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05 May 2006, 09:31 PM
Im just trying to get together a portfolio and I have been sketching a lot lately. This is a 5-10 minute sketch of my father, done from observation. Crits welcome
05 May 2006, 11:30 PM
Hi there, welcome to the Anatomy Forum! :)
I have some old drawings I'm currently photographing, some of them may be helpful. I'll post some comments and critique in a bit.
What is your art training / background?
05 May 2006, 07:02 AM
For a short sketch, you've captured a lot of detail. What I would suggest is doing extended studies of individual features ~ eyes, noses, ears, lips, etc. Often when drawing at a fairly small size, it is easy to miss some key details ~ such as the depth of the eyelids, eyelashes, etc.
Try drawing some enlarged studies of individual features, like this eye (which I copied after Burne Hogarth) below:
Such drawings really help to build your vocabulary of features.
05 May 2006, 11:08 PM
Thanks for the reply. I will most definately focus in and do some more detailed and specific drawings. In reply to the question, I am 16 yrs old and a junior in highschool. I have taken a few figure drawing classes at a local art college called Kendall, as well as most of the art courses offered at my school. I have taught myself for the most part though. My goal is to make it into Ringling for 3d animation, so i am focusing on observational pieces. Thanks a ton
05 May 2006, 12:43 AM
that is a very nice drawing... 5-10 min, wow!
05 May 2006, 07:29 PM
well here is another drawing i jsut finished. This one is Mike Meyers as Austin Powers, done from a photo reference. This one took me a lil while longer to do. Sorry for the poor quality
05 May 2006, 03:31 AM
My apologies as I missed your new post. :)
Do you draw at all from life? I also think that doing Master Copies would be of benefit to you.
If you get the chance, take a look at this person's personal Anatomy Thread:
Anatomy Thread of Erich Schreiner (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=297560%20)
He did a series of nearly 100 master copies (starting near the back of his thread) that really helped him to improve. I think doing master copies is one of the fastest one to improve in terms of Anatomy and Figurative Art. :)
05 May 2006, 05:27 PM
Rebeccak- Thanks for the reply, that sounds like a great idea to do some master copies, thanks a ton for the link.
05 May 2006, 05:56 PM
You're welcome! :)
Here are some great resources for Master Works and Anatomy stuff in general:
Lots of great Anatomy books:
Anatomy Resources : BOOKS (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=257424)
A great book for Anatomy:
"Artistic Anatomy", by Dr. Paul Richer - Watson Guptill, publisher (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0823002977/102-0177294-1220179?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance)
Great books to copy from:
Entire Master Draughtsman Series of Paperback Books: (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/ref=br_ss_hs/102-0177294-1220179?platform=gurupa&url=index%3Dstripbooks%3Arelevance-above%26dispatch%3Dsearch%26results-process%3Dbin&field-keywords=Master+Draughtsman+Series&Go.x=15&Go.y=5&Go=Go)
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.
Free online art resources:
Web Gallery of Art (http://www.wga.hu/)
Art Renewal (http://www.artrenewal.org)
Links to Anatomy Resources:
Reference for Anatomical and Figurative Art (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=257570)
05 May 2006, 05:56 PM
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