during one of my portfolio review sessions sophomore year, a woman i sat down with pointed out how monotonous my subjects were. in her words, "they all look like fairy princesses".
well, i got news for her.
...in the form of burly, angry dudes *dur hur hur*
just a couple of days ago i finished reading bridgman's complete guide to drawing from life. that's 350 pages in 10 days. talk about information overload. i got very nauseous and borderline suicidal afterwards.
BUT IT WAS WORTH IT.
(yes i am retarded)
^done with ballpoint pen & col-erase pencils
i never expected to delve into anatomy so soon but damn, was it instructive. knowing what's going on beneath the surface just makes your figures THAT much more convincing. i guess that goes on without saying. but when it comes to art, all theories are useless unless they're put to practice. and that's exactly what i've been doing ever since i got home.
^a study after one of the illustrations in the practice and science of drawing by harold speed
^study of various designs; alice & ariel (c) disney
^a speed paint (in photoshop) of one of my original characters, ellaine
right now i've got a fairly good idea about where my weaknesses and strengths lie, so that gives me a decent map to start off with. like richard williams said, "begin with what you know and what you don't know will be revealed to you".
stay tuned cuz there's gonna be some epic heaps of artworks coming up in the next couple of months!