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Old 06 June 2006   #1
Sketchbook Thread of space-sprayer

Hi Everyone

My name is Nick. I am starting an animation course at Universtiy here in England in a few months. I know that while I am there they will keep doing figurative drawing to help you with characters etc, but I am very interested in this area, and want to get good at it before I go. I will have 3 months of summer with absolutely nothing going on, so I can work everyday to improve, I just need some help.
So far, I have used reference photos to produce some fully rendered sketches, which I am fine at. If I can look at a photo, I can sketch it to a high standard. My problem is that if I try to be creative and imaginative, I don't end up with anything a 3 year old would be proud of. I have followed some of the tutorials I have found on here, and they have been helpful so far. I was wondering if anyone could just point me in the right direction of some good beginner tutorials. If anyone knows of figure drawing dvds on the market I am willing to invest in that if it comes reccommended? I have just ordered a book that was reccommended by Rebbeccak in one of her posts, so that should be here shortly, but if anyone can help, that would be great!

Thanks in advance. I am planning on being very actice on here for a long time now, and I am really motivated and dedicated about doing this, so hopefully i can make some good progress.

Nick
 
Old 06 June 2006   #2
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Welcome aboard Nick!

It's great to hear about your background, and I wish you luck in your course. Regarding good training DVDs, I would recommend checking out a few of Glen Vilppu's DVDs, which can be found here:

http://www.vilppustudio.com/

The problem is that he divides the DVDs into too many sections (for maximum profit ) but the guy is a master, and razz has been doing some wonderful studies from the DVDs, and it looks like they are really paying off.

Anatomy Thread of razz

I am happy to move and rename this thread to the following location:

Personal Anatomy & Sketchbook Threads

http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=200

and rename it to "Anatomy Thread of space-sprayer". You wouldn't then need to create a new thread, I'll just move and rename this one.

See this thread for information about personal Anatomy Threads:
FAQ: Can I Create My Own Anatomy Thread?
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=341167

Links to all Personal Anatomy Threads can be found here:
Anatomy Threads of Individual Users
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpos...97&postcount=12

I encourage you to look at other peoples' threads and to see what they're up to.

You can find links to useful resources here:

Anatomy Resources : BOOKS
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=257424

and here:

Reference for Anatomical and Figurative Art
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=257570

Also, Open Figure Drawing Workshop 018 starts tomorrow evening, and you are most welcome to join in! The current OFDW 017 is just wrapping up, the best work from which is soon to be SPOTLIGHTED:

Open Figure Drawing Workshop - Sorolla, Zorn, Leon Master Copy - with Rebeccak 017
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=360025

Looking forward to seeing your work!

Cheers,

~Rebeccak
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Old 06 June 2006   #3
Wow thats an incredibly fast reply, thanks Rebecca!

Im gonna go right ahead and order Vilppu's first dvd, the Gesture 1 dvd; it looks great!
Thanks for pointing me towards all those resources too, i'm gonna exhaust them all to help me.
Feel free to ove this thread too, if you feel it would be better suited there. I will try and upload some work to show you all soon!
Again, I appreciate the speedy reply!

Nick
 
Old 06 June 2006   #4
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No problem, Nick! Let me know how you like the DVD.

Cheers,

~Rebeccak
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Old 06 June 2006   #5
Here is a little doodle that I felt happy enough with to see what you think. Im sure there are a million things wrong with it, but its a start for me. Just took a minute or two to do. I will post some better ones later. Sorry if the quality isn't great, it is a photo coz i dont have a scanner.

Comments and Crits appreciated
Cheers

 
Old 06 June 2006   #6
Hi Nick,

Let's see more of your drawings! It's quite difficult to crit just one fast piece, it will definitely give me a better idea of where you're at when more work is posted. Looking forward to seeing it!

Cheers,

~Rebeccak
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Old 06 June 2006   #7
Here are a few more. This illustrates my problem. When I have a figure to copy (this one was from life) then i am not too bad. Its still got loads and loads wrong with it, but its not a complete failure in my eyes.
The problem is, compare this to the below images which have no reference. They are hideous...

