good to see that you're doing all these studies. What are you doing the studies from of the bodies? Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life is definitely worth going all the way through to help you with construction and anatomy. Keep it up!
Thank you bro, I'm doing studies of bodies from Barrett's Life Drawing book. Heads are from Loomis and Bridgman's Complete Guide, I only just started on Bridgman. Also much of the body work is also from life.
Shambok wanted me to develop the concept a bit further, so here's the progress so far, just getting it cropped and prepared how I would like to take things, it was an awkward pose to begin with, so I just want to change things around before committing to anything.
Hey man LOVING the still lifes, particularly the cup seems like you got the colours down even though its fairly dark
The character stuff seems good too colours seem really desaturated though :/ I'm not sure if you're painting over greyscales but I dont think its working colours need to "pop" more but doing the still lifes will definately improve that
Good stuff man, though I hope you're spending more time working on drawing than digital painting at this point (in my opinion). Digital painting is good to do all the time I think to learn to get the hang of it, though value and structure (drawing) is the backbone of all of it, so you really need to focus on getting that down. I'd recommend doing Bridgman a lot (he's helped me a lot so far, and I'm just now past the head and neck).
As for your painting, I think more color variation would bring them to life more (cools and warms). Keep up the good work!
Taylor - Thank you for the compliment bro! I'm glad you like the coffee cup, yip it was a pretty dark scene, set against the bottom of my table, which is pitch black (almost).
Yeah, I see so, upon looking at the troll again, the colours are more washed out than I wanted. Nope, that was painted with colour, no value underdrawing.
Hey, thank you for the DS sketch, it turned out so-so. =) I may get something for Christmas or whatever, probably not until the school holidays though. Thank you bro, I appreciate the comments.
Jeremy - Thank you for the comment bro. Yip, I need to keep the drawing side up, I'll crack open the books today promise. The Bridgman studies are difficult for me, I find he draws much straighter than I'm used to, but I'm willing to persevere with him.
Awesome, thank you for the tip, I'll think carefully about my colour variation in the next pieces.
Thank you for the comments chaps, keep well to you both.
Well there's progress but not sufficient if I have to be honest... Focus on anatomy, focus on the bigger shapes, you want to draw fluid natural lines but they won't look any good without a fundamental form underneath them...
Your faces also need a lot of work, look up some pictures and draw from them, when you get a bit more confident start drawing people in your environment, be it on the bus, your friends, whatever...
Jeremy is right too, drawing from life should be your number 1 priority at this time, painting will come later! That doesn't mean that you can't paint of course, but the hours you spend on a painting would give you more result if you spent them on drawing and doing studies.
The stuff in post #255 for example, it doesn't look like you had a good look at the stuff you drew... The anatomy, without wanting to sound rude or mean, is still at a pretty childish level, which is a letdown to see after 9 pages of hard work, which leads me to thinking that you're looking wrong... Have you tried reading "drawing on the right side of the brain"? I think it's a book that will help you a LOT.
Hope to hear from you and remember, bad crits are the best crits, I'm saying this to help you not to bring you down
Don't be afraid to rip into my work, that's what I'm here for, to learn from the mistakes I make. There are many things which I can't see in my work, and others do. This both scares and inspires me! =)
You've raised a good point in that I haven't been really looking at and drawing what I see in many pieces. In some cases I'm trying to draw from imagination, but the studies aren't that good I must confess.
I do have a copy of the book you mentioned and will start reading through it.
Thank you for the great advice, it's really helped me to recognise mistakes in my work.