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    Dread_Reaper's Book of Darkness and Stuff

    Well, I think it is finally time I make a sketchbook. Stay awhile, look around, and please leave your comments! Thanks everybody! Long live CA

    -Dread_Reaper

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    A little something I whipped up in about 30. I think she's cute!

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    Just some sketches I made. Anatomy will be my primary concern, I think, for now.

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    With reference. Thoughts?

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    More.

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    Well great, am the first person to comment
    anyways everything is looking good so far but i would have two advices, one is that i think you should first start drawing on paper (its easier) and the go to the tablet and the other advice is that you should try to loosen up more, which is hard to do with a tablet, so try drawing with your hand not wrist, it helps, and try to do more confident lines
    and yes continue the anatomy studies they only do you good.
    By the way i am no expert so am just saying what i think that might not necessarily be the best of advice

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    more. please critique please.

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    I need some help with this one. I am following my references, but I can't get any good critiques. Please help!

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    Hey Dread, curious to hear what you thought on the private messages I sent ya. The main suggestions I can give would be to draw from life as much as possible. Do still life's, people, anything. Try to do quick to long studies. Practice using different mediums as well, from digital, pen,pencil, to whatever you feel comfortable. Also invest time in your fundamentals of Anatomy, perspective, and form. Draw as much as you can, all the time. The most important thing is have fun and enjoy it. I'll watch your progress.


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    You say you're following reference? Is it photo ref? Get thee to life drawing. They're inexpensive and all over the valley. If you need locations let me know, i have a pretty long list of times and places. Good luck!

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    Hi Dread_Reaper,

    Followed you here from another thread, and decided to open my mouth because there aren't many crits here yet. You've got some good stuff going here in terms of shading and linework.

    I think your biggest hurdle right now is training yourself to draw what you see, and not what you think you see. Before I come off sounding too pedantic, let me explain (even if this is stuff you're already aware of, it's something that all artists need to be reminded of now and then!): the human brain loves to take shortcuts. It loves to simplify things into symbols and shapes to make life easier.

    When we first learn to start drawing, we start drawing these shortcuts without realizing it. Take a child's drawing as an example: children will usually show the arms sticking straight out of the body, skipping the shoulders. They look at a person and think "the arms come out of a body" and draw that without thinking about what the attachment actually looks like. Another example is eyelashes. Many people draw eyelashes as a bunch of little sticks because that's how we think of eyelashes -- individual hairs sticking out of an eyelid. When we look at an actual eye, however, we see that the hairs clump together and form an overall shape that looks nothing like the cartoonish sticks of hair we may have been drawing.

    Obviously, you're at a much more advanced level than this, so these examples are too simple for your work, but I do see some shortcuts happening in your work.

    For example, look at the abdominal muscles in your latest pic and compare it to a photo of a sixpack. What you've drawn has a tidy oval shape, with perpendicular lines slicing it into neat sections with even depth. Now, look very closely at a photo of a sixpack. You'll notice that the overall shape of the abdominal muscles is not a perfect oval. (While this varies from person to person, many people have a slight violin shape to their abdominal area.) Also, the different ab muscles have different shapes and depths. Some areas of them appear to flow into different parts of the torso rather than being a distinct shape, while others seem to stand alone on their own.

    One way to break this habit is to draw your reference photo upside down first, because that can throw off your brain and shake up its short cuts. It can be really hard at first, but it will train your eye to see things as they actually are and not as your brain thinks they are.

    Another is to take something like Bridgman's anatomy and study it, trying to find the end points and overlaps of each muscle, tendon, etc. on different reference photos. Your brain will start to piece together how these puzzle pieces fit together to form a human, so there will be less room for shortcuts.

    Sorry to ramble on here -- I'm still working at retraining my brain myself, and it's the biggest hurdle any artist has to overcome when learning to draw from reference. I hope that helps a bit...you've got a ton of potential here and I really look forward to seeing your work continue to grow!

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    There I am!!! You did some nice studies yet, with some more practice this could become really good. I have to agree with the person above: Have a closer look at things how they really are and once you're experienced enough with drawing realistic objects, you can give them your own touch!!! Also try to avoid that hard outlines, it's fine if you draw comic style, but on realistic drawings after a reference it destroys all the fine grayscale shadings you have worked out, cause it dominates the whole figure.

    I will have an eye on this, wiating for some new stuff!!!


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    HO-LEE $#!+

    I cannot believe its been this long since I've updated this thing! I have really spend about the last year just doing studies, but didn't have a scanner so I haven't posted anything. Finally got a new one, so I figured it would be a good idea to start posting again.

    Here is a self portrait I did in like an hour or two yesterday. Let me know what you think!



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    And another piece I did today! I'm so happy I have my scanner back!

    So what say you CA?

    -Dread_Reaper

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    I say since you're working on drawing right now, you should start with simpler shapes. I know it's really boring, but trust me, in the long run, you will be so glad you did them.

    Start with geoforms (cube, pyramid, cylinder, cone, sphere in that order). Practice drawing them in perspective, first from life then from imagination. Trust me, it's harder than you think. I've only recently starting keeping perspective in mind when drawing and if you start with that habit from the beginning, you will get better a lot quicker. Go buy the Villpu Drawing Manual, it will help you TONS. Read it and practice everything he says.

    Also, the nicolaides' natural way to draw should be good, because it relies heavily on life drawing. I haven't read it myself, but if you're just starting out, I think it's the perfect book for you.

    By the way, thanks for critting my girl! Cheers.

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    You've definetely improved a great deal over this year. My tip to you judging from your post in the speedpainting thread would be to try and tighten up your lines. Don't let them be so blurry.

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