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Ian Coetzee
06-19-2006, 10:41 PM
Hi, my drawing skills are that of a 10 year old... I've been drawing latly but... I just somtimes cant see the character anymore or the pose. What would be the best way to improve the fastest?

I've read/heard that doing thirty 1 minute sketches is better than doing one 30 minute sketch, for practise, true?

I basicly want to know if I keep creating really crap images(but try to make them better each time) will I improve? I think id agree.

If anyone has any neet improving tips please share, I know its more about just drawing and not learning or reading tutorials, but there must be somthing.

I alwso want to know if its easy to draw with a wacom tablet? Would it be a good idea to buy one to practise with? How do you know where you are going to put the pen down?


Thanks guys, and sorry if this has already been discussed.

Rebeccak
06-20-2006, 12:49 AM
Originally posted by Ian Coetzee: Hi, my drawing skills are that of a 10 year old...I've been drawing latly but...I just somtimes cant see the character anymore or the pose. What would be the best way to improve the fastest?
Hi there, welcome to the Anatomy Forum! :) I would first refer you to the following thread, where I encourage beginners to do short format Gesture Exercises that are posted to the beginning of the thread:

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

I also highly recommend picking up the book recommended at the beginning of this thread and participating there as well:

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

I've read/heard that doing thirty 1 minute sketches is better than doing one 30 minute sketch, for practise, true?
It's good to do both, but I recommend that beginners actually start out with shorter format, timed sketches which may seem counterintuitive, but is actually best for the beginner. I recommend in the Beginners' Lounge taking a Master Drawing, and copying it in short timed sessions of 2-5-10 minutes each, where you start a fresh drawing for each timed sequence, so that you do a 2 minute drawing, a new 5 minute drawing, and a new 10 minute drawing from the same reference. This helps you to see and capture the essence without overrendering or getting caught up in detail. Frequently it is detail which kills a figurative pose, when really the essence / gesture is really what's important.

You might enjoy the short format of this thread, in which I encourage you to use the 2-5-10 or alternately 2-5-15 minute short format:

I5 Minute Sketchathon - Thread 2: Sketches (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=295498&page=1&pp=15)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=295498&page=1&pp=15

The reference for the 15 Minute Sketchathon can be found in this thread, which is for reference only:

I5 Minute Sketchathon - Thread 1: Reference (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=298699)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=298699

I basicly want to know if I keep creating really crap images(but try to make them better each time) will I improve? I think id agree.
No, it's best to create pieces in a structured environment such as the Beginners' Lounge and other threads here can provide. You will always learn faster when learning rules, and there are established methods for learning drawing, though of course none are set in stone. I really recommend following the Tutorials here and also setting up your own Personal Anatomy Sketchbook to chart your progress.

You can create your own Personal Anatomy Thread here:

Personal Anatomy & Sketchbook Threads (http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=200)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=200

See this thread for information about creating a personal Anatomy Thread first:
FAQ: Can I Create My Own Anatomy Thread? (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=341167)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=341167

Links to all Personal Anatomy Threads can be found here:
Anatomy Threads of Individual Users (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2817397&postcount=12)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2817397&postcount=12

If anyone has any neet improving tips please share, I know its more about just drawing and not learning or reading tutorials, but there must be somthing.

I also want to know if its easy to draw with a wacom tablet? Would it be a good idea to buy one to practise with? How do you know where you are going to put the pen down?
We have the perfect Beginning Digital Painting Tutorial, and David Rene / Matt / LotekK and others will be happy to help you there as well as myself: :)

Digital Painting: Tips and Techniques for Beginners With David René & Matt Ellis. (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=369421)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=369421

There are simply tons of resources here to help you, and you are always free to ask questions. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

Ian Coetzee
06-20-2006, 10:02 PM
Thanks allot Rebbecak for your very thorough reply, it helps!

Rebeccak
06-21-2006, 11:05 PM
No problem!

Here is a link to some good books:

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=257424

I recommend Vilppu's Drawing Manual, Hogarth's Anatomy and Figure Drawing Books, and Artistic Anatomy by Richer.

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

Kyrene
07-04-2006, 03:46 PM
Thanks again Recbeccka deserves her title,

I know how you feel Ian for the past 4 months i've been hating everything i draw, trying excerise just drawing characters that game to my head even playing a video game and drawing out my characters.

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