Newest drawing! This time not that realistic.
10/6/13 - Less Realistic Drawing
I would accentuate the hips much more, and I still think the arms need some more bulk. From what I can see I would suggest the legs need some bulk too. Also the skirt could be done a little better, with the pleats alternating one in front of the other. But you got a very key thing in leaving the eyes apart a fair distance. Keep on drawing!
I agree on the legs and skirt. I'm not experienced with drawing hips/legs so much, so I will have to do more full body drawings to get used to this. Thanks a lot for the advice!
The head doesn't really have a logical shape to it. Neither do the eyes. Also, the eyes are completely different from eachother. The mouth is way too low. The nose needs to be farther to the left and tilted on the same angle as the rest of the face. The hair just ends; is the back of her head bald? The Breasts really make no sense. They indicate that her torso goes way wider than her breast (what?! O.o) and that her shirt is shaped to cup her breasts (double what?! O.o). Her blushies are way too low. The shoulders just have no shape at all; they should definitely be wider, squarer, and symmetrical. Her body is just a board and her hips are way narrower than her shoulders. Give her some curves! They don't have to be big, but she needs something. Her hips should be at least CLOSE to shoulder width.
Tip of the day: make simple gestures before you draw these sketches. They'll help give shape, make your art more anatomically correct, and help with symmetry.
Let's start with the biggest issue here; the head.
Human are symmetrical, and so it stands to reason that we can apply an "axis" or center line to planar surfaces (or indeed, any surface if you wish). With the head, everything sits on this line, or even deviated from it. I've tried to explain this on the image above (drawn roughly, but should accentuate the points I am trying to make). I also included two other axis' of importance; the angle of the shoulders, and the neck. Though both are equally important, I think you should tackle the problem of the face first. You need to really make sure when constructing your heads that you apply the center line and use it to keep all the facial features in "line", that way you can create the illusion of the face being "realistic". To break it down into easy to follow steps, here is a video:
I've tried to apply Demonfyre's advice for a new sketch, but I'm honestly not sure if it made a difference, mainly due to my own inability to use it properly V_V
I'll hold off on the full body drawing for now. I also did a few body drawings using some anatomy references, but I'm not gonna scan those because I don't think it's that important to show them. I'll be honest, I was really discouraged about drawing earlier today, but I think I'm OK now ^_^
10/7/13 - Sketch
Last edited by Icy; 10-07-2013 at 08:18 PM.
Major improvement from last time, the head is now starting to come together. Now what you need to do is look out some head references from lots of different angles and try to draw them. Personally I don't think style will make a difference since you are trying to solidify the basics in your head, but try to keep in mind the axis lines and the perspectives. On the new piece, the neck is pretty thick so try to thin it next time. Also try experimenting with your shoulder gesture, you will be surprised by the bodylanguage that can be conveyed with the shoulders.
Also definitely show that anatomy piece! How can people help you if you don't show anyone? ^^;
If anyone cares, I'll be doing drawings every other day instead of daily, but on the days when I do draw, I'll do a lot more things in general, so overall I will be drawing more stuff total. ^_^