I've been experiencing another springtime of drawing in my life, and that seasonal rhythm dictates that I eventually return here in search of critique and inspiration.
Brief background: I have a (useless) liberal arts degree in sculpture. I did about half of an M.Arch before dropping out. I grow produce for a living. My artistic ambitions are focused on creator-owned projects (I lack the emotional fortitude for creative freelancing.) Some artists I admire are Zak Smith, Eddie Campbell, Heather Gwinn
, Cedric Plante
. I like looking at things that feel extemporaneous or even naive, or that juxtapose beauty and other non-beauty concepts.
I draw mostly with pens--either felt-tipped multiliners or rapidographs--and have a preference against doing erasable underdrawings. I work very iteratively, and recycle lots of barely-begun drawings. I often warm up by following timed recorded life drawing sessions from youtube, or by drawing my family around the house. Other than that, I rarely draw directly from reference. I re-read my Loomis books a lot. I have to look through the backside of the paper pretty often or my drawings develop a strong skew toward the upper right. I suffer from a lack of patience when drawing.
Here are some warm-up sketches I've done recently, 2-5 minute poses:
Some other figures from imagination:
Then here's some things closer to what I'm trying for as a finished product (part of a map card project for Dungeon World):