View Full Version : JUAN2.0 2013 Study Sketchbook

J. Falk
01-02-2013, 06:20 AM
I'm on a mission this year to really buckle down and work hard every single day to learn the human form from head to toe, so expect lots of anatomy sketchbook work in this thread.

Updates to this thread (new art) will be posted every Sunday. If you send me a pm, please be patient in waiting for a response. Sunday will be the only day available to me to reply back to everyone.

But anyway, without further ado...

For January, I'll be studying the human head and features.

This is the beginning of my journey:

01-02-2013, 08:10 AM
Fantastic studies, Juan!
I'll keep my eye on this board :)

01-02-2013, 11:11 AM
Great job, and welcome to WetCanvas.

01-02-2013, 04:16 PM
These are great studies. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your work as the year progresses.

01-02-2013, 05:41 PM
Great work and a great goal. I am sure you will learn heaps from it. Look forward to seeing more.

Joan T
01-03-2013, 12:09 PM
Love all the head studies!!! Way to go!

01-03-2013, 04:04 PM
Welcome! Judging by these, you are already very well on your way - they're excellent! Great idea to make it a focused project. Looking forward to more.

J. Falk
01-06-2013, 10:31 AM
Thanks for the welcome everyone. I hope to be a part of this community for quite awhile to come. This week's work coming here in a moment.

J. Falk
01-06-2013, 10:31 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2013/1169945-conart1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2013/1169945-conart6.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2013/1169945-conart7.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2013/1169945-conart8.jpg


01-06-2013, 10:34 AM
great. . . you are doing well already with the heads/features!

01-06-2013, 12:21 PM
Marvelous head studies, including the skull drawings. That's where the structure of the head starts.

01-06-2013, 11:36 PM
Your sketches are looking really great! I'm going to learn a lot from these :)

J. Falk
01-13-2013, 12:07 PM
In case anyone is wondering what books I'm currently studying, they are: The Famous Artist Course Book Series, Drawing the Head & Figure by Jack Hamm and Figure Drawing by Andrew Loomis.

Here are this week's daily study sketch pages:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2013/1169945-conart10.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2013/1169945-conart11.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2013/1169945-conart12.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2013/1169945-conart13.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2013/1169945-conart14.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2013/1169945-conart15.jpg

01-13-2013, 01:23 PM
All of those are fabulous books to study. Great pages of practice.

01-13-2013, 06:05 PM
These are all great studies. I have both those books and find them invaluable.

01-13-2013, 08:18 PM
wow, that is a lot of practice! I should do that what you are Jacqui are doing as they say doing studies of the masters is a great way to learn.

J. Falk
01-13-2013, 09:06 PM
They say the best way to learn to draw is through drawing and lots of practice. I highly recommend it. I'm already feeling a lot more confidant when drawing faces and features so it's helping me a lot to do this as my warm up work in the mornings.

Also, while I'm thinking about it does anyone have any recommendations of other really good art books to study? I have a few more anatomy books that I'll be working from, but I'm always interested in finding new ideas, artists, and study material. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

01-14-2013, 12:06 AM
Wow! You have been busy! Great way to study faces.

J. Falk
01-20-2013, 06:15 PM
January 14th - 20th

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2013/1169945-conart17.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2013/1169945-conart18.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2013/1169945-conart19.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2013/1169945-conart20.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2013/1169945-conart21.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2013/1169945-conart22.jpg


01-20-2013, 06:18 PM
You have been busy. Fantastic collection of sketches.

01-20-2013, 08:29 PM
Really good studies. Good for you sticking with your goals.

01-20-2013, 11:33 PM
Anthony Ryder's book and Henry Yan's Figure Drawing. Add sketching people from life wherever you might go, waiting rooms, coffee shops, restaurants...

J. Falk
01-21-2013, 06:34 AM
poochemio - Thank you! I completely forgot about Henry's book. I meant to pick that up a few years back. Good deal. I'll see if I can find copies of both of those to add to my ever growing library.

01-21-2013, 09:40 AM
very good practice, hope you meet your target. Are you doing these from photos/ref books and some from life? I think this will make an excellent ref thread for other artists, well done so far, I'll be back to see how you go... :wave:

01-21-2013, 12:03 PM
Very impressive quality and quantity! You're providing inspiration to spend more time sketching heads.

J. Falk
01-27-2013, 08:14 PM
Scattykat - these are all referenced from books. I plan to do some life drawings once the wether warms up. It's the middle of winter where I'm at right now so I'm stuck indoors.

