I’m a Dallas Cowboy’s fan. Sean Lee and Dez Bryant are two of my favorite players. And of course, I’m a Nadal and Djokovic fan. But the sports I enjoy most are the unique ones and the ones that showcase strength.
Some of my favorites are shot put, discus throw, power lifting, etc.
Warm Up Sketches
I’m sure he wouldn’t be happy about the weight cutting I gave him 😂.
This was harder to draw than I expected.
The One-Hand Reach
While searching for poses to draw, I discovered the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics. Have you ever heard of Knucking Hopping? Or Indian Stick Pull? They have all kinds of sports that showcase skill sets for survival and endurance. It’s cool stuff. Check it out. I chose this pose because I liked the overall triangular shape:
I have a lot of mistakes . . . but progress is being made. Yay!
Some Tips to Remember
Figure drawing doesn’t have to be too intimidating.
Warm up with gesture sketches.
Break your image down into basic shapes.
Pay attention to your negative space.
Stand up periodically and look at your drawing from a distance.
And don’t get discouraged when you make mistakes, just pay attention to your problem areas and try again. For more tips.
Proko has a ton of free content on youTube that you should check out too. I found the Bean Method to be very helpful.
If you wanna be productive and efficient, you gotta have a designated place to work. At least I gotta! The way I said, “If you wanna . . . you gotta . . . ” makes me think of Heavy Fuel 😂.
My Freshly Stained Desk
I’ve heard so many people say that it doesn’t matter, you can work anywhere. I tried to do that with both drawing and photography, basically trying to save money. But after getting my new drawing desk, I realized I gotta have a good desk for my photo work as well. Any ol’ table just wont do if I wanna be productive.
I didn’t want to spend too much which meant that I wasn’t finding good quality, but I lucked out and found a simple wooden desk for free that just needed to be sanded and stained. The paint was caked on so it took a little while but…
I finally finished this desk. I left a few specs of paint because I was damaging the wood trying to remove them. I also completely missed one spot at the bottom of the desk, but it’s no biggie.
Staining the wood made it look a lot better. I still need to finish the drawers and I gotta figure out a way to make the middle drawer work to hold my Wacom tablet . . . it might be too big though.
Organizing my photos is a task I’ve put off for the longest time because I didn’t have a good computer or any good software, so I just took billions of photos and stored them on hard drives to deal with later.
Even after I got a good computer, I got into such a habit of just shooting now and asking questions later, that I put this job off for way too long. I basically have to go through my whole life . . . at least since about the mid 90’s.
I love how I have over 800 just of Sunny. I had to narrow down my folders so that I don’t get too confused, so these particular folders have just under 800.
Now that Inktober is over, I feel like I can put my attention on all the art I wanna do. I’m juggling so much in my life and in my art. So, I’m struggling a bit deciding what I wanna draw and what I wanna post on Instagram.
Really, you just gotta pick something and draw it.
I collect cool weapons, knives being one of my favorites, so I decided to draw my newest one. I picked a random piece of scratch paper that has ugly scribblings on one side and is blank on the other side. I used to be really into drawing these suns and ghosts. (I should try drawing them again cuz I think they’re kinda cool.)
I drew that blade more curvy than it actually is. My measuring was a bit off too which explains why I couldn’t fit all the details😒. Still looks cool though.
After I get my photos more organized I’ll be able to make sense of all the series’ I’m developing and I’ll be putting them up on my blog as soon as I’m able. It’ll take some time, but that’s my current photo goal.
Thanks for checkin’ out my art, and next week, I’ll try to share some figure drawings of athletes.
I’m not really a tennis fan. I just like the matches between Rafa Nadal and Novac Djokovic. Many years ago when I discovered these athletes I became obsessed. I remember one morning waking up around 8 and I got so excited there was a match on.
It went on forever.
I needed to shower.
I needed to eat.
Finally around 1 there was a weather delay so I could quickly take care of those pesky needs. I’m happy if either player wins, but I root for Nadal. I love his athleticism and his sportsmanship. (I don’t think he’s ever pulled a McEnroe lol.)
I even read a book about him which was pretty interesting. He got a very bad injury at such a young age. But he’s still great.
I’ve been enjoying watching the Nadal and Djokovic matches lately. And I thought Nadal would be fun to draw since he’s ALL OVER THAT COURT. He’s also upped his game which I love.
Fun Fact: He has the date 4.13.16 on his shoes to commemorate Kobe Bryant’s last game before he retired. Federer did the same thing. Kobe is another favorite athlete of mine. I lived in Southern California when Kobe was just starting out and watched the Lakers with my dad. (My third word was Magic, btw. LOL sorry Kobe RIP)
I got a little off topic there. So, here’s my graphite sketch.
It’s not bad. Much better than my figure drawing attempts back in July. (So bad, I won’t be sharing those today or maybe EVER.) My measuring is a bit off but not by much. And I’m happy I managed to get the twists in his legs. That’s so hard to do.
I thought this pose was hard?! He’s got some way crazier poses for me to try. I could keep working on this one, but I think it’d be better to just start a new one, and maybe on bigger paper. Sometimes, I feel so cramped on small paper. I need lots of room . . . don’t fence me in lol.
Inktober is Almost Over – Two More Days!
I drew Nadal yesterday, and used his shoes to fulfill my Inktober requirements. I sure am ready for the end of this challenge. Today is ominous, and I have no idea what I wanna draw.
So, who’s your favorite tennis player?
Let me know in the comments and check out my Instagram feed to see all the Inktober drawings I’ve done. Check out the other artists on there too because there are some really cool and inspirational Inktober drawings.