Monday, 15 September 2014

How to get better at drawing?

In general this is a great drawing channel and i would recommend looking through the videos to see how the artist Sycra tackles certain subjects.

In this video though he got me thinking about how i actually practice drawing. I used to just hop from one thing to another, a drawing here, painting there and i would always work from a reference to the point that now i am very limited to what i can draw accurately without one.

In this video Sycra discusses speed and how you build up a sort of muscle memory for drawing certain things - coincidentally i draw eyes on stuff all the time and i've done it so much that i don't need to think about it... but i have difficulty with a number of other things. Ears for example.

There's no way around it. If you want to get good you have to put in the practice and draw the SAME THINGS over and over again until you don't even need to think about it.

Par example -

Better late than never

I came across my life drawings from last year. These are just a few selections of the ones i did in pencil.

Life Drawings (2013) by conceptaur on deviantART

Friday, 5 September 2014

When you’re not in a creative environment or surrounded by those who share you passion its hard to stay motivated. I haven’t been motivated in a long time because of this. I’m still trapped behind a till but now i realise if i want things to change i’m going to have to be the one to change them.

Its now or never basically.

In concerns of my art skills i’m a little rusty and looking back on the work that i’ve done in college and such i realise that i used short cuts. I never truly mastered anatomy or poses. Its only within the last couple of years that i’ve studied more on the subject… but its not enough.

To truly master something you have to work at it every day. Practice, practice, practice until it is engrained.

So that is what i’m going to do.

Here is my plan

In a way i’m unpicking what i have already learned and identifying bad habits… you sort of do that when you have projects to get completed. A reference used here and there is fine but wouldn’t it be quicker if you could draw that pose without it?

So in the words of that dude from Mulan: “Lets get down to business…!”

Sunday, 16 June 2013


Wow, it's been a while, more than a year since i last posted something. I kind of fell off the planet and into a limbo. To be honest i've been more preoccupied finding a job and trying to figure out what i want to do but in doing so i've slipped up.

I stopped drawing.

It crept up on me and months down the line when i turned around i realised i was afraid to put pencil to paper. In my head i even told myself that i couldn't draw anymore ... it had been too long and all the knowledge and skill had slipped away. I felt like something had been stolen from me... (melodramatic lol)

My job is retail based so no creativity there and what can i say there was other stuff going on too that distracted me from my original intentions of figuring out what strand of arty/animation/design i want to pursue. Before i knew it that part of me that i felt proud of was gone and some of my identity with it.

Anyways, there's the backstory - to the here and now.

Well i'm back now and it's like what i imagine trying to walk again is like. Baby steps.

I've been doing some general sketching, bits and pieces here and there and some digital stuff. Main thing was that i went and did another life drawing course. They're always useful anyway but that was my first step and it has greatly helped because it showed me that the dormant skill  (that thankfully didn't disappear) is still there and is just a little reluctant to surface. Once i get my drawings scanned i'll post em up.

My other venture was designing for t-shirts. I've always wanted to give it a go and had an old design up on redbubble as an experiment but i never really truly committed but now its time for round two.

I've also really wanted to try screen printing so that's in the pipeline (got the screen and everything just sitting here looking at me).

But first you need a design, right? So here's my progress on this ram horns skull design. I have no idea if this will be too detailed to print through the screen and end up blotching, which is my suspicion but either way i can make it look awesome digitally for redbubble if it fails to screen print.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Urban sketchers

Red Hook - a film about Tommy Kane from DannyGregory on Vimeo.

I've always admired the art from the Urbansketchers but i've always been a little wary of going outside, sitting for an extended period of time and sketching. Buildings are not my strong suit when it comes to drawing but i need to learn.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

More anatomy

It's getting easier to draw all these pesky muscles and tendons.