I had to take care of some family issues one day this week, so there is a page missing. It will be made up for in next weeks update.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jan-2013/1169945-conart24.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jan-2013/1169945-conart25.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jan-2013/1169945-conart26.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jan-2013/1169945-conart27.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jan-2013/1169945-conart28.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jan-2013/1169945-conart29.jpg

Joan T
01-27-2013, 09:36 PM
wow!!! Impressive number of heads!!!!!

J. Falk
01-28-2013, 08:54 AM
Here's the extra page for last week. I felt guilty for not getting it done so I made it my first priority this morning.


01-28-2013, 12:26 PM
nice work on the babies and toddlers. good proportions on all the faces

Joan T
01-28-2013, 01:09 PM
Oh, I love the ones of the babies!!!!

01-28-2013, 05:35 PM
Fantastic pages of head studies of all types. You are doing so well keeping up with this.

01-30-2013, 05:30 PM
I am so impressed at the volume of practice sketches you are doing!

01-31-2013, 04:03 AM
Wow...so many faces..and all of them are well done :thumbsup:


01-31-2013, 03:02 PM
Brilliant studies!

01-31-2013, 04:22 PM
Great work on all the faces. Really like the babies.

J. Falk
02-03-2013, 09:53 AM
Thanks everyone. Now that it is February, I'm moving onto hands. March will bring me back to faces with the focus being on facial expressions.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/1169945-conart31.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/1169945-conart32.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/1169945-conart33.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/1169945-conart34.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/1169945-conart35.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/1169945-conart36.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/1169945-conart37.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2013/1169945-conart38.jpg

02-03-2013, 12:13 PM
Wow! You're quite prolific, and they are all outstanding to boot! I don't really have any desire to become a portrait or figure painter but I would like to someday start adding figures as elements to my landscape paintings and I'd like to do them well enough to tell a story. Your type of sketching is just the kind of thing I need to do for practice. Very inspirational!


02-03-2013, 04:14 PM
Those are awesome hand studies.

02-03-2013, 04:58 PM
More great work. Really like the hand studies.

Joan T
02-03-2013, 08:10 PM
Super collection of work!!! Nicely done!

J. Falk
02-10-2013, 09:03 AM
"Persistence is a sure path to success with quality activities. Never, ever, ever give up." - Kekrich credo number 75

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Joan T
02-10-2013, 10:08 AM
:clap: Great hands!

02-10-2013, 01:05 PM
Awesome hand studies.

02-10-2013, 06:18 PM
Fantastic work on the hands. I love drawing hands.

02-13-2013, 10:33 PM
I can only agree with the others, awesome hand a studies!!

02-14-2013, 11:04 AM
I agree with everyone else - amazing quantity and quality. Your recent hand sketches would be several weeks work for me, I think. :)

J. Falk
02-17-2013, 09:14 AM
Thanks everyone! I encourage all of you to do some hand studies as well. I love the challenge of drawing hands. They offer so much expression and pose ability that the possibilities for ideas are endless.

This week I took one day to draw feet for a small break from hands and I must admit, feet are TOUGH to draw. They are so alien/foreign to me and it's hard for me to draw their lumpy mass and be happy with the results. It could also be because feet creep me out a bit. For those of you with foot fetishes, I seriously don't understand you...feet are just...icky.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2013/1169945-conart46.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2013/1169945-conart47.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2013/1169945-conart48.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2013/1169945-conart49.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2013/1169945-conart50.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2013/1169945-conart51.jpg


02-17-2013, 10:15 AM
ok, I'm convinced, I really need to practise hand and feet. These are great, especially the one holding the ball.

02-17-2013, 02:01 PM
Beautiful studies. Many artists feel as you do about the feet. That's why they either don't show them at all, or the feet are covered with shoes.

02-18-2013, 06:58 PM
Such prodigious output, and at a really good quality level as well - impressive!

J. Falk
02-24-2013, 09:37 PM
There are only 6 pages for this week. I would've had the usual 7 done, but I had to take my father to the hospital this morning and didn't get home until late this evening. My apologies for the delay. I'll get the last page posted up tomorrow morning.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2013/1169945-conart53.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2013/1169945-conart54.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2013/1169945-conart55.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2013/1169945-conart56.jpg

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02-24-2013, 11:10 PM
Fantastic work. I just discovered this thread and when you started it, you said you were determined to improve your ability to draw the figure. So how much more natural does it all feel now when you are sketching people, with all this practice so far? I think your progress is quite obvious...your drawings look much more "comfortable" and confident already!

It's a super idea for a sketchbook!

