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    Swampdigger's Sketchbook

    Hey everyone, I've been a long-time lurker here and finally decided to start up a sketchbook. Hopefully I can garner some critiques and comments.

    EDIT 1-28-10: Removed the art that was in this first post because it was the only way I could figure out to change the thumbnail image.
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    I like it... I especially like the hands and the kid with the hood. Very cool.
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    You have some nice real life drawings here! Keep those up. They are very valuable. Quite interesting shading you have here. You should definitely evolve this technique.

    I really like the fellow with the headset and the one with the hood

    Im looking forward to more sketches

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    Hey guys, thanks for the comments, I appreciate them.

    Here are a few Bridgman studies from "Constructive Anatomy", it's not much yet but I'm trying to learn some. I think my biggest problem is that things I try to do from my head usually come out terribly, which makes me want do them less. And so I try less, and practice them less. Maybe I should just stop focusing on how bad they look and think about how to improve them. Oh, and it also doesn't help that I'm still coming out from the "references are a bad thing" mindset.

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    I also recently inherited a whole boatload of acrylic and oils, so here is my second acrylic attempt. I find the paints to be a really nice change of pace compared to graphite. I'm open to any advice on this, since I'm really just experimenting still.

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    So I got out my old tablet, I'm trying to get used to it again. Partly because I'd like to do a bit more digital, and partly because I don't feel like scanning in everything I do. I'm still having a lot of trouble controlling my lines with the tablet though. I had forgotten how hard it is to get used to it.

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    Today's art offerings:

    Here are two Bridgman studies, I'm finally through all of the hands, kinda amazes me how much of that book is hands. Anyhow, tomorrow I get to move to arms and such.

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    Then we have two drawings of simple animal carvings. These are kinda fun to do because the carving creates a lot of planes on it, instead of smooth rounded surfaces. The first one was done a few weeks ago, not the greatest drawing ever, the shading is really inconsistent, along with other problems. So I guess I'm just posting it because I'm planning to do more of these and it didn't feel right to leave it out of the set.

    The second one I did just today.

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    And then these last ones are some drawings from life that I did of people in a lobby a few days ago. I was drawing absolutely terrible that day but kept on drawing like crazy. Most of it was trash but they got better the longer I drew. Here are some of the better ones.

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    As always, crits and comments are completely welcome.
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    really like the hand studies. guess i should pick up on some like that myself, so thumbs up for the self discipline with that

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    Just a quick update, two arm studies. I'm pretty happy to be out of those hand studies. These are a bit more interesting to me.

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    I've decided I need a bit more structure to my drawing time. So I going to try to get a bit of a routine going, instead of just randomly drawing things. So my new plan is to draw one portrait a day and if I miss it to catch it up. Hopefully that way I'll be able to see some steady improvement. Here's hoping.

    Anyways, here's some of the stuff I've done in the past few days. Firstly, a few more arm studies.

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    Then my third portrait on my fourth day. :| I'm already behind. I would show the first two but I don't feel like hooking up the scanner, plus they're pretty bad. (the real reason ) I'm pretty sure that I spent a lot more time on this than strictly necessary, but I'm pretty stinkin' happy with the results. I would like a nice tone in the background. But how I set it up really doesn't allow for it without a lot of work. I'll have to find a way to make it easier to drop a tone behind it.

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    Any advice or comments would be appreciated.
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    Hi there, your drawings are really good. Imma gonna try to provide some crits even though you're on the right track with all these practice studies you're already doing.

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...7&d=1198027311 on this one for example I think the finger nails are too small. Shapes are all good though, maybe the joints are a tad large but not too bad.

    http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...1&d=1197754060 on this one you probably know but the lips didn't turn out too well. Looks like they came from some cover-girl

    http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...1&d=1197753949 lastly this one - I have no idea what's going on but it's cool! I really like this drawing, kept looking at it for a while even though I still don't understand it.

    Anyways, keep hacking at it, you're already doing great. I guess you've been here since 2005 but only 17 posts!! Post more!!!
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    Hey N1va, thanks for the comments, any crits are always appreciated.

    Quote Originally Posted by n1va View Post
    http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...1&d=1197754060 on this one you probably know but the lips didn't turn out too well. Looks like they came from some cover-girl
    Yeah, it is pretty weird looking, I actually overlooked it, so thanks for pointing it out. I tend to have trouble with lips for some reason. I'll have to do some lip studies or something.

    Okay, here are a few tidbits, some more studies, a finished portrait and a portrait in progress.

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    This last one is slowing working out, I've had so much trouble getting her features right, especially the nose. I don't think it's quite right yet. I'll probably finish it up tomorrow. At the moment, I'm too sick of working on it to work anymore tonight.
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    I don't have much today, I was gone over the weekend and didn't draw at all. :| But I did finish this today. I feel like I'm getting the hang of drawing digitally pretty quickly. I've been having a lot of fun.

    Anyways, here's the finished version of the earlier wip.

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    Any crits on anything would be nice.
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    Thanks for the reply teena_mom, I appreciate it.

    Here's a quick portrait that I really don't care for. I think I'm just gonna let it sit like this though, something doesn't seem right, and I'm not sure what.

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    Anyways, I feel like I've been doing too much digital lately so I think I might go set up a good old fashioned still-life. I miss searching through a pile of mundane objects for interesting compositions.
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