Critique - Learning to Sketch from Observation
Stan Prokopenko in Drawing Basics
Its time for critiques again! In this lesson, I’ll look over your sketches from observation and address the common mistakes. These two critique episodes took a bit longer to edit, so Level 2 critique coming out next week.
is anyone else finding making tapered lines difficult? I feel that when I try and slow down so that it gets darker in the middle the lines becomes sloppier, but if I try and do a quicker and more confident line then it is usually uniform in its darkness
Thanks Stan, and that was my first time drawing an arm from reference (aside from gesture but I don't draw fingers in those) so I think I did good. I've found that sketching is a way to go for easing my way into drawing, I feel like it's been working out a lot! Usually I have this fear whenever I want to draw something that freezes me stiff whenever I try putting my pencil to paper, but It's been getting slightly better. Sketched some flowers :)
A morning quick-sketch using a still from the movie The Banshees of Inisherin as a references (great film). I was attracted to the darkness of the the character's dress and the donkey. I need to do more of this. I've fallen out of the daily habit of pencil sketching since trying to learn how to ink better (which is S-L-O-W!). As you can probably tell, once I get going, I don't look back at the reference enough and just start to rely on constructive techniques (and other hackery).
Thank you Stan for dispelling some of my insecurities about always going back to the fundamentals.
My sketches- started with messy, unconfident penguin, to contour like hands, and starting to get the feel for sketching by last set- the singing space woman. Still need to practice the sketch feel for the entire drawing instead of moments within a drawing.
Day 40 (sketching streak) - figured I would come out of my hole and post to a lesson. Since I felt that I have stalled a little I figured to circle back around and do something to at least improve the consistency and focus. I did some timed sketches. Its been a while (over five years) since I have done timed sketches of anything, so I figured this first one was probably going to be mostly getting rid of the stress of drawing under time pressure. And I was right! I picked 2 minutes and 5 minutes, both I felt a bit too short (especially on the VR girl), but the point wasn't to finish the sketches, it was about not wasting time. @Stan Prokopenko I know you said not to time your works before, but for someone like me that will fill every available second with fear, doubt and self loathing, sometimes the clock is our friend. Well once your get over the nervousness and lack of skill :)
I can see improvements with each 2nd attempt, the 2nd hand sketch came out especially well. Feels proportionate and sketch like quality to it.
So I redraw one of the photos taking into consideration the points in the video. One of my mistakes was that I focused a lot on the contour and I tried to do perfect lines. Also, I stop worrying about proportions and focused in the connections (I did a few mistakes with the arms but I'm still satisfied with the result)
Learning to loosen up them lines a bit.
Its crazy that we can learn so much off of one assignment
My penguin! All and any feedback welcome, what should I be doing differently?
This is assignment is more about linework and energy than accurately copying contour. If you were to do this again, I'd lay down some light lines that try to find the forms and once you've got the rough forms, refine them and add more detail. Think of it like a sculpture. You get the larger rough mass then gradually refine to more and more kinds of detail. Imagine drawing the same image over and over, but starting with blurred to catch the larger forms, then more and more in focus to refine.
After the critique video! It’s really hard for me to not add a little imagination. LOL.
this is after watching critique and thanks for the critique, maestro Proko.
Thanks for the critique! I can learn a lot from these videos!
Your critiques are lessons upon lessons upon lessons! These projects and your comments revealed my reliance on observation and contour married to perfectionism. This is helping to eliminate my internal angst when drawing. Thanks for your eye opening feedback Stan😳 Here is a thank you gift for you Stan- The Dot and the Line; 1965 movie version so you don’t have to read the book😂 https://youtu.be/h0yf7IkWceI I am a blue line…you are gently training me to be a versatile line by choice! A big shout out to Marshall too!
I love this,I got the book too. I think I came across it because of one of the draftsman's videos.Did Marshall mention it?
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Thank you! Ill make sure to give this a watch
You didn't cover my work but I can definitely see a lot of the same things you'd critique. Probably that my lines are too clean and the drawings too finished. Even when I feel I'm being loose, I'm probably aiming for too much accuracy. I'm working on that by doing some 10 min sketches and drawings over breaks as work.
Thanks for the critique. I am going to work on what you suggested.
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