Demetrio Cran
Demetrio Cran
I was born in 1980, and I have always drawn in my free time. In 2015, I decided to dive deep into the fundamentals. I would like making graphic novels
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Hello everybody😀 I have been doing some robo bean. Pls let me know if im doing something wrong, it would be very helpful.😀
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Demetrio Cran
Very well done, I believe. The second one starting from the top might have the center line of the tórax box a little bit off.
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Demetrio Cran
Hello. Just a comment, I believe that you are making the exercise harder by choosing this kind of reference where the landmarks can not be seen clearly. This is Just my opinion, of course. Have a nice day!
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Demetrio Cran
Hello! nice study. Here is my feedback, hope it helps: - Proportions: Since Stan teaches us to start with the torso, I would say that the legs are short and the head small, but only a little. The drawing looks pretty natural, but I can see the difference in comparison to the reference. - Shading: The shadow edges, known as the terminators and the cast shadow limits, according to theory, should be depicted with a soft edge for the former, and a firm edge for the latter. If you study the work of Lane Brown, he does that notoriously.  Did you try to treat the shadow side more graphically? I mean, there is something often called "Value compression" that is about making choices to what side we prioritize. Generally, for this kind of drawing, the light side is prioritized. - Light condition: it is a nice reference, side light is a good lighting setup, I believe. By the way, very good gesture!
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Seth Lynch
Hey guys, this is my first time posting for feedback. This is actually pretty tricky haha Let me know what you think I should focus on improving thanks :)
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Demetrio Cran
Hi Seth, maybe you could work on improving your center line and balance. A trick for working the balance is to draw a dark tone where the model is standing... something like a shadow... the minimum required for resemble a surface. A perspective grid can make the trick even better! Regarding center line, you should revise your drawing, using observation of the pose and logical thinking. Hope it helps!
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Demetrio Cran
mmm.... challenging question. I think that you should try to do what you love and fail catastrophically, but have fun doing it. That is what Scott McCloud calls the Surface Stage. Is good for you since you will discover what you like. Experiment with materials, styles, etc. Make projects that you like. Here I wrote about my experience in the learning journey https://demetriocran.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/how-to-use-scott-mcclouds-model-to-make-sense-of-your-art-journey/ godspeed!
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Aleksandra Krupskaya
This exercise was fun. I wonder why boxes and cylinders are relatively easy, but once it comes to people and animals, it's a leap and it's much more difficult to use simple forms. I tried to do boxy forms and cylinder-like forms, not just proper boxes and cylinders, thinking it might help with animals later.
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Demetrio Cran
Hello! My opinion is that understanding how to draw the basic volumes is paramount. My feedback: I can see that you are drawing the volumes as if they occupy your whole field of view (fast convergence). And, a leg or head is not going to occupy that much in a structure, so, you should practice slower convergences, almost paraline. Hope it helps!
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Demetrio Cran
nice! great gesture and good-looking anatomical details! regarding shading, I believe that the rim light (the secondary light from the left) looks too much linear, so it breaks the illusion a little bit. :-) Also, you should add a cast shadow, some dar tones in the floor she is standing. It does not need to be accurate. Otherwise, it looks unnatural, though she could be standing on a piece of glass!
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Jan Hájek
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Started to learn recently, any ideas what´s working and what´s not working, what to change? any feedback on my gesture drawings would be most appreciated. Most of them are 2 minutes.
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Demetrio Cran
Hello Jan, you could try to draw each 2-minute gesture bigger, one per page is best, and to use your pencil like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMC0Cx3Uk84
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Demetrio Cran
Hi Uku! To get uniform light with lamps is super difficult. For that, photographers use diffusers, but you can try from a corner of a light painted room, and point the lamps to the walls, so your drawing will get reflected light. To correct some difficult gradient, you can use an aluminum film, the kind that is used for cooking, those can be used to reflect the reflected light.  Regarding your quick sketches, they are clear and clean, with good proportions and alive. So, I believe that you should try to use a less analytical mindset if you are interested in gesture practice. I mean, you are conveying a lot of information about the volume and anatomy. Most teachers do not consider gesture drawing what you are doing, though they have good gestures. Gesture is about using the fewer lines possible to convey the pose, so you can add details to it in the following stage. You are drawing the next stage and doing the gesture in your mind, which is an advanced skill. Did you try to do that with more complex poses? Probably in those situations, you will have difficulties seeing the gesture in your mind and you will have to find it on the page by using the fewer lines possibles, long CSI lines, and wrapping auxiliary lines (ellipses) to indicate the direction of the volumes. I have some examples in my profile, and a lot on my IG. (Sorry for my English!) All the best!
