Hello, I'm Prabu from India . I have been drawing as far as I can remember.
At times I am not able to draw things that I imagine due to lack of skill.
I feel like I need to improve a lot which is why I'm starting this thread to track my progress.
I'll update frequently.
Please feel free to give critiques.
Attached 1 new & 4 old works.
I will post more later
Last edited by Prabu; March 5th, 2012 at 09:15 PM.
Hey, nice drawings! I like that they are not the usual monster/space/post apocaliptic enviroment thing that we see usually here =) and I like how you play with the composition of the image, I hope we can see more soon!
Hi, welcome to CA! You have some nice sketches here, and I agree: your work is definitely unique!
art is never finished, only abandoned~Leonardo da Vinci
Wow! I love your environment sketches, especially the one with the waterfall.
It'd be great to see some things from you with values added, and maybe some colour.
Can't wait to see what you do next!
Saurabhinator : Thanks
digitalphilia : Thank you. Monster/Space sounds cool. Will try it out.
ezekrialase : Thanks for the welcome . They are just some fantasy sketches.
Clur : Thank you so much . I am still weak in value, color & anatomy.
So I have to practice & improve a lot before my drawing look decent.
60 second pose drawings. Not that nice, need practice more.
Last edited by Prabu; March 7th, 2012 at 08:51 AM.
More 60 Second Pose sketches.
Need to practice more.
Some more 60 second pose studies. It's addictive.
Also drew some faces (Ref from different websites).
I will do some more pose sketches before moving on to study
the human body in detail.
More pose sketches . Will move onto studying body in
detail after sketching some more poses.
Some Referenced Faces.
Something Something Fantasy.
Drew this after getting tired of studies .
A bit monotonous. Not sure where pose study is leading to,
nevertheless I intend to continue drawing some more...
A bit monotonous. Not sure where pose study is leading to,
Nevertheless I intend to draw some more...
That's a LOT of gestures :] Really nice sketches in your first post!
I recommend trying to do some longer studies.
Completed the quota of sketches that I set for myself. (1000 )
elwghee : Thanks . I wanted to do detail study of the Human Body
first but I guess I can do some long studies. Sure.
I have to do studies with crayons & papers because I can't bring my PC outdoors for study
Hey Prabu, really really nice to see the amount of gesture studies you are doing here. They will definitely pay off in the long run. Also, it's good to see Indian artists on CA.
If you don't mind a bit of crit, then I think you should try to do some works from imagination as well, along with the studies that is. It's good to constantly re-check whether you can apply the stuff that you have learnt from your hard work. Or whether you've been doing the studies on auto-pilot.
Again, it's good to see another Indian here. Keep the works coming, and best of luck on your endeavour.
I love your 1000 gestures! How do you feel after drawing so many? Have you tried drawing some from memory? Do you feel you have gotten better? I am subscribing to your thread. I love you studies.
No scanner so no uploads
Tried some photo studies...
Vritra : Thank you . I'm sure It's worth doing some more. And I do agree about drawing from observation alongside imagination to check improvement. I'm also happy to see other artists from the region as well. Thank you for the wishes, I'll keep updating.
Eternal Apprentice : Thanks . It feels good though I need to practice more (30 sec Poses). I have tried drawing from memory & know now that I need to improve how I draw curves of Shoulders, Upper Arm, Thighs & Heels. As for getting better, its too soon to tell. I'm just learning to be patient while drawing & not get distracted. Thanks again for subscribing.
Hi! I really like your imaginative works. They feel very free and expressive to me. Like scenes out of childhood.
One thing I wanted to suggest is that you not use Posemaniacs too much. I could be wrong, but I recognized some of the poses from there. The reason I say that is because they tend to be stiffer and not show the muscles exactly proper. There are at two other gesture drawing tools to work from. When I get back to my computer, I'll find the links for you.
The other suggestion, also related to your gestures, is to not focus too much on the overall contour. Work more on the rhythm, weight, and balance of the figure. If you want to study anatomy and all the tiny details, do that as a different exercise and give yourself more time to measure out relative proportions.
