The last exercises were properly hard. I still have a hard time seeing when the thoracic segment should follow the curvature of the ribcage and when not. Right now it feels that there is not enough explanation on how one's supposed to make that decision and it's a bit random.
Purple spine columns are my own before watching the example videos. Green spine columns are according to the video. How should the pelvis really be tilted in image 3? I did not understand it for quite some time until I realized if you first do a robo bean and then pay attention to the limitations of the lumbar region, it will turn out almost correct. This is a great exercise on many levels and worth returning to. Like the first exercise but a lot harder.
I see a lot of mistakes, especially after watching the critique video. I have redone these several times already, and tried to incorporate general advice from Marshall and Stan without redrawing. Initially, I considered using the polished versions but why not show how much I explore? I can't be the only one! At the end of this course, I will revisit this exercise and improve it.
Day 15: I took @decentworking’s advice and watched over some Glenn Vilppu demo’s while at work today. It was incredible seeing such a master glide across the paper the way he does. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested in gesture. Something really clicked with me after hearing his process and I had a lot of fun just trying to replicate it. I didn’t look at any references, I just really wanted to loosen up and just have a good time today and I loved the result. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
Since I'm following the Reddit DIY Art School plan, I made a little detour to finish a composition course. Knowledge of the effect of gesture drawing from the Figure Drawing course really came in handy! Unit 1 took a lot more months longer than what is recommended, but my work/life balance has been abysmal and I decided early on to stick to this no matter the tempo. Looking forward to finally dive into Term 2!
Very happy to arrive at the end of the course. Already decided to return to it regularly. I have learned a lot, and discovered that I too have patience for a longer drawing. Before this course, it was quite hard for me. Now that I know what tasks I have and how I can do the systematically, it's very enjoyable. Not 100% happy with my finished drawing — I feel that my halftone areas are suffering a bit and that I have anatomy knowledge gaps. Got the wrong paper (way too rough) and pens (Conté charcoals instead of the Pierre Noire line), and there are a lot of grease (?) marks from my fingers. Still, it's the first long sitting with a figure drawing in my life. Happy to get some input. Can only get better from now on!
2 hour of 2 minutes poses. by the 1:30 hour mark, I can feel my hand has a mind of it's own. Like he/she already know what mark to leave, without me having to think about it. I just hope I don't enforcing any bad habit. I hope i can get some feedbacks on thing to watch out for.
week 37: I've finished the 250 cylinder challenge of drawabox! Also started lesson 5: drawing animals. Included my first attempts. For fun, i've colorized one of my drawings from the inking unit and drew a sea turtle in traditional media (markers, fineliners, white colored pencil). What do you guys think?
Week 38: i've combined the drawabox approach of drawing animals with Stan's Structure Basics – Making Things Look 3D lesson. (the last one suggested by @Liandro ) Drawing animals with 3d shapes, but i've used a fineliner and ink to draw them. For the fun side, i did an Aaron Blaise study of this coyote.
I'm in a similar situation, looking forward to seeing your progress! I'm doing the Drawing Basics course now, and seen significant improvements in my ability; I'm also doing DrawABox on the side as well. Good luck in your drawing journey! :)
I think it's time to move on to details. My favorite stage so far, powdering and smudging out the charcoal dust really made everything come alive. I don't know a lot of detailed anatomy and would like to stop here since I'm scared that I will draw stuff that does not exist during the detail section. Looking forward so much to the anatomy course!
Getting started on the final assignment was hard. I decided to test myself by doing another pose than the Yoni. This is Sekaa #38 after three hours of measuring, erasing, and ending up not using the whole paper somehow. I'm following along in the videos, applying the tips and techniques in the videos as I go along.