I didn’t mean to post any of these sketches, but hey, I’m out of ideas for blog posts, and I’m trying desperately hard to keep up with my blogging schedule.
The figure drawing guide started to get way too vague for me, not quite showing me any of the inbetweens, so I had no idea if I was following directions correctly. So I got another guide and started copying pictures of models I found on the internet.
Everything is drawn in pencil, then defined/shaded with charcoal.
The pose came out really awkward in this one, but pretty good considering how disproportionate my bodies have been. I have a hard time with feet and hands. But I liked how the face and hair came out.
This next one I mostly wanted to draw the jacket, since it looks like something I picture on one of my characters. Did not quite work.
As you can see I made no sincere attempt with the hands.
Got a bit of a lazy eye going on in that, too.
So, not great. But still something that’s fun to do while watching baking shows.
In my newfound goal to start drawing again, I’ve been drawing faces and figures. This is all with the lofty, high-art aim of wanting to draw cartoon caricatures of myself. But, I’m out of practice, and really, I wasn’t that great to begin with, so my bodies look weird and disproportional. So, I’ve been looking for drawing books.
The first one I found is, quite luckily, a library e-book that I can look at on my computer, The Energetic Line in Figure Drawing by Alon Bemet. I don’t have experience in these things, so I don’t know if it’s the best book in the world for this, but so far the book teaches to draw the gesture (I’ve had to learn about gesture in my writing, might as well learn it in drawing, too). I’ve only gotten through bodies from the side and arms, but so far I’ve had some fun results.
Maybe I’ll keep with this book. At least through how to draw a three-quarter turned figure. Or maybe I’ll just keep drawing different faces.
Oh man and clothes…I don’t know how to draw clothes…
I spend a lot of time on Twitter, so, I follow a lot of people. People that I think are great. Particularly, I love following my curated feed of comic people. Not only are they hardworking and talented at their actual profession, but they’re funny, passionate, and seem to just have a drive to find and create good art.
Some of these people I’ve been following for a while, some are artists I’ve found because of the other artists that I follow. If you’re on Twitter, and you love comics, I think all of these people are worth your time.
So, I’m trying to go back to doing things that once made me really happy. One of these things is drawing. To motivate myself, I’m going to occasionally post what I’m working on here.
Today, we have my lady Darla from one of my works in progress. I used to draw my own characters a lot, but it’s been a while since I’ve tried something like this. Not great, but not bad I think for being completely out of my head after years of not doing this junk. (I’m glad I took this picture before I thought coloring it in would be a good idea because, hoo boy, did I mess that up.)
I almost quit on it, but I made myself keep going and got her wearing layers and everything! My hoodies look weird, though; looks like she’s got a hump on her back.
She’s not quite the combination of bad ass and sleepy that she is deep down, but hey, working on it.