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At 6/12/12 01:05 AM, MasterMerol wrote: Have you tried breaking what you're trying to draw into simple shapes so that they're easier to represent? I say that could help you a little, specially with those ducks.
The shapes suggestion is really really really helpful. The problem right now is it looks like while you're looking at a hand for reference, you're still just drawing/rendering what you THINK a hand looks like. Everybody does this, and it's hard to get over.
Personally, I find ignoring trying to get proportions and details correct, and focus on just drawing shadows (however faint) accurately to what their shape is, really helps me. If I get the shape of one shadow done, I can then use that to size out the rest of the piece.
Take your hand, for example. Your hand has a shadow on the lower right side. Once you get that one shadow done, you can build from there. Say your pinky finger looks to be about half the width of that shadow above it, and just slightly longer. If you have at least one solid reference point, you can use that as a measurement through your whole piece. You'll keep getting more reference points and the proportions will all fall into place without you actually have to think about proportions.
This doesn't have to be done with shadows, that's just how I like to think it through. Can be anything. The shapes thing only gets you so far, it's learning to use those shapes as a way to measure everything else that is really useful.
Good to see you still practicing. I'm hopefully going to be doing some more realistic work here in the future, been wanting to.
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good to have you posting art again. I do wish you'd post a bit more during semester instead of one big dump at the end and then nothing for 5 months.
Chipping in my p about the shape-shading thingy: If you focus on one shadow like ben suggested try to forget that it is actually the shadow at the bottom of your hand; try to forget it's supposed to be part of a hand alltogether, that way you can focus on solely the shape.
I like face-print one and the one-line headphones; I think you could in general have some darker darks on the ones with tone.
Thanks for all of the feedback guys, I'll store it all for future works, really appreciate it.
Also, Qbles, I know, it probably would be better to upload it little by little, but the problem is that my scanner wasn't able to capture my sketchbook drawings well at all, and I didn't have a camera with me at school. Even if my scanner worked for the sketchbook, it still wouldn't allow me to capture my non-sketchbook pieces, as all of those are way too big.
Continuing on, this is only number 15 of 64 sketchbook pieces. I think when I started drawing, I still did fall into that trap of drawing what I think I saw instead of what I actually saw. However, I feel that in my later pieces I was able to break away from that. My teachers had us do a lot of blind contour to start breaking away from that mold, and I think I really did get away from it eventually.
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