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Spartan Camp #211 - 50 gestures + Optional "Shadows Study"
The aim is to produce 50 gestures by Sunday the 29th of January.
- The gestures can be of anything, human, animal, cavorting capybaras.... You can draw full figures, but you can also go for heads, arms, eyes, or anything specific. All media can be used, both digital or traditional. Coloured or black/white. Quick scribbles or long studies. Imagination or referenced. Clothed or nude. Specifics are up to you!
- In addition to this, participants can choose to do an Optional "Shadows Study", in any medium.
Additional notes on this weeks’ Optional Study:
Light areas, dark areas and shadows are created when light hits an object. These areas reflect light at our eyes, allowing us to see the objects' form as a result. Seems easy enough. But what about different types of shadow? And multiple light sources? Reflected light? Diffraction?
You can keep this as simple (or tough) as you want it to be. The main goal is to perform a study with one or several areas of shadows. You can draw a couple of cubes and project an imaginary light source on them. Or create a small still-life with a light source. Many tutorials use a simple ball form as an example, because it covers a lot of different aspects (see links below). You could also use photographic reference, perhaps even with a human model. Keeping it black/white would be useful to simplify things.
Key things to consider: Source of the light, the values in different areas, and the difference between form shadows and cast shadows.
LINK1; Best guide I could find so far.
LINK2; Easy to understand, covers a lot of related things.
LINK3; Less of a basic guide, but very interesting. Extensive especially on different types of light.
Next weeks study
Figure Value Study.
Simple and invaluable. Can be used as a follow-up of the present optional study!
As always- reference advised, not obligatory. Colour, medium, time frame, any specifics are up to you! Good luck and have fun! And feel free to ask questions!
50 poses is a challenge, but don't hurry or stress yourself reaching it! Focus on drawing, as practising is the main goal of this exercise.
Criticizing each other is highly encouraged!! Share constructive criticism, reference images and resources!! Let's help each other get better!
Come on soldiers! Flex those muscles!!
HALL OF FAME - SPARTAN CAMP #210
some James Gurney light studies, some pose maniacs shadows study, some Franzetta light/value study and sketches and some imagination skits.
value and lighting goes hand in hand really cant have one with out the other.
many mistakes i'll see if i can do better later today or tomorrow.
freaken scanner is destroying my fine values!!! aargh . . .
Life drawing this week. Really trying to push my values. Decided that starting with a black background might help, and I enjoyed working with it. Line drawings are 1 minute, everything else is labeled. Hope this doesn't look too pixel-y
bulk dump + more to come.
Arm Training, Gestures (60-120secs), 35 household objects (around 2-3mins each)
Last edited by Little-Maiden; January 25th, 2012 at 07:39 PM.
AdrianNagorski: Lookin good! Some of your heads can look tilted, remember to put a good solid skull construction underneath before you start drawing the features.
Zy: those values are looking much better than last time, though I've heard the best colour for a background is a sort of mid-grey. Kind of allows for you to "sculpt" the figure out of the background. If that makes any sense. I'm so tired. Haha.
Little Maiden, tell me you're an art student and not someone doing it in their free time so I don't feel sooo guilty and lazy, haha. Even your warmups and exercises look clean and neat, mine look like a preschooler threw up all over Photoshop. Make your gestures a little bigger, though! It's hard to see much at this size, even though it is really tempting to shrink them, I know.
Here's some poop from a butt:
Trying to apply new techniques from Vilppu videos I just watched made all of my gestures look awkward and terrible.
so, um. 2 tries @ drawing a photograph without looking at it. what I wanted to study was the debth; but I found I had a bad enough time remembering the proportions (as shot); so had to turn focus to that. you'd think I'd get it right at a 2nd or third turn at leat huh? no way. its bah
(first is drawing over the picture, looking for plains; added the red for construction later (and hid when drawing)
some ships, done for gesture practice, really should do tons of hulls anyways
some Bridgman randoms, guess thats all from me this week with work looming in a few hours
n damm you Dead Space 2 sucking my time away
Hi everyone, this is my first post.
I hope to learn a lot from all you talented folks here at Conceptart.
Here are some sketches I've been working on this past week and a half.
Fifty posemaniac gestures, an anatomy study of Youthful Hercules (statue), a Michelangelo study, and a portrait shadow study of Youthful Hercules.
I've started reading Loomis, so I practiced some of his exercises too.
I'm new to photoshop. This might be one of my first serious attempts at using it.
@adrian- i like the heads, but your 3d space is suffering a bit when you do imagination - keep those 'cubes' in mind!
On you 2nd post, the ships are awesome! The studies are a bit skewed in proportion; i know how hard it is to keep track of that while studying shape!