Good luck! I hope you continue with your studies! looking forward to seeing more from you!
As a follow up to my other post, here are the two links I was talking about:
There are others out there, I believe, but I think these ones should be sufficient for now.
Wasted time looking for references & found some really good medical books for drawing .
syrella : Wow, Thank you so much . I did use Posemaniacs for studies.
Wanted to know the feel of the complete body before learning the details :].
I understand what you mean by rhythm, weight & balance & I will focus on that during studies. .
Thanks again for the links to carry out gesture studies . I'll definitely use them.
Honey, Pepper, Cloves, Neem & Me.
Too many strange names...
Need to draw a lot more to remember the shapes.
Trying to get back into the routine of drawing after a long break
Wow my god. All those figures, scapulas and humeruses!
Also I like your imagination pencil drawings.
Immoral Cintiq's Sketchbook
"Society will DRAW a circle that shuts me out, but my superior thoughts will DRAW me in." -Marva Collins
"Character is what you know you are not what others think you are." -Marva Collins
Immortal Cintiq: Thanks . Only a hundred more odd bones left to draw .
Last edited by Prabu; April 28th, 2012 at 04:27 AM.
Prabu, good to see you doing so much work, but I think you also need to think about what work you are doing. It's not about how much you practice, but how you practice.
These extremely isolated studies are going to be difficult to apply in a final work, I think. You see, anatomy studies are supposed to help us understand how the human machine works. Where the muscles connect, how they expand or contract with motion, how the bones support and frame them from within and so on and so forth. Rather than practicing these bones in isolation, what you need to understand is how they connect to the overall structure, and how it finally affects the working of the body, or the human machine. You need to understand the proportions of these bones, in comparison with the rest of the body.
I hope you understand that I'm not trying to say that what you're doing is wrong. I'm only saying that these practices will be more difficult to apply in the long run. Please keep in mind that practice is supposed to finally aid you in achieving something - and you have to keep that thing in mind while doing your studies.
Basically, what I am saying is, practice a lot, but also practice smart. Best of luck with your art, I wish you do well.
I'm loving the sketches from imagination you have here. I can see a lot of heart was put into them. You have great potential, so I'm definitely subscribing
To echo what Vritra said above, while I applaud your dedication, this method of practicing can do more harm than good. Studies are most useful when you study them. A study lets you figure out something you didn't know before about what you're studying. Doesn't matter what it is - anything you learn will help you draw better.
From the look of it, you're not really stopping to think about what you learn from each study, but trying instead to acquire muscle memory for drawing.
Perhaps that method is enjoyable to you, and if it is - go for it! It's always good to study the way you enjoy best
But be careful: if you want to keep the heart that shows through your sketches at the moment, you won't do it with automatic muscle memory drawing.
Whatever you go with, good luck! I hope to see you posting more
My Sketchbook - All are welcome
Vritra: Thanks for the wishes . I understand what you are saying. As of now, I am drawing just enough to feel the flow of the bones and form a complete mental image of it which I can move in my head at will. Regarding the bone relationship with each other & the rest of the body is something that I will definitely keep in mind. My target at the moment is to learn anatomy once in for all & not keep referring to books. This is the reasons I haven't drawn a complete painting in a while. Somehow the idea of completing a painting in stages & carrying out studies in between seems a bit awkward for me. But I will try this out.
Thanks again for the comments & wishes, I really appreciate it .
IntoTheVoid: Thank you so much . You pretty much nailed it when you said I'm practicing to get muscle memory. I guess after two strikes against this method of practicing I will keep an hour separate for studying from nature.
Though the process I'm going through might looks monotonous, I am certain that I will never loose heart in my sketches .
Wish I had real bones instead of flat pictures to draw from .
Will start drawing muscles once I finish Head & Chest Bones .
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Bones are usually covered by a layer of muscle, a layer of skin, and often a layer of clothes over that, so the exact shape is less important than the positioning, proportions, and where they attach to each other. Those are things you'll want to pay close attention to as you study.
As much as possible, try studying the way they connect and not just the individual bits, since the way components work together is what makes a drawing convincing.
My Sketchbook - All are welcome