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wretneck:

#inktober -01 - “logo”
Inktober needed an hour break, so I have my sketchbook a logo
Back to portraits after this
Art by Matt “Wretneck” Billingsley (copyright) 2014
#inktober2014 #logo #sketchbook #cover #Negative1

wretneck:

#inktober -01 - “logo”

Inktober needed an hour break, so I have my sketchbook a logo

Back to portraits after this

Art by Matt “Wretneck” Billingsley (copyright) 2014

#inktober2014 #logo #sketchbook #cover #Negative1

Hey, I have a small question. What kind of things do you do to practice drawing? Do you use tutorials, look to the masters, Draw still life? I'm just wondering because I'd love to be able to draw like you someday.

Hey Zorokra!

I think my last post, A Dorks View on Drawing, answered some of your questions but let me see if I can’t give you some more details.  

What kind of things do you do to practice drawing?

I actually don’t have a lot of time to practice.  I work nearly a 9 hour day job and only have a couple hours each night to draw (if that).  So pretty much everything you see, everything I post, is my practice drawings XD.

The easiest thing is I just try to draw anything.  I try to sneak it in here and there at work and I try to always make time to draw at night.  I mean you can only ever hope to get better at drawing by drawing… A… LOT!  Draw whenever you can and never be afraid of messing up (<- I need to work on that bit myself!)

Do you use tutorials, look to the masters, Draw still life?

I’ve recently picked up some great books by Andrew Loomis.  His books have great examples on:

Anatomy
Figure Drawing
Drawing certain parts of the body (feet, head, and hands)
Perspective
and a ton more!

Some of Andrew’s books that I own:

Drawing the Head and Hands
Successful Drawing
Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth

I haven’t had a ton of time to sift through all these books yet but I LOVE all the references for human anatomy/drawing that is within them.

Speaking of references, never be afraid to use them!  When I want, for example, to draw something avian or reptilian.  I typically research the structures of birds and reptiles/dinosaurs.  This helps me ensure that the anatomy I’m trying to draw/build looks somewhat believable.

Lets say you want to draw a fowlosaurus; part bird/part dinosaur. How are you going to draw a birds beak if you don’t know what one looks like to begin with OR how are you going to draw a reptilian structure if you’ve never seen one before?

I favorite a LOT of tutorials from tumblr, however; I find myself without enough time to use them.  I wish I would start drawing some more still life, however; again it goes back to that whole “time” thing. XD  

If you have easy access to go to the zoo or a crowded place and do some still life practice… well then I HIGHLY recommend it!

I swear, why can’t we humans run on a 48hr time clock! ;)

Thanks for your question, I hope that helps you out and keep on drawing!

doingwell:

This years holiday card design. Though I might do another featuring our pets instead. We’ll see how that goes (probably not but It’s crossed my mind).

doingwell:

This years holiday card design. Though I might do another featuring our pets instead. We’ll see how that goes (probably not but It’s crossed my mind).

I'm going to guess you have a cat? If so, details! I've got a goof of a one called "White Devil"... who's actual name is "angel".

aronjshay:

I don’t own a cat, but my kid sister has one named Anastasia (We call her Anya) and she’s pretty funny. She is a grumpypants at Halloween though.

BUHHH!!

LOL she’s adorable!!!  Here’s a picture of “white devil”.  She’s always fun to photoshop! XD

alexdraws:

doodle dump requests
Rocket Raccoon
Favorite Pokemon (Grumpy Leekduck)
My new Smash main

alexdraws:

doodle dump requests

Rocket Raccoon

Favorite Pokemon (Grumpy Leekduck)

My new Smash main

colinjack:

Story panel from one of my sequences on #bookoflife

colinjack:

Story panel from one of my sequences on #bookoflife

emilysculpts:

emilysculpts:

Just a fun little compilation of the #Toothless expression busts. I still have two sets available from the last batch. Go here to order. #DragonsFanSpotlight #httyd #howtotrainyourdragon #sculpture #dragon #nightfury

Sets 7-9 are now finished and ready to go! They will be available for purchase tomorrow morning at 8AM EDT! These are the last 3 sets that will be available for outright purchase. Set 10 will be put on eBay for auction.

Man if I had the money I&#8217;d LOVE to own one of these.  If you have the money these wonderful busts are definitely worth the cost!

emilysculpts:

emilysculpts:

Just a fun little compilation of the #Toothless expression busts. I still have two sets available from the last batch. Go here to order. #DragonsFanSpotlight #httyd #howtotrainyourdragon #sculpture #dragon #nightfury

Sets 7-9 are now finished and ready to go! They will be available for purchase tomorrow morning at 8AM EDT! These are the last 3 sets that will be available for outright purchase. Set 10 will be put on eBay for auction.

Man if I had the money I’d LOVE to own one of these.  If you have the money these wonderful busts are definitely worth the cost!