I'm struggling a lot with rhythms for stretched limbs where it's a series of subtle bumps but no very discernible bend. A flowing curved line completely obliterates any semblance of the object itself while addingany detail ruins the flow. How would you guys deal with this arm and this leg here? One curve? Two? Straight lines?
Practicing what I've read of Mike Mattesi's FORCE's book for the first time (with the lil bit of rudimentary body knowledge from Proko's Figure Drawing Fundamentals) :D :D I wish there were enough hours in the day to practice everything!!
I have no idea if you read these @Mike Mattesi but you speak to my soul!!! The moment I saw your work, it was like...coming home somehow. I've always wanted to draw flesh with force, I just didn't know how to express it, or how to find resources that fully encapsulated what I had in my mind, that mix of graceful gestural fluidity combined with the solidity of flesh, of meat. Thank you for your invaluable work, I got your book from our library and if I do ok with it I will for sure purchase your courses. <3
Realized I'm soon going to reach my 3 month anniversary since beginning drawing! I wanted to compare progress as I started from a very embarrassing absolute 0. Currently putting myself through a perspective bootcamp, doing my homework through a migraine was....an experience. x_x But we forge on....
Thank you for the critique! It is so unbelievably encouraging and means a lot that my linework/tapering efforts are paying off!! :D :D I have neuropathy with dual splints, so good linework is both a struggle and an aspiration. I was really surprised to see you mention Vilppu because I felt an instant kinship with him in the way he approaches gesture. I've not studied him in-depth, but I've watched one of his videos (with plans to look at more); since we approach problems kind of similarly I've tried my best to take his advice on to eradicate my gesture sausageitis. 😅
I struggle with noses so I went and practiced some, the help of Aaron Blaise's wonderful Anatomy course, and littleulvar's tutorial. My first proper nose practice! I'm fascinated with the major alar cartillage and the way it connects to the rest of the nose.
I am facing a challenge: my sketches after the demo are more static than before the demo. The reason I believe is that I used CSI and a "quick sketches" mindset before the demo and used short "scratchy" lines after the demo to try to replicate the interesting shapes Stan creates. Unfortunately - mine don't render as good as his. I feel like I can either draw movement with very basic shapes or static drawings with interesting shapes. Any tips on how to avoid making the confident CSI lines look static when adding the detailed shapes? Thanks!
The beans felt really hard at first but they got a lot easier by the end. I found forshortening the most enjoyable, whether it's because I was more comfortable with beans by then or something else, I'm not sure. I thought it would be the worst part for sure! Twists are the most challenging for me.
Finished analysing and learning from the ones shown! Here is my 2 day progress; the first are so bad looking back. 😅 Now it's time to do on my own; I bought Sekaa's album specially for this. The most annoying part is spotting perspective errors and not knowing how to fix them yet...but practicing more poses tends to answers past questions along the way.
I'm level 1 but doing and submitting my seals below made me want to try my own character from imagination as they have such cool shapes. I tend to not know what I'm drawing until the lines are already down, and am trying to correct that habit by adding to my visual library and practicing. His name is Ambrose!
Ahh, my first time doing this. Nervous :X, but here goes! Because I am a beginner and don't have much of a visual library I find it really hard to do gesture as action lines on a blank canvas. I skew the gesture lines (making a line overly long or bending incorrectly) and I can't seem to connect a form on top of it to bend at the right places and so on. I end up using forms as a crutch to move myself through the gesture and establish the action lines at the end. I worry about having too many searching lines as my brain is searching a lot right now via forms. Hopefully it is not the wrong way to do it.
I've never had a critique as I've been too shy to post anything but I would be so grateful for one for my gestures. Am I getting worse or better, am I making cardinal mistakes? I'm a complete beginner. Posting them in chronological order (oldest first) here: