Please go over to the last posts for more recent works
Hello and thanks for stopping by at my sketchbook,
I'm surion, an absolute beginner with drawing and CA.
and with absolute beginner i mean ABSOLUTE beginner.
this sketchbook will start with some basic drawings and sketches. i hope it will grow a lot so there will be awesome drawings at the final pages. practice, practice, practice
Have fun, and please, feel free to crit and comment, would really help a lot.
Last edited by Surion; December 4th, 2010 at 05:50 PM.
This is my first update. updates won't follow quickly on eachother because i don't have a scanner, and each time i want to post my drawings on paper, ill have to go to the library to scan them in there
Hope you like them
First of all my spacemarine. (i think this is the best drawing i ever made )
I wanted to draw in a cartoon-like style, here's the result:
This is a dragon i didn't finish because there's something totally wrong with it, but i can't really figure out what...
And last: i wanted to draw a dwarf with awesome armor. but i really failed in that. the picture itself looks totally fake, and looks really bad in my opinion:
Please critic and comment as much as u want, that would help me a lot with improving my drawings
the first thing I would suggest is to work on your hands and feet. be sure to work on your proportions as well. Look at some reference pictures for ideas. You have some good ideas; now refine them.
sorry for the double post, I have a horrible connection
Last edited by Brewmaster; April 23rd, 2008 at 04:48 PM. Reason: accidental double post
cool stuff man, it reminds me a lot of my old doodles. study anatomy, try copying stuff, i copied everything i loved. All of a sudden i was drawing better.right now i worry most about getting enough practice + good USE of reference. Reference should serve as a spark that ignites your imagination.
Thank you for the SB comment.
Yeah, christ has the right of it. Space Marine, yeah? Well then take a load of GW stuff - some of the best artists on the planet work (or have worked) for that colossus. Find some B/W Space Marines, and copy the crap out of them. See how they proportion out the bodies and anatomy, make everything make sense, and give everything a sense of rounded solidity. Don't worry you won't be copying stuff for long, it's just the best way to get the lessons you need. Read a few anatomy books - they're all good, so any you like the look of (or price range of). Practise.
Right now, your guys are all slope-shouldered and weirdy looking, with small hands and big heads. And flat. But some checking out how things go together and they should look will fix that.
The dragon looks wrong to me cos he has no forelegs - not necessary, I guess, but usual for conventional fantasy dragons. His head is to big for his body and his neck leaves his shoulders like a human neck - Dragons usually kind of flow or taper down so that they look more streamlined than this guy. And his wings are kinda small. You probably started with the head and then worked your way down, running out of paper. Block out the whole dragon, then work out the detailed work.
The hardest part is admitting you're a beginner and just starting. So the rest should be fine for you. Get drawing & post more.
thanks a lot for the replies
Brewmaster: Thanks, will go get myself an anatomy book and start drawing hands and stuff!
Christ: Thanks mate, doing the best i can think i'll go draw my house or something
Donalfall: Thanks for your advice, you're totally right about the dragon. indeed started on the head and worked my way down .
Going to the book shop next saturday, think i'll go buy some books on anatomy, perspective and vehicle drawing/fantasy/...
Here is a quick copy of a space marine i found on the internet. took me around 40 minutes i think. i really can't draw heads... :p original: http://mattdixon.co.uk/Images/SpaceMarine.jpg
Only working on paper for the moment. digital, my drawings are even worse...
Took a picture from this drawing, actually don't really need a scanner...
Thanks for the replies,
Not bad. keep doing this kind of thing and you'll get the hang of it in no time. Maybe even throw in a few ideas of your own every so often! Sort of an augmentation of the picture.
Keep on Truckin' you're showing progress already.
I was ill today, so i have been drawing all afternoon
This is a copy of a picture that i find amazing. i never started to copy it cause i thought it was 2 difficult. but today i said "ah let's just do it". and i'm pretty satisfied with the result (i think the left arm is a bit to short though) it's from the guild wars nightfall artbook. this one took me around 2h i think. maybe a bit less. Original: http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f5...GuardMale2.jpg it's the second
Last edited by Surion; April 24th, 2008 at 12:02 PM.
i tried to do a speed-paint environmental but i totally failed in that. wanted to draw a crater.
Now here's the result:
crits/comments welcome, as always.
it's getting a bit frustrating, seeing al that work ahead of me...
you've certainly got some good texture in this picture. I took the liberty of red lining your image to help you out. notice in craters the insides typically have varying levels of dirt, they also raise out of the ground a bit more.
other than that, I like the picture, the sky is great, and keep on practicing!
