Ahh so good so far! What really helped me improve was to try really hard not to draw from photos but from real life as much as possible, you learn so much translating something from 3 dimensions onto paper, with a photo half the work is already done for you :] It can be difficult finding models when you don't go to any art schools, but drawing people on the bus/train/any public places in your moleskin is great practise too~
Also your digital stuff has a lot of potential, perhaps do some studies in grayscale to improve your knowledge of tonal values.
hey there. I agree with future-fiction, try to concentrate on values. maybe do some grayscale value studies. for me value is the most important thing for describing mood,atmosphere and space in an image. keep drawing, you are showing real promise.
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Thanks Demodeus! I'll periodically comment your pieces on your sketchbook so's neither of us falls low on crits Loomis is the best
When i get the chance to use my walcom tablet i try working on some grayscale speed paintings just to learn up on values! Thanks hotbox.
Thanks for the inspiration future-fiction, i'll try working on my grayscales!
More updates to come later today, some sketches in pen or pencil perhaps...
Welp had a little cook out tonight at the girlfriends house so i only had time to wip up a pen sketch with some printing paper and the pen i had in my pocket...
Enjoy my seamen!
Your at a good start with your anatomy, you need a lot more practice but as long as you keep up with it you're on the right track. You might want to get some anatomy art books (don't get the medical ones unless your interested in getting into medical illustration). I would like to see some more finished work from you, I like your most resent sketch with the ink and would like to see a more finished piece in that style.
keep up the good work!
You're doing well, and you've come to the right place!
Keep practising and you'll be a hit, but it doesn't happen over night! You can do it kid!
I especially like the 4th image you uploaded.
Good luck, and all the best!
this might sound like trite advice but keep your positive outlook and work hard... working hard is hard to keep up im not really sure how to do it myself but i gotta say drawings more fun the more you do it. anyway i do enjoy your seaman, it has more emotion than most of the stuff i see on ca... even the technically elite stuff... so youre already a good artist on the right hemisphere of your brain... just keep workin on the left hemisphere stuff, proportions accuracy etc.
The Original - Thanks alot the original, i love sketching in pen's so i'll try for more! Once i get back to my house ill have time to do a finished digital piece for ya!
jsn - Thanks for the inspiration, i'll be sure to keep trecking!
grenappels - Very profound advice my friend, thanks for the compliments about my seamans emotions, i'll be sure to keep trying!
No sketches today, tommorrow i'll have some updates along with questions about art supplies! More crits welcome! I always comment back
I like that portrait of you and your gilfriend but it looks a little bit unfinished. I'm often afraid to continue my work in a fear of ruining it. Your digital is going well. Those knights are nicely detailed, but maybe there could be more variation. That b/w acrylic painting looks good, I might add there one color area to attract attention. You've already got good advices here, just keep going You might ask your girlfriend to model for you some times...
hellfiresniper - Thanks for the praise in acrylic i desperately seek comments on that, because i do it more than digi and def draw more
Windsrock - Yea the girlfriend piece was done essentially in [watercylic] as i call it, (acylic mixed with water, and layered slowly) i've had a tendency of doing it in the past..., thanks for the advice man
Now if only she'd actually pose for me....
Well, i actually got around to having a good sketch session with my new materials (Strathmore sketch pad, New acrylics, Brushes, and Canvas's) and got some Mannequin sketches of figures, along with concept sketches, and sketches from observation! Enjoy
Just a building i liked in a magazine
Some figure drawing mannequin's from observation along with an archer from resources.
Another archer and knight from observation.
I've recently acquired some acrylic paints i considered bargain paints (i usually use liquitex) and was curious as to any opinions regarding there quality, so if you've used them or heard of them what do you think of them?:
Comment's and Crits are welcomed (Be as blunt as you'd like)! I always comment back
nice work so far man...
You are going to get a LOT of advice, critiques along the way (that is what is wonderful about this site) you don't get this in life too much, so soak it all up and don't worry at this stage (too much) about your final projects.
