I really love your studies. The hand sketch on the first page is really impressive. You can see a lot of improvement from the first to the 3nd page. Keep postin'!
Black Spot--Thanks, and I've had a few incidents where I've been able to include aspects of something I learned, and yes, it felt awesome.
cgfelker-Thanks! Always nice to hear
Happy New Years, yada yada, the usual. I'm sure as artists we all have extremely similar resolutions, so I'll leave mine up to the imaginations of you fine individuals taking the time to read this. I haven't been able to post since my mac was in the shop for the past week, but either way, here's some life drawing (just FYI, chairs are one of my least favorite subjects on the face of the earth but I sucked it up and did it anyways), and Bernie Wrightson studies. I realize how horrendous the werewolf heads are, but the 1st was a pencil sketch I regret taking a blunt marker to, and the second was one I tried to put my own spin on. I figured I'd mix it up and do a movie still for shits and gigs too.
I should really try doing more stuff out of my head.
I was reading an article (something from Gurney Journey I think) and I came to a section that discussed contrast and how many people, myself included never get enough of it. So I took said article's advice and tried to focus solely on uping contrast, thus theres really only like 3 or 4 values on the lion head. The church was just me dicking around wondering if I could life draw at night (plus at the time that tower looked sick). Almost makes it look like an intentional composition...
I have to say I'm noticing that since I vowed to slow down and do tighter work my first instinct when drawing anything now is to render. Not sure how I feel about this, as I think of bridgeman and question if I would be learning and absorbing more if studying things in terms of line and making form without the aid of values, as oppose to trying to make my sketches, and I REALLY hate to use the word, "prettier". I always think rendering should be saved for finishes, while sketches should focus on learning (which is rarely "pretty" since we are, in fact, LEARNING).
......Good god this post looks so half assed with only one image....but I was admittedly more focused on music than art today. Well here's to a more productive tomorrow
And so we lay to rest another sketchbook. Always a good feeling. And yet I look through it again and again and am not pleased with it's contents, save for a few pages. Too many notes and not enough experimenting. Its all just studies and comps and only about 6 pages of me just drawing and messing around. But I am proud that I've filled it, probably more so than any other sketchbook I've had. It's definitely a keeper. So many ideas and so little time. As for today, I returned to the Boston Public Library to the exact same location as yesterday. You should see it...its a hell of a room. I tried doing an environment, which is something I've never really done, but It was definitely fun, and for my as little as I do it, I'm actually kinda pleased with it.
Hey, thanks for stopping by my sketchbook.
Your figure drawings are excellent, you've got a great sketchbook. I like how you rendered the lion in your environment, it has a real sense of solidity. I wish you well, keep posting
The Boston Public Library looks a swell place and that lion is well done.
Life drawing looks good, even if you are rusty. What's the longest pose they do? It's hard to get anything decently finished in less then an hour, well for me it is.
Black Spot- Much obliged. I think that for the first one, since it was close to closing, it was about a half hour? For the larger environment I think I was sitting there for close to 2 hours. I was pissed that I didn't think to go there to draw until the end of the summer
Figure drawing is going to be done in abundance this semester, since I intend to go to the free open sessions they have here at school every thursday, and I'm taking another figure drawing course anyways (whose only real homework incidentally is drawing everyday from now until the end of the year in May). Outta get me off my ass. Anyways, figures, figures, and more figures, plus some studies from life and Sean Murray, and sketches I've neglected to scan for a while. I'm rather proud of that cat thing.
Quite a bit of excellent effort from page one.
The centipede tongue will have an adverse effect on my sleeping tonight. : )
Can't wait to see some more.
