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lilrayray77
09-13-2007, 06:54 AM
First a little background: Very recently, I decided to to take an attempt at learning how to draw, as i thought it would help improve my 3d skills. Soooo, about a month ago, I sat down with a number two pencil, a pad of paper and a reference picture and got drawing (resulting in the first image below). Since then, I have been drawing a bit now and then. Although right now I have done mainly human heads, I plan on making an attempt at animals as well as non-organic figures in the near future.

Both Drawings are base off of a reference image (which I googled). My first drawing below is based on a drawing by Leonardo DaVinci. The second is based on a photo of an Arab (Egyptian I believe) woman.

They aren't on par with the other work around here, so any crits, tip/tricks anyone might have to offer would be very kind.

bluerider
09-13-2007, 07:13 AM
Thank you for contributing to this section. Also thanks for explaining the background.

What I hope to be doing in this section is to do my best to provide tips and ideas about approaches to drawing.

My advice about studying animals is this, if sketching from life, get some anatomy books on the animal subjects first. Study there skeleton and the most prominant aspects of their muscle structore. That way, before you even begin to draw, you understand them from the inside out.

There is nothing more dishearting in my personal experience is going out into the field to "draw" and be dishearted by the results.

I had an art teacher, many years ago that took us out on a field trip and before we began sghe said "draw what you see". This was a useless piece of advice considering it was obvious by our experience that we could only draw what we knew. What we knew about the subject was rather limited, so the result from everyone in the class was discourageing.

You are limited by your knowledge of the subject, understand as much about its composition in anatomy before you begin to tackle the subject. Drawing from the field is the most challenging and also "can" be the most rewarding if their is a good basic understanding of the subjects underlying structor.

Please post more drawing and once again, thankyou :)

lilrayray77
09-13-2007, 07:56 AM
Thank you for the advice. I know what you mean by disheartening results. Not long ago I attempted an image that was simply too complex for my current abilities. The results left me feeling a bit empty, however, it gave me a good idea of what specific areas I needed to work on. As for studying anatomy, I have a few good books that might be of use. Does anyone know of some good art-oriented anatomy books?

bluerider
09-13-2007, 08:35 AM
http://books.google.com/books?id=O7-9u6JM-5kC&pg=PA77&ots=GWUlXC7eUF&dq=barcsay,+drawing+anatomy&sig=KS2r1rLmq7oy5HXW8ajcqIwxdTM#PPP1,M1

http://books.google.com/books?id=Fk91Y-FiOJYC&dq=&pg=PP1&ots=_-PRj6Bdl9&sig=739uYoy8xiE3v5OJJyZGHKti0CY&prev=http://www.google.com/search%3Fq%3Dconstructive%2Banatomy%26ie%3Dutf-8%26oe%3Dutf-8%26aq%3Dt%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26client%3Dfirefox-a&sa=X&oi=print&ct=title

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0399508023/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-0360691-5343355#reader-link

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0399508023/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-0360691-5343355#reader-link

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0671530771/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-0360691-5343355#reader-link

The links I have provided are definitives.

lilrayray77
09-13-2007, 09:23 AM
http://books.google.com/books?id=O7-9u6JM-5kC&pg=PA77&ots=GWUlXC7eUF&dq=barcsay,+drawing+anatomy&sig=KS2r1rLmq7oy5HXW8ajcqIwxdTM#PPP1,M1

http://books.google.com/books?id=Fk91Y-FiOJYC&dq=&pg=PP1&ots=_-PRj6Bdl9&sig=739uYoy8xiE3v5OJJyZGHKti0CY&prev=http://www.google.com/search%3Fq%3Dconstructive%2Banatomy%26ie%3Dutf-8%26oe%3Dutf-8%26aq%3Dt%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26client%3Dfirefox-a&sa=X&oi=print&ct=title

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0399508023/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-0360691-5343355#reader-link

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0399508023/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-0360691-5343355#reader-link

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0671530771/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-0360691-5343355#reader-link

The links I have provided are definitives.


Oh wow, thanks, definately going to look into getting a few of these.