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Hello all and welcome to my sketchbook!
I'm a 22 year old residing in the Massachusetts area. I've started a sketchbooks in hopes that I can improve enough to reach my goal. I would like nothing more than to be a comic artist/animator in a few years.
With that said, harsh critique is welcomed and encouraged. Also, if you have recommendations, please don't be shy! I will need as much help as I can get.
Thanks for stopping by!
Last edited by eroquii; January 24th, 2013 at 10:52 PM.
Some studies over the past few weeks. With a sprinkle of random stuff so I don't go insane.
More studies from Loomis and Hampton. Some posemaniacs and gestures.
Haven't really looked over books this week. I did more from life and I'm trying to work on my perspective a little bit. I did fit in some Hampton, though.
Note: Most of these are out of order. I probably started with the Hampton study earlier this week and kept revisiting it.
Doodle while watching a film.
Drew my uncle's face from life while he was talking to me. Didn't use construction norms though. Was originally doodling random bodies.
Some perspective work from life.
Trying to make up poses in my head.
Some gesture studies from pixelovely.
In class doodles of perspective from imagination.
aaaand some Hampton.
Heyo everyone! =D
I've actually been back at drawing for a little bit, but I had to get over my fear of posting again. I've mostly been studying from the Atlas of Human Anatomy in the past few weeks. I would really love to be torn apart so have at it. I have mostly been doing anatomy studies. I really want to do some figure drawing, but I feel like it's probably best if I leave it for after I feel confident in my anatomy studies. I plan at looking at Loomis once I have a better understanding of the skeleton and muscles. I'm not really happy with any of my skeleton studies though.
What's up everyone!?
Took a break from the anatomy studies to see how I'd do with regular drawing. Ended up sketching out this guy, but I was quite unhappy with the result. Not to mention it took like 3 hours to do this. -_- That's far longer than it should haha.
I have this terrible tendency to elongate most body parts. My proportions are way out of wack, so I've been trying to figure out how to combat this. I ended up doing tons of 10 second gestures, then I felt like I wasn't doing them properly and ended up watching some vids on youtube. I then did a bunch of 30 second gestures on pixelovely. I think going to relook at Loomis' mannequins by head-count exercises. It'll probably help with my crap proportions. I also did this self-portrait where I again ended up elongating the nose. There are some other pretty big issues too. Feeling quite meh today though.
Nose is too long/big. Right cheek and eyes are also out of wack. Think I might try to do portraits every day.
Last edited by eroquii; January 4th, 2013 at 03:07 AM.
Holy balls thats a lot of studies! Keep up the good work! As far as the figures go, drawing from life is gonna be very helpful for you. Keep doing like 10-30 sec studies. And when you do, try to look at the subject more than you look at the drawing.
You've got quite the body of work yourself here man thanks for the post. keep goin bro!
Some proportions/perspective/life drawing studies. I redid the Loomis proportions exercise and felt like I took a bit more out of this time around.
@Sytrex - Thanks bud! I appreciate you coming by a newbie's sketchbook. =)
I'm hoping to squeeze even more drawings in. I want to do a comic already haha, but I'm having trouble drawing one figure, let alone hundreds of 'em. I'm taking your advice and studying as much as I can from life and 10-30 second studies. I can't really afford figure drawing right now, so I'll try to make the most of still lives and family members/myself to draw from. Also, gesture drawing is tough! I'm not sure I'm even doing it right. I rarely do loose lines. I guess it's just something I have to constantly practice to build confidence. I end up doing a lot of angular lines and I pay attention to the small things too much.
Here are some 10-30 second gestures i did:
@dichot - thanks my man! I hope that with hard work we both improve faster than we anticipate.
Last edited by eroquii; January 5th, 2013 at 03:49 AM.
Phew, that really is a ton of work already -keep it up!
Please take a look at my Sketchbook! <- Comments are highly appreciated and returned C:
@Heyriel - Haha, thanks so much for the words of encouragement and for even stopping by to see my sketchbook! Sometimes I feel like I'm not working hard enough.