Joan T
02-27-2013, 09:59 AM
You are doing a great job on the hands and feet. Your practice is paying off!

02-27-2013, 03:22 PM
Your dedication is an inspiration. These studies are marvelous. I do hope your father is ok. After all, family comes first.

03-01-2013, 08:03 PM
This is an amazing collection of sketches, all very well done! I hope to see more! Very inspiring! Do you have the book "Bridgeman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life"? Maybe you already mentioned it; just a thought!

I hope your father is doing well, too.

J. Falk
03-03-2013, 08:46 PM
Brindle - I feel more confident on some things, but overall, I'm still not very happy with the majority of my work. The stuff in here are just quick sketches I do in the morning, but since I have started doing these, my regular work has slowly been improving...so all in all, this exercise has definitely been worth it to me.

Jaxhil - I do have that book as well. Last year on January 1, 2012, I started doing a page a day of Bridgeman studies and about halfway through the book I just couldn't take it anymore. I appreciate his construction methods, but I really dislike his stylization of everything and I felt that I wasn't truly learning anything when I studied his book because I spent more time focused on trying to draw what he drew in his style than I did learning the construction methods he was teaching. It was a very frustrating time for me.

Here are some more pages. I'm now three pages behind. I actually did the 3 pages that are due, but I'm not going to post them because I'm very unhappy with the quality of them...so I'll have to make them up sometime later this week if I can.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2013/1169945-conart59.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2013/1169945-conart60.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2013/1169945-conart61.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2013/1169945-conart62.jpg


03-04-2013, 03:13 PM
Great muscle studies. Don't stress about being "behind". You are continuing to strive and improve, that's what's important.

03-05-2013, 09:41 AM
LOL-you've gotten further in the book than me then :)
Your sketches really are excellent and you are so prolific! I guess we are our own worst critics, but i would be thrilled to say these were mine :) Thanks for sharing!

J. Falk
03-05-2013, 02:38 PM
Debby - I live in a world of stress day in and day out, so I'm used to it. ;)

Jaxhil - I highly recommend the Famous Artist Course books and the Loomis Figure Drawing for All It's Worth book as far as anatomy and building figures is concerned. I'm learned much more from both of them than anything else thus far. Jack Hamm's Drawing the Head and Figure is also an excellent reference source for figure studies.

Alright, here's the rest of the pages plus two extras as part of this week's work...so now I'm all caught up and back on track. I was going to go back into faces and work on expressions for the month of March, but after reconsidering, I'm going to delve deeper into the body and do torso and back studies for this month.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Mar-2013/1169945-conart64.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Mar-2013/1169945-conart65.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Mar-2013/1169945-conart66.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Mar-2013/1169945-conart67.jpg


03-05-2013, 04:29 PM
Great studies of the torso.

03-07-2013, 11:04 AM
Wow - wonderful anatomic studies, and so many of them as usual. Inspirational! I do wonder how the author got pictures of me to use for the upper torso model, though. :wink2: :lol: (Don't I wish - wasn't true even a couple decades ago, chuckle.)

J. Falk
03-10-2013, 08:31 PM
Here's the other half of this week's offerings:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2013/1169945-conart69.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2013/1169945-conart70.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2013/1169945-conart71.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2013/1169945-conart72.jpg

03-10-2013, 10:04 PM
Marvelous torso sketches. Really, really good.

Joan T
03-12-2013, 05:39 PM
Nice anatomical sketches!

J. Falk
03-17-2013, 04:42 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2013/1169945-conart73.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2013/1169945-conart74.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2013/1169945-conart75.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2013/1169945-conart76.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2013/1169945-conart77.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2013/1169945-conart78.jpg


03-17-2013, 06:09 PM
Excellent anatomical studies.

03-17-2013, 06:43 PM
Wow! Those are some great anatomical studies. We could all learn a lot from doing those.

J. Falk
03-24-2013, 09:41 AM
More daily sketching.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2013/1169945-conart80.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2013/1169945-conart81.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2013/1169945-conart83.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2013/1169945-conart82.jpg

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03-24-2013, 03:30 PM
Such dedication is inspiring. Great studies.

03-24-2013, 04:52 PM
Wow - great work on the anatomical drawings! Impressive in both quantity and quality.

Joan T
03-24-2013, 07:29 PM
You are really doing a lot of great practice sketches!

J. Falk
04-01-2013, 08:24 AM

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04-01-2013, 03:38 PM
Another awesome batch of anatomical sketches. These are great.

