View Full Version : Hamzters Sketchbook (newbie warning!)

02 February 2007, 11:35 PM
Well I've finally got round to starting a sketchbook thread, i've been sketching and painting for about 5 months now, and my aim is to draw at least once a day. With a bit (or a lot) of perseverence, maybe I'll actually pick up a bit of skill :). I found MindCandyMans Thread ( has been a huge inspiration, perhaps one day I'll be able to inspire someone else to do the same. C&C very welcome, and feel free to suggest things for me to draw/paint!

Ok, first couple of sketches, in no way my best stuff, but I gotta start somewhere. Girls face (about 20 mins), I realise it's a little unsymetrical, i should have flipped it while i was doing it!!:

And second, some clouds I saw floating past the window earlier (5 or 10 mins):

02 February 2007, 12:32 AM
Sounds like you should join up with the daily sketch forum. You can find it by , clicking forums, mini challenges , then the daily sketch thread. It is a great place to learn and the topics are always challenging and make you think , besides it is really cool to see what everyone comes up with.

02 February 2007, 12:43 AM
I entered one last week actually :D It was the 'myself as a plush toy' one...

02 February 2007, 12:57 AM
ha ha yeah, thought your name looked familiar, and your little pull string is so cute :)

02 February 2007, 01:01 AM
I've been concentrating on noses and mouths today, mainly side views. Not been paying much attention to anything else so it's a little wierd looking...

More tmrow!

02 February 2007, 02:45 PM
Ack, my computer decided to die on me this week, up and running again now tho. Here's a couple of eye sketches...

02 February 2007, 07:37 PM
Studying hands today, slowly getting the hang of them, this time last week they looked like they'd been steam rollered :D

02 February 2007, 06:17 PM
Another face today, just practicing shading really, it looks kinda like a girly guy or a manly girl tho, I need to learn about the differences between male and female faces! Anyone know of any good sites that explains the key differences?

02 February 2007, 11:38 PM
Ah so there is another "hamster" creaping around here eh? =)

Welcome to the boards!

02 February 2007, 03:38 PM
Some more...

03 March 2007, 03:11 PM
Animals this week :) I've also been doing some perspective, although I find it's very difficult to set up the vanishing points in photoshop, they'd be waaaay off the canvas if I did the pic full size, instead I'm having to do a picture that takes up maybe 1/3 of the canvas to get a reasonable perspective. I was wondering maybe there's a photoshop addon that aids putting down pespective lines? Like one where u set the vanishing points in relation to the cavas and then you can place perspective lines automatically...

03 March 2007, 11:57 PM
Looking at doing some landscapes and trees today, I'm quite proud of the tree, I spend a while looking through the brushes for one suitable for doing leafee things, one called 'Wet Brush' seemed to do the trick! :D I got a bit lazy towards the bottom though, and couldn't remember what brush settings I was using at first. Out of curiosity, what kinda of brushes are popular for this kinda thing? The mountain pic looks quite good also from a distance imo, but I failed while trying to add any kinda of detail (so it looks better if u go out of focus and crosseyed :) ).

03 March 2007, 03:42 PM
Couple more trees and a garden scene...

03 March 2007, 07:36 PM
Some african scene, just a practice at colours, about 45 mins, i think it's too saturated but i'm really not sure...

03 March 2007, 01:30 PM
Did an entry for the 'Japanese Morning' daily sketch today, i can't get the sun to look intense enough though, anyone got any tips?

03 March 2007, 07:43 PM
Good to see some progression in your work, ive myself been on a 8 month break from 3d but i have noticed you may benifit from some life drawing classes or maybe evening classes at an art college/college classes or whatever. I found the years of work i did before hopping on a wacom or on 3ds max sometimes paid off like massively...It is obvious that all the well known artist or illustrators in say cg art mags will have done this foundaton work before thier digital workflow, most of us want to hop onto a wacom straight away but it cant help u learn basic yet absolutely vital basics skills of mark making, form study or understanding perspective and how to accurately use yer eye..Good to see some effort and genuine progress in your work. Think about the classes as they helped me and still do now...thanks for posting yer work for us..

