Most of these are copied from artist and photographs.
Hey man - wow, that's dedication
I've seen your studies, they're great, but you still need to apply most of them to the work you're doing. What I'd suggest is to go slower, and really look at things and measure carefully.
The first hand in your last update for example, is good, but the second one's proportions are off.
Looks like you've had a peek at Nicolaides' book. Glad to see you posting. Biggest crit - watch your forms. Internal detail's great, but great detail on form that's not quite there is a bit funky. It's kind of like having a beautifully rendered face on top of a skeletal structure that doesn't make sense. Example - the gun in post 216. The form looks off even tho the detail looks accurate.
Also think your sketches would benefit greatly by slowing down some. It looks like everything's pushed out really, really fast. While speed has its perks, seeing without thinking about what you're seeing can also create some really, really bad habits (and they're damned hard to break...). As an example: In terms of drawing figures, since I see that you're doing studies, you do slow, thoughtful studies so you know the forms, the way things work. You've got the knowledge of what goes where. It means when you do a speed drawing from life or from imagination, the knowledge that's in your head fills in the gaps between what you're seeing and what you're drawing.
So that is my advice to you. Keep up the work. And take some time, slow down.
If that gets boring, I've found a really fun practice exercise is taking classical compositions and replicating them but with stick figures. The key to this is to really focus on composition and how figures/objects/lines relate. I'll try to post a tutorial on this in the next couple of weeks. I'd recommend most of the Italian Renaissance painters. I'm partial to Titian But most of them will do. Brilliant comps.
Good luck! and keep drawing!
About your stapler sketch : when you're creating shadow (both form and cast shadow) : try to avoid discernible direction of line within the shadow. You can easily break the illusion of translucency that way. Hatch vertically, next horizontally and (if need be) also diagonally to achieve the desired effect. Also, maintain a light touch. If you want to create darker shadow tones, it's better to go over the same spot multiple times than to push down too hard with your pencil.
Keep it up, practice makes perfect !
Last edited by wim; January 31st, 2010 at 06:24 AM.
I like the latest woman study, a lot, it's a bit more cartoony than what you seem to aim for generally and I think it really works. Check out the wobbly lines though (some in her arms) and, always in her arms and left shoulder, anatomy.
Keep it up!
Hey dude, it's been a while since I popped my head in here. You are improving quite a bit!
Just my 2 cents, but I found that my drawing improved a ton when I stopped writing down all of the things that I thought were wrong with each drawing I did. Doing that is good in the sense that it means you are thinking critically of your drawings and how to improve them, but I found that those little "wrong!" tags I added really prevented me from seeing the strengths of each drawing I did. Ultimately, it boiled down to the fact that I was going to notice those faults anyway when I looked at the drawing in the future, so really there was no point in writing them down except to make myself feel bad about something that was already finished.
Not sure if this helps, but it's good to see you're still at it and keep it up! You are getting better!
I think your all misunderstanding, those are footnotes, I don't really care if improvement is slow or fast. I just want to understand the places I messed up.
Besides, I got work, and college at night, so I'm might not be able to post more often.
I understand what you mean, I'm just telling you that I used to do the same thing and that writing that down did not actually help me; in fact, it made it harder for me to draw. If you are going to write that down, you should also write down areas where you think you did things correctly or areas you like in your drawings.
Keep it up, post when you can!
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