CarbonBased-Thanks! I love hearing that my work serves as nightmare fuel
So behind on posting here....dont think I'll ever be up to date. I still have to post paintings from last semester haha. Just a lot of sketches and figure drawing from class. Should have even more when they start doing open figure drawing nights again. Also, OILS. I dont know what to think about them, but I've used them perhaps thrice before these assignments. I love and hate the dry times/blending since I was starting to get used to acrylics when we started using them. First oil assignment was doing 4 lighting studies of a classmate (pencil, charcoal, oil grayscale, full color). And then there was the simple task of painting Donald Trump how we see him...I found myself laughing manically as I did this. I would also like to apologize for the bad photos, the lighting in my room is horrendous.
So many sketches, too many to catch up on, but rest assured weekly 4 hour figure drawing sessions coupled with life drawing and studies are ongoing. I noticed that I'm getting faster at drawing the figure (the unlabeled ones were 10 and 20 minutes), though I feel that I still neglect drawing without reference to see what I've retained. Also is it too much to ask for the ability to select multiple files to upload at once on this site?
Mega improvement in the life drawing. Some of the legs look a bit on the short side - I do that as well.
Very nice sketchbook, you've definitely made a lot of improvement!
art is never finished, only abandoned~Leonardo da Vinci
Black Spot/ezekrialase- thanks! always good to hear
I'm taking a break from working on this miserable painting I have to do for class (I'm on break might I add...) and uploading something small. So this is just some drawings I did while I was taking care of a woman's dogs. I forgot my sketchbook so I wound up using her stationary instead
EndlessStair-Thanks a lot! Shame that you stopped playing. But I can see you are still a talented artist in the visual sense! Your sketchbook kinda made me realize I could be doing so much more especially to keep up with the people here
GoGoJojo-Thanks bud! But considering you're lack of free figure sessions you're doing pretty damn well for yourself haha
I...am SO behind on posting here. I have about 75% of a sketchbook and numerous figure studies that I have yet to post...however I am interning at the Society of Illustrators at the moment and going straight from school to home then back to NYC leaves one devoid of time. But that aside I get to be around a ton of incredible artists and works, plus more free figure drawing nights cuz I'm an intern so figures from life twice a week assuming I'm not working late haha. Also, I started doing things digitally, as much as I don't like the idea...so heres a few from ChOW and my own practicing. I have to say I do like that Lord of Hell bust. But right now I'm too tired to upload all the backlogged stuff I have and type out as much as I like in terms of my recent ways of thinking. Another time then.
Agreed with above^^
Definitely paint more from life too, youll find the more you do it, the more you will just naturally pick up some of the skills you need to paint more realistically from imagination.
Maybe next time you paint, try 100 percent opacity and flow, and just block in the tones of a face or object, make sure your brush is massive. This might help you get more comfortable with painting tone
good luck and keep working hard!
Caspia, Rotor- Thanks a lot!
Andre-Sutherland- Thanks dude. I've been trying to tote around watercolors when i do life drawings, just to throw in some depth/rough color. But I would much prefer using oils or acrylics if they weren't such a hassle to carry around. I really have a lot of difficulty painting in color (especially in digital). But I'll definitely try full opacity next time!
I'm definitely drawing more from life then I usually do. But at the same time I feel like I'm just going through the motions sometimes. I mean I'm drawing everyday and I'm trying to hit areas that I usually have trouble with, in this case the eyes and I'm trying to incorporate lighting into my life drawings more since lighting and I don't usually mix...but as I'm doing them and studying other artists drawings I feel so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things I have to work on. I spend most of my time trying to improve on anatomy since its such a huge undertaking, and then I try painting something and I realize I barely have a grasp of lighting and color especially. I know theres no secret to art and I just have to jump in and practice, acknowledging that it will look shitty at first since its something new...but it just gets very nerve-wracking when i spend a few hours drawing and studying eyes, and then I'm reminded that I also have an entire body to understand along with MANY aspects of theory that I haven't even begun to touch yet. Its frightening sometimes, as I feel that for all the sketching I do, if you ask me to do something finished, I tighten up and realize how little I actually understand. And I want to make a career out of it...one day at a time I suppose.
hey man thanks for stoppng by my sketchboook and giving me some feedback it always means a lot to me when some one takes the time to cast their eye over my work so thanks again.
