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Hey there! I'm George and I've finally decided to start a sketchbook here. I've probably been lurking around the forums for a year, maybe a year and a half, but I've never posted. It's funny, because I come on here at least a few times a week to read threads.
I'm interested in concept art (surprise!), animation, and comics. But I recognize that to succeed in any of these, I'll need kick-ass drawing skills. I'm currently a sophomore English major at Penn State University Park. After I get my degree from here, I plan to apply to SVA, Calarts, CCA, and SCAD for animation.
Some work from late August of this year. It was my first time doing figure drawing. I decided to register for the open figure drawing nights at PAFA.
I'll post some more current work once I set my scanner up and piece together the pictures (the pieces in my figure drawing class are pretty big).
Last edited by Jackaluck; April 16th, 2013 at 12:04 AM.
Some more recent things from figure drawing this semester:
Practicing hatching using markers
Portrait. I like the way this turned out
Some drawings of the skull done from diagrams
Hey nice start to your thread, uhm in regards to switching the program you're taking, I guess this totally depends on the curriculum offered, but I would not advise going into Graphic Design at least. I'm currently in my last of a graphic design degree and I have learned more on my own than I have in school, by far. The course, again it depends on the curriculum, but it really isn't geared towards concept art, or really illustration. Uhm good luck, and hopefully you find a great fit for yourself.
Thanks for the feedback, guys!
I did talk to the head of my current major and he said that the degree requirements are out of date. He went on to say that any class I want that would contribute to what I want to do, I could just talk to my adviser about it and he could make it count towards the degree requirements. Still not sure whether I want to switch to GD or not. Though it seems I'd be able to pick and choose some graphic design courses if I stay with my current major. Hm, I still have to think about it. Anyway, I'll post some more work tomorrow.
Here's a drawing I did in class today. We were focusing on the torso for this one. Strangely, the photomerge function in Photoshop didn;t work properly on this (it did work in all the pictures I've posted so far, for some reason). Since I had to put it together myself, there are a few blue marks from the scan along with some inconsistencies, but I did the best I could.
Haven't posted in a week, so here's some more:
Otters I did for practice. Thank you, Google!
Comical self portrait. I gave myself a glorious mustache!
Had to use my phone to take a picture of the self portrait. The paper is way too huge for the scanner.
Oh god, has it been a while. The workload towards the end of the semester ramped up, so I completely forgot about this for a while. But I do have a few new things to show. Hopefully I'll be able to update this regularly
I realized that I need to work on my construction...a lot. Here's my hand, and an ink bottle, broken down into the basic shapes. The bigger bottle towards the right was drawn as a warmup. Once I noticed how inaccurate it was, I tried again, this time breaking it down into shapes.
I noticed that in most of my figures, the face either sucks or I don't get around to drawing it, since I know it will be bad, and will focus on other parts of the body until the pose ends. I decided to work from Loomis' "Drawing the Head and Hands" for practice.
Pastels on some kind of board (I forgot what it was called). As mentioned above, the face isn't there.
Charcoal on drawing paper. Guess what still isn't there!? Yep, the face! Though the model we had kept moving on this pose, so her head position and the shadows kept changing.
Wow, it's been a while! Let's see if I can keep this thing updated regularly.
Some sketchbook pages from the past couple months.For some reason the site won't let me upload most of these, so I'll just link 'em.
Tons of gesture and quick life drawings from the past couple weeks. I've gotten up to a point where I'm drawing for at least an hour (usually 3-4) every day. Usually this involves pestering my friends or preying on people outside of the HUB.
love your gestures and your animals make me smile. I'd love to see more of them. The ducks are too cute. :-)
My sketchbook Please drop by. :-)
Thanks! I've been trying to do gestures at least 3-4 times a week. Drawing people as they go about their lives is really informative in some ways that pictures aren't.
A page of ducks from the past few days. A few times last week, there would be a duck laying down outside of the dorms I live at. I sat down and drew it one day. The bottom ones are combinations of colored pencil, marker, and ballpoint pen.
Nice practice, keep it up! You mention wanting to study animation at a bunch of fancy art schools in your first post, but then the topic of graphic design comes up out of nowhere. Dunno about your particular school, but in most of the rest of the world, "graphic design" means something completely different from drawing, painting, concept art, etc. Curious what's going on w/ that.
In regards to the graphic design thing, I know it's much different than fine art/animation/all that stuff. IWHen I was thinking of switching over to it, I felt it was a "safer" major that was still artsy. However, most of my interest within that field is in things like logo design. I figured out that GD is primarily layout and typography....yeah, I don't see myself doing that for the rest of my life.
I decided to just switch to English instead, helping me with the creativity and storytelling ability. Then I'd go on to get the animation degree. Thanks for the feedback!