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    Diary of a Noob

    Im improving, honest! Check out the latest pages!

    Ok..so maybe journal would have been a more manly choice for the title, but its much less photogenic! Anyway...I wasn't quite sure how to start this whole sketchbook thing, so I took some of the sketches I've been making while studying a series of anatomy DVDs (still not quite finished.)

    Anyway, a little background about myself...I'm 25, and I only really got interested in art at about 18. I sketched on and off since then, but at some point in the last year or two, I picked up a pencil and never put it down. I liked it so much I managed to squeeze in art as my minor at the university I'm attending. Unfortunately though, I only seem to get one class per semester..and that just isn't enough!

    SO, Anyway, Here are some of my sketches..I'm trying my hardest to learn anatomy and digital painting..but I'm particularly weak with the digital paint side of things.
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    OK! I felt my digital painting skills were lacking...so, after reading up on some lighting tips, and painting tips..(and raiding the fruit bowl) I started painting on this little number.

    This was way harder then I thought it would be. First of all...I tried to erase the smudge tool from my brain..Only used it once, to join some accidental shadow separations. I am WAY to reliant on that thing.

    My main issue though was telling where the shadows were. This is inside, using your standard house lighting, right next to my computer's screen, on a wood bench.
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    Hey Nedesican,

    Glad to see someone's on the same boat I am! Didn't start drawing till I was 17 or so and this year I've finally take a massive head start to become good at it. Good studies on the skeleton and the apple look's good except it lacks a bit of light and sharpness.

    I would suggest you get into a routine of drawing. Draw when ever you get free time or draw 1hour every night or whenever you find time for it and slowly start to increase the time you put into it. When you get frustrated, laugh at the frustration and go through it because that's when you are making progress. To get motivation I suggest you'd listen to Bobby Chiu's podcasts at www.youtube.com/digitalbobert.

    Also start drawing from life as much as possible and get some god anatomy book.

    Hope this helps! Great start by the way!
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    That does help! And I will certainly give that podcast a try. As for a "routine" I have to ask what it is you draw for your routine. Honestly..whenever my boss isn't looking at work, I find myself scribbling on napkins. At home its paintchat..but in the end, Its usually some random character portrait.

    And thanks for the compliment! Those sketches come from studying the anatomy dvds put out by alienthink.com (I recommend them!)

    Ohh! A last note...regarding the sharpness of the apple. I wanted to put those little spots on it, and it occurred to me to use a Gaussian blur to make them look like part of the apple...but in the end it dulled the picture. any way around that?
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    I take up on subjects in the anatomy to draw on routine, like the skull for example. I suggest you put really time on learning one thing at the time and then move on when you get really good at it. Not saying you should only draw skulls or what not all day long but to really put emphasis on one thing. It was hard for me to figure what to draw at first and I'd just scribble away random heads. Now I'm trying to observe from life as much as possible if I don't get any other idea. Study and you will get richer with the knowledge and it will help you when you are drawing.

    I also checked out those alienthink.com dvd's way back but found them a bit stiff. Look up Glenn Vilppu at google. He has amazing DVD's of his lectures and wil teach you much much more than the alienthink dvd's.


    Put the lighting "glares" on a new layer and then use gaussian blur or use softer brush to get the result. I suggest you look up some photoshop tutorials around here to learn the basics with photoshop or google some it will get you started.

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    Ok, because I wanted to keep this partially regular (or at least ATTEMPT it, anyway...90% of my sketches I look at and bury) Ill post something from my pocket sketchbook I just finished.

    Per advice, I looked into Vilppu's work..and while i haven't gone very far down into the drawing manual yet, I made a few gesture drawings. Or what I THINK are gesture drawings, lol. I got a tad anal and put some details in. These poses came from a PDF that imagineFX put out, and rather then do any persnickety anatomy stuff, I just tried to make some large, amorphous circles as close to the shape in the picture as I could..and went from there.
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    I had my smaller sketchbook with me (the one I abuse the most, lol) for that last gesture drawing and...what the hell...I scanned in a few of my personal favorites from it. My scanning technique is still suck..but, here you go!
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    Ok, I didn't actually do this one TODAY..it was a final for last semester's art class. BUT, since this is studies and all, I thought it would be a good idea to pop it in here. This is a cropping of one Floyd "Money" Mayweather's arm.

    As a sidenote...I notice a lot of people have a very professional look to their shading..like it was crosshatched over a smudged base..or something. I need to look into how to do that. With THIS picture though..well...I used most of a 2B pencil (the original is WAY beyond scanner size..had to webcam pic it) and just scrubbed that paper like I was trying to get out that damned spot!
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    I'd recommend more gestures and poses from real life. Books and some one else's pre-digested pics can only take you so far (but are really freaking helpful too!)

    Practise will help you become confident and looser with your poses, which are currently very stiff.

    Good luck!
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    Hey man,
    I see you are tryin hard and that is key.
    I agree with The Sharpness of the apple,
    and I have no real advice to give but keep trying hard and scan through other people's sketch books and see how they are improving, keep up the anatomy!
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    Phew..Ok, I'm about 14 minutes late for this to be a DAILY update...but I did a few gesture drawings. Or my interpretation of them anyway, lol. This was done by using the posemaniacs site. Basically I was shown a pose at an angle completely from random..for about 90 seconds.

    I'm still not entirely sure what I'm supposed to be picking up here. "Flow" I guess. I know I have to pay attention to the curves a lot. I wonder how it is I apply this to an image..
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    OK! So..I was gone for about 3 days to an anime convention. Yes..I know..anime ist verboten (or however you spell it) but I like it. ANYWAY...since I had no computer, my nights had muuuuuch more room for drawing, and as such, I did some loomis studies, as well as a picture I'm quite happy with.

    I wasn't paying attention to anatomy so much as I was experimenting with gesture drawings...and thats how the pose came about.
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    Keep the work ethic up! You got some good stuff coming!
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