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    Cshinn's Sketchpad

    I'll be updating as soon as I can. I also do a daily update on Blogger, but I think this is more for not only studies, but more indepth ideas or revisited ones or at least WIP-WIP's.

    Here are some to start with. Enjoy the look and helpful advice will be great. I will also post a bit about the pic whether or not I'm satisfied and will go on to the next step, or most likely, what I'm not happy with.

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    "I like doing stuff that interests me. What is it? Just anything that is new and different to old and traditional. There has to be an interesting aspect to things, but not same old run of the mill. There, I've told you everything, and it denotes nothing. Basically, give it a try. Give it a go. At least once. You know you want to. "

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    I am quite pleased that I can draw decently when tired.

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    "I like doing stuff that interests me. What is it? Just anything that is new and different to old and traditional. There has to be an interesting aspect to things, but not same old run of the mill. There, I've told you everything, and it denotes nothing. Basically, give it a try. Give it a go. At least once. You know you want to. "

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    Sometimes I like to see how my studies combine together. So far I'm pleased with the progress...

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    "I like doing stuff that interests me. What is it? Just anything that is new and different to old and traditional. There has to be an interesting aspect to things, but not same old run of the mill. There, I've told you everything, and it denotes nothing. Basically, give it a try. Give it a go. At least once. You know you want to. "

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    pretty good !
    i like the simple lines , unlike mine where i go over the same line like 5 times XD.
    the style is great to and the variety in facial expressions and features.

    The only thing i can so right now is work on more realistic faces just for studying.

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    Thanks! I tried to thank you on the posts, but it didn't work

    Anyways, give it time. I read your sketchbook and you're only 14. That's good that you've been able to implement what you have so far. Just do a lot of reference and keep drawing. It WILL come together and you will be more confident in your strokes to get what you want.

    One person suggested to me you work on one body part at a time, drawing different ones over and over and to REALLY SEE how things FIT together. Don't go for quantity, or else you will be mechanically pushing for a number. However, just go until you are done with it that day.

    "I like doing stuff that interests me. What is it? Just anything that is new and different to old and traditional. There has to be an interesting aspect to things, but not same old run of the mill. There, I've told you everything, and it denotes nothing. Basically, give it a try. Give it a go. At least once. You know you want to. "

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    Oh man, I've been either fighting flu this week or some unexplainable fatigue. However, I've put stuff together that I think looks nice, or at least seems like it's coming together. I've been experimenting with cartoony stuff to kind of take the anatomy and simplify it.

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    Sketching body parts and doing figures to see if my work paid off....

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    yea you really are improving =) i'm enjoying some of the subtle line work around the mouth area it seems like thats your strongest area. another strength of yours is being able to feel confident putting line down, your very conservative and clean. I'd like to see some anatomy studies from you: gesture drawings, face, hands etc your work is very appealing and stylish now push it to the next level =)

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    Hey brotha time for some constructive healthy crit/grit, I mean I say it like this cause I would expect any serious artist to want to improve.. and they do that by getting feed back by other artist and constantly keeping an eye out on their own mistakes.. Be observant my friend. and so, here we go....



    Check it, You need to work on Anatomy and facial features. I suggest drawing from life and taking up a local life drawing class. There is a vast library of people and objects to draw from any where, weather the source be Internet, books, airport, public parks, other professional artists/masters that are already kicking some arse. Point being you can learn from everything around you and in front of you. An artist can be said to be extremly visual and observant, they learn by fellow artists and by simply doing. The good artist do not just draw in one style...they observe many styles and by doing so they create their own style...this is what makes an artist IMO. Not by mimicking a style.


    Get out the books amigo and get err done. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck. Know that their is no short cut to success especially when it comes to being a great artist. Keep it up and stick with it and you will earn yourself plenty of skill sets to do what you want.

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    Hey I know what you mean. I took my flatbook to the GDC and had experts rip it apart. It's good to have that done But lately, I've been slogging not necessarily by lack of desire, but by just a bit of health issues.

