Rebooting my art learing journey - feedback appreciated
So i've been practicing drawing (almost) daily for the last 2 years or so. But I lack focus and structure. After listening to the draftmen podcast (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od1xbX2ESP8). I've decided to bring in more structure. The podcast mentions this Redit post (https://www.reddit.com/r/learnart/comments/dapk62/from_the_guy_who_made_the_most_comprehensive_list/) with a full curriculum. My challenge will be to follow this curriculum as close as possible. I've created this topic mostly to keep myself accountable. But i will post created work regulary, and any feedback/ critique from you guys is greatly appreciated! Some personal info: -39 years old -fulltime job outside art -On average i have 1 hour each day to practise (a bit more in the weekends) -Not a native English speaker, so please forgive me the grammar and spelling mistakes :) The first unit is figure drawing. I've already followed Stan's figure drawing course before, so im revisiting the course. Here are some 2 minute and 30 second gesture drawings (drawn in Procreate). Please let me know what you think of them.
Week 51: Started with the clothing and drapery unit. I did mostly quick studies from references from different sources.
Week 50: This week I've focused on repeating some lessons from previous unit's and the fundamental course. For the fun side, i've tried to create some stylized portraits from reference photos.
I think you have a great sense of direction and movement of the gesture, but I think you can be a bit looser and see where the "rhythm" of the drawing takes you.
Nice one! I am really impressed that you have managed to practice daily for about two years. I started a similar journey to yours about two years ago but have not been able to keep the practice consistent. I started with the figure drawing course but got stuck at the perspective part and therefore I was so happy that Proko added this fundamentals course. I am following your journey now - very inspiring!
week 49: I've not given any updates the last couple of weeks, because I was finishing up my commission work i've mentioned before. However I'm back in the game (I hope). So to start off again I will be repeating some exercises from various previous lessons just to repeat. I also have a project in mind to work on my own, but I will post about it later. For now some Loomis heads to start :)
Week 47 + 48: Doing the shape design lesson from the beginners course, drawing more loomis heads and did this popcorn horror movie character for fun :)
Week 46: relearning the loomis head method. I found myself struggling with this one. i'm following the method teached by Stan from the portrait drawing course. What do you guys think?
Week 45: continued with the rotating heads challenge by taking it a little step further from the rotating boxes: creating rotating Loomis heads. For fun i did some cartoon-like sketches of some people in the reddit gets drawn community.
Week 44: I missed an update last week, but that is because I'm doing a small commission right now that takes up almost all of my drawing time. However, I'm preparing right now for the rotating head challenge by practicing drawing a rotating box. It is very difficult. I've practiced by drawing from imagination and by looking at a 3d model of a box.
Hey my dude! We are attempting the same reddit curriculum from RadioRunner! I am three weeks in to the Figure Drawing Fundamentals course. It’s super inspiring to see someone so far along in the journey. Keep up the good work. Draw, draw, draw!
Week 42: I'm a little hung over at the moment, so a quick update: more hand studies and gestures. For fun i did a cartoon portrait :)
Week 41: decided to start with anatomy III: the arms which includes the 100 hands challenge. So i'm doing both realistic hands and cartoon hands. As a warm-up i do gesture drawings digitally.
week 40: haven't decided on the next unit yet, but i managed to do some drawing. I mainly focussed on the new lesson in Stan drawing basics course where we drew animal portraits in simple shapes. I also drew some portraits for the reddit gets drawn and the reddit gets drawn badly community where it tried to cartoonize some people.
I'm in a similar situation, looking forward to seeing your progress! I'm doing the Drawing Basics course now, and seen significant improvements in my ability; I'm also doing DrawABox on the side as well. Good luck in your drawing journey! :)
Asked for help
Week 39: I deviate a bit from the drawabox lessons. I've created more structural studies from animals but i tried to apply the critique i've received from @Liandro. What do you guys think? This was also the last week of the unit, so i have to pick another one for next week. I've never studied renderling and light/ shadows yet, so i might pick a unit about this subject.
Week 38: i've combined the drawabox approach of drawing animals with Stan's Structure Basics – Making Things Look 3D lesson. (the last one suggested by @Liandro ) Drawing animals with 3d shapes, but i've used a fineliner and ink to draw them. For the fun side, i did an Aaron Blaise study of this coyote.
week 37: I've finished the 250 cylinder challenge of drawabox! Also started lesson 5: drawing animals. Included my first attempts. For fun, i've colorized one of my drawings from the inking unit and drew a sea turtle in traditional media (markers, fineliners, white colored pencil). What do you guys think?
Week 36: i've continued the cylinder challenge of drawabox.com. 245 cylinders in, so i'm almost done! I've also continued the basics course from Stan, where we did master studies where we studied line, which was very fun.
Asked for help
week 35: Start of a new unit. I've decided to continue with the drawabox.com exercises. First i will be finishing the 250 cylinder challenge, which i've previously started. It is still a very hard challenge to draw these boxes and cylinders with a pen free hand. For the fun side i cartoonized a bunch of people from reference. I've tried to add some shadows and highlights from imagination, but it doesnt seem quite right? Maybe someone has some good tips on that?