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    Mpdpsy's Sketchbook

    4/15/14:

    Hi everyone, I must be one of the slowest people to improve around here haha, but I'm gonna keep going, crits/feedback/or whatever is welcome thanks!

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    update

    ok....got sidetracked! with classes and such, so didn't have time to update, but I'm done with the classes at the community college now. I plan to take about a year off from school to focus solely on getting better, practicing drawing and painting on my own. I suck a bit less now, but I still suck nonetheless. I'm gonna post a lot of older sketches from the last 2 years, up until the newer sketches, and I want to update daily from now on, any comments, advice, would but much appreciated thank you!

    Older sketches from 07-08:

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    Sketches from 08-present

    More recent sketches from 08-up to present time, after this I want, or will try to update daily of any current artworks:

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    Some paintings from class

    Paintings from the past 2 semesters:

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    Some small oil paintings from this week:

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    [I'm 27, and I've wondered around for 8 years. That was
    8 years too long. If it's in the heart we should just go for it.]

    A lot of anatomys which always helps.
    I'm currently hovering around values and colour. Composition and
    perspectives .

    [I've only just accepted the value of real life studies. I'm starting with still
    lifes. An apple won't run away, except in my tummy]

    Keep up the studies mate.

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    Your figure drawings and anatomical studies are going great! This is exactly the kind of work I need to be doing, and seeing this progress is a great motivator.

    Keep it up!

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    well, turns out I had more stuff to do for class this week, but now I'm done for real with everything, so I'll officially start my self-taught/practice journey thing this Monday. But here's a small update for a last in class still life oil painting:

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    May 11 - May 14

    These are studies/drawings done from this Monday until today. Originally I had planned out a list of things to do each day, but it was harder to follow the schedule than I thought! I ended up spending 4 days just for the 1 day schedule....but I think I'm getting better at keeping at it. My schedule was:

    - Posemaniacs Gestures (1 hour)
    - Study/Practice Loomis/Bridgeman/Villppu about 20 pages (2 hours)
    - Draw portrait (1 hour)
    - Draw from life (1 hour)
    - Paint (2 hours)

    So far, I finished the first 4, haven't done the painting yet, I'm going to do value studies with the oil paint today, then start the "day 2" schedule, which is a repeat of the above list.

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    May 14 - May 21

    So the past few days I realized it's better to focus on one area per day, because I get more out of it, rather than trying to rush doing the different things I set for myself on the list. So these are studies done from Loomis' Fun With a Pencil, I think I learned a lot on how to draw a head from these, and I also started a value study with oil earlier, and will focus more on that next:

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    I see youre working on heads, here is some advice : something that was invaluable to me in learning how to draw heads was to sculpt a small replica of a human skull. Whether you draw it or sculpt it, make sure you put good amount of time into studying that. Also for your figure drawings, I recommend when you start to first approximate the locations of the core : skull, spine, and pelvis

    keep up the good work

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    5/25/09

    I decided to take time off before transferring because I wanted to rebuild my portfolio piece by piece. This is the first piece I'll include in my portfolio, it's a still life I worked on the past few days with charcoal:

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    5/26/09-6/10/09

    I got caught up doing these Loomis studies the past two weeks, they took a lot longer than I wanted to, in large part because of slacking tendencies taking over..ugh...but I think I learned quite a bit about constructing the figure from these:

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    Christ thems is a lot of studies, nice work. Remember to post some stuff from your imagination too, thats one of the best bits!

    <_< >_> -----> Sketchbook
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    6/11/09

    I wanted to test out if any of my studies did any good for my imaginative drawings, and I think they did! which is a relief, because it would've been a waste of a shitload of time if they didn't, they still need a lot of work, but I can picture the action of the figure in my head, and construct it carefully on paper a lot better than before where I would just haphazardly draw by trial and error:

    (*edit - images too big)

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    it's fun to watch you improve from the first post! keep it up!

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    Man, your work is AWESOME. You put a lot of effort into understanding the human figure/face, and it really shows!
    I agree with what was said before, though. If you have anything you've drawn purely from imagination, we'd love to see.

    My knowledge of scientific biological transmogrifications is only outmatched by my zest for Kung-Fu treachery.

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    6/12/09

    RedSquirrel, papervampire, Dethklaus, thanks for taking the time to stop by my sb, helps me keep my motivation up!


    Here's a couple of figure doodlings from this morning...I gotta learn my anatomies next and principles of form, gonna do another still life with charcoal later today for my second portfolio piece:

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    6/12/09

    I couldn't focus on the charcoal still life, so I decided to do another quick figure doodling, this time I tried to vary the line weights more to indicate form, but I still have a lot of trouble with it, I gotta study the old master's drawings next:

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    6/13/09-6/22/09

    Been doing studies on master drawings lately, it's fun to see how they create form, still learning it , will continue doing these...: last one's from a photo.

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    Oh my god:
    That is 20 (thread)pages work at one page!!!

    There are very nice studies, you are doing great, and you'll do even greater with working that much
    Thanks for that motivation! Have to do more, more more more

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    6/22/09-8/01/09

    man, I haven't updated cuz I've been too lazy to scan my studies. To be honest they're getting tiresome, but I know I have to do them, I can feel myself understanding what I'm drawing in terms of structure a lot more. Especially now that I'm starting to study Vilppu more seriously now, anyways, here are more studies, I know I should explore stuff from my imagination a lot more, I plan to...I just need to get my drawing basics down pat. I also did some self portraits...just line drawing though, I will explore value studies after I'm done with the Vilppu exercises:

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    Aug 1 - Aug 8

    More Vilppu studies, and a couple of portraits of my friends:

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    Nice dude! You have improved tremendously since your '07/'08 sketches.

    And you seem to know exactly what you should be doing (Loomis, "Drawing on Right Side of Brain", etc) All great books.

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    love your studies so far. maybe try charcoal or softer pencils to work in deeper values. i'd also recommend more eye studies. you seem to be a bit foggy on them compared to the rest of the face.

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    sep 7 - sep 8

    d-funct: thanks for the suggestion! I decided to use pastel pencils, and it made it a whole lot easier to create volume.

    The first image is drawn from imagination, the same gladiator, warrior dude but in a different stance. The other ones are studies of William L. Maughan's Drawing the Head:

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    Sep 9

    A couple more studies of Maughan's heads, ugh, I think the forms get lost in some parts, gotta focus more on the large planes next time:

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    Another head study, man I'm really falling behind with my self-portraits, gonna try to apply what I learned from these studies to do work on those next, I think I'm getting the hang of the planes of the head more now:

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    More head studies, I need to do more of these the more I do them, the more I understand shading structure bit by bit:

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