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afgal
05-01-2006, 08:08 PM
Since 99 percent of what I am currently drawing is anatomy practice, I thought it would be nice to post here. I am newbie to drawing and have a long way to go. Any feedback, comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated. I am currently in the stage of sometimes my stuff looks good and other times it has a really long way to go.

November - http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/handstudy1.jpg
February - http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/handstudy2.jpg
March -http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03212006_handstudy3.jpg

February
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/02262006_head1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/eyes1.jpg

afgal
05-01-2006, 08:11 PM
March
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03042006_13minlivesketch.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03132006_pelvic1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03122006_shoulder1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03142006_bridgeman1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03152006_bridgeman1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03162006_bridgman1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03172006_bridgman1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03192006_figures1.jpg

afgal
05-01-2006, 08:12 PM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03222006_figuresmag1c.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03262006_nicolaidesex1a.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03292006_life1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03292006_life2.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03292006_life3.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 08:12 PM
afgal,

Welcome aboard! :)

Nice to see your Anatomy Thread up, and it looks as though you are about to delve into some serious study. Good to see. :)

Do you mind starting off by telling us something about your background and training?

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

afgal
05-01-2006, 08:13 PM
1 Minute
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03302006_life1minute.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03302006_life1minuteB.jpg
2 Minute
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03302006_life2minute.jpg
5 Minute
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03302006_life5minute.jpg
10 Minute
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03302006_life10minute.jpg
15 Minute
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03302006_life15minute.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03302006_life15minuteB.jpg

afgal
05-01-2006, 08:14 PM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03302006_assignment1ideasA.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/03312006_assignment1ideasB.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04032006_lifedrawingassignment1fini.jpg
April
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04032006_magazinestuff.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04042006_sketches1.jpg
1 Minute
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04042006_life1minute.jpg
2 and 5 Minutes
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04042006_life2and5minute.jpg
10 Minute
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04042006_life10minute.jpg
15 Minute
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04042006_life15minute.jpg

afgal
05-01-2006, 08:15 PM
April con't
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04102006_daVinciStudy.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04122006_ballerinastudy.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04122006_eyes.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/highjumper.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04152006_study.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04182006_lifedrawing1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04182006_lifedrawing2.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04182006_lifedrawing3.jpg

afgal
05-01-2006, 08:17 PM
Here is the last of this post. This will give you an idea of where I am right now. The last image I drew last night. My background is that I'm in a graphic design program but the drawing clases aren't helping a beginner like myself out so I researched books and am trying to learn through those methods. Other than that I started drawing in September would love to someday go to Watts Atelier in California. My biggest problems right now are squashing people and how to render form and color theory. Other than those things I think I am improving in some way or another every time I draw.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04182006_lifedrawing5.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04182006_lifedrawing6.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04242006_bridgman.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/04282006_facialexpression1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05012006_nicolaides1.jpg

Rebeccak
05-01-2006, 08:35 PM
afgal,

Great to hear about your background. :)

One thing you ought to do as a CGTalk member is to activate the Private Messaging system, which enables you to send / receive messages to and from other CGTalk members.

To do so, go to the top of the page, click User CP > at the left click Edit Options > scroll down the page, and check 'Enable Private Messaging' and 'Receive Email Notification of New Private Messages'. If you wish, also check 'Receive Email from Other Members'. All of these things allow you to better communicate with members of the community. :)

Someone's thread which you should definitely check out is Lyneran's:

Anatomy Thread of Lyneran (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=303591)

She is also learning using books primarily, and is using Andrew Loomis' books.

Do you work digitally at all? I am by no means saying that you should, but am curious to know if you have ever painted with a tablet and either Photoshop or Painter.

Take a look at Lyneran's thread when you get a chance, and let me know what you think! :)

One thing that I really recommend to any student of drawing is to do Master Copies.

A great cheap book series of Master Drawings is:

Master Draughtsman Series of Paperback Books: (http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=br_ss_hs/103-8991821-0763011?search-alias=stripbooks&keywords=Master%20Draughtsman%20Series&rank=-relevance,+availability,-sales-velocity)
Great books because they are cheap, light, and great for copying from, as you will not be concerned about destroying the book ~ they are really instructional devices, more than anything else.

I recommend buying a few of these and doing several master copies in the media of your choice from these books. Doing many copies over the course of time will increase your understanding of Anatomy greatly.

EDIT:

You might also want to check out the free online book by Harold Speed, linked here in this post. (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=3435400&postcount=1)

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

afgal
05-01-2006, 11:05 PM
Thanks Rebeccak I have now enabled the private messaging and email. I have photoshop but I don't have a tablet. I really want to get one though just don't know where to begin.

I was just going to purchase Mr. Speed's book! Thanks for the link to the free one. I would say my medium choice is soft pastels and conte crayon simply because thats what we use for class. I will definitely be branching out on that though.

