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And some paintings from imagination too.
Prepare for some study dumpage.
For the past 3 months I've been doing studies from life. Obviously I struggle with realism, aaannnd just about everything else -_-;;
I try to sketch people on my one hour commute to and from school-- but I think I'm going to try doing some more photo-based studies.
But to be honest...I'm kind of lost regarding what to focus on to see improvement in my work-- because for someone who's going to be 21 in a few days, I definitely don't draw as well as I should.
Mr.Jack, BlueFley, Janaschi; these people were basically professional at 21.
I on the other hand...am no where NEAR it. I could really use some guidance guys-- I'll do whatever it takes to see steady, impressive improvement.
And a few more.
Nice starting man! I like your sketch dumps, you're really creative on your stuff, and that's nice, keep doing it !
Why thank you good sir! I'll continue to study as well as sketch my own personal visualizations .
So I was painting last night for a few hours, but then my tablet starts doing the "I'm only gonna draw straight and diagonal lines" thing that I don't really know how to fix; hence I was forced to stop before this was finished .
Does anyone know how to rectify the tablet situation? I'm using a Wacom Graphire 4 & I've got it updated w/ the latest drivers.
Been doing some studies over the past few days-- mostly just my usual lifedrawing agenda (aka on the bus to school & back) I need to break off that tangent and do some more focused studies.
I did manage to get some painting time in though.
I'm having trouble with so much haha.
Mostly painting in general...Rendering various materials and making them look convincing, when to use harsh transitions vs smoother ones...that kinda stuff.
I've been drawing a lot of chicks from photos, but I'm not sure it's helping too much. I've also been reading Loomis's book "Successful Drawing."
Either way I'd really appreciate some critique & guidance. If not it's cool though, I'm sure I'll figure things out on my own eventually.
I don't know if I can be of much help in general since I'm kind of a beginner in painting but harold speed has a great book on the subject of painting: Oil painting techniques and materials. It might help even though it's about oil there's lot's of general painting help in there so I'd check it out. Loomis' Successful drawing is mostly a perspective book so it would be good to go through it seeing as you don't have a lot of environment stuff going on. I also think it would be a good idea for you to study anatomy more thoroughly. If theres a skeleton in the area you should go and draw it, make lot's of studies, but don't stop doing your imagination stuff, I did for a while and realized it was important to do both observation and imagination drawing. Anyway, take this with a grain of salt as I'm pretty much a beginner and sorry for the long post.
KT: Thanks for the review man, I was caught in a rut of only doing things from my head and it stifled my progress HARD. Being a beginner doesn't make your advice any less valid, I'll check out your sketchbook soon! [:
I've been reading through these forums for the past few days, namely Mr.Delicious's Sketchbook and Algenpfleger's as well.
Needless to say I've come to the realization that I've just been spinning my wheels for ages . Man, I feel like the biggest imbecile on the planet. If I had been doing more studies and drawing more I'd be SO much better than I am now. For 21 years of age I'm nowhere near where I want to be, and all the time I've wasted doodling mostly from imagination...Feels like I've been simultaneously stabbed in my drawing hand and the heart .
Well, now that I've had my moment, it's time to do some MAJOR due diligence. I've got a fire in my soul that can't be extinguished , and I'm going to use it to ignite my skills . Watch me improve, whoop my ass with constructive feedback, because I'm done wasting time. I'm gonna put my nose to the grindstone so hard that by the time I'm done there's not gonna be any nose left.
And to put my money where my mouth is I rented a massive anatomy book from my library. much like Algen started over by swearing off digital mediums until he improved his fundamentals...I'm going to be doing the same. No more PSCS5 until January 1st.
here's some studies thus far, these were done over the past two days.
Also, got some bammes I'm going to study tonight, hopefully I'll be able to scan and upload those too.
And now some bammes stuffz! Maybe one or two more studies tonight, after that my body will go into sleep mode of it's own volition. As much as I'd like to neglect the lame generals I've gotta attend tomorrow, some crucial stuff is due.
Okay, I'm officially out of drawing juice. It's tantamount to shooting blanks right now... I have to go to bed and recharge.
still, feels good to be productive w/ the studies :]. REALLY need to do more female faces though. It could just be because I'm exhausted, but a lot of 'em suckkkk.
More tomorrow! I'm gonna warm up w/ pose maniacs and then do some more musculature and bones...I'm gonna focus on the male and female torsos I think...we'll so [:
Those studies are looking sweet. You seem to make your torsos a tad short. When the arms are rested on the sides (shoulders not slouching), the hands are at the pubic region level. The proportions of the other limbs are looking good.
Fishysmell: Thanks for the feedback dude, I'll do my best to rectify my tiny torsos :].
