Howdy all. I have been a lurker on penny arcade for a good long while now. It was mostly in the DnD and Graphic Violence side of things, and I have only just recently started looking into the Artist Corner. I created an account a little over a year ago and then almost immediately forgot about it. I am finally popping my forum cherry, because I have decided what I really want to do.
I want to make comic books.
Story telling is my passion; Movies, TV Shows, Novels. I love all of it really, but comics is where I want to leave my mark. I'm absolutely bursting with ideas. I have even written one or two of them down. With a few scribblings of some kind of narrative put on paper and out of the way, it was on to arting.
I enjoy drawing and doodling, and I have taken a few art and graphic design classes back in the day. I also purchased an iPad and there are plenty of cheap art programs I could get on it. I can do this. This shouldn't be a problem at allOH GOD, IT'S HIDEOUS!
What!? What is this nonsense!? This will not do. This is just terrible all around. No! Time to put the serious face on. Time to get better.
So, after some snooping around, I found that every expert seems to say the same thing. I needed to learn the fundamentals. I needed to draw from life. Well, can do.
I began with gesture drawings, and for the past month of have tried to do 1 - 2 hours a day. I have been mostly using this thing: artists.pixelovely.com/practice-tools/figure-drawing/
, which I found in the tutorials thread, and it has been fantastic and fun all around.
I'm sorry that there is so little to see here, as I rarely hold on to these.
About a week ago I felt comfortable enough to try light studies. Here is my first attempt.
Hmm. It seems a bit dark. Maybe it's my monitor. Let me try another one.
Yep, it's my monitor. Well, lets try one of them with color.
Hmm, again. Perhaps I shouldn't have picked something so small. Here is the second attempt that I did yesterday.
I got nothing.
With the earlier stuff I could at least tell somewhat where I made mistakes and what I probably had to improve on. With light and color studies, I'm at a complete lost. I'm not even 100% sure what exactly I'm supposed to be looking for. It was a lot of fun when I was making these, but that feeling goes away whenever I come back to them later.
This is where I come crawling to you guys for help. I clearly have no idea what I'm doing in these drawings. My friends tried to give me advice, but they were entirely too nice. I do believe that with a little
lot of guidance, I could improve. So, if you could give any feedback and pointers on what lessons I should be doing and where I'm at my weakest, it would be most appreciated. I plan on posting periodically as I (hopefully) grow as an artist.