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Gesture, Bean and Landmarks Assignments. The gestures are not timed so I don't have an exact time limit on those, probably close to 2 and 5 minutes each. Any feedback is appreciated!
This looks really nice, the hair is lovely and you've captured a likeness to the reference. I did notice that the values on the face could use more contrast, adding in brighter sections of highlights/midtones on the face would help. Specifically on the cheek bones, forehead and chin. If you are interesting in doing this piece in color I would recommend this video by Dave Greco: https://youtu.be/LeZc-uYXv3Y Hands are a big struggle for me so I would have omitted them too! Keep up the good work!
I agree with the others about needing more contrast and softening the hard lines. If you do increase the contrast remember in the darker shadow areas the level of detail decreases, you can see an example of that in the eyes under the cap brim in your reference photo. Adding more detail to the areas in the light (moustache, hair, cheek bones, etc) will make a big difference too.
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I've been practicing the Bean lesson for a while now, these are from a practice session today. I feel like it's been going pretty well, but I've been learning on my own for a while now and probably have some blind spots, so any feedback would be really helpful!
Hi everyone, I am so glad to be part of this amazing community. These are some of my gesture drawings I did today. Do you guys have any suggestion where to pay attention next time I practice? Any response appreciated. Feel free to be honest, I know I still need to improve a lot:) Have good day!
Let's see what the community wants. We were planning on keeping this category clean with only official challenges, but if there is enough interest in allowing user created challenges, I'm ok with it. I can just pin the official ones to the top. Let's VOTE.. Reply to this comment with your thought!
Learning is like putting together a jigsaw, once you place a piece, you should keep trying to build on it, eventually we get the whole picture. You don't want to fixate on forms forever, other material will help build your knowledge of basic forms further, such as light and shadow, perspective even gesture. If you feel a necessary need to go back, then go back for a short while then continue to push forward. I'm no expert on art or teaching, but I've learnt after trying to self teach a lot, that pushing forward always beats going back.
Drawing basic forms is not as intuitive as it might seem at first glance. It looks simple, but there is a lot of nuance to it. A lot of art books and courses don't pay enough attention to really nailing down how to do boxes and cylinders correctly, and if you move forward without a solid understanding of those things, it will plague your drawings. I was thinking about posting some threads to help with this very thing. Let me know if you're interested.
I’m working on the structure and forms part of the figure drawing course and I’m having trouble with visualizing and breaking down the animal drawings into basic forms. I thought I had a good handle on drawing shapes in perspective but I’m thinking I need to practice that more. Would practicing drawing the basic shapes from memory be the best way to get the idea down or going back to a perspective grid be a better route to make sure I’ve got the shapes correct? My first attempt at the assignment is attached and I’ve gotten some helpful feedback on that, but my attempts at fixing my mistakes have been not great.
Hi @Patrik Nordlund ! Your work looks great! Being in that mental limbo can be really rough, I have struggled with that quite a few times. Your comment about lacking the motivation but loving the process when you were motivated is really close to my own experiences. For getting out of it I would suggest putting effort towards drawing along with the tutorials you watch, even if you hate what you end up drawing, it is still going to help you get over that mental block and may ignite the fire again. Hope that helps!