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    I want to get better ( Back from 2 years in the wilderness )

    Time to lose the intro story. Everyone knows who am now. If you don't then all you need to know I started drawing in April 07 and I love art and I want to improve.

    So the first posts here are what I did 2 hours a week for 10 weeks (starting April 2007). Since then I started a sketchbook and have been going to museums and gallerys to checkout as much other work as possible. Art is now pretty much permeating all aspects of my life. Slowly more and more of my time is being spent trying to learn about drawing. Then I came across this fabulous site and thought this i just what i need. I have no real direction apart from wanting to improve. So hopefully some good critique will give me some structure and direction. Sorry to anyone who has already read this when it was first posted on the Critiques forum. Someone suggested I post here instead so here I am.
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    Week 1

    2H pencil on A1. Not sure where all the time went but this was all I managed in 2 hours
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    2H pencil on A1. Felt like I was going backwards after I was done. Lots of conflict in my mind.
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    2H on A1. First try with charcoal. I liked charcoal.
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    Charcoal on A1.
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    Week 5

    First: Acrylic on pva'd A1. I used sponges and cotton balls. I all dried to quick to undo things and to layer.
    Second: Oil on pva'd A1. Again sponges and cotton balls. This was more interesting as you could take away with turpentine to high light and erase.
    Although I feel the face in the first has more about it than the second.
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    Charcoal and white chalk pastel on A1. Lots of conflict about the forshortened legs.
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    Week 7

    First: Charcoal, with a bit of chalk pastel and oil pastel for the arm study, on A1. I liked the quick study top left.
    Second: Charcoal on A1. Strong pose. Twisted body muscles on the side of the neck
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    Charcoal on A1. Same pose as week 7. Again lots of conflict with forshortened legs.
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    Charcoal on A1. A load of studies.
    First: Trying to capture quick poses
    Second: Again trying to capture quick poses
    Third: Long pose. Quick sketch and leg study with charcoal and chalk pastel
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    Week 10

    The time had flown 10 weeks gone in a flash.
    First: Tried to start a long study bit it wasn't going well
    Second: Finally getting to grips with the weeks pose. Charcoal and chalk pastel.
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    28/06/07

    Ok pretty boring i know but I found it quite challenging couldn't get any further because of rain.
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    29/06/07

    St. Davids Hotel, Cardiff Bay. This seemed to take ages but the tones don't seem right.
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    There's already some great improvement here! Art is a particularly good activity for situations like this, because it is almost fully a mental activity, so almost no physical handicap can hold you back. And even if you're clumsy, signing you're name takes far more dexterity than you'll ever need to draw or paint (I sort of stole that last part from Richard Schmid, though.)
    To help supplement your life drawings, I suggest you find some Loomis books, particularly "Figure drawing for all it's worth", and maybe even Bridgman's "Life Drawing" if you don't like Loomis. You'll be able to find the Bridgman books quite easily, but don't even try for a physical copy of Loomis. A quick search on the forums should get you a link to a free pdf file. Loomis in particular has some great chapters on proportion and foreshortening.
    Oh, and one more tip. If you want to add an extra dimnsion of depth, draw the shadow the figure is casting.

    Well, I hope this can help you somewhat. Good luck, and keep it up!
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    Cup of Joe : Thanks I've just got some Hogarth and Bridgeman books so I'll start there.

    Next pictures The top of a church and the top floors of a new apartment block. I just liked the shape of building and the pattern of the windows.
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