04-05-2013, 03:31 PM
More great anatomical sketches! However, I started to hurt looking at the knee sketches, since I've had three knee surgeries and will have both replaced with bionic knees in the not-too-distant future. :lol:

J. Falk
04-07-2013, 08:57 PM
Only 5 pages for this week. I took the weekend off to celebrate my four year anniversary with my girlfriend.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Apr-2013/1169945-conart93.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Apr-2013/1169945-conart94.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Apr-2013/1169945-conart95.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Apr-2013/1169945-conart96.jpg


04-08-2013, 03:47 PM
I'm in awe of your dedication doing anatomical studies. Page after page of them. Truly marvelous sketches.

J. Falk
04-14-2013, 09:51 AM
Starting to put it altogether...and with today's update, this makes over 100 pages that I've done this year.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2013/1169945-conart98.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2013/1169945-conart99.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2013/1169945-conart100.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2013/1169945-conart101.jpg

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04-14-2013, 03:33 PM
Marvelous gesture sketches.

04-15-2013, 03:43 PM
Wowwww those are unbelievable!

J. Falk
04-21-2013, 03:03 PM
Sketches for the week:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2013/1169945-conart105.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2013/1169945-conart106.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2013/1169945-conart107.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2013/1169945-conart108.jpg

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04-22-2013, 03:24 PM
Another great group of gesture sketches.

J. Falk
04-22-2013, 09:40 PM
Trying for one full body study per day this week. Going to try and post it daily as well. Loomis study:


J. Falk
04-23-2013, 10:43 AM

04-23-2013, 07:45 PM
Great job on the poses.

04-24-2013, 06:03 PM

J. Falk
04-26-2013, 07:59 AM
Life drawing model:


04-26-2013, 03:21 PM
Splendid drawing.

J. Falk
04-28-2013, 10:12 PM
I feel like I've been slacking lately. This week will be different.


04-29-2013, 04:14 PM
More great studies.

J. Falk
05-04-2013, 12:15 PM





05-04-2013, 02:47 PM
That's different. Gruesome monsters.

J. Falk
05-17-2013, 07:23 AM
New sketches coming Sunday. I seem to have lost my stride these past two weeks...time to get back in the saddle.

J. Falk
05-19-2013, 07:14 PM
As promised...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2013/1169945-conart116.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2013/1169945-conart117.jpg

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05-19-2013, 07:47 PM
Good action sketches. Glad to see you back at it.

J. Falk
06-09-2013, 09:40 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2013/1169945-conart120.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2013/1169945-conart121.jpg

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06-11-2013, 11:27 AM
Lots of really good practice going on here. Great job.

J. Falk
06-18-2013, 07:11 AM


06-18-2013, 03:33 PM
Are these computer paintings? The first one disturbs me. Not anything wrong with it, after all art is to evoke emotions. Lovely lady in the second one.

J. Falk
06-18-2013, 04:49 PM
Oil painting on mixed media board speed paintings.

Joan T
06-18-2013, 09:20 PM
You are getting lots of sketching practice. Great figures.

06-18-2013, 11:09 PM
These are really good studies. I like the lady better too.

J. Falk
06-19-2013, 07:01 AM

06-19-2013, 02:35 PM

J. Falk
06-20-2013, 06:49 AM

06-20-2013, 03:24 PM
Very pretty.

J. Falk
06-21-2013, 07:23 PM

Joan T
06-21-2013, 09:56 PM
Really nice portraits!!!

06-22-2013, 02:15 PM
Excellent portrait.

Green Explorer
06-24-2013, 02:29 PM
Brilliant work - you are a great drawer

J. Falk
06-25-2013, 10:05 AM


06-25-2013, 03:26 PM
Wowsers. Great comic drawings.

06-26-2013, 04:49 AM
Fantastic dynamic work!


J. Falk
06-30-2013, 08:22 PM

07-01-2013, 02:08 PM
Great sketch. How do you get your parallel lines so even?

Joan T
07-02-2013, 06:58 PM
Nice comic drawings!

J. Falk
07-03-2013, 05:56 AM
Great sketch. How do you get your parallel lines so even?

I don't know. Practice I guess. I do everything freehand for the most part and only use a ruler when I absolutely have to for long straight lines.

Here's a piece I finished last night. David Finch did the pencils for it and I did the inking.


07-03-2013, 02:43 PM
I know he's supposed to be the "good guy", but I sure wouldn't want to meet him in the dark. Great inking.

J. Falk
07-10-2013, 11:22 AM
Mixed media figure study.


07-10-2013, 04:45 PM
Great piece.

Joan T
07-19-2013, 01:17 PM
I love that mixed media figure!!!