I also took Figure Drawing Fundamentals course and halfway there on and off. I haven't practiced gestures in a while and I'm rusty... I did these assignments slowly and got bogged down in details. I thought about it a lot, and guessed it's because without adding some details, I felt hard to make my sketches looked 3D and solid.
Before I watched this demo video, I really didn't know how to draw some seal lions' photos. They are cute but lack of details. So I picked some a little more complex ones to draw, thinking they are easier to handle. Now I have more ideas. Thank you! These two photos below are the most simplified and hard to draw I ever thought.
Just a thought...but I've seen people that can draw amazing doing digital, but when they draw on paper it doesn't look nearly as good. Is there an advantage to learning to draw on paper first? With digital it seems like you don't have to worry as much about pressure, because you can just hit the undo button. That eyes too big...I'll just resize it. That looks so messy...I can just fade the lines and draw over it. Thoughts?
This is an attempt to observe proportions only using my eyes (which is how I get used to do). I find I tend to draw things wider when eyeballing. It's good to do this practice after last assignment. I feel I can get a more efficient and accurate proportion measurement by adjusting the ratio using both methods. Thank you Stan!
Thank you Stan! Your critiques help me a lot! This time I tried to measure the big shapes, and eyeballing the rest details. And I feel more free and calm in these two new practices.(Also quicker then before) Thank you for taking my nerves away. Btw I used a Transparent ruler instead of a pencil to measure this time.
From left to right, are my three attempts. I struggled too much, since I get used to rely on eyeballing to measure something( It isn't precise. I use Ctrl+T to adjust my drawings in Photoshop ). Also I am troubled by "tunnel vision". So I tried to measure in the same way as Stan taught in the lesson, using pencil to measure. BTW, I spent lots of time on each one, 3-4 hours average or more, I believe. Maybe it was perfectionism, which made me feel bad while drawing. Critiques appreciate.
For the sake of time, I only uploaded a part of my assignments. Mannequinization lessons is so important to me, I nearly did every pose twice. First draw before watch the video, then do it again after Stan. To me ,it was boring but helpful , maybe a little too boring.😅 Anyway, if any critiques I appreciate.(I put two sketches for one pose together, so I have already found the striking contrast on several aspects. ) Btw, it's really hard to learn of Stan's strokes.