EDIT 2/20/11: I've finally gotten my hand on a camera so I can start updating my sketchbook again. Unfortunately the quality of my photos isn't great but that's all I got now.
I've finally gotten up enough nerve to start a sketch blog here on Conceptart. I'm a hobby artist who enjoys drawing but I'm not very good at it. I need to improve across the board. I don't know if I will ever become good enough that people might consider paying for my art someday. My final goal more or less is to be able to draw scenes from my imagination fully colored ect without having to need references for every tiny detail. I don't know if that will ever be 100% possible but who knows.
I enjoy drawing animals, plants, and I'm warming up to gesture drawings and people. I'm not a big fan of mechanical stuff, guns, and/or robots.
Any critique or feedback is greatly appreciated.
Last edited by Reutte; July 6th, 2011 at 09:32 PM. Reason: I need to change the title
More Sketches. I hope I'm not making the images too big.
Last edited by Reutte; March 27th, 2011 at 04:56 AM.
Hey. Welcome to CA.
Nice sketches you've got there. I like the dog's one especially
I suggest you draw more with forms than just outlines... it gives you a better understanding of how you draw them in different views. If you want to draw from imagination, you have to study whatever you are drawing.
If you are interested in drawing better figures, i suggest you download the ebooks of Andrew Loomis. They are free. VERY HELPFUL.
Use it well. Keep drawing
Thanks Fenixx, I'm trying to work more with forms.
More Sketches. I tried some cross hatching and seriously failed.
Last edited by Reutte; March 27th, 2011 at 04:58 AM.
I like the direct outlines that you do; clean and unfussy. The mushroom piece is very nice. Drawing more from observation than photos will help and do read those Loomis books.
I agree with BlackSpot ... do some real still life studies... and not just outlines.... maybe take a shampoo bottle, a shoe, a fruit ... whatever. Arrange them in some nice place where good amount of lights falls (so that you get highlights, midtones and shadows). Draw it... try to observe the values and the forms.
One very basic but very useful lesson i learned from Scott Robertson's tutorials :
FORM CHANGE = VALUE CHANGE.
Use that well. Look at your subject, and see how a value changes when the form changes.
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I've been bad with updating. It's going to get worse since I'm going to lose my scanner in 5 days.
However, I'm still drawing. I'm sorry to say that I haven't done much life drawing though I have tried to work more with forms rather than outlines. I also tried some knot work.
Last edited by Reutte; May 30th, 2011 at 07:58 AM.
And some more sketches.
Last edited by Reutte; May 30th, 2011 at 08:06 AM.
Kidnap that scanner or get a cheap camera. The expression on that cheetah is priceless.
Nice start to a sketchbook, those studies from life are really coming along well . Too bad about the scanner/camera, that sounds like a pain... but I'll be really interested to see how your drawings are coming out as soon as you get a hold of one~
Unfortunately, the end of 2010 wasn't so good for drawing/art for me because I managed to be an idiot and I cut through my thumb on my writing hand. So I spent the end of November/December with stitches and regrowing my thumbnail and unable to hold a pencil. I wasn't as productive as I would have liked but I'm posting some stuff that I got done. I'm also hammering through the Loomis books.
Last edited by Reutte; February 21st, 2011 at 12:37 AM.
So far 2011 is going much better than the end of 2010. I hope to keep improving and posting more here.
Last edited by Reutte; March 27th, 2011 at 05:02 AM.
I decided to try some of the perspective exercises from the tutorial forum. Some weren't too bad but once I hit 3 viewpoint perspective, things get crazy.
Hey thanks for stopping by my SB. These perspective studies are looking fantastic. I'd love to see some darker shading going on and more tonal stuff. Keep it up!
@ DeadlyHazard - Thanks! I'll try to get more tones into my stuff.
More sketches and perspective practice.
Some more sketches and some more perspective fail. It was a bad week unfortunately.
Not too much to post this week. Did a lot of hand gestures but they were hideous, so I'll practise more before I post hands.
Some more Studies ect.
