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03 March 2006, 08:21 PM
Hey all,

I am CG student and I have been really getting into traditional art in the past year. I take drawing and painting classes in school, but now also on my free time I try to draw everyday, but I am still relativley new at it...

But I want to be great at it...

So I was thinking I could keep this thread going and continually post up drawings and paintings and people in the forum could comment and give me tips and advice. It would force me to keep drawing everyday, and it would also serve as way of showing myself my progress...

I look foward to all your advice

Look for some stuff up shortly

03 March 2006, 08:43 PM
A very good idea. Just make sure you keep the momentum going by posting regularly.

My ill fated self portrait a day project has been reduced to once a week, and even then I'm behind.

Also, don't be discouraged if you don't get many responses, at least initially. But, as your artwork in this thread gets better more people will take interest, and it'll be a good example to others, showing the process of learning.

Best thing you can do now is to edit your original post, or make a new post beneath this one, and include some examples of where you are currently in both your digital and traditional art skills.

03 March 2006, 10:58 PM
Here is some stuff from drawing class last year

here is a painting I did a couple months ago:

My works seems to have atrophed over the past 6 or so months as I have not been keeping up with it..

this is something I just did today (about 15 mins)

03 March 2006, 12:02 PM
I like your idea of showing us your work. No advice from me so far as Im also in the learning phase. But a tip. Why not join the daily sketch group here on this forum? Their will be posted a topic each day and you have 20 respective 45 minutes time to do a quick sketch. Very challenging but helps to focus on the most crucial things and the images their will blow you away...

maybe you already now it?

youre doing fine, hope to see you at the daily sketch group

03 March 2006, 12:10 AM

did this just now in about 20-25 mins (3/20/06) (sorry for the bad scans I will work on my settings...)

trialanderror, thanks for the tip I'll try that :)

03 March 2006, 11:44 PM
about 5-10 mins or so on each

03 March 2006, 12:33 AM
nice work on the hands.

03 March 2006, 01:49 AM

about 7 mins, I did drawings on the days I haven't posted but it was of the same setup basically so I just put one up...

03 March 2006, 07:36 AM
Hi there,

good idea with your progress thread.

Here's things which helped me along the way and which I repeatedly give as advice now:

- You probably already did cubes, spheres, cones and combined setups of those? If not, start to. If you did, don't stop. Shading basic forms will help you to clearly separate your lightness values on any object you draw. Post 'em!

- There are of course endless resources around here. If you feel an interest for figurative art also, I strongly recommend the Beginner's Lounge in the anatomy subforum ( this WIP2D area. There you will find very focused critique, and - more importantly - focused assignments like the 2min gesture sketches to get you on track.

keep posting....:thumbsup:

04 April 2006, 04:33 PM

just some picks from my sketchbook ive been doing

and Yes Mu, I have been shading/drawing regular shapes too, I'll post a bunch of them up soon

04 April 2006, 05:04 PM
Well looks like you're getting along nicely with your practice. Judging from the almost hectic patterns in your shading, you could benefit a lot from Mu's advice. :) It'll help you understand why crtain shadows appear in the way that they do. Good luck.

05 May 2006, 11:01 PM
Hey all, i haven't given up... now that finals are over I am back to drawing

here some more stuff... I will try to improve my shading patterns...

These two were from a photo (the above were from life)

keep the feedback coming and I will keep posting :) I hope by the end of the summer there will be a significant difference between these and what I am doing then...

05 May 2006, 10:21 PM
some more self portraits... eh they look better on paper...:shrug:

Ive gotten a bunch of good books on drawing and I think they will help me out so expect me to get better soon hopefully :)

06 June 2006, 02:50 AM
unfinished self portrait:

I just started taking some classes at the NY art students leauge this was one of the drawings...

06 June 2006, 09:47 AM
Work on tool control while it's still early. Take some time out before each drawing to do some warm ups where you place confident strokes on the paper while still trying to stay accurate.

06 June 2006, 08:13 PM
thanks for the advice!

here some more figures with some new techniques...

these two were a 5 min and 10 min poses

this was about 30 mins

06 June 2006, 08:38 PM
Stop trying to shade your figure drawing, especially the short poses.

Focus on understanding the forms you see in front of you and worry about shading later. Focus on line, with the only shading you do are curvature marks to show form.

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