He is dog
critiques welcome, even harsh ones
The dog is drawn in a very naive, simple style, which has its charms, as it reminds the viewer of a childlike world view. It is more like a description, than the actual rendering of an animated object in space. "Here is the head, it is long and rectangular, see, there are eyes, which are round, and a nose, which is t-shaped, and triangular ears at the side. Here are its paws, which you can see by the claws I drew". The style has its use in conveying lighthearted simplicity. If you want to stay in that style, it would be best to keep acting childlike in developing the image. Add bright simple colors, use thicker lines, add more objects or even simple words to clarify your message. "He is dog" would actually work, maybe every letter written with a different colored crayon.
The problem with that style is, that it has a low skill ceiling. If you chose your message well, and stick to the lightheartedness, you can possibly gift someone a smile by drawing them a nice card. Impressing someone with your drawing skills on the other hand will be near impossible.
If you want to develop your style towards a more rendered "mainstream" depiction, you have a long way ahead, learning to understand how objects in space project onto the 2-D surface of your page. If you are willing to put in a lot of hours, I can highly recommend drawabox.com as a learning website.
You're the third person to mention drawbox. Going to have to check that out.
I got my 100 boxes and all 70 treasure chests done, and I am glad and proud of it. You will see what I mean, when you go through the page. Its drawabox.com with the a in there, for easier finding on google.
Say, that's such utter promise, Haseobodom. Very good job on your symbol of a dog.
I have too many nitpicks on this mutt. Yours don't really look like a true dog. And your gestures are far too stiffest and your observation are still fresh, but not enough of it so far. Would you please loosen up your hands with 30 minutes of 30 second sketches of canines (custom session) (60 dog scribbles, all flipped normal and vertical) (with a flip feature on our full subscription feature, or if you don't want a full subscription, screen cap your images of dogs)
The arguement behind this harsh advice is because, first of all, to access on drawing that your left hemisphere of the brain can scoff off. And second, to make your lines the least stiffest, and your mongrels the most dynamic, energetic, fluider, and liveliest.
Good luck with you, your goal, and I hope you've found these things completely, utterly and totally useful, helpful, encouraging and informative. For more details, be sure to look up the Betty Edwards books online or on any physical or electronic book.
Loosen up sounds like good advice!!!
I appreciate how confident your lines are, you seem to be able to get a drawing down without getting scratchy and bogged down in perfectionism. I think what would help you the most is learning to break down the figure of a person or animal into shapes and where to place those shapes in relation to each other. I would recommend that in your next session you try (starting slow, it might take you a while to do this at first) observing your reference and seeing what shapes you can recognize. Squares, ovals, circles, hexagons, etc. this can really help you start to understand anatomy better. With the face of the dog, you seem to resort to drawing in symbols. Instead of drawing what you see, you're drawing what you *think* a dog's mouth or nose should look like. Breaking out of this and, as i said earlier, instead observing and analyzing the shapes you are actually seeing would help you improve a lot. Sorry if this was wordy or hard to read.