I'm a beginner, too, but maybe with a little more experience and I'm a far better critic than graphician... though my English isn't good enough, sorry.
a few words to your spacemarine. the legs are good, but not together. it would be an uncomfortable position. I understand, though, that frontal and side views are easier
the belt is awkward, we humans has a much more round torso and the arm proportions are totally wrong. I can say what others already did: STUDY ANATOMY, proportions, it's extremely basic. and draw a lot, but you know this anyway
if you want to draw humans, I think it's a very good idea drawing them naked. clothes just come into the way, you need to know how the human itself looks like.
my tip: very muscular men are easier and you may learn much about muscles and body proportions.
I see you started drawing digitally as well. it's very tough for a beginner, I feel with you... let's keep up and the results will come for sure! best wishes!
Hey all, thanks for the comments!
@Brewmaster: Thanks m8, that layover is really nice! thx for your help so far! really appreciated
@Dannelf: Will do!
@shiNIN: Thanks for the advice! once i learned perspective, i will go to anatomy and will folow your advice of drawing ppl naked. thx m8
Hi Surion, Try to practice ur perspective alot! , its the most important thing in artwork... When u do this, u will get good at this... U practice alot so it ll be just fine!! U said u wanted to come to HOWEST? Would be awesome i guess... but dont underestimate the education, its a shit load of work... but if ur willing to make the sacrifice of studyin ur ass off... Welcome :p... thx for the reply !
Ive seen U wanted to study DAE, im doing my first year now.
First thing u'll notice when u follow class is that there are 2 kinds of ppl
First are the programmers who are good in math and coding, second are the artists who are good in drawing and 3D. Some people are average in both things. Some suck at all and quit after Christmas.
But the students whoes work is show on the website and on the info day, is from students who are amazing in 1 thing, but suck in the rest of the classes.
So u need to find a balance between it and work on the things ur not good at. About ur drawing skills,... I can see ur motivated and want to put effort into it. Begin with the basics, learn perspective (first with blocks later on buildings) and then anatomy (google loomis and download the book)
Keep on practicing and u'll make it
@Murido: thx for stopping by! trying to study anatomy and perpspective when time lets me think i'm going to try draw some big building in 2 point perspective today. DAE looks like the education i've been looking for. all the subjects they teach you interest me. Still got a year to go before i go to highschool, so still got some time to practice
@Grafguy: Thanks m8. I don't really see myself as a programmer so i think i'll go mostly for 3d and drawing.
Here's a character i wanted to draw. it's based on the asura from Guild Wars. (sorry for the bad quality, think it's hard to take a picture from if it's totally done in pencil):
his left arm is too short, but aside from it, it's a good start for some simple but nice scene with a few additional strokes and colors though maybe you just wanted to draw a figure and that's all...
Shinin: Thanks mate, been reading some books, really learning a lot of how to look at objects and then draw them
Last edited by Surion; May 11th, 2008 at 07:48 AM.
Rough sketch, around 5mins:
Working on trying to bring depth and perspective in my characters, but i always fail in that. when looking at other drawings, it seems so obvious, but once i start, i just can't get there...
i think it would be good to work on your proportions too. such as how long the characters arm should be etc..
practice drawing in different poses too~ good luck
alyu100: Thanks for your reply and for the tip!
Here are some of my doodles with pencil and paper:
@Salacius: Thanks trying to get better, and thx for the tip. haha lol, yea taking pictures with the camera all the time :p a scanner would be nice
Here's a little update:
A study on hands:
the hands were great; more work like that will increase your skill level tremendously, but you'll have to branch out and do a lot of different studies to give your skill depth. as I figure, the more studies you do and the more random and unrelated they are, the more your skill level benefits from it. instead of learning how to "make it look like a hand" by only practicing hands you subconsciously learn how to "make this on the paper look like that in front of me"
post more studies, it's the fastest way to draw; if you get fatigued though, dont forget to draw for fun. that's what its about anyways.
'sine scientia ars nihil est'
Fail early and fail often.
Hey all! Thanks a lot for the replies!!!
Pencil1 Thanks mate, trying to do hands without any refference now, will post them later
ChuanMing Thanks, yea, proportions have always been a problem with me lol, fingers too short, arm too long, legs to short,... will need to work a lot on that. thx for the reply!
Salacius Thanks mate, Really going to be observing a lot now, other works, photographs,...
Mengel Thanks, yea will be doing a lot of studies in the future Not getting fatigued, it's actually very motivating to keep drawing! Thx!
Seeing some improvement, and reading these comments have really motivated me to just keep on drawing. this article has motivated me a lot 2 :p
Thx again all
I really want to learn how to draw environments, so i guess ill start drawing plants and rocks and stuff.
A little update:
Wanted to train some on drawing digitally, because drawing with a wacom has a total different feeling imo. Some digital hand studies:
Also wanted to try the inside of a hand. failed in that so will need to give it some more practice: