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    Hi all!

    I've decided to keep a sketchbook for myself to monitor my own progress. I've serious problems with drawing and can proudly boast that I got the worst results among my art class when I was a teen eons ago (partly due to laziness).

    Now I'm trying hard and learning to draw in the hope that before I die decades from now, I can at least draw a recognizable sketch of a human face.

    As some of you may know, I'm now at chapter 5 (or 6) of Betty Edwards' book and is currently learning contour drawing (that is, drawing and outlines of subjects etc.).


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    Attached is one of my drawing I did. Now, I would be happy if anyone is able to recognize what it is (no, it's not a military tank).

    It took me nearly 3 bloody hours just to come up with this piece of arse and I must admit I kinda got frustrated during the process.

    As you can see, the left side of the subject is drawn wrongly (too slanted).

    Overall, although I can personally see what it is (since I drew it), I must say I'm not happy at all with the results.

    I was intending to draw a very exact and accurate line art version of the subject.

    The bending parts of this subject (the area around and below the screws) are particularly hard to draw even when I close one eye.
    Pls critique if possible, on the proportions, line, sketch quality, angle, anything.

    And I've no ego, so feel free to abuse my drawings if you've a bad day.

    Thanks!
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    looks like a hole-puncher to me...

    please tell me im right!

    im really not sure...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WRappiii View Post
    looks like a hole-puncher to me...

    please tell me im right!

    im really not sure...
    LOL, you get no prizes for guessing right!

    I'll be uploading more drawings here maybe tomorrow.
    Seriously, I feel like deleting this thread away when I look at everyone else's sketchbooks and mine is like absolute shit!!!! I must applaude myself for even having the guts to start this crap.

    I wish CA has some way to let us set our threads as private so only I get to see it.

    Good day!
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    If you want a private sketchbook, then why make a thread?

    When I started my sketchbook, I was really scared and embarrassed even. But that temporary courage turned out to work in my favor and I feel more motivated than ever to work on my weaknesses. Seeing so much great art makes me want to work even harder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJacks View Post
    If you want a private sketchbook, then why make a thread?
    Thanks! Well, starting a sketchbook and then keep it private will let me keep track of my drawings and yet no one can see it. Like a private blog, if you will.

    Anyway, thanks for your comments.
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    I'm guessing it's a hole puncher as well. I'm expecting my £100 in the mail lol.

    You shouldn't feel intimidated by anyone else's sketchbooks. No one is perfect and that's the reason we're all posting them up.
    Getting a little criticism won't take away from you current skills and abilities at all, but it will allow you to grow from your current state.

    You should upload more ^_^
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    I fully intend to become rich as fuck through art. How you ask? By being awesome.
    Awesome artists get rich. You guys just don't love art enough to get rich. Maybe if you cared about money more you might have more motivation to get awesome.
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    Xeon, keep at it. By the sound of you talking about the way you draw you seem faaar too worried about the outcome of each and every individual drawing. Embrace the fact that you're learning and instead of seeing each drawing as a finished piece which should be aimed at perfection, see them each as a step (no matter how big) towards improved drawing. Don't be embarrassed about your sketchbook, I feel the same way about mine (so much so I removed the link to it from my sig until I have some stuff I'm proud of in there), there are so many amazing artists here on CA that it can feel quite demoralising at times. But you need to realise that those people got good through hard work and time spent drawing and if you're prepared to do the same there's no reason why you can't be as good as anyone on this site.

    Now that all sounds very idealistic I know, I'm struggling with the whole idea myself but that's part of the challenge, if it was easy it wouldn't be satisfying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJacks View Post
    If you want a private sketchbook, then why make a thread?