Here's the results of some sketchery initiated yesterday. I felt kind of art-blocky throughout, but I'm just gonna keep fighting it with more studies and the occasional imaginative solidification sketches.
Also, having serious photoshop withdrawals, haha. I use it to resize my scans, and I feel the intense urge to color some of 'em...but I'm going to wait. maybe I'll mess around in MSpaint today stow some of my cravings.
Some of these were made while I was pretty tipsy during a DnD game ;P.
I really need to do more posemaniacs stuff, my gestures are weak, even for 60 seconds.
So yesterday wasn't too great of a day for studies, I was with friends all day and had no access to any of my references.
But I did manage to get some eyes and mouths/noses done.
I still need to study those more in-depth though...I'm just BARELY getting a grasp on eyes, noses still confuse the hell out of me :3!
It was nice to draw from imagination a bunch though, I'm seeing some progress in my unreferenced work, and it's all thanks to the time I've spent studying and the feedback I've gotten from the few kind users whom have left me feedback :].
Oh snap, a landscape! ( need to study these once I'm more comfortable with figures)
ooohhh yyeeaahhh. I'll resume study time now, see if I can't get some bammes anatomical and freestyle-referenced sketches up today.
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Thanks Htkpeh! I'm starting to enjoy them more and more.
Unfortunately I didn't draw a whole lot yesterday, I had to work on 3D homework for school, and it seriously cut into the time me and my sketchbook spend together. It sucks, because I chose to go to a school where animation is a major, but not illustration. Heh, If I could go back and tell me headstrong, 18 year old self anything, it's be "You don't want to animate nearly as much as you want to illustrate."
Here's what I managed to get done yesterday-- I spent way too much time rendering stuff (2D stuff) but then again I realized I barely ever spend time allocating value if I'm not painting. I feel like some lighting studies might be in order, as it's something I've never really read about nor practiced in depth.
The first two are studies, the following two are for putting what I've learned into practice. For the chain wielding girl I wanted to put more dynamism into a pose. As for the WIP I wanted to stretch my abilities out so I have room to grow, there's a ton of errors, but that means I get to try even harder >:].
MANY more studies coming today.
Yesterday wasn't very good for drawing, but I drew a bunch anyway. You know when the first hour or so that your pencil touches paper and the drawings just aren't looking the way you'd like? Yeah, like waking up on the wrong side of the bed or somethin'.
As for the sketches:
Gestures first, which are starting to come a -little- easier, but still look like dirt .
Then, non-ref dynamic-ish figure to loosen up my hand following the gestures.
And finally some stuff from imagination to make me feel better about my art block. I find that if I draw some sort of character whom I think could defeat the block, it starts to erode.
I did some head studies too, but, well...they're too embarrassing to post, that was easily the lowest point in my drawing on Sunday.
GRRAAAAHHH! After a quick shower, I have to hit the sketchbook harder than ever.
Finals week, not a whole lot of time for drawing when you're neck-deep in 3D animation projects.
I did manage to crank out a few studies and sketches over the past few days though.
Also, following next week I'm gonna start painting in PS again...I just can't wait until the 1st of Jan haha. I'm going to stick predominantly to grayscale for a while though, still a lot of fundamentals to capture before I really start coloring a bunch.
Hey guys! It's been a while.
I confess, I keep falling into the rut of not doing enough studies :T. I draw all the time, but my imagination to reference ratio remains imbalanced. I'm not sure 50/50 is what I'd like--maybe 60% imagination and 40% studies? Either way Here's some recent-ish studies and a couple of things from my head.
There's so much I want and need to learn! haha. I really want to work on cleaning up my painting abilities and learning how to compose and light my pieces better. Still have a lot of fundamentals to drill on too.
Ah well, C&C appreciated!
The amount of imagination stuff in here is pleasing to me! I got a good chuckle from the Pokemon drawing! I think it is really good that you are doing as much imagination stuff as you are. It seems like a lot of people avoid it!
Jarrad: Ha, funny you should say that, because after I posted that last image I got really upset with my current technical abilities, and decided I should switch to a study-heavy regimen. I figure there's too much I'm missing in my work that can only be learned by studying life and photos. My visual library is lacking.
I'll still be pushing out stuff from imagination though, especially to apply what I'm studying.
1 hr still life and 4-5 hour photo study.
1.5 hr photo study and a 1.5 hr speedpaint.
Classes started back up again today, so I won't have a lot of time for studies or personal stuff due to my work load :<
I'll probably just shirk as much homework as I can in order to advance though! gotta level up! POWER LEVEL!adfsajlfsf
I think I'm going to study the techniques of other artists and landscapes over the next few days...
I really dig your stuff.