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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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    Thanks for sticking around Sedig. Yeah, sometimes if I'm pressed for time and need something to "life draw" I use Posemaniacs; I guess I should stop cylinder drawing and add flesh now.

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    Ogre

    Started off with the idea of an Ogre but I wanted to add an element of a bear in there. Just a bored idea I had.

    Update: Took it to the critique area for some advice. Feel a little bit better with the new version but it still stinks.

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    I dig his boots. I'd wear them if I could get away with it.

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    keep drawing and going to life drawing, you're getting there. Drawing cylinders is really good for form and structure, keep doing them for warm up and then start adding muscles/bone. You could try doing stickfigure types for gesture and then using circles or boxes instead of the cylinders.

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    Got my first tablet! Really excited, had to use it immediately. My first digital painting of a simple apple.

    Still relatively new to photoshop but now I have a good excuse to use it. Thanks to everyone suggesting I do more life studies, I'm hoping sometime within the next few weeks I'll have the chance to really do some good studies.

    P.S. Anyone ever find the models in figure drawing classes cute?

    Edit: And a result #1 of following "Concept Art 101: Still Life to Imagination".

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    Nice progression from the pictures in your first post to your last few. In a very short time. Keep that momentum.

    After cylinders you could try boxes as well as combining boxes and cylinders and spheres withing the figure. Contour drawing is also always useful.

    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

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    If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you could look through Mentler's thread. He has his own way of constructing the body, and it produces some really great stuff.

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    Still having too much fun with the new tablet, it's like an addiction.

    1. Random doodling
    2. Random painting that will ultimately go nowhere (like the idea though)

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    Don't worry, this is a good addiction. Also- why does the painting have to go nowhere? If you like the idea, go for it. You have nothing to lose.

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    Hey J, keep at it dude, none produces a masterpiece everytime, and your def on the right tracks. keep posting ;-)

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    I didn't have any idea as to what to try drawing during my free time so I just did some random thumbnails through copy/pasting blobs. They look cool to me but I don't think I'm anywhere near the level of turning a thumbnail into a full size concept drawing. Wish I was but I wouldn't know where to start studying in order to draw these things.

    I did make an attempt to do the top right one but the humanoid in the middle (can you see that?) just looks wrong and I'm embarrassed to post it. Does anyone have some good resources on getting started illustrating from your imagination? The fine art studies are dandy, but I don't know how I can make robots from stuff like that.

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    Just about everything that you learn in your fine arts studies applies to work from imagination--all the rules are the same. The ideas just have to come from your head. If you are looking for help with turning things into robots, I suggest studying mechanical objects, engines, pulleys, actual robots. All of this stuff will get the gears turning, so to speak. Draw what you want to learn to draw from your imagination.

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    Sketchbook assignments... I think I'm actually liking this

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    Small sketchbook

    Couple of pages out of my small sketchbook of anything I want (my life drawing teacher wants nothing but figures so...)

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    Self portrait and owly fun

    Haven't updated in a while, been busy with wrapping up the semester. Hopefully I'll have some shots of my paintings later.

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    Lot has happened

    Liking this

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    Crappy scans

    Studying more these days

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