    When I started my sketchbook, I was really scared and embarrassed even. But that temporary courage turned out to work in my favor and I feel more motivated than ever to work on my weaknesses. Seeing so much great art makes me want to work even harder.
    Hello JJacks, you have a nice attitude. Maintaining Sketchbook is really a good thought. Keep on continuing with this art.
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    You are saying you are not improving but that's wrong. A lot of these are better than ones you did before, but that sewing machine in particular looks very nice! You've already done more studies from life than I did in two years. Maybe I've been too obsessed with anatomy studies...
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    Thanks for your replies, Silwynar, Mpdpsy, Taneli and williammartina

    Quote Originally Posted by Taneli View Post
    You are saying you are not improving but that's wrong. A lot of these are better than ones you did before, but that sewing machine in particular looks very nice! You've already done more studies from life than I did in two years. Maybe I've been too obsessed with anatomy studies...
    LOL, I'm taking your advice and not gonna move on to rendering until my construction is better.

    Currently, though, my drawings are a bit inconsistent, in that sometimes, it's good, and sometimes it sucks. I hope one day, everything I draw will be good.
    Honestly, I don't really see that much improvement in my drawings since the last time I posted. Maybe I'm just immune to it.

    Anyway Taneli, I find that you don't update your SB much nowadays! Last year, it was pretty active, with plenty of sketches, but now, it's slow. And others like Helaine and Alucid have stopped updating their SB altogether.
    I learn a lot of all your SBs than I can learn from old masters' paintings (I don't even understand those paintings).

    There's a portrait drawing session this weekend, and hopefully, I will be able to scan in the new batch of drawings next Sat or so.

    See you all,
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    Hey Xeon_OND,

    I think yer now ready to do the customary couple dozen pages of Bridgman studies to prep yourself for "life drawing" where you learn that drawing the nude human figure "in situ" is pretty damn hard!

    In all due respect,

    Very Best Regards,
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    Hey, you should feel embarrassed about display your artwork. The more comments and crits that you get the better get at it. I like when people give me feed on my stuff really helps me instead of those who just says this is good and all. You came to conceptart for a reason and that reason is to improve you artwork. Keep the thread and keep going at it. Never give up and don't feel embarrassed. Every great artist started somewhere. I'm going to save your thread in my favorites and expects more drawings on here from me comment on. So everyone in CA community can help on endeavor of becoming an artist. And I been there and felt the way you felt many time before.

    You can do it!!!!!!

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    Hi guys! Sorry that it's been some time since I update this but I was kinda busy last week.

    Many thanks to everyone here for your kind words. Every freaking time I come to CA, I always feel a bit like sobbing as I'm so touched.

    Below are scans of my work done last week and the week before, together with my comments.
    There's "words" on the drawing paper cos' it's recycled paper at the back and the scanner can pick that up too.

    The key below is supposed to "go back" and extend away from the viewer into space, but it looks like it's floating in thin air no matter how I draw. I think I may need to draw a table to "give it context".
    One Nice Day


    The line quality of the paper clips is TRASH. The stapler is my first version.
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    The stapler (2nd version) looks better now:
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    The object at the upper-left is a tiny souvenir. The head is kinda off, though. Curves are very hard to estimate and draw!!!! Shit it.
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    And the contour drawing of my hand below. I think it's recognizable, though the anatomy and parts of it is wrong. I didn't draw this myself, though. I used the plastic viewfinder to help me in gauging the proportions etc (as per Betty Edwards' exercise in her book). Spent 1.5+ hours or so on this.
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    Another contour drawing of the hand. As you can see, some fingers look a bit fat and off, and the finger that's touching the thumb is too obese.
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    My 1st perspective drawing of a corner of my room. Took nearly 4 hours to do it as the sighting of proportions and angles is MIND-BOGGLING and a bit stressful. I keep closing one eye and my left eye was kinda tired yesterday. I wanted to draw a bit more but I started out too large and paper has no space left.
    If you can identify what these stuff are easily, maybe I could consider giving you a virtual kiss. LOL
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    Feel free to critique! My line quality is crappy, btw.

    My conclusion: Drawing is addictive and now I really like it though my art truly sucks. I'm gonna work hard at it and I've come to a point where I'm not gonna give up ever and my resolution is set and sealed in stone.

    I'm gonna do more practice on more subjects. It might be some time before I update this thread here again.

    Best wishes!!!
    Xeon
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