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No, I haven't been neglecting art!
It's just that everything I've been doing this week has been for my job, so it really wouldn't fit in here. (it's very cutesy and cartoony and not very well done, since I'm not out to impress a bunch of 13-year-old kids.)
All I have to show for myself is a self-portrait with a messed up jaw, but hopefully I'll be able to draw people in the city this weekend and do some studies.
Also: Yay, I made it to page 2!
A few from my pages of drawings of people at the park (drawing someone when you only have like... 5 seconds to see them is so tough!), plus a couple of other things.
I'LL BE THEEERE SOME DAAAYYY
I CAN GO THE DISTANCE
45 minute study in PS.
This is what the average Japanese teacher's work desk looks like--a dump.
What happens when I get to take a break from doing studies, sorry... Was using the top left corner as my color testing blob zone, so forgive my lazy obviouslynotmarker Photoshop cleanup.
More studies/practices of varying kinds:
Self-portraits! Bottom right looks like me, others are pretty questionable.
It's toooo bad if you hoped silence would dissuade me from posting my crappy art.
animal gestures from videos
It looks like you're working hard here. I really like the studies you did of the scissors, iron, etc. , with the form lines. Those are helpful! It seems that with the life studies from the park, you've done a good job of capturing movement but the proportions are almost always wacky. Even in fast stuff, watch out - their heads are almost always too big. For me, the proportions in those kinds of things are more important to get down than the details (ponytail, glasses, ect). Also, try to be more patient with the self portraits. My advice is to go big! Take up a ton of room on your paper and FORCE yourself to see the details, the tiny things, the planes and forms that you're wrapping your pencil around. Be as accurate as possible, even if it takes you forever. There's so much info in your face, I know how frustrating self portraits can be, but it pays off to work hard on them (I should take my own advice!).
Keep up the hard work
-I think you need to step back from rendering for a while.
-Try thinking like an animator. How do these people and creatures function. Bring stability to your images. Try making them balanced.
-The cross contour study is misinterpreted. It might be your teachers fault. They are helpful when you nail a 3d model look.
-Your pretty heavy handed, So am I and so was da'vinci for that matter. It's a symptom of confidence. There is a way to remedy this problem. Don't draw with the tip of your pencil. Draw with the side. I prefer a drafting pencil or a graphite stick for that reason. I hunted down a tutorial on the finer points of sharpening a pencil. I recommend a bullet point. Once you get a hang of it there's nothing a kneaded eraser can't handle.
-stay away from details like lips, eye brows, hair strands, texture and bla bla bla. That kind of stuff distracts from improvement.
Last edited by Raoul Duke; July 5th, 2010 at 09:14 PM.
nice sketchbook you have going here! i really enjoy the quick gesture with limited detail, like here and here. I don't want to go on repeating what others have said but once you get a better grasp of the basic shapes, then you can go into adding detail. Keep working! You're headed in the right direction
Here's my recommendations:
1: Gesture studies (www.posemaniacs.com / www.hel-looks.com / www.characterdesigns.com)
2: Forget the details for now, you're just trying to make sure things are in their right place in relation to each other.
3: Measure, measure, measure. What I mean by this is make sure that each angle of the arm / leg / neck curve / etc. is in it's right place. This might seem like a given, but it's alot harder than it sounds.
4: Draw... a lot. Try and make sure that you fit at least (1) hour of pose studies each day, or environments if you choose. But try to make sure you focus on linework for 1 hour each day at least. This step is most crucial to the first six months or so, realistically the first year, but it will help immensely. It might seem boring at first, but it's the real deal, so get to it
Here's a couple of resources that I've picked up a long the way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4qZCTrBoIo
Good luck! I'll check in every so often
Its nice to see a fellow artist recently out of the closet, if you will...good stuff kep it up you can only get better
Your sketchbook is coming along nicely and you're getting some great advice too!
If youre really into rendering a good thing can sometimes be to force yourself to spend more time on a picture. Often everyone tries to fit something into a day or so, but try spending as much time as possible, even if it begins to go bad keep working on it, you could learn a couple good things from a really nice long paint.
You are getting some improvement already.
Your faces come across a little odd to me. my suggestion (And something that really helped me) is to actually model a few small faces out of sculpty or carve them out of Styrofoam. I feel like your confusing the mass of some areas, especially under the eyes where is caves in.
Keep doing observation exercises. They're sure to pay off.
Keep posting and updating. Good luck.
Wow, so many helpful comments! Thanks to everyone!
