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    That 'update more often with less art' plan is going six ways to Sunday.
    Oh, well.

    I find myself sketching with pen a lot more lately... simply because
    1. It's a nice sketching medium,
    2. It doesn't smudge, and
    3. It works pretty darn well when sketching in class.

    I'll just submit a selection of the sketches I've done recently...
    I'd especially love critique on that first one! Pretty please! It'll be a Mucha-inspired portrait of my girlfriend when I'm done, and need to fix up the anatomy issues before starting on the background.

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    Hey. Nice sketchbook. You got some efforts in good direction here. I think watercolors are pretty strong and also those last still life studies.

    * I have a really hard time drawing fast
    I wouldn't really focus on that. Especially when you're at the beginning of your journey. Putting fast strokes have only this advantage that you can get more spontaneous look but there is a thin line between spontaneous and messy. Try to really slow down when rendering. Hatching lines from distance should look like uniform tone rather than thin stripes.

    I spend too much time focusing on the eyes... this I solved quickly, though, by using the new way of drawing eyes. Just a line and block out the iris! Simple!
    Such details like eybrows, eyelash, nostrils really distract from drawing structure of the face. Maybe try to draw from realistic face sculptures once in a while. These got everything made from single material and you really see how shadows change on the surface and how eye-lids wrap around eyeballs. How eye-balls got light and shadow side or how upper lip casts shadow ondo lower lip. For example look at this african female bust - http://www.sagegraphics.net/uniqueex...male20Bust.jpg

    Keep it up!

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    Thank you so much, Farvus! I'll try to spend more time when rendering... and learn how to hatch properly. >XDD
    Studied marble heads from TEH INTERWEBZ, uploading now. I'll try to use hatching next time!

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    You heard that? Now keep on humpin'!

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    Man, I haven't been here for too long. >>
    I really missed CA. Whatever happened to my 'shorter post, more frequent update' plan? What was wrong with that one?

    @mentler: wow, thanks a lot! An honour to have you visit my sketchbook!
    @faust: again... wow! Another honour! Thank you!
    Why did I leave again, great people see my things and... GAH! Thank a lot you guys!

    Well, I've had a severe art-block... or more of a confidence-block. Every time I put down a pencil, there's this little voice in my head going "whooops... gonna screw up now, sweetheart!". Really annoying (this can be seen in the WONDERFUL rendering of my sketches). Also had this drama "can't show to people it's taking their time! D8", and being afraid to bother people by asking for critique...
    Man. Need to pull myself together. I'm hardly progressing at all.

    Well, filled one whole sketchbook and 1/3 of another one since then, so I'll just get rolling, I guess! Randomly choosing between acceptable ones... and horrible ones.
    As usual, critique my face off, if it's not too much of a bother!

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    Awwww, man... didn't do a third of the workload I wanted to do.
    Not even a tenth.
    Try more tomorrow.

    So, yes. Some Loomis today. Won't update until Wednesday next... I have work tomorrow and Tuesday. >:
    So I won't get access to my Internetz and zcanner until then.

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    Damnit. I'm not improving at all. I really need to work harder.

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    It's really nice to watch you develop - may it continue.

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    Thank you, Black Spot! I hope I'll develop as well!

    Slept most of the day... was new years last night, after all. >>
    Did a little, at least.

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    I drew some cubes today. And I thought it was fun.
    Isn't there some kind of law against that?

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    Tried to draw my girlfriend today. Didn't work out too well. >>
    The first one I smudged too much, so I thought I'd try to use crosshatching instead... worked out worse. Then from a new angle. Still looks like douche.
    Will try again tomorrow!

    I also did some perspective-practice, but I managed to put away the papers somewhere hidden for mere human eyes...

    Guh. I'm too embarrased to ask family members to model for me... any suggestions to how I can ask in a way that doesn't make them expect it to be Raphael?

