Xrg's sketchbook 2


(xrg) #1

I figured I’d post stuff, since I haven’t in a long time. I’m currently doing an anatomy refresh and lots of gestures. Trying to be all disciplined and professional for once.

My old sketchbook is here, but I wanted to start fresh.



(xrg) #2

Well, I’m 6 episodes into The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. I’m liking the show better than the book so far—they’re very different, though.

Despite distractions, I still did some pose explorations to try to gauge where I’m at and what I struggle with. I’d like to level-up my poses to a point where it’s fairly intuitive—similar to 2d animators. If I were to self-assess myself, my problem probably isn’t lack of knowledge, I just need to put in the time. Even so, I ordered the book FORCE: Dynamic Life Drawing to be on the safe side.

Anyway back to Netflix drawing!



(Craig Jones) #3

Looking good - are you mainly working from photo refs or are you also doing these studies from real life objects?


(xrg) #4

Yeah, mostly refs so far. Info if it’s useful:

  • Skull studies I looked at skulls on Sketchfab. Downloaded this one since it had the planes and is free. Made some reference images with Blender.

  • Gesture refs are from Croquis Cafe.

  • Info: Books I’m primarily using Figure Drawing Design and Invention. I’ve seen @tyrant_monkey recommend that one a few times. For video I’m watching Proko, ModernDayJames, Sinix, and others on YouTube. Pinterest has a lot of good study guides as well.

  • Software/Hardware: Krita and MyPaint. Pureref for references. Wacom Intuos 4 medium.


(xrg) #5

:poop: from the last few days.




(xrg) #6

First sheet is from imagination. I struggled with upward tilted noses so did the second sheet with reference. I planned on doing a third sheet from imagination again to see if I improved. Alas, laziness and procrastination set in and I decided to read a book instead. I have drawn a little bit every day since I started at least.




(tyrant monkey) #7

The studies look real good.


(xrg) #8

@tyrant_monkey thanks!

Here’s a couple days of recent studies. I also did some ballpoint pen sketches but I’m too lazy to get them into the computer to post.

I feel like I still focus too much on contour and detail with my gestures. So I’m experimenting with shorter timers and doing more sketches in a sitting.

It’s funny how much leaving something alone goes against my instincts. Even a 1 minute sketch is still difficult to resist the urge to go back and fix things to make it look prettier. I suppose that is the point of quick sketch exercises, though. Gotta break habits and get out of comfort zones to discover new things!

I think I should add sculpting to my studies too.



(xrg) #9

Some ears.

I don’t sculpt much because I tend to be slow at it. The reason I’m slow is because I don’t sculpt very often. So I’ve been dabbling with sculpting with a time limit.




(xrg) #10

I was watching Marshall Vandruff in the latest Proko video. At parts he talks about being aware that he’s being recorded and how it makes him less adventurous. I think I’ve been staying in my own comfort zone because I knew I’d be posting it. Hmmm.

Sometimes I think I psychoanalyze myself too much.



Here’s the video I’m talking about:


(Craig Jones) #11

I find that sculpting in dyntopo helps my drawing somewhat, kind of lets me imagine and rethink how I draw forms. I like the forms studies you are doing, reminds me of the college drawing class


(yakuzakazuya) #12

More please :blush::+1: