Adding Structure to Live My Dream
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Cade Burdett
Hello all, I've been inspired by @Geert-Jan's thread and I want to do the same! I am going to follow the Reddit post that he mentioned and finally start to take this seriously. I am very excited to get going and will be posting my daily drawings. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
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Geert-Jan
how are you doing @Cade Burdett
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Cade Burdett
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Hello, I hope everyone has been good! I finally set some time aside since getting back in town. Felt good to tackle this project and overall I’m satisfied with this result. Could be better looking at now, but it’s definitely an improvement from the first project in this course. Please let me know if you have any suggestions! Thank You
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Martha Muniz
Hi! Something that can help with accuracy in placement is to align elements with vertical/horizontal line measurements on your reference. E.g. the green line reveals that the tip of the hat, start of the nose bridge, and tip of the beard all align on the vertical. This can help you assess where to place key elements or correct as you go along your drawing. Hope this helps :)
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Geert-Jan
how are you doing @Cade Burdett
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Cade Burdett
Hey I’m doing great! I just got back from vacation a couple days ago and haven’t done much drawing the last couple weeks. I thought I would have more time to draw, but I just wanted to enjoy the time I had with my family. I did some sketches here and there, but nothing worth posting. Thank you for checking in though! It really means a lot! Hope you’re doing well too!
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Cade Burdett
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Day 30: Actually slept for a while on the plane ride today, so I didn’t really draw as much as I thought I would. I need to keep working on my proportions in order to make my drawings look better. Just gotta keep drawing! Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
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@zhikov
For hands specifically you can watch these amazing videos of Marco Bucci if you haven't yet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBMQ-H-qUVk&t=465s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBwb2tNSrng
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Steve Lenze
You need to follow what you are learning in the drawing fundamentals class, and use simple shapes. You are trying too hard to draw hands, instead, draw simple shapes, it's so much easier.
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Cade Burdett
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Day 29: Attempted the camel today from the level 2 of the CSI project in the Drawing Basics Course. I had to rush it a little bit because I’m going to be traveling all day today so I wanted to post one drawing while I had access to the internet. It’s gonna be a long flight so I’m going to have plenty of drawings tomorrow! Please let me know if you have any suggestions! Thank You
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Peter Anton
I haven't gone through the course, so I don't know the assignment, but the biggest thing I'd say is to look for the big 2d shapes. Try to picture the subject as a very simple shape, instead of trying to draw the complexity. This allows you to establish basic proportions, such as the legs, which on yours have gotten very wide. This happens because there is so much detail, and we start focusing on the curves of each leg instead of the overall shape of the four legs as a whole. It's tricky in perspective, where the body is foreshortened. You can see I did the same mistake on my version, where I made the back legs a bit too far away, as if we're looking at the subject more from the side.
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Cade Burdett
Day 28: I’m really glad I went back again through the Basics course! I’ve noticed a huge difference in the quality of my sketches so far! Thank you to everyone that has given me such meaningful feedback. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
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Cade Burdett
Day 27: Had a blast drawing this snail! The project was to simplify the contour of the snail using only CSI lines, but I couldn’t help but add some values in there! Thanks to @draft_al I wasn’t afraid to go a little darker with some of them. It was cool designing the shape of the shell with this one starting with what Stan and @Jesper Axelsson have been suggesting with the envelope. It was much easier to adjust the proportions at the beginning. Excited to do another one or two after work tomorrow. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
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Jesper Axelsson
Yeah, awesome!!!👏👏👏I think this is the best drawing I've seen you do so far! I hope the accuracy tips helped :) - You tend to make proportions too wide, same thing in the portraits you've posted previously, so keep an extra eye on that. - Try to think more about volumes in your next drawing (this will be talked about further down the course, so I might be getting ahead of myself XD). When you're drawing, think like you're building a sculpture; the shell is a ball of clay, the core of the body a cylindrical clay sausage, and the wider part of the body a flattened piece of clay. This might help three dimensional thinking. Keep it up! 😎
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Cade Burdett
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Day 26: I did another portrait with some simplified values today. I like how the proportions turned out, but I’m disappointed how my values look, especially with how long it took me to draw this. What’s giving me the hardest time is seeing the different values in the lights. Even when squinting it’s still difficult for me to see. Other than that I see an improvement so I am satisfied with this project. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
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@draft_al
Steve provides a really good suggestion Cade. One thing that has helped me as well is turning color pictures in black and white. It has helped me train my eye to see the differences in value. Remember that what you are drawing ins three dimensional. What might help as well is to fill all the places where shadow is on the face at a value 5 first and start darkening from there. Gradually might be a better bet for you.
