Inspired by all of the sketchbooks here and good vibes of Conceptart.org forums, I've decided to start a sketchbook.
I started drawing a few weeks ago for the first time in ages. My drawing experience is extremely limited, but I am changing that! I know that the best way for me to learn new skills is to just jump right in and do it.
So here I am, thrown into the deep end of the swimming pool not knowing how to swim. Sink or swim!
Last edited by purplegoat; March 20th, 2011 at 09:51 PM.
Hey Purple keep at it just keep drawing as much as you can your doing great!
Izer & latigid: Thanks for the feedback, it is appreciated!
From Jack Hamm's book:
Self portrait from mirror:
Hi purplegoat you look like you've been really busy. I thought your bottle and lizard were very good as are your self portraits which are a great way to learn. As I discovered last week. I can see that your ellipses aren't the right perspective on cup etc. They are difficult to get right at first but that aside well done for starting. The main tip I can pass on is to take your time and really look at what your drawing. I've realised that I need to learn how to see so I can learn how to draw. I look forward to seeing your skills grow and what discoveries you make.
Marian - Thanks for the feedback. I think ellipses are a little tricky and something I'll keep in mind next time. The self portraits are definitely challenging. None of them really look like me but the most recent one is the closest likeness. The lizard was drawn from a picture. I liked how it turned out so I made it my avatar lol
Didn't get the chance to draw as much today as I'd have liked. Spent the last 40 minutes or so doing the follwing studies from Hamm's Drawing the Head and Figure.
Hey mr goat keep plugging at those studies they will help i need to do more myself! Also the self portraits are a good way to practice keep drawing and keep posting i would like to see more!!
Self portraits and drawings from life are the way to go and the studies look good. facial features are important to study but don't forget that the structure of the skull and where they go on the face is important too. keep updating, I want to see more!
latigid - I'm plugging away at the studies. Hopefully that will help build a nice foundation. Self portraits are definitely a challenge. Thanks for dropping in on my sketchbook!
Marlee - I'm trying to balance drawing from life with the studies. Since I'm focusing on the face right now I'm hoping self portraits will help apply what I am learning from the studies. Thanks for the feeback!
WOOT! Improvement! Keep it comin!!!
Portfolio Help: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=274228
I think your perspective needs a little bit of work, mainly the ellipses.
A helpful "trick" I learned when doing ellipses is start with a rectangle in perspective using the vanishing point, etc. Then divide the rectangle and it should give you a close to, if not accurate ellipse from the point of view you're trying to display. Good rule of thumb is to draw the box the object came in.
ColorExcursion - Thanks, I'll try to keep it rollin!
Blindrat - I found the Perspective 101 tutorial on the forums here and started the circle and ellipses part. I'm thinking of delving into that a little deeper this weekend and applying it to a cup drawing. Thanks for the crit!
Think I'm going to move on the from the face studies and start the body studies from the same book this weekend. Looks like it starts with stick figures, just my speed. Haha
You are definitely improving. Good work! Just keep up those studies. The feature studies especially the nose and ear are looking really nice. Keep doing stuff like that and you'll notice it start to filter down to when you do things like self portraits.
"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." -Douglas Adams
My goal: To get good enough to post in the Finally Finished Forum.
MyOrangeHat - Thanks a lot. I think I need to start consciously applying the studies to drawing from life. Hopefully over time it will improve my drawings from life. I appreciate your comment and visit to my sketchbook.
From a photo of Tom Waits:
One study and three from reference.
from ref - note to self, smiles with teeth are hard to draw
Have to agree with Marian here you are improving at a rate of knots keep plugging at it who knows where it will all end up?????
Marian and latigid - Thanks for the encouragement! It really helped tonight when I was thinking of bailing out on drawing because I am tired. After reading your replies I decided to do a page. True story!
I finished my first 100 page sketchbook! Woot!
Granted I often only use one side of the paper but still... that means I have at least 100 drawings under my belt.
An art supply store opened near me and almost everything was 50% off. So I grabbed a couple of sketchbooks, a willow charcoal variety pack, pencils and kneaded erasers. I've got 3 empty sketchbooks so I'd better get moving!
This is a study from Hamm's book. It is my first drawing of a male figure. It was challenging to get the proportions to where they are. Although not perfect, after a lot of erasing and adjustment I got it to where it is now. I was a reality check for sure. The reality being that figure drawing is HARD.
I drew the face an hatchet from imagination. Need to be more conscious of those facial proportions.
Hamm torso study and face from imagination:
Jade plant from life which I did not complete because it was too complex:
Minature vase with deer thingy from life:
Hey PG well done for finishing your first sketchbook that shows a great commitment and work ethic. Your first attempt at a male figure is good. To me he looks a little short in the legs but that aside well done. The jade plant also looks good but I can understand why you felt it was to difficult with all those leaves. It can seem hard going for us at this stage and I have to admit even painful at times.
