Here are my HB, B, 3B 7B and charcoal pencil I sharpened with a knife. The tips look rough and unstable. Maybe I cut too much parts of the wood? Sharpening pencils is hard but sometimes I feel it's like meditating.
The level 2 assignment without watching the demo yet. Any critiques are welcomed! I felt I could do this challenge well before I started working on it because I did Portrait and Figure Drawing Fundamentals already, but, I think I was wrong haha. Yeah, I need to do exercises more to improve my art skills. My posts for the level 1 assignment(Pear): https://www.proko.com/s/tggX https://www.proko.com/s/anxV
A pear from the reference "level-1-pear-1.jpg". I took a scanner this time to get a better image than My first challenge:https://www.proko.com/s/anxV Hmm, I thought I kept lines and values simple and clear, but they became noisy and unstable again. For some reason, this drawing seems brighter than the actual drawing I have. Maybe the room I draw was darker than I felt? Anyway, I have to train my eyes more to check values preciously. I used HB, B, and 3B graphite pencils. I rarely see a pear sold in my area and I've eaten it only two or three times in twenty years so I forgot what it tasted like, haha.
I've been studying the human figure for a year, but I just realized I still didn't know it much; Once I removed the light source in the reference picture we had and put the one I wanted, I got lost and couldn't see where new lights and shadows would form at all. Human shapes are really complex and also interesting! Drawing two buildings was far more exhausting than I expected! I gave up many details I originally planned to add, like textures on the walls and the roof of the bakery. Photoshop functions we've learned through this course greatly helped me. I couldn't finish this piece without these tools.
Using the method of solving one problem at a time was challenging as I tended to draw randomly before I started watching this course, but I feel it would be really efficient when we get familiar with it. I'll keep trying this until I memorize the whole process. It took too much time to draw her fabric and its folds, so I need to study them more. It became not attractive as I aimed. Maybe I should've made more arrangements.
I chose a photo as the reference which I took in a park last year. It looked like a lake while it took water from the sea through a narrow river. I don't sure what we call it in English. I decided to focus on the water, but I had to simplify the plants and the buildings around it because I didn't have enough skill to draw their details. I'm not used to setting and controlling texture brushes so I spent a lot of time drawing the bush on the front. Since I've rarely drawn landscapes this assignment was harder but also more fun than I expected!
A woman with her hidden dark side. 1. First, I used the Overlay blending mode to paint base colors. 2. I added colors to patterns in the trims with Multiply. 3. To glow her accessories I painted over them setting layers to Overlay and Screen. 4. I put a Hue/Saturation filter with a Layer Mask to make only the right side colors dark and mysterious.. 5. Changing the right side colors around her feet with an Invert filter. The filters are very interesting but seem not easy to control. I need more practice and experiment to get how to use them effectively, but I'm happy with the result. I tried to create fire effects with Gradient Map as Jon did, but what I got looks childish. I wonder how he made it so realistic in 18:05.
I used Overlay to put colors, and chose Darken and Multiply to adjust the darkness and the reflected light of shadows. I also tried to draw patterns around bumps on the skin with the Dissolve mode, but I didn't get the result I originally expected. I've been enjoying the course so far. It helps me a lot!
This was the most challenging exercise I've ever had. So hard that I almost gave up but it boosted my confidence once I finished. I'm sorry these pieces of paper are all crumpled up. I didn't plan to upload the pics and I once folded the sheets up to put them on my bookshelf. The second exercise was done in digital so looks clear😀. I feel I didn't understand Bean, Robo Bean and Mannequinization training studies enough. I need to do them again after I reach the and of this course once. Any critiques and suggestions are welcomed!
I took a picture in the Yoni Gesture pack as my reference! It was really interesting to draw but I should've drawn shadow parts more dark and clear to add good contrast because the major part of the body looks too white, and I need to learn anatomy more. I separated this into three layers; the shadow, the core shadow, and the light layer and worked on them one by one. Sometimes I forgot which layer was which and was confused. Keeping every layer tidy and ordered is certainly important but hard to do!
Asked for help
It was really difficult to make this assignment. Most of the time I've been doing the Gesture and the Mannequinization exercise for the last three months but I should practice this training more to use basic structures efficiently!
After I've worked on this for 15 hours or more I decided to give up as I become exhausted. Though a lot of parts are still unfinished, I hope I've improved compared to my previous assignment (https://www.proko.com/s/EP39)? (I haven't watched Grayscale Assignment Example 2 video yet because it's better to do it myself first) Any critiques are welcomed! I wonder what/which brush others take to draw textures of cloth where she sits.
It was quite challenging! One of my goals was to take as many brushes in the essentials brush pack as I can to get familiar with each feature, but what I used mostly were just Hard Round, Hardish Round, and Softish Round, in the end. Since I forgot to draw the spear in the beginning and added it later, it looks twisted badly. I feel I should've made the outline much clearer. I wonder what/which brush Jon used to draw the outline in this example video.
I've been doing Gesture exercises for around 50 days and I feel my drawing for both this course and my hobby is surprisingly improved, I really want to tell thanks to Proko and the people in this community. Still, I can't feel what gesture is and my lines look dirty although I always try to make them clear and stable as ones did in examples and the critiques video, Probably I use a pencil the wrong way, or just because of bad controlling of my hands? Any critiques are welcomed!