As you flip through her sketchbook like I said you might get a bit overwhelmed. Some self doubt might start to creep into your mind. The antidote to self doubt is focusing on what you can control right now. What you can control is working within your own sketchbook. Focus on you and your drawings.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the details, the textures that we forget to organize a simple value structure. I recommend creating a value structure study in your sketchbook with a soft 2B mechanical pencil. It should take you less than five minutes to complete.
I just recently discovered that I had Ting’s sketchbooks on my iPhone. Her work is definitely special and I wanted to make sure that I shared it with you.
Sometimes I’ll step away from my drawing and it looks too light. I then realize I need sit back down and put more pencil down on the paper. You see a lot of artists stop too soon. They leave so much mood and depth on the table.
The main suggestion was to simplify how to apply shadow shapes. When you place shadow shapes everywhere in essence you muddy up your portrait drawing. It’s always best to simplify where you decide to put your shadow shapes.
Since the first day I met Phoebe back in 2015 wow has she really grown into an amazing artist. Her location watercolor paintings are just to die for. The way she crams so much information into one painting in just so awesome.
Recently Maria, a member of Drawing Tutorials Online, posted up a portrait drawing for feedback. Her main question was why is the drawing flat? First off I want to thank you Maria for presenting this awesome teaching opportunity.
Are you passionate about drawing portraits? One of the biggest portrait drawing techniques I teach in the classroom is shape of hair versus shapes of face. If you can draw the shape of the models hair, that is half the battle to drawing a likeness.
Understanding form is paramount when trying to incorporate three dimension into your figure drawings. We have a pretty cool lesson for members of Drawing Tutorials Online in our Begin Here Step By Step course titled, you guessed it, “Understanding Form”.
After many years of trial and error I finally learned why my paintings and drawings looked flat. I was putting much too much detail everywhere. I was putting detail in the light, I was also rendering detail in the shadows. I was putting details in the background as well as the foreground.
Have you ever tried to draw a portrait for a friend that didn’t go so well? You had a great photo of a friend or family member and when you tried to draw from it, it was not a good experience. It’s most likely the photo had front lighting from flash photography.
This video critique will help you to see and draw better gestures. Being able to see the gesture of a pose will certainly help you draw relaxed loose figures.
If you are into cartoons you will definitely be into Madeleine’s drawings! Her sketchbooks are definitely authentic to say the least. You can really she Madeleine’s passion show through on each page. Her attention to detail within textures is really cool.
If you are looking to improve your portrait drawings watch the video critique below. In this video critique we help out Ilse with drawing a better likeness of the model within the photo plus achieve much more three dimension.
What I love so much about Sydney is that she is super comfortable in her shoes. She is not wishy washy about what her work is all about. She loves drawing bouncy cartoon characters and she is really good at it.
Have you ever tried to draw a portrait where the person in the photo reference had no contrasting shadow shapes? In other words the lighting within the photo was very flat. When there aren’t many shadow shapes to draw it’s much more difficult to capture a likeness.
Natalie’s sketchbooks totally rock! I totally appreciate you sharing your sketchbooks Natalie. They are really inspiring.
My favorite line of the sketchbook video – I love drawing with cheap bank pens. The cheaper the better I guess.
Nefer is one of the many gifted students who has agreed to share her sketchbook with us all. Of course I get to review it each week in class. But sharing it with the World on Youtube is another story.
In an ever polarized internet where people feel very isolated something very different is happening at members.drawing-tutorials-online.com. People are not only connecting but they are learning how to improve their art in a consistent way.