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    Hi, I am new to concept art. I have been drawing for almost a year now and really enjoy it. I just got a scanner for Christmas and am excited to join the concept art ranks.

    My goal for myself right now is to become better at figure drawing. I have been reading Loomis and Hogarth and trying with mixed results to imitate them. I am starting to get frustrated with my progress so I am posting here to hopefully get some advice. My stuff is pretty sketchy. I have wanted to focus on getting that part right before moving on to more complicated stuff. Does anyone have any thoughts on this approach?

    Two sketches today: Tina Fey from photo and around 10 minute action poses sketches.

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    2 sketches from today

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    I'll give you some advice about the female face. It is more smooth, w. longer vurves, and less angles. Try to smooth up your lines a bit when you draw women's face. Also, do up some general sketches of just stick figures in all types of poses. Also life drawing will help you lose any sort of stiffness in your picture and figures.

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    Thanks for the feedback Evxyza92. I sketched some more. I thought these heads looked less angular until I scanned them. Now that I am looking at them on my computer I am not as satisfied.

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    i liek your drawings they are goood

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    Well, they are just sketches, and I like these more than that tina fey one. Less angles, allo you spread out more when in a more developed drawing, to make it better.

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    Anna Karina

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    Comic book sketches today

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    Last sketch this year. 3 ladies and a head

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    Varying success

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    Hi Joel,
    I really like your "Anna Karina" sketch! Very nice strokes. You could develop it further with stronger tones to bring out some features.

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    You're getting there. Just keep drawing! Thank you for visiting my sb.

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    Here is a drawing from a figure tutorial http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=14035

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    Nice sketches. One thing that popped out in the last sketch is his left hand, which appears way too small - it should be larger since it is placed closer to the camera. If you look at the image in the tutorial it is a bit larger than his head. Some of your nude women seem to be missing their necks - a mistake that I also make frequently If you haven't done so already, I suggest you look up the 8-head formula (or 7-head or whatever), and try to memorize it; this has helped me alot with the proportions of the human figure.

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    Thanks for the feedback erter. I have been doing some practice with loomis' measurements. I think i will continue to do more.

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    Joel, How is Seattle? From Ohio it's always sounded very cool. Anyway... I don't already see it in the thread so I'll go ahead and put the suggestion out there that drawing from life is the best,imho, for getting your foundations. If you don't have access to a model, then maybe an action figure just to get started, or some studies of your non-drawing hand. Maybe a self portrait in a mirror. Statues are good, but not outside ones right now in Seatle I guess.
    At the colleges I've been to students started by drawing stilllifes and working their way up. Others start with casts or skeletons I think. If I were you, and I know that I'm not I would get some toys that are realistic representations of people or animals and start on those. I'd draw the same "figure" from dfiferent angles to get a sense of how the weight disperses. Also I'd give myself plenty of time. Just my 2 cents there though. Good Luck with your stuff!

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    Thanks for the feedback bill. My aunt lives in Ohio I have always liked the mid west. I am registered to take a figure drawing class complete with models later this month. But I want to be prepared so I can take the most advantage of the class.

    A dead leg and a little bit of self criticism where the side effects of this self portrait. I never know what to do with hair or beards.

    If I drew it again after a few beers I wonder if I would be better looking?

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    You are welcome The proportions in 15 look much better than in your earlier drawings. About hair; one advice that I come across pretty often is to focus on the large masses, or clumps, of hair first, and then you can add a few single strands for detailing afterwards, if needed.

    After getting comfortable with the x-head formula, I'll suggest you study the bones and muscles of the human body. I can recommend The Structure of Man DVDs, which I found incredibly helpful for this purpose (he also covers the 8-head formula).

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    Thanks for the tip erter i will look for those videos. Here is another picture from http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=14035

    I think this one came out better then the last.

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    Here is my first doodle with my new copy of photo shop. Any recommendations on beginners tutorials?

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    A warrior I call silly arms.

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    Attempt at imitating Leinil Yu style of drawing Wolverine. What type of paper and pencil hardness do people usually draw comics with?

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    an ink of a dude with a knife.

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    more graphite

    a floating roman with a spear

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    I can sense you're on the verge of an improvement breakthrough.

    Stick with Loomis - he's a good dude. Bridgman's a good friend to have as well. Equally, so is everyone who stays still long enough for you to draw them!

    Continue to work hard and learn even harder.

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    An ink and a portrait

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    More ink

    Another try at ink marker.

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    More of the same

    Another ink. Practice makes competence right? Trying to achieve that comic book style.

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    Warrior Queen

    A sketch called warrior queen inspired by Arantza Sestayo's art of a similar theme.

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