not give up
Anatomy study and drawing from life: a bad drapery (need to exercise more on them) and my mother and dog, both sleeping :p
more body drawings from reference... this time on A3 paper
you've made a lot of diligent studies and solid structures; they're all very neat and well proportioned.
looking at your drawings as a whole, there is a gap between your gestures from posemaniacs and your drawings from imagination. on the one hand you have a fluid, efficient line, and on the other you have rigid, blocky constructions.
my advice to you would be to experiment with creating more spontaneous characters with fluid lines, just as a change from copying from reference, but also to breathe more life into your creations.
the anatomy is perfectly rendered, but make sure you understand the role of each muscle, the relationships of the muscles together, how they intersect, and then how to convert that knowledge to your characters from imagination. i actually didn't really learn anything just by drawing anatomy. you need to think about it as well; how to apply it.
good luck! (i haven't posted here in about a year. i need to get a new sketchbook going..)
oh, didn't see that last one you posted.
yes, they're more lively. i also like the variety of pubic hair stylings. fun, fun.
Just Nonplussed thank you for your critique. You are right, in my drawings from reference I still feel a little "rigid". They suggested me to make some blind contours and to draw in bigger size in order to have my line flowing better. I'm trying both and it seems useful, so I hope to have soon more skills in this direction :p
And yes, you are right, I should make something maybe not perfect but from mind in order to have some fun
About the anatomy, they suggested me to take a part of the body, study it from the books, and then drawing from mind/life to see if I understood it. That's the road I'm following from now and seems a good advice
Thank you very much for the critique, really appreciated
I must say I'm really liking these concise pencil studies, they're neatly shaded and the line keeps to itself. The one problem I'd point to is some poses look a little stiff, like how Just Nonplussed pointed out earlier.
My sketchbook, if you really want to see it...
"Picasso is a painter, so am I;... Picasso is Spanish, so am I; Picasso is a communist, neither am I." - Salvador Dali
yes, my poses need to be more alive ^_^ I will remember to work on this, thank you
Those last poses are excellent, my favourites are on the page on the right (09.jpg). Great line work as always. A3 is what I have been working on up until now, but I think I may move down to A4 (A3 too awkward on my desk).
Those muscles drawings are good too - do you think they have helped you understand how the muscles work better than before?
I foolishly turned down an opportunity to and anatomy drawing observations with medical students, something I really wish I'd done now.
Have you attended life drawing sessions before?
All these questions.. sorry.
I move to A3 sometimes, they told me it was good to loosen my line and it was true. My desktop doesn't agree that much, but...lol
About muscles, I can say this is the first time that I find it useful. I mean, before I used to look at the muscles pictures and tought: "yeah, ok, but I don't need to draw what is under, I'm gonna use just the skin level". Drawing them helped my hand to understand the flowing of the forms.
Never attended life drawing session. I'm self taught and due to my health issues I'm not able to go out and draw people at the pub or so; my main source are my mother, my dog, and, for the naked body, me and a lot of pictures
good work man!!!
I feel bad...this is all I was able to draw yesterday...some bad and meaningless drawings from reference
more exercises for my line... 40 sec quick gestures from posemaniacs.com and some blind contours...
and I feel like doing everything wrong
how is it going?
hm, a little frustrated? you're right that the latest drawings of your women aren't as focused or alive as earlier ones, but bad days come and go so it's just natural. i noticed that your mind was wandering a bit as there are doodles on the page! it's interesting to see the pin figure/line of action pose in the bottom left corner. that one didn't work because you just drew a line and then created an outline around it, so it looks flat.
the line of action goes 'through' the paper, and you have to 'wrap' your lines around the general direction of the line. it's difficult, but you need to discover the relationship between the line of action and what you're representing. the line is just a direction and a will, it's not part of the figure, it's not inside the figure. i find line of action deceptive and hard to work with. i instead make parts of the external body the 'action'; for example, if i draw a line from the armpit to the knee, it creates the 'action'; the stance.
why don't you try evolving an idea? your pole dancer is pretty successful and interesting. try to fill a whole page with her (or any other idea) and feel how she might move in relation to the pole. you will build up a flow and a relationship with your character.
hope that helps!
p.s. try using ellipseses to 'think in 3D'. connect the lines to the ellipseses, usually at joints.
oh yeah, nothing wrong with your gestures as far as i can see. you could be more efficiant with your line in the 40sec poses though. what i mean is that you could capture the poses with less effort and longer lines. try counting how many lines you use. i have some examples in my new sketchbook (in my sig).
great stuff I'm loving the anatomy
mynewsketchbook http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=135829 http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=131890 oldsketchbook
Just Nonplussed yes, a day of frustration. I was nervous, so I couldn't focus on what I was drawing, and this made me more nervous....LOL
I understand what you mean about the movement line, I'll try to apply it
About evolving an idea, it's a thing I'm thinking about since some weeks, but everything I draw at the moment doesn't seems worth the time to me...hmmm I need inspiration!
I'll try the thing of the 40 sec gestures with less lines, thank you for the advice
pencilgeek thaaaank you
I had a moment of frustration/inspiration in the late evening, while looking at Wes Burt sketchbook ^_^
So I tried some doodles and this is the result...
still fighting with lineweight and shadows...
cats from reference, other figures from imagination
wow alice I love your sketches! they are awsome,, im thinking of becomming a fan keep it up! and please keep posting you are doing great!!
and the blind contours,, u just got to get a hang of them, dont lift your pencil and only watch the white.. just everything except the model, if you do so then the model will popout in sometimes almost perfect proportions!
you gotta love that right side of the brain huh ( or was it left.. :/ )
ehheeh Rogerb thank you very much for the motivation, is really important
And thank you for the suggestion about blinding contours, I'll try to apply it
Warmup exercises and new approach to my gesture drawing :p
The first without lifting the pencil, the second trying to express the movement with simple lines.
I needed something to focus on and inspire me, so I decided to doodle around this week chow.
I don't know ifI will participate, since I don't have the skills, but it's funny to have a theme and some rules to work on
hey, nice improvements.
the blind contour (i call it 'continuous line') helps with seeing and feeling how the muscles of the body are connected. after you understand the major connections and relationships in the body, try going back to using seperate lines, but being aware of what you learnt with 'blind contour'.
try not to get nervous! you have to eliminate fear. confidence will go some way to helping with this, but understanding is the path to destroying fear. once you understand what you are doing, you can't be scared because you've accepted it.
Some of those 'bad' drawings from the other day I quite like. Though I gotta say the hair style of the woman in the top left of 11.jpg is pretty funny!
Your 40sec drawings I feel are still looking very good, and those are some great cat drawings. I like your chow too, are you going to colour her? Because you should! I think it could be a memorable piece.
Being self taught is the best way to learn anything. It is slower perhaps, but still the best in the end. Makes the person's work more unique. And it sounds like you have everything you need anyway, so it isn't a problem as far as drawing is concerned .
Keep at it, I'm hooked on your work.