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Hi, I just joined up to this forum and after seeing the amazing work wanted to try and make a sketchbook to improve to get up to that level!
So any help would be greatly appreciated
ok so a little about myself, im 26 currently aiming to build a portfolio to become an architecture student and have always loved concept art. its the ideas that really stun me. The thing is that they dont ask for anything specific in the portfolio so im going tobuild it from a wide variety of things. Thank you for taking the time to have a look at this sketchbook.
Here I will be putting daily sketches, most of them will be design based and visual problem solving.
Cheers. Any advice would be welcome!
Figure Sketches 1.0 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
enviro thumbnails 1.0 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
Machine Joints Sketches1.0 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
enviro thumbnails 1.1 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
Architect Sketches 1.0 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
Architect Sketches 1.1 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
Architect Sketches 1.2 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
Concept Sketch Alien 1.0 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
Synthetic Alien Concept 1.0 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
Nat 1.0 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
David by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
Tonya 1.1 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
Complex by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
Neo-Classical 1.0 by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
Temple by Alex Patel's Portfolio, on Flickr
(flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/neowasmybrother/)
Last edited by Siphonophores; April 29th, 2012 at 09:45 AM. Reason: Adding Pictures
sorry for the lack of updates but doing a lot of stuff behind the scenes, any critiques welcome. Will post more later.
some figure studies from photos and from my head.
figures from the mind
Your figure drawing stuff in the first post is the strongest - do more studies like that! Great vehicles, too!
cheers will do
Lots of work going on but not much to show here, anyways heres some form sketches.
heres a silhouette of an acacia tree
Some New Stuff Varied things
You have a good grasp of perspective and a "espacial awareness" (if that word even exists)
In my humble opinion, you should do more of what you did in #4, and combine that with life studies, like the classical apple (it might sound boring but its definitely a helpful exercise)
if you include studies from photos/nature and keep on working perspective and anathomy like you are doing already you will do great things
Also for hands and feets, which are some of the most dificult parts of the human body (along with faces) I recommend Bridgman's book of 100 hands or the human machine, Hogarth's Dynamic anathomy, and of course... studies from photos
I hope it helps =)
thanks for the awesome compliment means a LOT
i will keep working at it. i really like Hogarths books ill prob use them.
Waht is the classical apple exercise?
Hey man! The architecture stuff looks pretty interesting, but I don't think it really reads that well. When looking at it, I wouldn't think it was necessarily an architectural construction if someone hadn't mentioned it! Try to keep function in mind and be aware of what goes where and why, or it can easily turn out to look a bit crazy with no real sense of what's going on.
That's a fun way to make something as boring as drawing cubes less mundane! Be careful not to do this every time, it might be easier to tell what's going wrong when you can easily tell where each individual cube goes. It looks cooler, but might not be as easy to improve off it! Are you doing them freehand?
Here is the result i really enjoyed making these i hope you enjoy them too
thanks yochan, the truth is, they are mainly exercises in form, rather than completed pieces of architecture but yea i will definetly keep that in mind, i think it has been mentioned before also!
With the abstracts, again, i started out freehanding cubes and all kinds of shapes in 1pt perspective, and then at the end this idea came together about the sky etc and it all just kinda clicked. mainly through experimenting.
It does get boring to post just freehanded cuboids and cubes so i wanted to go a diff direction. anyway thank you for the feedback and check the new ID thread for the new project!
bah difficult.... not happy with these today. was lacking something.
Gestures again today, felt more alive.
starting to get the hang of these after like hundreds of tries....
design now finished!
you have a good start and have a idea what you are doing I recommand that you take life drawing classes if you havent yet and continue study more on perspective cause hands look a little distorted and the perspective a little bit off your vlaue however is good overall keep study you'll get there
Everything is permitted
thanks! am going to life drawing classes atm just been too lazy to upload em. will do sometime.
anyway heres some architectural study
Sorry could i make it clear that this referenced from a photo .
Last edited by Siphonophores; July 3rd, 2012 at 09:41 AM.
awesome I can imagine a plac just by this model
Everything is permitted
With all due respect, you're complicating things by studying anatomy at this stage. You should be studying form and how to convey form three-dimensionally first. Anatomy comes later.
1) Start with a stick figure where the sticks represent the bones. At this stage, you should nail the pose, and the proportions. And because the sticks represent the bones, they should also be in the right place, attachment- and proportion-wise
2) Place in the basic forms, ignore the "joints" for now, like elbows, knees, wrist, midsection, and shoulders. Focus on the inflexible (although I generally treat the shoulder and upper arm as one, where it attaches to the torso is flexible, so at this stage in your learning, it may be useful to think of them as two separate forms). Nail the proportions. On a figure that's 8 heads tall, the rib cage is about 1 1/2 heads tall, the pelvis about 1. The thighs are 2 heads tall. The Loomis and Famous Artists Course books lay all this out. I also recommend An Approach to Figure Painting for the Beginner by Howard K Forsberg. Great paintings start with great drawings. Recheck proportions - I made the head slightly bigger.
3) Now add the flexible forms in and slightly refine forms to more closely resemble anatomy underneath. Recheck proportions
4) Further refine forms, adding necessary landmarks, fat, and "softness" to make more human. Use the eraser generously.
5) Add light, keeping in mind those original forms, tan lines, area where blood gathers like knee caps, cheeks, fingers, and wherever else the skin tone may appear darker.
I did this from imagination, and as you can see, I've got a lot to learn before I get close to realistic. So use reference till you master your forms. This is by no means the only way to do this, nor should it be. Being an artist is like being a handyman. The more tools in your toolbox, the more problems you can solve. In this analogy, drawing methods would be your tools.
This book may help:
your work is pretty good, but im wondering what your aiming for exactly, are u aiming to be an architecture designer, because some of your "art"work seemed really conceptual, but lacked structure (ie the random line drawing ones with the various color), tho i think u shud be looking for shape and form and then apply them to building/architecture design. or even isolate elements of architecture and use them IN the artworks. (architecture is practically artwork anyway) haha.
look up some cathedrals and so forth, some amazing art sculpting within themselves!
thanks for the compliment! much appreciated. Yea im aiming to be an architect someday.... i think...
Im on the case! And the cathedrals yea are works of art to themselves
i will definetly aim to be more consistent in the future, atm im just kinda experimenting and trying to build my skills.