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    freakmod wants to learn how to draw really well

    Hey guys,

    My name is Witek. I've been lurking around here for a while, admiring your amazing sketchbooks and artwork and wondering if I could ever draw one day. It's the one skill I've always regretted not having in my life, so I decided to start learning a few months ago (other than the few random & horrible attempts in the last couple of years). I've started filling a couple of sketchbooks with scratchy newbie drawings and am starting on the path of learning to draw.. so I'll start this off with a few of the slightly less-atrocious drawings from my sketchbook!
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    A little comic I tried out when I saw Microsoft's E3 demo
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    I guess drawing must not be a talent you have to acchieve from the day you are born !

    Especially in the first like 100 pieces you do you are just copying ... like you copy a foto of someone ...

    So maybe you start with learning to concentrade on proportions .... take a picture rasterize it ... rasterize a plance white paper and start to copy

    another tip is that you may buy some other pencils ? because it looks like you are using a hb or maybe harder pencil you need variantions to create smoother lines

    maybe you do another study on the skull .. try like only darken the shadow spots without making outlines ... or just use quick stripes... you should get a routine in that so you can estimate how the pencil will do his work if you use it like that...

    dont use it like a pen

    Hope i could tell you some usefull stuff!

    If you have a question just pm me ...


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    Thank you for your reply Xo!

    You are right - I was using a normal HB pencil to draw before! Thanks for the advice. I went to the shop and bought myself a brand new 8B pencil! I was told it's the softest one. I have been practicing with it and I can see that it can produce much more variation in line and shade. I've posted a sketch sheet here using it (the first one, with the glasses and glasses case). The only problem I have with this pencil is that the line is almost impossible to erase, no matter how hard I erase I can see a residue left on the paper. So I've been trying to reduce the number of lines I use and draw them correctly the first time. Also this pencil seems to show much more 'grain' of the paper, and it is difficult to sharpen as the pencil tip gets blunt after a few lines. But I'll keep practicing with it.

    Here's that sketch and also a few other ones with the old HB pencil.
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    Hey guys, well I bought myself a new 3B pencil because that 8B was way too soft for me. Here's what I've been sketchng the last couple of days. Some anatomy, some observation. The face turned out horrible, have to work on that more..

    Anyways I'd love to hear any tips or critique!
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    It's never to late to learn, and no art is crappy imo, it's all practice and experience, looks like you're off to a good start though. Decide early where you would like to go with it, how much you would like to learn, and how much you can put into it. then go for it. keep it up.
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    Hey - Thank you for the comment Izer. I'm going to keep working at it and see where I get!

    Tried to sketch some horses and a tractor at a local horse show and discovered how fricking hard it is to sketch moving objects Also some still objects from the house & desk.
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    keep at it, it'll be good seeing you progress.
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    Just keep drawing you'll get there. Good start.
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    DeeStar, thank you for your comment! I'm also interested to see if I progress over time

    mike butkus, thank you for your encouragement. Your work inspires me a lot and your words gave me a boost of confidence

    Here's a glass mug I drew last night. Drawing glass is so fun!
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    I tried drawing another glass cup, but used a white colored pencil for the first time on manilla paper. I don't know if the pencil just sucks, or if it's supposed to be like this, but it was incredibly hard to get a white mark on the page. I had to press down hard and barely got any white going anyway. The texture of the coloring pencil seemed kind of oily instead of the dry powdery feel graphite has. Anyone have any suggestions for better tools to put white highlights on drawings?

    Drew the head of a cool looking wolf sculpture I found. Tried to draw an arm from an anatomy book, but epic fail there so far. And finally drew some random objects and a chrome kitchen timer.
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    I see you've made a lot of progress in the month that you have posted in this sketchbook. It's really inspiring.

    I think you should draw more hands from photo or someone else's hands. Seeing your own hands from your POV is kinda different from seeing someone else's hands. (I feel like a hypocrite, so I think I'll do this too ).

    Thanks for the comment on my SB!
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    Hammed Al-Tamimi, thanks so much for your words! I'll take your advice and try drawing more hands of other people. It's hard to find a model but I'll try to look for people 'in the wild' at phones or anywhere else I can concentrate on some hands for a few minutes. Hands are such an interesting part of the body and seem to be able to convey so much emotion.

    So - where have I been for the last 10 days? I took a well-deserved vacation and visited my brother in Toronto, Canada! I bought a large and a small sketchbook to bring with me on my trip, and promised myself to draw, at the very least, one page a day (on that note, now I know where to get cheap sketchbooks.. Dollar store.. $1.25 for 50 pages and a hard back - awesome!). I ended up drawing quite a few pages (it's way more fun than taking photos, and makes plane rides go by fast ). I'll make a few posts with the drawings and will try to keep them chronological.

    To start, my initial plane trips. Got the back of some guy's head on one airplane, then drew the seat in front of me on the next plane, and also drew a quick view of a terminal gate at the Vancouver airport in British Columbia before they started boarding my flight.
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