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    Bri Bri wants to learn

    Used to doodle many years ago in school. Last year I decided to quit my job and take my life in a new direction. So I started drawing :>

    I'm currently at college learning different fine art basics and techniques like, how to mix paint..... I wish to learn all I can and push myself as much as humanly possible. It's a journey I know I'll enjoy.

    If you have the time to crit me when you see mistakes, or have any advice whatsoever, I would be extremely grateful, thanks. I desperately want to grow and learn.

    Edit: Started digital.

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    Face and hand studies.

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    Charcoal/pencil and a quick ballpoint pen drawing of my girlfriend from photos and life. p.s She really does have tiny feet!!

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    Some 60 second poses with brush pen. Is it best to keep the line flowing? Capture the pose in as few lines as possible? I'm not sure what is the best approach for this exercise. Should I be trying to capture the gesture without looking at the paper? Would that even have any benefit? Hmmmm....

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    Hey welcome to CA

    Nice drawings. I hope to see a lot of progress and updates here!

    Well i try to use as few lines as possible and i find that it helps me a lot.

    Cheers

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    My brothers sketchbook:
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    Fumble: Thanks for the welcome man. I hope to progress as much as I can.


    I said I wouldn't do any fantasy stuff until i learn the fundamentals, but here
    are a couple of fantasy charcoal/drawings i already did for my girlfriend. One from imagination and a half finished Balrog from LOTR.

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    Here are 3 of my first ever paintings in order they were done. All acrylic.

    My teacher told me I should choose nature to begin with as it's rather forgiving. ( easy to hide mistakes ) or just easy.

    I've go so much to learn with painting. Takes me forever to mix the colours and I seem to be a little 'obsessive compulsive' when I lay it on. Little strokes here, little stroke there.... Need to learn to relax and just throw the paint on. Main thing is.... I enjoy it

    Last one was a 1 hour oil reduction exercise. I like this technique a lot.

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    Some sketches of a dream I had last year. ( cheesy I know ) Was into Lucid dreaming but could never be arsed to write about my dreams. Would rather draw them.

    two 3 min speed drawings of Jack from 'Lost'.

    Some of my first decent drawings done from head last year. Bit wonky here and there. Need to do some anatomy studies. Barbarian has like a 12 inch waist. Supermodel Barbarian?

    Last pic was a doodle i did for a t-shirt print for a festival i went to at Loch-Ness in Scotland called, 'Rock-Ness'. Was my first doodle since I left school many year ago. Made me think about drawing for real.

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    Some bird studies

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    My first canvass. Acrylic painting of my niece as a gift for my brother.

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    Had to design something in college and use Photoshop. First I had to learn how to use photoshop. I had a friend who wanted a design for his bands album cover, so I used my college assignment for that, kill two birds with one stone. Gotta say i really enjoyed photoshop when i got used to the interface.
    So much so that I bought a Wacom tablet when I was done and hope to do some digital painting when i get time.

    All done from head. Not sure about the procedure..... Second design I drew out with pencil, then painted with Gouache then scanned into pc, then used photoshop. Seems like a long way for a short cut.

    My mates band chose the first design.

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    A little mixed media light study from my college sketch book. Ink,water colour, pastel, charcoal.

    little berry exercise.

    pencils of my family.

    Ink and candle wax experiment, which I like.

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    you've got the right idea. dedicate a lot of your time to studying with references and getting basics of anatomy down. pick up bridgeman's guide and make it your bible. you can also view various andrew loomis books online via this link, which are equally important. i recently quit my job of 6 years and dedicated my life to pursuing art, so i feel your pain

    if you want another sketchbook that chronicles accomplishment, check out mindcandyman. brilliant.

    go go go goooo

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    sourgasm: Ah thanks man, for the useful advice, links and encouragement. Yeah I'll order that Bridgeman book. Wanna draw from life as much as possible. Been doing some life drawing at college ( 2 hours a week ) and I absolutely love it.

    The art demon has possessed me, I swear. I'm even drawing and painting in my sleep, I shit you not

    Mindcandyman. Yeah before I Joined this site I looked at a few sketchbooks. Each one from start to finish in one sitting. Off the top of my head
    Algenpfleger, Mr Delicious. Trevor, Hurri, CcSears and of course the legend that is Mindcandyman. These guys inspire the budding artist more than they will ever know.

