I envy your painting abilities. Wow. You were right not to mess with the blending on that last painting. It is simply beautiful the way you can see the brush strokes.
The anatomy is looking great. Only suggestion I would make is to perhaps try different ways of shading the body. There doesn't seem to be enough mid-tone (or rather, the transition between dark and light is not gradual enough in some places, and too gradual in others) in any of the anatomy sketches. Sometimes just experimenting with different shading techniques helps to find a balance between what looks good and what feels comfortable. Sorry if that doesn't quite make sense right now - it's way past my bedtime and I probably shouldn't be giving out advice in the first place.
Keep on drawing, you can definitely see the progress. Thanks for being an inspiration.
DAY 11 - MARCH 6
Didn't really get done what I wanted to today.
Thanks again for the encouragement! Here's a horrible digital painting as well!
Jorvaa: Thanks a lot! Oh there is nothing to envy at all I'm horrible and inconsistent with my paintings. Yeah I've tried a few methods of shading still nothing concrete. Honestly sometimes I just render things very quickly, sometimes I'll actually go over it with a kneaded eraser and put a little more effort on it. I might go back to using mechanical pencil since even my renders using that from years ago sometimes looks better than the stuff I'm doing now.
Quigleyer: Awesome, sent you a few PM's not sure if you got them or not.
As much as I love this website, especially browsing peoples Sketchbooks, I spend too much time reading and not enough time drawing!! Also for some of the posemaniacs, more than half of them if I ran out of time I would try to finish them from memory. While my stuff still looks like crap I'm starting to really get an understand of overlapping forms and creating depth with lines.
PEACHES COME FROM A CAN, THEY WERE PUT THERE BY A MAN!
IN A FACTORY, DOWNTOWN!
Last edited by Krystar; March 7th, 2011 at 06:30 AM. Reason: Added a few things.
wwwwooo.. look at all these studies!! im amazed by ur hard work! great great job! 5 starts work
i love to do everything and learn everything... i hate to be cornered in one place.. i believe u can be anything u want... Your mind is limitless... check out my sketchbook ... u will find a bit of everything
DAY 12 - MARCH 7
Wow I appreciate the compliments guys! Today I did a few drawings but spent over 4 hours watching the Anatomy for Artists workshop from Marshall Vandruff available from the TAD website.
With the 50% grand re-opening discount the workshop was only 10$! It's the best $10 I've spent on any drawing material! It was fantastic and really gave me some insight on how to study anatomy and memorize the great amount of complexities in drawing the human figure. My studies will be done a bit differently now. I highly recommend it if you need some direction for anatomy! Marshall is an amazing teacher, I wish I could attend his classes!
Anyways, here what I did today:
Last edited by Krystar; March 8th, 2011 at 07:05 AM.
DAY 13 - MARCH 8
A few leg studies, spent more time than usual on this digital piece from photo references. I think once I hit 800 or 1000 posemaniacs I'll stop posting them so frequently, maybe once a week or something. Even if they mostly suck for gestures they are great for warm-up and give you confidence in slapping down the basic forms.
Oh yeah, ignore the sloppy rendering on these studies! I was doing most of these studies quickly, I want to see if doing multiple drawings quickly is better than doing fewer but more well rendered studies.
I think I found one small trick that may help with legs today! It's to see the knee as a separate form entirely, before I would just draw them as part of the upper leg which can cause problems.
I wish I could find some kind of exercise I could do, even daily to help me understand form and how things relate in space. I think drawing cubes and ellipses only goes so far but maybe I need to make it a habit. Sometimes I'm not exactly sure where my cross-contour lines should go, but compared to what I was doing back in November I think it's just something you learn subconsciously with tons of practice?
nice updates! good to see that you are dead set on these studies. its gonna launch you up a few levels. the figures are already showing alot of improvement, in overall forms, as well as appearing more natural looking from when you began. keep it up, because your motivating my lazy ass now!
DAY 14 - MARCH 9
Studying more on the legs. I really need to study the bones and muscles more individually. I still don't have an understanding of most of the leg muscles, especially around the knee and tibial tract.
Still so so much to do
The digital photo study took about 25 mins as you can tell from the sloppily placed shrubbery (I should of simply blocked in the color with a square brush). Sometime in the future I need to spend time watching or reading some tutorials, especially for lighting and color.
Last edited by Krystar; March 10th, 2011 at 06:06 AM.
Hey, must be hard to maintain this kind of workflow. Don`t lose your momentum it`s priceless.
And a question if you don`t mind. Do you notice any improvement from daily posemaniacs, they seem so much fun.
DAY 16 - MARCH 11
Liberty: Thanks I'm trying not too, but I am getting kind of bored of doing these studies. I need to stop copying them and move on to the second page and focus more on testing my memory or knowledge of them. As far as posemaniacs, I'm not really sure - I do think it has helped some. Today with these I tried to not lift the pen and finish them quicker, while focusing more on proportions since I was consistently making the heads too small or limbs too long.
Not too happy with what I got accomplished today, fortunately I can call it an earlier night at least and hope to get more done tomorrow for sure.
Crappy digital panting as well just cant seem to get trees or grass right.
No depth to this one at all
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DAY 16 - MARCH 12
Rather crappy update today, I had 2 other pages but I'll just lump them with tomorrows stuff. More posemanics (getting better with these) I like using this process a lot more, sort of feeling around the main forms and minding proportions.
Digital was referenced obviously, didn't know what to paint so I just grabbed some photo ref. I think I'm going to start doing some imaginative stuff later this week, need a break from the photo studies and feel at least familiar enough with PS to mess around.
