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    John's Sketchy Book of Sketches

    Well, I thought I'd try a sketchbook. I've mostly lurked here before. I've been a little timid because of the high levels of talent here, but I figured that if I'm going to improve myself I've got to get over it, hehe.

    Here is a sketch I did from a photo I found somewhere on the net.
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    These are some studies from Loomis' book.
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    Someone told me to do sketches of celebrities since other people would be more likely to catch errors so I did one of Jensen Ackles from Supernatural. I see some errors, like the lips are too far from the nose and other proportional problems I think.
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    This one is a bicycle charcoal drawing I did in class last semester.
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    Finally, this one is an oil painting I also did last semester for school.
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    Very nice shading, highlights. I'd like to see more anatomy work, ill keep my eye on ur SB.Oh and welcome on CA

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    throtailer: Thanks! There will be more anatomy stuff definitely.

    Here is a skull I did based on a photo that I found in these forums. The first one was a quick sketch to get a feel for it, and the second one is a more refined version where I fixed a lot of my errors from the first one and detailed it more:
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    I need to draw more regularly...

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    What a nice shading and detail, i think background are too noisy.. Have nothink to say anymore! Just awesome! Keep it up my friend!

    p.s. And ey guys who are reading, comment this guy's sketchbook, his works are so much worth!

    p.s. 2 And ey John how old are ya?

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    throtailer: Thanks very much! I agree that the bg is too noisy. I probably should have spent time trying to smooth it out. To answer your question, I'm 21 years old.

    Anyway, here's a another sketch. I struggle drawing women very much for some reason, so I went to the nude reference thread here and found a picture to draw so that I could force myself to work on it. I probably should have spent more time tightening it up, the face especially, but I got bored of it. She was standing in the ocean with a weird rock formation behind her, so that's what the black blob is.
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    Some more little doodles to add...

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    What a shading on a woman o_O.. Nice. Doodles are nice too. I like the eye and ring most. I think they took more time for u. nice figure and hand too. And what i dont like is water on girl-one. Cant say anything else.

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    throtailer: Thanks again! The water is pretty bad in the girl pic, hehe. I looked at the hundreds of waves in the reference picture and was all "forget it, I'm not drawing that." XD I'm planning on doing some water studies later on to help me with that type of thing.

    This time I decided to redraw something I drew a couple of years ago from when I first started trying to draw seriously to help get me more motivated to continue drawing by seeing my improvement. It seems to happen so slowly and unnoticably. I wanted to make it similar to the old picture and do it in the same way so I didn't use any references. I figured it was a good one to do after the female study sketch I just did. The anatomy is probably really weird, and the hands were a pain to do without references... I really need to force myself to draw a page or two of hands.

    Here are both of them side by side:
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    I think I need to do a fabric folds study too.

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    I'm in the same boat with hands--I'm actually working on a page of them right now, as annoying as it is. The last picture is a definite improvement! I'd be interested to see you do yet another, and this time with reference. I'm really digging how you did her face and hair, and I think with a little anatomy refinement (her hips and legs, mainly) would really make a huge difference. Can't wait to see more!

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    Hey, nice pieces of work in here so far. Keep on doing those studies. That ref of the girl in the ocean is really good. I think you work well from ref's.

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    Kylana: Thanks a lot! I appreciate the crit on the hips. I'll attempt to fix them, but I'm having trouble finding a picture with a similar pose.

    darkchild: Thanks! I'm definitely going to do more stuff with references, although I think I use references as a crutch sometimes.

    Anyway, I haven't drawn any long studies yet because of homework, but I did a little bit of color experimentation on the girl pic, and I'm hopefully going to be able to fix the hips more. I think the problem is that they are on a different perspective slant from the upper body, and I don't have a good understanding of how the legs fit into the pelvis.

    I'm really awkward with using a tablet because I've only had it a couple of months and it's huge. I told my parents I wanted a small one for my birthday and they surprised me with a $400 9x12 Intuos. O_o I'm grateful to them, but I feel kind of obligated to use it since they did that. Here is the WIP of the colors:

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    Seeing her without the bottom half makes me realize how enormous the head is relative to the body. >__< The shirt is not blended well yet. I think I might be slightly colorblind, so tell me if the colors look really off with green skin or something like that.

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    You've clearly got some spiffing skillz; luv that second skull!

    Keep drawing!!! Draw from life, draw full-body figures, draw action/movement... The more you do it, the better you'll be

    Cheers

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    Ye, i like the girl and i think shirt is not very bad blended at all. I dont like the eyes(cuz its half-anime style) and i think collar bone and that neck muscles shouldnt be so much poped out. Nice tablet and keep it up! oh and that was only my option dont take it very serious, draw as u like.

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