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    smws' sketchpost thread

    Since I've started drawing again recently, partly spurred on by some figure drawing sessions, and since I've also been revisiting the idea of being a professional artist someday, I thought it would be good to get some things up.

    I'm also impressed by the activity on this site, it seems like a pretty lively place.

    Please feel free to crit, input, ask questions, anything!

    -Smws

    Now here's some figures, a sketch page, some trees, and a beast:

    Edit: new pic for sketchbook page

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    Thanks for the comment... figured I would stop by and check out your SB. I am glad I did! This is a great start to a sketchbook. Your faces on page 3 look really good. And your beast you drew is awsome. Are all of these from 1998 or just the beast? I would like to see some recent stuff!

    Looking forward to seeing some more stuff!

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    LifeWontWait: Thanks for looking in! The figure studies and tree are from last year, the sketchbook page is probably from 2000, so the beast is actually the oldest thing here.

    I don't actually feel I've progressed much, though, because I haven't been drawing much. Practice practice...

    The older pictures I'm putting up are just to give some insight into where I'm coming from, I guess. I'm not going to post too many more.

    So, here's a couple of sketchbook pages from years ago, a study of a buddha statue, a crumbly 3/4 portrait from imagination, and a drapery study I did fairly recently.

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    Oh my god dude that last pastel one has awesome texture! and the fabric too great job capturing the material just keep drawing and the posts will come
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    Wow, you are good .

    That is all.

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    jedininjaman: Thanks! It is nice to see responses! Of course I hope I have the discipline to post regardless...
    LifeWontWait: Thank you.

    Here's some stuff: Some hand studues and some more of the figure studies from life drawing. Oh, and today's self-portrait, LifeWontWait inspired me... scruffy-looking, huh?

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    Alright, some more... today's SP, some posemaniacs 60 second poses, two life drawings and an actual drawing from imagination.

    I know I need to expand my abilities as far as color, other media, things like that... but are there any crits regarding my work in general or these pieces in particular? What should I work on hardest? Be hard, you won't hurt me

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    Ugh, it's late. Anyway, here's today's SP, a sandal study, sketch of some branches, and 3 life-drawings...

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    hey thanks for the crit it helped : )

    On to your Sketchbook your lines portrait the figure pretty well but it seems that they lack confidence when you draw if you sketch your lines out -running over them w/ you pencil a few times. Just try going through a pic once w/o back tracing w/ your pencil
    Also you have some great shading thats smooth and shows texture rather well but you are only using a few of the tones you can get w/ your pencil make sure even if its just a doodle to try and get the darkest lines possible w/ a pencil that said you have some great progress, keep it up man
    -hope this helps, jedininja

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    jedininjaman: Thanks, yeah, I want some more confident lines myself. We'll see if I can work on that some more, thanks for the input.

    Here's some new grist for the mill. There's an old reptile sketch page, some life drawings, today's SP and a study of some stuff on my desk that I just finished. I was trying to get the rock texture to look... rocky. Crits?

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    Hey, interresting sketchbook you have here. It seems to me that you have more confidence and knowledge of structure as well as subtleties in your reptilian studies than you do in your figure sketches. The fifth one down in your most recent post looks really good (The reclining lady on the gray surface). However, the head of the one above it looks a bit odd. It almost seems like it was an after thought to the rest of the figure. It looks hurried. I would also say that your sb looks a bit rushed too.
    Definately keep sketching and posting.

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    mybutterflyiris: Thanks for stopping by. I agree that the head is off on that figure study; some of the other proportions are wrong too. I'm pretty happy with the 5th one down too, it's possibly my most successful figure yet. I'll work on more confidence with the structure and line.

    Here's today's SP and some studies from life, some doodles, and an elephant from the zoo. Grist for the mill!

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    hey thanks for stopping by my sketchbook. i really like the page of studies in your first post, the one that says "oh wow!" in the corner, and the sketch of the tree! nice!

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    Hey! This stuff is looking great smws! Are you going to school for art right now?

    In terms of tone and form I think that this last self portrait you have done is your best so far. There is something funky about it though... I think either it is the eyes or the fact that the top of the head looks like it goes up way too high.

    I really like the elephant that you did from the zoo. I should really go to the zoo sometime to draw.

    Lets see some more stuff!!!

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    i reallly like the trees.

