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    Dannys sketchbook of (slow) learning, Crits welcome, Figure, Perspective, Life

    Last edited by Danny Blank; September 23rd, 2009 at 05:08 AM.
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    Hmm, well you have the right attitude! This is the best emoticon

    before you delve into nude studies tho, get a couple anatomy books, and understand the shapes first--it will help you to understand how to look at the ref pic and break it down so that your proportions come out correctly.

    Burne Hogarth, George Bridgman, Andrew Loomis--they all wrote amazing figure drawing books.

    Don't give up!

    "Be either full-assed or no-assed. There is no half assed."

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    Great work so far especially being able to pick out your own mistakes without others having to tell you them. You're doing good keep drawing and you'll get better.

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    thanks for the comment's guy/girl, it's great motivation.
    @Hala I've got a lot of PDF's I just dont know how to use them, should I draw whatever is written for me to draw? or should I draw everything they draw?, I'm starting to read Bridgman's Complete guide to drawing from life, If another book would be better to start on please mention it.
    @Ice thanks I did games dev in college for 2 years I got good at seeing small mistakes (on models and texture sheets etc) and anyway if you step away from a piece of work for awhile then look back at it, its easy to tell where you went wrong.

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    Welcome to CA!

    A few pointers that haven't been mentioned already.

    It seems that a lot of beginners are lacking the hand/arm control if they haven't drawn much in the past. One way to improve this is to practice contour drawings where you don't muddle the lines anywhere. i.e. one stroke -> one curve. To enforce this issue, its best to use a pen as the impossibility for erasing lets you grow more confident with your lines.

    A few things that this practice does:
    -Enforces observation skills (looking for shapes, judging distance between edges, etc) as each line you put down carries much more weight in convey form
    -Confidence in lines: you'll be precise, succinct with your work. Remember, less is often more in art

    Other pointers:
    -Anatomy is good to know, learn the major parts of the skeletal structures and how the muscles interlock
    -When drawing portraiture/likeness/from observation, don't draw by features/parts, do draw by shapes and lighting (to prove this, turn a reference photo upside down and try to draw it)
    -Draw lots of pieces (sketches) early on, its easier to improve when you do a lot of varied work as opposed to putting in longer hours on finishing piece in the beginning.

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