Bradwynn Jones
Bradwynn Jones
Carlsbad, CA
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dish
Hi! This is what i got after my first practice session. Two problems i faced frequently: 1. the chin/jaw shape looks weird 2. front view for downward-looking angle ends up being a really long face (my best guess is it might look better if i shorten the length between the hairline-nose-chin) Any help regarding the above issues or critique in general would be much appreciated. Thank you!
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Bradwynn Jones
Hi Dish! To help draw the jaw/chin shapes you can use rhythms side to side to draw in perspective. It can be a challenging area to draw for sure. At some angles it's a question to ask if we can see the far side angle of the mandible or not. Your number 12 and 14 look really good. I think doing more of these will help and also look at portrait references too. One good exercise is to think of the head as being inside a elongated box shape and then draw the thirds of the face angles on it. This also helps to make sure the vertical and horizontal alignments (thirds of the face) are on the same tilt. There is definitely a need to adjust the thirds for perspective when the head is looking downward. Good work!
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persona937
some gestures I did of marcia
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Bradwynn Jones
Really cool gestures! Looks like you get the feeling of the pose well. Your gestures seem to empathize with the person's body language nicely. Number 4 looks a bit off in the tilt of shoulders. Also remember to look for asymmetry in the limbs to help the flow of the gesture. Really good work and 7 is my favorite.
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Nishith Vakil
Heres my first eye drawing, I was afraid that it was going to be way harder drawing this on paper but Stan is great teacher, so it turned out alright, looks a little worse after scanning but it has to do. Please let me know what you all think, thanks. C:
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Bradwynn Jones
BEAUTIFUL! These are nice drawings Nishith. The value shape on the nasal bone (on the eye nearer to bottom of page) looks a bit too dark to me. I'd use the pupil as the darkest value. Then make all other dark values subordinate to the pupil's value. Really cool eye studies!
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Lena Gerken
So I did the assignment, but i feel like my lines are too rough and sketchy. I already do the exercise where I have to connect the two dots, but i still struggle a lot with keeping it clean. Does anyone know what i could do?
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Bradwynn Jones
Hi Lena! You're doing good esp if you are aware of the sketchiness and working on changing it. Keep practicing and the dexterity to pull clean lines will come. You could think about tracking your line just off the surface first before committing the line to paper. Stan calls this ghosting the line. I do it all the time and helps me make confident strokes just like golfers do before hitting the ball. They give a couple of ghost swings before the real swing. Great work and keep practicing the clean lines. You're doing great!
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Andreia Schemid
Trying to understand the ellipse when the head turns, using the 3d model
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Bradwynn Jones
Hi Andreia! Looks great to me! The ellipse looks to be in perspective.
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Hugo
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Hi gang ! 👋 I tried to focus less on contour since that was my main problem last time. I worked only with 30 second poses to force myself drawing only the most essentials lines of actions. So here it is, tell me what you think about it and how to get better ! ;)
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Bradwynn Jones
Great work on thinking about the main line of action. To help it flow even more think of the limbs like a snake. Also use the CSI lines more too. The attached image is just the idea of using C curves and S curves on the legs to push the gesture or at least help it flow more. You are doing good and I hope this helps.
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David Gutmann
Could I get feedback on those drawings?
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Bradwynn Jones
I like the first nose the best. Good work! Some of the nose drawings look like they are lacking some structure. Try to map in the core shadow shape along the wings of the nose and around the bottom plane of the ball of the nose. Just like you did on the first one. Also show a bit more of the transition from the nasal bone to the upper lateral cartilage. Good work on defining the side plane of the front of the nose too. I like how you showed the kind of dove tailing along that core shadow shape/form of the plane change.
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Enrique Nuñez Mendoza
Hello everyone! This is my first post. I don´t know if it is right to use this space for showing finished work but I would like to show my recent artworks based on what I learned from this course. Please feel free to critique my work. Have a great day! Greetings from México.