    Last edited by hummdrumm; November 3rd, 2007 at 01:00 AM. Reason: forgot the s on trees :P
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    Wonderful stuff! I think your charcoal/pastel works are lovely. I also enjoyed the way you sketch trees, gotta try that myself!
    Most of your drawings work, however some of them have slight problems like this one http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...1&d=1192774922
    the head seems small compared to the head and in some other below the pelvis is not aligned with the body.
    But again, really good stuff! I can't wait to work with charcoal in my life drawing class

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    yo dude! nice stuff u got here, good ur into drawing again! i read on lifewontwaits sketchbook u want to form a group with some people to learn and have fun. Id like to be in there if u are looking for people... will stop me from being lazy

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    Here we go have a go

    Sease: thanks for dropping by, the local connection is cool.
    LifeWontWait:No, I'm not going to school right now. I've thought about it though. Thanks, I like that self portrait and I agree that the eyes are odd, and the proportions are off a little. I think I tend to stretch things vertically, in general.
    hummdrumm: Thanks. They seem popular.
    MayYeo: Appreciate it, I certainly agree on that drawing and I'm glad you stopped by. Charcoal is pretty fun, enjoy it.
    ajvenema:Thanks for stopping by, I'll pm you about a sketchgroup.

    More drawings on halftone paper: my friend Drew, twice; the second looks a little more like him, and my friend Cassandra without much resemblance, plus some driftwood... haven't been sketching like I oughta. Then there are some random pictures from Sketchfu.com, an addictive flash drawing site I frequent. Just for filler, really. My profile there is sketchfu.com/profile/smws.

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    yo dude!
    dont stop posting, i really like how you use the white stuff in your works, gives them the special feeling they need!

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    Nice eye so far with your studies!

    One thing I notice, I don't know if you know or not, but keep in mind there IS perspective in the face (and duh everything else in life) but it caught me, think of the eyes on one line, bottom of nostrils, and corners of the mouth in perspective (er with 3/4 views hehe)!! Also get a general feel of the line of the face, from brow to chin to get direction of head or whatever lol, ties those together, keep in mind those things always always... at least that's what I try to do :p

    Even when it looks like there isn't, there is

    Great work on lights and darks, post more!!

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    You've got great drawing skill, which I think is let down a little sometimes by your perspective/proportions being off every now and then which lets some of the drawings down. Now that I've said this though, it should be at the back of your mind and will alleviate it in future Keep going - loving your pastel work especially!

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    Your pencil work is good. Love the
    Charcoal stuff you really know your gray values well!

    Please visit my sketchbook .I love the feed back
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    Thanks everyone!

    ajvenema: Your encouragement is great, partly why I didn't give up here. Alright, so this small update is 'cause of you
    naomiful: Thanks, yeah, tying things together and making it work proportionally is certainly something I need to work on.
    thek: Glad you like, yeah, I do need more work on my perspective and accuracy generally.
    iceman478: Thanks!

    Well, here is the concept I started for the most resent CHOW, the CHOW 100. I didn't get too far but I thought I would post it here just because. Please do crit away!

    (edit: resized enormous image)

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    Hey man, this stuff is really looking great! Have you still been drawing? I'd love to see an update!

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    hey dude! i didnt even see u dedicated an update to me
    but what do i see now? no updates anymore?! keep going man, the last one was promising! and i dont wanna see you drop your artistical aspirations!

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    Thanks for the comment man... looking forward to an update!

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    Here at last

    Gotta get my ass in gear if I'm gonna get better.
    These are just things I've done various places, should have some more conventional stuff scanned soon...
    The portraits are from reference files, as is the quick draw of the cedar. The plane is an old rust one of my Grandfather's.

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    Hey man, thanks for the critiques... I will certainly try and keep it all in mind.

    Your newest pics are looking good... lots of color... i like.

    I must say though... in my opinion the thin blue line that looks kinda like a blue pen doesn't seem to be working in some of them. I mean, it looks good in the one of the old mans face and the one of the other person (the blue/brown painting). But it is kind of distracting in the first one of the lady playing guitar and the environment with the guy holding the staff. Not sure if this is just your underdrawing that just wasn't covered up because the paintings aren't finished or if this is part of the painting. I guess it is more a stylistic decision than anything.

    Keep working at it... color is a bitch isn't it?

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    hey, just stopping by. thanks for the comments on my sketchbook! you know, it is too bad we never met in olympia, but whatever man. seattle isn't that far and there's always this site.

    i would like to see more color from you. a lot of your portraits are quite nice. peaceee.

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