Amy's sketchbook! My road to illustration and animation
So my name is Amy and I'm an art student in Canada.
I've always dreamed of becoming an illustrator but more recently I've decided to get into animation. Anyway, so I've recently rediscovered this site in my pursuits to take my art more seriously. My skills are uneven at best and I know I have a lot of work to do.
I will add more sketch work but have to tidy those up first as I tend to work in traditional media and those always get smudged (sigh).
Down the road I would also like to learn digital media so I'll be quite the beginner in that avenue.
Thanks for viewing, and any critiques would be welcome.
Hey you aint too shaby there, looking forwards to seeing more posts! On your last picture, the irises were quite unsymmetrical, unless the model mad a bit of a squint. Keep an eye on that! (Pun unintended)
I think you're right about the eyes! It's a self-portrait (via mirror) and I wear glasses so I either drew myself badly because of that or because I wasn't wearing glasses my eyes got screwy? Anyway, thanks for the tip.
Some life drawings I did back in the spring. I drew these in preparation for my entry-portfolio for Animation school, so I tried to focus more on structure. These were between 1 and 10 minute sketches.
I had originally sketched them all in blue pencil, so details were lost when I drew over them.
thanks for the comment in my SB.
Its a really nice start you have and what was said before, push it and keep going for your goals. I wish you the best luck in animation and I got this book, its Walt Stanchfield (DrawntoLife)Im sure there is a preview in any book shops but have a look there if you want later
Nice start CraneWife. I think your line quality is quite nice already and you're doing some good studies to help with your anatomy so keep that up! You could also do some skull studies to really help you grasp the placement of features in 3/4 views and give you a feel for the overall shape of the head.
Great start! If you put in the hours you'll be a pro in no time ! Good luck!
so true... so rediculously true haha
I recommend bones! and just rotating things... things like bones - particularly if you dig animation.
For the animation / illustration debate, there's no reason you can't do both. Both tend to be contract gigs- so you just collect whatever jobs are kicking around as you find them.
I lean towards the animation side because i like to draw fast and gestural. I started out wanting to be a character animator but I do more work as an FX animator because I dig working with fluids and a variety of materials. Skilled drafts people are becoming harder to find in the animation world because of all the 3D kids who don't learn to draw - less competition for us sketchers - Yay!
Illustrators tend to spend lots of time on a single drawing, more into detail, composition, and that jazz. It's cool too I just don't have the patience for it haha- why draw 1 picture when you can draw 100?
Oh, and besides that Animation needs illustrators and designers too - Someone has to design the backgrounds, characters, and props. Someone has to storyboard the shows. 3D has modelers, texture guys - then there's compositors.
There are lots of different rolls to fill - and like I said before- there's no reason to pick one thing.
Oh, and draw lots and lots and lots of hands. If you like animation draw even more hands.... so many O_O
jondawo - Thanks for the feedback I'll definitely keep that in mind.
Rhubix - Thanks for stopping by. I think I'm only just getting gestures now so it hasn't been an easy transition from slow work to quick! I do like the different aspects though, so until I have more experience I do think I'd like to try out both. Sounds like animation may be good for me though in that I am a drawer
Sounds like I'll have to grab a bunch of reference pics. I also can't wait for my copies of Peck and Hamm's anatomy books.
You have a really nice start here ! I think your work has a really nice quality to it - I especially like the life drawings you posted. All I can suggest is just practice, practice, practice! Some anatomy studies might be helpful, too . Can't wait to see your progress!
Hope my fellow Canadians had a good Thanksgiving weekend
In other news I got my copies of Cartooning the Head & Figure by Jack Hamm, Drawing the Head & Figure by Jack Hamm, and Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck so I'll be busy studying and doing studies from those.
good amount of studies and sketches. nice work you I read what you wrote about life drawing being your weakest area. well, if what you meant is drawing scenes from life, then you need to study the basics first. in your case, the living room sketch could benefit from basic perspective studies. Do some of them, one point, two point and three point. Try to find bigger shapes first and think composition in whole. Well that's how i did it, i obviously still have a lot to study here myself, but i hope it can help
in all you're on the right path, just keep doing it and you'll do awesome
Thanks for visiting my sketchbook.
You've got some good work in here. You have a nice variety of studies. I'd say you are definitely on the right path, keep practicing the anatomy so it becomes second nature to you when doing your own characters. It seems you have focused mainly on drawing the female, so try and get some male anatomy drawings into your routine too so as to have a good balance and understanding. Keep up the good work!
@ witcrack: Yeah, I mean objects/perspective in life. I will definitely start doing more exercises in that area. Thanks for the suggestions.
@ Mel1710: You're right, I do need to add males and other body types for sure. Thanks for the comment.
Some more face exercises. Tried doing other styles as well.
Nice stuff- good to see all those hands
Drawing from life is a lot about mileage. All the proportion and anatomy studies you do at home will really help you with your out-and-about sketching. They really feed one another.
I always tell people to let your sketchbook be a place for bad drawings. Often drawing from life will give you pages of hideous drawings (at least mine does!) That really doesn't matter. life-drawing is about learning, not about pretty. You have to climb the messy stuff to get to the fancy-pretty stuff
I totally agree. And that's been my main focus, the "mileage" although I think I need to be a bit more of an illustrator in terms of challenging myself to do better finished work as well as just doing it.