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Bradwynn Jones
Really good work! Love these. It may be a preference thing or style but I'd try to lighten up the shadows on some areas to pop the core shadows more. I'd keep the occlusion shadows dark but kind of fill in the other shadows with a sense of reflective light just enough to show the form through core shadows. My favorite is the last one. Beautiful work!!
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Galileah Hankins
Here is my go at the assignment. I am getting back into drawing after a long hiatus and this time I want to be consistent with these awesome courses. Critiques very welcome!
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Bradwynn Jones
Really good flow and you seem to understand the concept of gesture. I'd try to find opportunities to treat the torso and leg as a single flowing shape more. Maybe avoiding the addition of contour bumps like in the hip on the stretching flowing side of the long standing poses. Looks really good though! Nice work
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Johan Kurniawan
I know very little about shading so I tried my best to draw the shadow shape but I know the placement probably won't be accurate because I can't really differentiate shadow and halftone. The assignment says that if you're new to shading, don't shade for this exercise since it will be a distraction. I need help of how to SHOW the form of the abs, especially the one on female figures, without shading.
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Bradwynn Jones
Hi Johan! One way to differentiate shadow from halftone is to squint down as you look at the image or at the model in front of you. Having less light reaching our eyes helps us to see the division line between light and dark easier. It sounds weird to squint to see less light so we can see edges clearer but it works so well. You can try shadow mapping to show the forms. Drawing the cast shadows and the core shadows will really help show form and don't even need to shade it in for it to read well. Really cool studies!
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Joakim lof
Hello everyone :) this is my submission for the first assignment they are all 30 seconds - 1 minute poses. I upload a duplicate to show which were the 1 minute ones. I did not watch video 2 yet, since I wanted to follow the recommendations. I really want to learn to draw good gestures, and any feedback for whether or not I'm in the right direction or totally off would be very much appreciated :)
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Bradwynn Jones
You are definitely on the right path with gestures! Only thing I can see from your awesome work is to look for places to bend the contour towards the main action or flow of the gesture more and other than that really good work!
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Jahsee Mullings
I watch how to draw gesture step by step trying to understand more how Stan draws his gesture. How did I do. I have a really hard time dealing with #2. Thanks for the critics in advance🥇🧨🥇
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Bradwynn Jones
Hi Jahsee! You did great with the flow overall and the legs look very gestural. Keep them coming! Looks like you are on the right track
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Nina
My first assignment which was fun to do :). Thank you for tips and critique, really appreciate it: Head 1-50: drawing the Loomis head from the 3d-Model, doing lay-ins from the practices, some lay-ins from real-life reference photos. I am not yet very consistent regarding line placement. Will definitely repeat this task 50 more times to get more routine!
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Bradwynn Jones
Strong work here! The 3d model and Loomis examples look great and did the photo reference ones give you more challenge? They did for me when first learning this method of drawing. Though these studies are so good for developing dexterity, muscle memory and an instinct for the structure and rhythm of the face I used to have challenges with people who looked different from Loomis faces. Now I like to think of the basic loomis head as a thing to stretch and change as needed (taking comparative measurements) for who ever my subject is.
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Bradwynn Jones
I love how you are using angles of the overall pose in the first two images. That is great! I do think they need a bit more flow and one thing that interrupts the flow is a sketchy line. I'd bet they would look way more gestural and rhythmic if the line was smoother and less sketchy. To me it looks like on your last page may be you focused too much on the contour vs thinking about gesture and structure first. I still find myself jumping too fast into contour on figures. I try to follow a step wise system though. If I'm a good boy I will first isolate what is important like the gesture (feeling and body language of pose) then more structure like the landmarks and mother forms (boxes and cylinders). I think of it like being a sculptor and first building the wire frame of the figure and bending it for the gesture of the pose. I first draw the armature of the figure (gesture drawing) then build the structure further and the basic shapes and their motion or flow (bending, stretching and twisting). Attached image is just an example of a sculptor's armature and it looks similar to our drawing gestures... all those beautiful CSI lines
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Jesper Axelsson
This one was hard. Here is my second attempt after watching Stan´s example. Question: Is that cylinder a vein? Stan didn´t include it in his drawing, so I suppose it isn´t a muscle... but it´s so thick Thanks in advance :)
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Bradwynn Jones
Your drawing looks great! Looks like that is a good sized Ulnar vein. Makes me wanna get after it more and train for veins lol. They get really big on lean people with muscle and some people have water-hose sized veins.
