Wednesday, 28 November 2012

An important lesson i'll never forget

So This Blog is basically to document my progress in getting better at art, and just as importantly, re-discovering what I like about it. The first part of that has been coming along well, but to my surprise, the second part, is just booming!

I honestly viewed this blog as a way to force myself to do the chore of getting to a point in art where I could draw my armored unicorns fighting spaceships and move on. However, It's becoming so much more than that. I've learned a very important lesson, and although I wished I learned it earlier, I'm really excited to be moving through it now. That lesson is firstly, basics are king, and you're never too good for them. The second part of this lesson I'd really like to stress, viewing it as a chore was a horrifying way of thinking, and doubly so, I 'm happy to move past that self defeating state of mind.

When I did the painting for my last post, it was to take a break from a bigger painting I'd been teasing for a bit. But as the lesson I've been learning goes(and sadly had learned in college but ignored), was that detailed crap is still crap, and 20 hours later, I abandoned it. That's when I decided to gear this learning process in one fundamental direction, basics first.

Gestures are definitely a defining point because if the gesture is bad, the structure following it will not make the drawing any better, nor will the anatomy layered on top of that and nor will the clothing, laser guns and helmets on that. Taking it a step further, neither will its paint job. So simply ignoring the first step, which takes all of 20 seconds, you can spend 20 hours to finally realize you made a fundamental error, and it was all pointless.

A lot of old advice has been flooding into my cranium lately, mostly from my friend over at Chroma Sketch. The biggest of which was to read Walt Stanchfield's notes. I'm happy to say I picked up a copy of "Drawn to Life" last week. It's beyond awesome and very inspiring.

I'm really starting to understand that this is a lifestyle, and to be great at art you really have to live it. Between gestures, anatomy studies, and just observing more, I can really see the huge benefits that will come from this. I understand now that although my goal has always been to create cool sci fi and fantasy characters/environments, that in between, I must, and will enjoy a regiment of practice to keep my skills sharp, and my visual library primed and ready to go!

So ending this long winded thought, drawings! The are all from coffee shops minus the nudes, which came from stock I found on (I can only afford so many drinks haha).

 The last one here is the one I think I got the closest to the goal, note the girl sitting on the right side of the page, very few lines, shows the pose, not to caught up in anatomy.

I admit as a whole these are a bit touch and go, but I'm having a lot of fun trying to drop my bad habits and work towards the ideal point of the exercise.

Lastly there are a few I did that aren't gestures but I'm putting up anyways. Obviously gestures are a means to an end, and another part of that is anatomy, structure, aesthetic etc. So when I was trying to wrap my head around a collar, I ended up drawing this. I only bring it up because I think the relaxed demeanor of the pose is a bi-product of the gestures, since I usually end up with something stiff and lifeless. But I like it stylistically, and I'd like to play more with drawing like this in the future.

This second one here is a quick study I did of lips since I've been having a bit of an issue with them, especially in 3/4. This is part of a larger effort to do more anatomy studies, primarily focused on facial expressions. I've started doing a lot more, but here's the start.
Although the number of drawings here are pretty limited, since two weeks ago, ive filled over half of my new sketch book. I hope with much more study and practice, I'll be able to post more and more of them. I know not every attempt will yield a great gesture, but I'm only now finally getting some consistency in my artwork through these exercises. Despite having a long way to go, I'm finally excited about art again, and that's more then I could have ever hoped for.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Favorite. Bird. Ever.

So when I was at Petsmart, I saw this bird called a Star Finch for sale, I'm guessing they're pretty common because I see them there a lot. They're pretty awesome though. So I thought it would be fun to design a character with similar colors and patterns. In the end I ended  up with more of a cult leader Motif.

I'd definitely like to continue in this vein of style, a bit more rustic and less refined, but it has more visual appeal then then usual perfect line clean up I have to employ at work. This is definitely more up my alley.

This isn't the painting I've been hinting at but it gave me a nice break, I think from beginning to end including the design roughs this took me about 5 hours I'd say. Design roughs included a few sketches, a turn around to see where I was going with it and a bunch of silhoutte drawings to play with body type. I think I may do another painting of him/her with another body type I also liked, could be a fun exercise.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Second visit to the Royal Winter Fair

Apparently they had sheep with dreads... So.... How could I not go back?

I'm enjoying my pen a lot, starting to get the hang of it. In a bit I'd like to start experimenting with some rendering, like markers or conte or something to spice it up.

I'm trying a bit harder working towards the goal of posting once a week (minimum) too. so Here's hoping!

Till next time.

Friday, 2 November 2012

A visit to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair! And the ROM again!

I ended up at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair today, and since I forgot my camera, I had to reconstruct my experience with napkins and a pen I found on the floor.

And Last weekend I also Found myself back at the ROM.

That's it for now, my next painting is coming along pretty well, hopefully I can post that next.