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    Be my Hero... Help me get better

    Thanks for stopping by my sketchbook!!!

    There are so may inspiring artists here and everyone seems willing to help each other out, hopefully this will be a good way for me to improve my artistic skills.

    I'm just starting to learn to draw, and I'm not sure how best to learn. I've been mainly working from Loomis' books and just got Bridgman's Constructive Anatomy to start to learn from. I've already seen some improvement in my drawing, but I still struggle so much.

    Anyhow... crits and comments welcome. And any advice or direction you can give me would be hugely appreciated.

    -enough jabber... presenting some of my works:

    -the girls are from reference pics I found on the web, 30 - 60 mins
    -the smaller faces were from a magazine, 10-20 mins each
    -the woman's face is copied from a Loomis drawing - 1 hr
    - the hand is mine, 30 mis


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    Here's some sketches from Loomis...
    Please take a look at my sketchbook

    I'm just a beginner, but I'm trying desperately to get better.

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    Like I said in my first post... I'm just starting to learn to draw.

    If you have any suggestions to help me in my journey, like things I should focus on, please let me know.
    Please take a look at my sketchbook

    I'm just a beginner, but I'm trying desperately to get better.

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    Welcome to zee boards

    Well good start, I see your already looking up Loomis and Bridgeman
    Loomis is a great spot to start, I'm not sure if your just looking at his figure drawing book or some of his other stuff

    If you havent yet checked out his book on Heads and Hand
    I would do that, it will help your heads/faces

    Theres a link to some of his books here:
    http://www.fineart.sk/index.php?cat=1




    Good luck, and keep drawing

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    Ok, Ill through out my 2 cents. I guess I would suggest studying up on anatomy. There are various books out there on the net. The Loomis drawing you did is pretty well done. Im pretty inexperienced myself, but my best suggestion for improving is to study up your anatomy and to just keep on drawing.

    ~IRON

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    Thanks for the kind welcome!

    I have all of the 6 Loomis books I could find, and I've dabbled a bit in each, but I've definitely spent more time in his figure drawing book.

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    One mannequin in perspective... copied
    One mannequin from memory, and two made up
    One mannequin with simplified muscles copied
    Please take a look at my sketchbook

    I'm just a beginner, but I'm trying desperately to get better.

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    Here are my eyes and some other objects I sketched from life.
    Please take a look at my sketchbook

    I'm just a beginner, but I'm trying desperately to get better.

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    Copies from magazines and some studies from Loomis
    Please take a look at my sketchbook

    I'm just a beginner, but I'm trying desperately to get better.

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    Here's a an idea I had. I tried to draw it larger earlier, and made the figure too static. I'm going to trash it and start again. I kind of like the thumbnail, though, so I'd like to flesh out the idea.
    Last edited by TimV; July 31st, 2008 at 09:04 PM.
    Please take a look at my sketchbook

    I'm just a beginner, but I'm trying desperately to get better.

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    You're on the right path (unlike me). You will get better. xD
    My Boring Sketchbook of Invisible Doom
    There's really nothing to see here yet.
    Progress is a difficult thing

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    nice start all i can say is keep studying and draw every day it's really the only way i know to improve

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    If you want to learn anatomy and construction I have to recommend "The Structure of man" Totally awesome set for learning the rules governing the human body. I think it helped me alot more than the loomis studies since it actually contained a system to help me memorise the anatomy.

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    I'll have to look into that. $45 for a 5 DVD set doesn't look too bad.
    Please take a look at my sketchbook

    I'm just a beginner, but I'm trying desperately to get better.

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    If you're studying Loomis and Bridgman then you're on the right track.

    Just make sure you can understand clearly what your reproducing. Don't just copy for the sake of copying. Analyze and make careful observations about what you're reproducing. What I mean by that is: If you say, draw the structural elements of the human face from a center-right perspective, could you then take the information from that and then do a center left perspective rendering of the human face without referring back to Loomis or Bridgman? What you need to be picking up from these books is not necessarily how something looks in a certain condition or pose, but instead develop and understanding of the shapes/proportions and volumes so that you can reproduce them from any angle. Making this distinction is the difference between progress and spinning your wheels in the mud. Your objective as an artist (or at least what you're supposed to be getting out of those drawing books) is an understanding of form, not simply a reproduction of form.

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