Melanie Scearce
Melanie Scearce
Virginia
@danaedg
This was the most difficult project for me so far. I tried drawing the Christine car, I think it turned out OK in the end! The back wheel is partially covered so it kind of looks off. I tried drawing the headlights in perspective, too.
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Melanie Scearce
This is awesome! The back wheel looks the right size in perspective for this style of car, but it doesn't quite look like its nested up underneath the body of the car. It seems like the outline of the tire stops before it goes up into the wheel well. Overall, a great drawing.
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@ovidium
I did some studies from Josh Hunter Black and Oleg Yurkov. I learned a lot! They have very energetic lines. On paper I still have some trouble when it comes time to put down darker lines - I find I generally ruin the drawing at that stage. That's why I kept them mostly light here. Very interested if anyone has any tips/critique. Thank you!
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Melanie Scearce
Very beautiful studies. I love how loose you got especially in the hand drawings 👍
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Eddie Maldonado
This lesson showed me how hard I squeeze my pencil. When I was in school, I would squeeze the barrel of the pencil so hard against my middle finger. I developed a callous on my middle finger but never put this together. I felt more comfortable with the lighter grip as I continued to warm up. The lesson also taught me to slow down and ghost in the line instead of fully committing to a stroke. I’m guilty of drawing faster than I’m thinking, but it’s a good lesson for me.
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Melanie Scearce
I have a callous on my middle finger from those days too haha. Good stuff, it seems like you got a lot out of this exercise!
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toast
I found this especially brutal - especially that first fox, as you can see. 😅 I don't think I'm quite seeing the simple shapes yet, so I'll try and give it another go with different references
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Melanie Scearce
You have a good start with the rooster, raccoon, and cow. With the foxes, try creating separate shapes with the snout, ears and the rest of the head -- think about how they would fit together. Looking forward to seeing more drawings :)
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@liberthorn
Feeling a lot better about putting down lines, tried to keep the drawings super simple and not get too focused on the details.
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Melanie Scearce
Nice! These are looking good. Try to keep your strokes light until you find one that you like, and then darken. That way you can avoid the thick hairy lines like on the chest of the penguin. Keep it light and loose!
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@piero
I wanted to make a "semi-realistic" gingerbread man for the first one, but managed to exaggerate the pose, I liked the result, reminds me a little bit of Jojo's stands, the second I saw as something more scribbled, it was just me exploring a little, the third was inspired by Proko's giant, but the pose of both the second and the third one were taken from the imagination, however the belly does not convince me, I suppose the middle line is very curved
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Melanie Scearce
I love the gesture on your giant guy. Great work!
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Melanie Scearce
Hi @Morphex. Sorry to hear that you are experiencing frustration with the process -- if it helps, everyone has been there, many many times throughout their life as an artist. I've been drawing off and on for my entire life, 27+ years and there are moments, too many to count, where I hit a point where I realize I don't know what I'm doing. I don't understand what I'm looking at, or I can't seem to get what I have in my head out on paper, and trying to figure it out feels daunting. I try to look at those artistic challenges as opportunities to expand my knowledge of the subject and by extension, of the world I'm living in. It becomes a positive thing rather than a negative thing in my head and that simple shift makes a world of difference in how I approach the drawing. Sort of like a choose your own adventure. The way you look at things could lead you down a path of frustration and burnout, or a path of opportunity and abundance. I think that making art is one of the most beautiful things that you can do as a human. I highly respect your desire to improve your skills so you can make the art that you want. Your images are hard to see, so I recommend when you post next, crop the image to fit the page, make sure it's in the correct orientation, and if you need to, adjust the brightness and contrast to make the image clearer. From the ones that I can see, you understand how to draw a face in proportion. I think where you lose confidence is when you rotate the head and need to draw it in perspective. I recommend revisiting this exercise: Portraits in Perspective (https://www.proko.com/course-lesson/project-portraits-in-perspective/assignments). I know it's hard but try not to compare. The human figure is a very difficult subjects to draw, but I think an incredibly rewarding area of study. I hope this helps. You're doing great. The Proko community is one of the most supportive and encouraging groups I've been a part of, so I encourage you to keep reaching out, and above all, keep drawing. The world needs it! <3
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@mcminnjesse
Ginger folks! A frog, a rhino... thing, and an elder. This was really fun. I don't usually draw from imagination - I still don't have the confidence - so it was fun to dip my toe into some character design. I think the elder in particular turned out well! I'm going to try applying this exercise to some real people in real poses. I think it could be really useful for improving my figure drawings.
