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    Chris Reilly's Sketchbook

    I started this sketchbook almost directly after starting to learn to draw almost 5 years ago now. Since then I've graduated from university with a degree in Illustration, and have had some professional experience - including working for Warner Brothers. Feel free to look through my sketchbook and leave a comment, I am very open to critique and ill always try and answer any questions or offering critique myself.

    The below attachments are more representative of my current skill level. My portfolio website can be seen at: http://scriar.daportfolio.com/
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    Good start. Use reference more often; though I must say those enviroments are pretty good for no reference.

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    Fourtonmantis: Thank you for your comment and advice, Ill try to use references more in the future.

    I have been working all day, so only had 30 minutes to spare for drawing today. Decided to do some Bridgemen hands to add to the sketchbook. Will do some more tomorrow, hoping to work through the Bridgemen constructive anatomy book, as well as the Andrew Loomis books during the summer.

    I need to hide my rubber somewhere I have gone and crinkled the sketchbook page again, to much rubbing out ;p

    edit: added a cleaner scan
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    Another update for today, 3 more Bridgemen hands. Spent about an 45 mins to an hour on these 3. As well as a random girl sketch, no reference as it was something I did whilst defraging my computer
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    An update for today, a page full of Bridgemen hands, oh and a finger ;p

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    Good start! Great to see that you're already tackling anatomy.
    Try to take some time everyday (10 minutes is enough) and just sit down draw something. Lifedrawings would be good to get understanding for volume and shape. Hope to see more soon!
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    I like the Bridgman studies! I'm doing them too...[not posted though].
    btw do you always use 2B pencil to start the sketches?....I'm just wondering wouldn't it be better to use HB, B or F pencil as starting pencil?...It is not a critique though. I just found out for myself that using some of the pencils above is better as begining because they do not smudge that easy.[I discovered personaly that F works best for me as starting pencil ]

    Anyway- Good luck with your work! Keep practicing!!!

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    Danelf: Thank you for your comment, and advice. Ill definably try to do some anatomy studies every day.

    AgentAlpha: Thanks as well for the comment and advice. I usually start off with a 2b Pencil, it used to be a B pencil but I have used it so much the pencil is like this big [-----]> lol

    Ill probably go and buy some new pencils when I get paid, at the moment I do a light sketch in 2B, then go over the sketch in 4B. I think I have a 9B pencil lying around somewhere to add some darker values.

    Here are some more Bridgemen studies for today. Btw sorry for the slow response, I decided to only reply if I have a piece of art to post so I am not bumping my own thread.

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    One last update for today, sketch of a cat spent 1 hour on it also used a reference picture from wetcanvas as a guide. edit: Added a drawing exersize I spent half an hour doing.

    The idea is to scribble randomly on to the page, then try and pick shapes/make drawings out of the scribbles. Seems like a good way of coming up with quick thumbnails to base final drawings on.

    Also tried a few shape building exercises where you put shapes together to make characters.

    Both exercises taken from fun with a pencil - Andrew Loomis.
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    A small update for this morning, spent 15 minutes doing some Vilppu action poses would spent longer but I am going to college in 20 minutes ;p

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    Update for today, finished my sketchbook just a minute ago the last 4 pages are lots of vilppu action poses as well as these conpression type circles, they are a bit boring to look at so I wont post those.

    The picture below are 30 second poses off of posemaniacs.com. It was going so quickly I decided to just try to get the gesture in.

    Going to start my new sketchbook now its my 20 th one since I started drawing last september Think I will fill this one entirely of Bridgemen, Loomis, and Vilppu studies.

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    One last update for today, first page of my new sketchbook decided to do some life drawings of my hand/thumb/fingers, and my foot

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    An update for today, these are character building practices from the Andrew loomis-

    Fun with a pencil book. All the drawings in the grid are copied from the book, the ones outside the grid are my own. This is the first time I have used a blue pencil to do sketches in, I think I might try this more often as it seems a good way to do preliminary sketches in.

    p.s If you right click and do view picture it seems to be larger and slightly clearer to see.

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    Update for today, I now have corel painter X after months of saving. Heres my first attemp at using the program (never used it before) tried to do an apple, took an hour to do the apple, and spent half an hour trying to figure out how to use everything.

    Now to save up for a graphics tablet

    P.s I converted this to a JPEG file then compressed with picture editor, not sure if there is a better way to do it, hopefully it shows correctly.

    Edit: After looking through other peoples sketchbooks I think I have not balanced enough drawing from the imagination with the studies so Ill try to add more imaginative/creative art in future updates. Will make my sketchbook more interesting I think ;p
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    An update for today before I go to work. This is a W.I.P of a fairy, I have only used the pallet tools as a way of getting used to them, finding out what they can do etc

    Hopefully will finish tonight, or tomorrow. Sorry for the lack of updates, I have a lot of college coursework, and work to do at the moment.

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