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    cut the crap! SB2

    Pull me up, be blunt and straight to the point with Crits.

    Also feel free to visit my study/selfcrit blog mellongdraws.blogspot.com and let me know if you agree or disagree with how I view my work and progress.

    The goal here is studying to allow drawing of figures from imagination. So I'm going for mostly line studies, only pencil for now. Changing target to a dump every 2 days, so 3 in a week all including gestures, life studies and anatomy studies. Go go GO!

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    Hi, your shading of the sphere is really smooth, good work on that one!. And advice, try differentiating more between the values so that you can easely see what is on shadow and what is on light, number 5 is really good in this aspect, it only needs to be smoother but without loosing its values.

    www.fineart.sk and read andrew loomis book called "succesfull drawing", it will explain things better on how to light and shade. Also, stick with pencil and real mediums for a while, digital its a tool that needs to be learned by itself, and if you try to master it while trying to learn to draw and paint, you are just adding more things to learn at the same time, making things for difficult for yourself.

    Keep it up!.
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    Christian223: hey I got that link the other day from mike corriero's blog links. I've used traditional medium's alot in the past and pencil sketch in between posting on here. I'll try getting more of them up in future.

    onion!
    Onion sitting on my desk, painted straight into Photoshop picking colours from eye for Bumskee's painting in PS thread (linked below)

    Steps taken to paint - http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...&postcount=646

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    Digital line practice for the purpose of getting neater lines in PS
    Guess the study text

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    The sketches all have energy and life! When your working digital watch the edges, also make sure you work in even numbers on the canvas size or this can create broken looking edges too. 25%, 50% 100% -- not 33% etc... -- the hand looks kind of flat, I can see you got the angles of the painted hand right but the shadows especially the thumb it looked wrong at first but it is not dark enough where it would be in shadow and then graduating in small color boosts to light where light would hit. I like that you are being painterly in these excercises, cool. The onion it looking cool I like the choices under the onion almost graphic. Your sketches look amazing. Thanks for the words on my sketch book!! Kelly
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    The onion is good, as are the bridgman studies.

    The second hand in your first post is along the right way. It has more depth than the line drawing. But it still doesn't look like a hand. For starters, the fingers are all crooked, like they're broken in several places. And secondly, while it looks more three dimensional, it still doesn't look like it's round, it looks like it's a piece of wooden board with beveled edges.

    The only way to fix this is to draw LOTS of hands. And don't bother with colour in the beginning, just focus on structure and maybe some basic values. Make next post include at least ten hand sketches!

    Keep working!
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    Serp: 10 hands? 2 down so far a way to go yet! you'll get some extra bridgman hands as well as from life

    Sketch dump, mix of life ref and no ref.

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    Your onion sketch is really cool!
    However, you seem to exaggerate your muscles a bit too much, making them look a bit unrealistic.
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    Good work on your studies. Be careful on your pencil work with reassessing the lines. It looks like you have tendency at times to stop mid line and go back and make a new mark. Otherwise keep up the studies and improvement is right behind ya!
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    iambanana: Thanks for stopping by, yeh I'm a little cranky with drawing without ref so I'm currently studying from life and anatomy books (Brigdmans and Andrew Loomis).


    Kaffinated: Hey thank you for pointing that out. My lines are awful! Definatly need addressing. This new SB is just for that, I didn't really try to improve much in my last SB but this one is dedicated to sorting out every little problem I have with my technical skills, please feel free to harshly crack the whip (without the 'H' sound) on me about my lines. I'll try to post as big as I can with my pencils so you can see them.

    Hands dump!
    Some from life, some from Bridgmans

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    Some better than others, more of these to come!
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    That onion is awesome, great job. A critique, when doing those stick men dont forget to do the chest and pelvis area, at least with a box, since this are very important masses accoring to Bridgman. Loomis also has stick men with chest and pelvis in his book "figure drawing for all its worth", keep it up!.
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    your last dump is really powerful, but what i would say and i will try to explain this as best i can for instance the stick man studies, the human form can be easy to make using curved lines rather then straight also it can bring emotion and movement into your drawings alot more. like through the leg theres an energy flow curve which gives u the basic forms of the muscles. if you have no idea what im talking about tell me and i will draw an example.
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    Christian223: hey thanks for coming back! Yeh, that was a fairly old SB dump and I've since discovered the Bridgman compilation of his 6 books, before I only had a small hardback copy of 'The Human Machine'. I'll get some pose dumps from ref and imagination done of the weekend.

    matty_mcmullen: Hey thanks for that! I am aware of what you are talking about but I stupidly forget fundamentals when I am sketching! I have made a list on my wall above my desk of things that I need to keep tabs on (so areas of attention that people highlight here will be added) and whenever I draw I will read it first. Funnily enough I'm at the 'Rhythm' chapter of Bridgmans right now! I study visual communication, just finished first year. I've sadly been pushed this year into not drawing so much for my graphic design briefs and finding other solutions to making images (type, photography). After this terrible year though I'm just going to fit in illustrations anywhere possible in my briefs. It's primarily what I want to do so I 'need' to fit it in to keep me drawing in uni! Seeing your work and blog is great to see.

    I'll edit this post with my next SB dump tomorrow of more hands. I think my biggest problem at the moment is my line quality, I will be addressing this from now on so please comment on errors I make and suggestions to improve it.
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    Hey Mellon, youve got some good work here. I really like how you simplify some of the stuff and then progress from there. You need to watch your anatomy though. Most of your sketches are a bit off, some more than others. If your having trouble getting it right just try going to the mirror and getting in the pose. You might not have the exact musculature that your going for, but the basic proportion should give you some help.
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