Shaknys
Shaknys
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Shaknys
These are my drawings for the "Learning to Sketch from Observation" project, and here's what I found challenging and what I've learned: 1. It was a bit tricky sketching provided references because they're already sketches. 2. Still can't fully relax and make those lines loose. I'm thinking of experimenting with different tools and hopefully finding something that soothes my heavy hand. xD 3. I had to fight the urge to get too caught up in details. Still. :D What I learned: 1. Using reference photographs I didn't like helped me improve even more. 2. Setting a time limit helped me be a little bit looser and not overconcentrate on details. I would set a ten-minute timer on the days when I had energy and twenty to thirty when I was a bit tired. 3. Need to remember to draw the big shapes and forms first and then add some details if there's time left. Now just need to keep all this in mind. 🌞
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@hardlight
I completed the hand, penguin, and robot girl but I decided to continue exploring frogs. I liked the shapes and wanted to practice with them.
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Shaknys
aaa!!!! I love it sooo much! 🌞
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@jcicero09
First attempts of the three references. The hand was by far the hardest for the proportions. I tried to not take too long with these and just get them on paper with quick movements. I enjoy rough sketching like this where I'm not so concerned about getting everything right. Hopefully, I captured the clean-ish look even if the proportions are way off. Certainly plenty of searching lines that I cleaned up a bit when they got out of hand.
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Shaknys
I thought the point is not to achieve clean lines but to practice light, loose movements. The sketches you uploaded for the 14-day challenge perfectly align with this assignment. Just continue doing that. You are sooooo good at it! Don't get stuck in rigid outlines. Save yourself! Don't become like me! :D 🌞
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@casseil
Pengu exploration
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Shaknys
Sooooo good! I have the impression that you're the only one who managed to follow the assignment. :o I'm so afraid to proceed with this assignment. loosey-goosey lines are my biggest weakness, and I'll most likely get stuck in rigid outlines. I'm definitely using your uploads as a reference for this one. Thanks for sharing!🌞
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@veryartthing
Finally getting back around to this course, gonna try to stick with it this time. I haven't really done much sketching with this exact method before so my results are rough. Included my initial attempts and draw alongs I did with the Proko demos. My main issue right now is I don't get how this works with a pen tool. I have people telling me I need to learn to work in pen where I cannot erase or adjust anything. That is difficult, but working in pen also feels like I can't really do this kind of light sketching approach either. I find the way Stan sketches here to be something that makes a lot of sense, but I don't really get how it works if you are working with a tool that can't make these kind of light lines.
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Shaknys
I feel you about sticking with the course. :D I think your practice is great! Regarding pen and light lines, I would recommend practicing pressure. I remember when I tried making a full painting just using coloured pens. That's when I discovered the true possibilities of a pen. Just try barely touching the paper. You will love it! In the pictures I added (it's unfortunate that it can't be a video), you can see the difference in the lightness of the line, and it is made by the same pen. I also included my grip position. Try to find a grip that allows the pen to move as loosely as possible. Try to watch a video on YouTube, where someone is using only a pen and analyse their grip and movement. I hope that helps. 🌞
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@aubrey
Both Mickeys on the motorcycle I drew first as a warm up sketch. The lines are a bit lost in some places, but by the end I think they got better. The Minnie was from the "A Mickey Mouse cartoon" I thought the style of the show was cute, so I wanted to give it a go.
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Shaknys
Nice work! Great way to practice by analysing the styles you enjoy. I bet time flies that way. 🌞
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Shaknys
These are my drawings from the past 14 days, and here's what I've learned! 1. Creating a thumbnail with a simplified version of a drawing is an excellent initial step. It's incredibly useful for refining composition and ensuring more accurate proportions. 2. I need to remember to air-trace the line before placing the pen on the paper. 3. I noticed that hesitation and attempting overly ambitious strokes (like covering too much distance) result in shaky lines. 4. I still struggle with avoiding getting lost in the details, but that might just be my brain. 5. I realized that because I didn't focus on a specific skill to improve (whether it's line work, simplification, or composition), all these ended up only minimally touched. Apologies for forgetting to take photos of my references... I plan to continue drawing as frequently as possible, keeping these lessons in mind. 🌞
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@igamble
Still trying to find that middle ground between rushing through a drawing and overworking it. Also finding that I think I'm pressing too hard which makes correcting mistakes challenging.
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Shaknys
Saaaame! looks cool though ^^ I love that 3D effect.
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@ostatmo
It's really fun to simplify the lines to CSI
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Shaknys
Wow, it's so good! I absolutely can't draw this one xDD
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Shaknys
This is my attempt at Project - Simplify to CSI. One more hundred million times, and it should get better! xD The problems I faced: 1. I kept forgetting to apply the information from the first simplification lesson, and as a result, I didn't get the composition and proportions right. 2. I was afraid of making incorrect lines, which made me tense up so much that my wrist started to hurt. 3. I still struggle to see beyond the details, especially with the skeleton. The skeleton was the most challenging part for me. I just can't see.. Things I learned: 1. I discovered that learning on a tablet is much easier. The ability to easily undo actions gave me confidence, resulting in much nicer lines. 2. I realized that getting angry or upset doesn't make the learning process any easier or more enjoyable! xD 3. It's all about practice, practice, practice, and somehow managing to retain all the learned information in mind while doing that. xD
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Shaknys
It took me a bit to figure out why simplifying the image was important and how to use it in the later stages. But now I get that it's all about nailing down the right composition and getting those proportions spot on. These are my first tries, and I'm looking forward to giving them another shot after I'm done with the course.
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@ecorax
Gave the boots a try before watching the demo. In hindsight, I feel like I could have simplified more; it probably wasn't necessary to have every shoelace. I found it difficult to control line weight without resorting to chicken scratching; I could lay in the initial line well enough, but trying to make it darker later was difficult without resorting to shorter, tentative strokes. Any tips?
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Shaknys
It's incredibly well done. I do have the same issue with making line darker. Tips about that would be much appreciated.
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Shaknys
Hi, guys. I don't know if I understood assignment correctly. is this too much? Also, am I allowed to use an eraser?
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Tanya Gulchin
Looks like his left eye should've been placed a dash lower ;) I'd appreciate any criticism
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Shaknys
it's a good drawing. Left eye should be slightly smaller, not lower, because it's further away from the viewer ;)
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@nathan_the_phaneuf
Hi and bonjour, I did the four photo references and they were fun to do. The snail and the boots had the most pratice of the four due to time and constraints, but time was still taken for all of them. For sure, the part that played the most with my patience was the laces on the boots. For some reason, doing any other element on a subject was getting me more invested that those laces ever could, don't know why. Anybody had any hurdle/obstacle like this in their attempts?
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Shaknys
yeah, the part that is hard is not making it look stiff, wood like. :D
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kara ann aoki
Drawing Basics - PEAR • fun exercise, thinking of trying this style with other objects :)
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Shaknys
definitely do! I'm actually practicing this lesson with the fruits and vegies I have at home and with different tools: pencil, charcoal, markers, watercolour, acrylic paint and so on, I use anything I can find at home. :D It's lots of fun and way more challenging then drawing from a very good quality photograph.
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Becca
Ok, here is my 8th attempt, and I’m sick of this pear. I’m open to criticism. Thanks 😊
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Shaknys
nice job!
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