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Melanie Scearce
Great to hear that you got a lot out of the exercise. I really love your elder drawing -- such a great idea to have his arm turn into a cane!
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@john_rupert
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Melanie Scearce
Great drawings!
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Nathan Somers
When I wasn't worried about what each line was looking like, it was a lot easier to get the proportions right, especially in the hand.
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Melanie Scearce
That's the right idea! Using searching lines will help you find the correct placement and then you can worry about your final line quality. Good work :)
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Flo
Here is my attempt, critiques welcome :)
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Melanie Scearce
I love these drawings! Really groovy stuff. I would say, try to create and stick to the rules of your ginger anatomy. For example, for the guy that looks like he's doing the limbo has two different kinds of knees. His right knee looks like it protrudes a bit (knobby), and his left knee looks a bit more blobby, and more hidden underneath a large quad. Both look good, and we aren't trying to make his knees look symmetrical per se, but if we have a general guideline for how these ginger people should look, we can make them look more real and add more unique character to the form. Just an idea. I think you did a great job :)
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@mariabygrove
A quick sketch of a little ginger fella :) On a second thought, he looks more like a snowman. Probably should have made the shapes a bit more organic and less symmetrical :(
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Melanie Scearce
I agree with you and @Robert. Maybe if you added some little offshoots it would read more like a ginger guy!
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onigi *pronunce [on-ie-gee]*
Hmm, the cross contour lines I added to gingermen doesn't describe forms well.
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Melanie Scearce
Nice work! These are great characters.
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@matyas
I dont know if i done this assignment correct but i must tell thats was real funny :-D thank you
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Melanie Scearce
Nice! Your ginger root people are a little less like ginger roots and more like human figures. The drawing on the right looks a big more "blob-y," like a ginger root. Also, be careful with the guy on the left -- you gave him a left hand on his right arm.
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Yamini981
Level 1 Version. I think I may have spent a little too long on the boots exercise for sure since I remember Proko mentioning to work at a brisk space. Hopefully the demo will shine some light on that. Besides that, if anyone notices any glaring problems, please let me know! Thanks :)
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Melanie Scearce
I think it's good to have that mindset going into this exercise, so that you don't get hung up on the small/unimportant details, but you also don't want to work too fast that you aren't thinking about what you're drawing. Try to strike a balance. These are great drawings. Good luck :)
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Mike See
I tried 1. and 2. I wanted to create a scene with three characters for 3., but it’s been slow going. Hopefully I can do it tonight.
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Melanie Scearce
Cool drawings! I love the flow.
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Jordan Ferretti
I'm excited by how much I learned just doing this first assignment twice! The second drawing was after watching the demo and critique videos. I feel like I improved the shape design, but still struggled with understanding and expressing the shapes of reflected light in the shadows. Pencil control and grouping values into light/shadow families improved a bit more on the second drawing as well. Any feedback is welcome.
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Melanie Scearce
Lovely drawings! You have an intuitive understanding of value and you made some great choices here. Your shapes are good and simple. The only thing I could really say here is that the shape of your light value next to the core shadow may be a bit too simplified. I feel that it takes away from the 3D effect that you achieve in other areas. Just a small thing though, overall I can tell you really understood the assignment. Nice work :)
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@eatingcavity
I draw the snail twice, I liked it but I still think that it looked very simple. The shoes took me a lot of time because I got the proportions wrong. I had to put the reference image on one side of the app. I focused a lot on the boot on the left, trying to get the details and proportions right, the one on the right I made quicker focusing on the contour of the shape, trying to do bigger lines.
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Melanie Scearce
So clean! And great use of C-curves, S-curves and straights. You nailed it.
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@jensdawg
Here is a Level 1 blob attempt. I hope I’m on the right track in order to complete the remaining exercises in this assignment. Any feedback is appreciated.
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Melanie Scearce
You're definitely on the right track! Keep it up :)
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@domtwlee
Level 1 Snail Attempt 1. Proportions seem a bit off. Anything else I should pay attention to?
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Melanie Scearce
I agree with you here, the shell is small on the snail's body. See if you can get a few more straights in here, some of the almost-straight lines you have here still have a slight C-curve. You have nice line quality in the drawing :)
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