Thank you for the links to the books and Lyneran's thread I will check those out. Right now I have Nicolaides book and a bunch of Bridgman's books. Also picked up David Rubins book from the library and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

Thanks again,
Kerry

Rebeccak
05-02-2006, 12:29 AM
Kerry,

If you can afford a small tablet, I would recommend getting one. There are lots of threads regarding which kind of tablet to buy, I would just run a search on the main forums. I have the smallest size Wacom, which is 6X8 I believe. It cost around $100 a few years ago. It's invaluable for digital painting. :)

Regarding beginning in digital painting, that's what these forums are for. :)

Lots of new people have started digital painting here, though by no means is the thread limited to digital work:

Beginners' Lounge (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=297229)

You can see the best of the Beginners' Lounge here:

SPOTLIGHT: Best of Beginner's Lounge - Year 1 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=349232)

This will give you some idea of the kind of work that people have done and continue to do in that thread. You are more than welcome to post your work to both (or any) threads. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

afgal
05-03-2006, 02:59 AM
Quick Gestures. about 30 seconds from photos
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05012006_gesture1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05012006_gesture2.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05012006_gesture3.jpg
Life Drawing w/ clothed students as models. Unfortunately I was the model for a bunch of them so I didn't get to draw that much. And it took awhile for the rust to come off.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05022006_life1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05022006_life2.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05022006_life3.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05022006_life4.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05022006_life5.jpg

Rebeccak
05-03-2006, 09:25 PM
afgal,

Do you know about this Workshop?

BEGINNERS' Drawing Workshop - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=269026)

It's an ongoing Workshop here on the Anatomy Forum from which I think you might really benefit. :) It requires that you buy the book, which is a classic text by Betty Edwards. The book provides some great exercises which really get you to think about how and why you draw.

Definitely check it out, and let me know what you think! :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

afgal
05-04-2006, 10:07 PM
We actually had a model show up today and I think that made all the diffference in the world.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05042006_life3.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05042006_life2.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05042006_life4.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05042006_life1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05042006_life5.jpg

Rebeccak
05-07-2006, 06:27 PM
afgal,

It's really useful to do Master Copies, particularly when models aren't good or reliable.

Here is a Sticky Thread I just posted to the top of this forum which contains useful links regarding Master Copies:

Master Copy Resources (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=354836)

Definitely check it out! I think doing Master Copies is an essential part of learning how to draw / paint the figure. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

afgal
05-09-2006, 07:20 PM
Thanks for the link to the master copies. I have created an art schedule for myself. It goes like this:
Monday Color theory and exercises. Figure or faces.
Tuesday Drawing Class (figure?), 2d design (line, value, shading etc)
Wednesday Anatomy studies, heads, painting
Thursday Drawing Class (figure?), animal drawing
Friday perspective and environments. homework
Saturday Drawing/painting from masters. Homework
Sunday Take a drawing from the week and work on it in photoshop or illustrator paying attention to color and line thickness.

Mainly that is just to give me a direction. Since the 3 art drawing classes the school offers are about over.

Life Drawing today. The model was there but mysteriously disappeared before out professor arrived. So we made due with each other again. The professor was pleased with us again. At one point he said to me, something must be going on with you today. I said, I'm just feeling it lately. And he said something about I definitely am being very expressive lately. Which is cool cause he likes expressive art. Which isn't the reason why I'm being "expressive" lately. I'm mostly getting a handle on it. Here's todays stuff.
5 Minutes
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05092006_life1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05092006_life2.jpg
10 Minutes
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05092006_life3.jpg
3 Minutes because thats as long as he could hold the position.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05092006_life4.jpg
There were more but they were the quickies which I dont do that great at.

Rebeccak
05-09-2006, 07:24 PM
Hey afgal,

Nice work with these! :) I agree, it does seem that you are getting more control of these, it's great. I'm sorry you're model is such a flake, but unfortunately, that's not unusual. Keep at it, this is sort of the norm in terms of models. ;)

It sounds like you have set up a great schedule! Very cool, look forward to seeing more of your work. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

afgal
05-12-2006, 01:35 AM
Loomis
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05112006_loomishead.jpg

afgal
05-12-2006, 09:55 PM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/art113assignment6.jpg

demented
05-13-2006, 04:45 PM
Hey

I too can totally relate to the absence of model scenario - fisrt three weeks of figure drawing we had no models, and had to try on figure out what lies beneath the clothes. That said, your figure drawings look real great - love the direction your going in, especially with your lines. This last ones also look good, but my favourite are the figures.

Keep posting man.

- d.

afgal
05-15-2006, 12:04 AM
Thank you demented!

Here is a study from Winslow Homer. This is gouache. Also this is the first time I've tried gouache. I like it. Though it dries very fast.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05142006_homergouache2.jpg

Rebeccak
05-15-2006, 06:07 AM
Hi afgal,

If your model continues to fail to show up, I would encourage you to use reference from places like:

www.characterdesigns.com (http://www.characterdesigns.com) > go to photosets

and

http://justmeina.deviantart.com/gallery/

to get practice drawing the figure.

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

afgal
05-18-2006, 12:53 AM
I used a reference book.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05172006_figures.jpg

afgal
05-22-2006, 11:50 PM
Here are some recent Bridgman studies in pen.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05222006_bridgmanears.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05222006_bridgmanlips.jpg

And a marker rendering - first time.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/BreastCancerDM.jpg

Rebeccak
05-23-2006, 01:31 AM
Hi afgal,

These recent studies are looking good! I definitely encourage you to continue with doing Bridgeman studies ~ the way he puts together upper and lower torso is particularly helpful.

Looking forward to seeing more studies. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

afgal
05-27-2006, 05:54 AM
More stuff.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05252006_chest.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05252006_gestures1.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05252006_marines.jpg

from my imagination
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05252006_misc.jpg

Trunks
05-27-2006, 02:46 PM
from my imagination
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/05252006_misc.jpg

The girl looks really not bad! You should start with some simple sketches when you draw of your mind. Try to think where the bones are and paint this in a sketch (just some lines) and what the muscles do where they are and so on. Than try to paint the form of the body(I hope you got this). Maybe this helps a little :)

Rebeccak
05-27-2006, 06:35 PM
Hi afgal,

It's good to see your sketches. :)

I did a review of one of them which I hope will help:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Anatomy%20Thread%20of%20afgal/afgal_Review-01.gif

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

xiannc
06-02-2006, 06:33 PM
Hi Afgal,
I'm really new to posting, but I just wanted to tell you that I can really see a progression in your work. I really like the life studies from post #16. Very "expressive".;) Keep it up!

-Christian

afgal
06-07-2006, 05:26 PM
Well my wacom tablet just arrived in the mail today and finals are over so I hope to update this soon with some painter essentials stuff.

afgal
06-17-2006, 12:11 AM
Start of my study.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/06162006geromePS1.jpg

afgal
06-17-2006, 02:25 AM
Well after some pretty nasty comments my art prof made to me at the end of the quarter I didn't really want to even think about drawing again. Then my brain kicked in and that would make him win... which just isn't going to happen. So it's time to get serious...again.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/06162006hogarth1.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/06162006hogarth2.jpg

Illustrator Vector stuff
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/06122006vector1.jpg

afgal
06-17-2006, 08:58 PM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/day04.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/day05.jpg

Rebeccak
06-17-2006, 09:14 PM
afgal,

I am sorry to hear that your art teacher discouraged you. That often happens, whether it's intentional or not, and it can be tough to get back into the game, but I am glad to see that you have. :)


http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/06162006hogarth1.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/06162006hogarth2.jpg


These two are a good direction in which to go ~ the more Master Copies, the better, imo. :) I like the articulation around the feet, and hope to see similar drawings in this vein.

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

afgal
06-23-2006, 06:36 AM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/day10.jpg

Cyanid
06-23-2006, 03:12 PM
Well after some pretty nasty comments my art prof made to me at the end of the quarter I didn't really want to even think about drawing again. Then my brain kicked in and that would make him win... which just isn't going to happen. So it's time to get serious...again.

yea...negative responses suck,good critique however is very nice to get. well, keep drawing, show him that he was wrong! Keep doing those studies!

afgal
06-28-2006, 07:20 PM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/day11.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/day12.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/day16.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/day17.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/day18.jpg

Rebeccak
06-28-2006, 07:52 PM
Hi afgal,

I hope you will participate in the new ongoing Workshop:

Anatomy Lesson Series: Body Part 1 - The Head (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=3666058#post3666058)

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

afgal
07-01-2006, 06:08 AM
Here we go. The first one. Not happy with how it turned out though.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/day19and20.jpg

Rebeccak
07-01-2006, 08:03 PM
afgal,

Nice to see your start here. :) I would recommend trying either pencil or ballpoint pen ~ I think you will be able to get much more subtlety with a different medium. This exercise is a great way to experiment, try new things, and get past the fear of doing a lot of studies. Looking forward to seeing much more of your work. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

afgal
07-02-2006, 02:33 AM
ballpoint pen

number 016
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/AFgal/day21.jpg

Rebeccak
07-02-2006, 05:56 PM
afgal,

Nice to see your new sketch! :)

I hope the following Tutorial might be of use to you, since it's about using ballpoint pen for shading:

TUTORIAL - General Principles of Anatomical and Figurative Art / Cross Hatching (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=374939)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=374939

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

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