@zy- I think you worked way hard! But, well I say this to everyone - go to fotoshop, and delete all those nasty soft brushes. They're killng your work!
@little bones- strong work! I like the lady on the tricicle; 13 is better in that your looking for plains more there.
@lm- arm practice? You mean you actually practice to get those lines straight? Seems to pay off. Very clean stuff; the stull lifes are almost industrial design.
hello and welcome! som very nice studies in there. like the michaelangelo particulary. the last study is very nice! still think its too much softbrush but you got away with it pretty well.
Last edited by ashess; January 27th, 2012 at 02:35 PM.
ashess: Nice baby, but it might help to think of a baby just like an adult (sort of) - they are also constructed from the basic ribcage, hipbones, etc..., even if they look like cute lil' sausage-people. Also thanks for the comment, I also tried to look for planes/form more in this set, but totally failed!
Bellhop: FRESH BLOOD. Welcome! I can see some proportion issues in your gestures but then you immediately do some proportion drills from Loomis, so that's good! And that bust looks quite nice, the values look good to me, but use bolder & bigger strokes when painting!
Here's more crap:
Nothing was really working at all today, ugh. I reject these disappointments!
@littlebones- ye, seems I have an image of sausage in my head doesnt it? I never though.. getting closer to gauging the proportions right @ my first go now though
hmm seems the lines got away from you a bit that last post. but ofc 30 sec is hardly enough time to just get the flow right.
@Ashess Yeah, the still lifes are very industrial design like- if i ever get into art school I want to actually get a degree in Industrial Design + Illustration, So I might as well get into a habit of drawing like that.
As for the exercise, yeah, its training my arm to do a clean straight line and ellipses in order to have more accuracy in my freehand work. Most of what I've read, about how to practice drawing varies in the type of exercise but one thing in common is line training and ellipse training. So I generally do a page daily.
No, i'm not an art student, unfortunately, otherwise i'd probably be doing alot more work than I currently am. It might seem like alot to you, but from my perspective it never seems like im doing enough. Like I should be doing more.
Nonetheless Its better to start increasing your workload daily. That way you get used to spending more and more time on the art.
As for my gestures being neat, and tidy, I'm actually trying hard to get them even more cleaner than they currently are. I guess its never gonna be clean enough for me :p
As for gesture size, I generally work on a very large canvas (over 4000 pixels wide) and then resize to about 700 pixels wide. Otherwise the size limitations on CA.org will whine at me. Nonetheless I always post gestures and exercises smaller than more finished work, only cause theres very little to crit an exercise- and if you can read the gesture at a tiny size it means its doing its job. If you need to have a large image to get the point of a gesture across then something is wrong.
Nonetheless I'll post larger next time for the sake of clarity
whew, been busy with stuff so haven't posted in the past 3 days. (my dog got into an accident, his eye pushed out of its socket and whole set of problems has me going back and forth to the vet with him constantly, but hes finally calmed down and just needs rest). Anyhow, this is what I have done the past 3 days, will post my final *extended* shadow study later on along with a full set of crits.
Apologies for the really crappy photos. The sphere shadow study is actually alot more varied in tone, but in between flash and a crappy digicam its not coming through as expected.
Last edited by Little-Maiden; January 30th, 2012 at 10:37 AM.
Don't even get me started about cameras, That sphere almost looks, marble
like, excellent! Seems I've got a bit of catching up to do LOL
Great volume of work dude. Hope your creature returns to full health soon!
Anthis: no problems now, thank you for your help
littlebones: thank you for explanation of line of action, it will be easier to draw some poses from mind now. Anyway, great poses.
Little-Maiden: I like your studies, it's good idea to do some drawing exercise every day. I saw something in Yoitisi Island. I will try it later.
Here is everything I did this weekend. I tried some poses using line of action, hope it's better. Poses are with ref. (26-34 little experiment )I want to learn drawing heads, with number are from mind and bigger ones are with ref. I should study skull and some features of heads, mainly mouth which I am erasing all time.
Little Maiden: Siiick shadow study. And as for the size of your gestures, do whatever makes you happy, dude. You're absolutely right - if your gestures can be easily read at that size (which they can) then you're doing it right, so don't listen to me babbling on, I don't know what I'm talking about.
blu01: Glad it helped! Your gestures are looking a little looser than before. Your faces are coming along, you seem to be understanding the facial planes more around #8. That one looks more 3-dimensional than the others, and that old bearded guy looks pretty great!
Welp, here are the last of my gestures, but I'm afraid I'm gonna have to pass on that shadow study this week. I hope expressions/portraits also count as gestures!