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    I've been suffering with homework all day, trying to get some perspective right... IT JUST WOULDN'T WORK! I can't draw it at all! I need to draw some ideas for recreating an outdoor area. I'm really no good at perpective. I need to practice, but... I DON'T HAVE TIME. Stupid assignment coming before I'm prepared for it. XD

    Only managed to fool around with pastels a little. Rest of the time was spent trying to draw the goddamned house with the goddamned fountain-wall and the goddamned surroundings.
    The artwork is around 43.5 cm x 34 cm. Kinda big, in other words. >XD

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    MOAR MOAR MOAR MOAR

    Actually, just showing up two portraits started in PS.
    THAT I NEVER WILL FINISH. I will start over and try to make something looking less like poop.

    I LEARNED:
    - That hard brushes shall be used and not soft ones.
    - Working on white backgrounds causes your eyes to bleed.
    - I'm sure my art will look good in the future with our friends Patience and Practice, and I will need a lot of their company.
    - That I must obtain Corel Painter someday because I love it and it doesn't hate my face like Photoshop does. *poor excuse for sucking*
    - And that the chances for me getting into any kind of university is absurd.

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    Well.... drew some people from 'Atlas of Anatomy', drew my hand, drew my brother Eric. I really need to practice drawing people from life.
    On the other hand (harrharr, pun), the hand study did ok! Still looks like a moogle on drugs, but it's better than usual! I hope it's improvement and not dumb luck.

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    Nice sketchbook, and keep up the good work because the progress really does show. Really looks like your line quality is improving, and it's great that you're so willing to really focus on fundamentals like color mixing and perspective studies. ^_^

    Quick tip for scanning thin paper that has stuff on the back...putting a piece of black paper behind the page helps prevent the reverse from showing through.

    Thanks for visiting my SB, and keep posting your progress!

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    Aphotic Phoenix - Thank you a LOT! I don't think I've progressed much at all, but hearing you say that makes me so goddamned motivated! Thanks a lot, and you better keep up the work as well!

    Did some drawing today as well... what else is new? Oh, and a horribletastic pastel tryout. I learned that my paper was too dark for the pastels I had. And also that I have terrible sense of colour. Need more practice...

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    Keep it up!

    Your human figures are starting to become more realistic. Keep up the good work

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    Ugh. This was just not a good day. *rubs temple* I'll try to make up for it tomorrow.

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    when you are shading shit in, make the lines go in the direction of the form. it will give things more volume, look more solid. by direction of the form i mean don't shade straight lines on a round object. make the lines curve around the shape. like spiderman. he looks 3d even with no shading.

    good hands, there's always one around to draw.

    and your bottom right sketch on december 28 look like it all came together perfectly. to make a gay orgy. fuck i hate it when gay orgies accidentally break out on my page!

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    thanks for posting at my sb
    Very nice Thread really waiting to see more

    My SB

    Now isn't that cute ....
    BUT ITS WRONG!!!
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    magezhilo: didn't see your comment there. >> But thanks! I'll try to improve!

    the_original_sean: yes, I'll do that! Thanks a lot! I like it when gay orgies appear in my sketchbook. I sell them at eBay.

    xobgob: never a problem, and thank you!

    Gah.... I'm tired. Not drawn enough. Been up all night doing homework. *rubs temple*
    But here's what I've done, not counting the random doodads on whatever paper that appears in front of me.

    P.S.
    It's supposed to say 'we're all mad here' at the top of the gun-page, but my scanner didn't pick it up. >>
    The colours are way more vibrant in real life. It's for a school assignment...
    Ten points to whoever can tell me which part of the gun I forgot!

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    Well, yes. Time flies when you're having fun, I suppose. I've done some more than this, but... those're not fit for human eyes. =___=

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    Your shading is coming along bit by bit. When drawing the figure try to measure it out in heads, even when drawing from ref (I can talk) as it looks like you started one end without regard to the relation to the other. Hands are coming along a treat. From someone who used to do a lot of pastels, the colour of paper must be chosen with the subject in mind, which is why those pads with lots of colours are hard to complete.

