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