The arms on the girl from imagination are too long, Shorten the forearm, and upper arm. The end of the middle finger should touch about halfway down the thigh. (more or less)
Your drawings are getting better! Although with your studies pay attention to the width of the pelvis, especially the variety between female and male.
great study, but like ashess pointed out, less airbrushing. Using a hard round will always benefit in the longer run than relying on the softness of airbrush to hide errors in edge quality.
Final update, and final shadows study. Did a Roman bust, which is so frikin hard to imitate, but I managed- 3hrs about?
Hi people! I totally disappeared but the next round won't happen without me, I promise.
AdrianNagorski: Some of those faces are terrific My favourite is the edge light one. I can't say I don't see zillion flaws anatomy wise but some of your faces totally has character and it's a really important thing. The rendering is somewhat rushed, the shadows could be more clear and deep. Be bold with shadows, especially when it's your theme.
Dig the ships.
zy.: I like the figures themselves in general, the rendering is way too soft, I don't mention fix opacity hard brushes again but it's a pity, watch the arms! Sometimes they are too blocky, thin, whatever, much weaker than the rest.
ashess: You surely chose a hard angle and gesture there... Well that's not a bad attitude
Little-Maiden: You are hardworking as ever. I can't say anything about your stuff, the usual quality, sorry. I even visited your SB a few times but as far as I remember, never wrote anything. I have these odd things. What was your goal with the household objects? I draw objects sometimes, mostly shiny ones, I paint them, never little drawings. What are they for? Maybe they would help me too.
littlebones: Poop? You are so totally no better (at being all confident and pleased with yourself) than Little-Maiden. Wait till I get as good as you two (I have time to spare and I know I could level up if I disintegrate the rest of my block) and we can form some club where our artistic inner childs and our inner critics could improve, the latters ever unpleased... I dunno why I wrote this and I have no clue what will my inner critic do when I will be good, if it happens in my life. Will he become a normal, sometimes asspatting one? It would be odd and a bit sad. Whatever.
In short, I kinda like your gestures, at least the first bunch. But compared to mine, most people are good at them.
Some of your portraits are nice too.
Sorry, I always end up writing silly comments to you, I don't know why.
I start to get carried away so that's for now. And some traditional lil things. Maybe some of them were from the previous week, I rarely write dates into my sb.
Very few figures again...
@ littlebones- those character head are awesome!
@shinin- ye I know. thats the point
nice noses, love the elephants!
one lilcat from picture. tried to do a quick look @ shadows.haha. should scan my quick scans of the kids looking @ shadows. they have a certain something.. hmm a3. maybe tomorrow.
@littlebones: Thanks! I'm learning from Loomis to fix my proportion issues. I think its amazing how much detail you can put in your gestures in such a short time.
I'm also impressed by your worth ethic, you seem to be drawing all the time! That's awesome!
@ashess: I'll take your advice and not overdo on the brush strokes next time! A little OCD on my part I'm diggin your studies as well.
@Little-Maiden: I love your gestures. Your earlier sketches are clear and concise, like industrial design. The bust you painted is stunning as well. Kudos, very realistic.
I can see from your updates that you're constantly drawing/painting, and I find that inspiring. I'll experiment with round brushes this week.
@shiNIN: Thank you! I like your nose and face studies. You drew a lot, very nice!
Afraid I had nothing to contribute last week... already working on this week though!
Some of you have done a terrific job on the shadow study.. You might even see some overlap with the next optional study. Or perhaps its the perfect follow-up. Either way: next thread's up!
Bellhop - Welcome! Noticed Loomis and Michelangelo straight away. It's nice to have a combination of different reference sources; helps you put things in perspective. The next step (for me, at least) is to throw in some figures from imagination. Put the new knowledge to direct use. And careful with skipping the feet! No need to get too detailed, but take care not to neglect them! If you're new at photoshop, then I'd say you've done a great job. You seem to have a good eye for those values. Terrific work!
hey here's what i got...haven't been here in some time.....53 figures all together
I'll draw some boxes with shadows later and put into the new topic I guess
I got a star and I was surprised, I didn't know I did the optional but well, yep, I drew shadows, on noses and faces... Yay. Still, I need to draw some tasty simple objects with shadows.
And I did these too last week, I forgot to put it here last time:
I forgot about the nipples, I wonder if photobucket will delete it as usual.
ashess: I'm not sure about the shading but the shape is totally catlike and it's not an easy gesture, again... Though animals are different, I always draw them easier than humans, maybe it's because I don't stress too much about it...
The elephants were surprisingly extra easy, I'll draw more next time
Bellhop: But I should draw much, much more I always have the feeling I barely draw.