Hi! I know people with problems with that too. You might find this useful: Book: Conquering carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries: a self-care program (1996) by Sharon Butler (You might find page 36 interesting) and Brandon Dayton YouTube Channel: Managing Hand Pain for Artists.
Tried a snail again after watching the critique. Still finding myself rushing a lot. Will keep trying, and focus on slowing down. Any tips on how to have a slower work flow to take more care with lines are super welcome. I went in wanting to spend 20 minutes on it and raced through in 5!
Hey Geert-Jan me too except I am a lot older , been drawing informally since I was a kid. Several years ago took several basic drawings classes locally , started drawing a lot. Then I ran into Proko YouTube’s and decided I needed to take a class. I was a computer professional and retired and decided to do more art. So like yourself I am doing a reboot. I found huge gaps in the art classes I took and the ones I am taking with Proko.
This is a great question. I think what you want to learn Is how to draw primitives from any angle. Most perspective books and courses focus on the technical part of drawing 1,2 and 3 point which is great for drawing buildings, and cars, but useless for figure drawing. Here’s a video that might help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOIu5EKYsNA&list=PLJzu3mFdwCxDP3_ekqj8qK8kcQqKfvzTx&index=60 I would Also recommend just drawing several sheets of cubes turning in space and getting feedback. I’ll be happy to take a look at them. Good luck!
Hey Finlo, that's a common complaint that a lot of people have about drawing advice. I think you're correct to be frustrated and I don't think that advice is actually help when worded that way. The thing that teachers don't clarify when telling you this is both are actually the same advice. What I mean by this is they're essentially trying to achieve the same thing. When a teacher tells you this, they've both failed a ton, and have done it intentionally. When "doing it right", you're doing it intentionally and focusing on every step of the process to make sure you make any bad mistakes. Where people get caught up is the focus on over analyzing everything and as a result make no progress. Obviously that's bad because you're stuck potentially making the same mistakes or hyper focusing on parts of the process that might require a looser form of drawing. When people say "do it a lot", they mean to draw with intentionality but not getting caught up on the parts of drawing that are holding you back. That can be negative because you might move past things that you should pay more attention to. The goal of both is to get you to a place where you're not paralyzed or afraid of drawing and the problem is falling too much into one or the other. The real way to get over this stuff is to stop over analyzing both ways of studying and start trusting yourself more. You're a good artist, and you're on the right track. The question you should ask yourself is do you personally believe that about yourself? Do whatever actually makes you want to draw more. Don't "try" to draw more intuitively, just draw more intuitively. And when you're thinking about whether or not you should draw more, the answer is always yes. Good luck
Hi. This is a hard question because it will depend on how you like to study. I have an analytical mind. For instance, I do programming. So, I liked to understand how perspective works. If you want to follow that path, I recommend David Chelsea's books and Scott Robertson's learning materials.
I had another go at a figure drawing and also tried out some shading. Unfortunately I messed up the figure's size and placement on the paper and therefore decided to stop above the knees. Also the torso is squashed a bit. Apart from these things I'm quite satisfied with the outcome, especially since this is my first real attempt at this. As always feedback and critique is appreciated.
2022/10/11. Good morning everybody. Here’s my today’s 30 mins warming up exercise. According to Stan latest videos about gesture I tried to make gesture, structure and anatomy merge each other into a single sketch. Thanks for any comment or advice.
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I took Demetrio Cran's advice and added "rubber bands" to the process of 2 minute poses. Wow, so much harder! Struggling a bit with the perspective of the ellipses. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated :) Thanks!
Thank you Michael for this lecture. I am already familiar with your teaching because you are very generous in releasing content on your YouTube channel. Thanks for that also! I like the part where you put your teaching in context, explaining that, although some teachers use trademarks, they do not own these ideas. This is a very important message that should be heard.
Phew! It took me a long time to get the hang of especially establishing and maintaining the gesture throughout the drawing, but I think I improved a lot. I did drew with all the demo reference photos, a few from online and a few from imagination. Any feedback is welcome, thanks in advance!
2022/10/2. Good evening everybody. As always I apologize for posting my illustration here but I don't have many choices since there's no specific category for illustrations like this. This is my latest one. I'd like to know if you think I should decrease the color saturation. It looks a little cartoony but it could be because my pc screen. Should I also lose some edges more (like I did for the back of the ship or the tail and wings of the dragon)? Thanks for your help and good night.
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I've moved on to two minutes, which I find a looot harder than 30 seconds. I can't seem to decide what to focus on – if I focus on getting more detailed I feel that I lose spontaneity and get stiff quickly. If I focus on looser "motion" I end up with a lot of time left and something that looks a bit worse than the 30 sec ones. Anyone got any tips? If any of you see any bad habits going on, please point it out so I can correct it moving on :) Thanks!
I've started doing some 30 seconds poses. I feel like I still fixate too much on the contourn so I'll practice on that. 'm using lineofaction for the references but if anyone knows other site I would love to hear about it. Any critique is really appreciated ❤️
Hello! nice study. Here is my feedback, hope it helps: - Proportions: Since Stan teaches us to start with the torso, I would say that the legs are short and the head small, but only a little. The drawing looks pretty natural, but I can see the difference in comparison to the reference. - Shading: The shadow edges, known as the terminators and the cast shadow limits, according to theory, should be depicted with a soft edge for the former, and a firm edge for the latter. If you study the work of Lane Brown, he does that notoriously. Did you try to treat the shadow side more graphically? I mean, there is something often called "Value compression" that is about making choices to what side we prioritize. Generally, for this kind of drawing, the light side is prioritized. - Light condition: it is a nice reference, side light is a good lighting setup, I believe. By the way, very good gesture!