    Basically, I'm suprised at how seasonal allergies mess me up here, and even though I take medication, I still feel pretty crappy. I range from headaches all over the head to dizziness to face pain. I'm going ultra marine here, and working through it and toughing it out, but there are times I just feel so terrible physically I need to not work that day. I hate missing drawing because I hate missing out on learning. Seems like there is all in the world to draw and it's honestly pissing me off, cuz I like learning.

    Any suggestions? I've tried pescription meds, massage, over-the-counter, and herbalists, etc. Got any other ideas? I guess I could go to the specialist but I haven't gotten any luck with docs. I wonder if you have an idea of home remedies, anyone.

    I thought it may sound stupid, but I've been finding more and more people getting incapacitated by this crap, and it's not a simple thing of popping a couple of pills to stop it.

    "I like doing stuff that interests me. What is it? Just anything that is new and different to old and traditional. There has to be an interesting aspect to things, but not same old run of the mill. There, I've told you everything, and it denotes nothing. Basically, give it a try. Give it a go. At least once. You know you want to. "

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    Shinn,

    I would suggest not concentrating on drawing "parts." This is what we begin to do as children, and it messes up our ability to see the "whole picture" when drawing.

    Try to get a feel for the overall figure, or subject, or whatever you are drawing and put in details later. Worrying about the way a mouth looks is like worrying about putting dabs of icing around the edges of an unfinished cake. You can always look at reference when adding details to your finished drawings--but by learning mouths before you learn heads, you're putting the cart before the horse.

    The head does deserve separate attention from the body, but you should always think about it as it relates to the body.

    Try to capture the whole figure first, and fill in the details later.

    Just a suggestion to get you started. Good luck.

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    This is what I generally do, I draw a thumbnail gesture on the left hand, and then draw the whole figure. I don't work out all the details first, but let them happen as I draw them to a bigger scale. The thumbnail helps me throw the lines down before I do it big, sort of a blueprint. That's cut down on the amount of going off the page for a drawing that's too big.

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    Wonderful update, the line quality is clean and you really did improve on placement and putting a full body on paper. i like the anatomy of the hand and her arm. Her proportions as a whole is very spot on. some nit picks on anatomy stuff with her hips but that kind of improvement comes in due time. as for considering balance, to find out if the character has balance or not you draw a straight vertical line from the middle of her clavicle to the ground. If the line hits the heel of her weight baring foot than she is balanced.

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    Some "HELPFUL" crit for ya amigo.

    Your last update is decent but you have a long ways to go. I suggest drawing in a clear line of action so your poses and figures do not seem bent and falling over (Her balance is off) give her equal distribution of weight to correct this. I also see some anatomical errors in her legs I suggest either using a bit of reference and learning correct knee position. It would also help if I knew what style your going for? Right now I see borderline Manga and I am not sure if this is what you wish to accomplish but if not do some gesture drawings and
    life drawing to correct this problem, if it is a problem.

    You have confidence in your lines, now you just need to give them rhythm and much needed form. You can accomplish this by drawing shapes and working with French curves a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ResidentSamurai357 View Post
    Your last update is decent but you have a long ways to go. I suggest drawing in a clear line of action so your poses and figures do not seem bent and falling over (Her balance is off) give her equal distribution of weight to correct this. I also see some anatomical errors in her legs I suggest either using a bit of reference and learning correct knee position.
    Well that's why I've been focusing on individual body parts as well as general gesture. When I took around my portfolio at GDC, one of the Art Leads recommended for my anatomy brush-up and improvement is that Todd McFarland would draw individual body parts for a month: hands, for example, then feet, then he would cover the whole body. I haven't gotten any issues with gesture, but more of general anatomy. What I find great about studying each part, is that you really SEE how everything fits and sets in terms to weight. Of course real-life reference is good, but it seems like how everything is better that way.

    It would also help if I knew what style your going for? Right now I see borderline Manga and I am not sure if this is what you wish to accomplish but if not do some gesture drawings and life drawing to correct this problem, if it is a problem.

    You have confidence in your lines, now you just need to give them rhythm and much needed form. You can accomplish this by drawing shapes and working with French curves a lot.
    Well, actually, there are more simplified figure studies, kind of like a test to see how well the whole picture fits together. I've been actually studying to make my items more simplified (not neccesarily manga, but a lot of Art Directors at the GDC were telling me that to try for different styles, possibly more realistic to cartoony.) Mind you, it's not a final thing, kind of hashing stuff out.

