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    Robbie's journey

    Hello people! i hope this is the right thread to post new sketchbooks?



    Anyway my name is Robbie Allen, i became a member of the site a while back but i havn't really used it since.
    So I'm starting afresh, and i want to master the basics and strive forward to improve my art every day from now as much as i can before i come across a stubling block (which hopefully won't happen Firstly i want to develop and take my drawing skills and technique as high as i can, then i really want to take this further to strengthen my passion and current ability for digital art/painting.
    I'l give a brief overview about me, i'm 21 and graduated from uni with a 2:1 in games design in the summer which was an incredibly fun and proud time for me, prob the best 3years of my life so far. I was brought up so to speak in a 'concrete jungle' surrounded by Alcoholics and drug addicts, none associated with my family but i happened to be brought up in the centre of Brighton UK, and is prob typical in centre of most Cities. I was the only one in my area to go firts to college, then pack my bags and study at uni. I have been brought up without financial support and by my single parent mum who made me believe i could go to uni etc, and so i did!
    Anyway midway through my second year at uni i discovered digital art, for games and magazines etc. And instantly fell in love with the art and i thought to myself that if there was anything in the world that i whish i could be as good at, it would be to become a great artist, one whos art is seen in magazines, books and teaches others with his knowledge and skill. This begun as a dream also when i was younger as i loved to draw, but i have never consistently 'drawn' each day until maybe my third year at uni. I studied Graphic design and illustrataion at college when i was 16 and had my first few life drawing lessons then, which i loved, but since then i have had none, and at uni we were taught 3-d, not 2-d art. So i didn't really develop any drawing skill until i picked up the torch myself in my third year and begun to set it alight!
    I wanted my 'honours' uni project to be a personal journey for me to do concept art, but it became a character project which i really enjoyed. Since i graduated, i have been reaching out looking for advice, whilst practicing art at home. I'm currently unemployed but as a choice to help spur my art develpment forwards. I know it will take a long time but i know this is what i want, as i enjoy it so much so this is where it begins again for me. Right now i have time on my hands and i want to utilise it as well as i can whilst keeping young and still living my life! I can use the time i have now as a full time job to spearhead my development and that is what i want. I have already begun from a couple of weeks ago, so I will post my latest sketches up here, i have already begun so on the Imagine fx sketchbook, but not much crit there so i have decided to try here. I am welcome to any criticism and advice, really i want it and to help guide me and give me a boost to improve. Please help me along my jouney so this is it, i will be updating regularly i promise

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    Sister sketches

    Ok first post, here are some sketches of my sister i done about 2 weeks ago, pencil on paper.

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    Ok heres some more sketches first off my younger sister age 13, then some of my mate Mark.

    And some more of 'wobbly/drunk john' (friend of the family).

    Then a couple of sketches of my mate Summer. These were all done within the last couple of weeks.

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    More sketches

    Ok next are a few recent sketches from imagination apart from the quick gesture sketches of my cat.

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    Figure drawing and torso

    OK next up are some of my latest figure drawing with pencil, then first few posemaniac sketches.

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    19th january 09 sketches

    Ok here are my sketches from the 20th of jan.
    Couple ofm my 19yera old sister Charlotte, one of her mate Sophie, then 4 sketches of my 13 year old sister Ellie.

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    20th january 09 sketches

    Ok here are the sketches i done this tuesday.
    A figure comp study, some observational sketches of my sister then one quick sketch o fmy hald siamese cat Molly.

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    wednesday 21st jan

    Ok here are some figure sketches from wednesday, and my first set of 10/15 second posemaniacs sketches.

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    Thurs 22nd Jan

    Ok i started the day off with some 10 second posemaniac sketches, this is great fun and perfect to get me warmed up and ready too sketch anything!

    Not so long after i'm inspired to try and collectively sketch the public somewhere. I hadn't done it before and was a bit apprehensive at first, but i decided to go to my local Brighotn jubilee library, which is really big and great number of completely different kinds of people come in.

    So i begun to sketch th epublic for the first time....

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    hi robbie, i like those gesture sketches from your cat. they look good. the tiny sketches from your last post do also look good

    you have problems drawing faces and gettin proportions right. most of the time your heads are to big. you need to analyse and mesure more.

    do some studys about human being beside life drawing, so can use your knowledge at life drawing sessions. there is a plenty of anatomical books out there.

    try some gesture sketches at life drawing to get the proportions of the whole body and especially of the head

    cheers

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    Thanks Deli, unfortunately, i don't have life drawing sessions at the minute because i can't afford them! The figure studies i have done here are either from photo or virtual pose, i will work on proportions of the head soon

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    But the sketches of my sisters and friends are from life!, yes i see what you mean on a few the head is too big! does anybody know how you can cjeck proportions when studying a figure from image on computer instead of life?