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Steve Lenze
The reason you cant see values in the light is because this is flat lighting...there are no values. You need to find reference that has one light source, preferably 3/4, from the top.
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Cade Burdett
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Day 25: I went through and did the level 2 portrait with values project again! It was very time consuming, but I enjoyed when it all came together. It could be better, but I would like to know someone else’s thoughts on my work. Please let me know if you have any suggestions! Thank You
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John B
One suggestion I have is to separate your values a bit more. Right now it seems like you're trying to blend them, but for this exercise you really want to make them more distinct.
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Cade Burdett
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Day 24: Going to sit down and make a schedule tonight for practicing this week! I redid the pear assignment from the first project in the Drawing Basics course. I think it turned out okay, but I’m still struggling with the values. I’m going to watch Stan’s again during work tomorrow to maybe pick up on what he sees. @Jesper Axelsson Do you mind looking at this one if you have some time? Please let me know if you have any suggestions! Thank You
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Jesper Axelsson
Hi @Cade Burdett, sure no problem👍 The shading looks pretty good to me. Great job keeping the values in the light clean and subtle. - Notice how you've made parts of the cast shadow as light as the dark halftones. You probably don't want that. This confuses the separation of light and shadow. You often want the separation of light and shadow to be clear. Keep this rule of thumb in mind: 'The lightest shadow value should be darker than the darkest value in light' - I have some ideas for specific exercises that could help you practice values: • You could do a value scale, as explained at the bottom of this reply https://www.proko.com/s/xjxH. Use a single pencil when doing the scale, not switching to harder pencils when doing the lighter swatches. That way you get to practice pressure control. Choose a soft one, 8B for example, so that you have a wide range. • You could do value studies. How to Organize Values (you can get the video for free in the Proko Course Sampler). I would start with 2-value studies, then move to 3, then to 4 and 5. The linked reply above has some more tips. But I don't think that that's where I would recommend spending your energy at the moment. Stan will talk more about values in a later lesson, and the tones in your drawings look pretty good already. Instead focus your effort on improving the drawing beneath the tone. The drawing aspect I would focus on specifcally at the moment is proportion. Choose some subjects that you like or find interesting and draw them, without shading. Focus on getting the right proportions. You could take the drawings as far as you'd like, but you might get the most out of doing a few starts, capturing the proportions of the major shapes, and get feedback on those rather than one finished drawing. You could use the process suggested here as inspiration: https://www.proko.com/s/mSNo. Work from big to small. I attached a few slides below with notes on your pear drawing. I hope this helps :) Keep up the good work!
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Cade Burdett
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Day 23: Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! I set aside a couple hours today to go through the Drawing Basics course again. The goal of the project was to get a piece of fruit and then draw only with straight lines and shade with 5 values. I used 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, & 6B. I find it hard when shading to get even tones like the way Stan’s look. Do you mind taking a look at these @Jesper Axelsson? I really struggled with the strawberries and would love to hear some suggestions! Thank You
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@drawingdodo
Hello! I can give you one critique here on the strawberries that I think will help you quite a lot in the future if you keep a close eye to it, which is to really take a good look at the angles. Try to be as close as you possibly can, like for example, try thinking "the right of the right strawberry has a clean vertical angle, which connects to a 45º angle to the top. That side is 1/3 the length of the right side". If you start to take account of the angle and length of each side, you'll be able to start drawing much more accurately. Try doing these exercises occasionally without shading, just to get a better feel of angles. When you finish your attempt, try to overlay the photo you took with the reference, and see where you went wrong. With that knowledge, try again, to do the same picture, correcting what you noticed when you overlayed the images. That will make you more deliberate in trying to be as close as possible, and if you take that mindset with you to the future, you'll make a lot of progress! It might take a few weeks of deliberate practice, but you will improve! Don't be discouraged with posts from other people, just compare your current state with the state that you were a few weeks back :)
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Cade Burdett
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Day 22: I’m hoping to have more time to draw tomorrow! I don’t really have any plans so I’m going to try and work outside of my comfort zone. Anyways I only did a little bit this morning before work, but please let me know if you have any suggestions!