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Demetrio Cran
Hi! Probably you will find this topic interesting https://www.proko.com/community/topics/bibliography-on-reilly-rithms
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Demetrio Cran
Hello. I also took the Figuary challenge (in my profile you can see some drawings from it). Therefore, I am familiar with the poses. I can tell you that you did a great job! I think you should try to change your tool, from the mark you did, I guess you are using a pencil with a normal conical point and you held it with the tripod grip. You should try the overhand grip and to expose about one inch of lead, as Stan shows in one of his videos. If you are in the mood, here is a blog post of mine about this topic https://demetriocran.wordpress.com/2021/01/23/mark-making-with-pencils-and-alike-using-the-whole-arm/
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PoopMan BoxMan
I've been familiar with gesture before but I've decided to finally share my drawings and improve my gesture drawings once and for all! For these drawings, I've mainly tried to capture the expression of the pose. Please feel free to critique! :::DDD
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Demetrio Cran
Hello. I agree with the other replies. I believe that you should build the figure with longer lines. For instance, one line should represent the whole arm. Try ghosting, maybe using a soft touch to make the first attempts, and then commit to the final line. After you take care of that, focus on balance, and finally proportions. Best wishes!
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Demetrio Cran
Maybe, it is not that hard. Maybe we would know when we are ready to stop studying perspective, just to name one of the fundamentals, when we know how to solve anything that we want to solve, and we are focus on the design instead of wondering if we would draw good enough a given thing. Of course, we need to try to draw something a little bit harder than before every time. There is no gain in trying to draw a very complex scene to see if we can, because when we are starting, there is no doubt that we would not, and if we believe that we can, is because we are not even ready to see our own mistakes. That is my opinion, hope it helps.
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Demetrio Cran
Allan! Hello from Argentina! I love books, and I am also looking for a book with the Reilly method. But, the only thing I found is a long article by Ron Lemen in an ImageFX magazine. The title of the entire magazine is "How to draw and paint anatomy." The article by Ron is entitled "Human anatomy, a complete workshop on bringing your body drawing to life." It seems very good, but I did not study it in detail yet.
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Demetrio Cran
Impressive drawings! You use your time well. However, since you asked, I would recommend you try to include fewer anatomical details and focus on proportions. I can not be sure to what point is a stylistic choice, so I apologize if your manipulation of proportions is in your full control.
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Demetrio Cran
Hello Christopher! Expressive gestures! Your marks have great confidence! I would recommend you use a "soft touch" for some marks, such as the cross contour lines. With soft-touch, I mean light marks with fuzzy borders. I think that it would make the drawing clearer since you can express hierarchy. I have some gesture drawing demos on my YouTube Channel, just in case you were interested. Here is the link https://youtu.be/HRurIzqywbQ
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Demetrio Cran
I believe that you can always critique if you use the proper level of confidence in your affirmations. You can share your thoughts but without making strong affirmations. For instance, you can say, "the legs seem long to me, but maybe that was a stylistic choice of yours, it does not look bad, but you tried to make them shorter? I believe that it would look cool!". On the other hand, you can always say how the piece makes you feel, and you could never be wrong on that. By the way, your drawings look clear to me; that is the most important part of line quality, right? Beautiful mark-making is an advanced skill that we are always improving, I think. Maybe you can record your drawing session on video and watch you draw later, paying attention to your movements.
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Demetrio Cran
Hi, I think that no one mentioned the books by Marcos Mateu-Mestre, Framed Perspective Volumes 1 and 2. They are full of drawing demonstrations and work as an excellent companion for How to Draw (by SR). You could use the demonstrations by Marcos as assignments. 
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