Lotta mouths. Not sure what to say for the first pic, not too happy with some of it. Same with the second one >_>. Third isn’t bad for imitation and eyeing a base pic and imitating the style. Fourth drove me crazy because her face kept turning out like some cheesy amateur anime. Fifth is mouths from reference. Sixth is trying to imitate the style of page five but from imagination. Seventh, eh. I’d have an easier time in SAI or Photoshop because of the hair color. But that’s just really an excuse. I need more practice!
It’s a month’s worth of sketches, but I’m not too happy with how long it took me. I decided to scan them in as individual pages since it just scans in better. Nothing too impressive though. I am trying to work on anatomy (using an anatomy book specifically for art purposes). I also have a page devoted to homework that I have yet to start. But I won’t be doing that in the sketchbook unless there’s free space on a page that I want to fill up.
It’s so easy to tell my original crap compared to when I re-draw someone-else’s stuff
Here’s the next sketch dump! The very last one is from today! Less than an hour ago too. My current main in Dark Souls 2, Leon gant Levet. Looking at it now, he looks a little skinny.
Some of the highlights from my old sketchbook which I had for about two years or so? Although, most of these are from last year.
Meh, I’m getting there.
Round two! I was going to wait till Saturday, but I got bored.
So many things I could nit-pick, but I refuse to acknowledge that road!
However, I will say that I have an easier time imitating styles by looking at them, than I do with figuring out my own. I’ll get there though.
Here’s some of my sketches from Feb, I’m getting there, but not too happy with most of them.
just drawing will never get you all the way. it is really really important to read books and then try out those techniques, and to do exercises. books is whatever you want just always have one you are working through.
personally, i think art education should be more exercise based. including a lot of very simple exercises regarding basic mark making and shape creation at the early levels of learning. this is very unattractive to most students of art because it is extremely boring, and the end result is not a badass robot ninja or whatever.
however what i am talking about does yield results. by studying the absolute basic skills of drawing, you will develop the muscle memory you need to be fluid and accurate, and you progressively get more control over the ability to create lines and shapes. the idea is to build good habits regarding the basics of drawings, so you don’t have to worry about simple mistakes you should be avoiding.
all of these can be done with a timer very quickly. try and really focus on the simplicity of what you are doing to help build focus into your drawing habit. set it to two-five minutes and:
Draw from the shoulder: put time away every day to practice drawing from the shoulder. don’t just try and do it as you free draw, make time to specifically practice drawing from the shoulder. you can stop once it is second nature.
Straight line exercise: Draw two points more than a hands length apart, before applying pencil to paper “ghost” the connection as straight as you can, then try and make a straight line connection. Do this quickly and repeatedly for the set time. variations: length, angle, try and make an exact copy of the previous line, incorporate cross-hatching practice, etc.
Corner Exercise: make corners repeatedly. try and vary heavily the direction you move your pencil to practice mark making. work from the shoulder. try and make perfect points and angles. similar to straight line exercise.
Basic shapes exercise: Squares, triangles, ovals. pick one, do it over and over and over for the allotted time. variations build new shapes from only the three basics, make small shapes, and make huge shapes.
Ellipse exercise: this is the same as the Basic shape exercise but ellipses are so important i though i should mention it twice. vary shape and size and angle, length, width, etc.
proportion exercise: take any above exercise and vary it by finding relations and proportions. example: when doing square exercises, make a rectangle, then make a second which is exactly 1/6 as long. or 1/2. or 1/8 the length. or exactly double in size. you get the idea. use measurement techniques (pencil tilt, “count heads”, etc). variation eventually this exercise should go into the real world. sit at a desk, and see how many cars=one building then draw that relation. be creative.
contour drawing: draw and draw the silhouette of an object. this is a common one but it is one of the best. try and imagine you are “touching” that contour as you go.
Mark making 101: grab a tool, and see how many different ways that tool can be applied to a medium. just play. see what it can do. hold it in a funny way smash it. whatever, the practice repeatedly any interesting results. learn to control how you make that mark, then use it later.
i suggest getting a sketchbook dedicated to only these simple exercises, and spending time on it every day. you don’t even need to get worried about it not being a good drawing time, because you really aren’t shooting for quality, just building good habits.
the more you do this stuff the more basic control you will have, the less time you will be frustrated when drawing because you fucked up a corner, or you get the proportions wrong, or you can’t draw that line or whatever. the army trains cadets repetition until the basic skills and behaviors are second nature. what i am advocating is exactly the same thing. you want the easy stuff to be second nature. once these mechanical skills are developed, you will have more basic control over what you can do, then you can start to bend the rules and get very creative with how you see and perceive, because you will have mastery over the basics of reproduction, and will execute those skills with ease.
Here’s my sketch dump from a few weeks ago. Nothing great, but I feel like I’m improving every time. Carysa Valenhart and Clive (Suikoden). There’s some positioning problems with Carysa’s face that I’ll prolly fix when I ink it. No biggy.