Drawing with pen is really fun. Make sketches with it. I think it works well with them..
Some tips from a fellow noob:
I think some of your drawings are a bit gloomy. Try to work out the contrast and try to work out some of the lines.
Furthermore if you like to draw poses and anatomy, try out posemaniacs and make studies of the human body. Take your nose or your hand and try to draw it. Look into anatomy books and try to understand how your it is constructed. It helps a lot when drawing.
And last but not least draw whereever and whenever you can.
Have fun drawing and uploading it here (often).
second one is a copy.
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I decided to start painting so I went out and bought some acrylics, a bunch of big thick paper and some brushes. I've painted a bit in high school art class and a painting class I took in a community college but both of the classes were pretty disappointing. The tips from the instructors were usually really vague and unhelpful...
I really want to get better at painting so I would really appreciate some tips and critiques! I'm not too sure what colors are the best to start with but I bought titanium white, burnt sienna, raw umber, ultramarine blue, rouge red, cobalt green and cadmium yellow. I don't really know the best technique for painting portraits is but I've been doing an underpainting with raw umber then painting over that.
Hey, nice sketches Sadly, I've never been to france or the louvre.
A small suggestion: Have you tried using mechanical pencils or maybe just ones that are not as soft as the ones in your sketches? My sketches look way too messy when I use a really soft pencil. You have to be more precise when using a harder one.
Thanks! That's really good advice actually and I just realized that a harder pencil can be better for sketching. I've always used 2b and softer but never harder than that. Yesterday I used 2h and it worked really well and wasn't messy.
More fruit and heads.
Last edited by OakLeaf; January 12th, 2013 at 05:53 AM.
Good work, ceep drawing like that and I'm sure you will see alot of improvement.
I recommand you Andrew loomis books, specaly for drawing the head (available for free in pdf format http://alexhays.com/loomis/ ), maybe "Fun with a pencil" is a good start.
If I can give you 2 personnel advices :
1- Take your time : most of your sketch seems to be very fast sketchs, I'm sure taking more time you will get better results. When you start learning kick boxing, you dont start by fighting, but punshing in slow motion against yourself in a glass, same for drawing.
2-Work from reference/life : news papers, book, life, etc... This is maybe the better advice I can give you.
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I went to the louvre today and tried my best to draw a statue. I'm going to try to finish it later but I don't understand what to do from here. Do I just keep making the darks darker and keep working my way to softer pencils?
I'm trying to draw a lot from observation.
Last edited by OakLeaf; January 16th, 2012 at 01:01 PM.
Continue practicing like that it is the good way. I have another book that may help you The artist complete guide to Drawing the Head . First for drawing the head from life, but also the theory of using shades. For me it is the best book about portrait drawing, and the theory about shade may help you for all your drawings.
By the way do you speak French ? (you talked about you going to Louvre)
I've been drawings statues at the louvre a lot lately and have been trying to be a lot more thoughtful and take more time with each drawing.
Anyone have any tips for this kind of drawing?
Great work man. You are on the right path just keep pushing and do studies and don't forget to apply your studies. I would also try some loomis studies I was you. And this website helped me with light and form and it might be able to help you with your portraits.
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Arggggg... Painting isn't going well at all.
I'm trying to work through figure drawing for all it's worth by andrew loomis. It's pretty frustrating though.
Studying the Vilppu anatomy videos.
More drawings of statues from the Louvre.
From life is always the best way to learn to draw. Good job on those last ones. Be careful on your values especially on the bust, try and keep them unified- two tones to begin with, and do away with lines if creating a tonal drawing. I really recommend Harold speeds the science and principles of drawing. A fantastic book I re-read it many times.
Hey Bunrt-Ice, nice studies! Just keep doing them. My piece of advice would be: try to focus on the underlying structure as much as possible. I don't know if you have any books of bridgman but I find them most helpful for that. Your drawings in your last post show real progress. Keep it up!
Thanks D.Labruyere! That's very encouraging. Yeah, I have all the bridgeman books and also find them really helpful but haven't gotten around to studying them enough!
Some charcoal drawings from my imagination. I guess it's a common problem but I can't help making everyone I draw look the same. I really need to work on adding character and depth to my drawings.