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    The Nezumi Works Sketchbook (Can I take it to the Bridge, man?)

    Well, I've been lurking for a few weeks now, so I might as well do something a bit more concrete and start a sketchbook. All the cool kids are jumping off that bridge, so I'd better hop to it.

    Not much background to share, really. Been drawing for just shy of two years (my "anniversary" of picking up the pencil is next month, actually), and my preference is real media. I've had no luck at all drawing with a mouse, and i've never so much as seen a tablet in use let alone used one. I have a longstanding love for black and white, having spent entirely too much time reading independent comics in the early 90's.

    In any case, I'm finding myself more and more drawn to getting serious with my art. I had a short-lived webcomic that I might want to get back to someday, and I've done some work that's probably not bad although hardly up to the standards here. What I've been lacking in though, has been a really solid grounding in the basics. Which leads me here, haunting the forums to soak up knowledge and inspiration.

    As to current efforts, I've been going though Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Figure Drawing book, as well as picking away at the courses over at Wet Canvas. I've also been studying Seedling's great perspective tutorial here, and playing with three dimensional forms more. I've signed up for a life drawing class that starts at the end of April at the local art school, and I'm hoping to get myself enough grounding between now and then to really get as much as I can out of it.

    Ignore the thumb, start with the next post for actual work in order.

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    One of the things I really need to work on is shading and three dimensional forms. Nothing like going to the basics to really make you realize just how much you suck at the basics. Only one way to fix it, though, so off we go!

    One of the little assignments of the art lessons I'm picking away at is drawing a set of spheres using only lines and the most basic of tools: 2B pencil, eraser and paper, in this case newsprint. These are the first four of those, not sure if I'll post all of them, but it's a start. Not so bad in terms of improvement from the first one, which was way too tentative and light to be really worth anything. All four use the same point on the upper right of the paper as the light source, although depth of the light source from the viewer and horizon line varies from piece to piece. I've got a lot more I want to do with these, especially as i get more comfortable working with them.

    Again, comments, suggestions and such are welcome.

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    Hand studies this time. I haven't got a lot of experience drawing hands, and I've always been very bad at them. But these didn't turn out so bad. Now to do it about a million more times...

    Oh, primarily from imagination, with some reference off my own hands. 2B pencil on newsprint.

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    Keep going on these studies. Get an egg or something and draw it in different lighting.

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    Aye, keep going. Your sense of light isn't bad at all, but I like the first bunch of spheres more than the second.

    With your hand studies, try to get the whole hand in the page whenever you can, it helps when you come to think of proportions.

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    Thanks very much. As to the egg, I was looking at a marble egg that my roommate has (the sort they used to use for darning socks) but it was too shiny to really get a good feel for the light. What i'd really prefer would be something more spherical, and I've been looking around for something appropriate.

    Good advice on the hands. I ended up drawing a lot larger than I'd originally intended there, I'm still getting used to holding the pencil differently when I'm blocking in initial shapes so the actions are fairly sweeping. I'm going to try to get that more under control from here on.
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    You have a nice sense of lighting, I liked the first set of spheres better than the second though.
    The hands look good, but as Smokey186 said, try to get the whole hand to get a better sense of proportion.
    Keep it up.

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    That first set of spheres seems to be pretty popular. Now I just need to see what I did right there, and develop that more. Thanks for mentioning it.
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    I think its because in the second one you've exagerated a bit on the black, losing the gradient that you had in the 1st one. Also, in the second one the shadows are too big and dark.
    But that may be just me.

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    Hmm, very good point. I was a bit concerned about that as well. I started with the darkest bits and tried to blend back to the lighter, but that wasn't such a good approach in the end. Next set, I'll try more for an overall and work up to the darks.

    Hmm...maybe a few value bars wouldn't be a bad thought either.
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    More hands tonight, first was a page unto itself, prompted largely by my friend saying she wanted to see what I could do with a little more attention to shading. The second was to try to get myself used to drawing a bit smaller so I could get everything on the page as suggested.

    Lots of things I need to work on, especially where fingernails are concerned. Comments welcome, of course, maybe you'll see something I didn't.

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    Keep on practicing. I should follow your example and drawing my own hands more often.

    You might want to check Bridgmans Book of a Hundred Hands. It doesn't replace drawing hands from life, but Bridgman has a nice way of laying out shapes and forms that really makes them easier to understand.

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    Just keep on practicing, you might want to check the Andrew Loomis book, "drawing the head and hand", it has some cool stuff on drawing hands.

    Try to do the hands a bit smaller so more of them can fit in the same page and you can get a better overall image.

    Keep it up.

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    More spheres, trying different things with the cast shadows, trying to figure out more about direction of light, trying to get a more three dimensional look, plus more subtle shadows. Trying to avoid that whole exaggerated terminator effect I had on the last set and going with a lighter touch.

    Still working with solely 2B pencil on newsprint.

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