Gannon Beck
Gannon Beck
Virginia
I make T-shirts and comics.
Fat Squirrel
Hi! Here's my first 16 Loomis Heads. The last 8 is kinda messy, since I was trying to figure out the orientation because of the crazy angles and foreshortening. I'd be grateful if any errors or mistakes are pointed out. I've spotted quite a few on my own, i.e convergence inaccuracies, etc. My lines are kinda messy too, since I didn't use any tools like rulers or smoothing. It's all freehand, aside from this being digital and all. Here's a few observations I've made, and I may or may not be mistaken. 1. The minor axis of the ellipse denoting the side planes must be pointed into the vanishing point 2. When measuring out the size of the ellipse, we have to measure it in the direction of the vanishing point (i.e not always vertical depending on the orientation of the head) 3. When the head is drawn viewed from the back, we can find where the front is and their measurements, which is obstructed by the skull and we can't see it, by wrapping the measurement lines (the thirds of the face) around the cranium like rubber bands from the back. Also, I have a question on foreshortening. Do you just have to estimate the amount by which the measurements compress/extend when measuring along a foreshortened axis? Or is there some sort of technically accurate method for that? I've been relying on intuition thus far. I hope my heads look good enough. Lastly, how many of these do we have to draw? I know Stan said 100 heads, but is there a point of diminishing returns? I don't want to grind for the sake of grinding. edit: for some of the more extreme angles, the 3D model wouldn't give me the view I needed, so I couldn't quite check whether I am accurate with my Loomis head. Thanks!
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Gannon Beck
Great studies!
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Matt Abery
Here is my attempt at the bicep assignments. Sorry if the camera quality isn't that great.
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Gannon Beck
Good studies!
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lukeng
Shoulder Muscle Invention drawings. Any feedback is welcome
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Gannon Beck
Good work! Fantastic forms.
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Gannon Beck
There are a lot of different ways to approach the work. When figuring out what process is going to work for you, I would suggest short comics. The shorter the better. If you're having a hard time coming up with scripts to draw, try illustrating a favorite quote that you like. It can be an excerpt from a speech. If you can get a few quotes that would fit on one page, that will give you the material you need to experiment a bit with process and style. The other big thing to keep in mind when doing comics is that it is difficult to go straight to a final piece. Plan to work in drafts. When doing your first draft, just try to get some ideas down on paper as best you can without worrying too much if it's good. You can improve it in your second draft. I find that doing drafts small on the back of 3" x 5" cards puts me in the right frame of mind to start. I can then scan the card and blow it up for a second draft if I like where it's headed. It's easier to fill (or abandon if it's not working) a 3" x 5" card than it is to fill an 11" x 17" sheet of Bristol board. So much of getting started is finding ways to make the first steps less daunting. Another thing you can do is team up with a writer if you aren't comfortable with scripting short stories. Doing comics will force you to be a better illustrator. You have to figure out how to draw everything that a script requires. I've seen artists do hundreds of random sketches and not improve in critical areas because they avoid them. They lean into their strengths and avoid their weaknesses. Comics have a way of forcing you to grapple with your weaknesses. If a comic book panel calls for a hero on a motorcycle chasing a villain on a horse through a dystopian city ruins, you have to figure it out. It's in seeking out the answers to-- and solving--those kinds of problems that will force you to level up.
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Joakim lof
Hi :) this is my submission for the structure assignment and I've used varying degrees of simplification. The speakers and detergent are done from life (I will attach photos I took to show how the items look) and the other ones are from photo.  Any and all critique is welcome and appreciated :)
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Gannon Beck
Great work!
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Charline B.R.
Awesome ! Congratulations for your printing ! Will you be allowed to share a bit of process ?
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Gannon Beck
Thanks! And sure thing. I've got a fair amount of process things scanned I can share.
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Yiming Wu
Oh really interesting! Where can we read the webcomic?
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Gannon Beck
The part that is going to be in the book isn't online any more, but there are about 40 pages of short stories that you can check out here: http://spacecorpscomic.com/wordpress/comic/space-corps-0-cover/
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Gannon Beck
A comic I worked on as a webcomic is about to see print. The story itself has been done for a while, but the cover is new. It just got announced this week, so I can finally share. Thanks for looking!
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Gannon Beck
Excellent study!
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Gannon Beck
You make drawing helicopters look easy, and it's so not. Love this.
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Margaret Langston
Is it important to memorize these systems? I'm a kinesthetic learner. The only way I can think of it really working for me is to draw cartoons of these systems over and over again.
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Gannon Beck
I think it helps to memorize them, but it also helps to simply them. For instance, instead of thinking in 8ths, think in halves. What is the half point of the body? Once that is divided in half, what is the half point from the crotch to the head, etc. I find that thinking in halves gets me to the 8ths, but is easier to estimate when drawing.
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Gannon Beck
Well done, Yiming! Love it.
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Dan B
Day 5. Hmm, something was going wrong with the Proko brush in Infinite Painter tonight, kept doing random line weight and pressure changes. Still finding the lessons making life harder for me than just going for my own process (which I went with for day 1), but this is probably because I'm still not awesome at measurement/proportion so I slow down more.
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Gannon Beck
Nicely done. I love how you put wrapping lines on your gestures. Not everyone does them, but I find them super-helpful.
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Gannon Beck
Looks good, Mattias. I love seeing these from you.
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Manoo Murthy
Hello: I am a beginner who is trying to study art as a passion project along side a full time career. I have done this exercise to try to understand head structure. My next step will be to study some shading and basic lay ins of the eyes, nose, and hair to do quick sketches on applying these structures. Then I would like to study features. I would appreciate some feedback on my work and advice on both my plan and how to further my development. Thank you for your help =)
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Gannon Beck
These are pretty good, Manoo! Keep going.
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Gannon Beck
Mileage may vary with this advice, but I like doing comics as projects to get better at just about everything. A comic book page offers up challenge after challenge to solve. As you solve those problems, you will level up--page by page, and panel by panel. I've seen storyboard artists recommend this, as well as animators. I make t-shirts for a living, but making comics is where I find I improve the most. If you want to improve on perspective, get a script that has cities, interiors, and vehicles. That will through you into the deep end of the pool. The other part is what you're already doing, which is studying theory. I think Marshall's perspective videos are great. I bought them years ago and they helped me tremendously. Ditto on Scott Robertson's book.
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Gannon Beck
That's great. I love how you work texture into your shadows.
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Paolina Paunova
It's the second time i do this assignment and i was very relieved to see I'm doing way better this time
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Gannon Beck
Solid draftsmanship! Nicely done.
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Mariana Santos
I did this kind of exercises with one of my drawings, but I don't know if I'm doing it well...
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Gannon Beck
I generally only revert to forms in my own drawings when I get stuck. If boxes and cylinders are the visual alphabet, reverting to them is the drawing equivalent of sounding out words. It helps to work things out in boxes and cylinders to figure out foreshortening in particular. For instance, look how much more foreshortening you added to the left hand of your figure in your analysis, but that wasn't in your initial drawing.
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andypandi
Today's practice with the robo bean, I'm a bit confused with how big the upper box should be compared to the one for the bottom. Any help would be appreciated.
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Gannon Beck
It depends on the proportions of the figure. The box that represents the ribcage is taller, but the width of the box that represents the pelvis can vary, particularly between male and female figures. To complicate it further, when using exaggerated proportions, like we sometimes do here in the figure analysis thread, the proportions vary a lot from figure to figure. One thing I would recommend is paying attention do the convergence on your boxes to make sure they are correct. There are hidden perspectives all over the figure and you want to train your eye to see them, and eventually, find them automatically when drawing.
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