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Hello Proko community, here is my submission for this bean assignment. I am having trouble trying to show twist in my beans so I hope you guys are able to help point that out for me. Any general comments is always welcome! I am also having trouble with making my drawing accuracy, how should I practice being more accurate? does it come with time?
Hello! Here is my two and a half week progress. The first three pictures are from two weeks ago, the last three are today's attempts. Not a big progress, but i feel more confident... I think I will move on to the bean lesson while keeping these exercises in my daily warm up routine.
Not my best, but I wanted to post something. My ten minute pose is a little long in the torso, but other than that, give anything to me. Also, I said I wanted to draw bigger, and this time I tried for the longer poses. Did I succeed? And here's the link as usual. https://youtu.be/S7v0UM1Ti0Y
More pen, more me. I can see now that I was focused on structure yesterday, and not as much today. I tried to draw my five minute drawings today (on the right) a little bigger, as I've gotten to used to my normal size's gesture. I try harder tomorrow (as I didn't succeed today), and see where it takes me. I was thinking of Charles Dana Gibson when doing the hatching for the ten minute drawing on the left, so hopefully that comes across. And finally, sorry I keep posting links to the videos, but I don't have time to paste the pictures in due to school starting again. Source: https://youtu.be/TehpctDO7yA, https://youtu.be/kXyLKfFuFNg
Here again. This last week was not it, but today's gestures make me hopeful of a turnaround. Let me know what I can improve on. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzEw6ynDkvQ) Side note: I started a new sketchbook, one with recycled paper, and I don't really like it. It's slightly tinted brown which I don't really care about, but it's weight is slightly less than my previous, and so I can't draw on both sides of the pages (you can see my previous drawings through it, even with pencil). In addition, it has a tooth that seems to eat at my pencil so much that I sharpen it every couple of pages compared to rarely before. Well I guess it's better to know than not :/
Wanting to get back into drawing after a long slump from it. Rewatched the gesture video and it does say to try some yourself before you watch Stan's examples. So here are some that I tried. I don't know if I went into too much detail or not. There are some where I really struggled with the legs. The 4th one, I just had no idea what I was doing and redid it a couple of times. Sometimes it feels like the gesture of the leg goes against the actual shape of it, so that throws me off. I also admit that I did not time these, they were probably somewhere between 2 and 5 minutes each but could have been longer. But here's my first batch and I'm sure I'll do many, many more.
Hello Everyone! These are some of the first gestures I've made with this course. I made 10 2min gesture drawings and 15 30-second gesture drawings. I am a total blank slate when it comes to figure drawing so any feedback on my work would be very much appreciated. Please don't hold back I want to improve!
The progress so far. I did some 2 minute sketches the last two days but I'm still torn. But I think on some poses I've hit the motion a bit so that's a step in the right direction. I need to do something else now because I'm feeling a bit burned out on 30 second and 2 minute poses.
I'm back! I was recommended to zoom in a lot on a big canvas for digital, and I think it worked! I can now fit my 30 minute gestures on one page which is a lot less work to post. This week hasn't been that good for me drawing-wise, as my shading I did this week turned out subpar and my gesture drawings have become a contour fest. Hopefully I'll do better next week, and have something better to post.
Hi all, I finished another figure drawing. Since i got recommended to do a value comp to figure out initial values, i did a quick sketch of the figure (1st image) - I dont exactly know if i approached it like a 'value comp'. the second image is my final. This is my final figure drawing for this course specifically! The course was a lot of fun & I learned a ton. Thanks to all the people who kindly gave me critiques & Pushed me just that bit more to improve & Thanks Proko for putting this course together :D As far as that, Any critiques as usual would be much appreciated, Thanks!