So, you see my problem :(
 
Old 06 June 2006   #8
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space-sprayer,

Lol, I don't know why people think that they should be able to draw figures from the imagination right off the bat. Count how many drawings from life + master drawings you have done in your life. It is probably less than 100, maybe even 50. To really build up a good, solid vocabulary of figurative 'terms' and memory, you really have to do hundreds of drawings. This can be anything from sketches to full fledged drawings, but the point is that you must do a lot of them in order to eventually be able to draw from imagination.

You're at a good starting point. Aim to do a set number of master drawings, say, 20 in a week or 2. Keep setting goals, and doing more drawings.

See this useful thread with links to Master Copy Resources:

Master Copy Resources
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=354836

Looking forward to seeing your progress!

Cheers,

~Rebeccak
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Old 06 June 2006   #9
I agree with Rebecca. Don't get discouraged, just keep drawing.... breaks into song: just keep drawing, just keep drawing, what do we do, we draw, draw draw...
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Old 06 June 2006   #10
Thanks guys

Yea i guess it was being over ambitious to expect top results this soon. Thanks for putting it into perspective for me though Rebeccak, and i will buy your record when you release it mybutterflyiris

I will work on the master copies, and keep posting for criticisms and advice. See you very soon...

Nick
 
Old 06 June 2006   #11
Hi hi!

I'm new to here too! Great to see you starting!!!

Quote: Lol, I don't know why people think that they should be able to draw figures from the imagination right off the bat. Count how many drawings from life + master drawings you have done in your life. It is probably less than 100, maybe even 50. To really build up a good, solid vocabulary of figurative 'terms' and memory, you really have to do hundreds of drawings. This can be anything from sketches to full fledged drawings, but the point is that you must do a lot of them in order to eventually be able to draw from imagination.


I used to hate references and copies too! But these few months I have slowly accepted them and I do see some progress (I guess so =x)
Let's improve together!!!
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Old 06 June 2006   #12
Hey BBN
Good to see another new artist. Is your work of similar level to mine? If you want, i think it could help us both to see each others comments and suggestions, so you can post some of your work in my thread. I'm not sure if you are supposed to, but it may help us both to see each others work, and see each others comments and criticisms. Up to you, i guess you may want your own thread.
Anyway, i have been working on some photo reference, and i have ordered a book to copy some masters work, so that should get here soon.

Nick
 
Old 06 June 2006   #13
Hey guys,

You are free to do whatever you want (within reason, of course) with your threads, so any collaborations are more than fine by me! However, generally I think people prefer to keep their own work in their own threads, but who am I to say what people like to do?

To keep up with one another's threads, I recommend just subscribing to each other's threads and that way you'll know when one or the other has posted an update.

Cheers,

~Rebeccak
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Old 06 June 2006   #14
Yea thats probably a better idea.
Plus iv'e just checked and BNN has her own thread anyway. I'll just subscribe to that one. Ill have some work on here to show you by tonight too!

Nick
 
Old 06 June 2006   #15
Here are a few sketches from today.
The first 2 were pretty quick - 10 mins for the first, and about 15 - 20 mins for the second. The last one is much more finished off, with more attention to detail and muscle structure. I apologise for the low quality of my images, its not ideal taking pics of my sketches instead of scanning them, but its the best I can do for now.

Any advice would be great. By the way Rebeccak, I ended up ordering Vilppu's head costruction, and upper torso anatomy dvds. Also I ordered Michelangelos master draughtsman book, along with Raphaels master draughtsman book, for some good master copies - they should arrive soon. I just recieved my anatomy book my Peck, and am reading through that now. Im contemplating getting Hogarths dynamic gestures book, but i have plenty to work with for now, so that can wait.



I wasn't focusing on any hand anatomy in any of these by the way. Just taking it one step at a time.




This last one took around 2 hours. I was pretty happy with how it came out in the end, but i'm sure it could still use more work.




Thanks for all the encouragement and help I have recieved so far. I hope you will start to see improvements in my work a lot over the summer


Nick
 
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