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    I agree, your rendering is coming along and your figures and heads are making progress as well. Although in the coloured-pencil portrait, I see you used those "hyroglyphe"-eyes that everyone starts out to draw insead of looking where they actually fit into the skull.

    Anyways, search for landmarks when reffing, There's always a light-and shadow-side when shading and look out for the horizon when being geometrical. That's it in a nutshell

    Great work, man!

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    Black Spot: thank you so much! You're absolutely right, of course, I DO tend to just start somewhere and then work from there. I promise I'll measure from now on. Any good advice about choosing colours for pastel paper?

    ~Faust~: thank you! I haven't progressed as much as I wanted (but that is because I haven't drawn as much as I should've, so all my fault), but it's nice to know I've progressed at least a little! The portrait is actually watercolour... I still need to practice a lot. The eyes look awkward, you're right. As well as them being placed too low... Thank you for the great tips!

    I've just sent off my portfolio... God am I nervous. I haven't been here for a long time, because of work, school and the portfolio stress. But here I am! Too lazy to scan more than this one picture, though... I swear I've drawn more than this!

    Hooray, portrait progress!




    EDIT:
    Not going to update for some time, orHaven't updated in a while, and possibly won't for some time. My computer's down and dead, my laptop refuses to accept my scanner or camera, and my brother's comp can't resize images. )8
    So, for now, I'll just hang around and comment on y'all's pictures instead.
    And yes, I'm drawing. What'd you think of me anyway?

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    Hey that portrait looks great! You should start a thread in the SP section. Too bad about your computer btw, hope you get it fixed soon so we get to see more.

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    nice sb

    a little tip i picked up from somone here on CA is if you want to learn how to draw somthing relativly simple, an eye, a nose or somthing, sit down and draw it 18 times without getting up and doing somthing in between. ye i know it gets booring at about 5 but do ALL 18 the guy called it the 18 rule, dont know if its somthing just he uses or an actually technique. anyway, by doing this what you've drawn kinda gets added to a 'visual vocabulary' and you can draw it anytime or change it to suit your own drawing. i do it every now and then and its really helpfull

    getting hold of the 6 books by Andrew Loomis will also be a big help, the are a guide to teach people how to draw almost every aspect of the human body.
    they are in the public domain and are thus free to distribute so dont worry about doing anything illigal
    http://placidchaos.com/AM/index.php/.../andrew_loomis

    good luck

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    those manakins from the loomis book look tricky to draw. i havent attempted it myself but they seem to be hard to keep proportional. like your jan 17 post. i also think it would be hard to keep the pelvis plates on the right angle when you start to ad perspective and rotation. i'm about hafway through the figure drawing book so i havent tried them yet. they seem pretty impractical

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    @Imaginary: thank you! I really do want to start a SB thread... that's not a stupid idea, I think I will!

    @L0rin: thank you a lot! After reading your comment I've been ITCHING to try the 18-rule, but I still haven't found the time. ):
    And ah, yes, Loomis is pretty much CA's Jesus, isn't he?

    @the_original_sean: they are! It's really hard trying to imagine them from different angles, and you're right, the pelvis plates are insane! I'm going to try to draw them accurately... it will be a pain, but practice makes perfect and all that.

    Damn has it been a while. I've had a hard time when it comes to art lately...was really depressed about it a while back. Haven't been practice-drawing as much as I should, due to homework... which I still have, as well as exams coming up. Man, I look forward to uni. At least the homework there can help me practice.

    Yes, my dears, you heard correctly. I have successfully sent my portfolio and my application was in fact NOT rejected! I AM A UNIVERSITY STUDENT TO-BE.
    The town is lovely and- I'm not going to start ranting about it.

    Anyway, just showing that I HAVE been working. The sketchbooks are what I've done so far, basically. The rest is a design-assignment from school, approx. six hours, showing just how bad my sense of colour and composition is. Yes, that is from a photo, I'm not talented yet, shut up.
    I chose art show because I'm bitter. Couldn't attend to the- yeah, you know. I'm bitter.
    Bitter...

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