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Eric Desjardins
Eric Desjardins
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Eric Desjardins
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.
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Bartosz Kowalczyk
Great work. I have a question about your beginnings. Have you been drawing before starting Proko portrait ? Do you have some of your first portraits still to see before and after effect? Keep doin good work ;)
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Eric Desjardins
Hi Bartosz, Here are a few drawings; I had no experience prior. First drawing is from early 2019 before the course, second was during the course, third was later in 2019 after the course. Last one is from mid 2020. The drawing in the original post I made just a few days ago. I haven't stopped working on it since I started back in early 2019 and have taken other courses. I think what Proko offers is perfect for beginners. You get out what you put in, so work often and hard!
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Lucas Kremer
I agree with Kristian that some of the shadow/anatomy shapes could be clearer. That would make the light source read more immediately to the viewer, and would help the portrait sit in space more solidly. However, this has a lot of energy in it and is really playful, and I appreciate that a lot. Well done overall.
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Eric Desjardins
Thanks Lucas I really appreciate the comment!
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Kristian Nee
Hey Eric! This is an awesome drawing! You're definitely getting a hang of the concepts. What I would say is everything is in the correct spot, but it looks like there are a bunch of arbitrary shapes. The neck for example doesn't feel like it has any primary forms. And the anatomy doesn't feel correct. So as a result when you cover the head and look at the neck, you can't really tell what you're looking at. @Stan Prokopenko has an awesome diagram where he shows how using a very strong primary cylinder can be used as the scaffolding for an arm. If you were to use the same concept for the neck of this drawing, I think it'd make it more dynamic.
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Eric Desjardins
Thanks for the reply Kristian! That makes a lot of sense. I often jump right into shadow shapes after I have a basic sketch down, but maybe I should spend more time building up the structure first. Thanks again 🙏
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Eric Desjardins
I started the Proko portrait course approximately 2 years ago. I feel I’ve made great progress since then and am still working on it. Here’s my latest. I initially found that drawing heads was very difficult, and the course was helpful in breaking things down in a way I could understand.
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