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    a.k.a. smoking the peace pipe

    After being away from art for years, and dissatisfied with my life direction, I've decided to pursue something I enjoy. But, since I don't feel that my skills are on a professional level yet, I am using this sketchbook to push me to work on them everyday.

    So to start, and to avoid having this only updated once a year, I've taken up Andrew Lomis's challenge to draw a head a day. I'm also going to add other sketches along the way, to break things up a bit.

    I expect there will be mostly crap on here, but every once in a while I hope I can deliver something good.

    P.S. The heads will all be drawn without reference, so that's why I expect a high level of suckage. But I'm here to learn right?

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    Sketch Blow Out 1!

    So here's some stuff that I did real quick.

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    Head of the day: Day 2

    So what do you do when you work all day and don't get home in time to draw? You post heads you drew a few days back of course!
    Yeah I know it's cheating, but maybe I'll draw two tomorrow to make up for it.
    No reference, obviously...

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    Figure 1

    I sketched this from a posemaniacs.com pose while on break at work.

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    Head Of The Day?

    I've realized my lifestyle won't let me post a head everyday, so I've decided to change it from a head a day to 365 heads by this time next year. So I guess I better get going!

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    Head 5/365

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    This is a head I drew while waiting for my car to be fixed.

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    From a TV show while I was waiting for someone to get back into the room.

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    Another head I drew at work.

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    Something I drew at work.

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    Sketch for a digital painting that I hope I will finish soon.

    The wrench is jacked up, but it's going to be changing anyway.

    Photo reference here.

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    hey brady, nice sketchbook so far mang, i would say to try to practice using lighter lines, or even practicing shading. ur stuff is proportional and everything, but alot if it is kind of jagged with bold lines. keep it up B!

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    Jesus Food - Thanks for the feed back!

    I know what you mean, my line work needs to be smoothed out a bit, but I'm in the habit of making tiny strokes. It's something I'll have to work on.

    I've been trying to imbed human form and proportion in my brain, and haven't really been worried about rendering complete drawings right now, but I guess I should do a few just for variety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Food View Post
    hey brady, nice sketchbook so far mang, i would say to try to practice using lighter lines, or even practicing shading. ur stuff is proportional and everything, but alot if it is kind of jagged with bold lines. keep it up B!
    ^This. Heavy outlining can be useful when stylizing, but it's important to save the hardcore value contrast for parts of your drawings that you really want your viewers to notice. If you make all of the outlines dark, nothing really stands out and it's unnatural to the eye, making it difficult to follow any particular flow. You have a very good grip on proportions and whatnot, so I would just suggest trying a little sketchiness, here and there, using light lines and then slowly getting darker in places where you need it to be dark.

    Here is my sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=166026 Check it out, yah?

    Also, twitter: www.twitter.com/tobuoi

    "They don't know I burn...they don't know I burn. I'm waiting for my turn...just waiting for my turn. Time to make it burn...this is how I burn."
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    Another head drawn at work. I used a reference on this one, but more for the idea and not so much for a likeness.

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    Tobuoi - Thanks, I get your point. I've been hoping that some sort of style will kick in after I get down the basics, but i guess it's never too early to try!

    Also, I recently switched to 6B lead in my pencil, and I wonder if that's causing some of the problem, since I have a heavy hand. I might switch back to HB for a bit, and see if that makes a difference. (Or learn some new skills!)

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    Very good diversity in subjects, try drawing some figures down loosely, alot of your lines look to same thickness try to vary it abit to give depth

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    Diabolique- Yeah, the line work needs to be worked on.

    Since last time, I've gone back to school, and I am taking a drawing class. I don't know if it's just my attitude change, but there are a lot of little things that I never paid attention to before that are now sticking out in my mind.

    I have a bunch of heads that I drew while waiting for class to begin, but they're all on very large paper, and I'll have to set aside a day to photograph them before I can post them.

    Right now I have a new sketch/drawing that I mainly did to test out a white charcoal pencil and some black paper.

    I'm not too fond of this paper, since it has a pronounced texture and is hard to add any details, but I don't think the drawing is too horrible.

    I used this photo of the amazing Miranda as reference, or direct copy as I recently learned it should be called. Now if only I lived close enough, and was brave enough, I'd see if she wanted to sit for a live drawing session. And I have to give props to her friend and photographer Persephone, to get Miranda to do this for little compensation.

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    I like the idea of giving yourself a flexible realistic goal. The 365 heads in 365 days is realistic and admirable. I may have to try something like that.

    I wanted to chime in about line quality. It's not as simple as just using lighter lines or not using dark outlines. Both things will work in the proper situation. Its not about line quality at all it's about contrast. The greatest contrast should be reserved for the parts of the figure which are closest to you. High contrast advances in the picture plane and low contrast recedes. That will never be the edge of a figure. On any rounded form the middle will be the closest to you.

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    Thanks Anuran.

    I haven't posted for a while, busy with school, but I decided to show some progress on that digital painting I mentioned. I was thinking about not finishing it, since I see a lot of flaws in it, but now I think I will just because it is close to being done.

    I hope that made sense!

    Anyway here it is.

    Oh, just so you know, the background is nearly finished, I need to touch up some shadows, and add an element I've been putting off, and the face is the only part finished on the figure. And if anyone has a suggestion for a name, that would be cool since I have no idea what to call it.

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    Sketch Dump

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    I still haven't gotten around to photographing the heads I drew in class, but here are some I've been doing recently, along with some posemaniacs studies, and some random stuff.

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    Head Count 32/365

    Just sketched this real quick in painter.

    I find that when I sketch without reference I tend to elongate the distance between the eye and the ear in a 3/4 view. I fixed it a little in this one, but it's something I need to be aware of.

    I also think I need to study some hair styles, and build up a mental library of how to render them.

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    It's been a while since I added to this so I have a Bargue copy of plate 44 Moses's arm. It's not perfect, but here you go.

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    Finally finished the steampunk girl.

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    Some sketches from imagination, and one from reference.

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