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    Hey everyone. I have never had any art lessons or anything like that apart from the core of what I had to do when I started school. I am 17 ( 11th October ) and I draw as a hobby.
    I have been looking around in this forum for a while, and you seem to always encourage anatomy studies, so I have been doing some of them.
    I know I am not too great, but that is why I am starting this, so you can give me tips to help me improve!





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    Just did another speed paint. I tried to do some low/sorta dramatic lighting, but I dunno if it worked well. This one took just over an hour. I find faces hard. I am actually really pleased with this one. Although it is a little too dark.

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    Studying Loomis is the way to go but while you are doing it, you should work on other problems with your drawings like, line quality. When you are doing your studies try not to 'pet in' the lines and instead try to have as longer confident lines as possible. Keep at it man, most importantly if you want to improve draw lots and never give up. All the good work on this site can be depressing in a weird way as well.

    Thanks for the comment in my sketchbook.

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    thanks for visiting my sketchbook

    Well, you are only 16, and imho you're doing great yours drawings looks much better then mine when i was 16 sooo.. keep drawing from life (it helps alot) and study anatomy... hehe, this is exactly what i'm dot doing right now

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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    Thanks spazazo Great tips, and yeah, mine line is really shabby at the moment. I will work on that!

    monna-giovanna, thanks for your comment. I will get on with drawing anatomy, and drawing from life!

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    Hey Fraz.

    Its great that you picked up Loomis, fantastic book. Keep drawing and updating, and you will see progress in no time

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    Hehe, thanks Hurley. I drew a whole page of eyes and a whole page of lips tonight. I will scan and upload them tommoro, so look forward to that

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    nice life drawing man, hope to see more.

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    I'd suggest you to draw faces and human figures larger, it'll be easier to build them. And oh, don't forget to apply looooooots of simple shapes everywhere, like boxes, rectangulars, cubes, etc.
    And when drawing faces, watch the bone structure carefully, drawing skulls is helpful as well.

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    Lithe, more is here!
    Kubushas's, thanks for the criticism. I am gonna start on faces later. For now I reckon I will try to get bodys better.

    Here, I tried to improve my line, and of course improve eyes and mouths. Unfortunatly, I don't have access to my scanner, so these will have to do!



    That last ones' face looked a lot better in real life. I will scan it another day if you don't believe me!
    Thanks for all C&C.
    I am also looking for a mentor/advisor, if anyone feels interested.

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    Another drawing/drawings. Both were reffed off of deviant art.
    Again, sorry for the quality. My scanner isn't great. The rings on my sketch book gets in the way while scanning

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    Hey, thanks for swinging my book. I really like the pair of eyes in the lower left, they've got nice feeling to them. It looks like you've got the pieces going, let's see some put together.

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    I would encourage you not to draw single parts like eyes or noses separately but whole faces. Otherwise you could get problems placing them into faces in perspective later. And get some Hogarth or Bammes anatomy books if you can afford them, you won't regret this.
    Well, you have some great power of observation, the figures don't look stiff ( thats a very good thing). Post more stuff, let's see.

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    Thanks for stopping by my SB! Your feedback is greatly appreciated. I've just recently started getting more into anatomy studies as well. Yours are looking good. Currently in class, we're having to get to know the bone structure of bodies as well as adding muscles and know how they are positioned in order to get better at figure drawings in general. I would suggest possibly drawing more of the "framework" of bodies in various positions. As a beginner myself and having been told this over and over, it's about the only suggestion I can make for ya. Looking good!

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    Good start with the studies! Only advice I have is pretty much what Nukeya just said, you seem to have learned the Loomis-mannequin but not yet gotten out of it the fun that it allows. Try sketching some crazy, twisted positions and make the horizontal lines of shoulders and hips having different ankles along where the weight is carried (the supporting side of the hips should be higher and it's the same thing with shoulders). The power for the skeleton mannequin was for me that when you don't have to think about the thickness of limbs coming out natural, you can focus 100% on their lengths and the overall proportions of the figure end up making sense, whatever the pose.

    Experiment with the figures and don't be afraid to use unnecessary lines to see how the figure stands straight or otherwise in balance. The free use of those swooshy lines you don't "need" often makes drawing a heap quicker and more fun. Keep up the good work!

