Forum posts by Dooger41

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    Thanks! You got some great stuff too.


    Thanks! Mostly 2 minute poses, some 1 minute if I didn't add clothing/drapery. I use 30 second to warm-up and stay loose and then try to get to solid 2 minute poses. These are some results.


    It wouldn't be fair to critique other people's drawings without allowing you guys the same. I started a tumblr so may as well link through there.

    The newest post is the best I feel I did this spring. I would LOVE to hear some brutal honesty. Hit me with some constructive criticism guys!


    Oh, and nice work btw. I can't wait to see how you grow as an artist.


    The sketches look good for a start and you are picking some challenging poses which is awesome. AND it looks like a lot were from real life reference and not just images, which is more challenging. For facial studies, at least in the beginning, try using a line to show eye level reference. It helps with those odd tilted/angled head shots and speeds up the sketching process. Eventually, you might not need to use the line. I still use the line.

    Also, some more of the interesting angles (like the laying nude woman) came out great compared with some of your profile shots and here is why: the interesting poses FORCED you to break the drawing down into basic shapes, because the pose is unfamiliar. The familiar pose made you draw what you knew and not what you saw (i.e. I drew an eye, not the triangle with a convex curve like I actually saw.) Continue to draw and keep breaking down what you see into basic shapes. You can always add the details later.

    I looked the dates on the drawings and see you do this often. I recommend this site for daily work. (Try using the convenient 30 minute trainer once a day) and your overall speed, line quality, and proportions will show good improvement. Try doing it daily though. It will be hard to find time but you can make time. Get that pencil mileage!

    Good start though, and you have a nice amount for a first-time poster. Keep adding to it.


    Sorry nickjagg14. I don't know if I am using the link wrong or what but I can not view your images. The link takes me to my page. Perhaps another site you have maybe posted to? Your Tumblr?


    Yep. That's the struggle. Quicksketching is all about getting that pose locked down in seconds and using the remainder of your time adding more details. Keep up the good work and your mental library will develop nicely. If you do this even for a solid month (at least 30 minutes a day) of say.... 30 second poses, and then SWITCH to a 10 minute pose? Bam! It's like night and day, and frickin' easy to get consistently better work.

    P.S. Don't skip days. It leads to an all-too-familiar procrastination chain.


    They are looking nice. I like the line set-up. Remember for gesture drawing to get the pose in as little lines as possible, so like for some of the drawings, most notably drawings 29 and 31 (if we count left to right) one line could be used for a whole side of the body. It's a test of confident line, which is why a short time frame is necessary. That said though, they look great and you show a good use of overlap to show dimension while keeping relative proportion.

    If you want to go more dynamic in your poses, use artistic license and push the poses further (i.e. tilt a head farther than the model actually does it, draw an arm more angular than depicted, etc.). It makes for more dynamic poses.

    Question: What were the times on these? 30 sec? 45?


    I'm not very good with digital painting yet but I can comment on posing and construction. Greed and Lust have good posture thus far and it looks like you had some reference but Gluttony looks like fewer reference was used. This makes it look out of place compared to the more anatomically defined Greed and Lust. The silhouettes could be pushed further with each piece; I suggest working with line-of-action, especially gluttony.

    When drawing more anatomically correct figures too, be prepared to do more detailed objects in a scene. The chair on which Greed sits is lacking the dimension you showed with greed himself. Whether that was a personal choice or not, I found it distracting from the overall piece.

    Good things: You limited your colors with each creature, which is actually a common mistake. The colors weren't too saturated. You gave a background which is also extra work ( I do recommend more referencing to caves to give it that extra punch). Overall, a good beginning. I look forward to see improvement with your next four pieces.


    So, here is my first time posting. Below are a combination of some quick sketches. Looking for input. They vary from 1 minute to 3 minute. Lemme know if the links work.


    The warm-up looks great. Have you tried the "line-of-action" method? You can capture the form in 30 seconds but I feel like using line-of-action could push the pictures like the koala and the upright dog even further.


    Thank you for the advice on the pilot pens. I tried them and have more fun with sketching! I have been using pens for my practice and haven't had too much issue and tried to switch back to pencil for comparison-sake and do the same thing with eraser sickness. Thank you for the advice and I look forward to more use of this site.


    So I have run into snags sometimes with grabbing a 2B and have simply resorted to ball-point pens for now. I was told to never erase for quick sketches anyway so I figured this isn't an issue, but is it? I have been working on line quality and confident line-work and practice IS practice, so I have seen improvements but am I hindering some potential through use of only ink? Thank you for your time.


    I have been dating my sketches for some time now, and found it exciting to see improvement. However, I came upon another artist that spoke out against this, stating it makes you look too much on the past mistakes. I don't agree with them but are there any thoughts from others on this?