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    sfa's sketchbook

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    Anyway, here are some figure drawings to start. All short poses up to 15 minutes long. Things are finally starting to click. I may not be getting better but I'm certainly getting faster.

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    Not bad! It's a nice start to a new sketchbook.

    I love those figures!

    I'll be a hypocrite for saying this, but draw whenever you have the chance.

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    I'm taking my first steps into oil painting too, starting off with value only studies. They're pretty bad, I know. Go ahead and laugh. It's OK, cause I'm grinning right along with you! I hope to someday produce an oil painting that looks like an actual person. Getting closer!

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    Some charcoal renderings I did over at LAAFA for their head drawing class.

    The last head was finessed by my teacher, Rick Morris. I got most of the lay-in and shading done but as you can see the devil is in the details. Woah. He's a fantastic artist and instructor. Learning a ton from him.

    That's it for now. I'll try to update this thing weekly.

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    You got some very good drawings there. You are very good at drawing the figure. Very good at the different portraits. Honestly I wish i could draw people like that.

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    Hi there! You got some nice stuff in there man , it recalls me a little Kchen's style , at figure drawing I mean. I like a lot the domain you have on forms, it's really impressive, 4 stars from me, I'll be cheking ya

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    drd - Thanks, I try my best to fit in time to draw whenever I possibly can.
    Icedearth15876 - Thank you. Keep drawing, it's a skill that can be learned and improved with constant practice. Anyone can do this.
    Suira - Thanks. Funny that you mention that. I learned under a former student of Kevin's last semester and actually am learning from Mr. Chen himself at the moment. Amazing instructor. I hope I'm putting his teachings to good use.

    Here are some figure drawings, an oil painting, and a head drawing I made this week. All from life. Thanks for looking.

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    hey really really nice art! i love your study of light. ur work on proportions is also neat. it will help me alot too.

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    kasblue - Thanks! Glad I could help in some way.

    Another week, another art dump. Painting's getting easier. I'm going to try color soon so I can stay interested and continue to be challenged, although I have enough trouble with value as it is.

    Thanks for looking.

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    Great figure work - I especially like those quicker shorter poses. On some of them, they seem just a hair too short in the legs - from the waist down I want to stretch just a couple of them to make them longer visually.

    Is your instructor having you guys shoot for an eight-head-high ideal when you do your figure work? Just curious...keep up the good work!

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    madhatter106 - Thanks for the crit. I'll keep that in mind. Yeah, my instructors want us to shoot for the eight-head ideal, although for longer poses we're encouraged to adjust for what we actually see we since we have the time to do so.

    I said I was going to try color and here it is. I used the Zorn palette to start things off with. It was quite challenging to work with both color temperature and values but also very fun. I don't think I'll be going back to a monochromatic palette any time soon. I received a ton of help and direction with this one from Charles Hu (hufigure).

    Also, here's another long pose head drawing. There's something off about it. I feel like her right eye is placed a bit too high and that's throwing off the proportions of the rest of the face. Hm. I'll post this drawing anyway to remind myself to look for flubs like that later.

    Thanks for looking.

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    Looking good! Keep posting!

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    You're right about the eye on that portrait; other than that, It's not bad. Try getting the shapes down perfectly before shading them in, it saves you grief in the long-run.

    Still love those figure-studies, especially the quicker-looking ones. Great energy.

    Keep chugging!

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    Eurayo - Thanks, will do!
    drd - Thanks for the feedback. I was trying to nail the proportions for about an hour and a half (and her head kept shrinking with every sitting, haha)! I was running out of time though and wanted to finish it, so I decided to just hope for the best and start laying down values, but of course, as we all know, you can't polish a turd!

    Here are my figure drawings for the week including some that were just 30 seconds long! Holy crap. We had only enough time to lay down a skeleton of the figure before we moved onto the next pose. Both the model and the students had a blast though.

    Going to try to do more quick head studies from here on out. Haven't done these in a while and boy it shows.

    Thanks for looking!

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    good sense of volume
    the next thing to improve could be your general line quality but also that is pretty good

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    WOW good portraits! My advice is that you need to work more on ear form of the human don't plaster up too much the shadows! I like your drawings, ill keep an eye on your SB! KEEP GOING!

