Project - Learning to Sketch from Imagination
Project - Learning to Sketch from Imagination
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Project - Learning to Sketch from Imagination

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Project - Learning to Sketch from Imagination

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Pick an animal, a bug, or some kind of creature, and find several reference photos to use as inspiration to sketch a new character.

Don't copy the photos. Feel free to explore with proportions and exaggerate or simplify things to make it your own. Do multiple sketches to experiment and try different ideas.

Once you think you have a clear idea of a character, do one full page sketch. Even in this final sketch, try to use loose, confident lines and focus on the shapes of the character you have in mind. We're trying something new here with this project by starting to develop our ability to draw from imagination. So it might be a bit of a challenge, but don't sweat it.

Let's keep it loose and rough with our sketches and just focus on letting those creative juices flow. Don't focus on the cleanliness of your lines. We're sketching, and when you post your assignments, please include the photos you found and all your experimental sketches.

If you'd like to have a chance to be included in the upcoming critique videos, you must submit your drawings below by March 9th

And don't forget to have fun!

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Thieum
A few more sketches trying slowly to get away from references and to think about gesture, volumes in space and shapes design. Not really imaginative drawings yet but hopefully on the way...
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Mike Grizzle
These are great, I really liked those bears!
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Lisanne
First attempt with these big horn sheep (pictures from Pinterest). Planning another session to dive into the shapes a little further! I first started with loosely copying the photos , then I tried to explore with proportions a bit by exaggerating the snout and eyes. I really thought this was a fun project! And I feel like I'm not done. This sheep still needs a little bit more personality.
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jutin0921
drawing imagination is very tough for me right now, my drawings feels very stiff and it makes me feel like i cant do much about, for now atleast.
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ariannaselas
I apologize for how difficult the drawing is to see. I appreciate any feedback from anyone!
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ariannaselas
Edit- draw over original drawing with a 4B pencil and drew another picture
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cujovic
I used more references than I am posting here. I found the front perspective very challenging. Also by looking at the references again I see how I missed the angle the legs are attached to the torso.
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cujovic
One more try
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Viktor Having
Fun! Hard to keep in mind and do the exploration and bend and change shapes. Hope everyone are having a great day.
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xeixas118
2nd try after watching proko, realized I need to be more lose so here they are
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Benjamin Mayer
I love them!!!
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Really enjoying your course...thank you so much.
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Melodie Wynne
Yes, I agree with Audrey S. And all of the pointy shapes!
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Audrey S
I love your reference sketches! Your lines have the sketchy quality that I think the assignment was looking for, and the final product is quite adorable!
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Sophia Neishtoot
I'm so late...
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Audrey S
Nice job! you've done a great job of exploring the pose with your lines. Would love to see some of your reference sketches :)
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yecai
Attempt to draw T-Rexes from imagination. Blue sketches were drawn from observation at the beginning. Btw I love the Jurassic series for so many years, eventually I get done with a dinosaurs sketch from imagination. Not one ,but three. It was a challenge.
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VAGABOND
Man these are really nice I really like them
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Audrey S
I love this! I think that you've done a great job with your exploration to find the essence of the poses and the parts of the dinosaur. I would love to see the sketches for your final drawings! Those sketches while not as clean would show your thought process as you explored the concept. Otherwise, your finished drawings are gorgeous :)
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Rose Bernatovich
Your hard work paid off, these are awesome!
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Moonless_Sky
First time I tried to scetch something from imagination. This was fun :)
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Francesca Puccio
Thought I’d give Level 2 a try. I’m still not loose enough with my sketches…I’ll keep working on it! I was going for a caricature of a pelican.
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Lee Davis
I rushed a little so I didn't really do very many studies before doing the sketch from imagination, but here they are. My brain is a little fried this week.
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kendallx
For this project I sketched a pig. There were a couple more reference photos that I used, but I could not relocate them. I did use the photo reference to sketch from observation as I studied the pig. Then, I played around with a couple different ways I would like my character to look on the page. The third photo is my first attempt at drawing from imagination, which I dislike. I did not really try on this sketch, especially on the legs/hoof area of the pig. The fourth photo is a second attempt to draw from imagination, which I like a lot more. I feel that it has more character and interesting shape. I continue to struggle with feet and hands of animals/people, something about the small details get me. I also have trouble with loose sketching still, most of the start of my drawings start with light chicken scratch and it will take practice to develop a new habit. Also, I am still learning to grip my pencil correctly, I have held pencils in an incorrect grip all my life and still find myself doing it sometimes when sketching. Anyone else have this issue?
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Lee Davis
Hi, I can see the progress in your fourth photo as well. It looks good. Some things that help me and I think could help you too, is to always build whatever your drawing with basic shapes and forms first before you do any outlines. I don't quite remember if Stan said that yet, but building the figure out of boxes, spheres, and cylinders etc helps visualize its 3D form a lot and helps you learn to see form instead of just outlines. Don't sweat the small details. It's better to get major things down first anyway, then you can get more detailed. As for the pencil thing, it's not a right or wrong thing. you can hold it however you need to to get the best results. It just helps you use your whole arm more, which is the more important concept I think. Your doing good, hope you keep going!
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Tony Chang
Drawing from imagination is so much harder for me because of the lack of knowledge. It’s a lot harder to try and get confident lines/tapered strokes because I focus a lot more of “how can I convey my ideas correctly”. I had fun though.:)
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Tony Chang
I literally have zero knowledge of anatomy, perspective, or shapes. LOL. Still trying to explore, but I had fun!
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drawstfffu
I leel like I didnt do enough but also maybe I needed to learn more tiger anatomy and foreshortning
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Audrey S
I think you've got the right idea so far! I would love to see more of your exploratory sketches and how you figured out the different shapes and parts! The line work on this sketch you've provided is very clean, and doesn't have the sketchy, exploratory quality this project is looking to find. Feel free to make looser lines as you find the right shapes!
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Jeramiah Escobar
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Mara De Saulles
Here's my little cat! I think next time I attempt this exercise I'll definitely do a few more exploration/development sketches before going into the final. But overall I am pleased with how it came out!
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Audrey S
These are adorable! Remember that this is a sketching exercise. Your lines feel a little too clean and wobbly. As you are doing your study, ask yourself what are the major shapes? what is the energy? You'll get drawings that are a little more messy but will capture the essence of the subject and then let you manipulate the essence to the pose you're looking for
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Tamai Kobayashi
Welp, another creature in an Elizabethan collar - inspired by all the great work here!
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