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    Hi there,

    Thanks for visiting my sketch book! It took me a lot of nerve to finally post some things here. But I figured it was about time I stopped being a chicken and put some things up here. So I want to be an artist. For various reasons I couldn't go to school for it, despite being accepted in to Sheridan in Toronto. It was a really hard day for me and it caused me to basically give up art for a year or two. I was so disappointed that circumstances had so screwed me I just lost all motivation. But about three months ago I was talking with my significant other and talking about the fact I had no direction of where I wanted to go and he asked me (like so many others have) why I didn't try to get into art more. I said well I couldn't go to school for it. He told me to stop being dumb. He said that if I really wanted to do it I could and to just get back into it. He told me that if I really wanted it school wouldn't matter, it's your portfolio. And well... he was right. I found concept art and started asking some questions and looking around. Now I love it here and spend time every day looking at everyone else's work. Now I want to work on mine. I have a long way to go, I am out of practice. But my goal is to get a job in the art industry. So any help I can get... I'd really appreciate it. Anything to get to my dream. So be hard on me, please. I want it!

    I'd like to preface this and say I'm writing it from work so I'm posting some pieces of art to show where I was and where I am right now. But it's only the stuff I have access to from work so there's only three pictures lol. My drawings are my attempts at humans. I used to be terribly afraid of them. But now I'm finding that finding new pictures to draw (I've been using references recently although I want to do more life drawing) I'm looking for challenges. In the first image I had a TERRIBLE time trying to draw that woman's hair. I'd never done humans (I used to draw a lot of horses...) and their hair and hands was really difficult for me. The second one I'm posting is about a year later and it was a lot easier for me to draw the people, so I chose something new - white clothing. It was really difficult for me to learn how to do the shading values properly. And the last one, I decided a seriously black (done in charcoal) background and a woman with wet hair was going to be my challenge. That one isn't done yet, I haven't finished her hair. But it gives an idea of where I am.

    But any kind of criticism or advice based on these, I'd really appreciate it.

    I removed the really old pic and just left this one. As the other one was like 3 years old.

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    And then there is the one in the thumbnail which is the most recent.

    Thanks!

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    The last one is great! Good tonal contrast and an exciting visual. The others don't have the depth that you generated in the third.

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    That third one is just amazing. The shadows that you did there in that second one are real good. May ask what pencils you used? How exactly do you start shading by the way?

    Add more stuff! This is really good. I'm also glad you decided to return to the art!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraGarabedian View Post
    The last one is great! Good tonal contrast and an exciting visual. The others don't have the depth that you generated in the third.
    Thanks Yeah that was to sort of show progression. They are in chronological order.

    I'd really like to continue to practice with the depth though. I wish I could have gotten the brights brighter... Hmm.

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    Ah, make sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolo View Post
    That third one is just amazing. The shadows that you did there in that second one are real good. May ask what pencils you used? How exactly do you start shading by the way?

    Add more stuff! This is really good. I'm also glad you decided to return to the art!
    I was using derwent pencils the graphic set of the 12 graphic sketching pencils. I also used various hardnesses of charcoal for the background. That one I don't know on the top of my head.

    And the shading... Well first I would do an initial line art (obviously light) sketch of the figure and position. Then I'd move on to sort of... showing where the darker areas would be through light outlines. I think that's like a value outline. And then I'd start with the darkest parts on the upper left and move towards the bottom right. I mean I know you can see in mine I didn't necessarily stick 100% to that if I had things that were the same and continuous shade. But I did work on the graphite before I added the charcoal. Until I couldn't resist to add it anymore because I wanted to see her pop out of the page.

    I always like to have the darkest parts done at the proper shade first because it gives me a guideline for all the other shades. If that makes sense?

    I used to be afraid of going dark too... But I gues I got over that. I had an amazing art teacher in my final year of highschool and she helped me with that a lot. Just have to be able to take that risk and make the darks REALLY dark. (not lecturing, just repeating what she told me lol)


    Thank you so much for stopping by though!

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    nice pencils sometimes the values seem a bit off....keep an eye on them!!! an perhaps do experiments on how to draw hair
    keep drawing

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    There is alot of progression between the three images the last being the best. Its got alot more depth to it that you havent got in the fifrst two. Slightly coloured/tinted paper can help with that and using a white pencil to put in highlights instead of using the white of the paper gives you alot more control

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    Quote Originally Posted by jatherip View Post
    nice pencils sometimes the values seem a bit off....keep an eye on them!!! an perhaps do experiments on how to draw hair
    keep drawing

    Hi there,

    Sorry the delay in reply, I've been off conceptart for a few weeks!

    Thank you for the advice I'll keep an eye on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kovah View Post
    There is alot of progression between the three images the last being the best. Its got alot more depth to it that you havent got in the fifrst two. Slightly coloured/tinted paper can help with that and using a white pencil to put in highlights instead of using the white of the paper gives you alot more control
    Oh you know, it hadn't even crossed my mind to use a white pencil haha. It's a very good idea. I think I'll try that on the one I am working on now. I'm pretty excited about it but the white might brighten up the areas I really wanted to brighten and hadn't been able to. Thanks for the suggestion and comment

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    third one is good, although the other two i would suggest working on hair. It looks to stringy. Remember hair is in chunks.

    Like the third one, especially the hair. You can tell it looks wet which is a good effect to learn.

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    Hi My57

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. You're right the first two were terrible for hair lol. I think they are each a year apart. It was all I had on my work computer and I appear to be terrible at going on my computer at home and posting works here.

    I think I really should look at non-wet look hair though and work on it Thanks though! I'll stop by your sketchbook.

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    Your value and depth in the third one are really nice. I'd suggest doing anatomy studies, life drawing, and master studies every week too.

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