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    Thanks for stopping by my sketchbook Nice anatomy studies, always good to see anatomy studies at your age. Your lifedrawing is getting there. Your line quality could use improvement, but once you nail the landmarks of the body, you can really start getting loose with your lifedrawing, working with values instead of pencil widths. Keep it up

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    Thanks everyone for your kind words
    I am ordering some books off the internet tomorro to hopefully help me improve faster!
    Should be cool.

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    Hey Fraz,

    Doing much better than I, and I'm four years older than you! ;p Keep up the good work.

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    Thanks for stopping by my sketchbook. You're on the right path, keep studying and practicing. It's already been mentioned before but concentrate on your line quality. Also start to really think about the underlying structure of what you're drawing. For instance all of you eye studies, although they look like eyes and are done pretty well, I don't get a sense that you really understand the form; the eye is a sphere, and the eyelids wrap around the sphere. This underlying sense of form can also be applied to your lip/mouth studies and the rest of your anatomy. Hope this makes sense and helps you out in some what. Since you're young you have a lot of time to grow. Keep drawing and posting.

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    Thanks fanficbug. I'm sure you will overtake me soon though


    Thank you too, AphexTweak. I know my line sucks. I don't really know how to improve it. I think I am doing my guidelines too hard, which kinda ruins it. Thanks for all the tips.

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    Oh yeah I forgot to say, that I tried to make one of the eyes bigger on the guy, to make him look freaky.
    Unfortunaltly, it looked nothing like the ref. ):

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    nice sketches, good eye for detail, make sure you keep homing in on the details. have fun.

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    Thanks Cold. It is always nice to get a compliment and c&c at the same time.

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    I did this torso study. I personally love it. I spent 25 minutes on this.

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    I would love comments on the picture above.
    I also have an arm study.

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    The last two are nice especially the torso study. It looks like you could still get some darker tones in on that last one but overall it looks pretty realistic. To be honest there isnt much I can say about the studies except keep doing them and working on the line quality. Also, you should put what you have learnt into practice by doing more pieces from your head.

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    Thank you for the comment in my sb. You have a nice start here, and try to draw a lot of what you see, and observe. i cant stress how important observing is. Keep on doing what youre doing good values on the torso.

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    Hey Fraz, awesome start! What else can I say. This is a real good path you've started on. So far so good, you're doing loomis studies, studies from real life and observation, seemed to have messed a little bit with digital work. The key from now on is to try and draw a few pages a day, studies, observational, whatever comes to mind. Once you're done with loomis, grab some bridgeman stuff and go at it with that. Do head construction studies from the loomis books, he's got some great theory to help you with getting a hang of the proportions of the head and placement of the features. In terms of pencil work, I'd recommend you pay more attention to your line making, try and get your lines under control, clean lines exude confidence. Your torso study was great, the only thing I'd comment on is how the shape of the shadow on the breast of the torso's right side makes it look flat, unlike the other side. You're doing well, keep at it and draw, draw, draw. Improvement will come steadily. Keep it up!

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    Thanks for all your comments, I will leave feedback later, and why I havn't been drawing.

    I drew that yesterday, after Dile inspired me.

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    Hey guys. First of all, I have to say, thanks for your comments. They are great help, and encouraging to get feedback.

    spazazo- Thanks for the comment. I probably could have got darker tones in, but my scanner made it seem slightly lighter than what it is. But that is no excuse
    I don't think I am quite ready for non-reffed stuff. I havn't done enough studies, but hopefully I will get going soon.
    Reika- Again, thanks for commenting. Nice to hear what is good, it always cheers me up
    Sirio_Brozzi- Especially thanks to you! One of the best comments in my thread so far. Unfortunatly I havn't been drawing enough. Damn electronics XD
    But yeah, I will get reading loomis, and maybe move onto bridgeman.

    And as for my excuse; I have bought an xbox 360. Mostly to play games, but it has got my creativity going, and gotten me lured into reading more into character design. School has been boging me down lately too, and I hate most people at my school, which is pretty demoralising. But anyway, enough of my life story, and I will get to drawing!

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