After months I am starting my art study blog back up. I stopped in posting in July because I began work on a personal cartoon project that will not be featured on this blog anytime soon. Since the blog was a study blog and I was not doing studies there was nothing to post. I figured I would get better through working on my project. While I was improving, it was much slower than when I was focused on studying. I decided I would continue studying on the side while I produce my cartoons. First, I studied from the book Figure Drawing: Design and Invention by Michael Hampton. I read the book and then went back through and copied every drawing in the book. It is a great book, and I learned a lot. I had studied anatomy quite a bit before, but this book simplifies it and gives you a method that works for both observational drawing and drawing from imagination. My drawing has improved a lot from these studies and it is giving me a base for further studies.
I've also made it a point to go to an sketch club once a week for a few hours of figure drawing
I have been doing a hour and a half of daily drawing exercises. It used to be half and hour of gesture followed by an hour of one minute cartoons. I changed this to half an hour of gesture, then half an hour of trying to realistically render the human figure from imagination, right now in greyscale, then half an hour of minute cartoons
Rendering (in steps)
Step 1 Gesture and base structure
Step 2 StructureStep 3 Greyscale renderStep 4 Line DrawingI am a little embarissed to post this one because it is so bad. The proportions are all out of whack and there is no clear light source. However, this is a first attempt, and I realized these problems but never went back to fix them. Instead I pushed through. I will do better on my next attempt