I've taken some time to try to work on proportions and perspective. As always, critiques are always welcome. I feel like it may translate to figure drawing well in the future. I was also trying to use a pen for life sketches, but I really hate how my lines come out. I've been keeping up doing gestures daily, but I'm not posting all of them for the sake of time.
Update has: Gestures from posemaniacs (10 and 30 seconds), Pixelovely gestures (did the 1 hour sessions), proportion studies from Loomis, memory exercises, and returned to the scapula some more while looking at the Atlas of Human Anatomy.
Everyday I draw I feel so confused as to what direction to take haha. Not even sure if I'm going about improving the right way since it feels like every area needs to be drastically improved.
Hahah WTF SCALE! That made me LOL! For real. I think your work is coming a long swimmingly. I don't have any crit to add for now, because I feel like I am a bit behind you.
However, I must ask why were you timid about posting again?? You Loomis studies look much better than mine. I go through them too fast I think. But, I will keep at it. I will be super proud of myself when I get through the book. I haven't ever read an art book cover to cover. So, I think that's a mini goal of mine!
Stick with it, I think you're doing very well. And I like how you yell at yourself in your sketches, I do the same thing. NO THAT'S NOT RIGHT! lmao. It's funny to me! I can't wait to see your progress!!
Hey what's up man just stoppin by to let you know I'm not dead or anything lol =D I was helpin a buddy move to a different city and I was getting malware warning from my browser so I was a little paranoid about coming back.
So looks like you've been hittin up the gestures and Loomis. It looks good . I can see some improvement already in that your latter ones read more clearly .
Sshhiiittt that's a lot of studies you're doing awesome. Don't neglect your personal work though, it's good for creativity and reminding yourself why you're doing these studies. But man those Loomis studies make me jelly
@Adrienne - Haha, I'm glad I made you laugh. Thanks for the encouragement and compliments! It means a lot! I was just timid because I spent a long time without drawing and wasn't sure how people would receive my sketchbook.
@Dichotomy: Welcome back man! I'm glad you're back! I was seriously worried for a bit haha. We have to progress together! =p Thanks for the kind words. I've been in a rut the past few days and I've been trying to draw it off. I don't know if it's working.
@Mudpuppy: Thank you! I'll keep that in mind. I actually really want to start a comic already, but I'm holding back until I can draw figures properly. I think I'm using it as motivation to push through studies. =P
Last couple of days have been particularly hard for me to sit down and study, but I'm pushing through it. I think I need to learn to take things one day at a time. Anywho, for todays update:
Haha, love the self critical comments you add to your studies. Used to do that in a very similar manner when I was sketching more ^^
Real nice stuff you got there, anatomy's looking pretty good, though I'd love to see something more refined, other than studies from you :]
Nice job man the pen portrait looks pretty good. Definitely shows likeness. Ruts come for all of us you'll shake it off eventually. Something that might help is switching up your studies. Like if you've been hitting up anatomy pretty hard maybe do some perspective or something and then revisit it. Sometimes we need time for things to sink in before pushing further. Switching mediums may also help.
Don't be afraid to post the more people see your progress the more they can help. I recommend more life drawing head to a coffee shop sit in a corner and draw.
Last edited by Samurai_Nik; January 12th, 2013 at 11:32 PM. Reason: mistake
@Weaving - Thank youuu! That's something I keep fighting over with myself to do. I definitely want to dish out more than just anatomy studies in my sketchbook.
@Dichotomy -- Thanks man! I've been wanting to hit up painting, but I ended failing pretty hard on a simple value study. Couldn't find any simple tutorials for a basic sphere study haha.
@Yemi - That means a lot! Thank you for the motivation and encouraging words! Wow, that's some crazy improvement on Sam's part. Maybe I'll hit up his stream sometime.
@Samurai Nik - Thanks for the advice. I'm probably gunna start hitting up the library once I have more confidence a little more confidence in my anatomy.
Gotta grind harder than this. Studies from photos/stills. Some hampton. Started to look at Loomis' Value section on the oranges but stopped for whatever reason.
Last edited by eroquii; January 14th, 2013 at 05:06 AM.
