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G'day fellas. Well, im onto my final year of illustration at Uni, and i realise that i have a lot to learn before i can even think of getting a job. Ive been drawing (on and off) for the last ten years, but until a bit over a year ago, i hadn't done anything really beyond the typical Dragonball Z fan art you see flooding the pages of DeviantArt. Last year really opened my eyes to illustration. Not enjoying graphic design at uni, i decided to make illustration my focus, and jumped into a course where i had basically no knowledge expierience other than DBZ and Gundam fan drawings, and definately no expierience with painting. Overall my assignments weren't too bad. I improved a lot throughout the year, learning to apply colour, visual interest and fairly decent compositions, but i think i skipped a big step in my first year of learning to draw (for real). I never really studied human anatomy, simplifying complex objects to basic shapes, or even the rules of perspective. This lets me down when im concepting ideas. I struggle with placing images on paper because i don't understand how the body and muscles moves, stretches or interacts with one another. I dont understand shape structure, why the skin folds the way it does, or how light hits the body. Basically. I dont know the fundamental rules of drawing.
Below are examples of my best work done throughout the year. Not half bad. But the closer you look, you see many problems with anatomy, perspective and a lot of unconfident lines. Mixture of traditional/digital work.
My goal over the next year (i better keep it up!!!) is to fill these pages with sketches, paintings and even quick doodles. Im basically doing this for myself, to keep a digital record of my process over this year, for me to look back on in times that i need more confidence. If someone wants to give their advice, opinion, even if its just to tell me i suck, feel happy to leave comments. Later dudes!!!
Last edited by bigus_dickus; September 1st, 2009 at 08:56 AM.
Posemaniacs, Andrew Loomis, photo references used.
Just two quick doodles done this morning. the right one is from (i think) either a Loomis or Lemen tutorial. Taken with my mobile so a bit dodgy.
Go for it! Keep up those studies and try to apply what you learn. So if you've done some figure studies try do some from your head afterwards to practice your recall! Found this helps you progress much faster.
Took me about a year to land my 1st job as an illustrator, so keep pushing!
Cheers for the comments fellas.
Just a few more sketches done today...
Some doodles done today...
I've started a concept art workshop which goes for 4 weeks. At the moment we're are doing character designs for a fictional video game. week one is alien design. Here's a few doodles i have done...
And heres just a quickie i did the other night... taken with my phone so not the best quality.
Just some new sketches done tonight.
Hey fellas. Just some quick doodles i did this afternoon. they include Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), Italian Spiderman, my bro, and some basketball player, dont know his name. Cheers for looking. Was really fun to do these quick studies. About 10 mins on each, i think.
Some quickie value study attempts in photoshop. Photo reference for the Italian Spiderman one used of course.
Well that was random... Conan was just on TV, i click myself into your SB and he's here too!
Anyway, your stuff is looking good, just keep an extra eye on proportions and most important of all; keep drawing.
Conan is pretty badass. Thanks for the comment. Proportions are one of my major weaknesses. Hopefully they will improve considerably over the next few months
Some quick ones today. not very interesting. sorry
Some studies i did today. been looking at a badass anatomy book by Burne hogarth. worth checking out.
And thought i may as well post this shatty one up
Just did a dodgy colour overlay to see if my greyscale tones where ok. i think its working ok at the moment, just needs more details, highlights and contrasts.
And that hair is looking waaaay too ugly...
Update of my painting...
Any advice would be great!
and some doodles from yesterday.
Pic of Obama, and 2 of clint eastwood.
An attempt at drawing George Castanza, and an attempt at drawing a chick, who truned out looking like a dude.
I held my painting up to the mirror and just realised that his right eye, is too far away from the nose. i took a photo and digitally moved it across and the digital version looks fine. Damn. have to repaint the eye.
I see you have some hogarth books too, and is that lee van cleef in #16? I have to draw him some time. One tip I have for you is to keep the middle of the eye lined up with the edge of the mouth. I see you caught it in the leno painting