Hope this mess is helpful.
Top goes over the hip area first
Bottom attached legs
I started doing Will Weston’s online classes A few people here have asked me to share what I’m learning. So here it is!
He has 3 classes on the drawing america website
2 of them are anatomy
1 is a composition class
So far i just started one of the anatomy classes.
I’ll post my photos but my photos are essentially messy notes but ill share what I’ve learned so far.
Number 1 was how to hold a pencil differently. I was messing around with different ways he shows and already have an improvement in how I make lines and shapes.
The 8 head figure and how to actually use it when drawing figures. He breaks down the general measurements and is constantly saying everyone has variations and the 8 head figure isnt a rule, it’s a starting off point to take the guessing away so when you’re drawing the decisions youre making are “this is longer this is shorter” in relation to the figure You’re seeing. My torso drawing skills have already improved drastically. As well as figuring out how long to make the neck! Man i struggled with that for so long..
He says he does a lot of 5 minute poses because a lot of his students worry too much about finishing the drawing when they should be focusing in seeing and practicing the measurements.
I also noticed I dont do a good job of drawing from my shoulder so I’m trying to nail a few things down simultaneously with this course.
Something he said that really helped me understand how to approach learning was you get better by starting over constantly. So I did the 8 head figure maybe 30 times now and can now do it from memory (whether it looks good is a different story)
Im experimenting with the Progresso woodless pencils which feel really nice and are really cheap. They are very “sketchy” which im not used to, i try to sharpen them to keep the lines neater and im trying to draw softly but it seems like im still getting used to the new grip.
Ive rewatched the first 3 of his videos maybe 10 times and am starting to get the hang of it.
Here are some messy photos!
@Lee-White yeah! Enjoyment is what I discovered I want to experience. And the last time I actually felt that enjoyment was when I watched Jake Parkers how to draw everything class on svs and drew a silly frog character I was happy with. I felt a bit of it again doing this questionnaire. Being tired of working retail for 7 years is a big reason I to want to be a professional illustrator but I do want to enjoy the process as well.
@Heather-Boyd oh sorry good question haha
If you go to the slowvember thread and go to the second post Lee White linked a dropbox pdf
So I wanted to share with people what I found out about myself after doing Lee White's Questionnaire. While I won't be sharing the answers I put down for each question, I wanted to share what the discoveries of answering those questions were for me.
It helped me answer why I participate in illustration contests, challenges, etc and what to focus on if and when I choose to do those. And what am I actually frustrated about when the art I make doesn't look like how I had originally intended it to.
It helped me realize as well that I frequently look for shortcuts, which is a little bit out of laziness sometimes but a majority of it is from not having put in the appropriate amount of time with the fundamentals that would have made doing the difficult thing easier (not easy, easier) and would have taken out a lot of the guess work (which I guess is also laziness).
I think this Slowvember I'm going to do research and development on my problem areas and then devise a plan to conquer those problem areas before I participate in any more contests.
Having said that, even if you're not participating in Slowvember or in this months contest, I highly recommend doing the questionnaire. At the very least it may help you discover something that you didn't realize can help you improve.
(Thank you @Lee-White )