Dan B
Dan B
Australia
I enjoy drawing little insects, particularly wasps. My favourite media are charcoal, pastel and graphite.
Dan B
There should be, see the roadmap here: https://www.proko.com/roadmap Though I'm not sure what the latest is on that yet in terms of feature release dates...
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Dan B
Day 28, the finish line! Ok so I realised towards the end of this that drawing people does not give me the most inspiration so I got a bit rushed... I think some of the early Figuary days were a bit better because I was less concerned about getting to shading and I was getting just slightly stuck on light detail in the later lessons too. But, this exercise definitely helped me with proportion and simplifying, while also improving understanding of shadow shapes. Started to find it difficult at times to get consistent shading with the iPad, the brush strokes could vary a lot. In terms of the croquiscafe videos, my critique of those is that many of the poses are not at all dynamic (straight front-on/rear), but my main issue is the lighting was not great; often there were at least two moderately lit light sources making defining shadow shapes difficult, sometimes the light sources were also different temperature, further confusing things. More variety in models would be great too. Having live models that do multiple poses is excellent though and the video quality was decent. Glad to be finished this one to be honest, I more enjoyed the 100 heads challenge and I'm looking forward now to hooking into the drawabox lessons, which I have done some of previously.
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Day 27: the penultimate. This has been good practice till now, though I'm not sure I've improved a lot I do feel I'm getting more consistent with proportions and perspective at least. I think with where I'm at with skill it's hard to fit in both the drawing and shading in one go so I have a few times taken an extra 30 seconds to do more shading. Last few days attached. I think I'll do a little summary post tomorrow with my learnings.
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Day 21. The timed poses through croquiscafe are good for implementing the instruction, gestural -> form -> shadow shapes. Into the last week! My previous practice with Force drawing is coming in handy with these.
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Here's my submission for the balance assignment :) I used Proko references and 1 from Artstation for all of them except drawing #2 which I drew from imagination instead. I realised a bit too late I'd drawn #2 too close to the edge the paper to include the tip of his board. The red line on the models and my drawings in the side-by-side comparison is where I thought the balance would be based on the center of mass stan was talking about. For drawing #5 I tried to simplify more. Any and all criticism is welcome.
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Dan B
Great rendering! For some of these you've straightened up the poses a bit and lost the gesture. If you practice exaggerating them a little you can sometimes find the pose ends up matching closer and it also helps understand where the energy/action is.
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Dan B
This looks great already! Will this be coloured? The main thing I find with it is difficulty finding the focal point. I’m not experienced enough to give good instruction but maybe emphasize with line weight and also be careful of tangents.
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Dan B
Great studies! i think maybe in the second one I'd reduce the contrast in the material behind and soften that a bit. For the first one I'd either lighten the background behind it or make it more uniform or create more lost edge along its back.
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Day 17, good to be keeping fairly consistent. My primary focus is to stay loose and not get stuck in detail, but it's such a long-standing habit it's really hard to keep away from! Last few days work attached.
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Dan B
I really want to pick up the pace in my insect drawings, been terrible lately.
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Dan B
Adding to the other posts, start with the larger shapes/objects and measure those, then work smaller. To do it with sight takes patience and practice, lots of practice. You won't be able to exactly measure from life unless you can physically measure the objects you are drawing which you then scale down (so a 40cm arm -> 4cm arm, then everything is scaled 10x smaller), so you just have to really keep an eye on how things look relative to each other. Have a look at this video by Brett Eviston, hope it helps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzlAgsPMU7k
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Day 13. It's nice again to have consistent practice and feeling a little progression. Adding shading shapes is fun and new.
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Dan B
I have recently started this 'curriculum.' Incidentally I recently completed the 100 heads challenge before starting and I've been through the Proko course a bit too. For me the appeal is the structure with attached 'projects.' I struggle to give myself structure or larger projects so this is already quite helpful. It still leaves the discipline to the individual, but I'm hoping it's going to really help with steady and constant practice and progress... It seems quite flexible too: add extra practice/lessons to the areas you need while going light-on for the already learned areas. I'm working through Figuary at the moment. Once we can get study groups etc going on Proko it'd be great to see a few groups around this 'curriculum' to share the experience/progress.
