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    Not Deadman's sketchbook

    Hello, after a couple of months of lurking, I've decided to post some stuff. At first I was intimidated by all the work here...holy crap some of the stuff here is amazing... but I figured I won't get better by just lurking.

    Heres stuff from my sketchbook. Please critique and give me advice to point me in the right direction... I'm entirely self-taught at this point. Been drawing seriously since the summer so I have A LOT of catching up to do!

    I should also mention I heavily referenced photos for the 1st two drawings, is that a bad thing? I only have access to a model once a week, but I want to do a lot more drawing from models so I figured magazines were the next best thing

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    I want to comment, but the scans are way to over exposed to see anything. You might wanna try and fix that up.

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    ugh... I'm sorry... i just tried to fix them and it comes out the same with light lines. I think it might have to do with me trying to scan 11 x 14 stuff with a scanner than can only scan 8.5 x 11 so the paper isn't perfectly on the scanner I'm going to have to find my camera.

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    Ok, I took pictures with my camera... I'm really hoping you guys can help me out now. I don't know what to do to improve. I've only been drawing seriously for 4 months (I drew really bad anime/manga drawings as a kid) and I think I've already hit a brick wall...
    Any books I should read? I've already read Loomis' figure drawing and faces and hands book. I'm also a huge fan of George Bridgman's books. Im reading the human figure by John Vanderpoel right now.
    I'm also plan to drop by the Art Students League in Manhatten, NY. Anyone from CA.org that goes there? How is that place?
    I'll take any advice... I really want to be a professional but I'm worried I've started too late... I'm already a senior in high school... I'm not sure if I can catch up.
    tl;dr constructive criticism please. Thank you.

    The first 3 are life drawings on 18 x 24 paper and the last one is from my imagination on 11 x 14 paper in my sketchbook

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    Here are some 30 second drawings I did today... How do people pull these off? It gets pretty hectic but its fun... You guys have any tips/tricks?

    Also did some studies of the trunk and its planes from John Vandepoel's "the human figure"

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    I'm not dead just yet! I have more stuff I drew while I was away... please, I really want to get better... becoming an illustrator is my dream... and I don't plan on giving up anytime soon

    I did six 1 minute poses, some doodles, 2 drawings of girls from a sport illustrated bikini magazine and 1 from my imagination. I noticed I can't draw arms and legs very well so I'm going to practice those next.

    Again, I need constructive criticism because I know my art is lacking, but I don't know how to fix it well

    I also notice I should take more time on some drawings, but I'm afraid that if I take too much time on one thing, I could've been doing another thing

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    keep on those studies man!!!

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    Yes, a reply, thank you! Hopefully I can get some critiques from other members soon...

    One major problem I've been having is... construction...
    I dunno whether to do cubes, squares, circles, etc for the body. I've been told of so many different ways to do it, and I've tried all of the ones I've heard but I dont know of a great method which gets the job rapidly and effectively. What ways do you guys prefer/recommend?

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    Hello there !

    The circles, the cubes and the other forms must be imagenary! To catch the movement of the body and make it look interesting I think it will be good first to draw from reference or catch a book: for instance Burne Hogarth http://www.scribd.com/doc/961616/Bur...Figure-Drawing ! Easy man you will need to re-read it maybe a few more times! Understand everything which is there... and loose up those lines, do not make them so hard, try to obtain that reflex with free hand, do not force the lines! Maybe I am repeating myself ... so take care my friend and get inspiration from somewhere Alex Pascenko is a hell of an artist you should take a look at his SB

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    Ello, Im back from a 4 month hiatus due to many problems, one of them being hesistance/laziness... i've decided to start drawing even more and to stop worrying about all this other this in life... cuz cmon... gotta do what I love and no one can stop me

    I havent gotten any better, but my new goal is to be great enough to hang out w/ "the cool kids" like all the great artists on this site.

    Let's do this!
    Ima start w/ the beginning of april to now...

    Also, if I dont practice/post everyday... shoot me please! I really want to make awesome art... I'm giving meself up until september when I go to college!

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    And here are some life-drawing/memory drawings... they're horrible, BUT ill improve! damnit ill improve or else ill just.... scrub my brains out and clean my wrists!

    i hope i can keep to my word.... i have a lot of stuff to do like... find a job for the summer.... study for IB tests next month... graduate... driving classes.... im stressed out! help me out guys!
    I have NO art friends, and I hope to find some here! I love talking about art and artists in general, i find it more interesting than random tv shows or music imo

    I look forward to meeting new people here! Catch ya guys tomorrow and please critique and comment! thank you!

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    didnt have much time to do much, im worrying about getting into art school now since i applied so damn late.... /sigh... please comment and critique! thanks!

    3 studies from roger peck's anatomy book and the last is a bunch of doodles/memory drawings i did on my bus ride from school

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    Hey man, thanks for stopping by my SB, i'm going to Guelph for their studio art program. Your stuff is looking pretty good, especially with the higher quality scans near the end. The anatomy stuff your doing is looking great, one critique is try doing some portrait drawing, just quick stuff and doesn't have to be anything especially hard, i like to use google a lot for that. I'll try and follow you throughout the summer as well

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