Sketchbook Thread of Gord MacDonald


#1

I am starting up this thread as a focused initiative, to get my figure drawing skills up to par. No excuses now - I have committed.
The goal is to develop the skills required to draw any figure in any postion, from any vantage point, with any amount of detail, convincingly portrayed.

Gord


#2

Latest work no image yet posted

Gord


#3

Gord,

Hey, looking forward to this! :slight_smile: Any chance you’ll let me change the title of your thread to “Anatomy Thread of Gord MacDonald”? Pretty pleeze? :slight_smile:

Cheers, :slight_smile:

~Rebeccak


#4

sure - go for it

Gord


#5

Thanks! Done! :slight_smile:

Cheers,

~Rk


#6

back to basics

Loomis ideal proportion male (front)

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#7

Nice. Gord!

You know, a medium I would really recommend for these types of studies is ballpoint pen. Works like a charm, and you can get a lot of detail / fine gradation / subtle shading. Charcoal/pencil tends to be a bit less accurate. Just a suggestion!

Cheers, :slight_smile:

~Rebeccak


#8

Thanks Rebecca, I am not sure I am on speaking terms with ballpoint pens these days, but you never know. This initial stuff looks like its going to be a bit messy, working with ‘ideal’ proportions feels a little AR at the moment, although I know there will be long term benifits. (I can’t wait to get to the fun stuff! :wink: )

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#9

first shot at loomis ideal female form:

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#10

Gord,

LOL, I hope that you and ballpoint pens can reconcile :scream: ~ really, they’re a great medium! But of course, that’s totally between you and the pens. :slight_smile:

Good to see these studies. I would recommend perhaps trying to get more detail into these ~ making more finished drawings. Perhaps even drawing larger than the original, or using a grid. It might really help you to better see problems in proportion. Also, I would recommend doing detailed drawings of various anatomical structures ~ in the same manner and style as your beautiful portrait drawings. I think that would help a lot. :thumbsup:

Cheers, :slight_smile:

~Rebeccak


#11

Rebecca - I totally agree with your suggestions of engaging in more detailed studies - (thats where I am headed), but first I am going to try and ‘embed’ the benchmark proportions etc. in my mind - the current drawings are kind of like writing down notes while studying for a test - it helps anchor the subject matter in the memory.

anyways - here is another quickie
(somewhat less than ideal - hehe)

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ps: me and my ballpoints are talking about getting some councilling :smiley:


#12

Gord,

LOL! Counseling sounds perfect! :scream: :thumbsup: I have some unresolved issues with a sharpie myself…:scream:

Hmm, I think the proportions on the male in particular are a bit funny ~ but I do understand what you mean about just generally practicing proportions. :slight_smile: I like going back and forth between detailed and quick myself. Keeps you sane! :slight_smile:

Cheers,

~Rebeccak


#13

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#14

a quick weight study - no ref

Gord


#15

faces - sad expressions

Gord


#16

more faces…


#17

HEY…Gord …:thumbsup: :slight_smile:

GREAT to see you back posting your work on here again…:thumbsup:
WOW…some really nice emotions captured…strong pieces…:applause:
Think the first one posted on the previous page,frame #15 under sad expressions, is my favorite so far.
Simple and subtle, but very powerful, in the emotion and feeling it projects. I also really like the man right below that one, for basically the same reasons,…they are all nice for sure, but those two have a way of going far beyond what is seen, for me anyway…:slight_smile:
Beautiful JOB…Gord…:thumbsup:
HOPE to see lots more…SOON :bounce: :slight_smile:
TAKE CARE
Glenn


#18

Wow way to go Gord! You’re really improving every time I see your art. Keep it uP!!


#19

Glen and Bobby - Thanks for the feedback!

Gord


#20

pencil/PS

from photoref

Gord