If you are serious about being an artist (WHATEVER form that takes) be extremely extremely patient with yourself. It might take quite a bit of time for concepts and skill/talent to "gel" together and for you to hit your stride... or it might take no time at all.
The key to either is to practice, practice, practice.
Art will become your life, life will become your art... (and if that doesn't make alot of sense now, just give it time)
Study anatomy, do more sketches from life (your cat sketch is a wonderful example) ...
find some artists (dead, alive it doesn't matter) that you "resonate" with and REALLY examine what they are doing in their work... every artist has their own voice (just like every singer, musician, writer, or person you know) and when you can look at an artist's work and "hear" what they are doing, you'll know you've grown leaps and bounds.
Don't be in a hurry. Ease into your path, and walk at your own speed.
Cool man. At 19 I felt the exact same way.Struggling to become an Artist! at 19
Well, now I don't know what to think
Seems like you're working really hard in here. I picked up that you're looking to do some value studies.
I would advise against that right now, since it seems you're still struggling a bit with form. As Vilppu says, if you don't know what an object looks like in space, how can you shade it?
I would practice perspective with shapes... cubes, boxes, twisted boxes, etc.... and then once you understood how to push them up, down, back, front in space (using perspective), go ahead and start shading those.
But really, for starters, I would advise you to try some gesture drawings. They're the foundation for every good drawing.
Keep working. You won't have to struggle forever It gets easier sometimes (and then harder again, and then easier, etc)
Good to see you pushhhh yourself!
My two cents:
I think you should concentrate more on the form when you do the outlines of a figure. And then try to do some anatomy studies and hatch with the form/muscles when you're rendering. Because for now it's a bit messy.
Also do some color stuff to get a feeling for it.
Well of course you don't have to master it all at once.
Go step by step.
blexano - Thanks for the words blex, i'll try some colored stuff, colored pencil, or acrylic maybe
p sage - Thanks pervy sage, i hope it gets easier
JoshDArtist - I've been encompassing myself with art to become art So i get watcha mean Thanks!
I drew some figures earlier today but I'm too tired to post them so they will be up tomorrow morning with more updates tomorrow night Keep the comments flowing, and I'll comment back
hi! Thank you for the nice comment on my sketchbook (:
You have a lot of great compositions and ideas going on from what I've seen so far. A great facial expressions tutorial is on Cedarseed's dA page. All of her tutorials are wonderful and easy to follow. I found them really helpful and I hope you enjoy them as well!
For the acrylic painting of you and your girlfriend, I would suggest really pushing the values--don't be afraid to make the darks really dark and the lights really light. The best piece of advice I've ever gotten when painting is from my friend Helen who said, "Exaggerate the colors." You can always paint over it with acrylics if it gets too dark, so don't be afraid to go there. (:
Thanks for the comment in my SB! This is a nice start. The page of gestures in post 41 is definitely heading in the right direction. Keep going!!
Littlewendycat - I'll try to be more dynamic with my colors, and that facial expression tut is divine i too will offer the link to those in need
NicG - Will do
Well, i've got more manikins and an attempt at a man which i quickly stopped, aswell as a sketch of a sketch from another concept artist Bergulf .
Other than that i've also recently gotten more art supplies to widen both my knowledge and my posting, taking advice from people to "try" color, i bought the following :
- Colored Pencils ( Roseart )
- Charcoal Pencils
- Watercolor Paper
- More Canvas
- More Acrylic
More comment's and advice would be lovely, remember don't spare any politeness, i love blunt comments They help more than being nice
I will comment back , more updates tomorrow
Last edited by adammelo; August 27th, 2009 at 12:49 PM. Reason: Confused Links & Names
Thanks for the reply in my SB! Im here to return the love.
I would recomend studies and lots of em. If you want to learn painting with acrylics then do studies of paintings you like. Try and mimic the brushstrokes and colors. You will learn alot from them. I know studies are boring and you are young and impatient. I was impatient as fuck when I was nineteen.
