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Edit March 26th 2013: I'm going to be posting as i move forward. I've come to realize that I need to really 'start over' when it comes to art and will be moving forward accordingly. That doesn't mean that what I've learned so far is invalid, I just need to focus on my foundation studies and work my way up. Unlike in my original post where I was nervous about how my art 'looked' and not being 'confident' I have come to realize that doesn't matter. Of course it's not going to look good and of course it's not going to express my end goal as an artist. It's merely the steps towards becoming a better artist. You don't judge a dancer on how well they took their first steps, after all.
Originally Posted by Original OpeningOkay *takes a deep breath* I'm sorry if this seems a little awkward. I'm a full time student in college and I am very nervous about showing my practices or drawings. I've been trying to work on doing daily sketches in order to help improve my work.
I am not confident in my works, though that is normal to say for any 'artist,' but I would very much like to be able to work to become both more confident and also a better studied artist.
I started drawing late so I am still a little unsure of which routes I should do to help further my drawings. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Last edited by Jacket-Buttons; April 28th, 2013 at 10:44 PM.
30 second gesture for tonight
I was a little nervous, think that I'm still anxious about posting them here.
*adding on the images from the first post to keep the first clean*
I've been doing 30 second gestures on the site posemaniacs for a while so I will post those here as well. Ill also post some speedpaintings I while looking at photo references.
I hope that this will help me focus and hone my skills. Perhaps even raise my confidence a little bit. I know that I am not anywhere near good at drawing yet, but hopefully I can get on the right track to working on improving overall.
All of the speed paintings below were drawn from reference with a time limit of 30 minutes. The gestures are all 30 seconds.
Last edited by Jacket-Buttons; January 13th, 2010 at 06:17 PM.
Hey whats up Jacket-Buttons you have a great sketchbook going here.
Cant wait to see more
till next time -Omerta
sketchbook updated October 6th
Nice, I also use posemaniacs when I have time.
Do not only draw 30 second sketches, try 90 seconds to add more details.
But cool sketchbook so far =)
@OmertA: Thank you, I will try to post here regularly and work at improving
@Patrick: Thank you for your suggestion I will add in a session of 90 second practices as well.
I don't know if this is sketchbook material, but here's a 3d render for my texture class. Sadly I pushed my computer to it's edge so I wasn't able to tweak this how I would of wanted. I'm rectifying this with building a new computer over the summer break.
gestures for today
Keeping with what was suggested I tried a session of 30 second sketches followed by a 90 second run. I feel that in the 90 second one I became more timid and may of even gotten less done. Then the longer I did it the more I started finding myself thinking a little too much about the structure and drawing less
First one 30 seconds, the 2nd image is the 90 second session
great studies, u are moving at breakneck speed
I did a few eye practices, from reference, since I haven't tried CGing a realistic face before ._.;
Last edited by Jacket-Buttons; June 28th, 2009 at 08:17 AM.
By a suggestion from Eugie, I attempted to draw the human figure without references to attempt to gauge where I am. I did the sketches relatively quick in order to see how much I could remember.
I think that anatomy particularly of arms and legs I tend to blur a bit. I couldn't even remember if the tibula or the fibula was higher.
Another quick one. I wanted to try a woman from memory in a more painted feeling. I haven't really 'painted' a figure in photoshop so it was an interesting experiment.
The colors aren't correct, I was going more for getting the form rather than correct colors or a fixed lighting source. Mostly just a test to see where I am. I am sorry for the random uploads, I'm just keeping this for more of a personal sketchbook than 'look at my stuff' sorts. I hope no one really minds.
For things I immediately notice is that I need to work on my proportions. The arms in particular and the head size. Also my feet seem elongated but I think that's cuz I didn't focus in that area much.
I believe I will try and do some anatomy practices later tonight focusing in the arms first.
Followed your link over here from your question in the art disussion section.
Looks like you got the right idea. The quick poses look good.
Drawing the figure to see what areas are still grey in your mind is a great excercise. Helps you see what you need to study up more on.
Try not to get overwhelmed with the amount of things one needs to know, you are right there are alot of them. Compostion, color theory, anatomy ect all important. But you are working on them all so in time things will begin to "click" more.
