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    Pilgrimage of the Virtuoso Neophyte ::: Hope for a return to Daily Updates:::

    Hello all! After lurking here for about a year now, I decided to post a sketchbook as now I am starting to take this thing called art a lot more serious! I hope to learn and grow like I have seen so many men and women do on this amazing site.

    Of course I want crits, comments, and suggestions on what to focus on and all that good stuff.

    For my starting upload Im just going to throw everything I have up, then from there it will be just my daily stuff. I am sure you will recognize which ones are the older sketches. I am going to be bold here and show my worst stuff too, how else am I suppose to learn eh?

    Please Enjoy!

    Here goes nothing......
    Last edited by SaintFuse; February 26th, 2011 at 11:21 PM.
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    Great start. Welcome.
    I like how you handle your pens.
    Keep posting.

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    aifolx Thanks for the comment and being my first response! woo!


    Here is what I did last night. I picked up a pen/marker sketchbook that doesnt bleed through. I was a little afraid since Im used to drawing on typical textured stuff but I actually really enjoyed drawing on it. I used straight pen and tried to not make any mistakes.

    I went for some abstract and mainly wanted to try some "smooth" drawings and try to get a better line.

    These are all fairly large, the SB is 7 x 12 so I wanted to fill the pages up.

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    Here is some more stuff...

    I did most of these at lunch time a week ago, trying to fill a page everyday.

    The sketchbook is 4 x 6 so these are smaller.

    I also did my first still life last night right before bed. My sketchbook was on the table and I got a bowl of cereal then decided to pick up the pen! I was proud of myself for finish it

    The small head is my friend, i did a quick doodle of him while talking. Its a little bigger then my thumb.

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    Watch you proportions. Make sure to look at your images through a mirror to get a fresh perspective on them. Keep goin

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    Well after much grumbling I decided to start working on some anatomy. These are my first attempts at some Bridgeman anatomy. I am never really sure which path to take, as I still have many issues with my art looking "flat" or "2D" you know things that let me use these """".

    Not sure if I should work on perspective or anatomy. Anyone with some tips on a good area I should focus on?

    I must say that this Pen/Marker Sketchbook is my new favorite thing to draw on

    Oh and some random doodle from last night, I was pretty proud of it felt like I was able to obtain some depth which I know my drawings lack.

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    You've got some cool stuff here, but I'dlike to see more studies, things from reference and so on. Right now I'm only seeing a few, and a few more would only be for the good

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    Well here is my first attempt at a Self Portrait. I did this a week ago, and I did it late at night and drew it in a really weird position so I will not be finishing it but I am going to try a new one soon.

    I promise my next one will have the whole face done lol but I wanted to get this one up so I might get some comments or crits on it.

    I also used only a small desk lamp behind me, so the left part of my face would have been fairly dark.

    Im out of town for the weekend but will promise to have more stuff on Monday for anyone looking!

    Thanks as always for spending some time on me and my work!
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    Well I feel ashamed that I havent posted in over a month....

    lots of things going on in my life right now and I have been drawing but getting them posted hasnt been a priority.

    Here is some new stuff from the past month or so.

    Mostly just permanent marker/micron markers on my bleed-proof marker sketchbook.

    Really having a hard time getting into drawing from still life or working on my art books. Just drawing abstract and thats not what I should be drawing but honestly the only thing that interests me right now.

    Anyone else have that problem? What helps you get on track better?

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    back with some more stuff, not much to upload but I just finished my first tone drawing! and it was a lot of fun. I think im going to just cut up a bunch of cardboard and try to do one of these a day. It was a lot of fun and it didnt take me very long. This one wasnt a reference so I am going to do my next one with a reference picture and see how different it turns out.

    I started my first large project, at least large in that I only ever sketch so its something new for me.

    The wood board is about 2 x 2 and I have a rather intricate story im going to weave on it. Should be a lot of fun, and I will be posting my WIP.

    Im using a 2 pencil large to get the idea, then using a mechanical to fine out the lines. I am also using a white pencil to highlight and add some contrast.