The best advice I've learnt so far is to slow down and take my time. At first I thought it was important to complete as many drawings a day as I could. As my knowledge grows though I realise it is more important how accurately I copy my subject. I am currently focusing on looking and making constant assessment of what I see. For instance what points are in line if any, like shoulder, hip. ankle, do they line up with each other; comparing angles of the shoulders with the hips, comparing lenghts and widths. What ever your drawing before you put pencil to paper take a little time to really look and then keep looking throughout your drawing and constantly compare. This is easier said than done as the eagerness to learn makes slowing down very difficult and can create the illusion that progress is slow. Its not, so don't feel pressurised to complete the whole drawing in one sitting.
I foolishly used to believe you had to be born with God given talent to learn to draw. Now I believe you need to be observant, patient and determined. Keep up the good work it is all worth it.
Marian - When I look at the male figure I drew I can see that (Thanks for pointing that out) and several other things are which are out of whack as well. For example the arms are different thicknesses.
I think I will be focusing on quality more than quality in future sketches. Although I will still do some quick sketches as it helps relieve the intensity of concentrating just on one piece for so long.
Here is a drawing of my girlfriend's profile which I didn't spend too much time on at all because she was driving and got self conscious. The full female figure on the right was done from reference. This was also done while riding in a car:
Man from reference, while riding in a car, so all errors are from bumps in the road
WIP - woman from reference, started in the car, probably finish at home:
Hey purple hows it going? Its great that you are taking those classes the classical one sounds interesting for me! So when do we get to see your new stuff? Post em up!!
Finally got a chance to post some stuff up!
In addition to the beginner's and classical drawing classes, I have started some tutorials online. All of the skeleton drawings were from this as well as the nude portrait (all done from photos except a few skeletons).
The three rectangle shapes were done from life. I've included four abstract charcoal drawings I did for class as well just for fun.
Next is a bag with potatoes and a negative space rendering.
The last two are from the classical drawing class. The second one is a WIP.
Wow PG glad to see you back and I can see the classes and tutorials you're doing are paying off. Stand out pieces for me are your box and your self portrait. Also really like all those marks you've made with the charcoal, very expressive. Well done you for sticking with it. I look forward to seeing more.
Marian - I had never worked with charcoal until now, so it is new to me. I like it although I'm trying to stick to pencil mainly for learning the fundamentals. In the one class we are using everything (charcoal, Conté Crayons, graphite sticks)but pencil right now which is exposing me to different media which I may not have touched for awhile otherwise. Thanks for the feedback!
Gamerhomie - the last two are done with a #2 pencil and the objects are white, so they are not drawn too dark in reality, but darker than what the picture shows. I'm going to try to get better contrast when I post the final of the WIP. I have those two Loomis books you mention. I may start one of them soon since I am exploring figure drawing now. Thanks for looking as my sketchbook!
Below are some feet and hand drawings. They include gesture, angles and planes covered in a tutorial.
1- more Loomis
2 - hand and pencil sharpener from life
3- hands from life
4- self portrait from mirror (about 25 minutes)
Marian - Thanks!
1 & 2 - Sketchbook stuff
3 & 4 - Ink with brush from life
5 - Final of cast drawing
It's been awhile since my last update, I have been drawing but not as much as I'd like. Last two classes of the course we had a nude model. So we did a lot of gestures (30 seconds, 1 minutes) and one longer pose (30 minutes).
Been drawing things around the house too.
I attempted to walk around and sketch stuff outside like a bridge and a tree because the weather has been nice. I say atttempted because I didn't really get into it because many people were out and about and I didn't want to draw attention to myself. I'd like to try it againto get more comfortable. There are a lot of sweet things around here to sketch! Also I'd like to try skecthing people in public sometime.
A lot of the gestures here were done with the instruction to find the action of the model and not to worry about proportion and accuracy. The guy teaching this class was a stand in for the usual teacher and he teaches dynamic figure drawing drawing primarily. We burned through so many poses. I felt worn out at the end. It was fun though! Not sure I ever caught the essence or action.
The one long pose I did a gesture first then working out the proportions realized I was way off. I had time to get the proportions relatively well I think.
Drawing the corner of my living room really helped me with perspective. I was a little tired and did the left side wall incorrectly. I came back the next day and figured out what was wrong and was able to fix it.
Hey PG I can see you've been busy. I know exactly how you feel about the drawing in public. I do feel so self conscious that I end up doing nothing really. I always take my sketchbook with me but actually drawing is difficult. I guess we will just have to be braver I think capturing the action and gesture is also something so hard to do although I can see it in some of yours and you are making some nice marks with the charcoal. The last drawing of your long pose looks really good so I think all your hard work is paying off.