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  01 January 2013
Sketchbook thread of Consideringthepickle

Hi. I'm learning to paint and just started drawing.
I've been following the book Drawing the Head and Figure by Jack Hamm. And I just started watching an Anatomy course online: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/playlis...A701D54E8896D0E







I'll try and update this regularly.
 
  01 January 2013
Cool

Hello Consideringthepickle. Nice start.
Not sure what to say at these early stages but just keep drawing. Do lots of stuff from observation, focus on shapes of the face and where they are in relation to other shapes.
There's some nice shading going on in your work; like the noses on the left side of your 2nd picture and the ear on the bottom right.
Weldone keep going
 
  01 January 2013
@Gensou: Thanks for the encouragement.

Was testing brush settings in GIMP, getting a feel for it. I also did the skull shading practice suggested on the forum here: http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthr...445#post3500445
I need to improve my flattening and smoothing. I used a soft-edged brush with pressure sensitive opacity. I might try with a hard-edged brush next time.

 
  01 January 2013
I started this as an entry for CGChallenge XXVII: TEN but missed the deadline. Poses were all a real struggle. I need to study faces at angles some more too.
The perspective+lighting reference was done in Blender(3D) on a background layer at 30% opacity.

Close-ups:




I plan to finish this painting still. I started a WIP thread for it here: http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthr...?f=31&t=1089085

Last edited by Consideringthepickle : 01 January 2013 at 12:07 AM.
 
  01 January 2013
Still following Jack Hammís Head and Figure pretty closely. Getting proportions pretty well, but need a lot more practice with perspective.



 
  02 February 2013
Was busy painting the first floor of our house the past couple weeks. Found time to do some more studies here and there.
Improvement?






 
  02 February 2013
hi!nice!try to use more constructive lines,it helps alot to understand form(sorry for my bad english)keep going
 
  02 February 2013
@iiiokkibar: Hey thanks a lot! I realize I'm in bad need of some basic perspective drawing practice. I'm going to shift focus for a bit.
 
  08 August 2013
A few months since last update, but I knew going in I'm in it for the long haul.
I've been sketching infrequently over the past few months. Just never got around to uploading, so this will be a bit of a sketch dump. Might take a couple posts.


I was doing some sketches for a Pirates themed image back in March that I'll probably come back to at some point.




I spent some time to learn perspective back in April.





 
  08 August 2013









Recently I've been studying heads. In the last image I started doing some concept sketches for the main character in the short movie I'm working on. You can read more about that in this blog post if you're interested: http://nemusidian.wordpress.com/201...us-on-the-face/
 
  08 August 2013
Definite definite improvement!!

I don't know really much about practicing, I've got a habit of doodling instead of studying. The only really thing that pops out is your head/ body ratio. I'm also trying to learn figurative.

Here a good anatomy book, probably one of the best This is a PDF but it'll be good to get a hard copy of it.

http://illustrationage.files.wordpr...l-its-worth.pdf

Keep going!
 
  08 August 2013
@jameshodgart: Thanks!
Yeah I've been diligently, and really slowly (carefully) following Andrew Loomis' Drawing the Head and Hands. I've got all of his other books saved up to read on my acrobat.com account.

The head/ body issue is actually where I've been trying to focus. Good spotting!

I realized very quickly that what was holding me back was a more detailed understanding of the structure of the head, which is why I jumped to that particular Loomis book first. I'm just now barely getting the hang of drawing heads and starting to add bodies to them or vice versa again so it's a long learning process but I think it's paying off.
 
  10 October 2013
Hi, I'm super new here, and browsing sketchbooks is inspiring (and intimidating) You mentioned you needed to work on perspective, and I noticed a lot of your practice pieces dealing with perspective. Perspective is my nemesis, I think. And then the problem of perspective will affect my proportions, etc, too... what exercises/resources have been helpful for you in figuring out proper perspective? thanks!

