It's great that you're drawing all this stuff, just keep it up, you'll get there. Don't worry.
I'll second Trixtar's comment, I think it's better to do one drawing a day (or longer), as best you can, rather than doing a whole bunch of fast drawings. I know a lot of times I get frustrated at how bad I am and then I try to study everything really fast. But It doesn't help, I have to slow down and focus on getting one thing right to make any progress.
So, it's good to see that you're continuinng with this digital lizard study. Squint and get the basic value and color shapes before you start highlighting individual scales. You need to show the core of the shadow and the reflected light in the shadow area. Look at this sphere and compare it to your lizard:
I would also simplify the background. It would probably be easiest to select it all, and then paint it in again with a big, soft brush.
Looking through your sketchbook it seems like you're frustrated and angry all the time. That's something you can work on as well, because let me tell you, it has nothing to do with the quality of your artwork, so you'd better start trying to change it now. I am WAY better than I was years ago, but I don't feel any better about my artwork. So just try to chill out, it's not that bad, and having a more positive outlook can only help you improve faster.
I'm just yammering on here about stuff I think, but if you have any questions I could attempt an answer.
Man, you've really been picking up the pace over the few months that I've been away from conceptArt! I think it's great that you're doing life drawing, nothing will help you more. And you're balancing it out with stuff from your head and photo references, that's awesome. Keep drawing!
gmc9987, Thank you!
Mr. Corlan, Thank you for the visit, the encouragement, and the advice. Yes, I do tend to try to get very single aspect down, quickly, Which probably makes me frustrated.
impressive anatomy studies you did
Everything is permitted
That lizard is coming along nicely! And your studies are definitely improving. You seem to say pretty often that you're not making progress, but you are.
Some things: Your drawings from life--slow down! Your drawing often seem very impatient. Take the time to observe the forms and put the line where you want them. Build up the forms/figures from simpler shapes. That is, draw from the inside out like you're doing in some of your from-reference studies, don't go straight to the outlines/contour.
Make sure you have the forms down before you go to the next step. Your apple on the previous page, for instance seems kind of wonky (Unless it was just a wonk shaped fruit, which happens I guess.) and the bottle a couple of posts up has a curve to it's body. You might be drawing too much from your elbow. I get this everything-curving problem when I've unconsciously crunched up really close to my desk and don't have the room to use my whole arm.
Watch your ellipses--make sure they're wrapping around the form and really 'on' the table/base/whatever. Drawing through help should take of this.
Waiting for more!
You are attending a life-drawing class! As a person who lives in a country with 9.5 million people and only one life-drawing workshop 350 km away from me, I can say that it is very good.
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good practice flashback! be sure not to sacrifice the 3rd dimension in order to achieve rhytm though. you can also look for rhytm in the changes in plain orientation and position in 3d.
Hey man! You're studying a lot...you're definitely a dedicated guy!
Pay some attention to the line quality, breath! relax! feel one with the pencil! use it gently but firmly! Use more of your arm motion than your wrist! Get some decent quality paper as well and draw bigger, if you see that it helps
Think of all the information and emotion you can convey with your lines!
Pencil practice, the eye looks flat need to practice more perspective.
Answering comments and helpful suggestions will come after I clean the pool and cut the grass.
Good work! A quick way to inject tridimensionality is via line quality, you see the line that divides the upper eye lid from the eye ball? try to make the line stronger when it gets to the middle plane (the one that is protuding more) and softer/lighter when it goes towards the side on the two side planes (the ones that are receding)...it will give the impression that it's a ball! Also, don't forget about the planes of the lower lid (the same goes for them too, accentuate where the form gets closer to the viewer)! The eye works like a helmet, the upper lid covers the lower lid, so show that by making the upper lid overlap the lower one, it will automatically be more convincing! Take your time to do these studies and don't rush, try to analyze as much as you can! I'd try to work on one thing at a time (eyes, nose, etc), trying to get it as right as possible
Your noses are looking pretty fine, need to analyze more the structure of lips and eyes!
Good job and keep it up, man!
Last edited by GaussianRaider; May 5th, 2012 at 01:29 PM.