Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lesson 11 by Caleb

Here's my lesson 11. His cranium is too small at the top because the original egg shape was off, among other things. Below is the same face drawn over 2 years ago.


Gabriele_Gabba said...

Good to see you posting :)

I'd say keep an eye on the negative space and shapes around the head.

If you compare your pic to the one next to it and look at the negative space you can tell your shapes in general are too big.

Lay your scan over the original in photoshop or some such similar program and then see where you can improve.. (or use a lightbox)

James said...

Yeah, I'd say between every couple of steps use a lightbox to compare the two.

It also looks like you know what you're supposed to draw, but you aren't drawing it. It just doesn't look solid to me. You know what they say, try try and try again.

Caleb said...

Thanks for the input guys. I've stopped checking my drawings in the light box so I can train myself to learn the shapes better. For these exercises I want to be able to draw the figures and see the mistakes without using an overlay. When I'm done drawing all of the Preston Blair figures, I'll probably draw them all over again.

I'd love to see what you guys are working on.

Gabriele_Gabba said...

Hey Caleb,

I agree with your idea to give up the lightbox, it can really mess with you.

In fact i think Overlaying is only something we should do once we have the basics down and our drawings start looking very close to perfect.

Caleb said...

Hi Gabriele, I did learn a lot from constantly checking my lines (I would scan each version and overlay in PS). It taught me to pay attention to subtle bends in lines and to make smoother curves. After awhile though, it seemed too close to tracing.

I think it's good to make sure the egg shape is solid first though, since it's really hard to make it look right if that is off. I'm sure with enough practice you could eventually stop overlaying the egg shape, and just use your eyes to check it.