03 March 2007, 04:33 PM
Hey! I'll definitely keep an eye out for life drawing classes, I don't know of any in my area but I'd definitely gain from them :)

I don't just do digital stuff with my Wacom atm, I also do stuff on paper although I don't have a scanner yet, but I don't see too much problem with doing things with a wacom, especially when it comes to colour! I agree that certain things need to be practiced on paper though, like perspective which is very difficult to do in digital when there's alot going on,
when I eventually get a scanner (basically when i can afford one, it's the tight end of the university term atm!) I'll post some of my sketches :) Thanks for the advice anyhoo!

03 March 2007, 02:21 AM
what uni u go to?? I went to portsmouth uni (uk)
computer animation..but i mainly model now and doing a graphic design course now to get some more "bread and butter" skills on the more basic software like photoshop before i go freelance or work in London.....whatever happens i guess.

03 March 2007, 09:46 AM
I go to Loughborough Uni, near Leicester, doing Mechanical Engineering. I just draw for fun, doesn't really have much to do with my course although I'm sure it'd help to have more skills when looking for jobs. Oh, and here's a pic I did yesterday for the 'Rain' daily sketch...

06 June 2007, 09:56 PM
Long time since I posted, been a crazy couple of months with coursework deadlines and exams, but it's now the holidays so I'm looking forward to learning alot. I've been thinking of getting into sculpting after seeing how cool Pums Kratos Sculpture ( is, anyone know of any good beginner sculpty guides? Here's a few randoms that i've done today...
(Don't like how the lips and nose turned out on that one but nm)
As you can see I got bored and couldn't be bothered adding arms, legs or a head. Probably looks better this way :p

06 June 2007, 04:43 PM
Decided to do the '50 Heads in a month' thing a year late, here's the first 4, about 30-60 mins each...

More later :D

04 April 2008, 01:41 AM
Well after a bit of a break due to work I've picked the stylus up again, here's an attempt at skin tones again, this time instead of just using a few different colours, I've been colour picking from a range of 7, I found the tones seem to get 'muddy' and dull looking otherwise. I'm sure I should have some more variatons in the hue in there, maybe some blues and pinks, I'm still trying to work out where to use them though.

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Suggestions welcome!

04 April 2008, 01:47 AM
Studying hair and materials today, just a few of the better bits...

04 April 2008, 09:13 AM
I watched all your work from the 1st page and I see that you are a fast learner, which is great.

keep it up good :)

04 April 2008, 10:13 AM
I've just looked through this thread, you're really progressing. The last set of images is very good, nice hair and cloth.

02 February 2009, 06:14 PM
Well after another 6 month break from drawing, I've managed to get back into it, I've graduated from uni now and have a full time job, so I've got a much more regular day now and can fit in at least a couple of hours practice each evening. In the past I've found I'm forced to stop practicing every time exams come up, and it takes me another couple of months to get started again after, hopefully I should be able to stick to it now.

Anyhow, here's my latest, just a practice with skintones and trying to get the form of the face. I'm not sure how the colours will look tho, I plugged my laptop into my LCD tv, and realised that the colours are COMPLETELY different, my tv gives massively more saturated colours, anyone know how I'd go about calibrating them?

Anyhow, crits very welcome! ( (

02 February 2009, 08:55 PM
Good to see you back Hamzter! Congrats on your graduation.
Looking forward to seeing more!

02 February 2009, 11:23 PM
Today I drew a pic of Christian Bale, straight from a photo but it's definintely helping me understand structures. He looks a bit wierd though, I think it's the complete lack of facial hair and texture, might have a go adding that tomorrow!

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02 February 2009, 04:48 PM
Back again, been having a stab at landscapes/nature, I think I need to get more texture into them though, it's very difficult to simulate large quantities of trees without painting hundreds of them in, any tips? Did each of these in 1 hour... ( ( ( ( ( (

02 February 2009, 10:47 PM
Todays attempt, ~30 mins. ( (

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