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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 :/

    More arms!

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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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