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    Just a sketchbook (Update on Page 3 - May 10 2010)

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    All the attachments from the first post were moved to the second post so I can update properly.

    June 30th, 2009

    Hello everyone,

    After several months of lurking I finally found the courage to start a sketchbook here, in the hope of receiving critiques so I can improve.

    With the risk of boring you to death I feel that some introduction words are needed.
    My name is Elena and I live in Bucharest, Romania. I have a little artistic background, not much though, as I studied art in Highschool, but we learned only basic stuff there, no anatomy or figure studies, only still life. That was 7 years ago, anyway, and I don't remember much. After I finished Highschool, for 7 years I have not touched a pencil or a brush (and how I regret it now) although I wished to do it every day. I felt the need to do it, I wanted to do it, but I just couldn’t.
    Last year I had the great opportunity to attend to a Graphic Workshop where Marko Djurdjevic and Andrew Jones were invited, here in Bucharest, and it was such great inspiration that I decided I have to start drawing again. So I bought a sketchbook and pencils and waited for the right time to start drawing. But when was that right time eh? Luckily at the workshop I also found out about CA community and after two months of lurking I was so inspired that I started using the sketchbook.

    I am going to post here all my drawings starting that point, even though most of them are not so good and many times I felt the need to correct older sketches or draw over them but I think is best to leave them as they are so I can see improvement (if there is any ).
    Also, 2-3 months ago I have acquired a drawing tablet and started learning how to use it, most of my tries at digital painting are not so good, I suck at coloring / painting and I need to learn values.
    I want to apologize for any spelling mistakes and for the poor quality of the scans. I don’t have a scanner and the one I can use is of poor quality.

    So here are all my attempts at drawing: from imagination, some studies and some posemaniacs, and lots of doodling as I did them chronologically.
    Sorry for the large upload, I will upload only the first part for now.
    Thank you.

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    Whoa, talking about impressive. If you want to try your luck at color, here's some tips:
    1. Practice hue shifting
    2. Play around with warm (Red, Orange, Yellow) and cool (Green, Blue, Purple) colors for a bit.
    3. Study color theory.

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    Hi Elena! I just started a sketchbook too on CA too! Totally intimidating. Glad you got the courage. On to critique...

    Using posemaniacs is great in some ways and awful in others. One major thing that I see in your drawing is that you need to think about gravity. Posemaniacs is never going to communicate this well. Think about the breasts for a moment... breasts are kinda floppy (especially big breasts). Gravity makes them sag a bit so they look, act, and feel less like inflated rubber balls and more like, I don't know what else to say here...breasts! Posemaniacs uses a cg model with smaller breasts and no gravity whatsoever...they are always in the same position and shape. This is not true in real life.

    Second thing... the great thing about posemaniacs is that there is a random gesture feature somewhere that will display a pose for a short period before switching to a different pose. This is called gesture drawing. Although nothing beats having a real live person in front of you, posemaniacs can really help here. Doing gestures makes you learn to observe quickly and draw quickly and its going to look terrible at first... but this helps you loosen up and relax when you draw. A good gesture is a great foundation for a finished drawing because you can evaluate the composition and general proportions of your drawings within a minute or two of starting.

    I'm sure I have more to say but this is getting long. I'll check in again and give you more thoughts in the future.

    Ahoj! (I don't know any Romanian...but close enough maybe)

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    Just a sketchbook (Updated 1 July 2009)

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    @FightingSeraph: Thank you very much for the color tips. My biggest problem when painting is that I don't see values right, I think.
    @silent_k: You are so right about posemaniacs, I always thought that when drawing from there everything looks stiff and awkward. I’m trying to use natural references now.

    So here are my first attempts at digital painting. I must say that I did not get used to the tablet so well. It feels so unnatural to draw / paint like this.
    The b/w apples and lemons try was actually my first ever painting in PS (image reference used). The second was the first try at color and shame of me I used tracing for the contour. I thought it’s faster. Also for my first portraits I did that. But after that, never again, I know it’s bad, bad .

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    Update July 2

    Here is some update.

    Drawings - hands study after Hogarth, followed by my hands, where I quickly realized I need to learn about bones, otherwise I will never get them right, other hands from real life. Some faces from imagination, muscle study, other faces from imagination, muscle again and a poor attempt at drawing Frida from imagination. Sadly she turned out quite wrong, stiff and bad proportioned. The last drawings are texture study.
    Digital Painting – some quick color studies,I used references for all, except the face of the first one which is from imagination.

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    Hai, bonour! Se pare ca locuiesti in acelasi oras cu mine

    Very, very impressive sketchbook, and you can clearly see the improvement over in the drawings. I love the ones with colour
    Keep up the good work!

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    Nice to meet you Elena. You have a great inborn talent I think, all you need to do now is to exercise and train, so you get some more skills, and you will be a master of art. I enjoyed watching your sketchbook. Hope you will update regularly.
    Oh, I was also doing some studies from Hogarth's book : Drawing Hands, I think I had some of them in my sketchbook, maybe the same examples, you have here in your
    I could not remember the name of the author and the book when I was posting it, but now you helped me out.
    Good luck in your future art work.

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    Update July 4 2009

    I'm back with a small update. Only 2 digital paintings, I don’t have access to a scanner right now , maybe tomorrow I will and post my drawings for the last days.

    mary-cherry-me – Cat ma bucur ca mai sunt si de ai nostri pe aici . Yes, I hope I will improve every day.
    LtPlissken – Thank you for the kind words. I am trying really hard to get better, even though I have such little time, as I come home from work late and I am usually very tired.

    I'm still experimenting with brushes (ref used).
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    I'm trying to get some space around my desk so I don’t have to use photos for still life studies anymore.I can't see values properly in photos anyway, I don’t know why.
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    The eyes of that boy are just sooooo goooood! I have to learn that technique. On the still life the onion in the middle looks really realistic and that red pepper is just wow. Keep on doing thing like this.

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    Is this the same Elena from a couple of days ago?! Nice job. You are making a ton of progress! Very impressed.

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    Update July 7 2009

    Hello everyone,

    This update is about quickies .

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    And here are some quickies done in PS:

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    Update July 8 2009

    So, I decided to try my first self-portrait and since I don’t have a proper sized mirror yet, I am using a photo. This is just a wip, I’m still working on it.

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    Hi there, great sketchbook so far! I really like the Hogarth hand studies For your digi paintings, watch your edges. If they're too crisp, the object will seem flat, like it's cut out of a piece of paper. The self portrait looks great so far, keep it up!

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