Thanks Alice for sharing your sketchbook with us. Alice’s improvement over the entire academic year was pretty incredible. She really is an example of what hard work and devotion can do for one’s portfolio of drawings. Improve them immensely.
Emily has really made some great strides with her artwork over two semesters. Her art is definitely unique to Emily. The shapes of her characters are really interesting. Emily also has this great knack for drawing really thin detailed line which I totally love. With one more week left in the Spring semester at SVA I’m really going to miss all of the fun energy that Emily has for her work and the work of other students in the classroom.
I remember back in the day when song was a student in my class she was a little lost. She was completely unsure of herself. Her confidence just was not there. However she perservered and her skill set began to grow. Her confidence also started to grow.
Alice has ton of raw natural talent. She is doing a really great job of cultivating that talent with her hard work in class. Her two mini sketchbooks are a pleasure to look through. Thanks Alice so much for sharing your art.
Working on rough sketches is a great time to plan and think. You can certainly use a multitude of techniques when composing your scene. I like using a grid, I also like to use big compositional shapes. Compositional shapes are big areas of light and shade.
Finding background reference helps you to figure out all of the nitty gritty details in your scene. It helps to take the guess work out of your image making process. Even if you work only from your imagination I encourage you to use background reference.
Helen sketchbook is pretty amazing. Helen is a super quiet student who arrives to class each week ready to draw. She methodically creates very beautiful drawings time and time again. Her life drawings and sketchbook drawings are both quintessential Helen.
Thumbnail sketches are a fast way to get you ideas out onto the paper fast. They are not meant for details. Use them to place you character in an environment, think impressionistic.
Joie is really into drawing fast in a very bold way. Using crayons markers and crayon’s she has the uncanny ability to create very strong looking images that pop right off of the page.
Incorporating a sentence into your work process is a wonderful way to fight the dreaded artist block. The next time you sit down to create an illustration, start with a descriptive sentence first.
Sometimes I completely forget all about my past life. I once was a full time freelance illustrator working on several book projects at one time. My life was all about creating high quality artwork under the pressure of deadlines. Sitting down to paint for eight to ten...
What I like most about Emily’s sketchbook is her originality. I like so much that she expresses how she is feeling through her drawings. I really do see a ton of improvement in Emily’s drawings midway through the sketchbook video. Her black ballpoint pen line is amazing.
Ren’s line quality is really clean and delicate. Her improvement in this sketchbook video is fun to watch. Enjoy looking through her drawings. It’s a pleasure to have Ren as a student in class.
It's been a while since I've posted a sketchbook video. I think Emily's sketchbook is totally worth the wait. Over the course of the semester I've really enjoyed seeing Emily's work progress into something special. Her style of art is so perfectly suited for...
Paul a member of Drawing Tutorials Online just recently uploaded one of his images for a critique. I really liked his drawing of this cute fury cat. The drawing was done in a combination of pencil, colored pencil, pastels (both pencil and stick), as well as charcoal.
Every Monday at Drawing Tutorials Online I film three to fours of video critiques. Members who take the time to upload their artwork definitely improve weekly. It’s pretty amazing what a different set of eyes can do to help you improve. Sometimes we get much too close to our drawings loosing all sense of objectivity.
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.