Wow. This was not too long - I could've easily sat through a three hour lesson :). This lesson made me want to go further to anatomy, but I'm biding my time with that since hours in a day I have for drawing are limited and I'm trying to avoid getting overwhelmed. But this is so inspiring, I've been waiting for getting into figure drawing so eagerly and right now it feels like all the stuff we've been taught previously matters, and is going to be a valuable asset for what's still to come. Thank you Stan, looking forwards to the assignment on this one!
Mike Mattesi, thank you. These lessons on shapes are packed with information that comes at me fast - at first I thought I wouldn't comprehend it or be able to process it at one sitting - but the examples are fantastic and made me realize so many things. I'm itching to go practise now, this is awesome :D.
I find myself forgetting energy and dynamic shapes mid way through completing a sketch... my brain seems to be strubbornly stuck with "focus on contour". I feel like I got a hang of it in the first and last seal, though. Tomorrow on I'll have time for drawing dynamic shapes from imagination, perhaps not having a reference will help me forget about focus on contour and proportions :).
Fun assignment. It’s really challenging to keep the pose and gesture loose and dynamic when you start adding a few details. It’s amazing how rigid the drawings can start to feel. I hope that some of the movement and dynamism was captured in these.
Hello everyone, here's my submission. This is my third take on the assignment. First two drawings went to frustration bin, as I kept mixing up my measurments and units and the drawing turned out bigger than planned. In other words, I made every common mistake Stan warned about on the video :P. So I watched the lesson again, took new notes, and decided to first practise taking measurements digitally, like was shown on the video, drawing them on the reference. This turned out very helpful, as shapes were already familiar when I started drawing on paper, and suppose I had spent enough time studying the reference. This was quite the challenging assignment, but I feel like I learned a ton. I wanted to try Stan's method comparing my drawing to the reference and was surprised to find how close I got - I did well! I think :D. So that was three hours well spent.
Thank you so much for this lesson, Jeff and Stan! It's a gem. In addition to being educational, this was very encouraging and, yes, very inspiring as well. I feel like the lesson could alternatively be titled as "Jeff Watts Goes Fast & Furious on Line Quality". He says so many things, that feel important to me, just one after another and they keep coming, that I forgot or didn't have time to take notes! I'm going to watch the lesson again, pausing it several times to just stop and think and properly take it all in - what you're teaching us to do when drawing, it occurs to me as I write this :). Anyways, thank you!
Heya! After watching both of the demos I have gathered some thoughts on line master studies that I'd want to share! As a beginner it might be complicated to see various things at once when doing a master study, even when trying to focus on lines! Why? Because lines show contours, edges, textures, highlight points of interest, delineate shapes in space! So if you don't think of WHY a line was used in a certain way at a certain point, you might also not learn anything about how the master uses them! There were examples in critiques where lines were used to draw the shape of the hair and put a highlight to show it's bulk (Gibson example), so if the person drawing it doesn't put consideration into it, it wouldn't be a complete master study! Or not understanding how master's lines either conform to edge or rhythm of the picture, making them work as a whole, or even any of the compositional purpose of line weight! But the course haven't touched on any of the topics of rhythm or edge yet, so it would be wise to focus on technique more and then come back to line master studies later! And just like Stan showed, you can create your own warmups that you should probably do to absorb how exactly the master places the strokes, or at least do it in your own way that achieves the same effect! You can do simple exercises like hatching a plane like the master, then tilting that plane and hatching, or hatching a whole cube in space with the technique until you're familiar with it, try to pull a single stroke into abstract shapes if the master does that e.t.c. Try to do it in different ways, find the most effective one for you! Then after you do this a bunch either come back to studying the master you learned that from now with the proper muscle memory OR apply it in your own projects! Do what's most fun for you! The warmups you create are very important because you are going to focus exclusively on technique before you focus on applying it with complex elements of shape design and forms in space! Hope any of you found this helpful. Remember, applying learned principals in your own work is a skill of it's own so don't forget to practice it! Ok, bye!
Here's my second Master Study, after John Singer Sargent. I'm including my "planning page" just to share how I've been approaching the task and getting a little feel of what I'm going to do. It's so much fun to look back at these notes and, after completing the actual study, compare the two and see if I missed something, analyze and critique myself. Notes also serve me as a checklist of what I'm learning, and sure they are (occasionally) amusing as well :). I also wished to share my experience with this study in particular. I wasn't familiar with Sargent's art before joining Proko. His name came up in several of the Draftsmen podcast episodes, so I was taught by listening to someone else talk about Sargent that his line work is masterful or beyond. When I looked up Sargent's work, I could see what the talk was about, and he gained a place in the same pool I've placed other masterly artists I find worth admiration in. Not more special than the other. Now then! Some unexpected magic happened when I immerced in this study. I forgot time and became oblivious to the fact that I was studying and learning. I was holding and using my pencil in these kind of weird (unfamiliar to me at least) ways, just feeling out every line. And with each line my awe grew, of this incredible line work in Sargent's drawing. How every single nuance, be it thickness or value or taper of the line, has a meaning. I don't realy have the words to describe it, but it feels like I slowly realized this drawing, and the mastery of the line work took my breath away. So this had a strong, emotional effect on me. I had completed my study and was just sitting there staring at this Sargent drawing on my screen, when my husband walked in and asked me why I look like I'm about to cry. Drawing was supposed to be fun? All I could do was to gesture at Sargent's drawing and utter that the lines are so beautiful that it touches me this deeply. How wonderful is that? Thank you for letting me share to anyone who might read this rambling, I'm off to another hour of Sargent-gazing :D.
