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    wow the proportions on this one are really good the values are great too. this
    last portrait is much improved from the last ones, too. all I can say is relax and think about the lines before you put them down.
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    Finally got around to scanning some stuff in.

    I call these, "me stumbling around trying to figure out how to hatch"

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    Then here's a SP I did today. I don't like it. There are a lot of obvious problems with it. Oddly, I find it much harder to draw myself than other people. Partially, I think it's really awkward drawing from a mirror, I don't like it, or maybe I just need to get a bigger mirror. I dunno... I am happy with how far I was able to take it though, considering I started out by butchering the paper, pretty much giving up on it, then deciding to actually try to finish it. Anyways, I'm planning to do a SP everyday for a week or so. Hopefully I'll be happy with one or two of them. Hey, I might even see some improvement.

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    Any advice on hatching would be appreciated, I understand the, "follow the form of the surface" thing, and I'm trying, but as soon as it seems I've figured out how to do it, I get lost again. I'm having a lot of trouble with making the form read right. Maybe I should go do a Rembrandt copy or something.

    And now, some random stuff from the last month or so. The first two were done within the last day or so.

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    Thanks for the posts and advice everyone. I'm off to bed. Hopefully I'll do something worth showing tomorrow.
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    as far as hatching goes try to slow down and make every stroke deliberate. specially when drawing from reference
    it's great that you're drawing youre brother and his friends so big that will definitely help you see shapes and scale while working on confident lines.
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    Some stuff I've been doing recently.

    Another try on the SP. Happier with this one. I'd like some critiques on this, proportion-wise along with anything else anyone can come up with.

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    Some Bridgman, I recently got Complete Guide to Drawing From Life, been reading through it, drawing pretty much everything, trying to get it inside my head.

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    Now just some random drawings a couple people. I think I'm actually getting slightly better at these. Thanks goes to Pennington for some helpful reminders and advice.

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    And a quick sketch in my moleskin I did today, was a bit hurried as I was on a schedule and the light was fading. I found it was really hard to draw in a small book standing out in the snow with no support for my arms. Heh, go figure.

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    Man it's nice getting to the second page. Haha, I was getting so tired of waiting for all my drawing to finally load so I could get to the bottom of the page.
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    But mo-om, all the cool kids are doing it

    Hooray for color. Decided to join the crowd and do a few of these color study landscape... things.

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    The SP is great man. The lifedrawings are looking cool too, do tons of these. Even if they look like gestures, capture the pose, then if you have time, render the face or whatever.
    Anyways, keep up the good work.
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    Very nice work!
    (Wish I could have seen it made!)
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    hey swampdigger,
    you are doing great man, i like all the new updates and the experiments that you are doing with ome of your artwork. keep it up man, and best of luck


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    you're peeps are great, that sp is rad. I still gotta stress controlled thought-out strokes when you're placing values. the bridgman has great fluidity though keep doing those.
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    Thanks for all the comments guys, I haven't gotten around to posting recently, had to take an unplanned trip for a few days. Trying to draw in cars=hard. Anyways, stuff from the past week and a half.

    First of, some more Bridgman, I really wish my scanner was bigger, cause these were so nicely placed on the page, haha, but I had to chop them up to get them all.

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    Moleskin sketches, had fun with these, I realize there are quite a few problems on these. Notably, the perspective on the third one.

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    Now some other pencil drawings. I really need to be pushing the values, something I'm still having trouble with.

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    Another SP, considerably happier with this one, the likeness is a bit better. A bit more challenging too, since the light was less harsh, so there were alot less obvious shadow. Still having some trouble slowing done and really paying attention to every stroke. Doing better with it though, I think. Ignore the close crop... if possible, either I need a larger scanner, or I need a smaller sketchbook, heh heh. I feel like the scanner also lost some of the details too. I dunno. I'd really like crits on this one, still struggling to figure out which direction some of my lines should be going.

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    Oh, and some more posemaniacs, I feel like I'm starting to understand the gesture, I don't know if it's visible in this, but I thought I felt improvement from the top of the page to the bottom.

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    Your stuff is great, your lines look fluid and it seems as though you know where you want to go with them.
    For you latest Sp, I dont know what to say, it looks solid, but I would suggest push the values more. Make those darks stand out alot more, it makes it look alot more depth is in it. As for which direction to go with your lines, im not sure if there is a universal rule, but I would think as long as they compliment the shapes and form of the subject it really wouldnt matter.
    But your on the right track, keep up the studies and draw as much as you can.
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    the sp looks great. the hatching is good too, you're making good decisions there isn't one way to do it.a couple of things about value, 3 values in the light and 2 in the shade. also think about core the shadow as the form turns away from the light. the gestures are sweet, i'm envious, keep doing those. with the value studies, decide what your lightest and darkest values will be in the picture and then everything else is just in between. so in the towers you have three tones from the light of the paper to medium value. but you can get much darker. you can also try using softer pencil lead like 4-6B to get darker values.
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    First off, thanks for the comments guys.

    Second off: Woah, I didn't realize how long it's been since I posted last. I blame it on the fact that it takes over an hour to scan everything in and get it ready to post. heh. Anyways, here's what I have to offer.

    First off, three small acrylic paintings. Trying to get a better hold on acrylic. These are the most recent of my paintings, and by far the best, I feel like I'm getting a much better hang of it. One thing I'm not sure about is if it's best to do the lighter shades of monochrome paintings by thinning the paint with water, which pretty much makes it a watercolor (what I've been doing) or to mix white into the paint, which would give me practice with mixing at the simplest level.

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    Now a few people I've drawn from life. Some of these are turning out decent, but I also have days where everything I do is pretty much worthless.

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    Smudging on this one came from the opposite page. Kinda annoying.
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    I've also been going through some "show us your picture" threads on forums. And been doing quick sketches of the people. Not exactly great lighting but you get to draw alot of different people without having to search a whole bunch. A couple results of that.

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    A couple Bridgman, definently haven't been doing as much as I should.

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    Something done from my head that turned out okay. Well except for the shoes, arm length, and other stuff. haha.

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    And for good measure, one of the posemaniac pages I've done. I'm probably doing one of these every three days or so on average.

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    Overall I feel like I'm doing a bit better on value, but I know I really need to do some serious study. Hopefully I'll get to that this week.

    Feedback on any of my art would be appreciated.
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