For the last assignment we redrew the character from the first assignment, Walter Chipwitther. I didn’t clean it up as much as the first version, instead I tried to focus on applying the things I’d learn throughout the course about construction and form, avoiding repetition and “the ladder”, and just a simple thing like tilting the head. Most people might not notice, but I’m pretty happy with how the second one feels a bit more “grounded”, I feel the perspective more than in the first one which is just straight on. The connection of the shoulders which was one very basic thing Stephen criticized the first drawing on, has been improved as well.
Stephen’s comments: Good work addressing some of the issues, like adding the tilt in the head and paying more attention to the form. It feels like there’s more of a focus now, where the first version was getting a bit crowded in the face with everything – monocle, cigarette, nose, mustache eyes, hair, ear etc – all being basically the same size. There’s a clearer contrast in size in the second version and it really clarifies it. Maybe push the perspective a bit more on the bowtie, and mind the volumes on the legs. Hands are looking a lot better! Perhaps push the cheek even more so it doesn’t feel so even. Maybe wrap the mustache around a bit more. I also asked Stephen about foreshortening, perspective and stuff like that and his answer was basically that, based on everything I’d shown him, he think I understand the basics of foreshortening. It’s just tubes, spheres and boxes. It will get better with practice, but more importantly I should practice capturing the gesture, preferably by taking life drawing classes or at the very least carrying a sketchbook and drawing from life.
My thoughts on the course: Taking this course is something I’ve wanted to do for years, so I’m really happy I finally got to do it (Also, now I’m qualified to take the advanced course, so I have that to look forward to in the future if I ever wanna do it)!
For the most part it was a lot of fun, though as with all illustration (and studying in general) it comes with it’s fair share of anxiety and stress (at least for me). I had a lot of things written down that I wanted to learn at the start of the course, and some of the things I feel like I’ve gotten better at – or at least changed my approach or view of – include drawing caricatures, understanding form and construction better (and making more of an effort), drawing hands, avoiding (and understanding) “the ladder” and avoiding repetition. I also feel more comfortable doing quick sketches of characters and silhouettes.
When going into the course, I knew there’d be no “magic” solution to everything that Stephen would just impart to us so we’d suddenly be able to draw amazing stuff, but a part of me still wanted that to be the case. But there is no magic, it’s just hard work. Just gotta draw more to learn more.
What I liked less about the course was, at times, my own effort lacking a bit sometimes (though I knew that’d vary from week to week). I wanted to draw more and better to get more out of the course. I also felt at times like my critique videos were a bit rushed, like Stephen was in a hurry, even compared to watching some of the older “classmates”. I don’t know if I was just being greedy though, wanting more video-time for myself.
My Final Course Score:
(I don’t know what that says really, maybe they say that to everyone… it’s nice to hear regardless)