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    JSpayde's Sketchbook - could use some advice

    CA is an inspiration to me to always keep working hard towards what I want to do with my life. Ever since I came to this website I've wanted to be an illustrator/concept artist.

    With that said, all my recent stuff is on the last page, so skip ahead!
    Feel free to give in some useful criticism too, I'm always learning!

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    Trying that Medusa again. I should probably spend more time drawing girls as she's looking pretty brutish. Couldn't even get the face right so I cheated and used a blindfold. Still going to work on this one in a bit.

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    Keep studying the form, do as you see, not as you presume you see.

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    yeh double what Retronym just said. Discipline gets you everywhere so maintain and keep studying. Figure anatomy is what you want first, the better you get at that the more your eyes will see. Try Andrew Loomis, Burne Hogarth or Jack Hamm books to lead you the way. Hogarths stuff is very stylised but his method is solid. Loomis can be long winded but he is the master! And Hamm is very calculated but he means well. Mix em up and you got a good set of teachers right there!

    Best of luck

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    Tried drawing a face last night, didn't really turn out too well. The lips kind of funny cause something spilled on my paper. Suggestions on this one would be great.

    P.S. Kudos if anyone can recognize who it is under all that creepiness.

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    Been hitting the woodshed. Just some stuff I did, got bored of the figure so looked up beetles.

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    And then I did this stuff last night/yesterday. I'm taking a Life Drawing class and a Life Drawing for Animation class at the same time which require daily sketches of "cafe drawings". I also got to draw a nude model for once in my life but nothing too detailed since they were under 2 minute sketches (max). Wish I could post those charcoals up. Anywho.

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    This is a good start. The basics are important, and you are working at them, which is great. How long did you spend on those cafe drawings? They looked rushed. If this is the case, did you have a time constraint on them? If not, why so rushed? Try to slow down on them, and really focus on what you are drawing. It can be really frustrating, but slowing down can really be a great learning experience. By slowing down we can't hide from the things that we don't know- we have to face them and find a solution. Of course, take it all with a grain of salt.

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    Sedig - They might seem rushed cause well, self consciously they were. My class assignment for the class is to do 10 drawings a day, 7 days a week. I just stopped drawing a figure when I felt like they were recognizable as people. I'll try and work a bit more on my next set of 10 though.

    More from today but nothing special. My professor has been teaching us to draw using cylinders and boxes. I'm okay with the cylinders, but I really stink with the boxes (might be over thinking the perspective). Anyone have tips for this method?

    Another problem maybe someone could address: I think I'm having trouble putting facial features on small faces.

    Anyways, I think I'm going to study arm anatomy when I get the chance and maybe partake in this week's CHOW (I feel like actually attempting to draw something and taking a break from the studies).

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    Ten drawings a day is a good exercise. Rushing is an easy thing to do when drawing, especially when we first start out. I just try to remember that I'm not really in any hurry at all. If a line isn't right, I'll try again, and again, and again. Mistakes are okay. Don't worry about it, just draw. If a drawing doesn't come out right, turn the page, do another one.


    Placing facial features on a small face is really the same thing as placing them on a big face. The only difference is size. Try working on bigger faces. Everything you learn practicing with them will still apply to the small faces. For now, it is a matter of more and more practice. Did the teacher give you a specific thing to draw each day or week? If not: instead of ten full figures, do ten faces tomorrow (though I guess it's today already). I'll bet you see improvement by the end, especially if you don't rush them.

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    Something I worked on last night and this morning. More scans of my homework to come in due time.

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    I've been drawing cylinder men and women for the past month now... I'm all cylindered out, but what my professor has taught me has been very helpful thus far. 10 gestures a day/page, 7 pages per week.

    Note to self: Never take 4 studio classes + 2 GE classes again.

    I know they're not too interesting but maybe someone could give insight on where I should go after the cylinders? Given that I can't spend ALL day drawing and observing, as much as I should.

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    Well, if you still want to work ont he figure, and you can't work from life, I'm gonna recommend posemaniacs. It's the best I've found so far. Just google it. The thirty second pose function is good fun.

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