For the figure, try drawing the skeleton 1st then start overlaying the muscles. It really helps to know where the muscles start and stop and how they connect to the bone.
Have you looked at any of the Bridgman books? I think Bridgman is great. Set up his book and do drawings out of it like you are doing with the posematics. He uses solid masses, cube shapes and that really helps in understand how to twist the figure.
I started an anatomy thread a while ago to show how I go about it, just an example definatly not the end all be all.
Keep it up, you are on the right track.
Amusing enough, I just picked up a copy of Bridgman's book last night. I've been studying anatomy both with an anatomy class that I took at school, Anatomy for the Artist by Sarah Simblet and the Albinus on Anatomy by Hale and Coyle. I will definitely be giving Bridgman's book a try. I'll start on that tonight after I finish with work.
After looking over some of my practices, I agree that I could use more work on the skeletal structure. Good catch and thank you. I'll try and do some more skeletal practices. It has been in the back of my mind but hadn't really clicked yet XD
Mmmm I love Hale. so good. He's got a few books that are great reading and studying.( Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters, Artistic Anatomy by Dr. Paul Richer and Master Class in Figure Drawing) if you happen to have access to his lectures (some colleges an libraries have em,since they cost about $800) brew some coffee to stay awake and check em out.
Looking foward to your progress.
Hi, keep up the great work Jacket, I have been following your sketchbook and progress and it's very inspiring! This Posemaniacs thing is incredible and I owe it to you for finding it!
@Zazerzs: I'll definitely give that a look into. I'll check the library when the next session starts (since right now the college library is off limits during our break) I'll try my best to work harder and have some nice improvements to show
@Syle: Thanks, I'm glad that I've helped you in some way. I just discovered it on random forever ago. I've tried to get into the practice of doing the gestures off and on since January, but only recently have I gotten up the will to actually dive head first. I hope to see your sketchbook as well if you start using posemaniacs.
Gestures for tonight. First ones are 30 seconds and second are 90 seconds (as usual)
Hey JB. I like your book. Im a rookie and Im not real sure what Posemaniacs is but Im gonna look it up after seeing this. They're great gesture studies you've done. I need to do this!!! See you around.
Thanks Jigje. I found posemaniacs randomly so I was really glad that I came across it. It definitely is a good substitute for timed drawings. Although I do still go to life drawing workshops with a live model, posemaniacs helps bring that into a more daily situation.
The internet died last night and I couldn't get it to work so I was unable to load posemaniacs to do gestures. Instead I did a set of 2 30 seonds and one 90 seconds to try and make up for it. I think I need a new router. The 30 seonds didn't come out too well this time around, but the 90 second ones I feel I was really comfortable with.
most gestures. I was a little tired (work has been busy) so i am proud of myself for getting them done nonetheless.
I also am adding in a sheet of my scarecrow character that I'm going to 'attempt' to model in 3d. The sheet was drawn up really fast since I'm short on time. The character is very simple, but I've been animating him (in 2d) for a while so i'm curious on how the transition between 2d and 3d will be.
Busy week, mostly dealing with work. It's been quite a while since I managed over 40 in nearly a single week. (student move in)
I've also been in one of those moods lately where one worries if I'll ever be able to improve. Seeing friends and roommates around me that are so very talented tends to make the attempt I'm making seem futile. I know this is not true, I need to keep practicing. However, just with work and those dull feelings I found myself unable to do much these few days. Hopefully I can give myself a decent kick in the ass to pick it up.
some gestures from earlier in the week and a random doodle that is off in so many ways but I figured I'd give something to post.
Your gestures are looking good and you have established colour really well in your first post. The eye studies look great I'd really like to see some pencil work. Do some longer studies like a still life. Finish it and make it count. Great work so far, keep it rolling.
Well my largest issue is I have no scanner or camera so anything done in pencil I wouldn't be able to post. (thus why I do everything digital gesture wise as well) So sadly I wouldn't be able to show you any pencil still lifes. Only ones done digitally.
adding on a random quick speedpainting to try and get myself rolling again.
thank you, though the landscapes are all timings as well. They're about 30 minutes worth of work... and actually my first attempts at speedpaintings/enviroments so that's why they're really rough. I will probably work in more into my practice routine soon. It's just adjusting to schedules and seeing how I can get them all working in my day