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    JHarfords sketchbook // {1st sep - Pool ball study + underwater action!}

    wow, the work here is pheneomenal , the amount of quality sketchbooks and artists is just mind blowing. I've had a couple of sketchbooks here in the paste, but just ran out of personal time. I think now things are different, I got married, have my own place and i'm at a stage where I really do have the time to draw and learn. I'm realy hoping to get a lot from the art, artists and advice here on CA. I've been painting and drawing all my life, but never in a serious capacity. I can't count the number of times i've picked up a new sketchbook and pencils, sat down and started sketching, and just got totaly de-motivated the more I drew. The time now feels right for me to get a grasp on fine art and concept art. It's important to me, to be able to express my opnions and feelings through art and it's a huge bonus for my career too.

    I'll start with a couple of drawings from this morning I'm starting out with 30 arm studies. Here are the first few. I'll post as much as I can and promise to accept any crit , feedback , no matter how honest. Everything I post will be from today.

    Cheers in advance to anyone who takes the time to respond.

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    The pics

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    Digital study

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    great start looks very promising! keep posting, and thx for your comment

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    Kfeeras Thanks ! any tips? I'm having some trouble crosshatching / shading along the form properly. Sometimes I do it the wrong way and the form breaks :/

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    awesome arm studies! nice clean lines. I'd say do some more foreshortened arms.
    strong start, keep em comin!

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    Radio24 Thanks man, that's a good idea, i'll do some more of those,

    Heres a few more, and some shockingly bad heads!, Althought I like the top left one .

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    I think the cross hatching is good more frequently than it's bad. Just keep practicing until you feel you are always making something look the way you meant for it to look. If you want to study other cross hatchers around here, there is Mentler (who will also rub out his ink a little bit with an alcohol swab so it's hybrid hatch/blend) or Kev Ferrara whose work I find a little busy but highly technically proficient.

    If you are interested in a little looser approach to lines, I highly recommend Tensai's sketchbook.

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    Looks like a good start! The arm studies are great! The heads suffer form some anatomy issues, but judging from the quality of your arm studies I'm sure you'll solve them if you keep your nose to the grindstone. Keep at it!

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    Arttorney Thanks a lot arttorney, mentler really has the crosshatching thing down to a T! I'm going to go look at kev's work now and study that.

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    Thanks mate, I'm glad they are of an OK quality. I'll keep it at hard!

    A few older images I haven't posted anywhere before ( that doesn't mean they are secret or good )

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    Hey Joe! First, congrats on the wedding! Welcome to our SSG, from now on there will be no more of this de-motivating business. Kiss it goodbye that's what we're here for.

    I like how you show mass with your hatching and some of those foreshortened hands are quite difficult. They're very well done. Love the first digital study. Strong work in your sb, looking forward to the journey!

    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

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    Sup jhartford, awesome hand studies and hatching! I also have a difficult time hatching across the form if you got any tips send em over my way.

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    Eon Thanks! , The wedding was fantastic. I'm so happy No more de-motivating? sounds great!
    I'm going to continue the arms tonight, as there are plenty of ref photos left and I haven't hit 30 yet.After that I can have ice cream
    Hatching is fun, but your right, a few strokes wrong and the form breaks. Arttoney gave me some really useful artists to study.


    snootchy Cheers buddy , I'll send some tips as soon as I improve!

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    Great sketches, looks promissing, love to see more soon

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    Great arm studies, good clean lines. Keep on doing studies as many as you can, they'll really help you.

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    yo j. the artgasmic force will see its mission statement realized! welcome!

    lets see some more work. what you have so far shows a lot of potential.

    arm sketches are looking nice. as far as improving; don't think, just look and then draw. if you're drawing and its something you're not satisfied with then keep just keep drawing. a good practice would be to just draw with no preconception of what you want to draw. i often just start drawing and see whats coming out. you'd be amazed how much information is stored in the unconscious. build your muscle memory!!!

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    Thanks everso much for the comments guys, i'll respond properly in the next post with work.

    Heres the plan for the next 5 hours. Its the weekend and i'm going to nail this.
    3 20 minute photo studies
    1 hour copying anatomy from bridgman
    2 hours digital painting
    1 hour of something else

    See you in 5 hours with posts.

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    artgasmic force lol... hi there, i see you've made an artistic to do list. i try that to but i usually cannot restrict myself from spending way too much time on one thing or trying another in the process etc. power to you if you can actually regulate your drawing exercises, wish i could. anyway, nice stuff, the arm studies are clean and confident and you show potential to own with the wacom. post more so we can seriously crit!

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    Thanks Grenapples!, I'll post more now and later.
    Your right, it's hard to regulate them, they run into each other, but if I go over by 30 mins thats okay, as long as I output the desired amounts.

    Here's the first 2 digis.

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    You picked the hardest photos damnit !
    But it was real fun I admit. We'll be doin more of these.
    Aside from the fuzzyness and the croppy image height on the last one, they be lookin great. Good exercises. Lets do some more ! (tomorow)

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    and the third.. phew!

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    last digi

    Last digi for tonight ( I think ) ,
    scanning in bridgman stuff too now.

    Another burlesque dancer.. Crazy colourful feathers are great.

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    nice use of the rake brush on the feathers

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    Thanks snootchy, rake brush is pretty cool but hard to get used to.
    cheers

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    I really like your pencil studies, nice use of colors in your third digital pic too!

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    Heres another! cute Taiwanese kid , aw.
    cheap concrete overlayed over the image .
    I could image this being chalk painted on a wall and the kid actually walking past at the same time, would be a cool photograph


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    Good round J-man ! ( J-man ? really ?)
    It's cool to see how different yours always looks to mine (not talking about penises this time).
    It's cool to see how we approach it differently. And I get a better perspective on how my piece looks you know ?
    Cause I often get lost in my piece and don't see it for what it is, by comparing it to yours I can see better where I went wrong and where I went right. I guess that's a compliment and a crit at the same time eh, hah!

    Anyways, we'll do more of these !

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    Haha, hells yeah man, that's how I feel about it too, it's really good to get a perspective on a piece. We can do another few tonight with mario and gm , thats 4 to compare with, pretty useful!.
    Cheers

    J-man

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    i wanna try too! i need to get more into digital painting but i find it boring but if im doing it with people it will be fun. do you use open canvas online with each other or just share the ref link?

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    another digi with freddy and mario, more later.. 15 mins. Good fun.

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