My name is Rob, I am an aspiring artist/graphic designer from Belgium. I have collected some years of drawing experience but sadly enough I have been neglecting it for a year and last week i decided to start drawing again.
I feel rusty, and constantly re-learning everything but loving every step of it. Of course I will be trying to sketch daily but sometimes it could be 2 - 3 times a week.
Any critiques, tips or just directions for learning would be greatly appreciated!
Here are some sketches to get back into the game, Skull studies, anatomy by Bridgeman and more skulls.
So i am fairly new to digital painting, working with the tablet is finally starting to feel natural. More skulls and some first landscapes, I also drew a friend of mine making a weird face. I feel the portrait could be better (especially the line-art). All from reference.
Hey there Rob! Came by to return the favor and help if at all possible
I see quite a lot of effort here. In some spots where I think you worked from reference your work is pretty good! I'd encourage you to work more from reference and build up that visual library.
Then there is a problem I feel I have to address. Much of your drawing is blocky. The anatomy , the heads, the hands, etc. While it is absolutely fundamental that the artist can perceive the faces/sides of an object your depiction of them is somewhat simplistic and at time just plain wrong.
Here's what I'd suggest. First try and draw female anatomy instead. Female bodies are full of beautiful elegant curves. Learn them well
Watch your line movement. Often if your drawing with your wrist your lines will suffer for it. Learn to swing your arm to get your lines!
Use references! There's no shame in it You're here to learn and better yourself.
Just a little sketch of a buddha statue in my room today.
@Torres: Hey Torres! Thank you for checking out my SB. Any help is welcome, of course there is no shame. I would rather know my problems and work on them rather then deny them. Ill stick to reference drawing for now and work on female bodies. I have noticed that I am drawing too much with my wrist, ill do some more line warmups using the shoulder!
Hey, good start, anatomy and life studies will pay off soon, just keep at them. One piece of advice that helped me and I always try to keep in mind; one line, one idea. That is, try to make each pen-stroke count and build on your image.
Hey nice sketchbook! You're definitely working on the right things to improve - if you haven't already, I would recommend using the website quickposes.com for some warmup sketching, try doing 30second sketches, it really forces you to practice your gesture drawing! Also, download Loomis' drawing books which are floating around on the net for free, they are really really great for figure drawing and anatomy, proportions etc. Keep on drawing!