Just spend some time on your drawings and really look at em. Now be patient! cheers!
thanks a lot for stopping by my sketchbook, cool ideas you've got man. I really love that character you sketched for your friends novel, his armor is really cool & that sketch of the girl up there is very nice her stomach area seems to be the biggest part of her body though, then the boobs & legs are a bit small, keep practicing man, in time you'll get very confident with a pencil or whichever medium you like best
nice painting of you & your girlfriend by the way
You've got a lot of good stuff here! That samurai sketch has a really nice composition! The castle one has a lot of attention to detail, which I liked.
And you've improved a lot from your first few drawings!! Really awesome!
Do more perspective stuff! And do some studies of anatomy. I've figured that it really helps to know what's under the skin to be able to draw the skin!
Gogo draw draw draw!
Thanks for comment!
I like your effort but like everyone else I will recommend that you do more anatomy studies. try focusing more on the body rather than a helmet, for instance.
I dont know wether or not youre in art school but i find that life drawing classes are a big help.
good luck! looking forward to seeing more!!
Hello Adammelo. Thanks for stopping by my sketchbook. I see that you have made a sketch from one of my drawings. It’s nice that you liked it, I hope you learnt something. However you seem to have got the name wrong…
I think you are on the right track with your artwork. Those stick figures/mannequins have some good movement and poses. Perhaps try fleshing the figures out a bit. It is important to observe how the different parts of the body bend and twist during action yet still view the body as one cohesive machine.
I agree with the other comments here about focusing on construction (anatomy, perspective, composition…) for a while before going into tone and colour. The construction of the image is always most important. Keep up the practice.
Thank you for commenting in my sketchbook. I like your paintings and the sketch of the man on his knees. I felt the emotions coming from them. You and your girlfriend look so serene in each others presence it seems. I don't think I can say more than anyone else has said as far as criticism.
Hi there, nice start to your sketchbook! I think you're on the right track, you just need to keep at it and you'll get there. My only suggestions at this point are that I think you should keep working on full body sketches and that you should try working up your figures with construction lines before you work out your outline. Keep up the good work!
B-Man - Sounds like a plan b-man, i always wanted to stuff the master's
miycko - Thanks, your the first person to like my friends character , i'll keep improving!
Rolo - Perspective, will do! I really do need to work on it more though lol, thanks for the comments and support rolo!
inmygucci - Nope, no art school for me, but i do practice on my own time, almost all the time now so I'll do more real life studies for ya Thanks =)
Bergulf - Sorry mate, i fixed your name and link I often search multiple sketchbooks at a single time viewing the artwork and then commenting, when i got caught up with your sketch book i forgot it was on another tab so i accidentally pasted the wrong url, and name Thanks for the support and i will indeed practice more
Lunarmoth - Hehe, thanks for the support Lunarmoth, i'll keep it up for ya
dierat - Thanks dierat, i'll try some more fullbody images
Well, onto the update, sadly my scanner bed cannot accommadate the mix media update i was hoping to post I do however have a pencil sketch like always for you It was done in 4 minutes timed , i'll also post a watercolor piece i did today, though i will eventually repost it as it's colors have been very poorly scanned because it simply was held over the scanner
The charcoal drawings and the repost of the watercolor mecha will be done tomorrow along with the update for tomorrow
More crits and comments welcomed , I will definitely comment back
Getting back to you (thanks fer yer comments)!
Re: your sea-man-- what type of pen did you have, what type of paper did you use, and what was the source/inspiraton for this figure?
Kamber Parrk - I'll post the pen's i used later with my update, it was just a regular pen and printing paper, my inspiration was just boredom, and i wanted to draw something in pen badly so i did a little pirate
RainShinobi - Thanks for the coke, its my favorite drink Ironically enough all my 3-5 minute studies today are faces from life observation I'll post my update tonight once i decide i'm done with sketching / artwork Thanks for commenting
My aunt lent me this book (http://www.amazon.com/How-Draw-Lifel...1511835&sr=8-4) and it really helped a lot with faces.