Sketchbook Thread of Ravena


[left] Hi,

     first excuse my bad English.
  Which I would like is to practice absolutely intensively, is figure drawing.  My pencil sketches looks not possibly (looks like a scratch). For this reason I am grateful for tutorials - for example of [DoctorBone](, because one can learn really very much of them. Of [nebezial's]( tutorials I am also totally inspired and some by them learned, but by all things I already miss painfully nebezial tutorial over its doodles.  I would gladly see, how he begins the figures to draw or how he began many years ago thereby particularly since he draws without references. :) That is also my goal, because I think it's very very important that one can draw good sketches (preliminary work).   
   Otherwise I write []( and stories (unfortunately only into German). With some SF and Fantasy novels I'm wrote as a co authoress, I can look back on a few small publications.  Besides I write on my own novels, thus as my time permit.  But for the moment I would like to draw.

      My work on Rebecca's OFD brought me much, I has thereby many learned and also when I'm going through in the Sketchathon forum.  As already described above, I was occupied in the last days with tutorials.
    [left]Here are the results, more badly than quite, but nevertheless I'm in exercise.
  After tutorials from [](


 from the book „Das große Zeichenbuch“ / „The large drawing book“ (Bagnall, Hill)




DoctorBone tutorial:

[center] figure at the bottom left hand corner DoctorBone tut, the face is without reference,
the remainder are after photoref.:

after tutorials from [](, online drawing tips:
 without reference:

from the book „Anatomie für Künstler“ / „Anatomy for artists“ (Tom Flint & Peter Stanyer),
Samson und die Philister, pencil:
coloring after nebezial's tut:


[center]a few speed paintings from sketchaton thread, after photoref:

master copy Leonardo da Vincis “Testa di Giovninetta”:



The instructive copies from the OFD’s:

OFD 11:

[center]OFD 12, still in work:




Fantastic to see your Anatomy Thread! :thumbsup: Looking forward to following your progress here ~ your OFDW pieces are great, and you already know that I’m a fan of the monkey series! :slight_smile:

Cheers, :slight_smile:



great stuff goin on here, great color studies on the nudes, i really appreciate working on the no refference sketches, great work, no worries ill post some doodles…i actually made a test video just to try out this program camtasia…still havent figured out how to drop the sound on it …but anyways ill host it for download today so if anyone can host it it would be grat


GOOD MORNING …Ravena…:applause: :wavey:

I just woke up and happened upon your new thread…LOVE IT…:slight_smile: :thumbsup:

While NEB is working on his doodle idea for a thread,you might want to check out
page # 5 …frame # 68 on my personal thread…your way of thinking, mine too…POETRY…:slight_smile:

Also, on my web site…Drawing section…all those doodles are done from imagination, using
a ball point pen, so that originl thought cannot be erased, or modified.

A great master of creating figures from the imagination…you might want to buy some
of his books…I have them all…most valuble books in my library…all the PRINCIPLES of
creating figures from the IMAGINATION contained within them.
You can buy them cheap thru…ALIBRIS . COM or AMAZON .COM …just look up
author…BURNE HOGARTH…:slight_smile:

LOVE those monkies of yours…:bounce:


[left]Hi Rebecca, nebezial, Spirit Dreamer,

thanks for looking in my thread and for your praising comments. That gives great motivation. :slight_smile:

I’m happy because you like my monkies and OFDs. :slight_smile:

I’m already completely strained on your doodles and on the video. Hopefully folds with the space for the download. I don’t have notion of download files, but this offerer should be very good , perhaps helps you.

your a brother in (poetry)spirit. :slight_smile: I’ve checked your site and Page #5 and I’m impressed about your generally work. Thanks for the tip, I will look out for Burne Hogarth’s books. How does he actually proceed with the constructions of drawing figures? Also after forms or curves?




Hi …Ravena…:wavey:

DYNAMIC FIGURE DRAWING …by …BURNE HOGARTH…This is the book that will help you
out the most I think, at the point where your at now with your figure drawing.
In that book, he shows by example of his own bigger than life drawings done from
his own imagination…just exactly how to step by step get a realistic looking
figure,… male and female…using the same principles as the old masters used
Michelanglo ect. when they created figures from their imaginations. He starts out with simple
poses, and then gets into how to make them come right out of the picture plane,
deep forshortening…proper ways of interlacing and overlapping forms in forshortened
poses proper curves ect…he uses arrows around and in his figures, so you can see with your own
eyes what he is discribing, along with simple explanations, with examples of each principle,
created with his own figure drawing .
I had him as a teacher years ago…GREAT GREAT TEACHER…EASY TO UNDERSTAND…
That one book, will allow you to set your imagination FREEE…TRUST ME…:slight_smile:


