0 minute pose figure drawings, I'm more aware of the simple form beneath the figure, altough the proportion is still off, and have some trouble for pose like s225 where it clearly off. I still have this bad habit of hyperfocusing on one part instead of the overall figure, It usually came back if I get a little bit tired. I think that's why the latter figure have a more distinct wrong proportions. Any feedback or critiques on how I can improve will be greatly appreciated.
Have you studied 1st and 2nd point perspective yet? Intuitive perspective (I am guessing that means approximating perspetive without calculating it mathematically) comes after you understand the basic principles. If you are just trying to fake the knowledge, it probably won't look right. Marshall Vandruff's perspective video on his website is great. It's old and bad production value but really good. Feel free to send me your art if you want an outside opinion on what to work on
I’m feeling a lot more confident with the loomis method. I’m starting to study the eyes and I want to make sure I’m placing them in the right spot. I split the brow and bottom of the nose in half and then I split that in half again. Please any advice and critiques are welcomed! Thank you
Apologies for the delayed response. It was difficult to organize my thoughts about all this. I have started again, using the book “How to Draw” by Scott Robertson as my primary resource. I created a daily goal for practice that I should be able to maintain even when school starts again. So far it’s been pretty good, practicing nearly every day and going above the daily goal since I have a lot of free time right now. I’ve also done exercises I had avoided in the first try of this book, thinking I didn’t need to practice it or not taking the time to figure it out when little instruction was given. These early exercises are ones that I’m familiar with, but the new ones are coming up soon. I know it’s going to get more difficult and I am prepared for that. Even if my lines aren’t perfectly straight, I move on when I feel I understand the exercise. I’ll come back to practice it more, and it may even be part of the newer exercise, but I won’t let perfectionism prevent me from progress. I’ve kept everyone’s advice in mind. Thank you all. I am determined to not give up this time!!!!!!
You might feel like your learning has come to a halt, but I suspect you've just reached a plateau. If you make it through this, you'll level up. Just keep going. You CAN copy the reference. Many artists do, especially when starting out. If your reference is good, you can make pretty good art that way. However, if you only train that way, it's all you'll be able to do. You won't be able to construct figures or modify references in a believable way unless you understand 3d form. Beginners copy, masters ANALYZE. Convert what you're seeing into 3d shapes and understand what you're looking at in simple terms. It is a hard skill to develop, and it takes time. Accuracy is...alright. It's good to be able to copy something exactly. If you are content with copying, that's 100% okay if it brings you joy. One question to consider: how often are you called upon to copy something exactly? When you go out and paint a landscape for an hour, you don't have time to put down every detail. When you paint a portrait and the person's hair is a really uninteresting shape that creates a weird tangent, it would be better to change it. If a figure pose is stiff, you might want to exaggerate it. What about if you need to draw a dragon? There are no photos of dragons to copy, unless you plagiarize. Not everything you see is equally important and often your reference won't be perfect. Really good artists are not blindly copying every little detail. They simplify and prioritize. They understand things simply. The beginner sees a tree and sees the leaves, and starts by drawing them one at a time. The master sees a tree and sees the big, simple shapes. What it means to study anatomy is that you are learning how the human body is put together, like a machine. A car mechanic needs to know about all the parts of a car so he can properly fix it. He can take it apart and put it back together. Anatomy allows you to do the same thing with the human body. When you know anatomy you actually begin to see it on the human figure, and then you can accentuate it. If you don't know the muscles of the back, you won't see them properly. You'll just see a bunch of lumps and bumps, even if you're looking right at it. Knowing anatomy allows you to organize all that chaos and understand it. "Oh that's the border of the scapula....I'll add a little curve so it really feels like it's wrapping around the back." Feel free to message me if you have any questions or need any suggestions on learning resources.
Day 29: Attempted the camel today from the level 2 of the CSI project in the Drawing Basics Course. I had to rush it a little bit because I’m going to be traveling all day today so I wanted to post one drawing while I had access to the internet. It’s gonna be a long flight so I’m going to have plenty of drawings tomorrow! Please let me know if you have any suggestions! Thank You
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.
I personally don't think it's helpful to replicate drawings and illustrations. I sometimes find it helpful to trace over them, as a way of "looking deeply" and going over every line. At the end of the day, you just have to draw the human figure. Go draw the figure, look at what problems you are having, and then see what Loomis would do to solve that problem. Basically, draw from the figure until you have a specific question, and then go the book for the answer. The real learning comes from drawing. I would guess 1% of the people who read the Loomis books actually follow the books from start to finish. I used to think I was undisciplined for not doing it that way, but I don't think many people do.
I think you should move on from an exercise when you feel like you've learned most of what there is to learn. If there is still a lot of meat left on that chicken bone, keep picking at it. It's never going to be perfect, but you want to get the point of the exercise. With gestures, it's flow and rhythm and movement. Once you feel like you have a good feel for that, move onto structure. Stick with structure for a while, making sure to do a few gestures to keep your skills sharp so you don't lose them. I would advise listening to a podcast episode called Deep Questions with Cal Newport, Ep. 254: The Laws of Less. Skip to minute 18 where he talks about disipline. You don't have to listen to the whole thing, just that part.
The overall feeling of the heads is good. What's lacking is an understanding of the construction of the head. Even if you want to do more of a cartoony, anime style, you have to learn construction in order to know where to place your lines. If you are open to advice, I'd just focus on learning each of the following, just commit to watching one Proko video a day and then doing one drawing from life or a photo, trying to apply what you've learned. -the loomis head -learning how the jaw and the ear meet up -learning how the neck connects to the head (a cylinder on a ball) -learning the structure of the eye -learning the structure of the nose -learning the structure of the mouth.
Hi everyone, I did a portrait exercise using a model I have seen on a Stephen Bauman video on YouTube. I am not really satisfied. I really struggled with the proportion. It is definitely an aspect I need to work on. Amongst other things, eyes are not as I would like them to be. I’d love getting your comments on this one. I wish you all a wonderful day.