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    GAIA's Sketchbook

    Hi folks!

    My name is Stefanie, I'm almost 21 years old and I live in Germany.
    I've been lurking around here for a very very long time (3 years I think) and finally found the courage to register and post my own stuff. I started drawing in 2004, bought my first graphic tablet (a very cheap one), which only survived being used by me for one month and then I got a small but very nice Wacom Intuos 2 and Photoshop as a birthday present. I drew a lot of stuff for a while and then soon lost interest until the end of 2007.
    This time I started drawing traditional stuff (watercolors, markers,...) till now.
    A few weeks ago, while I had nothing to do at work, I found an Oekakiboard (a small Java App in which you can draw digital pictures online) and registered.
    Drawing was a lot of fun, even if I had to do it with mouse. This is how I thought about giving the digital and the realistic stuff a second chance.

    So I'm finally here and hope to receive a lot of critique from all of you!

    I've only drawn anime so far, so please be gentle with critique about anatomy, I know there are a lot of mistakes because in anime you probably can't do anything that's too wrong but I want to get rid of it and go for the real thing!
    But I'd be very glad if you tear me into tiny little pieces if it comes to color, light and shadows and the like, I think I'll never get these things right, no matter how hard I try
    I need to work on these a lot!

    My goals:

    practise...
    - anatomy
    - COLORS!!! (they seem to hate me...)
    - perspective
    - backgrounds/landscapes/scenery (sometimes I don't draw backgrounds because I think they'll ruin what I've drawn so far...)

    - post at least every two weeks here

    I hope we all get along well
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    So let's start...
    Here's the oekaki I've drawn (No. 1 and No. 3), No. 2 was drawn on my iphone with the "Brushes" app and the last one is a litte practise on noses, done with a pencil

    (is there a way to put some space between the pictures?)
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    I was lazy today...
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    some studys after Bammes and a few poses. Is it just me or do they look stiff?
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    Hey a new sketchbook! Forms, anatomy, proportions; those are the three areas I recommend focusing on. Good resources to start with are George Bridgman books, learn how the body is composed of simple shapes, and work from there. Once you get the hang of form, anatomy will come a bit easier. Looking forward to more, feel free to visit my SB. Cheers.
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    Thank you for your advice
    Is there anything different in George Bridgman's books?
    I already spent a whole lot of money on an anatomy book by Gottfried Bammes, so I need to know if there are any big differences
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    today's studies on hands again
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    I would recommend life drawing as well as those books. Learn actual relationships between shadows, use kneaded eraser for lifting out highlights, ect. Also be aware of planes, especially when drawing noses and hands. Your hands seem a bit flat, and the noses are more pointed than they should be.
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    I've never seen Bamme's books, so I cannot make a comparison. I recommend Bridgman because he breaks down the human body into easy to understand forms. The language he uses in his books is straight forward, but it make take a bit of looking back and forth at words and images to nail what he is talking about. I've learned a lot from his work; just my recommendation. Once I get through what I'm reading of his, I may take a look at Bammes.
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    @bratkitty: I'm going to do life drawing after I understood some anatomic basics, that was my plan
    I'm already using a kneaded eraser but only for real drawings, not for studies like here in the sketchbook, that would be a waste.
    I never noticed that the hands were flat, but now that you mentioned it.. thanks a lot!
    So I'll focus on less-flat hands and less-pointed noses!

    @Jushra: I'll fore sure have a look at Bridgeman's books then. Bammes goes into the very details of the human body like "draw bones, understand how they look, how they work, why they work like this and then add the muscles. Understand how they look, how they work toghether with the bones, why they work like they're working, draw flesh..."
    I just started doing my exercises with his books, so I'd be glad for explanations how to arrange the body in easy forms for my studies with Posemaniac


    So here's my stuff for today.
    A few Posemaniacs 60sec drawings (a few are pretty wrong, already figured that out lol) and an attempt at a speedy landscape with Photoshop. I still don't get the texture thing...
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    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=131116

    hier bei dem zweiten Link gibts die Anatomiesachen von Bridgman für lau Allerdings englisch... böses englisch, weil viel an anatomischen Begriffen enthalten ist.
    Aber reingucken ist nicht schlecht
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    I know you say you want to get back into life drawing, but keep in mind that drawing still lifes helps a lot too, and you don't need to be in class yet to do those. Though class is GOOD! I am not saying don't do that at all, just saying until then, knowing how things sit in space is good.
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    Nice studies so far! I think you're on the right track, just keep at it and keep posting!
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