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11 November 2005, 09:14 PM
Well, I just got my Wacom, so it's now time to dive headfirst into digital painting/photoshop, which I've never done before. I decided to create a little thread here mainly because the support and critique I've seen in this forum seems to be more helpful than that of both of my college drawing professors combined. Guess that says something about this community :love:

Anyway, on to the art. I'd just like to start by saying that I've never really had any formal art instruction other than the few classes I've taken this far at the U, and the teaching style of my drawing professors was absolutely terrible. Their idea of teaching was to stick something in front of us, ramble a little while about some very abstract concepts of composition and whatnot, then walk off to talk with other teachers while we just drew. I really didn't get anything out of those classes other than loosening up a bit instead of making tiny little strokes with the pencil and building up from that. I've also never worked with color, either, so I've got quite a ways to go now that I've decided to transfer to the college of art and design here. Since I've always liked drawing people (and never really drawn anything else, come to think of it), I figured starting out in this forum would be ideal ^_^

Ok, this was just a quick sketch of my hand in PS that I think turned out pretty good:

After that I found a couple pictures of some old statues and tried doing some heads:

I didn't much like how either of the heads turned out much at all, but I'm posting em anyway, for better or for worse. My problem with doing people is I settled into a rut of "cartoony" forms, so to speak. I never liked drawing from life, so what little research I did on the figure was translated into more of a caricature of reality. While I prefer to just kind of make stuff up and draw from my mind, I feel that to be able to do this successfully I need to have a good handle on what things actually look like and how to draw them before I can make good impressions of them.

Anyway, thanks for letting my rant there for a bit, and especially thanks for providing me all with such a fantastic medium for learning and criticism! So have at it, I truly appreciate anyone and everyone's comments and critiques.

EDIT: Kind of burned out now, but later tonight I'm going to try a do some full figures and see how that goes. If I like them I'll throw a couple up here :)

11 November 2005, 09:27 PM
Hey there, RedHerring,

Welcome aboard! Great to see your work here ~ we're always happy to have new folks post their work! :)

With respect to your college professors, I am sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, it's not unusual. Univ. of Michigan is supposed to have a good art program though ~ were your drawing courses at another school, perhaps?

There are several Workshops and Tutorials here which I encourage you to check out. Take a gander at this thread, which links many of the best threads on this forum:

Tutorials, Workshops, Anatomy Reviews & More ... [links within] (

In particular, check out the Open Figure Drawing Workshops, where new poses are posted every 2 weeks. OFDW 007 should be launched on Sunday or most likely, Monday night.

All OFDWs are linked in post 3 of the above thread. :)

I also invite you to participate in the:

BEGINNERíS DRAWING WORKSHOP 001: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain with Margie (

It's a great way to learn the fundamentals from one of the best books on drawing and perception out there, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". Margie is our dedicated new co~host who has primary responsibility for the Workshop. She is quite insightful! :)

I'd like to see some of your Traditional work as well. Digital work is good, but I think that it's best to start out Traditionally. You can learn all of the fundamentals either way, but there is still that hand / mind connection that gets a bit lost in translation with a Wacom pen.

I think you have a good grasp of basic drawing here, but need to focus on basic shapes ~ cylinders, spheres, boxes, etc. I recommend checking out the Reference Book thread here:

Anatomy Resources : BOOKS (

Any of these are excellent resources to have, which you will use for a lifetime!

Look forward to seeing more of your work! :)

If you don't mind, may I change the name of your thread to "Anatomy Thread of Red"? This helps me to keep things organized. :)



11 November 2005, 12:47 AM
If you like drawing from imagination Loomis is great.

11 November 2005, 01:06 AM
Change anything you want, and thanks for the tips/resources! Unfortunatly, I do not have access to a scanner or a digital camera at the moment. This should change eventually, but I'm afraid anything I post here will be done with the tablet. I'll browse through some of those resources and hopefully have something worth posting shortly :) As for my drawing class, they were indeed at the UofM. I think my opinion of them may have been somewhat influenced by my lack of motivation at the time I was taking them, but both of my professors seemed pretty old and tired, at least that was my impression. On the other hand, the walls are pretty thin, so I can hear other drawing instructors during my digital course, and they seem much more involved with their students than the teachers I got. Must have been bad luck on my part, to some extent. One of my prof's taught my mother 30 years ago, and she absolutly hated him and was dismayed to hear I had him, lol.

11 November 2005, 01:10 AM

No prob! This is your thread, you are free to do what you think is best. :) Okeedokee, I have changed the title of your thread to "Anatomy Thread of RedHerring", and have linked your thread in the:

Tutorials, Workshops, Anatomy Reviews & More ... [links within] (

thread along with the others' individual Anatomy Threads (see last post).

Looking forward to seeing your update! :)



03 March 2006, 09:48 PM
If you haven't already, you should totally join the Challenge!

Cheers, :)


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