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    Friday library sketches

    I revisited my local library today after going to sketch for the first time yesterday.

    Here are some more library goers,

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    Friday library sketches

    Revisitd my library today for some more sketching

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    its even easier to check proportions if you have a still image in front of you. you simply can use a ruler to mesure from a picture or your monitor. if you do so, you will see that the eyes are always at the center hight of the head. the face part is like a fourth of the entire head. those things you have to find out, to get the proportions.

    keep on doing life drawing at public places, you cant practice better! keep drawing!

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    Saturday 14th sketches

    Thanks again Deli, i will continue draing in public places after first couple of experiences i already feel i am learning more. Got about 45 mins today in lib before shut....

    So on sat i done these sketches; one of my sister, mum, and drunken friend of family, Leighton...

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    Sunday 25th jan

    Ok started today with 45 min library sketches, then sketches of my sisters, sisters mate, gesture sketches of my cats, and a 20 min sketch of 'wobbly john' another drunken friend of the family lol

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    Monday sketches

    Here are some quick gesture sketches i done today in my local library, soon i might try doing in another location to get more variation of poses, maybe train station!

    Any thoughts welcome

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    Tues 27th

    100% life drawing today!

    Firstly i done a few pages in the library, then went to my first life drawing class!!

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    Golden Mallory Jan 09

    Ok this is my first artist study since i was maybe 14. Not sure how relevant artists studies are but i used it to finish my first image in Painter. Had good fun messing with the oil paints in painter!

    Quick study from Scott Burdick's 'Golden Mallory'

    2hrs roughly

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    Holy Man jan 09

    My second Artist study of Scott Burdick, and second finished image in Corel Painter

    I had loads of fun with this one especially with the colour and the Holy man's face!

    Took maybe 3-4 hours in Painter.

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    Ellie Portrait

    This is a portrait i done of my sister for her 13th birthday. All done in Corel Painter from a photo reference.

    Took about 6 hours roughly. She was happy with it, and some recognised it was her. Looking back i could have maybe included some varied light/dark tones especially in her face.

    Any comments/crit more than welcome

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    Gary Cooper

    The Legend that is Gary Cooper!
    Gary is the golden geezer of Cheltenham PLace in Brighton town!
    Always running around trying to help others, the most lively and fittest at the young tender age of 73, this guy bends over backwards for the greater good!

    So this is a dedication to the 'grandfather figure' of mine as i hav bn brought up without one.

    From a photo reference done in Painter.

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    You should post more, Because your painter studies aren't that bad at all .
    Keep it up, and b.t.w. I can't make a critique of the photo without seeing it, but my guess is the eyes, and basic face rendering!

    anyway, good job loads better then myself.

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    Your digitals are quite nice, but you definitley need to LEARn (basic learning, like being at school) the proportions of the face. Okay?

    Here a link to a page were you can find Loomis' books for free download. Read them and study them. They are helping me tons.
    http://www.artcone.com/forum/andrew_...ads-t1772.html

    Cheers

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    Zeus12 and Janos, thanks, yes i agree i have just got all the loomis books, gunna study them hard now. Any advice on how much to read and practice at once?

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    Hi Robbie--awesome dedication. I'll definitely keep checking in on this thread. I haven't studied Loomis yet myself, but it seems like a lot of people start with Figure Drawing for All It's Worth. Your eyes seem a bit 'symbolic' at this stage, meaning it seems like you lay down a default shape without pausing to really study their contours, values, and size in relation to the rest of the face. You could maybe try a few blind contour drawings while looking at your face in a mirror to help this, really trying to take your time. Also, I have a lot to learn about this myself, but the white of the eye is rarely pure white unless it's an overexposed photograph that you're drawing. Hope that helps a little!

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    Thankyou Courtyard what's your actual name?lol.
    That's a good idea to study myself in mirror will definately try that , i know i agree about the eyes, need to work on them, proportion and varied shapes!

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    Sketches from last 12 days :)

    Sketches from last 12 days .

    A combination of Loomis, some public sketching, figure drawing from photo ref, and real life lifedrawing for first time!!!!

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    More sketches from last week (roughly)

    Ok, i think all of these are people i sketched in my local library

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