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    Warewolf Jackal Monkeys and such. Need lots of practice.

    Starting a sketchbook. Just some stuff for starters. At least this way someone will see this crap besides me. Sorry some of them are so dark. Think I overdid it trying to fix the contrast on my cheap camera photos. Critique welcome. Definitely need more practical practice but the weird alien blob stuff is fun.

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    From Photos

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    I'm solid in my egomania so critique and suggestions are welcome.

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    And on to today's drawing. I'm going to try and at least have one a day to put in here. I've really gotta find a better way to photograph these. It's yet another Stimpy happy nose goblin. Enjoy my pure unbridled genius!!!!

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    Great start! u have good shading techniques, drawing from life always helps but so far u got nothing to be ashamed of slig

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    Nice stuff so far. I'd say focus getting the realistic stuff down. It's not bad but it could use some work.

    Very nice shading though.

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    Thanks people. Agreed I need to get some life drawing in. Hopefully in a month or two I'll be back in a life drawing class. I'd been in one before years ago and found it very rewarding but after years of not sticking with it I'm trying to get the juices flowing again. Although I had a tendency to misplace people's anatomy in wild proportion errors I do miss charcoal and newsprint. Also going to have to bite the bullet one of these days and attempt color.

    Again appreciate the feedback and encouragement.

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    This took me forever. I give myself an "E" for effort. Legs are kinda funky, eyes have a weird slant, not enough contrast in the shading (my photo editor made it look better than it is), overall the photo I drew from kicked my A....

    Cool points if you actually recognize this guy.

    Ahh yes and here's the reference photo

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    Really let loose with the corny on this one. Just a line drawing for now. I'll go back later and either finish it up in pencil or pen. Sorta a monster I came up with for the thieves pit from Dante's Inferno. Hands look a bit iffy.

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    Nothing to post today except a 2 page attempt at color which frustrated me to such a degree it now has the F word scrawled all over it and it's crumpled in my trash. So instead some old abstract messy stuff that's probably more or less irrelevant, but screw it it's my sketchbook. I believe some of this stuff was completed drunk.

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    Haven't updated in forever. I've been in an art class and a mental hospital. I'm now free slightly educated and fully medicated ready to get my draw on. Next semester color theory.

    Here's some of what I've been up too. I'm a community college big shot so my better artwork is hanging in distinguished community college libraries and hallways.

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    Bad photo quality all round I know, with big annoying yellow dates. It sucks but I don't feel like photographing it all again.

    The landscape up there is Antarctica and that's my current baby. It took allot of trial and error to figure out how to draw blocks of ice and not make them look like rocks. Proud of that one. Never done landscape before.

    Critique and feedback always welcome.

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    Today's practice. Might add more later. This has some problems I can see. Lily's left eye is a bit off, not too sure about the mouth, and it's drawn too carefully. But good portrait practice nd I think it does look like Lily Munster. I think I did OK hitting the 6B really hard because I have a tendancy to go too light so I got some contrast going.

    Childhood crush done just for fun by the way.

    More drawing later. Found a deer skull that's calling my name.

    Committing to getting drawing in every friggin day come hell or high water. Want to experiment, practice, and improve.

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    Really creative stuff in here. I like it. But I would like to see more studies. Always fun with studies, isn't it?

    Keep up great work!

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    Thank you Spaggen. More studies will be coming.

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    Some sketches of the aforementioned deer skull. Graphite and a 2h pencil. Tried to loosen up, not kill the line, and not fixate on details. Need to break bad habits. Think I did OK.

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    2H pencil and graphite again today. Not sure why so morbid. Basically a 3 element montage for practice, object, landscape, and a portrait of some unfortunate individual who's disfigured beyond my ability to draw.

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    Quick studies I did this morning of Arnold. Wanted to see how bad my figure drawing has gotten. Not impressed.

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    Alright this is just frustratingly god awful. Need to work on anatomy, figures, etc. I go to draw a complete human figure and suddenly it feels like I've forgotten how to draw.

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    Work on hands. The noble hands of a laborer, hand bones, and some roughly drawn surreal stuff to clutter up the composition just because I felt like it.

