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    Rialas' Sketchbook - Help needed with latest WIP

    Ok... here are a few sketches I did last year whilst pregnant. My little boy is now 9mnths old, almost 10mnths, and I have been contemplating picking up my sketch pads again.

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    Will post some more later. Going to try some different things, maybe some mythical creatures.

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    Welcome!
    The one thing I notice is that if your serious about learning to draw, I would drop everything and go to some of the sections of this site and do some of the exercises there. If your not serious, and just want to do this for fun/hobby, then just keep drawing and looking at other's work for inspiration. You'll see certain things you like and certain ways of looking at things that you've never even thought of before. This site is a huge resource, may you find what you need.
    Good luck and keep posting!

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    I am trying my hand at PS painting (usually use PS for photo enhancments etc) I have got this far, and now I am kinda stuck. I have tried 'blending', but it is just not going right.

    Can someone please help me?

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    a couple more

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    Here is the image I am trying to blend

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    i have some suggestions for you. in no particular order of priority.

    > Materials. I dont know what you are using for these sketches, looks like a fairly hard pencil lightly applied and some colouring pencils. What i suggest is that you get a softer pecil (in fact a range of pencils and pens) and really work with it. Start to work with tone in your sketches as well, instead of line work and hatching and the occasional bit of shading in coloured pencil, really attempt to sketch 'the light', that shifting tone in planes that converge and intersect and change to establish form. It is a whole other world of information that will improve your drawing, sketching, painting. Also it reduces the prevalence of that white.

    > Anatomy. I can see that you have come up with ideas for characters / scenarios / and poses, the problem is that to carry it off convincingly you need to have a good grasp of what the human body does in the various situations you are imaginig. This incorporates things like foreshortening, proportion, and awareness of the skeletal and muscular system that dictates the shape of our bodies. I would suggest that in your sketchbook as well as the work you are doing, you through in some plain old figure drawing, concentrating on nothing more than communicating human form as accurately as you can, from a variety of angles. skulls, arms, hands, feet, legs, torsos. I also see that hands and feet are rarely in your images, this is common as they are buggers to draw. But the more often you try them the better you will get. So, from now on instead of balls, or sausages, or blobs, you want to try and communicate the structure of a hand or of a foot.

    > Photoshop. It's cool to get into photoshop, and it can be a good way to experiment without it costing the earth in materials, but it will not compensate for an insecure grounding the fundamentals of 'art'. And any issues with drawing that you have outside of photoshop will be there inside photoshop. So, i guess what i'm saying is, keep doing the groundwork as well as learning the software and more advanced techniques that are available in that environment.

    i hope it helps, it's nice to see that you have started up a sketchbook.

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    I tried to draw my 10mnth old son who had fallen asleep in his rocking chair this evening.

    But as I was drawing (as fast as I could) he woke up and completely moved!!

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    A few more sketches

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    You need to work in lights and darks + a light source.

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