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    The Return of Rolo

    I'm 15 and aspiring to do many many many things!

    Long story short: I used to draw often back in 2006. I stopped many many times and returned many many times but never did I make a stable comeback. Why? Well, I love drawing, but I love many many many many many many many other things!


    I'm proud of the few drawings I've made over the years since my prime. However, I had a problem. I was too focused on making the best potraits or the best whatever in one try. I was wrong and became frustrated. I plan to fix my past, and I understand that it's all right to make mistakes.

    (When it's possible I will upload a few of the drawings I did a long the years. At the moment I cannot because I'm in my home country and the files are elsewhere. )

    I was afraid of starting a sketchbook, but thanks to X@V, I have grabbed all the courage to start another one.

    I really hope I can make something of this! Atleast, before school starts. My skills have worsened, and that is something I plan to fix!
    (also, I'm going digital too, so I'll be uploading my first tries that will hopefully develop into awesomeness!)

    Now, with out any further adieu, I present to you my sketchbook:

    There is no need to post from the past... I'll only upload some stuff that I've had in this particular sketchbook for some time. Some of these are parts of my comebacks.

    The first one was done in March, 2008.
    The second was done in June, 2008.
    And the third was done in November, 2008.

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    I'll be posting more in the next post.
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    Now this is more recent. This is about a week old. Thanks to X@V, I felt like drawing more again, but for real. I came back to CA for a reason! And, X@V helped me get the motivation I needed!

    That last one is really bad! But, I'm posting everything. I'd rather get crushed with good crits than let myself go by with lies!

    Please I need to improve! BTW, I need to work on my faces... I can do from ref semi sort of... but from imagination.. yikes!

    I need to pay Loomis a visit. But, the books are at another location. I won't be in the other location for over a week!

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    You're doing it!! Just keep drawing!! I wish I knew about this site
    when I was your age! There are many great artists on this site, learn
    from them. You are still very young, so don't pressure yourself too much.
    My advice would be if you really love drawing, you should keep it up!!


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    Ahsrumm: Thanks!! I actually discovered this site when I was 12. hahah... I kinda.. messed up. But, I hope I can get back on my feet!

    Here are a few speedpaint digitals!
    From my first to my fourth.
    I'm new at this. But, even so, how can I improve? I think.. I should seriously do black and white. I keep telling this to myself but everytime I add a bit of colour and then it all goes with colour!!

    For the first I used a tut, to get familiar with photoshop and stuff.

    For the 3rd one, I used ref:
    http://www.free-slideshow.com/screen...in-summits.jpg

    For the last one I did not finish it because I was afraid to continue... because I wasn't sure how. I wasn't sure how to add details to the cliffs/mountains in the sides. I didn't know how to make the water more realistic either.. But, all with time!

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    I agree with Ashrumm... you're doing it! That's the most important factor in learning to draw. The next most important factor is doing it--even when you don't feel like it... because "don't feel like it" is your brain telling you you aren't good enough to draw. Just do it, and get your 10,000 bad drawings out of your system. After that, it's all good drawings that are left!

    Good luck!
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    Hey, thanks! I've seen you posting around on thread I've posted on! I feel honored to have you post on my SB. Thanks!
    and yeah, most def!!

    Okay. So, before I went on this perspective rampage and before I talked to anyone on CA, I was working on a James Franco one. I've been wanting to do it for about 2 years. Hahah, long time right? Well, I put it off till I thought I was ready.. never got ready. So I just thought I'd give it a shot. But, I didn't finish it because I went on my basics rampage with perspective and all the stuff you see above you.

    Either way, though, crits are needed because I hope to finish it.
    It's my first one that i plan to shadow.. I'm afraid of shadows.. very. I was planning to shadow this all! I even made my own tortillion (never used one before) but made me one and worked with it on the eyes and stuff.