I like the feel of your sketchbook in terms of the way you are mixing life/observational drawing with loose imaginative stuff. I understand what you mean about their feeling overwhelmed at times by the amount of things that you need to learn in order to get better. I am still blown away by people who seem to just be able to draw anything so effortlessly I guess it takes yeas of practice and proper observation.
You commented in my sketchbook about me using to much contour and said i should think more in terms of 3D, to be honest I am not sure what this means? or who this would show in my work, I say that because others have made similar comments. I try a construct using volumes and shapes but not sure if this is what you mean or even how to break my contour dependency. But thanks for pointing that out its food for thought and I am sure a key to my progress.
Keep banging out the work and generating ideas and I am sure you'll get to where you want to be in time.
Nice work man. I really like your bounty hunter silhouettes. I also really like how your urban pen sketches came out. Pen is tough for me. So afraid to make a mistake. I have to really think about my line before I put it down, but yours are loose and you manage to capture the form quickly. I just feel like I have so much to work on. Form, perspective, tone, etc., etc., etc.
Thanks for sharing your work. I'm subscribing so I can keep up and stay motivated to keep working at it.
ja1307- thanks dude, no problem! always happy to be of service.
phatbuddha- regardless what people say, every artist feels the same way you do haha. Thanks dude. Try drawing in pen every now and again. Makes you really think about each stroke
so...tired...I hate the image manager so much...
You are not just an artist/cellist in his second semester.
You are an outstanding artist in his second semester!
And you will surely get into the animation industry,
if you haven't done that already. The variety of media
and tools that you are using is on an envious level.
All those figure drawings, live model drawings, you got
so much personality in each of them, it's just simply fantastic.
Plus not to mention some of the feet and hand studies that I
saw in your diary, I have been left speechless. You really
know and understand the meaning of the word 'focus'. You
just know how to focus even when the wind blows it's hardest.
As time passed by, you got even bigger and even stronger.
A true example for all of us out there. One year ago,
you were magnificent, I am just scrolling through your last
year junes drawings. This year at the same time, you are
ten levels above than you were back then. Sean Connery
is looking through the window with his dazed look.
There is no help or recovery for his deeply frozen nose.
Inspired is what I got, and now I have to draw.
You just keep on putting the same chimes and tunes
in the same fashion as you did till now. There
can be no mistake, there can be no bad surprises
in the future, only shiny and positive things from you.
Hey mr I tied to take you advice on board and start working on some 3D manequins have updated them in my sketchbook, could you quickly glance at them if u have the time to confirm if I am doing the right thing or on the completely wrong track.
Really appreciate the advice you have already given. like this last page of gestural action figures its the direction I need to move in as well.
Looking forward to seeing more.
Liking the perfection err progress of your sketchbook.
I'm gonna take a look into that pixology-lovely thingy majig and do some 10s or 30s studies as well.
Also love the Jabba-the-what (?) looks legit.
LtPlissken- that really means a lot to me dude. That kinda stuff is what helps me keep pushing forward in art. Thanks a ton.
ja1307- happy to be of assistance. We're here to help each other along so its no problem at all
frankfrank- Thanks dude! Theres a lot of really useful gesture tools out there and they help immensely. I feel like 60 sec is the sweet spot for getting everything down in time and still having it read well.
I have been doing so much drawing from life and gestures of late that they actually feel like they're paying off haha. I find myself stopping to sketch most everything, regardless of where I am or if I lack a good spot to sit, and lately I realized that I am not going crazy while I am drawing people trying to make them look amazing. I'm just kind of going with the flow of the drawing....wow...positive feelings from my work....when was the last time that happened?
Cool stuff! I can really see that you've made a lot of progress.
I hope you keep up the hard work!