Some apples and oranges following along with the assignments. Some 10 minute apples, and some 30 minute still lifes. I'm not sure if my colour choices are working, but I'm enjoying experimenting and trying new things. I'm not yet confident enough to do the 3 and 5 minute paintings, but I can see value in doing this. I'm going to commit to this exercise regularly. As Ahmed said repetition is key to learning, so I think it's worth doing hundreds of these. Any feedback would be most welcome! Like I said I'm not sure about my colour choices, they may be a bit too warm overall. I have noticed that using a larger brush and trying to think about brush economy has led to less refined edges, which used to really bother me, but I've been leaving the edges along unless I need to smudge them in the edges, and it actually seems to work.
I'm definitely late with these... some fish studies and a final image from imagination. I drew the last fish without reference, just using what I learned from my studies - thinking about the overall shape and form. It helps that I picked a very simple form to work with. Then I added the basket and people to put it into a different context. This was fun, and it's definitely encouraged me to draw from imagination more. I feel like I'm struggling with tapered strokes a bit. I tend to draw very loosely anyway but I often feel like my first line is where I want it, so I don't draw too many exploratory lines. If I do adjust I usually just adjust once, in context of the drawing as a whole. Would love to hear what people think of my line quality, I'm not sure I'm actually doing the exercise.
I got round to doing these late, but I've not watched the demo video yet. Promise :) Drawing that hand was hard! I found I had to draw several iterations to really find it, or at least come close to finding it. I think it's actually worth doing these exercises several times to really benefit from them, and build that muscle memory and hand eye coordination. I also spent a lot of time looking for connecting lines and big shapes, which is something I've learnt from life drawing recently. Finally I added a variation of the penguin, just because I was having fun. I also drew a few of my own hand, as I still wasn't satisfied with my hand drawing and to be honest drawing from life is easier than drawing from reference.
My take on this assignment. I'll do the last one sometime today. I tried to keep things simple, and focus on the biggest shapes and connecting rhythms, and showing form. Doing the mushroom warm up before attempting this really helped me loosen up and focus on getting nice flowing lines. Finding the connecting rhythms helped me find proportions too, although the boots are at uneven sizes. I did those first, messed up a bit, and then took the learning to the next drawing. These were fun to do :) I'll try to incorporate this into my daily practice.
Two versions for level 2. Left hand side is my first attempt, right hand side is my second attempt. My first attempt is terrible, but I learned from my mistakes. I still don't think the structure is quite right on my second attempt... it's been a while since I drew heads. I guess I'm going to learn a lot from this course :) I thought I'd post both versions as I wanted to show it's worth repeating this stuff, keep practicing, keep being critical of your own work, and keep learning!
Some pears in graphite from the example photos, and some oranges in graphite and procreate which I set up for a still life. Drawing from life is always better than drawing from photos, I find it really challenges my observation skills more and really makes me consider form. I find shading in graphite really difficult, and I much prefer doing this kind of thing with paint. That said I really want to challenge myself with this course and use materials I don't enjoy so much. Feedback is very welcome :) Overall I enjoyed this. I'll attempt a few portraits tomorrow, and may do some more still life.
I wanted to share this photo of a vase that I found on Pinterest. It's amazing how perfectly you can see the value changes on the different planes of the vase. I guess if the vase was round and we would simplify it perfectly, that is what it would look like.
Hey everybody, I finally came around to do the assignment. It‘s basically the first thing I ever drew except for doodles and I‘m actually pleasantly surprised that it can clearly be identified as a pear :D I‘m struggling a lot to make the same values smooth and consistent. Also you can clearly see each stroke I‘m doing so it looks messy and kinda dirty. Am I using a wrong technique which causes my strokes be so visible or does is simply come down to practice? I used a 2B and a 6B pencil. I will draw some more pears and try to improve them, probably I‘ll try to mimic Stans sketch so see if this will change anything aswell.