Glad to find a place for ink lovers. This is just anatomy study based on Stan's tips of trying to maintain gesture, but also an attempt to be less dependent on hatching. Done with brush an ink ( though I did use the computer to make the paper completely white).
Great Exercise! I often do masterstudies in this approach, understanding the form concept of the artists. This one if from Titian, a quick study but valuable one. I learned perspective through Drawabox too and helped me a lot in the matter of form.
Jack Faragasso has a Reilly book but it is very complicated, I know Dough Higgins also has a few books on it but have not picked it up. I recommend following Watts' teachers on Instagram, such as Erik Gist and Brian Knox they drop tidbits of Reilly Abstraction. You could also audit 1 or 2 streaming classes ($49 to audit, $210 to participate). You can also base your study schedule on the online program without actually taking it, since the online program is in phases, and the preview, it shows what you learn in those phases. Ex. in Head Phase 1 you start off by studying head layins (loomis head), then skull in 3 views, simple Asaro head 3 views, Reilly Abstraction 3 views, finally Asaro Head in 3 views.
There is really a yin and a yang to all this. The answer for me is that you're never really done studying the fundamentals, but that shouldn't stop you from making the best art you can. Andrew Loomis talked about setting aside one day for study, and I know Norman Rockwell took classes all his life. I think they recognized that mastery is illusive, and there is always a deeper understanding one can achieve. That said, I think there can be a tendency to put off tackling big art projects because we don't feel ready. That's paralysis of analysis. People who do nothing but exercises, but no finished art fall into this trap. Sure, it might not be perfect, but so what? Dive in. If it doesn't turn out great, then it was just a draft. Furthermore, great art can survive mistakes. We're living in a media culture largely built on the shoulders of Jack Kirby comics with all of their made up anatomy. Art doesn't have to be perfect to be good.
I like your different shading methods in your drawings :) Nice touch with the darker areas around the skulls, gives them some punch. I'm new here, just registered today, so I'm still getting the hang of the site. I have not even set up my profile yet ;) But I guess I could manage to post an image, so here it goes. A portrait, done with fountain pens, technical pens and fineliners (for the lightest parts).
Hello, I recently got a book called Figure Drawing For Concept Artists by Kan Muftic and there’s a bit about Reilly rhythms in there. It’s not very in-depth or but thought I’d point it out. It’s a beautiful book. As others have mentioned, Watts Atelier is probably the best place to learn about Reilly rhythms.