You've come a long way already since the start of this sketchbook. The newest life drawings seem very promising. I like the look on your ink drawings, especially this and the newest one and the pencil hatchings on the last page looked good too.
Along with the life drawing you could try out some anatomy books to help out with the proportions and constructions and everything. Loomis and Bridgeman are my favourites but any system for building the head and body so that the features find their places and sizes would do good for your referenced sketches too. Keep these coming!
yea ur right about the books, some parts of the body i just dont get because i dont know whats behind!
ill be working on that heres some more ink, did i say i love ink alreadY?
thanks, man, and hell yeah i'll continue
with some life scribbles, and eye 'studies' that is today...
heres a new update. first is from ref, the second as well, and third is inked from mind, i kinda liked it...
cool work man...
some things to think about:
take the love of ink and exploit it! devote some time and energy to getting your technique more portable. if it is more portable... you will be able to focus on working with what you have (technique wise) when you want to do so. right now it kind of feels like you dabble with ink. make the ink your style for a while. try to do exact tonal copiees of other pieces with it. this willgain you the technical experience. what you're wanting is to be so comfortable with your technique that the "what do i do next?" kind of questions are more or less subconcious. keep at it. draw more. update more. more focus on accuracy will give your more expressionistic pieces a serious edge.
wow, thanks for that piece of feedback. i will surely keep that in mind guggem!
heres 2 more experiments with ink... and my lovely toothbrush
Hey, thanks for dropping by my thread, much appreciated! You're definitely improving, an its great to see you using the media to shade, rather than smudging with your fingers. If you want to try that, try smudging first and using it as a base for shading with the pencil or charcoal on top of, then you don't end up with the white inbetween the strokes. You might find it useful just to practice smooth shading on a plain bit of paper before you start drawing, just to loosen up and get your hand into gear, as it were. But the faces are showing improvement, make sure you keep going back to Loomis if you can, and redo old exercises with what you've learned inbetween. After a while you'll be able to look back and see your progress. The piece that stood out for me was the face of the guy in the baseball cap... simply becuase you've followed the contours of his face with the pencil while you shaded, which automatically gives him more form. The environment sketch looks pretty good too. Keep going with it, try to fit in an hour or more a day, and stick to the basics alongside your more imaginative stuff and you'll start seeing even more improvement!
hohoho merry christmas!
im bqack now from eating too much, and here is some life drawing from about a week ago!
whos going for reply 100! hes gonna get a free visit to his sketchbook^^
and here two more pieces i made...
2 more inking things. first is from ref and second from mind
Cool stuff here.
Just to start, if it hasn't already been suggested, I'd say do some proportion studies. Even if you aren't into drawing people (which you seem to be) it's great help getting used to drawing anything the correct comparative size.
Also, as for ink, be sure to listen to Guggenmaneuver, he knows his stuff. And I don't mean to talk for him or anything, but he's a nice guy, so if you have a question just ask him. Just straight up asking people is one of the best ways to get help on this website.
thanks Joe and zephiri!
2 posts full of things i can think about, ill sure keep those in mind
and Joe, ill start studying when ive got time, but ure right, it probably will improve me a lot...
here are 2 pages from my moleskine: one side from life, the other one reffed...
not great yet, but at least renderign is getting better
Hey ajvenema, thanks for stopping by at my thread
Keep drawing! I've noticed that if you work hard enough on something, the possibilities are limitless. The only thing separating us beginners from pros is the amount of time we spend with arts...I've realized this and it motivates me to practise every day. Just so you know, eh.
I'll check your work in more detail when I have more time. Keep it uppp!
Thanks for the comment in my sketchbook, you're getting good, fast - Awesome progress, I'll be looking at this sketchbook !
thanks a lot both of you, those things really keep me going!
heres some more stuff, first is a self portrait, and otheres are crap from life as well
ive got more! a crappy still life, some from life and a master study from you know who
thanks for the compliment and the input Jens! its apreciated!
nice drawings here. the last page looks like you turned on a backburner , it shows a lot of developement. a suggestion of mine will be to implement some more slow sudies where you dont bother about the time they take. right now i think the part of analizing the drawing is missing and i think you can get that from some slow studies. jens had some good tips on that which may require a good portion of "slowness" to get that right (at least in the beginning...)
cheers mate & thx for dropping by!
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thanks xysdf! i will surely keep that in mind! the only thing is, ive got to work my ass on from no on for my entering exam for a art school for next year that i have february the 4th, so my work will be pretty much based on that for the coming time.. heres some more pages from last week!
and 2 more! the second is my first acrylic thing, and with my bare hands
now im painting a little, and enjhoying myself a lot, i only have to find a way to get the results on here
i totally respect the legwork being shown here mate, keep pumping more hours into it and you'll improve.
when drawing from reference try to really concentrate on the form of the thing your drawing, imagine the shape of it already on your paper before you start, when copying from life really concentrate on it as a 3d object, drawing hours on end will get you there, but being intelligent about your drawing will get you there faster.
really good stuff, keep going.
Great experimentation you have going here, it's already paying off and will do so even more in the long run. Keep your lines and shading clean, and be more decisive about the way you work - it feels like you're too scared with some of the decisions you make. Fuck it, if you did it once you can do it again!
But fun book you have going,
thanks for dropping by my book!
dr.Aty: thanks! i wont ever stop!
Dannysketch: thanks a lot as well, yeah ur right, concetration is really important, it sucks people still see ive a hard time concentrating
Brendan, great u visited, i love your work!
ive got a whole load of more experiments soon, but its all on A3 so i cant scan, have to get a cam
Its not that ive been lazy in the weeks i didnt post, just too busy with making stuff, but soon ill get the stuff on!
Heres a thing i really wanted to share, was a warming up thing, but it made my day^^
theres some great experimentation stuff going on here - and this will definately help you as time goes on.
i can see that the interesting stuff is all happening in ink, whilst your pencil work seems to revert to a less exciting, expressive mark making - maybe you could bridge the gap between your creative inks and your pencils by using a wider variety of graphite to make your marks with? like, getting a tin of 6b-6h pencils and seeing what different effects you can get from the different softnesses of lead...
i look forward to seeing what you do with all the excellent crits you've got so far
hey strybjorn, thanks for the advice! ur right, i need to work on my pencelling. Im going to focus a bit more on that soon. Now im still into some entering exams now, and im working with inks and acrylics with that for now, but i need to pencil more, yes
i finally got a camera, so i can start uploading some of my bigger stuff! this images are an assignment for entering exam on A3.
from when you started your ca sketchbook till now there has been much progress that you have made.. bravo
illustration web space:
general portfolio website:
careful, if you click on the sketch book link while you are viewing my ca sketchbook you might get stuck in a causality loop
I really like the one with the falling letters, really great one
Overall you need to slow down. Make some 2-3 hour drawings, practice everything from linework to shading. Lot's of your works are very fast and too sketchy, with undefined strokes. You need to learn where to put your lines and how to add the shading to really make the shapes nice.
I suggest continuing doing fast sketches when you're drawing from life, but you need some long studies. Face planes are very important too.