The nude portrait like you have up is exactly what I would like to become good at and what I would love to one day master.Do you have any tips to become good at it? I already attend nude drawing classes. Do you think that using charcoal over pgraphite would help me in the future with oil?Any books you recommend me buying? I have tons of questions about this but I donīt wanna fill your sketchbook with questions that might be useless for the rest of the people here
Goremageddon Looks like we share a common interest, I would too like to one day master the figure. Let's see, I think charcoal is a much more practical material than graphite for figure drawing, simply because of its speed. You can just whip up some lines, and get rid of em with your hand if you don't like them. And using the side of the charcoal for shading/establishing planes is something graphite does not offer. Before diving into oils/colors, you must first have a basic grasp on proportion, lines and shading. At my school we spent the first two years drawing exclusively with charcoal, before ever touching oil paints. I myself have spent a lot of time copying Bridgman and Loomis, Bridgman is available for purchase, "Constructive anatomy" is a book I'd recommend. Loomis is no longer published but e-books are still on the internet. http://www.placidchaos.com/AM/index..../andrew_loomis I have printed and bound some of these, and I find them very helpful.
Finally, when trying to master colors and oils, drawing/painting from life will always be better than drawing from photo's. So if you can, try to focus on that. At least, that's what I'm doing.
I hope this helps, and I hope we will both one day master the human figure.
This is why I love looking at long sketchbooks. From looking the first few to the last few pages and seeing the last few and there's an absolutely enormous jump in progress. It makes me a tad less frustrated with myself.
This was a subtle way of saying: I love your work.
[QUOTE=Teundeboer;2129544]As suggested, I did some studies. Both human and animal .
(The monkey is non ref, and therefor looks strange)
I like these. I actually like the non ref monkey. To me, when you try to draw something from memory, that's when you get something new or a fresh take on the subject. If I just wanted a drawing of a monkey, I'd Google that and find a million that look the same. The good thing about non ref is that no one else can recreate what you've produced without copying your style.
Goremageddon Don't be silly, I watch video tutorials, I don't make them. hiddenfactor I get your point, but I feel like I should first learn to draw from observation before I start taking my own path. Kinda like you gotta learn to write before you write poetry.
I was recently in Louvre for the Raphael exhibition and according to what was written even the Great Masters used reference a lot...and an interesting thing for me (I didnīt know this)...Can anyone recreate Raphael ro Da Vinciīs stuff? Not really, yet many of their works relied on references..they actually used the square method for accuracy with a wooden instrument.