Reffed from: http://www.braingell.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/JamesHetfieldMetallica.jpg
Stuck solely with a square brush and 2 or 3 layers, the bit of sepia was just an extra layer after I finished painting in gray-scale.
I Spent most of the day preoccupied with news about the tsunami/earthquake in Japan rather than drawing
Hey, I know its easily to get bogged down with terrible news, but try to avoid that kind of info for your own sake. I mean of course, you don`t have to be cold hearted or anything, just turn off tv. The less you know the better.
As for posemaniacs i do 45 sec ones and have a hard time to get whole pose ulike you who seem to have no prob at all.
And James is perfect in my novice eye.
Keep up and cheer up.
DAY 17 - MARCH 14
Just wasn't feeling motivated at all today. Kind of happy with how the digital painting came out but really losing motivation for drawing. I'm not sure what to even do, draw from life, anatomy, photos, imagination? Figures, limbs, faces, eyes, there's so much so I feel if i scramble around and try to draw everything I wont be able to draw anything. I can sit here and draw the same thing over and over again and still not be able to draw it from imagination.
Seems the only breakthrough I've had was understanding overlaps and some minor tricks to foreshorten in space, both from Hogarth oddly enough - other than that my lines are no better, and I still make a lot of the same mistakes.
I must be doing something wrong, or I have the memory of a goldfish.
Sorry for the lame updates.
Hey, great dedication and effort!
The lava pic texture came out very good! and i guess you learnt something about plain color masses with the metallica one
I think youīre doing very good, so donīt rush in your path... maybe you arenīt paying enough attention when drawing, to understand the shapes. Itīs not a matter of doing hundreds of figure drawings mechanically, ya know.. Sometimes I learn more doing one sheet and being very concentrated. If you find dificcult to remember the line shapes, try with geometrical like spheres, cylinders etc..
well and donīt forget to practice some imaginative things from mind, it always helps!
Very good job anyway!
DAY 18/19 - MARCH 15/16
Ricardo Robles: Thanks! I think I've made a little progress with my painting, I should probably start to study lighting and what not. I think my problem was my memory/imaginative stuff just sucked because I never really practiced it much and I think its really a different skillset than drawing from reference or life, they go hand in hand in some ways, but I think need to be trained and level up on separate planes.
Apologies for the late update, my internet was out last night and wasn't back up until the following morning so I decided to just upload the stuff from today.
I wrote up a schedule as well that should keep me on track for a much better balance for studying anatomy, drawing from imagination and testing my memory.
I'll try to scan most of my stuff and I'll cease the daily posemaniacs updates here shortly as I feel they are getting a bit redundant even though they are sort of helpful.
I've been slacking but found some motivation again so I'm going to just draw like mad and not really care about the results (good or bad), only to try to improve. Can anyone recommend some decent cheap copy paper for doing studies? I feel as though it's impossible to get any good rendering with the paper I'm using, especially after erasing the paper becomes incredibly rough and just a mess.
damn dude. you're studying like a maniac!!
it's damn impressive, but make sure you're testing those studies, i know you're worried about embarrassing yourself, but fear is the thing that will hold you back..i say for every 2 pages of posemaniacs, you should post 1 page that is imagined poses with little to no ref.
shrug. just my opinion, the digitals are getting there as well.
don't give up. there's def improvement, oh and sometimes with those posemaniacs, just coming back fresh after say 2-3 days they end up looking better. funny how things work out that way
DAY 21-23 - MARCH 18-20
Apologizes for yet another late update, did some stuff today and received Rubin's anatomy, which so far seems to be one of the best quick go-to anatomy book.
I'll start marking my stuff as reffed, non-reffed or R/I/M for future studies. I'm trying to mix more memory/imaginative stuff along with my anatomy studies. I need to figure out my rendering, I was quite good at shading but I'm not sure whats going on, even when I try the values come out muddy, I'm not sure if its the lead or copy paper I'm using, or even my drawing surface. I think it actually may be the latter.
Anyways, tons more tomorrow for sure!
Last edited by Krystar; March 21st, 2011 at 03:31 PM.
Very nice! Keep it up!
DAY 24-27 - MARCH 21-24
Sorry I haven't been keeping up with the daily updates, I'm thinking it may be more beneficial to update perhaps 2 or 3 times a week instead.
Here's some of the studies from the last few days.
I'm not super keen on uploading all my studies because a lot of it is just testing my memory and repetitive studies. Tomorrow I'm going to start analyzing photo-reference and starting with heads. Starting to get a little more comfortable with legs but need to work on squashed/sitting positions, those are still troublesome.
Over 800 posemaniacs done, so I won't be spamming these nearly as frequently
Starting to work my way back up to drawing a lot more.
Torso study, about 2 hours, didn't come out so great, screwed up the rectus abdominus area ran out of steam and had to go to class before I could fix it. Reference was from Philippe Faraut sculpture: http://philippefaraut.com/store/cata...d/43/image/83/
Last edited by Krystar; March 25th, 2011 at 03:37 AM.
DAY 35 - APRIL 2
Been slacking big-time, but not today! Got back at it and did a lot of studies, there are a few pages I didn't scan, some imaginative stuff that sucked. I really need to do more of it but even I don't want to look at it on here!
First two studies were from yesterday actually. I think I spend more time doubting myself than actually drawing. Which of course does me no good!
Last edited by Krystar; April 3rd, 2011 at 02:02 PM.
Your posemaniacs are looking much better, and these recent studies show understanding of mass and form, only critique might be start working in some more value, and possibly study/vary up your mark making, make it less out-liney? if that makes sense
you're working hard, but don't forget to vary up those studies - maybe do a digital still-life, or a study on dogs, horses, etc.., and pay attention to everything
keep it up!