Hello ACers! I've recently decided to try to learn to draw again, and I was hoping to get some guidance from some of the talented folks in this forum. I'm getting to the point where I can see how wrong some of the things I'm doing are, but I just don't have the knowledge or skills to fix it, and when the frustration sets in I have a tendency to just give up so I'm hoping some community support might push me through that.
I started with some of the resources from the tutorials thread, in particular Riven Phoenix's video series which started off being quite useful, but I got to the point where I didn't feel like he was explaining things in a way I could understand so I'm hoping I can find something else that suits my learning style a bit better. I certainly learn best from a structured progression but I know it's not necessarily that simple when it comes to art.
I've put all the pages of my sketchbook so far in the thread as a reference, but I guess I'm just hoping somebody can point me in the right direction of how and what I should be practising to ensure I don't get ahead of myself and start getting frustrated by the knowledge of what I don't know yet. My thinking is that I need to develop some better shading technique so that I can be more confident laying down specific values, and obviously I need a lot of work in laying out proportions accurately.@Kochikens
told me to start doing self portraits - I was pretty happy with the first two
Here's where I kind of feel like I went off the rails, I think I started over-thinking things too much
Here I was trying to focus on getting the measurements correct, but then got frustrated when I couldn't get the form I wanted
This was me experimenting with drawing the facial planes from a contrast modified photo
I was getting annoyed with my beard and hair in the self portraits I was doing so I found a picture of a bald guy. I realised halfway through that I just wasn't getting the proportions right, but came back and tried to finish it anyway.
So that's where I'm at now, I'm a little lost as to how to continue - should I just keep doing self portraits or drawing from photos and just push through and finish them even if I can see where all the problems are?