The 1st one is a picture of a girl I am working on. Its coming along slowly. The 2nd was one of me playing around in at McD's. I started out drawing a friend but it was so bad that I just doodled some things. The last one was a quick 15 minute pose of the same friend.
A quick 15 minute sketch before bed time. I don't have much time to draw this week because of work.
A little bit about myself. Currently I work at Gamestop as a game advisor and CVS pharmacy as a pharmacy technician. I work about 40 hours a week now. Which is leaving much time for drawing. Once some bills are paid I plan to drop down on the hours to make more time for drawing and to get some painting started.
So heres the hand. You can't see much of it because I start with a 2h to get some lines down. Once I have the lines down the way I want them I take a ebony pencil and begin to work in the detail. If anybody has any tips or suggestions for me, let me know.
Did a quick 5 minute sketch of my brother. Messed up by starting with a 2h pencil. Should have just used a regular hb from the get go. For some reason the scanner isn't picking up how dark the image actually is on the paper. I've been trying to tinker with it but have come up with not. Though it may be that the drawing itself is just to light.
There is also an eye from an anatomy book as well as my own thumb. Today is my last 8 hour shift until Saturday so expect plenty of drawings till then. Working on a zombie next.
More Vanderpoels studies.
Also I'll explain some of the odd things I've been doing that are far beyond my current skill level such as the zombie, the vampire, and in this one the post apocalyptic characters. I work at Gamestop every Thursday night mainly because I love the job but it doesn't offer enough hours for it to support me. And since my other job alters the days I work every week I can only work at Gamestop one day a week. Now every Thursday I go in I take a drawing to work based off a topic my boss and I decided on.
If anyone has any suggestions on things for us to draw let me know. If anyone has any suggestions on how to improve or where I should go from here please let me know. Thanks much and enjoy.
It's great to see you try to master anatomy on the first page!
I don't know if you do this already, but you should do a combination of life drawings (which I still don't do, as you pointed out ) and copies of different anatomy books, because every life drawing isn't worth it if you don't understand the human body, know where the masses and planes are, and so on. For a start posemaniacs, Bridgman, Jack Hamm and Vanderpoel (Is it a good book? I don't know it) would work.
Besides, I like your way of shading!
Thanks empyrean. I prefer Bridgman over Vanderpoel but Vanderpoel really has some great ways of looking at a body. I plan to go out to do and do some life studies on people at the local coffee shop.
As for my shading I've been trying to figure out how to effectively use hatching. So most of my current drawings focus a lot on hatching for shadowing. I'm still trying to figure out what would be the best way to completely render a drawing.
Here is another Vanderpoel study to tide everyone over till I get back from the coffee shop.
Hello, just wanted to say good start. Keep practicing the anatomy and with loosening up. I suggest that yon't worry about rendering so much, I think it can be a hindrance if that question comes up before its time to be worked on.
I believe that your studies are quite good but you don't seem to use it on the portraits.
F.e. that vampire chick looks rather easy and simple and doesn't really have a realistic head shape despite you just drew some skulls.
Try to implent your studies on your drawings and keep the good work up! Activity is nice!
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=198039 - My sketchbook! I LOVE comments!
Thanks for answering my question D.Daum. I'm gonna follow your advice and just focus on getting the basic forms and big things down first before I start to try and render stuff.
Dreadful Look: Yeah my vampire chick doesn't look too good does she? Originally I wanted to draw a picture of a friend and then add in the teeth later but it didn't go down quite that way. I will try to use my studies more when it comes to my drawings. If you see any other flaws in my art let me know. Thank you!
Here's some new studies. More work from Vanderpoel. I'm trying to really get the head down first before moving on to other things. Once I feel like I can form a head well enough I'll move on to hands and then to the entire body.
Those studies are looking great! Keep that up!
The thumbnails are not that bad as you mentioned. One thing that comes to my mind is, that they do not look different from existing apes. Try to integrate something exotic or abnormal. For example long spikes at every joint or very long fur which waves in the wind of a cold winter night or long claws and teeth or no lower jaw. Just be imaginative!
I'm gonna try and go back and do a better drawing of the rhino/ape and see what I can come up with. Definitely gonna continue onward with the studies.
You might get more out of the studies if you worked them more to completion. Not that they need to be "finished" drawings but there's seems to be a lack of observation with some of these studies.
Don't draw what you think, draw what you see.
I think something that would really help with your art would be some contour drawings, or negative space drawings. Also, try to push the darks and lights in your pictures when you're shading or even in your line art, vary line weight and such, I see a lot of even-gray pictures. But keep drawing and keep up the good work, I'll be stopping by often, so keep posting!
God and other artists are always a little obscure. - Oscar Wilde
All art is but imitation of nature. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
What's up SigonWulf? No time to draw? Would love to see more stuff of yours.
Thanks for the information HolsterDraw. Should I start with value studies? I though about doing a small value scale on a piece of paper then trying to complete a drawing with just those values.
For awhile there I was pulling doubles at the job and then I got sick and couldn't get over it because I never had a day off. Now I'm on vacation and drawing quite a bit but have no scanner to upload the drawings. Don't worry empyrean sometime this weekend you'll be overloaded with my drawings to critique. Probably gonna see a lot of birds.
Oh, cool you did the animal thing! (Thought I was the only one). As far as feedback:
I'm guessing you did your animals from reference? Besides the pig, which I thought was well observed, It doesn't look like you took the time with your birds, relying on symbols of what you think is there. (It's something I always have to be conscious of)
Edit: Same for the figures, you're jumping into value without really understanding the underlying structure. (Bones, muscle, etc.) Do gestures to learn the essential masses of the form and how they balance , study anatomy to know what goes where. It'll all look ugly but you learn more and more quickly than just trying to "copy" from photos.
Life drawing/sketching people is one of my current goals right now, do it on your breaks or free time. Don't forget architecture!
The head shows you understand the face as a 3d object, now learn the planes of the face.
Keep drawing cause it keeps me drawing!
Last edited by Demotyme; November 21st, 2010 at 06:31 PM.
The birds I did for fun and to get my hand to loosen up. I was on vacation and read a book about fun exercises to get you drawing. Sometimes I feel like my goal for the day isn't really to improve but to just draw. I'm still trying to get into that habit of drawing every day. It's difficult with two jobs but I keep trying and trying.
I have a couple of anatomy books here. One is a detailed book on anatomy while the other breaks it down into simple forms. I've been studying the detailed head. I'm gonna follow you advice and try to take on planes of the head.
The pig was pretty fun actually. I had a hard time with the values of the pig. I found myself fighting over how dark or light certain areas should be. If you can think of something else we can try let me know. I'm always interested in trying things out.
Looks great SigonWulf, but....we need MOOOAAAR! So draw, draw, draw!
Nice to see some animal drawings! You did a good job on the pig. Might I suggest you add more values to the pig? Try to push the drawing a bit further, you have a good start so it's worth giving it a try!
Great Sketches , i like ( Side View Of Skull )
and Keep your sketchbook alive