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    satori - Thanks for the crit! I've been mindful of this lately and have been trying to do less searching when I put down lines.
    clanlord -Thanks! You're right - I tend to muss up or just generally ignore the ears. I'll give more attention to them in the future.

    It's been one of those weeks. Still working through the limited palette and painting practices in general. Mistakes galore, but your own screw-ups are often the best teachers, so I don't mind making them. Or sharing them, obviously. =)

    School for this quarter is winding down in a couple of weeks, which I'm kind of glad for. It's not that I'm not enjoying class - I am - I've just taken on more than I can chew and not giving myself enough time to do proper studies or even doodle in my (physical) sketchbook. I'd like to start doing master copies and still life paintings at home, where I can take my time to learn and not have to be rushed to finish everything in a single three-hour session.

    Thanks for checking in!

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    Wow! You're one of the fews that can draw such a good portraits! I like them a lot and want to see some man portraits too! You are advancing very fast, KEEP IT UP!

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    I am very impressed. Can't wait to see more.

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    Lakka - Thanks!
    Clanlord - Thanks! I'll try to draw more portraits of dudes in the future.

    I haven't updated this in a few weeks. Oops. It's not that I've been idle; it's just been hard to find the time to properly scan and/or take photographs of my studies.

    Anyway, here's an update. I started classes at the Watts Atelier down here a couple of weekends back. Great folks, both the instructors and the students. The quality of art being produced here is pretty staggering. I'm still trying to get used to their style.

    The last image is a master copy I did at a museum in San Diego when I had a few hours to kill. It's of Jusepe de Ribera's "The Penitent Magdalene". I wish they allowed charcoal to be used in museums because graphite takes forever to lay down tone with. I understand why it's forbidden though.

    Thanks for looking.

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    You made a very nice improvement since last time I was here! It's amazing, your figure drawing is getting better and better , keep it that way !

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    Suira - Thanks for the kind words!

    More studies. Looking them over, I realize that my figure quick sketches are suffering - probably because I only practice these once a week now as opposed to as many as four times a week last quarter. Time to step it up.

    Head studies are getting better though. I'll tackle one from my imagination soon to test if I know what I think I know.

    The last two images are master copies. The first is a Jean-François Millet copy I did at the Getty a couple weeks back - and it's kind of embarassing because the placement of the features are way off. She's supposed to be a young lady but I made her look like a spinster. Yeeesh. I'll go back and give it another shot. The second is an unfinished master copy after Zhaoming Wu. This one turned out much better.

    Thanks for looking, even though these are only studies.

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    Very nice studies. Its crazy how much you have improved on such a small amount of paper, great work!

    Some good tips you maybe heard of before, but just in case you haven´t.
    A good one (and quite obvious one) is to slow down when you´r sketching the proportions. Its very important, especially for a young artist.
    Another one I really like is using a mirror. It really helps you finding the errors you would´t see normally. And its very easy.

    Just my 2 cents. Hope to see some more!

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    chrishly - Thanks for the great advice! I'll be sure to shop around for a pocket mirror.

    Studies for the week. I'm dabbling in watercolor for a sketching class I'm taking over at LAAFA. It's fun but relatively chaotic compared to oils. I really enjoy it though - its inherent qualities encourage me to be stay loose.

    Thanks for looking.

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    I gotta say there are a lot of great pieces in here. Your gesture drawings are a ton of fun to study. My favorite is the profile of the child in post #23, probably because you do a better job of finding and losing edges. While I enjoy your construction approach to life drawing I find that its a bit too 'blocky'. The shadows edges are often a little too hard imo. Looking forward to more! I hope you post the water colors you've been working on!

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    AMAZING portraits! Would be interesting to see some imaginative work to!
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    great studies.
    keep it up.
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    Some great stuff going on in this sketchbook, I really like the watercolor portrait. I was wondering what your process is for working with watercolor, and if you have any advice on the matter, I've made some limited ventures in the medium but it's hard to know where to start sometimes. Keep it up.

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    good studies. The way some shadows quickly go very dark bothers me in some pictures. I don't know if it actually looked like that but i thought it would be good to tell you to be weary of it.

    keep this updated. i'd like to see more

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