My interpretation of 2 Weeks Challange: First part As I draw almost every day, I added an element of my own to make the exercise more challenging. I love flowers, so I chose to draw a flower every day from a small book of beautiful photos of flowers named, «Flower Colur Guide» edited by Phaidon. I dated each drawing for two weeks. I first used C, S and I lines. I made a first passage in pencil 4H and then in 2B. I did not erase the lines of the first passage. So we often see them in the background. As I continued this course, I learned new concepts (Line Weight, type line, etc.). I then had the idea to take again, in a second time, the 14 drawings below and to realize them in ink while trying to apply the concepts presented in the more advanced Lines course. I am now in the Shape section and I am working on Simple Animal Project and on inking the drawings below (which I will present in a future post). I hope you have as much fun doing these exercises as I do.
Lately I've been drawing just for fun, This is my drawing of the day! the proportions are off, and I was trying to imply the fathers instead of stating them. I don't really like the way I went about it though. The longer I look at it the more I dislike it.
Some practice with charcoal after watching the demo. I did not follow Stan and only looked at the reference. I made the skull a little stretched vertically. I was aware of that during drawing but went on practicing to focus on the hand movement for good lines.
I wanted to study the head and lines used there. Whole figure is out of my league for now. I did drawings in the following order (except for 1st): 1. Winslow Homer - master drawing 2. Trying to get a feel for a figure, quick sketch 3. Quick sketch for angles and then quick sketching of the head while keeping my focus on the lines. 4. More careful planning (and overthinking) in two tries. This turned out worse even though maybe lines are closer to the original, the whole idea is lost. I have distilled my own feedback from this exercise. It is so earth grounding... Gotta learn :)
Saw this lively illustration by Reginald Birch in the "Rendering in Pen and Ink" book. Gave it a shot knowing that drawing people is not my best skill :) I wanted to replicate free hand strokes of the pen which makes people on this drawing so alive. My work is on the left.
I used fountain pen without line variation, but Beatrix Potter def. used dip pens with varying lines and tapered stroke too. I had good time doing these and I will do more, even though they are super hard. Study is the first image, invidual images - I took from the great book "The complete Tales" by B. Potter.
Hey Chavel, congrats on building your curriculum and carving out time to develop your skills with a busy schedule. Stan and Marshall discuss this popular question in a Draftsmen episode if you haven't seen it. Here's the clip! https://youtu.be/VFB7deiL-3s?si=rgUVL0psFOqcBjKt Also- it's tough to comment based on not seeing where you are in your art journey, (post some pics so we can see your work!) but no matter what level you're at, if you're struggling with the Figure Drawing Fundamentals course I'd highly suggest checking out the Proko Basics Course. You may need to solidify your foundational drawing skills before jumping into Figure Drawing. I know this might feel like adding more course work and increasing your study time, but if you pause your work in Figure Drawing and focus on fundamentals you'll be able to get more out of the Figure Drawing Course once you feel like you're able to dedicate more time to it.
How can I see things correctly? I literally can't draw what I see. As part of the 2 week challenge, I've decided to draw from life despite many past failures. The problem is I can never seem to see things "correctly" - the way they are. The proportions and angles so elusive to capture when drawing from life (and from photos). So my drawings almost always seem off. Take the photo attached for example. I swear the Z axis looked longer than the X axis...and only when I measured it did I realize to my surprise (!!), that Z is shorter than X . My mind was blown. It's like my eyes are playing tricks on me. And even now, Z still looks longer than X. How do I fix this problem of misperception? Any advice? Wondering if I should just keep drawing and then take photos and measure and correct and just repeat. Would this help? Frankly speaking, it's so discouraging that I can't draw what I see :(