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Hi guys, I'm new here and recently got in the mood to start improving as much as I possibly can. I've been comparing myself to my friends and other artists which made me feel terribly down on myself and my art (I know you should never do this but sometimes I can't help it and feel so defeated). Besides that, I plan on going to CalARTS and go into Character Animation and the portfolio required what I can do and to fill up a sketch book. I probably won't be attending anytime soon because I can't move out on my own with no job or car, but I decided a head-start never hurt.
These first few are from last month.
Sorry about the bad scanning on the last drawing, my sketch book is 9x12 while my scanner is about an inch less. I'll post my sketches from this month later on. Feedback and critique is most appreciated!
EDIT// As promised, here are the few sketches I did this month. I'm going little by little by starting with hands.
Hopefully you see some sort of progress between these faces and the ones from last month, above.
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Moving from hands to the skull and muscle portions. This is what I need the most help on so crits would be SUPER nice! Once again, sorry for the bad scanning.
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Pretty upset no one has given me any feedback or critique yet, but I'll keep posting what I'm doing and how I'm progressing anyway. For the past two weeks I've been doing TONS of gesture drawings, so I'll get to those first. Please note that I had to take these with my phone camera, so I don't know why the pictures change colors and tone and why some broke up (thankfully, they were all easy enough to edit and repair).
This was when I started to work with portraits and shading in between. It was harder than I thought, but I'll keep going.
And that's it for my gesture drawing (so far).
Here's the part where you can all laugh at me. I tried to draw celebrities much more to get a chance at distinguishing figures, but I don't think they look like who they are supposed to look like AT ALL. This is how I test myself to see how much I've improved- draw a famous person or musician and see how close they come out looking to the original. If it doesn't, keep practicing.
These two were actually my first return to prismacolor pencils. I haven't used them since about 2006-07ish, so it was fun picking them up again.
I think I finished this one on Monday or yesterday, I can't remember.
I recognized Dexter !
Can't tell for other celebrities since I don't know them at all ^^'
Your faces are improving, just keep workin'!
NOW these are from recently. I think about 2 days ago, I decided to observe and draw classic greek statues of famous figures and myth characters. It's been helping me a lot with my anatomy and shading and definitely going to do it more often.
Unlike the previous pictures, I DID scan these to show and emphasize the hatched/cross-hatched shading since that is how I mainly prefer to shade.
Hey there.. don't be upset about the lack of feedback, you'll get it eventually, there are way too many threads going on at the same time, and sometimes, yours can get lost too fast.
Now, on to the feedback..., you're on your way, you are doing studies, which is the basic to understanding the form and how to draw it..., dont be sad if you don't get celebrities faces right away, realism is hard, tricky and takes time and ofcourse, patients.
How long are these studies taking you? 30 minutes? 2 hours? It's very important to take your time, do not rush them, be patient, if you get sick of shading, back away from the drawing for a day, come back later and keep working on them.
Also, try reading some Loomis, its very nice and will help you understand the basics of the human body...
And most importantly.. keep drawing, do studies, do pieces from imagination, then some more studies, and so on.. keep drawing, and you'll get where you want to be.. trust me
My sketchbook - help me get better!
ur working hard man... ur journey has begun with a powerful start,,, keep the fire on mate...
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
Clockwork orange, Dexter and Kill Bill? You have some great tastes. I would enjoy seeing more of your detailed sketches.
Thanks Fernando! I think I was freaking out there were no responses because I was here for over two months and didn't get any feedback and kept thinking 'IS MY ART THAT BAD OH NO' haha I tend to overreact over the smallest things. I did realize though that there were other threads going on, so I'm chill about it now.
As for time, I've been doing mostly 30 seconds for the gesture drawings, small sketches I think take about 30 or 40 minutes, detailed sketches like the statues take a few hours to a day or two, and the portraits usually last about 2 hours I believe. I'm usually impatient, but I've really been trying to take more time on my things. I think it's the envy of my friends who can pump out really good pictures in a day or so that gets me. ugh it's terrible to feel that way
Thanks for the suggestion on Loomis! Thankfully I have a lot of his pages saved and then some, so I always look to them for reference.