[left]Hi Glenn, :wavey:

okay, you persuaded me. :slight_smile: I ordered by an online book shop:
“Anatomisches Zeichnen leicht gemacht” (Anatomy …)
“Figurenzeichnen leicht gemacht” ([color=White]Dynamic Figure Drawing[/color])
“Porträtzeichnen leicht gemacht” ([color=#fffffe]Drawing the Human Head)[/color]
And now I already look forward to the supply.
Thanks Glenn,

ciao Ravena




I have continue practice with nebezial’s blender tool and his tutorials, here are my result.
And I’ve taken a few of the great skincolors from nebezial.
(thread: page 13, #184)

     [left][u] For this I used no reference![/u] (Only for the ear I've take a little look on a photo.) 
  Therefore I am very proud of the result. 



Lovely work! :wip: Very nice, especially coming solely from the imagination! :slight_smile:

A few crits ~ I think the ear might need a bit more work, and the eyes more depth. The tip of the nose is turned just a bit oddly. You could tweak this a great deal and turn it into quite a finished piece! Nice work so far! :slight_smile:

Cheers, :slight_smile:



Hi Rebecca,

you are right, the lack I will still eliminate, hopefully that succeeds to me.
Thanks for the valuable criticism, Rebecca. :slight_smile:



Hi Ravena,

great you did your own thread here, I fell in love with your sketch of that Touareg boy!

Will be checking out regularly, but now I will finally take a look at your website…:smiley:


[left]Rebecca, I hope this version is better?
Or do you notice still somewhat or have you an advice where I can which and how
to be this improved? For the moment I have a tunnel view.



[left]Hi Mr. Mu,

nice to see you here. :slight_smile: I hope you feel better …
Thanks for praise, I’m happy you love my Touareg boy. Do you have an advice concerning the last pucture, the face? I am always grateful for relentless, constructional criticism.


(Have fun with my website g)



Fantastic to see an update! :thumbsup:

I think the ear is looking much better. It’s quite realistically painted! :slight_smile:

What I notice is that the nose is all the same width ~ it should be a bit narrower along it’s shaft, so that it flares out a bit at the top and bottom. Since the eyes will always be the central focus of any face, you might want to give them a bit more attention ~ currently, each facial feature seems equally important ~ you want the attention to be in the eyes, so you may want to render them a bit more.

Hope this helps! I think you’re doing a beautiful job! :slight_smile:

Cheers, :slight_smile:



[left]lol Rebecca, first time I must let everything translate by google and yes, I want to do my best around your advice to obey. :slight_smile: Thanks for this.
Update is cooming soon.




Hi Ravena,

ich mach mal in Deutsch: Wenn Du die Anatomie und die Form des Gesichts so weit fertiggestellt hast, dass Du zufrieden bist, fände ich es wichtig, einen höheren Hell/dunkel Kontrast zwischen der beleuchteten Seite des Gesichts und der Schattenseite herzustellen. Nebezial hat dazu in seinem Digital Masters Tutorial thread einiges geschrieben - Thema Global Illumination…

Im Grunde müsste sich der Helligkeitsunterschied des Hintergunds (tolles Muster übrigens, hast du das selbst gemacht und vervielfältigt?) von links nach rechts in ähnlicher Weise im Gesicht wiederfinden. Würde es auch ein wenig geheimnisvoller machen!

Schön, dass Du deinen eigenen thread hast. Tolle website übrigens!


[left]Rebecca, :slight_smile:
I have tried to convert, what you guessed me. Whether I succeeded well enough, I do not know, but I think it’s better than before. What do you mean?


[left][b]Mr. Mu[/b],
[i]nochmals dankeschön. :) Ich weiß was du meinst, ob mir das gut genug gelungen ist, weiß ich nicht. Ich werde aber weiterhin nebezials tutorial anwenden und üben, üben, üben.
[/i]In English: again thanks. :)  I know what you mean, whether that succeeded to me well enough, I don't no.  I will use however further nebezial's tutorials and practice, practice, practice.

[i]Den farbigen Hintergrund habe ich mit einem brush gemacht:[/i]
In English: I made the background (after coloring it) with a brush. The brush sits in "natural brushes" and calls "Scattered Daisies". 
Shape Dynamics, Scattering - 269% count 1, Texture, Airbrush, Smoothing
and after that, I use the "neb's blending tool" over the colors.
(Warum schreibe ich jetzt alles in Englisch und Deutsch? *lach*)

Still more lights and shade? Okay, here is the darker version: