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Resources to ease into drawing mechanicals?

3 Comments
2024/06/23
13:52 UTC

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Any feedback on my art would be appreciated. Anything that's off-putting or ugly?

Apologies if this isn't the right tag. I wasn't sure which one I should do. It's either complete, digital, or question. So I went with the safest one.

6 Comments
2024/06/23
07:38 UTC

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Drawing curved sheets of paper

Hi guys, came across that famous Sinix video on drawing faces, and I realised that I can't really draw curved sheets of paper well lol.

Am I just bad at drawing perspective? (likely yes) Or are there any resources/tips that would help with drawing those curved sheets of paper? Thank you!

5 Comments
2024/06/23
06:39 UTC

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Apple Color Study

A 40 min study of an apple incorporating Marco Bucci's tips... Did it turn out well? (Still new to colors so any tips would be appreciated and feel free to recommend me some books about colors as well! Thanks!)

3 Comments
2024/06/23
06:32 UTC

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How can I improve this piece, especially the shading.

5 Comments
2024/06/23
06:31 UTC

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Help

Hi!! So this is supposed to be a birthday present but I want it to look good. (It's not done, but I'm looking for advice before it's harder to redo) Left person's glasses are too low on their face compared to the reference picture but I'm not sure if it's too late to fix. All of it is graphite. Really struggling with the messy hair for the person on the right. Any tips are appreciated! I'd like it to look realistic :)

1 Comment
2024/06/23
05:36 UTC

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Any advice on what i can do to improve as i go??

One thing that bothers me is that my colors always seem to have paper still visible, do i just apply more pressure?

0 Comments
2024/06/23
03:56 UTC

0 Comments
2024/06/23
03:10 UTC

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Is there anything else I can improve with my eyes drawing?

6 Comments
2024/06/23
00:56 UTC

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Did I do these rotations correctly? - how to draw, scott robertson

Hello. I'm on chapter 3, and I'm struggling A LOT with mirroring rotated, tilted planes. The book shows the steps, and they seem clear enough, but there's an intermediate step I think is missing that really threw me off and I had to think about for a while

(From book)

https://imgur.com/l8g3rba

For fig. 3.67, I'm not sure how they got red line from the mirror to the dot below A. It makes sense, but while drawing, I didn't know the depth on paper. I could get an infinite number of lines, most of them being obviously wrong, but I wasn't sure how to be "right" without guessing and seeing what looked "right".

(From book)

https://imgur.com/IZwuWcS

So I started lookin at the blue line, and I wondered where those lines came from. Then I thought, what if they were the other vanishing point of the plane, such that when they intersect they form a box (90 degrees)? I used this idea to find that red line, and I went from there. But there's tons of lines on the paper.

(My attempt)

https://imgur.com/n8jZNDm

https://imgur.com/m4o0fVf

Does this look correct? Was there a simpler way of doing this? It makes sense, but dang... having to do this for every tilted, rotated planes seems excessive. Thanks!

Edit: The 30 & 60 VPs are for the mirror plane, and the 50 & 40 VPs are for the planes, measured from the stationary point

1 Comment
2024/06/22
22:35 UTC

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Watercolor Market Sketch 6x9

0 Comments
2024/06/22
21:25 UTC

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How do you actually engage with art tutorials?

I feel like its not something most people give too much thought to, but whenever I come across good art instruction, be it multi-hour lectures, 30-minute youtube videos or books, I feel like I'm never sure how to optimally extract and internalise the information from them. I know some resources like Brent Eviston or Drawabox give you explicit "homework", which makes what I'm meant to be doing pretty obvious, but those are certainly the exception, not the rule.

Do I copy the drawings as I'm watching/reading, or does that divert my attention away from the actual theory being discussed, and reduce me to being a mere photocopier? Do I watch once without doing anything else and then watch again to draw along, or is that a huge waste of time? Do I watch without doing anything then try to apply the techniques in something original, or is that going to be too difficult and make me develop bad habits from bits I misremembered? Do I make written notes on the theory they talk about like I would with any other subject, or is that inappropriate for a more practical subject like art?

Obviously I don't expect anybody to have the 100% definitive solution, but if you're reading this then a quick explanation of what you personally do and how its benefitted you would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

6 Comments
2024/06/22
18:27 UTC

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I need feedback on this

2 Comments
2024/06/22
18:26 UTC

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What's the best way to study anatomy from a book?

I recently purchased Animal Anatomy for artists: elements and form by Elliot Goldfinger. My original plan was to redraw the pictures in the book but there are probably hundreds of drawings with each individual muscle so not only would I have to draw the muscles individually I would have to keep redrawing the skeletons as well. I'm not sure if it's a good Idea to draw all of these pictures or if it should just be used as reference or if there is some better way to study this like simply trying to commit all the muscles to memory.

1 Comment
2024/06/22
17:49 UTC

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This looks very bad but idk why , can anyone help pls ?

7 Comments
2024/06/22
17:14 UTC

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Is this looks good?

4 Comments
2024/06/22
17:04 UTC

1

Ongoin practice - Body

0 Comments
2024/06/22
15:02 UTC

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So many dots and so many lines to go

0 Comments
2024/06/22
12:19 UTC

7

Prussia Gloria! Critiques welcome

0 Comments
2024/06/22
05:40 UTC

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My first ball pen sketch

This was my first ball pen sketch do you think I did. Agood job and could you please give me critiques about the anatomy of the skull

3 Comments
2024/06/22
03:45 UTC

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Any advice/critiques on this piece? (Specifically the lighting)

2 Comments
2024/06/22
01:38 UTC

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