My name is Alex 'kgb'. I'm not going to bore you with who am I and my bio that no one cares about. My reasons for doing a daily sketchbook is that I need to improve, desperately. Its very intimidating to even post here, but in hope of great people from these boards will be able to point out and tear apart my drawings so I can draw better. This will also drive me to draw everyday or so; that way I would have a goal knowing that someone might point out what I did wrong or right.
Anyway, please post and give me feedback, I really appreciated it.
I started drawing in September 2003, when I took a drawing class at community college. Before that I did not take drawing seriously, but doodled sometimes with no progress or know what the hell I was doing.
So I'm gonna start off with last years drawings then, work my way up to today. It won't be alot of old crap, I promise.
Only one I'm really proud of
These I did recently starting in February
Something I did today, which made me want to start post here. I am in need of improvement, really, really bad. So feel free to point out my flaws and good stuff if there is any.
So from now on I will be posting whatever I draw that wasn't in the past week, month or year.
Seeing as you asked for feedback so nicely...
I'd recommend trying to focus on defining your edges a bit more. You are obviously aware of shading, which is good, but the details are getting lost due to the shadows and lineweight not differing.
Hope that helps!
I think you're off to a pretty good start with your drawings though some stand out more to me as drawings that you spent more time and concentration on. I'll just fire away with some comments and hopefully I'll be some help...
The ones I like particularly are the hands, the seated woman, and the martini glasses. The red one with the two dudes in robes is not bad but I think it needs a bit of varied colour to make a focal point come out and make it easier to define different areas of the drawing.
The seated woman seems to be good in terms of proportion although the perspective seems to be off on the floor.
I think the martini glasses are great! My only suggestion would be to make the coloured areas a little more evenly coloured but that's not so important. How did you get the glazed look on the glass?
As for the hands- hands are tough to get and I think you've captured the shape and position of the hands pretty well, the muscles all seem to be in pretty much the right spots. They could be improved but they're better than my hands most of the time. I reckon with some more studies you could really develop your hands.
The little gnome/ goblin guy is ok- did you draw him from a sculpture or something? If you use the shadows to create shapes I think he'd take on a more solid feel, and don't be afraid to use darker shadows either- get into the darker pencils and build up some contrast. Contrast can make an image more interesting to look at than the same image with a lot of midtones.
As for the rest you seem to draw fairly well from observation and that's a great skill to have but it seems to me like you tend to lose interest after a while and rush some areas. If you keep focussed and keep practicing drawing from life and doing studies like the hands I think you'll improve fairly well.
Ok, that's about it for me, hope you don't mind taking some suggestions from another untrained aspiring artist...
Sydney artist Luke Marcatili
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