    Noticed I make assumptions about proportion. Fingers too thin and long, thumb too far back. I beleive those aren't problems in this sketch though the proportions are only roughly accurate however I shall practice hands more as they're always a difficult thing for an artist to master and I enjoy drawing them.

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    nice studies.
    and I agree hands are difficult, but it´s good, that you realize what you are diong wrong.

    Also like your ideas, you´ve got interesting drawings here

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    Thanks Sarbo. Seems you work on hands quite a bit. Checked your sketchbook. Nice stuff.

    Hands, hands, more hands, and then finally the dreaded feet!

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    looking good! the organic forms remind me of Yves Tanguy's work - ( http://www.matta-art.com/tanguy/invis.jpg )
    The drawings of the faces are improving - keep practicing there some of the earlier ones look slightly skewd but its looking good and importantly improving!

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    Good eye Bunny! The organic forms are directly inspired by Yves Tanguy and have become an obsession for me. I draw these things constantly as a sort of exercise in my subconcious. I wouldn't be ashamed to call them "Yves Tanguy fan art"

    Thanks for the feedback. Yeah it's easy for portraits to get skewed and I battle with them every time. Will keep working on them.

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    I'm working on a design for a role playing game that needs illustrations. It's a non paying job that was posted here. I'm trying to do some barbarian designs for them. This here is the first design I came up with I think I'll complete. Could use all the criticism I can get. Haven't taken a stab at fantasy art or rediculously brawny figures in some time.

    Frank Frazetta I am not.

    I'll give this some work then probably upload it to the critique center. I'd like to be able to actually do this sort of thing for a living someday.

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    Hey man, sweet organic blob "wouldn't want to meet it in a dark alley" creatures! Don't have any advice for your barbarian (still learning anatomy myself) but like the concept, kind of a St. George slaying the dragon theme, keep going!

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    Barbarian progress. I feel like I'm 13 again. I think it's passable, but it's not what I'd hoped for. Might scrap it and try again. Maybe I should run it by the well I guess it'd be called "client" and see if they like it. Just looks really childish to me, but then again it's not meant to be Rembrant.

    And BEHOLD!!! The mighty terrible marvel of atomic science! I present the horror of the RADIOACTIVE BLACK CHICKENSNAKE!!!!!

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    This was for art class tonight. Pen and ink montage of 3 subjects. I think the studies aren't bad of the snake and the rooster, the rooster I think was the strongest of the two. I kinda played with the snake reference which was mostly black and tried to add the gleam of it's scales but I don't think it came through. The monster is thrown in for fun. This is what happens when a rooster gets it on with a snake while being blasted with ATOMIC ENERGY RAYS! I need to send this brilliant SOB to hollywood. I'll be rich beyond my wildest dreams!

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    100% pure cheater art. The art gods will make me pay, however I'm taking this one. That looks pretty friggin cool to me.

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    Leonardo and a classic anatomist's drawing taken on by me with the art pen and no pre-sketching. Not awful not great.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/dreamanatomy/da_g_I-B-2-01.html
    The original skinned man for anyone who's interested. These classic anatomist's works are great stuff. This has been one of my favorites for years.

    EDIT: HOLY LORD! I gave the Leonardo cankles!

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    Doodling on the back of something in a waiting room. All I had to study was my view.

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    I drawd more

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    Jay Leno from last night with teacher corrections. It sucked before he got to it. Guys trying to get me to draw super fast and somehow maintain accuracy. Trying like hell.

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    On own, head looks smooshed but does match the photo reference. Guess the bastard just has a smooshed head. Speed lined that shit. I hate people in magazines. They all look like fake plastic clone people. Give me butt ugly people to draw. They're more interesting.

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    More hand studies from this morning followed by me going apeshit all over it. Sideways figure is a middle ages woodcut done by someone who was really pissed off at the pope. I messified it with pen psycho.

    drawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdr awdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdraw drawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdr awdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdraw drawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdr awdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawdrawDRAAAAAAAAAA WWWW!!!!!!!!

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    cool morbid style but like Im saying to evrybody today, DRAW FROM LIFE
    Nothing beats that

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    Quote Originally Posted by DStraX View Post
    cool morbid style but like Im saying to evrybody today, DRAW FROM LIFE
    Nothing beats that
    Thanks buddy,

    Let it all load, there's life drawing in there.

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