Hi Everyone. My name is Stacey Fuller and I'm relatively new around here and to concept art. I am a 3d artist specialising in character animation but have never learnt to draw or paint. Iím at a point where Iím bursting with ideas but canít express them. I usually jump straight into 3d and attempt to model things by looking at references Ė not a very good idea in hindsight unless Iím replicating the exact thing. Iíve also tried doing some sketches to model from but they are never of the quality I desire. I feel trapped in this current state. I also donít want to be limited to just 3d art.
After taking a good long hard look at myself, where Iím at and where I want to go Iíve decided that itís time to go back to the basics and learn to drawing and digital paint. I will be baring my soul for all to see. I will be posting drawings initially and then digital paintings whether good or bad. Please feel free to provide your crits and comments.
I will be working my way through the Loomis books. In the past few weeks I've been reading through Successful Drawing and practicing the techniques. I'm currently in the perspective section. I've found while sticking to a linear approach through the book I'm starting to get a bit impatient/bored which I certainly didn't expect. So what I'm going to try doing is study a little bit of each area (perspective, value intially and then colour) and rotate each so I don't find myself getting this way. I'll be starting out with pencil and then when I think I'm ready I'll add in digital painting. I will be posting my first piece tomorrow.
hey there! very good idea about rotating the ideas. going straight through loomis (or just about any of these drawing books for that matter) to the exclusion of all else is a terrible idea I think, something which I tried and its the quickest way to sap your motivation. just remember that copying the drawings is the least important part, and being able to apply the techniques to drawing anything is the key thing (another thing i managed to miss the first time, even though i thought i was doing it right).
a random study technique which i find helpful: to think of things in terms of complementary opposites, like yin and yang. balance your technical studies with some colourful expressive loose stuff (i dont mean in the same drawing session, but in the same day or so), balance your imagination stuff with life stuff, this should help you stay fresh and not get caught in a rut with an over-worked day or an overly indulgent day.
good luck!!! *subscribes*
That's some really great advice aks9 - thanks! I really appreciate it. I wasn't sure what the best way to start was so I figured I start at the beginning. Will definitely take on board what you've said!
As promised here's today's effort. Can't say I'm impressed at all with this. This is a toy sized wheelie bin sitting on my desk. Had trouble with the lid detail and keeping things in proportion. I think I also need to use a lighter pencil as things got dark quickly! I've written some more of my thoughts on the sketches.
Thought I'd try something more simple this time. One thing I noticed while I did these was that I'm still having issues with sorting out the correct perspective box for the object. What I mean is when I'm constructing the box to draw the object in it's not the correct perspective compared to the object I'm viewing and consequently I end up having issues when drawing the object in the box because I'm measuring onto an incorrect box. I'm going to head back and practice drawing some more boxes for objects in front of me and see if I can work out why I can't translate what I'm seeing.
Here's today's images:
Here's some more perspective practice on some basic shaped objects. Also tried a few glasses and rotating in space this time.
First up is some items around the room. Bottom left is an eraser pen - the tip started out well but I certainly got lost in the perspective at the back end and it ended up smaller than what I was seeing. Top is two DVD cases sitting on top of one another - I like the perspective of the top case but the bottom one doesn't quite work. The left edge of the case doesn't make sense - I think what happened here is that what I drew didn't match the perspective of what I had in front of me again. On the right we have the remote for my stereo system. This one I was quite happy with as it's the closest I've come to what I saw in front of me.
Second we have some drawings of a glass from memory on the left. I think the upright and the two on the bottom on the right were ok but the others I had issues with connecting the glass front with the stem. The other drawings were just some basic shape practices.
Third drawing is a container I had on my desk - these are the three attempts on the right. Top I think was the best out of them. The other two have issues mainly to do with proportions and perspective. The drawing on the left is a pot lying on its side but I drew the height too far I feel on that one.
Lastly we have a few other objects. The glass on the left is my best attempt at a glass yet though the base is a little off! Pot (bottom right) looked better this time. Book also matched correctly to my perspective. Random object on top right was just a practice of smaller cylinders.
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Hey Stacey you are off to a good start doing perspective works, they remind me of industrial design drawings. I'd suggest you do more life drawings though, they definitely helped me out a lot. keep up the good work
Thanks Yemi775 for the tip! Will definitely do some more life drawings!
Here's today's drawings.
The first is some objects I setup on a table in front of me. Tried without using the boxes to get the perspective this time. I don't think its a bad effort given the first proper go at this. There's some issues in there regarding perspective especially on the the attempt on the right with the cylindrical object.
Next up is the candle from the above drawing on it's own. I wanted to have a go at perspective more on this. The base I think is ok though there is a few proportion issues on that front face of the hexagon. The top section under the bit that holds the candle also feels to me a bit out or proportion and gives the candle a bit of top heavy feel. When I look at that I feel like it is going to fall.
Lastly is the lid from the first drawing. Want to try again with the perspective on that as I felt it was a bit off.
Here's some more work from today's session.
Up first we have a still life. I think the egg cup (left) is a bit too big for the shot. I found doing the egg carton a bit tricky. The other item is a pepper grinder. I'm having issues getting matching curves on cylindrical objects as you can see from this. Not quite sure how to address this problem - is it just a case of practice drawing them? or doesn't anyone know of any drawing exercises that would help with that?
This next drawing was having a few goes at the pepper grinder again to work on those matching curves and dealing with a section I had difficult drawing. The christmas tree is actually a candle but I'm not happy with that drawing - I felt I did a bit too much guess work on that one for my liking.
Decided to give some tea cup handles a go. The handles in my opinion don't match the perspective of the rest of the cup.