I find it quite strange since we do usually have a strong connection here from my work. But it's definitely got a long pause before it reacts to anything submitted, either posting or maneuvering through the site.
Ok, so I have a dumb question... I have always been fortunate to have a great memory, and have been able to remember stuff nearly word for word, even years later. As well, I've been able to re-draw images I had done in past years, and have them come out nearly the same. Again, some many years before. - So why the hell is it that I cannot look at a freakin' image and simply sketch it out properly?
At lunch today, I pulled out my sketchbook and decided to spend a little time trying to sketch out some poses for practice. I also tried to really think them through more thoroughly than usual, thinking more on form, structure, placement, connection, etc. - I also had read a few different articles over the past week or so, and could remember some of the poses that were showed as refs. So did some of those I recalled, along with some other poses I just thought of, or simply wanted to try doing.
Then tonight, I actually thought to maybe try doing some more sketching. Basically thinking of doing a full sheet of skulls for practice. But decided to instead look on-line and see if there might some good refs that maybe show a bunch of different angles I might be able to practice on, instead of trying to draw them out as I think they may/should look. ... But no matter which one I picked and attempted to sketch, I could not get anything right? Some not even close! - Proportions were off, some not even close to lining up, looking slanted, etc. It was actually quite aggravating and I simply gave up. - Now I know I don't have any practice in doing this, but is there any techniques one should/could use to go about sketching an image properly?
I'm probably not the best person to answer this, but I think maybe sort of sketching out proportions first - like if you're drawing a skull, just subtly mark a box that would contain it, and mark where on the box the eyes (sockets) should go, etc.... When I was a kid drawing from celebrity photos (pretty much Madonna and Marilyn Monroe, though I did Michael Jackson once, for a friend) I always used a ruler to measure everything and make sure, but there are faster and less rigid ways, I'm sure
Any an all misspellings are henceforth blamed on the cats.
Thanks. ... I was actually thinking about when you had mentioned taking a sketchbook into the woods and sketching out trees that you saw and such...
So I thought maybe I should try sketching some skulls, and using an actual image so as to make sure I was getting all the elements correct and with more realistic details, etc. But it just wasn't happening. No matter how I attempted it. Tried working a basic outline and placing elements as they appeared, tried working from the center out. Nothing. I just couldn't fathom not being able to look at something right in front of you and have so much trouble just trying to get it even close. I just got aggravated after a while.
(Guess I should mention here that I don't think I've been in the best of moods here recently. Finding my patience wearing thin quite often and nothing like it normally is. - Think it's one of the reasons I wanted to get back to doing some Artwork and getting back to something I've always found relaxing.)
But your mention of using a ruler, reminded me of a guy I watched on YouTube some years ago. I was just watching some random art stuff, and happened to see his link with an image he did. So I watched as he meticulously worked the image, based off a photo he was working from. And he too said he uses a ruler to make sure he was getting everything down in it's proper place and have it exact. (It actually looked just like the picture when he was finally done, even the shading, but it did take him some time to get it done. Think he mentioned he was commissioned for it, so wanted to keep it completely accurate) But he also mentioned that if your not wanting to be that precise, you could use the pencil itself, simply using your fingers and the tip to get quick reference lengths, which made sense.
Well, this marks the 3rd? or 4th? weekend, where I've pretty much stayed and worked in my basement for the entire weekend. So I haven't done too much drawing, but have been getting a lot done with getting through all the stuff we still have on hand, and staying pretty tired and sore to boot. ... But I did sit down, and briefly sketched out an idea in one of the larger sketchbooks.