Thanks! =) A lot of the skeleton studies are from Atlas of Human Anatomy. I also take a look at Anatomy and Drawing sometimes too.
i can see you came across hamtpon haha hes my all time fave with anatomy, if you go to his site www.figuredrawing.info you can get alot of samples from the book that are really helpful, on a side note i just wanted to tell you your form studies and your life drawings and stills are seriously off the hook, your mind-eye is getting really strong the more you develop your eye the better you will keep your line in check im rambling now gonna go back to drawing cant wait to see more man!
also mechs! give me mechs! PLEASE! hahaha but no seriously those help you LOADS with structure and form
Idk of any digital painting tutorials on the basic shapes :/ I'd assume you could apply the concepts from others though. idk :/ Yotisi Island was supposed to have a lot of stuff on basic shapes
come to think of it it may have been you who I saw link it lol. I'm not sure.
LOL @ thinking you're too old at 22. I'm almost 30 and I'm just now starting this back up. I actually gave it a shot when I was around your age, but back then, I didn't know that I could study fundamentals to get better, and I thought what I was putting down on paper was as good as I was ever going to be, and it didn't look good enough to me, so I quit. If only I'd had someone to tell me to keep going, and that I could do exercises to get better.
Anyway, I can tell you didn't start off as a total beginner, but even so I'm seeing improvement so far, and you seem pretty dedicated, so I think you have a shot at getting good. You're working smarter than I did at your age.
Re: your user icon: you like Akihiko Yoshida? I was a big fan of his back in the day (specifically the Vagrant Story and FFXII concept art)
@Dichotomy - Thanks anyway bud. I finally found some tutorials on youtube/dA for basic shading. I don't think that was me though!
@LionheartGFX - Yeah, I love the way Hampton simplifies the forms. Thanks so much for the compliment man. Seriously, they mean a lot to me. Didn't draw any mechs this time, but maybe one day soon!
@Niam - Thanks very much for the compliments, for visiting, and for the critique! Proportions are definitely something I really need to work on. I'll keep working at it!
@diamindis - heh, you're right, i guess i'm silly for thinking that. thanks for putting it into perspective. =) I'll keep pushing myself to get to where I need to be! I definitely have the time for it.
As for my icon, hell yeah! I admire his work. He's amazing at what he does.
Didn't really spend much time on anatomy this week. Had meant to get around to the arm bones, but I ended up doing a whole bunch of other studies.
Some Hampton and Gnomon Workshop studies. Haven't gotten through all the Gnomon Workshops. Still have to finish the bit on ellipses and rendering matte objects.
Went to the Library for a bit and did some life sketches.
I've been having my cousin do 30 second, 1min, and 2minute poses for me.
Some quickpose 30s gestures. I should definitely do like 5+ minute ones soon
Last edited by eroquii; January 20th, 2013 at 05:02 AM.
So many good studies!! Keep it up man. I envy your ability to study more then working on finished pieces. When you do, I think you'll be well prepared!
This kinda made me laugh- even as someone who's been a professional animator for a few years now, I still lack confidence in my work. You're never as bad as you think you are. I was 20 when I went to animation school, and I was among the younger crowd, a bunch were in their 30's, one guy was 67 - doing it to enjoy retirement- so I wouldn't worry about age too much lol.
Most of the issues you're seeing in your work are quite advanced issues- skewed perspective on minor details, shoulder rigs, - things like that are pretty far along the learning train. Your work has a good sense of volume - and the overall proportions form of things are working pretty well.
For gestures- I recommend working with a thicker brush, chalk, or even crayons. Try to get the movement of the big forms in chunks, instead of trying to outline the character. Gesture should be more about capturing the action than getting an identical replica of the image. This is particularly true for animators. We really need to push the actions and try to get good clean silhouettes. Plus- crayons are fun!
This gesture below is pretty jacked if you look too hard- but it captures the movement - you can tell what's going on. If I wanted to do a longer drawing from this I could - so I consider it a success.
Gestures really get fun when you don't worry too much. most of them will look like a train wreck- but that's ok- as long as you're learning about movement and form - you're still winning