At 8/26/09 08:16 PM, J-qb wrote:
Id suggest drawing something for reference....
I never really did anything like that before today, But I tried it , and I instantly felt myself getting in touch with why certain shapes were like they were... (although that could be because I didnt draw from reference before...).
Just try it, posemaniacs could be a good reference site if youre looking for human anatomy...
Basically from what you draw now, I think the first thing you should work on is the linework. Of course, some art doesnt seem to have lines. but actually it has, theyve just been painted over. Having the right shapes is the first step to making a good drawing....
What he said. After just a few life drawings, I have improved incredibly fast. Especially in quick sketching a semi-accurate human body. I found myself sketching in class today (without reference) and because of my practice, I was able to sketch some full body action poses in about a minute each. I've never been able to do that before I tried drawing from life.
Aside from that, I could name a few things, but one problem I'm noticing is your shadows.
Right now, you just have a single line as your shadow. It's all on one side, which is all well and good, but there needs to be much more shadow if you're going to use any.
Drawing a light source always helps visualize where it is and how it will effect the object. Another way to help this is to divide your drawing into recognizable segments when shading.
Let's use your pikmin drawing as a reference and say that the light is in the top left corner.
-You know his head is a sphere, so you can shade it as one. If need be, you can use google images to find a sphere for a reference.
-His body is like an egg, which is very similar to his sphere head. So shade it in a very similar way.
-His arms, legs, and stem-head are all, for the most part, cylinders. So shade them as such.
Once you're done shading every segment, you can fill in any awkward looking gaps, and voila! A cleanly shaded figure that will pop out of the page (or computer) much more than before.