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    Dueling Sketchbooks: John F and Jason C-M

    Wanting to pump some drawing iron and hone those sketching skills, every week, John and Jason will post assignments for each other to complete. Within the week, assignments need to be completed and posted, and we'll critique each other's work. Of course, anyone else is welcome to come in and comment or chat.

    So . . . on to the first art chores!

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    Nice new start jason !
    where have you been ?
    Have you done any new paintings since last time ?
    As for a crit, maybe opening a bit more the angle between the feet ...?

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    Hi Daniel! -- I disappeared for a good long while there, largely because time to work on my perspective book (which is now off to the printers and due on the shelves mid-late December) didn't leave me time to do anything else, really. But I've been painting, and my jam thread here with John is just going to be my first foray back into the world of conceptart -- I'll be opening up a new thread for my own stuff pretty soon here. I'm delighted to run into you so soon, though! I'll have to check out what you've been up to.

    The Wolvie thing up there is a little Jam john and I did while we were out for coffee one day -- I spent some time in his neck of the woods over the summer. His layout, my finish.

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    Assignment One -- for John

    A. Do a bunch of those dexterity exercises Ron Lemen showed -- arcs, straight lines, circles, squares. Get back from the page and hold the pencil the way he shows. (http://training.xtrain.com/course/show/10)

    B. No ref. -- draw a fat guy. Try to make it as natural-looking as possible. Just hanging out, sitting/standing/whatever. Probably naked. Nothing dynamic, but weighty and nuanced. Just enough of a sketch to mass in the forms, don't worry about details like fingers and facial features.

    You've got a week. Now, hit me with what you've got.

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    Hi Jason,

    Looking forward to sharpening the skills with you . . .

    Kind of new at this so please excuse any incorrect formatting.

    Your first assignment:

    A. Practice the same dexterity exercise you prescribed from the XTrain series (nice stuff)!

    B. Let's stick to figures:
    No ref - a one year old baby boy (in diaper or whatever you find tasteful). Looking more for proportions here.

    Let's have at it!

    Best,

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    Assignment 1A -- black aqua pencil and red conte crayon on bond paper (where the hell did my big pad of newsprint go!?)

    This is a great exercise and I'm going to keep it up -- also going to try it out in other media -- brush and ink, nib pens, cartridge pens, whatever. Big paper on an easel or whatever to keep it out of your lap is vital!

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    nice work jason !
    The faber castell china ink pen's are very good. I dont know if we can find them here, but they're worth it.
    The last page with the two figures is cool, especially the weight of the last guy.

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    The thing that strikes me really funny is your page of circles, I immediately recognize as your work. I wouldn't have thought there would be enough room for recognizeable personality in that exercise.

    So

    1A -- dexterity exercise -- good job -- I don't know about you, but I'm going to do more of these.

    1B -- Fat guy -- Good chunk of fat and muscle. Good weight, though the balance of the gesture seems a bit off and topple-y. Also his jawline seems a little un-fat (though some of that is certainly the high angle of view). Overall, though, I'm quite fond of this drawing.

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    nice stuff. Personally i enjoyed this style you used in the first post, me would like to see more =)

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    Mmm- John! Forgot to mention, on your assignment for next week, hold your charcoal/pencil the same way you're doing it for the lemen exercise! Not like you're writing/illustrating but like you're drawing/painting.

    Even if it means your drawings are worse than they would be if you held it the normal way. Do it!


    Saskia -- Thanks for the comment. The style in the first post is mainly John's work. John's already a really cool cartoonist and caricaturist, and I don't have much to offer him in that direction. I'm pushing him (at his request) in a more traditional realist style in these first few exercises (with the ultimate goal being to make his more cartoony style more authoritative and nuanced).

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    While we HAVE to do the assignments we give each other, it's okay for us to do the assignments we gave the other guy, too.

    I couldn't paint this afternoon when I had planned on, so I drew this exercise instead.

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    Jason's Assignment -- week 002

    1. Revisit your 1 year old this time with reference. Your proportions are good - pay closer attention to the face.

    It's funny how tough capturing a very young child's face can be. It's very easy to make babies look like tiny 6 year olds (or even old men). I've seen some pretty accomplished comic book artists blow it with babies as well.


    2A. Female character (mid 20s) full shot - fully clothed and soaked, having been caught in the rain.

    2B Head shot - focus on hair (running makeup)?


    Let me know if that's cool (or if we should be sticking with the unclothed human form at this point).

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    I used some plates in Fritz Schider's Atlas of Anatomy for Artists for the skeleton.

    The new assignments sound great -- I'll get cracking on them.

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