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    My journey - From beginner, beyond..

    I dont have any sketches to post with this because I have been working on paper and dont have a scanner nearby. Anyway, I am very frustrated. In the past 24 hours I have racked up probably 4 hours of draing nothing but spheres (using Loomis' crosshairs method) and well...I am having some problems making them right!

    Maybe I am missing something in my technique but after drawing the sphere I am having a tough time seperating it into 4 quadrants.

    Generally it is not the north-south line I am having a problem with but rather the east-west line.

    Maybe I am not making any sense but I am sleep deprived. I will post some sketches later after I get home. If anyone has any ideas, tips, etc...bring em on.
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    Crosshairs method? Which book?
    I thought the cross was only important for the placement of the features of the head.
    I guess I'm wrong though.

    So the problem is that the circles are not round?
    Or don't they look like spheres?
    I guess it would help if I knew what the crosshairs method is :emb:

    Maybe you try to work too fast. Try to draw really REALLY slow.
    Don't increase the speed until the circles look like circles.
    I think a teacher once said that circles should only be drawn in one direction.
    Try clockwise and counter-clockwise.
    Maybe anybody knows more?

    Good exercise btw. I should do that too.
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    Hey sig. I refer the dividing of the sphere into 4 quads as the crosshair method. You are right...the crosshairs are for locating features on the face. They are also where the north/south and east/west lines meet. The presence of these lines turn the circle into a sphere.

    I can draw circles in my sleep now. :p My problem is making it looks spherical. Maybe I should just pass this on. I dont have a problem shading a ball to make it look spherical...its just this line method!
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    Also, just to add...I am trying to draw a little slower right now and see if that helps me.
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    Originally posted by Signature

    I think a teacher once said that circles should only be drawn in one direction.
    Remember...not talking about circles, but spheres. But at any rate I have become pretty proficient at drawing circles. My method is using a 'block in' type of approach. I work very fast and lightly go clockwise/counterclockwise until I get the sphere blocked in with my mess. Then I go over the inside edge and voila. I like doing it this way, but like I said...spheres are the bane of my existence today...not circles. :p
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    I see. Making them look like spheres with lines ...
    I'd like to take a look at the Loomis Book. In which one is it?

    Fun With A Pencil?
    Drawing The Heads And Hands?
    Successful Drawing?
    Figure Dra....?

    Btw I think it's a good idea to draw the circles in one motion.
    Or at least that should be the long-term objective.

    I like your attitude btw
    You should write that part of the Middle Class lessons.
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    Originally posted by Signature
    I see. Making them look like spheres with lines ...
    I'd like to take a look at the Loomis Book. In which one is it?
    Head and Hands is the one I am currently working through since you and Cashmere have been whipping my butt in the hand drawing session we have going. Of course, then I get stuck on this. *sigh*

    Btw I think it's a good idea to draw the circles in one motion.
    I would also recommend this to people, especially those just starting out (listen to me...like I have been doing this for more than 3-4 weeks myself :p), but I have found myself to be a little too impatient to deal with my mistakes. Using the block in approach allows me to work fast and see the circle being developed like molding it with clay.

    I like your attitude btw
    Thanks! I appreciate your reply. This forum is great...I just wish it had more a technique based threads.

    You should write that part of the Middle Class lessons.
    I will. I will write up a step by step and include a wpe so people can see what I am doing.
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    After staring at my mutitude of little balls here (stop laughing!) I have come to the conclusion that I might be being a tad bit anal retentive. Perhaps the 'guidelines' dont have to be perfect since they are used only to guide in setting up the shape of the head.

    I guess I can move on and see if it hinders me up the road. If it does I can always knock myself back a step.
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    Exactly. Or start each drawing session with circles and spheres.
    Then do more challenging stuff.
    And HAVE FUN! :chug:
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    Originally posted by Signature
    Exactly. Or start each drawing session with circles and spheres.
    Then do more challenging stuff.
    And HAVE FUN! :chug:
    Heh. You mean your drawing sessions end?! I woke up this morning...sat up in bed and grabbed my pad and did some sphere doodles (continued form the previous night before bed). After a shower I was off to work. Waiting for my biscuit I drew some more spheres. Got to work today and well, I draw all day long here at work. I am a programmer so I code a bit and then draw a bit then code a bit...etc. At lunch I drew some more spheres sitting in my truck. And now here I am drawing some more.
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    Well, I couldn't move on until I got it right....but I did get it...finally.

    I really need to get a scanner here at work. I almost never have any time at home to scan stuff up. I either drawing or playing with my kids and wife. I will try to scan tonight, because I want to make a progression thread much like McM's thread.

    I did my first self portrait last night. It was a quickie, but I did it and it wasnt too awful, actually. I also was able to sketch my wife's face in 4 different positions while she slept. These were all under 15 minute sketches, too. (I have a cough right now and I kept waking her up :p)

    Right now I am still working through the loomis book, Heads and Hands.
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    When you're doing your crosshair, remember that you're "slicing" your sphere. Like a plane going trough it and cutting it. If you're doing the standard half/half slicing, there shouldn't be any perspective issues.
    Maybe this little babble is a wee bit too late, and if so, I'm sorry ! If you want a few explanatory sketches, don't hesitate
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    Originally posted by egerie
    When you're doing your crosshair, remember that you're "slicing" your sphere. Like a plane going trough it and cutting it. If you're doing the standard half/half slicing, there shouldn't be any perspective issues.
    Maybe this little babble is a wee bit too late, and if so, I'm sorry ! If you want a few explanatory sketches, don't hesitate
    Feel free to post some sketches for the sake of completeness. As soon as I scan all my stuff from the past few days I will post my mess as well.

    My problem was the 'curve'. Putting the lines in the right places to distinguish the four quarters.
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