    Im also going to buy a stand alone scanner as I am having problems with this dopey HP all in one....
    Any comments as always are great.

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    Okay small update!

    I am starting to enjoy my studies again! YAY

    I just finishes a few reference faces (just looked on google images) and I actually enjoyed doing them.

    I used my Shader tool to try some new things, such as shading in areas of the face before I actually touched the drawing with a pencil. It worked well, or I should say that it felt better.

    Once again I apologize for the digital camera pictures, my new scanner wont arrive for a week so forgive me. Its hard to see the pencil and shading I did but I want to let everyone know I am working hard, so until I can scan them again.....
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    Sorry for the quick post, I meant to put this piece in as well but hit the done button :l

    Okay so I was looking at some Sketchbooks on CA and noticed this guys technique with hatching and to say the least was very very impressed. So as I am looking at his stuff I decide to doodle and practice doing some hatching myself.

    So I guess I can say this is my first real attempt at utilizing it instead of just scratch shading.

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    so a small doodle on some scratch paper, and I really enjoyed doing it so it turned into this thing....


    Pilgrimage of the Virtuoso Neophyte ::: Hope for a return to Daily Updates:::


    I used a cd to make the circle just in case anyone was wondering on how large it was.

    here is the side by side

    Pilgrimage of the Virtuoso Neophyte ::: Hope for a return to Daily Updates:::


    OH! and I did my first DSG on CA! It was intense and its great to see so many different views on those crazy topics. I hope to do those as often as possible.
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    I made a point to do some tone drawings today. I wanted to focus on some human skulls since I still need to focus on anatomy instead of just faces. My goal here was to speed these out and not to focus on the details and just try to get the main skull structure in there and concentrate more on the lighting.

    I used a large graphite pencil to draw them, which kinda sucked in a way because i couldnt get the depth of the dark areas very well. Then I just used a paper towel laying around to smooth out the shading.

    Its amazing how much I learned from just the first one. Once again forgive me for using a digi camera for these.

    Here is the first attempt...


    Pilgrimage of the Virtuoso Neophyte ::: Hope for a return to Daily Updates:::

    (okay apparently imageshack hates my pics so I had to add em through CA)


    I used cardboard since I cant for the life of me find a tone sketchbook...

    Can anyone recommend a tone sketchbook with maybe a link to buy one?

    Until next time!
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    Some great news! I heard from a friend that a local college has monday night nude figure drawing sessions that anyone can just come and be a part of! So yesterday I went to my first figure drawing class! I know im using a lot of these!!! but I dont care!!

    I was very very intimidated but after an hour I really got more into it and had so much fun. I showed the 2 teachers my work and they were honestly surprised that I had never taken an art class and it really lifted me up.

    Here is my drawings and I would really love some tips for my next time.

    Ill post them in order I did them...

    #1. First pose was really tough but I wanted to position myself at this angle and see how well I did.

    #2. I got much more comfortable on this one and the teacher said this was the best one.

    #3. The teacher said 5 minutes left so I quickly ran over and grabbed 2 fine point sharpies and went to a new angle. I like this one although the feet look really bad.

    #4. This was the longest pose( laying down with a pillow), and was really hard since they put down a thick blanket and I didnt know how to compensate for that. I started on his face and really couldnt get a feel for the body so I worked much longer on his head.

    #5. Laying pose still, I positioned myself behind him so I could look down his body from the head on down. I wish I would have worked faster on this one as I ran out of time...




    I need to fill up the pages! I bought this huge sketchbook and went there and as I was doing my stuff I looked around and everyone else was drawing MUCH MUCH larger and really filling the pages out....also need to try out that charcoal *makes mental note*

    Oh and it was only $5...probably the best five dollars ive ever spent.
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    So I just finish a rather humorous page.

    I wanted to work on some contour so I decided to pose my hand with a lamp to the right and have a go. I tried to only look at the paper once or twice per sketch.

    Well I thought I better try some shading and lighting techniques so I did that as well.

    Anyways here is the humorous results...

    My favorite is the lower right clench fist. My wife walked in and asked a question but I kept at it........and completely forgot the palm lmao. It reminds me of a monster
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