Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fall Drawing Day #46, #49, & #50

I haven't really been feeling too good about my drawing skills, which is bad because when one thinks he/she can't draw, they literally can't....
I kind of need some feedback and critique for my figure drawings, so here's some I did Monday and Friday:

I know they're incomplete, with bad anatomy and construction, along with poor line quality, but I need to know what I should do to fix them... so I can improve the future figure drawings I plan to do.
This whole week has been kind of busy for me, so I didn't get too many chances to draw on my own... Thursday I got a chance to work a little in my anatomy book, though I'm not really too sure about it now...
Today I had to go to an art museum to study some works of art for my Art History class... which took quite a bit of time getting there and back... Plus my family came over to visit, so I got some chances to practice drawing out human figures from life, though I really don't like the turn out...
For next couple of days, depending on school work and what not, I plan to practice drawing out the human figure, with some little hope of improvement...


  1. I think it would be easier to crit you in person. It's easier to communicate visually than with words, but I will try. And I'm sorry if I'm mean! I swear it's with love! I want you to improve! <3

    The third drawing on the first page is the best. It has some story and the construction and overlapping is really nice. The proportions are good, except the bent thigh is a little too short and the knee needs some structure. If you don't understand the anatomy of a knee, that's fine. Treat it like a box. If you don't understand I can show you. I am sad about that drawing having no arms or face. Also there's a nice drawing on the second page on the bottom. The gesture could be more exaggerated, but the construction is pretty good.

    In general, I would say you need to push the pose more. Your drawings are really stiff. The weight is off on a lot of them. I'd say go back to gesture and story: weight, balance, and proportion. I do like how you draw the heads to get the proportions right. Remember those proportions when you're drawing arms and legs that are not following the general direction of the body.

    I think you're finishing your drawings too soon. You're not thinking of simple, flat, graphic shapes. That's really important for design. Don't just draw contours, but think about them and plan them. You want to use straight lines and curves to make it look cool. Also, straight lines will help you with structure. Speaking of structure, go back to geometric shapes. Draw cylinders/boxes/whatever to help you understand the form of the figure.

    If you're going to focus on one thing, (which you should) study gesture. Scribble more and think more about the weight and balance. Once you have good gestures, start in on shapes and construction. I wouldn't worry about constructing the figure as much as capturing the action and story with scribbles. Loosen up and have fun!

    Oh, and for the anatomical study it'd be better if you drew the arm and THEN drew the anatomy over it. The arm doesn't straighten out. It hangs down from the shoulder, and at the elbow it angles away from the body. Find reference of an arm, draw it, and then put anatomy on it. It'll be more realistic and probably more useful for reference.

    I hope this was coherent and useful! If you want crits feel free to ask during figure drawing or whenever. Remember: scribble, draw loose, and have fun!

  2. Nice job with the construction and anatomy book. Don't worry about that since it's our own personal thing.

    Careful with the torso constructions. Not all, but some of them may be lopsided. We have to keep in mind at all times how these forms are like in space and that’ll help with our perspective.

    With more understanding of how things are connected, your figures will be much stronger. By that, I mean the parts that are in between parts such as neck, shoulder blades, knees, and ankles. If you can remember, think of Sheldon’s supersize lecture. Instead of drawing an arm, you do the arm and shoulder blades. Instead of a leg, you draw a leg and butt as a whole. I forget to do these things myself.

    Also refer back to the sizes of previous items. By that, I mean when we draw the pelvis, we note how big the already-drawn torso is though that’s hard sometimes since the muscles around the torso makes it seem larger than it is, but this relationship reminder can also be applied to mirror parts like left and right arms/legs. In short, check size proportions with all things at all times. Again, I sometimes forget so it’s not just you.

    I think your torso and pelvis are a bit far from each other. Happens to most of us so we have to try to remember that the space is usually the size of a fist.

    Keep it up! I hope you notice your improvements and use that to feel inspired to do even more drawings!

  3. those arr some good critiques, so I will try not to sound like a broken record. before anything, you should find the action/motivator line, that will help you understand the pose and also push it. when you construct make sure everything is fitting right. you have some good constructed ones there(I think holly pointed them out). another thing would be landmarks, it's a great tool to use when you figure draw. Holly has a very good point on the in person critiques, so don't be shy about asking for help. hmmmmm.... oh yeah... practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, and keep moving forward.