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    Michael's Sketches and Studies

    Michael's sketch book.

    Hey everyone, this is my sketchbook, it's of a novice with dreams of one day being a good artist. Feel free to add your critique and advice, I can take it! I will try to update everyday, if you're kind enough to leave me a comment and some advice I will gladly return the favor. Thanks for stopping by, later!

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    I'm going to start this sketchbook off small, this is a quick five/ten minute eye I drew, eww no eyebrow!

    Bad shading, wonky line work, yeah I know, but I'm still learning!

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    Reference from a book called, 'Mario Cooper Painting With Watercolor'

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    Quick five minute sketch out of a drawing book from Walter Foster.

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    Another quick eye drawing, this is a copy of a sketch done by the artist Kevin Chen. Roughly seven minutes. I'm going to be copying his sketches from this website:

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    Quick copy of a Charles Bargue eye I found off Google, I'm going to do all the eyes on it a couple times.

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    Quick sphere warm up, yeah pretty bad.

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    Quick Walter Foster sketch from his book, the book is very old and is still in mint condition, I'm so glad my mom kept it!

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    Okay, I just absolutely butchered this drawing with my horrid charcoal skills, first time ever trying charcoal and it was a blast, just wish it didn't come out so bad.

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    Terrible drawing I shaded after following steps from a Walter Foster book.

    Random inks from this morning, just doodles from my head.

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    Maybe you should do some of these from ref, the eye on the last one has a wierd (i think impossible) pupil placement. The jaw is also looking a little too smooth. Some skull studies would help i think.
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    Hey man! good to see an sb up. The only suggestion I have is that your value studies seem to have no specific light source, and that can be a bad habit to pick up. Just make sure you watch out for that, maybe draw a bit more from reference as smart said, and good luck!
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    smartkyle: Thanks for the reply, I left you a comment in your thread, dude.

    ChaoticKnight: Thanks for the advice, man!

    Here are some random Kevin Chen sketch copies, they have been helping me a lot, he really knows how to make stuff easy to understand, plus his sketches are damn AWESOME. I'll update with more garbage tonight.

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    Yeah, using the drawing books is good, but don't forget photos and real life.
    Remember all of these artists schemes, techniques and theories were so they could draw more realistically - eg: real life.

    The studies and pics from reference are decent, just keep at it and have FUN.
    my sketches here... , for more images and to kill time.
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    SEVANS: Thanks a bunch, dude for the reply, the help from everyone has been great. I have a small rhino figurine I have been wanting to draw so I will get on that along with more reference and life drawings but for now, I have some more Kevin Chen sketch drawings I did this morning for warm up and just fun.

    I'll get on the life drawings and reference stuff soon, I just have to find some cool fashion magazines.

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    Thanks man!

    I checked out your drawings man looks like your really studying anatomy.The couple that were not are pretty cool.And thanks for the help you gave me tonight.I hope you can see the drawings now another member has commented on them.Im off to bed goodnight.
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    doboy1: Thanks, dude.

    Hey guys, more stuff. I have been painting for the past five hours just messing around having fun and working on this face, my liver is about to fail, NEED OXYGEN... It's a shame it turned out so bad. The arm drawing is my left arm I doodled while watching TV, it was just quick, about six minutes. As soon as school starts I'll start churning out tons of stuff, as for now I'm just relaxing and enjoying the last bit of my summer before it goes away.

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    Here's a crazy doodle, I started drawing a sketch from Kevin Chen then I turned it into some weird piece of crap, with a broken back.

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    Here's a drawing I copied from Henry Yan's website, it's copyrighted to him, I only did it for practice. I think I might buy his book soon, it looks quite amazing.

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    I love the last one. The shading on the ball and....I'm not sure what is it....under it is lovely. But especially I like the things at the top. You've got some good ideas.
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    try to avoid posting computer isnt the best and with the loading problems occuring regularly on CA its just not possible for me to look at all those links..if you cant attacth them use a web host.

    now arty stuff--

    some good studies there, just on some of them be carefull with your lines some are a bit hectic and crazy so are a smidge unclear, but your rendering looks good and clear maybe when you upload them though run them through photoshop and ajust the contrast settings or create a duplicate layer as "multiply" it will make your pencil stuff more clear.

    Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
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    This pic is really cool! On some of your studies from kchen you drew head's too narrow in profile. Head's width and height is almost the same in profile, watch out!
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    Oliwerko: Thanks so much for stopping by my sketchbook, dude. Those were just quick sketches while watching Mythbusters, I love that show.

    life on the sofa: Thanks, man. I sent you that PM and dropped by your sketchbook, I'll try to work on what you said.

    h2rra: Glad you liked it! I just sketched those heads real quick out of my head. I thank you for the critique, I have to watch out for that, from now on.

    Here is a Charles Bargue drawing I tried to copy, first off I did it in pencil, IT CAME OUT BAD! Then I tried to shade it and that went terrible, so I just outlined it with a charcoal pencil and tonight I'll shade the rest in, hopefully.

    Waiting for my Henry Yan book to come in! I just talked to him over Hotmail and he wished me good luck with my studies and I had asked him to sign my book, YAY!

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    This is a still life I tried to do in Acrylics, it came out horrible and I SUCK! It is a bottle of pills, sorry for the black and white my scanner wouldn't scan it in color.

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    Here's the quick sketch of the pills that I did before I painted it.

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    UPDATE: Here's the final, I'm doing this OVER tomorrow because something clicked in my head and I realized how I should have NEVER drawn the outline for the shadows in the face!

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    EDIT: I fixed up some things made it look a lot better, it may not look like I spent a lot of time on this but I did, I'm just a bad drawer. Getting better, though, hopefully someday I'll be good, one can only dream.

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