Ok, I am starting a sketchbook to put assorted crap I draw and things I am half-assed working on now.
If it sucks, I need to know. If you have any ideas of how it can not suck please let me know. Thanks.
Old crappy stuff has been deleted. New crappy stuff is on the way.
Last edited by Hendric VII; January 31st, 2010 at 01:47 AM. Reason: really old and crappy work needs deleting
Hey there Just dropping by to see your SB. Thank your for visiting my humble SB multiple times. I'm glad to see you start one. I would like to say that you have a great imagination and creativity. Your shading is smooth on some of your pieces but may need to get some more tones into the sketch to bring it out more (something that I'm still trying to learn). There are some slight anatomy issues to work on as well. Your colors are nice. My main crit would be to do what you've been doing, practice as much as you can and keep posting your progress in here. Thanks for your suggestions on my work. I'll be back
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I would suggest stepping away from the painting and focusing on contour line drawing and proportion/anatomy...practice getting the "bare bones" down and right, and then dive in with the painting, as it were.
I might even suggest not worrying too much about severe light and shade - get those shapes and forms right in contour lines, before attempting to give the illusion of mass and depth and volume with shadowing and highlighting.
Definitely keep going! Keep up with the volume of work you have been posting, and do more more more...
I looked at yours, now you look at mine...sketchbook here
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I'd say that you need to practice and practice, just like you are doing. But also try to define your style.
Right now, there is no red line in these that make me think 'oh yeah, this is Hendric VII's stuff'.
It is very difficult to define ones own style (well, I had it difficult in any case), but once you have, you will start seeing things more easily.
You can also do something about it more readily.
As you see any errors or anatomical inconscistencies, you will be able to learn how to remove them, or just incorporate them to make the image look good anyway- all within the grasps of your style.
But important! Don't skip "realism practice". Do straight up body sketches, with as much realism as possible.
If you find that it is difficult to get proportions correct, then go back to stick-figures. I have done so many times.
It feels embarassing at first, but it helps learning the right proportions of things.
Like how many "heads" fit in a male body? Or a female body?
Stick figure drawing also helps with poses and composition of bodies in a drawing, which is a great help.
Other practices one can do is- sketch a circle or a square. In as different sizes as you can, with as few lines as possible, as smoth as possible.
These are really basic practices, but I find myself coming back to them over and over (I have been drawing for 25 years now) because it is needed to get the clear lines and straight lines that one wants.
If you want to, you can even combine the practices:
Draw a circle in the shape of an oval. Draw another and another until you feel happy with how it looks. Try making the oval be tilted or straight alternatively between every one.
Now transfer that oval to another paper, with the same tilt as the one you where happy with, but different size if you need.
Now draw a stick figure body attatched to the oval. Try different ones, different poses and sizes, until you are happy with the resault.
Now see if you can sketch the "body" into a proper body. Try going for a nude body, male or female. Aim for realism. Practice and do over until you are happy.
Now make the sketch into a fully fledged drawing/painting.
By the end of this "prolonged" practice, you will learn to hate your sketch, but at that moment it is important to be persistant and keep at it, as this is one of those parts of art-creation that usually ****s up peoples art. They get bored and just slap things together.
Also, important. Try to not erase any of your sketches. Draw new ones- either next to the first one, or on a new paper. When you are happy with the resault, transfer the drawing over to a new, fresh paper. Either use a lightbox, or a computerprogram (you scanned the images you made, so I asume you have acces to atleast one program such as Photoshop r painter. Scan the image and remove the other, not liked, sketches, then print, quite light print prefferably.)
The sad part is that these kinds of practices one cannot get away from.
The god part is that after practicing over and over again, you get resaults.
I agree with colrouphobic, back to the basics. I would recomend all-pencil-sketchin with reference, to anatomy and lighting to stick in your mind. Enough training with anatomy n so on enables you to do lifelike pics without any ref. And then ya can make them however ya want cuz theres no bounding refs. Im talking to much. Im not in the position to lecture to much oh well, ya might find it helpful. keep up the work!
Haven't had much time since the divorce started but I sprained my ankle friday and decided I'd take the time to post what I had.
Last edited by Hendric VII; June 27th, 2012 at 08:13 PM.
Hey Man, lotta work here and it looks like you enjoy what you're doing. You know this already but hittin the basics is where it starts. I know I don't have any life stuff in my SB but there was years of figure drawing from model before any of that started going on. And like you say I still need to work on my women. There are some baddasses on this board who do some amazing stuff that we'd all like to emulate, but everyone of them worked up to it. Get something like a good action figure, draw it from different angles, give yourself time to really work through any awkward spots. You'll speed up your improvement that way, guarenteed. Oh, and Happy New Years Man. Peace.