I have been drawing for nearly two years now, in order to facilitate my comic. It's something I'd like to pursue professionally if I ever got the chance.
A friend of mine whose opinion I highly value told me I may be ready to be critiqued here.
I've attached some pieces I've been working on recently. If there is anything else anyone would like to see, please let me know.
I have not included any examples of my comic, but could if anyone desired to see them.
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at these, and thank you for any guidance you can offer me.
Funny, the tire doesn't do much for me. I do however think that he has crafted himself a fine pear.
Still working on this one, but I'm trying to focus on cleaning the lines up a bit.
I would try some more slower paced pencil studies. Hands would be a good start.
I tried to take some time with this one. I hope that I'm starting to strike upon some of the things you all have been saying.
Try picking up Burne Hogarths Dynamic Figure Drawing, it will do wonders towards helping you see your drawings 3 dimensionally on the page.
Some people find his drawings overtly stylised, but the book certainly helped me a lot when I first started drawing.
I'll just be quiet in my corner :-)
What I would recommend is sketch the hell out of something in pencil. Do it up, don't change much about the way you draw just detail the fuck out of it. Then ink over the top, try make longer, shape defining smooth lines. As you do this you have to decide what details stay and which ones go, don't be afraid to loose a lot of detail. Remember when inking you kind of want to draw from the shoulder to get those big smooth lines, drawing from the wrist really limits you there. Erase the pencils and check it out.
An artist to look into who still have a very sketch feel but a lot of line variation and confidence is Skottie Young (http://www.skottieyoung.com/)
Hope that helps and keep them coming! Welcome to the AC!
Gonna do my best to take my time, use confident lines and hopefully produce something little more alive. Gonna seek after that book Mustang mentioned too.
UPDATE: Sorry I'm kinda of a forum etiquette neophyte. I double posted this but it got blocked by a filter.
Here's what spent my morning doing.
Really appreciate your thoughts on this one.
This is very visually confusing, I can't tell if this shark is leaping out of water, swimming through it, jumping into it, what have you. Is what's entering it's mouth more water? It looks like there is some kind of differentation in your sketches but I can't tell what it's supposed to *be* sorry to say.
That being said I'd still like to hear more about sharky!
Thanks for your time and attention as always! I really appreciate it.
Update: Here's a hand. Think I'll be going to get that book this afternoon.
Update: @Mustang : Hogarth is great! Thanks so much for the recommendation. I know I'm supposed to be taking my time, but I couldn't keep myself from banging out a quick sketch.
The highlight on her right leg would also mean that the light is coming from scene left, however that is inconsistent with the shadow under the breasts. If there was more shading, I probably wouldn't have noticed this, but as I looked more, it stood out.
I think the Jan 07 image probably has the best shading, but it is only around the face and edges; the middle is comparatively shapeless and relies more on line weight and shading than it does color / value for definition, which is inconsistent with the face and edges. I can like either as a style, and wouldn't mind seeing more of either, just pick one.