I'm trying my best to think of something original to say as a new member starting their sketchbook. Oh well all my imagination goes into my art now.
So welcome all. I have aims like most people here, to become as involved in my hobby of art as possible. I'm tired of keeping my love of drawing as a solely personal thing, I want to share in the whole experience with others, communication. Through such, become a better drawer, a better artist, a better person. I want to have the skill to draw, whatever I do in life.
More specifically i've started drawing seriously for about a 2 weeks now. I have set myself the task of two sides of A4 a day, which I have partially stuck too. However i have a problem, a few actually. I'm not finishing pieces, because I go easy on my self because no-one views them afterwards. Also i'm taking huge amounts of time to make drawings which I don't think should take that long. So its my hope that if I work with it in mind that my work will now be open for public viewing, I will take the whole thing more seriously. Atleast persist with drawings through to the end.
I've not got into painter, yet but i'd really like to and i'm planning to buy a graphics tablet soon (just a graphire 3)
Hmmm what else did I want to say
Oh yes i'm 17 , from UK, manchester (to any-one nearby, i'd love to make contact). And i'm doing Art at A level.
Feel free to post on anything, criticisms earn sweets. Its the figure of "views" of the thread that will be enough to encourage me.
So the fun beggins. Heh, It feels like i'm undressing at the swimingbath for the first time or something.
Well one of the first things I did on finding this fantastic site was to explore all the middle class threads, I did the first assignment and here are the results.
Probably best to post my work bit by bit
I first posted this in the begginers critique and i'm posting the same comments.
The best thing about this was that i couldnt be tempted to go back to my computer in the middle of the drawing - One thing i noticed was how much time it took, i think there are other shading methods that would work better and take far less time.
never done a hand, by now i realising how much you learn from drawing from life. I kept going back to add more but it never felt finished. Hard to draw with one hand whilst keeping the other there.
This was the study from memory of a person, hardest one yet, i'm not at all pleased with the outcome, but hope i have picked up some knowledge on form and things. The head should have been lower on the body, It was my 10 year old brother, generally need to look at proportions. Also drawing clothes is something i've never thought about/done.
And what better way to end an introduction, doesnt actually look like me, couldnt be bothered with the hair i was still taking hours over pictures i wanted to take 30 mins max, nose is bit misplaced, theres something wrong with the ear.
Oh and heres my attempt at a Daily Sketch Topic, I'd really like to follow it more, but I have to force myself not to look at the thread, so i'm not tempted to subconsciously copy. But I havnt got very far with most ideas, i've been blaming it on poor sketch suggestions.
This was a simple one, "A Blunt Medieval Weapon"
Oh and a piece of wood, nuff said
As you can see i'm not just inept at drawing, but also posting on forumns. When I do the image post thing all i get is those red x's of doom.
Could it be my host? maybe the image size?
Last edited by Rhaucan; September 1st, 2004 at 07:59 PM.
I'm following a book called, "express yourself through drawing". Which has taught me loads so far. It opened my eyes to drawing seeing things as forms, and drawing with my eyes when I walk around. I'll refer back to some of its lessons as I keep posting, just to remind myself of them.
Heh it even has breathing excercises and warmups before drawing.
This was a task set to draw an arrangement of plants, and put as much detail in as possible, with all the skill you have. Now the idea was to draw from life. I cut some flowers and made this arrangement, but forgot to put the flowers in water, so they were dying as i was drawing them. To the point where I had to work completly from memory. So I think it began better than it ended, as is the case for most of my drawings so far.
Since I put so much time into this I want to criticise/analyse it myself.
Well the first thing I realised. I started on the white rose in the center and did it far darkly. Shading is something I struggle with, but love it when it works, I'm never sure how rash to be with my shading, and my hatchings usually go badly.
I suppose the next thing is the leaves, I think i'll just try and avoid drawing them in my life. There deceptivly hard to draw, and I would need to put a lot of practice into learning how to capture the texture, patterns with a pencil.
The Vase there in looks a bit like a stem, its not its a shiny metal vase thing. Not really captured the shiny feel of it there.
A common problem is how long everything takes, I've been trying to be firmer with myself and focusing on one area before moving on to the next, and having more confidence drawing my lines rather than lots of little ones.
I'm not entirly satisfied with it, the begginers thread told me "never be satisfied, and if you can change anything do". Maybe I should go back over some of this, however it wouldnt be any fun at all, and i find i draw a thousands time better when enthusiastic too. What do you think?
Dont worry I dont think all my pictures are going to come with an essay.
Last edited by Rhaucan; September 1st, 2004 at 08:02 PM.
Ok so heres my seconds attempt, I didnt make the huge developments i had hope. I think i got the proportions a little better this time and paid attention to negative space. This was all drawn from upside down, and was full size on the page now, but I seem to have scanned it poorly
I think i'll try something more complicated, maybe from life.
Last edited by Rhaucan; September 1st, 2004 at 08:05 PM.
welcome to the family man. you have some pretty good shading but your lines could use some work. try not to outline so much...like the dark hard lines around most of your drawings. it really flattens the image. do drawings from life and you will notice there are no outlines around a person. hope this helps man. keep it up and draw like crazy.