    I was wondering do you happen to have any links to your work? I'd like to see what you have done. I tried your profile, but couldn't find any links. That way I can make out your technique

    Thanks!

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    Yeah man, I will be starting a fresh sketchbook soon..as its long over due simply because I need to develop strong relationships with talented artists and just to make friends and improve over all.

    The Crit that I do give does not reflect my own skill level in any way, only my knowledge of what I have learned over the years and learned from my professors and peers. I am in no way a master but I just enjoy helping young artist improve by giving them helpful crit instead of hollow compliments that can lead a young artist in the wrong direction (Like beating the bush and bull shitting the obvious), and I apologize if I gave you that impression..However the crit I did give you can go a long way, take it in as Philosophy. By the way.. where are some updates? I surely hope you did not give up on me!

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    It's all right. I find stuff goes like that hand in hand. Sometimes one seems to be taking precedence over another, however, it sort of works out when you just do it. I ran into that same issue at times only to find out just do those things and time will just happen to expand for you.

    Don't worry. I'm working on a few updates, but at the moment I'm studying joints, I'll post some stuff up when I finish drawing and mapping the figures out and stuff. However, yeah, I'd like to see your work to observe how you've implemented those items you've suggested that's all.

    As for crits, I do know what you mean. There are too many times where I've heard a blanket, "That's good!" Honestly, there is nothing wrong with giving some big compliments as well and I've noticed with a lot of other budding artists. Budding artists can get extremely frustrated and discouraged (as I once was there) with just critical commentary and little to no compliments. I find it helps to encourage a lot instead of being just critical, but that's just how I've dealt with people starting out. Plus, I've found with mental roadblocks that encouraging artists can be much more helpful. I'm not saying don't be truthful, but I find picking out the good parts of the piece equal to the faults of the piece works. Usually, I've found that it works that way at least.

    But cool, I'll post some stuff up. Just ruminating on anatomy and implementation. It will happen soon.

    "I like doing stuff that interests me. What is it? Just anything that is new and different to old and traditional. There has to be an interesting aspect to things, but not same old run of the mill. There, I've told you everything, and it denotes nothing. Basically, give it a try. Give it a go. At least once. You know you want to. "

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    Here are some sketches that I put up of the studies I did in the past last week. Uploading every day seems to work fine enough, but sometimes I like to amass a bunch of drawings, look at my progression and pick the most notable ones.

    By the way, is there an html editor? I'd like to put liner notes in between my pictures as well as making breaks. I've heard you can do that, but haven't found a simple switch.

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    More stuff today whew. I'm happy where my figures are going. I generally do a figure after I do some study to see where I need to improve.



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    yes! awesome stuff christie! i'm absolutely amazed with the last picture with the gun and sword, the pose, facial features, proportion and anatomy is just spot on. Good job! keep it up i can see your improving more and more everytime!

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    Was all clogged up, then I came up with this. XD

    The expressions came from Jeon Ji Hyun, from My Sassy Girl. She had the funniest ones, I took a look at that stuff.



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    Seems to me your rushing a bit amigo, slow it down and actually take the time to study. You do not learn much by rushing. Slow down and ask yourself questions about yourself and your own art. as you draw more and more the speed will naturally pick up!.

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    Some studies of my face and from what I can recognize as me. Some of the awkward angles are getting to me, but I'll just practice on any model I see. I did some speed painting a little while ago on my blog, but I decided to cool down with some sketches of me.

    But from some angles (in real life) I seem to have a big enough schnoz.

    Hey, but that's not bad eh? ;D

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    Here's the other more detailed close-up.

    I haven't done a full on painting... I think I got close to the girl with the gun and the sword, but I gotta go and get more done.

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    Wow, sorry I've been on hiatus. Been running about with mah new projects.

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    People have been asking me to draw more cartoony.

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    Some new ones.

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    Wow. I'm tired. The last few days have been feeling blah, but after playing some video games and actually RELAXING, I feel like I've broken through another wall.


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    Here ya go an update. I'm quite pleased at the current project I'm working at and at my progress, although I think I'm going through an awkward phase.

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