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    Ash's Sketchbook July '08

    This is my first post here, and I'm just beginning.

    I'm going through the book "The Complete Book of Drawing" by Barrington Barber, at least until I get into more complicated areas, then I'll branch out. For now, all I really need is this book, so don't expect anything too challenging from me. For now, I'll be posting mainly practicing different things like eye-hand coordination and shading for 3-D objects. If I post something else up here, like an actual drawing, I'll welcome crits, but keep in mind that I won't be using the crits until I actually get to that level of drawing in actual practice; things I draw right now that aren't practice are just things that come to mind at the time, not necessarily practice to me, though I understand they fall under "Practice" in a broad sense.

    Right now, I'm good for about thirty minutes to an hour of drawing at a time; after that, I start losing focus, unless it's an atempt at drawing something that's got me "inspired."

    Sorry for the size of this first one. *sigh* But you can see it's a practice page of hand-eye coordination and shading. I'll be working on this for a bit and try to figure out how to really get this down to a more managable size.
    Last edited by AShelton; July 17th, 2008 at 11:43 PM. Reason: need to apologize for the size

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    Thanks for the encouragement and welcome!

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    yo dude, welcome. Keep on truckin'
    i'm sure you'll get the hang of it really quickly.

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    Thanks for the welcome and encouragement, Jeff.

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    Be sure to slow down and take your time, try to actually watch what you're doing while you're looking at it in your head before you transfer those movements to your hand. If they don't look as good on paper as they did in your mind, try it again. :]

    Welcome to CA. Keep it comin', dude.
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    Thanks, Ian. I have to say, though, I disagree with your broccoli statement, though.

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    No need to number your studies.
    Just draw.

    Keep it up though.

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    I did it for my own comparison, HN. I wanted to know if I could see any progress between them. Besides, I'm just anal-retentive that way.

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    The forms are looking good. Would suggest slowing down, though, and really thinking about your lines and shading.

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    Thanks, Snitch. I'll be sure and slow down.

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    Practice 18 July '08 #1

    Hopefully, this will come out to fit the screen, not extend past it. I hate having to scroll side-to-side myself, so that first post of mine bugs the crap out of me.

    This time, I was a little neater. I spent more time concentrating on each image I drew. A friend (who is not an artist) pointed out to me that I should try blending the shading, and I like the effect better; it looks more natrual. I numbered them once again, but that's mostly for my benefit.

    I do notice that I need to work on my cubes more; they're all messy in the lines. I think the best is #1.

    On the spheres, I noticed some improvement; I think the best would have been #4, except for the two big fingerprint-like blotches in the darkest area; I could not get those to blend adequately. I had the most trouble on #2, because of its size. #5 looks to be the worst, and after doing it, I went on to practicing hand-eye coordination exercises after that, as you can see.

    With the hand-eye coorodination, I'm doing passably--in some rare cases. The first #1 is almost perfect, but it's small. I did a slightly larger version of it on the right side of the page, above Spiral #2, and it didn't turn out as well; I'll be practicing that more later on today. On the first Left-to-Right diagonal square, I made a rectangle. Not as bad as the second Right-to-Left diagonal, but not as good as the second Left-to-Right diagonal--and even that could use more work. As you can see, I don't erase my hand-eye coordination exercises; I need to keep a record of my mistakes so I can improve upon them. I also need to improve on my horizontal and vertical line-squares.

    I did, I think, better on the first spiral than the second. Mind you, I'm holding the mechanical pencil like a pen, drawing on my desk; I don't have the money for an easel or all the proper drawing equipment, so I'm drawing with what I've got here. The spiral's spaces get wider the same time I raise my arm off the desk to move the pencil in wider circles, which is also probably why my spiral is more elliptical than circular. On the second spiral, I started with my arm not on my desk, and managed to stay pretty consistent near the center, then things got wonky toward the outer edge.

    As for the stars, both could use some improvement, but I think I did slightly better on the first one.

    In all, I'm pretty pleased with my spheres. I recognize that I need a lot more work on them--and the cubes, too--but I took my time with them. I spent an average of ten minutes on each sphere, an average of seven with each cube, and I rubbed the shading with tissue. I'll practice more on the hand-eye coordination exercises later and probably post that page, too.

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    Improving already. Always a good sign. I'd suggest letting the lines flow, too. Seems like you're too rigid. And if you want to prop the drawing pad up, use a tray or a chopping board or similar leaned against the wall, or some other immovable object.

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    LOL Snitch, if I let my wrist control things, I'd leave lines like those on an EKG reading when the heart's erratic. It'll take me some time to learn how to relax and still draw. Thanks for the prop advice; I'll have to find something, but I have no idea what right now. (no trays or large enough chopping board)

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    Here's another unintentionally larger-than-the-screen drawing

    And, in this one, you get to see that I'm still at the outline-and-color stage, when I add color. I must have gotten the suckiest package of colored pencils, because they just wouldn't color dark enough. I got cramps from pressing down with them. Now I know why I hadn't used them in so long.

    As for the skill . . . yeah. It sucks. I know this, but the idea came to me in two parts; the mirror comes from a dream I had, and the monster behind the glass . . . well, I always wondered what would have happened to Snow White's stepmother if she'd asked the wrong question of the mirror. I really wanted to be more gruesome, but I don't think I've got that skill; this is definitely one I'll be reworking once I have it.

    Feel free to crit. This being a definite work-in-progress means I have a lot of room for improvement, and I know it and look forward to your comments.

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    Practice 2 18July08

    Once again, this page will exceed the width of the screen. I'm really sorry about this, but this is as shrunken as I can get the page wihtout cutting half my work into pieces. Believe me, this problem bothers me much more than it bothers you, as I make a habit of avoiding sites where I have to scroll across horizontally. It's a pet peeve of mine, and I'm forces to subject myself -- and everyone here -- to it. It does not make me happy at all.

    Well, looking at my work I can point out my favorites and my worsts. I think I did maybe one vertical-line square(5) satisfactorily, and my "best" cube(6) has a curvy shadow.

    It's a tie for best horizontal-line square--almost. 3 has second place, but I think 6 is the best. As for my diagonal r-l line squares, I'd say 2 is probably the best, despite the curvy edge it has. I was too inconsistent on 1 and 3, the latter of which looks more like a rectangle. In l-r line squares, 3 would have to be the best right after 2. I wasn't paying attention on 1 and 4, and they both look like it.

    My favorites are Cube 3, Vertial-line square 5, and horizontal-line square 6. As for my squares? I just wasn't focused and I think I've subconsciously (or maybe consciously) labelled them as "boring." I think that mentality followed me into some of my cubes, even the teeny-tiny cube 7.
    Last edited by AShelton; July 18th, 2008 at 07:31 PM. Reason: Need to ad pic.

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