    I'll swing by your sketchbook when I get the chance.

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    those are all great sketchbooks. look up cole eastburn ellis (colepoopface) too. he made getting into ca.org atelier his goal, quit his job and then made it happen. i actually did the same thing, so I'm constantly pushing people who believe it can happen- because it sure of shit can.

    if you do a quick google search, you can probably find a weekly life drawing session in your town. they generally take place at colleges and run about $10. if the model sucks, which happens a lot at that level, you can always just move around the room and do a shit ton of gestures.

    anyway. good luck! i'm going to keep stopping by and check what you're up to

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    Hey BriBri

    sketchbook's looking good man, I'm so excited for you to see all the progress you're making.
    Keep working baby!

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    sourgasm: Belief indeed, is a very powerful thing. Thanks again for the encouragement bud.

    Kihatsusei: Thanks sweetheart! You get practicing too!

    OK... so here's some drawings i did last night. All from reference. Lets call them, observational studies. Trying to get some sketches down in quick time( No more than 5 mins each). Just trying to build confidence in line and accuracy. When I feel confident enough I'll move onto digital.

    Imagine I may get a quicker response if I ask here. Can someone plz tell me how to add text to each image? For some reason I don't see the option Maybe I'm totally blind.

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    More drawing from last night. Maynard from the band Tool. Reference used. Another observational study. Started with ink then moved onto charcoal. Took just over 1 hour. One pic is artificial light with accidental camera blur ( which looks quite cool I think ) and the other, natural light. I like the different effect the two light sources have. Gonna do some anatomy studies soon.

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    More from last night


    Two 5 min sketches of me from photos
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    two 15 min and one 8 min life drawing.
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    hey nice work bri bri!!
    i like the sketches and that gift is great!

    keep it up

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    `ej : Hey, thanks a lot buddy

    Wanted to try and use my imagination a little. Chose a pose from posemaniacs and tried to draw a character of sorts. Didn't wanna spend too much time laboring over it. Figured, the more I draw, the easier it will get. ( I hope )
    Crits greatly appreciated!

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    Nice SB, I like the animal armor on the last guy.

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    Lassabella : Hey, thanks

    15 min life drawing. Quite happy with this. The hand is pretty poor. Need to draw more hands and learn to lay some tone in quickly.
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    15 min life drawing. She was unhappy at having to model for me after a hard day at work......
    Think I captured this slightly Not too pleased at the drawing though. Need to keep practicing.
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    dude, all I can really say is keep it up. Im already seeing some improvement in some of your stuff. Just keep up the studies and keep on learning. Your doing really good ^^

    *New Sketchbook* Come stop by :3

    *SKETCHBOOK*(old)


    I am currently looking for a mentor to help me improve my sketch book. Either that or lots of crits and suggestions to help me improve my skills.
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    Really enjoyed drawing from imagination with the last guy in armour, so thought I would have another go. Didn't fancy drawing from imagination as I thought it would be frustrating. Well it's fun so here's a concept I came up with for a little story I have running in my head. No reference used. I can spot a few mistakes here and there, ( like robot left hand ) but these will get fixed when I develop it further.

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    Loomis directional rendering and some 60 sec poses.

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    Ok. So I want to start drawing from life as much as possible. Thought I would visit the pets corner area of a local park and draw some animals..... Got there and there was a sign saying it was closed and all the animals were now re-homed...... In desperation I looked to the fields, and at a distance of approx 200 yards I spotted some wild rabbits. So.... Here's some rabbit gestures.

    Determined to draw some animals a little closer than 200 yards... I went to the Sea Life Center at Loch Lomond. There I spent ages trying to draw the otters. They just never sit still!! Sat through feeding time amongst the screaming kids...

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    those 15 life drawings are looking pretty sweet. drawing animals from life is really, really hard. good job on even getting more than a couple tries out of it

    line confidence comes from repetition, so just keep at it. the brain is a bitch like that. it'll be very stubborn until it believes that there is some kind of useful muscle memory to be gained from the process, at which point it'll break and give.

    stoopit brain.

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    Good stuff in here!
    I really love your canvas painting of your niece, though I think it looks better at the first picture .
    Keep it up!

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