You gotta watch out for that! I'm prone to hand/wrist/shoulder injuries, but I've never felt "stiffness" in the forearm. You probably need to take a day or two break, and make sure you take frequent breaks during drawing, like every half an hour to an hour. Set an alarm for it. Where in the forearm are you feeling? What's the posture when you draw, like do you raise your arm to draw on the easel, or flat on your desk? Do you also use a lot of mouse or type a lot in addition to drawing? Sometimes it's the mouse or keyboard that breaks the camel's back. Look up "forearm pain physical therapy" and find exercises that you feel right for your condition.
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.
Week 41: decided to start with anatomy III: the arms which includes the 100 hands challenge. So i'm doing both realistic hands and cartoon hands. As a warm-up i do gesture drawings digitally.
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.
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week 35: Start of a new unit. I've decided to continue with the drawabox.com exercises. First i will be finishing the 250 cylinder challenge, which i've previously started. It is still a very hard challenge to draw these boxes and cylinders with a pen free hand. For the fun side i cartoonized a bunch of people from reference. I've tried to add some shadows and highlights from imagination, but it doesnt seem quite right? Maybe someone has some good tips on that?
The longer I study proportions, the more my brain wants to mess things up! On the right is a drawing from memory and it looks more heroic than the referenced midgets on the left. The female figure especially, since I tried drawing her without the heels. While I like the heroic proportions, I disliked Loomis's method the most. The upper limbs and hands are still the hardest to nail. I think that I will search for a method that mixes both Richer and Hale's logic.
Week 32: The second week of my own inking unit. This week i've worked mostly digital. I've explored different inking brushes in procreate. Some of the brushes are standard brushes that can be found in procreate, but in the past i've also purchased a comic brush pack from Ittai Manero which i also used. This week another lesson was published in Stan's beginner course about line-weight, which would fit perfectly in this learning unit. Also continued reading in the "the art of comic book inking" book.
Week 29: continued with gesture drawings and the proko basics course. For fun drawing, i discovered the "reddit gets drawn" community https://www.reddit.com/r/redditgetsdrawn/ where i tried to cartoonize some people :). Also had some great feedback from different people in this topic. For the upcoming week i will continue gesture drawing.
Week 27: continued with the gesture drawings, which i did digitally. Also continued with Stan's beginner course with some line drawing assignments (the hand, penguins and the robot girl-thing). For fun i drew some stylized/ cartoonized people from references i've found on Pinterest.
I feel like I'm gonna cry because no matter how much I draw them my gestures don't seem to improve at all. I can't get anything close to what others are able to do unless I'm trying to copy their drawings specifically. I don't understand how to visualize people in my head maybe? I'm embarrassed to even write this comment, but I so badly want to improve.
Week 20: second week of the unit. Bit of a hectic week, couldn't draw as much as i wanted to. But i've continued with the movie scene challenge and watched some theory videos about composition. For the upcoming 3 weeks I will be on vacation, so i won't be working on the curriculum. I will bring a sketschbook with me on vacation, so i might post some sketches for fun :). Some thing else that i've encoutered this week: a new video from Scyra, where he discusses that you shouldn't practice but do projects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rlF-qE-vsM. It has got me thinking. I do think that i want to continue practicing the way i do now, but maybe I should start a side project. To be continued.
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Week 18: The last week of this unit. I've continued the 250 cylinder challenge, and i'm 200 cylinders in. i could use some feedback on these. obvious they are not correct. But i'm wondering how you would get a better result. Drawabox states that you should eyeball the boxes and make an educated guess for the converging lines. Also continued lesson 4 and created a bunch of studies of insects. To reward myself for the work of the last weeks, i've bought myself some nice colored pencils. I've drawn attached frog with them ;)
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week 15: second unit of the second term. officially i should be working on drawabox lessons 4-7, but i haven't done lesson 3 yet, so i'll be working on that first. I'm also working on the 250 cilinder challenge. For this week i did the arrows, leaves and branches exercises. I also drew the first 65 cilinders, and dit a bit of a longer portrait drawing for fun in my new strathmore toned sketchbook. I've found the cilinder challenge very challenging, not sure how to check if i'm doiing it right. Anybody got any tips for that?
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!