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To work on perspective I'd suggest just throwing a horizonline and two vanishing points on a page and start drawing cubes and other basic shapes for a while. It's boring but it really helps.
After that try to draw out a city (just basic shapes), either from imagination or by copying some photo's.
Important thing to remember is that the lines that go to the vanishing point converge to that point, your lines seem to be going more or less paralel.
Also, don't putt your vanishing points too close to eachother.
Only after you get the hang of that I'd try to practise it more from life drawing, because practising perspective by drawing from life is very difficult.
Jaik ah I see thanks for the tip about perspective - at this point in time I have no idea what I am doing - I am going to read up on horizon lines and vanishing points so I at least know what I should be seeing. Glad you like the magpie gestures .
Ixallus thank you!! I am having trouble trying to switch from trying to draw outlines to seeing the shapes and relative sizes, but your example is really good and i think it will help me a lot!
Topcross Thanks - I will definitely do that .
Spent nap time today outside drawing - for some reason my line quality turned to absolute crap - I am hoping I can get back on track with it again.
good start. I noticed a few improvements between pages already. For one your figures don't lean so much anymore, which means you're getting a solid hang of symmetry. Try doing a self portrait and flipping the canvas digitally (or turning it upside down if you're using paper/pencil) You'll spot alot of mistakes that way; provided you've drawn lightly you can correct them easily.
Good luck and if you choose to participate, welcome to Spartan Camp!
Ouu i really like the deer thingy, looks cool. For perspective just type perspective tutorials into google, just for the basics that is basics=basics=basics, any basic tutorial will be as good as any other, however, do some searching if you want to do the more advanced stuff, possibly buy a book. I think (think!) Loomis has a book on it and all his books are free coz they are out of copyright :3
Keep it up!
Your studies are coming along nicely and I like the variety as well. You could vary it up even more (and I should too )!
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Little-Maiden thanks for the advice - I am going to do a self portrait at least once a month so next time I do one I will be sure to check it out in the mirror to see what problems I have with it.
Jaik funny I actually just started reading Successful Drawing by Loomis and that covers perspective in some detail - so now I just have to knuckle down and read/practice it all.
I've been trying to work out a kind of schedule for my art studies - because I kind of feel all over the place at the moment - so I am breaking it up into Loomis study, gestures and life drawing, personal work, watercolours and learning to use my graphics tablet. Now I'm feeling very motivated to get learning
So here are a bunch of gestures that I did last night - some I think look okay, but generally I need to work on loosening up and having cleaner lines. Oh and I am joining in with the Spartan Camp - so I have to do 50 gestures this week .
I also spent some time out in the garden today (while the bubba slept) and painted some of the flowers that I have growing - my first time using watercolours and it was a lot of fun
I like the quick figure studies, especially #8. Seems like you captured a feeling or impulse in that one. Nice flowers, too.
Post 68 alot of improvement again. The human form is hard so don't beat yourself up over not everything being completely right just yet. To losen up the pose: not sure if anyone suggested reading Loomis yet? But the way he explains anatomy is, imo, the best I've seen so far. He starts with a simplified skeleton which focuses mainly on just getting proportions right and getting an interesting pose in. Defenitly worth checking out, I think there are even links in the tutorial section to it.
I love the flowers in post 68 btw
Cider - thank you
Topcross - I will get stuck into Loomis in the next week so hopefully that will help
Did a heap more gestures (35) to make up the 50 needed for the Spartan Camp - there are quite a few that I am fond of, and quite a few that I'm not happy at all with. But it is fun and I feel like I am getting something out of the exercise - so I am happy .
ace work, Really like you most recent figure studies XD
Wow, it seems like every time I look in here is a marked improvement from the last time. The Line work on the last poses are much better than even the post before that.
I second topcross's suggestion of Loomis, cent get enough of that guy. Also, if you wanted to do some perspective stuff, check out seedling's perspective 101. I am working through it at the moment as a brush up before I start a more complicated serious book on it and its actually quite enjoyable.
Hey, very good start on your sb! I’ll definitely check it out regularly.
Thanks for telling your story and being so honest about your life.
I’m also new here on CA and getting a new start working on my drawing skills
I wish you all the best sis!
Your last gestures post is nice. Still some proportions that are off, but there is already alot of improvement, they feel more lively as well.
Keep up the good work.
hughes_simon and greenhouse - thanks!!
Jaik - thanks for the link I will definitely check it out
Topcross - thanks, I'm still finding it slightly hard to really draw exactly what I see and not what I think I see - so the proportions are definitely a bit whacky. Hopefully practice will make perfect.