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Jesper Axelsson
Hi @Cade Burdett, keep up the good work💪😎👍 It might be interesting for you to start thinking about what your goals are. That has really helped me make my studies more focused. I was suggested to make a slide with 2-4 pieces of art that represented the type of work I wanted to create. Not just any work that I like, but specifically the type of work that I wanted to create. If you do a slide like that, feel free to share it :) As part of your practice it could be great to copy artwork that you like. You'll learn a lot of stuff doing that. I hope this helps :)
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Cade Burdett
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Day 21: Did some drawing today, please let me know if you have any suggestions!
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Dre Torres
This is great to see! Always make sure to draw from imagination, even if they don’t turn out anywhere near what you wanted. If for example you wanted to draw an awesome city. Then draw cities. The only way to get good at that is to just draw it. I learned this the hard way so don’t be me!
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Cade Burdett
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Day 20: I finally got to watch Stan’s second animal shape demo from his Drawing Basics course. I really love seeing what you can do with just a few simple shapes, it’s inspiring. I watched a bit of an interview Stan did with Steve Huston as well, it was really interesting! I love his approach to learning and it’s encouraging to hear that he only started seriously drawing when he moved to California to go to college! I watched a bit of his livestream he did with New Master’s Academy, it’s amazing how these artists just make art look so easy! Definitely give him a watch if you have some extra time on your hands. Hell make time to watch his lectures, they’re extremely helpful! Anyways I tried to just loosen up today and draw more from my shoulder. I’m feeling more confident in my ability to draw better lines! Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Peace
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Cade Burdett
Day 19: Drew a little after work, but I was having trouble thinking of something to draw. I ended up just working on my line quality mainly and trying to be more deliberate with my lines. I also drew a lot of circles and tried to imagine a cylinder in different angles. Does anyone have an ideal study schedule, especially for a beginner? Please let me know below.
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Jesper Axelsson
Hi @Cade Burdett, I don't know if there is an ideal study schedule. The important thing is that you take the time to practice. To make that happen, having a schedule could be useful, though. But don't worry too much about finding the "ideal schedule". If you put down the time to practice focused, if you get good feedback and if you apply that feedback, you'll improve 😎👍. If you spend more time practicing you'll probably improve faster. How much you want to practice depends on your goals and how skilled you're aiming at becoming. I would try to make drawing practice a regular thing, so that it becomes a habit. That will make it easier to start practicing. You could pick an amount of time that you think you'll be able to commit to drawing every day. Choose something that feels managable. Eventually you can push that time to be longer and longer. You're building stamina. I hope this helps :)
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Cade Burdett
Day 18: I did a quick drawing of a picture I took this weekend while out on a hike. It was very tough trying to show the perspective. I think if I gave it more time I would have gotten a better result. I need to just start setting time in a calendar to encourage myself to draw more. It’s actually harder for me to draw when I have my days off of work because I usually have some chores I want to get done. I shouldn’t use this as an excuse, but now that I am aware of it I can take steps to change it. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
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Cade Burdett
Day 17: Had a lot of stuff to do today since I was cooking dinner for my Grandma. I don’t get to spend a lot of time with her so it was nice seeing her again. I did squeeze in 1 drawing I did from observation today, but nothing crazy. I should have more time to draw tomorrow. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
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Cade Burdett
Day 16: I went on a hike today around my house and it was really cool, I got lots of reference photos for tomorrow. I didn’t make time to draw that much today, but I did draw some circles as well as my dog. I liked how it turned out and I’m glad I got to draw today. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
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Cade Burdett
https://www.proko.com/s/iiTr I found this Q&A very helpful, he perfectly described to me exactly what I was doing wrong when trying to find the gesture of a pose. I was so focused on the gesture around the contours that my drawings ended up still looking stiff! Definitely a good watch for anyone interested!
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Cade Burdett
Day 15: I took @decentworking’s advice and watched over some Glenn Vilppu demo’s while at work today. It was incredible seeing such a master glide across the paper the way he does. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested in gesture. Something really clicked with me after hearing his process and I had a lot of fun just trying to replicate it. I didn’t look at any references, I just really wanted to loosen up and just have a good time today and I loved the result. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
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@kotka
I really like these. Dreamlike!
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Geert-Jan
Nice, is this charcoal?
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