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crobinso24
Here are my attempts at gesture. I have some experience drawing gesture but I've always struggled with it. I think knowing what to simplify or leave out can confuse me at times
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Bradwynn Jones
Try to get at the core of the flow of body parts…flow of spine, arms etc You can do this by looking for the main action line (like in this attached image). Main action line starts at the pit of the neck and S curves all the way down through the leg to the floor. It will cut through some anatomy (contours) to do this and that is required most times to get a great gesture. Finally look to make both sides of the leg forms to bend in the same flow relationship. )) is a flowing shape vs () no flow shape. It helps to visualize the legs and arms like snakes in that they are flowing and cylindrical. Good work and I hope that helps. These get easier with daily practice. Even just 20 minutes a day you will see huge return in investment.
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Cristina Kaiden
I am still working on lesson 1; I do the pose; repeat while watching Proko do it; and then, I do it on my own. It is taking quite a bit of time, but I’m learning a lot. I did 6 poses today.
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Bradwynn Jones
I like how you curved the shin rather than just straight. Your gestures have al lot of feeling. Look to push or help the flow of the limbs by using asymmetry. Some of the upper legs here have symmetry with a () shape which stops the gesture from flowing vs using the asymmetry )) shape. This is the drawing-through-the-form idea that is important to get really good flow in a drawing. Really good work!
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Jessica Mondelus
First time drawing in a while and having a hard time thinking through the 30s quick sketches. Not sure if it’s supposed to look more fleshed out or not. I’m trying to think of the line of action going from the head to the toe. Let me know if there’s anything you can see that I should focus on to improve. Thank you!
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Bradwynn Jones
Nice! 30s is very difficult so getting that line of action like you're doing is great. Indicating the angles of the shoulders and hips and a couple of rhythm lines for the legs is about all we can do in 30 seconds unusually. You're doing good. Try to focus on the line quality and avoid making too many marks in one area (sketchy look) because it kills the flow feeling of the gestures. Also separate out your figures from one another a bit more so we can see them better. Keep them coming!
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Praneet Akki
Would like some feedback
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Bradwynn Jones
Hi Praneet! Look out for making the breasts sit too high up on the chest (#5 for example). There needs to be more space from the clavicle or pit of the neck to the start of the upper part of the breasts. Looks like you are missing the pectoralis muscle between the clavicle and the top start of the breasts for example. This is a common issue and I will catch myself doing it too especially if I made the ribcage too small. Take another look at your drawings and see if the ribcage is too short. Look for that 10 rib location in relationship to the ASIS will help a bunch. Hope that helps!
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Aleksandra Krupskaya
Hello! I've tried the assignment, doing 3 poses from a pose website. I found that not every pose is good for this exercise - seems like a lot of poses can just barely be exaggerated further, and also, it's hard to make an exagerrated pose not look stiff. I'll be grateful for any critique, I'm trying to figure out what to focus on, what to do to improve (in partivular, make the poses less stiff and more realistic)
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Bradwynn Jones
This is a hard exercise and takes a lot of time to do and you did it very well with the step by step. It is true if the pose you are starting with is already an exaggerated pose for the body to be in it would be difficult to push it further. You did the mannequinization well. I think the stiffness comes from the initial gesture sketch and still leaving in too much symmetry in the forms like the legs. Symmetry kills the flow and gesture feel causing a pose to be stiff. Look to create those asymmetrical areas in the flow of the limbs and noticing the asymmetry of the muscles. Here is a gif from Proko showing how to push the asymmetry then draw in the anatomy on top keeping the flow of the limbs in place. Again great work!
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