Here is what I made until now: http://idanne.weebly.com/. I also added two pieces I'm still working on in attachments.
I dream of being a professional artist in the future. I'm sixteen (well, almost seventeen in fact) now and I've been drawing since forever, but I decided that I want art to be my job in this year. Critique me, tear apart my work, I want to improve. Although I have a feeling that I know my mistakes, I just need practice... and maybe advice how to overcome "stiffness" of my drawings.
Last edited by Idan; January 4th, 2014 at 04:17 AM.
Your post ended up in moderation, sorry about that. Maybe something to do with the editing issue. All approved now but if you have any more problems, pm me and I'll get it sorted.
Anyway, welcome to the forum and good luck with your art. Cant really comment as there's only one image posted so far. Post lots more and people will be happy to give you advice and support. They're a friendly bunch.
Thank you! My previous drawings are in the link c:
Latest (abandoned) work-in-progress:
I'm having a terrible time drawing people similar to themselves. Some critiques about the face would be greatly appreciated (yes, I know that her back is bad too).
Hi Idan. Welcome to CA. Looks like you have a lot of potential! Wish I was where you are when I was 16. Keep posting. Can't wait to see how you come along.
I quickly changed the angle of the lips and chin and adjusted the jaw a bit. I think it helps a little with the anatomy, though it could be tweaked even more. I hear studying Andrew Loomis's head construction is a big help. It's something that's on my list of things to do.
Thank you very much! I see now that the lips were too low. And I'll check Loomis out, I think his books are available online, which is a big help.
Some pages from my sketchbook (I'm drawing mainly in school, so I rarely use references in it); sorry for the blurred photos:
Some breast practice drawn while watching Sycra's video:
More portrait practice, turned out too stiff.
Those are some very good bobbies. :3, also the fact that you're sixteen and drawing this well is saying something.
Stiffness? Well, gestures are a great way to loosen up if you want. You should give them a try. There are some great videos out there you can check out. Notably Glen Vilppu's videos, he's featured on Proko TV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa_2rL1K1mg it's a half hour long, but a really great watch by one of the best. Basically it's all about simplifying the forms into a state that keeps them gestural, expressive, and simple. However there are more details to them that you can learn about. Here is another video that you can check out by Proko http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0660Fuih7qo Also, feel free to take the time to develop your own research. There's tons of information out there waiting to be found. Good luck on your searching and growth.
Well, now (from 05.12) I'm seventeen, but thank you .
I knew Proko before, but I haven't watched this gesture video. I'll check it out (as well as this "bean" thing).
Some stuff from yesterday:
And from today:
I wanted to try the thumbnailing technique. I'm also aiming for a more painty style compared to the last portrait. (It's an early WIP obviously).
Oh my God, she's my friend and she's turning out like a prostitute. Anyway, fine flat marker tool is my new love. I hope I won't overdo this painting as usual.
Last edited by Idan; December 15th, 2013 at 03:27 PM.
I liked the WIPs more... But anyway, finished:
Making people similar to themselves is SO DIFFICULT D:
A thumbnail of my next painting, mainly a light exercise.
Trying to draw people resembling themselves.
Later on, I abandoned the task, closed the photo reference and did some strange coloring.
Skulls with flesh based on some photos.
I'm trying to repaint the previous face. Still working on it.
BOOM! Suddenly everything went ugly.
I give up on this one.
Last edited by Idan; December 22nd, 2013 at 09:04 AM.
Some traditional from yeasterday and today. Sorry for the checked notebook paper, I just wanted to get rid of all these unused pieces of paper in my drawer.
Studied Loomis (proportions), Proko (gesture drawing) and Sycra (many things) today.
Yes, I write to myself while drawing, often in English, just to practice the language.
I've changed my mind :F Two sketchbooks are better than one. Moreover, it's good to be in two communities at once, because every community brings a slightly different attitude to art... So anyway, here's my work since my last post here:
[larger messy version]
Wow, I did it in five days? D: That's a lot, actually. And I have more not scanned things from today.
Another update (I stopped scanning every drawing I make):
I followed the advice from this: http://idanei.deviantart.com/art/Bas...otes-412658226... and I think it's super helpful. The first drawing is made with construction, more or less careful measuring and all these things. The second one is drawn in 8% zoom, focusing on the general shapes. It's still very far from being similar to the reference (I messed up the eye and lips angle and the length of the nose), but it's so much better. I think that I'll be drawing portraits this way from now on. The construction is helpful while creating something from imagination, but it can get in the way while trying to draw from the photo.
Oh my, can you believe it? She actually starts to resemble herself! I'm so happy she's at least recognizable. Practice does make perfect! (even though I'm still far from being perfect)
In one page and you already make progress, very impressive and inspiring
When I draw faces I basically work like that guy from the deviantart tutorial, trying to nail in the general shape of the face and the approximate relationships between eyes, nose and mouth. That's about it, if I nail those everything else is pretty much easy.
Thank you very much!
I ruined some things compared to the sketch and I got tired of detailing, so I thought I'll leave it as it is. I also think that I should focus more on the quantity over quality (at least for now) and experiment with different faces, lightening etc. instead of polishing one painting.
Anyway, I'm rather happy with the result, because before my paintings were completely different from the photos - and this one is a little bit closer.
I had some problems with resizing it, so sorry for the big image.
I finally got down to recent Sycra's tutorial (I had it opened in my browser for more than a week). Learned so much.
Very nice progress! You're improving fast lady, and I love the little comments you make in your sketchbook (my favourite is the "go get some sleep" one ).
My favourite drawing of yours is the little cat. Was that from life? I advise you work from life as much as you can. Photos are not the same thing.
Keep nailing those mannequin studies. Good luck in your journey!
Shoulder to the wheel, my friend!
My sketchbook - Harsh critique always welcome!
Yes, that cat was from life. You're not the first one saying you like them, which is a bit surprising for me, as I don't really like these. I know I should draw from life more, but when I try, I usually get impatient and irritated... I will practice it though, it's good to do so ;)
As you can see, I've just ended my notebook. Here's a second or a third page from it (early September) to show the improvement.
And I've started a new one, A4 this time.
Awesome update, the illustration with the white fox is gorgeous!
How much do you spend on the polishing part?
I find that your drawings are attractive because of your contribution to accurate details and time spent on polishing your drawings, I'm working on this right now but am not always sure if it comes out as enough polishing.
It depends on what do you mean by polishing and where it starts... I don't think I can help you much though, as I never look at the clock while drawing, I just sit until it looks passable ;)
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By the way, I just love CA.org's new look. I often wondered why art site has such a bad, gray-brownish design. Such a pleasant change.
Last edited by Idan; January 27th, 2014 at 01:26 AM.