PS I don't feel skilled enough to offer helpful critique.. however, I really admire how it seems your figure drawings have opened up to more fluid lines. The timeline of one's work is always very telling of all the hours of effort
 
  10 October 2013
So I've been really busy working on my short (Here: http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthr...f=153&t=1126181
+ http://facebook.com/nemusidian
+ http://nemusidian.wordpress.com )
and unfortunately haven't been practicing much.
I went to do storyboards and realized I hadn't drawn anything in a month. Not good. So this past week I started practicing again, starting back at basics with stick figures and mannequins. I think it's good to practice those things anyway, but I really need to draw more regularly. I'm trying to get in the habit of spending at least an hour every day, irrespective from sketch work I have to do for production, just for practice.

Originally Posted by AMGimagines: Hi, I'm super new here, and browsing sketchbooks is inspiring (and intimidating) You mentioned you needed to work on perspective, and I noticed a lot of your practice pieces dealing with perspective. Perspective is my nemesis, I think. And then the problem of perspective will affect my proportions, etc, too... what exercises/resources have been helpful for you in figuring out proper perspective? thanks!

PS I don't feel skilled enough to offer helpful critique.. however, I really admire how it seems your figure drawings have opened up to more fluid lines. The timeline of one's work is always very telling of all the hours of effort


Thanks AMGimagines. Glad to see I'm showing some improvement.
For perspective, I've gone through all sorts of resources, but most of the tutorials like on deviantart or youtube are pretty basic or more practical and I like to actually understand things technically, so I found this really old book online (the whole book is on this one page for free.): http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2016...5-h/20165-h.htm
It's from 1910 so the language gets a bit formal, but I wanted to know how to accurately measure ellipses and octagons and things in perspective and this covers essentially everything if you want to be very precise in your drawing.

I also recommend Andrew Loomis Drawing the Head and Hands. It's a free pdf online if you google it. It's out of copyright in the creative commons. He explains how to draw the head and break it down in perspective.

I'm also just starting Andrew Loomis' Figure Drawing for All It's Worth, which was recommended by artists that I follow pretty much across the board as a go to learning resource. Andrew Loomis has a lot of other books too, all free pdfs online.

If you want to get really fancy and really understand perspective, this is a great article on Curvilinear Perspective: http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/201...erspective.html (Part 1)
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/201...pective_03.html (Part 2)

I've also found that, as a filmmaker, understanding cinematography and how perspective works for cameras and different lens sizes (In a nutshell the lens size moves the vanishing points apart as it increases, flattening the image but narrowing the angle of view, and smaller lens sizes widen the angle of view, but move the vanishing points closer together and add more distortion) has been a big help.



So here's the latest.
These are storyboards I did for the first scene of Nemusidian. I wrote a post on my blog that explains what's going on and my story process if you're interested: http://nemusidian.wordpress.com/201...in-storyboards/


More Nemusidian concept art:

And Figure Drawing Practice:



 
  10 October 2013
I've opened tabs with the resources you suggested, Considering. Thanks!

--I completely get what you mean about camera angles and your perspective as a filmmaker. I think of it that way, too--but I am none too technical and kind of lazy about it. I think of images in that sense, though, because I am always concerned with the story being told--as a writer of fiction, though, not a filmmaker I am interested in the art of the comic, too, which is really just a flashy storyboard, right? haha...

I am about to post some sketches to my own thread for the first time ever here (eep!)--just some figure studies.. I feel I'm very novice in a lot of ways, but even in my "best" works, the thing that lacks most is that characters--even if they have a strong line of action--are never *really* interacting with anyone or anything else... and I attribute this to a lack of precision with perspective. In the sketches you just posted, I can see how your attention to perspective affects the believability of drawn interaction/etc. I mean, obvious stuff, but easily overlooked Oh, and I have a Loomis book on Figure Drawing, I believe, somewhere in my piles of crap--I appreciate all the title suggestions
 
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