I just looked at your old SB. Your skill has improved significantly. I'm wondering, did you tone the paper black, or is it black toned paper to begin with? I think I see some pencil strokes that would indicate you laid all the black down - in which case I'd have to assume you used soft vine charcoal. That would be the only real explanation I can think of as to how you'd tone the paper black and still achieve a highlight of those calibers. Hmm.. Unless you laid it out with a light pencil, made sure to have the contour right, darkened the area around so you'd have a good contrast, then fill in the details? Not sure, but your work is certainly a pleasure to look at.
Also, draw a lot from life too because if you do too many cast drawings, your work may develop a "cast" look to it, even if its *not* from a cast. I had an art teacher whose work was amazing, and while I didnt think they looked a lot like cast drawings, one of my prof's friends was telling me he thought a lot of my prof's drawings looked like casts. It may differ from person to person, but I just thought I'd throw that idea in there.
Ahoy, man this is a wonderful start to a new sketchbook sir! You have the right mindset, keep pushing and then you can look back at this book to see just how far you've gone=D The full figure drawing is my fav, like the unfinished look of the hand,heh. Complements the rendered section
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This is an excellent start for a new SB. I believe you have grown exponentially these last four and a half years. Your progress has been quite something and even though I think that drawing and painting should go hand in hand, and not be two separate things, it seems you prove me wrong.
All praise and just about five stars for you^^
I was wondering though, would you mind giving a novice a few pointers?