Marlee--Great idea about drawing bigger and trying to spend some more time working on things. I hope I can find some bigger paper here soon.
Raoul Duke-- I don't necessarily agree with all of your opinions, but thank you for sharing your perspective.
nana_iro_miso--Thank you. I will try to spend some more time doing drawings of the whole figure/bigger gestures to make sure I'm not just getting caught up on one part at a time.
Mat Kaminski-- I have been drawing for much longer than a year, and it's pretty depressing that you think I haven't been. But thank you for your feedback and the links--I haven't seen one of them before.
Funzito--I'm not sure what closet I came out of, haha, but thank you!
Nonobot--Yeah, that's a really good idea. I think I have trouble getting into that frame of mind now because my time is so limited that I tend to spend it on quicker things, but hopefully in the upcoming summer I can take some time to really put in a lot of hours on fewer things once in a while.
Mohki--Thanks for the idea--my faces are pretty mushy, and I definitely feel like it's hard for me to try to really see the planes of the head as a whole and get the features right, too. If I can manage to find some clay here in Japan I will definitely give that a try.
Have been having a pretty bad art week this week--you guys ever get that, where nothing turns out right and it's like you have just magically regressed? Well, I'm trying anyway, but it's pretty ugly this week, sorry! In one more week I have a summer break coming up, though, and while some health problems get my first priority, once that's out of the way I'm going to try to draw for at least 4 hours every day! so hopefully it'll be better then...
Faces/noses--trying to stop relying on lines so much for noses because I know that's something I tend to do instead of going for shading.
Sneaky drawing at work--much more flattering views of people than someone like Mr. Clip Clop would ever get.
Couple of digital blobs, one is a wip and the other is just for fun to give myself a break for a little bit.
hey Amarok, thanks for visiting my sketchbook and leaving a helpful comment!
So I´ll try to help you too.
You have many studies that´s awesome, but in your last post some heads seem to be off, maybe Burne Hogarth or Bridgman will help
Also wanted to say thanks for checking out my SB, like your studies man
keep it up!!!
Some Hogarth studies, other stuff from observation, and a little progress on my crappy non-study thing
Day 1 of my sort of "summer vacation"... time to work hard!!!
Applied to ref ｆrom memory
Digital studies for the day
Pastels for fun/to loosen up
Last edited by Amarok; January 8th, 2011 at 02:38 AM.
More updates, minus a lot of life drawings I've been doing because they're too awful.
I was out of commission for a couple of days due to the INSANE Japan heat/humidity, but I'm trying to fight it now!
Drawings on the train:
Studies, like above:
30 minutes, weird-looking lady from a fashion magazine.
A little burnt out on doing studies and never getting to do anything I want to and having a rough week, so I'm taking a break this week to do art for fun/in mediums I actually enjoy for a change. (yes, I'm one of those people who hates making digital art and doesn't really want to do it... we exist! )
Sorry for the image quality as always; it's tolerable for drawings but paintings look even worse photographed.
Back to studies tomorrow...
Ran out of batteries for my camera, which is why I haven't updated in a while. Not that saying that matters because I'm the only one who sees this thread, but I guess just in case!
trying to draw faces really fast/with fewer lines in hopes that it will help me when I try to draw people on the street and don't have time to redo anything or get anything right...
Leftovers of fun drawing:
I really like the sketch of the woman in the black dress. It reminds me of Toulouse-Lautrec and Egon Schiele. Keep it up!
I'm not small, I'm efficiently packed!
gesture studies man that will change it all believe me!!!
Getting a head start on my new years resolution to keep this updated, even if it's just so I have something to look back at.
Quick digital studies from reference:
I really, really struggle with getting soft transitions between brushstrokes working digitally. Either everything looks really chunky or I have to use super small brushes to try to fill in the transition areas to get a smooth transition from one value to the next, and that looks awful too. If anyone has any advice for making things look smooth digitally I could really use the help
yes, it's back to futile updating *insert Forever Alone face*
I swear this last one isn't this awful by any means, but this is the price of using a camera/not having a scanner...
str4yk1tt3n, thank you for the kind words! I don't feel like I've improved at all, but hopefully if I keep working hard I can look back and see a big difference.
haven't updated in a few days because I've been having awful luck with the attachment manager and kept having to give up
30 sec. posemaniacs:
caravaggio study, left forever to rot!:
today's photo studies:
Hey.. You have pretty good progress. Keep it up. Try to draw Lumis and draw more gestures from life. and sketches from life too - last too things are base of your eye and hand training!