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    An ametures attempt at improvement (hopefully)(Critiques Welcome)

    Well, hello guys. I'm 14 and i want to become what people consider good by the time I'm about to turn 16. So, I wanna put up a sketchbooks with hope that you guys can guide/critique me, to make me better. I only have two image up so far...anatomy studies.

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    Good start, I wish I had been doing anatomy studies when I was fourteen! If you keep at it, keep posting and getting advice and Im sure you'll see huge improvement within the next two years. (these are already very commendable by the way, I have seen 19/20 year olds who couldnt draw an anatomy study that well)

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    good start there! keep on studying that anatomy! do gestures too! get the feel of form!


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    Thanks for your kind words guys! Hopefully I can show as much improvement as MindCandyMan.

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    Cool Todays Sketches

    Here are sketches I've been doing for the past hour. Thanks to Andrew Loomis's book of course.

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    hey welcome to sb section!
    those studies are cool, I like your lines,,,, but check out proportions...
    the last one in the first post has the arms too long

    cheers and keep studying and showing us.
    pd. are you 15 or 16?, or 14? didnt understand completely

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    What does pd. mean? I'm 14. Thanks for the critiques.

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    I think he meant P.S.

    Anyways, you started off way better than I did one year ago (It was indeed one year ago when I started, and I was 14). You'll notice improvement in only a few months of time already, and about after a year I think you'll already get the basic hang of it, and all that jazz. I'm 15 now and still practicing that damned anatomy, but I can see it is a lot better than when I started. It is still rubbish what I do though, and I believe you'll be a lot better soon. Just keep on practicing that anatomy from your books, get some inspiration, and good luck!

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    You do have a nice start going. The muscle study sketches are really really nice however the sketches of the eyes are a bit flat and somewhat cartoony. I think if you did more studies of the eyes and practiced a bit with shading and blending they would improve.

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    Morthrong Eterech:
    - Hang of it after a year? Hopefully I can shorten that, so I get the hang of it after a few months.

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    - Thanks, I didn't even notice.

    Sorry, no sketches today. >.>

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    wow 14 and your doing some damn fine studies. Keep up the great work and draw draw draw.

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    Hang of anatomy after a few months?? A year would be nice. You never know everything there is to know about anatomy, its not a matter of drawing a few torsos then saying you are done with them. Its something you always come back to. If you want to put what you've learned into practice you should do figure drawings from your head as well as anatomy. It allows you over a period of time to see how much you have learnt. Also, if you want to build up a library of poses in your head its a good idea to use reference. character design has some great photosets as well as this japanese site posemaniacs..

    As for what you have done so far, the arms have been a little too thick and the legs could do with more length. The middle point in the body the crotch, this means that the torso and the head, is around the same lenght as the legs , so the legs are much longer than the torso.

    To improve rendering there is nothing better than drawing from life, you can draw anything from yourself in a mirror, family members,, or just your toaster, it will all help you learn how light falls on different surfaces and many other things. Don't worry if your potraits don't resemble who they are meant to at first as you will improve with practice, that is, if you draw.

    There is plenty more I could write, (as these are all things I should work on), but don't worry about it if it sounds like a lot of work, as you have a lot of time. Now I'm 14 also, and I know that as a 14 year old, you get plenty of free time. I recommend trying to get yourself to update daily, or every couple of days. If you want, try doing studies in the morning and drawing from your head in the afternoon. I know I have suggested a lot of things to work on but don't overwhelm yourself. If everyday you just do one thing, like draw from life/reference, or do some anatomy, in a few weeks you will already notice improvement.

    Most importantly, draw because you love to draw. Try not to see it as a chore or a boring subject. I used to slack off and draw something every few weeks and to be honest I wasn't improving at all. This site has helped me find focus and now I'm fairly certain this is what I want to do as a carrer. So now that you have finished reading this go draw my friend and listen to all thos who try to help you on this site. Cya around.

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    your anatomy studies are good so far.
    If you dont like the idea of just drawing anatomy over and over then spice it up a bit. Thats what I do, everytime i draw a character I start with basicly an anatomy study. I start with just a basic skeleton, kinda like a stick figure to get the pose of the character. Then i do the anatomy of the whole body, all the muscles, everything. Then after that I add the clothing over top and personalize the character into whatever im drawing. I usually end up erasing most of the anatomy because its covered by the clothing of the character. It takes a lot longer then just drawing the character whole form the beginning but i get the anatomy practice I need while im having fun. And it pays off.

    Some other tips you might benefit from is just rules on proportions,
    for example: the face, the distance between your eyes is the width of an eye,( basicly you can fit another eye between your two eyes)
    From your eyebrow to the bottom of your nose is the length of your ear.
    The width of your nose is the distance between your eyes.
    Those are just a couple that might help you.

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    spazazo:
    Thanks a lot for the website/critiques! My friend got the hang of anatomy after a few months, (He drew 5-7 hours a day or more, but...) so I figure I'd be able to replicate his success.

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    Thanks for the advice! Proportions is a new thing to me o.o. I'ma need to study up on that too.

    Some more sketches with help from the Andrew Loomis book. Only 3 hours of drawing so far . I need to try to fit another 2 hours in there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Lee View Post
    What does pd. mean? I'm 14. Thanks for the critiques.
    uhm sorry, im not an english speaker,,, but in spanish pd means "post data" witch is not a spanish phrase,,, it seems that is latin you use pd,,, when you forgot to say something in your letter and you add it in the finish adding a pd...

    sorry about my bad english,, I hope you understand

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    dang! you're gonna be good! just keep up the studies. like toastertoaster said, also do gestures! they're also very helpful. some people draw amazing anatomy, but their figures still look stiff a nd lifeless because there's no movement

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    Uber bump. Feel no need to start a new thread, so I"ll just use this one. I'll only upload my digital drawings. Haven't really improved all that much, but I'm back into my drawing groove. But I am still bad at drawing portraits and figures, so I'm gonna be practicing that non-stop.

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    wow can see the improvement already, in comparison to ur first few posts... goodjob hang in there... shows u been improving over the years.

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    Thanks! Here is todays batch of sketches. Did strictly women and hands today, since I seem to be lacking in both departments a lot.

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    Hi! I see much improvement from your last posts! Keep it up! Your eye studies are looking very good and so are the lips. Try get some head proportion studies in there too, so it can balance everything out. Like said before, try and do gestures! They really help with stiffness and helps you stay loose. Good luck!

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    I see a lot of potential from you, and I don't have anything else to say since everyone else has said it already.

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