Are there any charakteristics you would recommend for reference pictures? In this exercise we were supposed to study line quality and you chose a picture with very expressive lines that still had some sketchlines, mistakes, construction, etc. intact and even required different grips, pencil and so on. Most more "finished" drawings don't have that many clues about how they were made anymore (especially when they were done digitally). I feel like that makes them harder to study? Or maybe I just focused too much on the wrong thing during the exercise like copy everything 1:1 bit by bit rather than looking at the bigger picture to understand what does what in the image and why? I mean I did analyze what the lines did for the image and where they drew attention, became thicker and thinner and so on, but that was more of a process before and after the drawing. While I was at it it felt more like I focused on copying the final lines line for line 1:1 without thinking about the "why". Is there a remedy for this? Do certain images just lend themselves better to studying specific things? Or is it more about me and constantly reminding myself that my goal is to analyze, rather than to create a copy. For me the two won't really mix at the moment. Either I stop and think about what does what (then I could just stare at the image instead of drawing it) or I become a human copy machine. Is it just quantity and repeating such studies? Do I need to simplify the reference like you did with the shoe thumbnails? I probably miss the obvious solution at the moment so if anybody has an idea I'd appreciate a bit of help with that =/ Edit: And then the next line in the video was about using the right tool and how a regular pencil could be used to create the same look, but it wouldn't teach me about the technique used. Maybe that was a big part of the issue since I did everything with a 0.5mm marker and basically drew small shapes that I filled to vary line width… 🤔
For my first study I chose Terryl Whitlatch since she is by far my biggest art hero. I first stumbled upon her work in 1995 while playing the Dig with my brothers. But the 10 - year old me had no idea. It was only later once I discovered her books that I Googled her up and holy moly there it was. I remember being SO obsessed about the creatures in the game. At first glance her drawings just look really scientific but when you look closer, the drawings feel so alive. I recently watched her Draftsmen - interview where she talked about the importance of considering the character that the animal has. How they aren't just objects out there but living creatures with feelings. You can definitely see that in her work when you start looking closer. I chose a couple of her more cartoony illustrations from the book Animals Real and Imagined. I'm posting cropped scans from the book since I don't want to post full pages, obviously. There's a lot of gesture going on and she applies a lot of animation principles especially to her more cartoony work. The use of curves vs. straights is absolutely beautiful. And the details aren't there just for the sake of detail. I really liked how the little kangaroo turned out, the monkey not so much. I seem to have some problems with capturing the facial expressions.
Here’s my process of Master Study after Jean-Louis Sauvat. I chose this one because the colours and the drawing style captivated me on the instant I first saw it. I love the way hierarchy of importance is displayed: the irrelevant rider almost completely faded into the background, and the horse closest to the viewer drawn with great detail with sharp and thin lines, while the other horse has these really thick and soft lines. Even the postures of both horses suggest that one is starring the main role, and the other one is more like a sidekick. I think it’s just brilliant. I saw so many different types of lines used in it, that I thought studying this would really bring together everything I’ve been learning about lines on this course. And it did. There was a sense of purpose for every line (which was a great expecience), and it was the first time I used overhand grip to explore line thickness and softness. I discovered a couple of neat things I can do with a pencil, what comes to technique. For example for the horizontal lines across the front horse’s neck I used a kind of stabbing motion, noticed that wow, that worked well and looks cool – and in my excitement ended up overusing it and kind of ruining it for myself… but didn’t fix it because it’s a study, so it can well look like a learning session. Overall I’m very happy with how this study turned out. There are some things I’m proud of, too, such as the hoof-shapes and my lines on the legs. Looking at these four pictures, I like the third one most (my first actual line study), it's better than the final drawing :D. Line value is one thing I’m going to be training next. I’m definitely going to draw this a couple of times more, redo, repeat and try some different things. What a great assignment and learning experience! This was my first master study ever, and I have a feeling I’m going to do many more in the future.
When drawing from observation is getting the correct line you observe just pure intuition ? If you are not measuring. I feel like i have been really overthinking drawing from observation lately. Are you guys focusing hard on the line you are seeing on your subject and going line by line until your done. Or do you interpret the shape of your subject more and try to copy ? I hope this made any sense. I feel like the awnser is that you guys dont really think about it and just pull your line and im overthinking it.
It looks so effortless when Picasso does it! I love the clean lines and that Picasso captures the essence of the bull with just a few loose strokes. Which are very hard to emulate. The next one I want to do is much more complicated and messy but I don't think I can face it right now.
If anybody is still looking for references there is a series on Youtube called The Sketchbook Series by Trojan Horse Was A Unicorn, lots of great artist showing their sketchbooks and opinions, and at the end of the interview they do a quick sketch so you can actually see their masterful use of line in action 👌
Thank you, excellent critique video again. I feel like I get so many tools to put in my toolbox from these. And thank you also for all those great submissions, again, everyone, I love learning from you as well. Master studies next week? O-ou... and wow. I've rarely felt this nervous and excited at the same time.