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03-14-2010, 03:47 PM
Hi all, a few sketches for starters. Been a long time since I've done much art (high school) but trying to find more time for it.
The first few can safely be ignored - some teething problems with my tablet which refused to accept sensitivity. You may recognise the rest as from 'Fun with a pencil' by Loomis which seemed like a good place to start.
03-14-2010, 04:18 PM
tonight's effort (still just re-establishing perspective, face drawing, expect repitition)
03-16-2010, 05:55 AM
some more work on faces with perspective included
03-16-2010, 10:42 AM
more of the same
a fw more weeks of sketching and I might try an outline...
03-16-2010, 11:51 AM
another sketch from tonight...http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/3968/201003162.jpg (http://img710.imageshack.us/i/201003162.jpg/)
03-16-2010, 12:21 PM
more rough line sketching...
03-19-2010, 11:28 AM
perspective not added in yet - this is just mannekin study
mannekin -> muscles -> outline (moved for clarity)
some practice until I'm back in the swing of things and then I'll add some perspective
03-19-2010, 12:49 PM
more of the same
opacity of rough and muscles layers dimmed down a bit but can still be seen
03-19-2010, 01:22 PM
more of the same, but thought I might crop it a bit to save on pixels in case I run out
Hi, your drawings are looking good. You mentioned you are using a mannekin for reference. Are you using any reference (if so what?) to help you lay down the muscles or are you drawing from memory?
Good stuff, keep it coming!
03-19-2010, 10:57 PM
The 'mannekin' is not an actual mannekin - just a suggested template from one of the Andrew Loomis books as a starting point for figure drawing.
I've had to study anatomy as part of my day job. Although it's a bit of a different focus from artistic anatomy it does the job.
No references used for these.
03-21-2010, 04:22 PM
as title. Quickie before bed.
Construction lines dimmed. All sketched quickly so a bit untidy and not carefully accurate.
03-22-2010, 02:35 AM
similar to last one
more perspective study
in between trying to put together a presentation for work so basic, quick
03-24-2010, 03:55 AM
I posted this last night but it doesn't seem to have appeared - probably previewed and forgot to submit.
a few minor issues with this - I should do more gesture drawing before trying to combine lots of newly-learnt techniques before getting good at any of them. Will try to do some more gesture again and more practice with perspective.
04-03-2010, 05:39 AM
I struggle to find time to submit these (3 kids under 5 and 2 jobs) but often just sketch during the rare downtime at work. Just bin them though - have enough scrap paper lying around the house with the kids.
Here's an update from some gesture drawing practice - still needs work. Will try to do one a day for a month or so then go back to perspective practice for another month or so. Then might start doing some shading. Then eventually some actual pictures!
04-03-2010, 05:40 AM
just noticed minor issue of two right lower legs. No idea how that happened.
04-03-2010, 01:04 PM
more from tonight
the neck and shoulders are weak. Haven't yet decided if I work on that now or later. I think probably later - I could pick up a pencil and draw better than these without the base layers but I think that's the wrong approach - a solid base of proportions is probably the key thing for now. The slightly frustrating thing about this method is that they all come out a bit ugly and wrong - will go back through that chapter and decide if I'm doing something fundamentally wrong (most likely) or just need more practice (probably true but independent of what's screwing these all up)
04-04-2010, 11:02 AM
issues with foreshortening...
04-04-2010, 11:46 AM
more figures, this time a pseudo-storyboard
only 2/8 so far but have other things to do. Maybe more later.
04-05-2010, 11:55 AM
not in the mood tonight so just shaded
04-05-2010, 12:11 PM
Good drawings! Maybe take a lighter pencil and try to work more on form, i.e provide some more subtle shading. For example you can make not the whole mass darker, but make the terminator and reflection.
04-05-2010, 02:04 PM
still getting used to the pen, pad and software - subtle shading is a long way off. Happy to block in areas of colour for the moment. Those pics are very lo-res too which makes subtlety hard.
04-09-2010, 06:14 AM
A few more.
Should note that each takes me about 15-20 minutes from pose -> proportions -> bone structure -> muscles -> final line
I should probably try and do some quicker ones too...
04-14-2010, 11:38 AM
loosening up a little from all the slightly-contrived feeling scale and perspective studies with some freehand sketching
04-17-2010, 05:49 AM
The face perspective studies are quite good.
About your full body gestures, you seem to have some problems with proportions, the head seems really big in some of them and a few of them look off-balance.
I like the idea of making one gesture a day for a month! Have you ever tried life-drawing classes? They are very helpful and you will improve a lot if you give them a try!
04-27-2010, 11:19 AM
@Talaria - thanks for the feedback - am still working on proportions - think I might need to draw a little larger as they are all small and it seems to exaggerate any wrong proportions. Not sure what you mean about the off balance? Do you meant the figures look like they are falling over (some of them are meant to be!)?
Latest update - out of town so these are scanned from notepad which an almighty hassle.
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04-28-2010, 01:56 AM
Yes, that's exactly what I meant with off-balance. hehe Sorry I didn't know they were supposed to look like that :)
04-28-2010, 01:56 AM
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