Hi everyone ^^
Super newbie here. I think is the best place to start for my first post. I've been dabbling in art in and out my whole life, drawing/admiring mainly from the comic/anime/manga realm....It's been a bit of a road. I have a feeling I should have gone into Illustration/Animation as I wished to, but there were circumstances that made the situation very uncomfortable at the time. So here I am, 23, after 5 years of not drawing, putting forth my best effort after I have finished my schooling in other subjects. I basically promised myself I'd teach myself and learn from others earnestly, as if I did go into Illustration, for my own sake. I really didn't want to lose my love of art. I've known a few professional animators along the way (admin is a handy job!) who really inspired me to see the magic in lines and in life. I owe a lot to them!
I'm ready for harsh critique at any moment, so please lay it on me to help me improve! Thanks everyone!
Last edited by Laelen; January 30th, 2014 at 02:45 PM.
Here's a bit of stuff from a few months before.
And a few studies from posemaniacs. I happen to be extremely slow (90 sec), but I am hoping this will improve in time! Blocking things out is pretty time consuming >___<.... and I struggle a lot. Feel like I'm not getting very far at all in terms of understanding. >__>... I've always just kind of drawn how I felt something should go without a knowledge base, so I'll try my best to make my basics better!
And a few more gestures after having looked at some tutorials. XD. Still have no idea what I'm doing. Please pardon the occasional Nightwing, I'm just a silly fangirl.
and watching sycra's super helpful videos on youtube for women, as I have always struggled with them, without references.
Last edited by Laelen; January 28th, 2014 at 11:29 PM.
Sweet gestures Would love to see something more finished/time consuming from ya! Oh, and welcome to CA ^_^
50 gestures of the day [posemaniacs] and some silhouettes/designs[no ref]. I used a few odd mushrooms for references of shapes. I'd appreciate any tips on how to focus design into something more streamlined and purposeful!
Last edited by Laelen; January 29th, 2014 at 07:55 PM.
"Do... or do not, there is no try."
First foray into digi painting >_< trying to think about shapes and so the John Asaro head seemed like good practice. Been staring at this too long!
"Do... or do not, there is no try."
Great gestures! The proportions look accurate. I would also love to see something a little more finished. Keep it up
Looks like you're putting in the time with the gestures, you say you're drawing without a knowledge base, get some books! There's a massive reading list here:
With some great anatomy books to study from, do studies and then draw some from imagination to learn
Not too shabby so far!! As Pugsloth said, books! I freakin love books - I might have a bit of a problem....
You're in a great city for drawing. Tonnes of animation done here, lots of open life drawing groups, sketch groups, stuff like that.
Best advice I can offer is to draw from life- carry your sketchbook everywhere you go and bring some pens. Just draw anything you come across- people, dogs, benches, coffee shops, cars, lamps, ducks. Never get fixated on one thing, and it's much harder to form habits or formulas. If you have trouble drawing women, try drawing trees, cars, guitars - organic shapely things. If you like drawing muscular men, draw some elegant shoes. Never let yourself get comfortable!!
Welcome to CA! happy sketching
Your gestures are great and i really like those character designs i cant wait to see some more of your work. Also your Nightwings look really good hope to see more of them too