So here are some gestures from Twilight: New Moon (potentially one of the worst movies ever) and a few scribbles I did with my daughter this afternoon in crayons
Good stuff here, and yeah a lot of the Twilight series is done in close ups. So you only get a few chances to grab some solid full figure screen caps. I have Blu Rays for Chicago, Pirates of the Carribean and Lord of the Rings. There's some decent screens to be captured there. And they're not half bad movies either, so you don't need to drudge through the Twilight movies.
I find it hard to get proportions right with gestures too, I still need to draw some lil diagram of heads to measure everything out right which adds like 2-3x more time to my gestures lol.
Sucks that you had to resort to twilight though.. No one should have to put up with that =/ admirable that you made it to the 49min mark
Hey, I totally agree about that, “Twilight: New Moon (potentially one of the worst movies ever)” ^^
Although you got some real nice sketches out of it!
*Ixallus* Yeah I think I need to purchase a few dvds - for gestures and inspiration.
*Jaik* I actually turned the sound off of the movie by the 20 minute mark because I couldn't handle the mind numbing dialogue
Well yesterday I did a few quick animal gestures and today started doing my Loomis studies - for some reason my mind went crazy blank and it took me a looong time to do the male proportions. Hopefully that is just because I am crazy tired.
Keep it up! I suggest doing some tone studies. Just do something simple at first, like an apple, or a set of boxes. Linework is all good but a solid foundation in:
value, line-work and perspective is a good way to start learning.
Try getting a planner if you don't already use one. Just write down every evening before bed a bunch of stuff to draw the next day and commit. Even if you only do half of what you write, it helps having since you don't sit down and pull your hair out not knowing what to do.
Thanks again for droppin by the ol' SB
Nice work with the Loomis stuff.
good going, I like your most recent gesture drawings and loomis work.
One thing I would say is that your lines are looking a bit feathered, are you drawing your lines over and over? Try to draw a contour in one stroke, working from the shoulder.
Very nice studies there! I think I also want to try Loomis. Where can I find the site? Thanks!
Little-Maiden - thanks for the advice, I know that I need to study and practice in tone and perspective - it is on the ever-growing to do list. And thanks for the planner suggestion - I will definitely be taking that advice. Although I did try it today and ending up spending the night at my mother's house so I did pretty much nothing at all. Oh well!
Topcross - thanks!
Hunin - yes I definitely use too many pencil strokes - I'm trying to get that under control.
Greenhouse - you can get pdf versions of Loomis's books at http://alexhays.com/loomis/
Okay not much at all to update with because I have been spending my free moments with friends and family lately. I was playing around with some ideas for this weeks Chow - what you wanted to be when you were grown up, and when I was 12 I wanted to be a zookeeper so I have been brainstorming a bit for it. So here are a few ideas - let me know what you think...
Good to hear that you’re doing some socializing instead of just geeking around with pen and paper all day long (like me). Yeah, that’s a wake up call… I think I need some exercise!
Zookeeper isn’t that cool! I like your storyboard. It’s a great way to show the images, and it’s a good way to get body studies of both human and animals. Hope to see more of this idea…more animals!
Thanks for the Loomis, I really appreciate it.
Keep up the good work!
Hmm...I think I like the last sketch the most. If you actually draw that one, I think it would look better if you drew only the top half (from the girl's waist up) and you could place the sun directly behind the elephant and the zookeeper. Yes, I visualized it quite a bit
I'll see what you come up with.
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Good gestures there, the girl handling the bird feels a little stiff. I feel thats always a big hurdle to go into which is combining the gesture with the finished product. I notice when you go into detail the figure starts to get a little more rigid.
By her position it's almost like she's wanting the bird to get off of her. Her hand is rigid like she's tense or nervous about it being there. Here's a picture, often times i'll see bird handlers have a really relaxed arm.
Keep on going!
Havent posted for a while, you are improving nicely, really like the Loomis work, also good to see that you are trying the ChoW.. Even if you dont finish it, you still learn a lot by participating.
On your page of thumbnails I agree with Adrianor, it would also look cool if you put the monkey on her shoulder trying to imitate what she is doing.. Just my view, though compositionally I'm not very experienced so there could be an issue somewhere in that lol :3
About what Ixallus said, the gesture for the zookeeper would look alright if the bird was the type one would use in falconry (of course in that case you would still want it off of you, huh?). If you went that route, perhaps you could have the bird's wings spread?
I think I've seen the birds of prey show at the Oregon Zoo way too much:0
I like that this thread is turning into a 'proper technique for handling scary birds' debate.
My .02$ is that what ever looks the coolest is the right way.
Try to avoid vertical and horizontal stuff- or things that are straight on to the viewer- if you turn your lady and bend her a little she looks looser, and more natural.
Get up and take the pose yourself - what feels right? take a look in the mirror- does it look cool? how can you make it look more interesting?
If you wanted she could be kissing the hawk on the beak- it wont bite her unless you draw it that way ;P