Got some improvement in your latest pieces. The turnip looks very good to me. Well made forms overall. I think the only thing that makes it odd is all three tend to be floating on the page. This is not a bad thing, but can be little distracting. To give it a since of resting on something, you can sketch in the cast shadow; doesn't need to be detailed, just enough to ground it.
Lamp looks pretty good, too. Good job with the highlights. It just looks a little wobbly. It may be the base that's throwing me.
Nice work, keep studying. For now I'd like to see a lot more lines in your artwork - get a blue or red non-photo (it shows up on the scanner if you don't take it out of the RGB channels) and figure out the form underneath the lines. Right now you're outlining and losing a lot of the actual study - really see the basic shapes underneath the animals.
I think you made big improvement, please don't stop drawing (and uploading). Also lovely bananas.
I think your studies are coming along nicely. For the perspective studies you might want to try moving the vanishing points farther away from the page because when they're too close on the page the objects start to look skewed or distorted.
Hmm I see a lot of strengths here! Good luck on your exam firstly.
Second, if you want to improve values, study photos, and study other artists still lives and such--see what value choices they are making. You're off to a very good start. Also, loosen up a bit every now and then. It's great you are so clean and tight (it will really help you later on down the road) but its also making your animals and such really stiff. Get some gesture drawings in there, and work on the flow of things, and how their bodies move. not just what they look like can't wait to see more!!
Pretty much everything I could say has been said above haha. But your definitely doing the right types of drawings to improve. Keep em comin'
Nice work with the studies
I can see that you're going further into drawing the form of objects, that will get you far.
I second that a cast shadow is important to make you lamp look like it's in a 3d space instead of on a 2d on paper.
It's important to understand how shadows differ
Cast Shadows and Form Shadows
Try identifying the soft edged form of shadows and use your knead eraser to get a smooth gradient. I'd get your banana drawing and soften those edges on the centers of the 2 front bananas until I can't see that crisp "U" shape for example.
A critical step in my discovery of art is learning to see and analyze what I'm seeing.
My method for life drawing is drawing the contours I see and make seemly meaningless abstract shapes, but think of it as a blueprint for your eyes only. Then shade them them in different tones (shoot for 5-6 and identify the darkest dark, and hi-light). And lastly soften the edges that need it. As you get used to it, you can scrap this and make your own method.
Lines don't exist in real life, but the hardest of hard edges can look like them sometimes. But lines do make the drawing read easier and add an element of stylization.
Direct lighting on your reference would make it easier to a identify the form change. Try to ensure there's a wide range of different tones, edges, and unique shapes before drawing. Avoid drawing symbols for realistic studies, like the symbol of an eye, and nail the abstract relationship of tonal shapes and edges (lines-> your blueprint).
See this Crysis head here
The first has too much soft edges and little defined shadow shapes. Direct lighting helps avoid this. I grab a lamp a shine it right next to my face for portraits XD.
Keep up the good work, this is just my subjective take and advice and can be taken with a grain of salt.
My Sketchbook - Have a look and say hi
Wow! Thanks for all the help and kind words.
@Asatira - yeah, I was focusing on form so I didn't think much of shadows. I will from now on.
@ZombieGrub - yeah, I've been told that I focus too much on outline rather than the actual mass and form of stuff. I need to do some serious gesture work then go from there.
@ hu-ha - thanks! I'm pretty proud of my bananas actually. ^_^
@TomDeVis - will do!
@KT - Thanks! I've always wondered why some of my perspective has been skewed. I'll try moving my VP's farther away.
@hala - Thanks, that exam is going to be a serious drag for me for awhile. Yeah, I work very tight and it's a bad thing right now. For some reason loose translates to bad for me which I know is stupid but...
@JFierce - Thanks!
@AnthonyV - Thanks for the link! I tend to get down a solid form then go details in. But this can make my work very stiff.
I took your advice and drew some new bananas and tried to created edges rather than lines and it was sort of hit and miss which just means I need to practise more. XD
nice sketchbook you have going here keep it up.
One think I'd say is I would work on your construction more before you dive into rendering.
have a good one never give up.
sketchbook updated October 6th