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    Big jump for Amatuer

    At the risk of making myself look like a complete idiot, I have posted a couple of images. I am one of the "older" group. I have picked up a pencil and started sketching for the first time in 25 years, last June. So please be gentle with me. This is a hobby for me, I don't have to try to get a job with my art, just as well, but I do want to get to sketch as best as I possibly can. I draw anything thats fun for me, so expect to see, anime, portraits, nudes, whatever. I know my work is crap, but with your help, maybe I can improve. .
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    Hey hey! Finally! I'm glad to see you've started a thread

    First off don't sell yourself short. Your anime stuff is looking good, I really like that girl with the innertube. You did a good job of positioning the legs so they don't look too linear. I'm sure someone here will tell you to go and study from life and do more life drawings and bone structures and muscle studies.... blah blah... I think you got the right attitude. Draw what you like, but if you're really serious about improving then definitely do some life studies. Not everyone has time to go to a class (I already know you probably don't, neither do I) but of course photographs are a good substitution.

    I do hope you get some time to draw some more. I know you enjoy doing it so don't give it up. I've always come crawling back to my art no matter how much time I take off from it. You know where stand with your art, that's a good thing

    Take care and I'm looking forward to your future postings!
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    Thought I'd stick this WIP in to try post
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    Well, it's great that you draw what you like. I agree with what darkchild said in that you should practice real life subjects if you want to get better at drawing what you like and it seems as though you are working on that.

    There are some anatomical problems in your wip.

    I think her pose is cool and the outfit is creative. There are some problems with her face like her lips and her eyes being too far to the left. The top arches of your lips correspond with your nostrils and eyes are never all the way to the side of the face. Also her breasts don't look like they are attatched to her body. It would be hard for me to explain how to fix them...perhaps looking up some reference would help. I like the fact that you went a stylish direction and tried to make interesting proportion but her bottom half still needs work. Her hips are so wide yet the far left of her seems really flat; I think that there should be more flesh there. Also, not to be rude, but her vagina seems huge...I would narrow that down a little bit.

    I hope I helped and didn't seem mean. I think that you show promise and you should keep working!
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    Hey it's looking nice, lots of potential here. I'm liking that your figures don't look stiff. As was mentioned photos are great reference, but hey you might want to also ask friends or family members to pose for you to do quick sketches too. Maybe 30 seconds per sketch/pose.
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    Nice WIP

    I think JJacks gave some great crits. So anatomical errors aside, I think this is a really flashy creative pose for your character. If you want to expand a bit on your character you may try and draw the same character in a variety of poses or settings. I've done that in the past when I was asked to design a hero for a gaming project. When you do that it forces you to really know your character well. Also as you redraw your character you will also start evolving him/her anywhere from the style of drawing, to clothing and appearance. You will grow as an artist as well from this. When I was first starting out in drawing the human anatomy I would always draw Batman, I drew him so much that I knew exactly how to pose him and where to place his cape... etc. But as I drew him over and over I started to become really familiar without the need to reference. Also I started to redesign his costume and emblem. Give it a try if you want. Maybe throw in a nude study or two for some supplental knowledge.

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    Hey guys, thanks for the comments, and dropping by.
    JJACKS, yep I can see what you mean. Actually I think I might have over stretched myself with my dancing girl, when I assess what stage I'm at. But I certainly appreciate your advice, and constructive crits are never mean. I have a very open mind, and don't get offended, rest easy mate.
    PHANTA, thanks for the nice words. I've been trying, well more around one minute poses, but as yet, they turn out to be shit, but I'll keep at it.
    DC, my man. Thanks for keeping tabs on me. I don't think I like my dancing girl enough to draw her over and over. For me, I found that a bit of a complicated pose, but thought I'd give it a try anyway. JJacks is right with his crits, it's out of wack. As I go, I'll try and find something like your Batman, that really appeals to me and do what you suggest. At the moment, I'm concerned with getting my proportions right, and chucking in a little bit of anatomy. If I can get one thing right and flowing, then I can move onto the next thing. Anatomy? Thanks mate.
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    Something a bit better - I hope

    These are both from ref. Lets know what you think.
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    three more, varied

    The babe looks a bit hippy, but I rechecked the ref, and she's to the photo proportions. Looks slimmer in colour. The vamp was just a mess about, whilst I watched the footy, we lost. My humble man, I'm quite happy with. This is all practice stuff, on my journey to hopefully better things.
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    Nice sketches. I like that nekkid babe on the last post Good shading. Try using crosshatching. Very, very fine overlaying lines to build up your tones. I own three books by Giovanni Civardi. Look him up at Barnes and Noble, Borders or any bookstore online. He draws exactly the way I would like to for sketching anatomy studies. His crosshatching skills are amazing! BTW, on the profile sketch of the face, it's too squashed. The forehead looks long compared to the rest of the features. But I have no photo of the original person to compare though. I love the hair! Great work with that!

    Keep it up! You're doing great! Rekindle that love for drawing
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    A little fantasy

    thanks DC. I see what you mean about the forehead on Lady Claudette. Funny, I never saw it until you mentioned it. I'd redo it, except that hair took me hours. The nude chick was a colour photo a mate sent me, I gray scaled it, and worked the shading out as best as I could. Thanks for the tip on the books, I found two GC complete guide to drawing, which got rave reviews, and drawing light and shade. I think I'll get them both.
    meantime, he's a couple of fantasy sketches. Oh, and rekindle, oh yeah, all the time Stay well.
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    Lol That's one pissed off looking elf! Did he get laid off from the Keebler Factory?!

    I like the concept for the fantasy drawing. The first thing that hit me was the proportions of the anatomy. The hips are way too narrow for a healthy woman. Even back in the days of corsets the hips were still wider. If you were to really study some photos of women you'll notice that the midsection doesn't really taper in that severely, well atleast not very often.

    I'm glad you found those books by Civardi I love his work! They're very inspirational!
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    Small update

    Couple of babes to quell my hunger, and an Anime, which are always fun.
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