Hey, I'm back with more pen drawings. I've temporarily fazed out of gesture, and wanted to do some fountain pen drawings. The last two of the attached pictures had underdrawings, and the first was straight to pen. Some things to consider: 1. The references. The last picture (labelled 35cd6ac) isn't a good reference, as the light is very soft. I had to darken some values to add form. And also yes, the reference is cut off, hence the vague shading on that leg. 2. The terminator. For the first picture, I just straight drew the separation of dark and light, then coloring book-ed the shadow in. Now, I've tried doing this in conjunction with hatching, but I'm not skilled enough yet to do that. And so the other way is almost no terminator lines and opt for all hatching. I say almost because I would draw it if there's an especially hard turn of form, but for the most part I tried to express depth with just line weight and spacing. 3. Hair. I think the hair looks fine by itself, but detracts from the hatching method as it seems too messy. I'm not at the point of composition, but it seems to lead the eye to the hair and head, which isn't necessarily my desired focal point. 4. Scared shading. In a previous post about hatching, Steve let me know that line spacing and line overlap create darker values, and in these drawings I didn't make use of that. My excuse is that I wanted these to turn out okay, and was worried that darkening values would lead to a messy hatching. Regardless, my value range is really small, and I'm going to try to have a large one in the future. That's it for now, let me know of anything wrong in my drawings. - Dwight
Day 1 of the course, and just started drawing about a month ago. I'm having a difficult time locating the chin in space. It makes sense how to divide the face into thirds vertically, but creating the frontal plane of the face - from brow to chin - is giving me a hard time. My chins always seems to distort the plane. Is there a methodological/geometric approach to this, or is it just trial and error?
You won't believe it but I'm doing MORE gesture! Ever since I got that fountain pen I've stopped learning anatomy for now and am just chasing after Vilppu's way of drawing. I tried some digital today and MAN is it hard to make good looking 30 second gestures. I keep zooming out because I always make my figure's heads so big. Any ideas on how to fit all ten 30 second ones on one page? As usually, feel free to critique or question anything that's not ordinary.
Hey guys, I have some more pen gesture, all of it being 1 minute. I really struggle with 1 minute poses, so I here I've tried to face it head on. I believe most of it is from either https://youtu.be/NujN1ZfhwDc or https://youtu.be/hzLO5vehWLs. Anyway, I got this fountain pen for Christmas (which are different than dip pens I guess) and wanted to try it out. Am I focusing too much on contours? Should I focus more on line weight? Comments are always welcome.
Hey tbrown, I understand your frustration. I've recently been infatuated by Vilppu's figure drawing as well. It ALWAYS humbles me to know just how far I have to go, but at the same time, keep in mind that he's a master and you're a student. You forget that he's been drawing for probably 6 times as long as you have, so don't beat yourself up over not becoming great overnight. What's funny is that Vilppu made me want to try pen gesture as well, only it happened last week. And at the risk of overstepping my bounds by critiquing someone who may be better than me, but I'd recommend that you stick with pencil / undo-able mediums for now. I say this because, as you correctly identify yourself, proportion is a struggle for you (and me). To be more specific, you're standing poses are relatively fine, but when foreshortened or near the edge of the page, they get wonky. I've had this same problem, and I don't really have any advice except to be aware of it and try not to do it. And as a side note, I remember in one of Vilppu's figure drawing demos that he only uses cross contours when the form is going away or towards us in space. Another thing I've noticed is balance. If you were to try and replicate some poses you've drawn in real life, you may find it hard to stay in that position due to being off balance. And compounding on that, I've noticed Vilppu will exaggerate where the weight of the figure is being place, to show a grounded figure. Notice in your Vilppu picture how if the weight of a figure is on one leg, the pelvis is pushed up on that leg. If the weight rests on an arm, that shoulder is elevated. When you take into account where the weight is placed, I think you'll be one step closer to where you want to be. My final point is under the big umbrella of shape design. Now, I hate when instructors just say, "design better shapes!" and move on, so allow me to explain. Look at Vilppu's drawings not as figures but as lines. Notice how none of his lines are symmetrical. I know it's hard to break from this idea, but a video that helped me is Mike's Force Drawing here on Proko (I believe it's this one, but all of them are good https://www.proko.com/s/z6sT). Although I don't use the force method, I like his way of explaining things. Lastly, I've posted my pen drawings so if you'd like, you can critique me :) - Dwight
I'd highly recommend (when sufficiently comfortable with whatever else) to try pen and charcoal gesture. The (almost) inability to erase makes you much more conscience of each stroke. Also, you're just naturally faster. Anyway, take a peak, let me know.