Looking good. You're definitely moving in the right direction and doing the right work to improve. I like your figure studies/gestures. Maybe try to do a few longer ones, don't stop doing the short ones(they're great and useful), but try to throw in a more finished one on occasion. That will teach you different things than the short drawings.
Also you might want to do a few studies on the facial features separately. Your noses and eyes are hit or miss. Sometimes they're nice and sometimes they are more of a nose/mouth/eye symbol. So sitting down and doing a page or two of eye studies from reference, and then a few pages of mouth and then nose I think will really help you a lot. It has helped me.
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thanks for the comment. i have found a new figure drawing session that has 10 and 30 min poses as well as gestures. i'll post those eventually. i completely agree it is a whole new ballgame getting into the more developed renderings.
and i think you're right about the faces. sometimes it feels like painting mural on a matchbook with a paint roller with the conte i have and the sizes i'm working at. so i suppose the solution is work bigger or use something more accurate. i got a pack of stabillo carbothello just this morning. it will make for some more accuracy i think.
this is a tattoo i traded for a street fighter arcade machine. he had coop's devil girl with a guitar sitting on skulls on his other calf. so he wanted the same style but opposite. so white sitting on red. there's a really shitty cell phone pic of the tattoo after one session which is where it's at right now.
It seems like you're stuck with the style of the industry, busty babes and flowers.
But i think you could improve on your life drawings a lot if you just slowed down and really observed the figure you're drawing. I know it sounds trivial but once you start to take your time and really try to understand what you're looking at, your drawings will get a lot better.
Draw what you see, not what you know.
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