    So here:

    OH AND BTW:
    For this one, I worked on a new way, a new technique for me to work with. I started with the eyes. The Left eye I think. ( i redid it a few times, thought)
    I usually do an outline, semi loomisish, but this time I just went right in. I used this technique cus I saw many artists doing it and it makes sense.. if the eyes don't look right the dude or gal won't be recognizable! The eyes are very important! Even.. so.. I can still do an outline accurately and do realistic eyes.. But my outlines aren't exactly accurate.. all the time... never did enough portraits so I can't really judge my technique too much.
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    Okay, so my first photoshop/digital sketch!!
    It's a work in progress soooooooo hahah.. It's 2:23am. I got inspired to do this because I just saw the movie! Johnny Depp is awesome. So is Christian Bale. But, he's not important right now.

    I'd do it on paper but I wouldn't be able to upload it here. Plus, I need to practice digital..

    BTW. Is it a sin to use photoshop to my advantage? I mean, my measurements of where the features of the face go are way more accurate by using it to my advantage! For example: using the marquee tool to cut the eyes or lips and then copy paste them so they are closer to my sketch?
    Is it also a sin to make a perfect circle over the reference picture and then use it as a guideline?
    I mean, I'm not abusing.. I just want to know.. I'm still getting used to the tablet and stuff... but once again.. am I doing something wrong?
    Should I just stop, and try not to use the features.. and just look at the pic and draw.
    We do, do this when we draw from ref on paper though, we can get closer and move the paper around. It's sorta of the same thing.

    Anyways.. enough chat:
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    Hey dude,

    You have some good eye, keep drawing from life too.

    You are doing good, i may suggest you, for environments, to define as much as you can your shapes (not like me...hehe), do not worry too much about textures right now, get the values right, and the perspective.

    For your face digital questions, mhhh nah! don t trace over a photo, or do not pick shapes from it, you have to learn that, it s not a shame if you don t get it right at first.

    and sketch lil face thumbnails too.

    Here is a Face proportion drawing made by master Da Vinci, i put some colors so you may see important relation in the position of some faces elements.
    Hope that may help you to check your proportion while working.

    Interior corner of the eye is align with the exterior corner of lips
    Base of the nose with base of the ears, same for the top.
    Eyes are half the way trough the face, mouth 1/4 the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolo View Post
    For this one, I worked on a new way, a new technique for me to work with. I started with the eyes. The Left eye I think. ( i redid it a few times, thought)
    I usually do an outline, semi loomisish, but this time I just went right in.
    Hey man, if it works for you... go with it. As Glenn Vilppu says, "No rules; just tools." That said, try to get an overall feel for the face instead of just focusing on a single eye at once.

    If you focus on details to begin with, you'll tend to get caught up in them and will miss the spacial relationships between it and other features... not to mention the overall shape of the head and larger things.

    Vilppu also suggests making the biggest shapes look right first... and prioritize by "size," as it were. Try to leave details until last.

    Just a suggestion,though. The most important thing is to keep working
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    Thanks! Both of you!

    X@V, yeah, I knew that part of the eyes but never applied that often actually. I always forgot about these principles!

    But a lot of that stuff in that pic I was unaware of! Thanks a lot! I'll deff remember these when doing potraits!!

    I was able to get a sketch I did today using my bro's computer.

    I wish I would have seen your post before doing the half face potrait there. But, some of the things there match, like the eye to the lips.
    I kinda did this face while thinking of Depp, but no reference, I was just trying to redo that facial features sort of. Like his cheekbone.

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    You really are improving fast

    I suggest you stop smudging your pencil stuff, that just doesn't look good. Work with different grades of hardness instead (the B grade pencils are soft and dark, the H grades are hard and light) and also use light and hard strokes to implement shadows on the area you're drawing on, that will give your drawings a big quality boost!
    If you really need to smudge something try using special blenders, they're sold at every artstore and aren't very expensive.
    Smudging with your fingers leaves traces on other places on the paper and it's harder to draw on the smudged area if you need to, because human skin is always a bit oily, that makes it hard for the paper to take more color after you smudged with your fingers.
    It may take you a bit longer to draw without smudging but you'll be pleased with the result, I promise
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    Keep on drawing, try making a slight sketch of a figure and harden the parts that make sense to you, just look at tutorials and such, that's what I did. Keep on practicing and never stop, an artist is never perfect.
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