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    How little do we know

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    1: We draw animals from our head without using reference. It's fun to pick one that we perhaps have never drawn and maybe it was months since we last saw one. The only thing we have to work with is our memory (perhaps an ancient one). I think it could be useful to draw two different views (See attached image). Personally I prefer doing something in color and at least some degree of detail, and pretty realistic. That illustrates my deficiencies better, and I'll be left with more little anecdotes of where I went completely wrong. Perhaps I'll remember these anecdotes, and that is useful. It creates an association memory or something.

    (Edit: Any animal would be fine, it's up to you). In the test run of this thread we've worked with Crows, Ostriches and (male) Lions. Maybe you're more uncomfortable with Elephants, Giraffes, or Ants...

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    2: We search for reference images and do a Paint-Over of our own image. Where did we go wrong?


    3: We take away the reference and draw the creature again. How much do we remember with a fresh memory of both the reference images as well as the drawing/painting process of our earlier image?


    ( 4: Optional. We can wait a week, then draw it again without reference. How much has the memory degraded? Or maybe we fall in love with the animal and do tons of useful studies. Who knows. )

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    Last edited by Prometheus|ANJ; July 17th, 2008 at 06:09 PM.
    Jamen jag tror att han skäms, och har gömt sig. Vårt universum det är en av dom otaliga spermasatser som Herren i sin självhärliga ensamhet har runkat fram för å besudla intet.
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    Ok, here I go! I'd better go and find some ref now... I'm really curious.
    Jamen jag tror att han skäms, och har gömt sig. Vårt universum det är en av dom otaliga spermasatser som Herren i sin självhärliga ensamhet har runkat fram för å besudla intet.
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    Ok, studies are done. I seem to bulk (thick) things up a lot, maybe because I do so
    much game art. These poses don't really cover all the poses and animations that you
    need to know, but they're descriptive of the basic design of the animal. A good place
    to start. Mostly it's just fun to see everything that I miss...

    Some ref I found that might be useful.

    Ostrich. Nice muscular system thing.
    http://www.daylife.com/photo/08UWgcx5RD0DG

    Ostrich. Front views are hard to find of birds. Maybe they're not photogenic enough in that angle.
    http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/image...41_ostrich.jpg

    Didn't find any good crow ref from the front.
    It's a bad angle, apparently. People want the beak profile!

    It's getting late, I'll see if I can do them from head tomorrow.
    I wonder how much sleeping will degrade the memory.

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    I also did a Male Lion on IRC earlier. Pretty catastrophic first iteration.
    I deliberately picked an animal that I didn't know. More fun that way.
    I had to go back and fix my study.

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    Wow I just wanted to say that It is a really good idea, seems fun... I'll try it when I'm home

    great job guys!
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    Also just wanted to say thanks, I'll give this a try tomorrow
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    The proportions of the nose and mouth are important to get it to look like a lion. I also couldn't remember if they had circular pupils or those slit type. Fixed the broken arm. Guessed at the muscles, couldn't find decent pictures of those.
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    Back from the bed. It's a bit rough, but I guess the major features are there. Proportions are easy to mess up. I first drew the neck on the ostrich S curved, but thought I was doing an 'art thing', so I straightened it. Seems I seems I should have trusted my art sense this time. Although, I'm sure that their neck can be straight... it just doesn't look as good and the ostriches know it.

    The Crow beak got too big it seems. Maybe because I'm not used to realistic scales, so I magnify key features. I tried to keep the ostrich head down though, but that was because I knew that I probably drawn it too big, so I scaled it down. Got paranoid.
    Last edited by Prometheus|ANJ; July 18th, 2008 at 05:33 AM.
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    only nine posts in here so far, and already BEST of CA material.. without a doubt the best idea i've seen here since blob-oc
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    Wow, this looks fun. No doubt a great exercise to learn to draw stuff.
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    Polar Bear!

    This is such a great way to learn to draw from memory. It's so obvious but I never really consider it before.
    Ref, head, ref, head, ref, head. Keep doing this and we could learn to draw many, many animals (and other things).

    It's such a laugh to see the first try after study from ref.
    Quadrupeds are difficult from the front angle.
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    Ok! this is embarassing. I am not impressed with myself
    Anyway this was a very good exercise for me since I draw animals so rarely. And I have certainly never drawn a giraffe before.
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