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    Hey. If you've visited Threadless or followed the t-shirt community at all then you've probably already seen some of my designy stuff. My actual art, though, completely sucks. I'm trying to improve.

    Sketches go here.

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    Okay well for starters your art does not suck. It's cool you want to improve but there's no point putting yourself down. The second and last pics aren't as up to par with your face sketches (which I'm loving by the way), to me it looks like you're drawing precisely from the eye when it comes to portraits but you need to look into CONSTRUCTION when it comes to cartoons, since you've not got an exact reference sitting in front of you.

    (That's just me assuming that your portraits were done with a reference at hand)

    Another thing is that these pictures are all of males. You should show us some drawings of your understanding on female anatomy too. I tend to draw a lot of males in my cartoons etc because of the whole *big bad ass action hero* concept, but that's caused my drawings of women to falter and I need to practice it more. Try to keep your topics of your pics balanced out to male, female, one ethnicity, another ethnicity, human, 'animal', fictional, non-fictional, living and non-living organisms, buildings etc, etc. Dabble in EVERYTHING.

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    Cheers, man. I'll keep that in mind. Apart from the ones you mentioned, most of the drawings here are from reference (apart from the naked tablet dude, obviously). I do draw a lot without reference, but I didn't upload anything serious. I'll try and dig something out and post it later.

    When using reference I don't draw 'straight by eye'. I use it as a guideline to inform my normal construction process.

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    I just wanted to chime in and agree with BlightedArt in that I don't think your art sucks! In fact, you're a lot better than me, so I can't offer you much criticism. The face of the second to last one looks sort of weird, but I can't even tell you what exactly is off (the nose?). Otherwise, these all look like pure awesome to me.

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    Yeah, the face on the last one has been bothering me a bit. I think it's a combination of the nose and the position of the eyes. Thanks for spotting that!

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    ELLOE, it is not often that I run into another Designer here.

    I'm an Illustrative Graphic Designer. What's your profession?

    But anyways, you've got a great eye for positive and negative space. My only suggestion is to draw a lot on paper (if you don't already) and to move away from charicatures and work on full body stuff. Also try perspective drawings of people...They're messed but they help your thought process so much.

    Neways. hope to see ya round. cheerio

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    Thanks for the comments. Yeah, I fully intend to get stuck into some figure studies. It's definitely my weak point.

    As for my profession, I don't technically have one. I'm in my final year of a literature degree, but I do a lot of freelance design (typically tee designs) in my spare time. I've worked with some pretty famous bands and at the moment I'm creating some exclusive stuff for urban outfitters. I didn't really plan on getting in to the industry, but my business has gotten to the point where it seems stupid not to. I guess that's the point of this thread - if I'm going to make a career out of design and illustration I'd at least like to be fairly confident in my own ability. So, back to the drawing board, then.

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    Doodling without reference, practicing facial construction in a number of styles.

    Bought book on anatomy. Will start studying this week.

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    love the ear mouse headphones idea. do you have some stickers, or t-shirts of that?
    very creative sketches.

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    Excellent portraits.

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    Thanks for the comments. I'm working on some tees, yes.

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    whoa this stuff is awesome! i really wanna see more

    btw, i think one of my friends owns a shirt that you did
    Incessant Doodlings of a Wandering Mind (my sketchbook)
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    "Only the mediocre are always at their best."-Jean Giraudoux

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    how the hell does your art suck? simply awsum, want to see more, buy one of your t-shirts.....KEEP IT UP!

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    Cool stuff, that last one is especially crazy haha

    Its tripping me out

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