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Dan B
Back at it... Day 11. Returned from holidays and back into the practice again now. This one was good as the accompanying lesson focused on shape design (or appreciation at least), which I worked into the 5 min pose. Hard to do on quicker poses as I'm not good enough to get the figure down and add shading shapes. Also worked in charcoal yesterday on paper, a nice change from digital work.
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Dan B
That's globalisation for you. Competing with the cheapest labour from places where decent conditions and/or pay are a pipe-dream. What the internet has done is (along with making all 'voices' equal) provide a shiny veneer for it all so you don't have to stop and think, or care :/ To your last point, I agree and it can be hard to see your actual customers through the noise, and you don't want to convince yourself that the noise is your customer. If you find cheapskates around a lot, add something to your presence online that makes it clear you're producing quality, which comes with a price that represents that value. I think sellers get seduced by 'Instagram exposure' and feel the need to compete with the trash. I have many, many grievances with online platforms, but sometimes it's worth stepping back to evaluate expectations and reset, rather than getting frustrated with a changed world.
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Up to day 7. About to go on holiday though with no iPad, so might not get much done over the next couple of weeks... Hopefully keep some Sketchbook practice going while away and get back into it once back. Day 6 here as well
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Dan B
Had another go at this one, this time in coloured pencil! I have found through this that I don't particularly like coloured pencil! All the layering to mix colours and that paper is so important to that (I used smooth paper here, which didn't help at all...). Didn't worry about perspective and proportion so much as the sketch was done quickly. The smooth paper meant I couldn't go very dark, but it made me keep a light touch which was good practice. I tried to bring in everyone's feedback where I could: gradient in the sky, more warm colours, darker shadows. Coloured pencil is hard!
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Yiming Wu
Looking nice! From the thumbnail it just looks like a photo. Maybe it could use more darkness around the tires and make the dark edge more tight around the figure so it pops out more, now some white is bleeding out from the dark areas, might be a problem if too much.
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Dan B
Thanks. I should have paid more attention to the gaps, I have a bad habit of doing that with digital painting so far.
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Peter Anton
It feels too cool to me. I think it's important in the original photo that there are 3 major warm areas to balance out the cools: the tan triangle on top of the car, the figure, and the yellowish grass on the right side. There are also clumps of orange in the bottom grass. I'd say squint more on the grass and capture the big shapes and overall gradient from left to right. I think the sky could be lighter too, especially as it approaches the horizon line,
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Dan B
Thanks Peter, it's definitely on the cool side. I'll try again with warm colours in the canvas and grass. It is a pretty cool photo (van, sky, grass) overall, but I definitely should balance that out in the painting, so I'll give it a go.
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Răzvan C. Rădulescu (razcore-rad)
This idea is from Atey Ghailan, he mentioned in one of his YT vids that he sometimes uses a small saturated square to compare the rest of the image. It also doesn't help that you had that almost white background. It's useful to switch between light and dark backgrounds from time to time cause it'll change your perception. And, the most important step, in my opinion, is to evaluate your own work at the end and if you missed the mark you redo it and hopefully, it gets better. I think this is one of the differences between pros and amateurs, the pros are willing to go back and grind. The amateur will just say "I'll make sure to do it like that in my next painting" and skip the step. For this step, it's better if you have a specific objective in mind, for example - today I exercise edges, then evaluate with that in mind. Or today I exercise color or accuracy etc.
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Dan B
I admit I'm not so good at repeated exercise loops, I need to do that! My objective at the moment is really just getting reasonable colour accuracy, as even that is difficult for me. Once I can match colours ok I'll extend into playing with composition elements more, shadow colours, edge types, etc. Lots of work ahead! I'm a bit confused about the saturated square. Is this just for ensuring the pallete used stays relatively neutral with saturated elements only used for elements of interest/focus?
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John Aycock
Nice. I like the colors. I might think of desaturating one of them to make one dominant. Just a thought. Looking good!
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Dan B
Thanks John, I'll keep this in mind for composition. For now I'm just trying to get colours reasonably accurate to the photo as I struggle with that, but if I play around more I'll think about different focus points and accentuation of colour.
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