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    Trying to get good at this, Please help. x

    Hi everyone!! Thanks for having a look at my thread. I am hoping that an online sketchbook will give me the inspiration and motivation to draw all of the time. I am halfway through an HND graphic design and illustration but it is distance learning/ self taught thing so I feel like I am struggling a little without any peers.

    I really want to get good at this and I want, nay need criticism. Be as brutal as you want. Plus, I know that I don't have a "style" yet, so the plan is to experiment a little more as I pick things up. Suggestions welcomed!

    Plenty more to come

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    hi nice start to a sketchbook you got here. First off let me say that you're going about this correctly for getting a style - it's a really bad idea to force a style and as long as you keep practicing the way you are one will develop eventually on its own. This will likely be a unique style whereas if you force it odds are its gonna be a lot like the rest.

    with that said these figure studies are looking pretty awesome :] just keep at em and you will definitely improve. the second to the last ones shoulders are way too broad - you may want to look back on that one - also the shading on it doesn't seem to be on par with the rest of the drawings. This doesn't seem to be a reccuring issue however so I wouldn't be too concerned over it -- just be weary. With these figure studies though I notice you're doing mostly the entire form in each picture, though I do see one of just a foot. i would suggest that you do more studies on more individual parts of the body, and draw them a LOT. This is probably the best way I know of to kick your anatomy up another notch. then once you feel you really have each piece down you can start throwing down mostly full body renders. When you notice a specific mistake within those full renders (say the hands arent up to par) you just go back and work on just hands for a while.

    anyways keep it up :] this is look good - and i hope something i said was helpful
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    Wow, that was quick! Thanks, I appreciate it. I am trying to focus on body parts atm, especially hands and feet as I am quite aware that I brush over them too quickly. I'm going to try and put more stuff up tomorrow (a back-log of stuff) xx
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    Well, you're absolutely going about it the right way, figure drawing from the masters and life. And doing a very competent job of it, too -- you have a nice sense of line, especially outline. Keep doing this -- lots of this -- and you can't help but get better (and Karl's right; style will take care of itself).
    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
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    Some quick sketches outside Euston

    I liked the idea of carrying my sketchbook around with me and capturing people whenever I had some spare time, but I know that before this will work, I will have o be more confident in my anatomy. Still, it is fun trying to draw people without getting caught. (not all of these are from life, quite obvious which ones are from paper source)

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    Anatomy studies

    Trying to brush up a bit. This is the bit I need to focus on most.....

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    I know that I have made the torso too long on the 1st one

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    feet next.
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    You have lovely lines, i really like the sketch of the lady on the sofa in heels...
    Im too shit to have a sketchbook, so i got rid of the one i had....
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    Thanks Wade!

    Here is my first attempt to paint on photoshop. I would like to start posting on CHOW. I feel like I need the inspiration. Plus I work much better when I have some kind of deadline. So any way... I know that this is pretty rubbish. I should have spent more time on the drawing, but I was keen to get started on the painting. How on earth do you paint hair?? Please please please give me advice.

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    oh, sorry, technically that wasn't my first ever photoshop painting. I had an attempt at the squirrel mage CHOW. This one I spent a lot longer on it..... how long should I be spending doing these? Well, obviously I am pretty slow at it now... but how long do the good guys spend on it?

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    yo man! nice work u have, how long have u been drawing?
    i love the naked girls^^ are they from a photo or real life?
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    I have been really busy and really rubbish

    Hi there, sorry it has taken so long for me to post some more.

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    my mum seconds before she fell asleep. hee

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    and some more studies
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    http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...illa/nude1.jpg - This is excellent, the only weak areas are the feet and perhaps the forearm/wrist. I love how you left out the light reflection around her spine, hot lady. Very misleading title of the SB and a first post - shame on you I almost didn't click!

    http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...muminchair.jpg - This is also very good - only thing I can spot is that perhaps her head is too small. The others in the last post look too bony. In general you're struggling with the joints and these look like they came out of a drawing book. They draw them with the big joints there to show you what the joint should look like but it's rare to see someone's knees pop out that much irl and they're healthy and not in severe pain at the same time.

    Also please use the image attachment option here, you must make full replies but it helps keep everything on the website. Photobucket suxrs!
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