And thanks a lot Circus and Rain! I'll definitely keep on going and practicing.
I think you are really heading in the right direction, I love how you put little notes next to your drawings stating what you learn from it!
I second spiralpen, those notes will be really useful to you, when you look these over in the future
Don't change the attitude you have now, practice is everything, keep on doing it.
Nothing else I can add, that others haven't mentioned, you're doing great
Hey there! Good start to your sketchbook. I'm not sure what you mean by "freehand" but at this point you ought to work on your observation skills and try to be very accurate with your studies. You seem to be using very similar proportions for all the different faces -- I took a look at the original Christina Hendricks photo and the face is much more oval and her lips are fuller than you've drawn them. You've probably gotten into some stylistic habits and you're going to have to get rid of them.
You might find it useful to do a few portraits upside-down or trace the photo you're working from to see where you're falling down on proportion.
Otherwise you're off to a good start. Keep with it!
hey guys, sorry about the absence! I've been dealing with commissions and some personal issues, but I'm back to drawing some more and getting my sketchbook off the ground again. Thanks for the comments and feedback too, I really really appreciate it. It's good to know I'm off to a good start, I hope to be better!
I decided to draw portraits some more to experiment with facial structure and different features and to get better at faces overall. I'll post them all below!
Free-hand female studies (I was reading a lot of Bible stories and had to draw Babylon for some reason)
an image that I have no idea what the meaning is behind it (never finished it, the hands were the last thing I had to finish but laziness got the best of me)
Adrien Brody portrait I started but didn't finish because his left eye kept coming out weird... Doc Hammer made his way in there too.
First is just a girl I drew randomly.
Second is another Brody portrait (spoiler:didn'tfinishlol)
Third is Thomas Gibson as Hotchner from Criminal Minds.
Fourth was the beginning of a Mark Hamill pic.
My friend from high school message'd me on facebook (we took Adv. Art in high school together) and he said to try drawing people doing every day things to make my people seem more "natural".
more practicing from http://lovecastle.org/draw/
And these last 2 are the most recent portrait studies I've been working on.
I decided to take on a different form of shading with q-tips so I could make the portraits more realistic. I have to finish her hair (there's so much of it haha) but it took me about 2 hours for drawing her and then completing the shading, I think?
A Marilyn Monroe portrait. I have to fix her eyes and shape of her face...
How long should drawing a real life portrait usually take? I know more than 30 min., but I have a bit of a problem when it comes to patience. I know I need to chill out sometimes and just take it easy, but there are times when I'm like "OH MAN I HAVE TO FINISH THIS RIGHT NOW OH MY GOD". Anyone else feel like this?
Hell yeah... better than being stuck staring at the page afraid to work on something though!
great sketchbook here, great attitude you're obviously working hard to improve (and actually improving too hehe) and tackle your weaknesses. your portraits are getting good!
"It felt good to have a purpose, a dream, and to follow it. I never told them I didn't know the way."
The long, hard road out of suck AKA My Sketchbook
Sorry I've been neglecting my CA since May, I've been dealing with some personal issues but now I'm ready to get back into getting more critique and advice!
I'll start with some things from June (lots and references were used).
Going into August! Practiced some faces from imagination and the rest from a JC Penny catalogue.
Worked on some profile views by looking at photographs I saved in my art folder.
I don't know if fanart is frowned upon by CA, so I'm sorry in advance for those not into Homestuck! ): but I have this tendency that when I practice my anatomy or I'm drawing faces, they start turning into characters from shows or comics I really enjoy. Does anyone else do this or is it just me? haha
I guess it just makes drawing faces more fun and easier heh
I attempted to try some intimate poses but again it evolved into Sufferer/Disciple fluff
and the last one I recently did and started today! I'm hoping to color in the Colin Meloy sketch because I've had this idea in my head for a while and maybe I will submit it here once I am finished so I can get some of my coloring here.
Thanks for looking guys! And if you don't mind, I was wondering if you can share some lighting tips and advice? My biggest aspiration is to not only get better at anatomy and emotions but also to improve my lighting/shading skills.