Hello everyone! I'm trying to keep myself studiously striving within my art practices, so a sketchbook here seemed to be a good motivator, and provides the chance for some critique on my overall process, rather than an individual piece here and there. For background, I'm a twenty year old male who recently became serious about improving at art. My overall goal is to create surrealist graphic novels, as far as I know, a largely unexplored area (save for Une Semaine de Bonte). If you know of any surreal comics or graphic novels (or literature, or movies, or rather unknown surrealists), I'd love to hear about them.
Up until the past couple months, my focus had been on doing edited automatic drawings. Within the past couple months, I have been working on figure drawing and portraits. The portraits below are drawn first with my glasses off (I have rather poor vision), and then again with my glasses on. Sorry about the poor photo quality, I only have my cellphone camera. They have been edited in photoshop as follows: desaturate, auto-tone, and in some cases a duplicated layer on multiply.
Any comments, critique, suggestions, or ideas for study are greatly appreciated!
And here are some self portraits, completing my current sketchbook. Now for the one I received for Christmas!
Edited automatic drawing to cubist face, some studies of a random woman, and some studies of a ripped trashbag on my computer chair.
Welcome to CA.org! Glad to see you posting here :] From the things I'm seeing.. I like that character who is made up from other human bodies. I think right now, it is very important for you to work on fundamentals. Looking at your portraits I could say that you need to work on facial structure and anatomy in general. The books I enjoy studying anatomy from the most is anything from George Bridgman and Michael Hampton figure drawing. Keep practicing!
Thanks! Yeah I know I still need to work on fundamentals (particularly faces). In those meta-figures, I intentionally stretched and distorted some lengths and such, though I regret having done so now. I'm a fan of Bridgman, though I haven't heard of Hampton, so I'll check out his books when I get the chance.
It's been awhile because this website seems to not want to load much of the time I attempt to access it. I've been steadily sketching away though! Here are some sketches done from Beetlejuice.
Here are some more sketches! The singly uploaded image is the one I found most appealing. I still need to get construction down better, less copying shapes, and more synthesizing forms.
I'm starting to work larger now, and I think it's making a noticeable difference. I messed up the neck on the painting, it isn't really lined up properly. Oh well...
Here is a short comic describing the personality of a character I play in a pen and paper steam punk game.