Hello! I've been drawing for quite some time now but I've noticed that I haven't really Improved. Is this normal? Also do you have any tips for drawing humans and eyes(Eyes are so tricky)? Also your art is amazing!
I recently saw a really cool image about that – https://bit.ly/2rKT2Uk
I think it explains things very well and makes you feel less shite about your progress.
So it’s either that, or you’re actually doing something wrong. I don’t know anything about your art or what you do, but even if I did I’d probably give you the same advice – do more studies.
You asked about drawing humans and eyes in particular – draw a lot of people from reference. Quick gesture drawings (1-3 mins), longer figure drawings (like 5-15-20 mins), draw a 100 hands and 100 feet from photo reference. If you can, go to life drawing classes, they help a ton.
You need to draw a loooot of people from life/reference in order to understand what’s really happening with the body and be able to draw it accurately.
Another thing is to study from books. Two of my favourite books on drawing the human figure are A. Michael Hampton’s Figure Drawing: Design and Invention, it’s truly an awesome book. It’s not exactly what you’d call an anatomy book. It’s more like about gesture drawing and construction. What I love about Hampton’s approach is that he breaks down the body and its muscle groups into very simplified shapes and shows how the attach to the skeleton. If you can read that and redraw some of the drawings, I guarantee you will learn a shitload of things and your art will improve.
The other book is B. Mike Mattesi’s Force: Dynamic Figure Drawing for Animators. This one is more focused on capturing the gesture and movement of the figure and giving it weight. It’s very good and a must-read.
Okay there is a third one actually – Gottfried Bammes’ Human Anatomy. Not sure about the name but I think that’s it. It’s full of realistic drawings of both the muscles and the skeleton. It’s not something I’ve actually read entirely because it really has a lot of stuff and is properly huge but whenever I wonder what a muscle actually looks like, where it attaches or how it deforms when flexed – this book always has the answers. It literally contains everything I’ve ever wondered about anatomy. It’s handy when you do figure drawings and you don’t understand why something on the body looks a certain way (say you wonder about some bump of the arm), you open the book and see what muscles are actually there and it suddenly all makes sense. So then you know what that bump is and every time you draw an arm you remember how you saw it in the book and you actually know what to draw.
Okay I think that’s enough but basically the whole idea is that you need to build your visual library. It all comes down to it. And when you do that, you will be able to draw the human body from imagination, you’d be able to stylise the figure and make interesting character designs and other stuff like that. So I’d say it’s quite important.