Friday, November 20, 2009

Two ink drawings and quick figures

Each year I make a calendar and offer it for sale, and this year my calendar features the paintings I created for my thesis. On my DeviantART account, I posted a calendar sale where if you order a calendar directly through me, I will sign it and include a small pen drawing of your choice. The calendar is also $5 cheaper than if you buy it directly through DeviantART, so it's a better deal all around.

Here are two of the pen drawings that were requested by people who ordered a calendar:

Snow leopard/peregrine falcon gryphon:

Osprey - I was going for an Audubon-esque, moment of suspension pose. If I could do it over, I would have given it more of an angle (and fixed that beak!) but it's serves its purpose as a simple pen sketch, and I'm sure the person it's meant for will like it all the same:

After some anatomical frustration, I decided to just get back to basics and do a night of figure studies and gestures. Here's a page of simple figures, references from stock photos:

Poses referenced from the following stock photographers:
Top left - Chamberstock on DeviantART
Top right, bottom left - Torino Stock on DeviantART
Bottom right - Mjranum Stock on DeviantART

I truly wish I had access to live models; drawing the figure from photographs is never the same as having a real person right there. Luckily, I have a friend who has volunteered to pose, and we're playing with the idea of starting up a figure drawing group.

1 comment:

  1. A figure drawing group would be sooo very awesome! I'm hoping to start a sketch group out here once I'm not bogged down with huge project of doom. I really miss hanging out with other artists and Atlanta is so far awaaay.

    As for anatomy, back to basics is always good for artists of *any* skill level to do. Sometimes we just need a reminder of how it all fits together. Might I also suggest doing some skeleton/muscle overlays to get an even more detailed understanding of how bodies work. Constructive undersketching with basic shapes is good and handy, but it doesn't teach anything about mechanics, movement, and muscle layering unless you break it further down to the joints and things (ie. ball-joint, lever joint, etc).

    Ahh gives me the anatomy twitch again. I need to pull out my old books and get to practicing myself!:)