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    Long Road Ahead - Advice Appreciated

    Hello everyone,

    After being inspired by other people's sketchbooks and the improvement over time that can be seen in them, I have decided to start my own. I am pretty much a beginner, but I really want to improve my skills. I first started drawing about two years ago. I felt as if I was progressing quickly, but for some reason I stopped after about a month. I started again about two months ago and now I regret having stopped. Two years of consistent work would have helped tremendously. I am posting what I have done so far in chronological order starting with the sketches from my first attempt to learn to draw. Then I will post the sketches from my current attempt.

    I am very serious about learning to draw well. When I have reached a decent level I plan to move onto painting while continuing to develop my drawing skills. For the next while I plan to focus on the following:

    Still life drawings
    Bargue copies
    Old Master copies
    Anatomical studies
    Perspective studies

    After I have done a few studies of the facial features, the skull and the muscles of the face I will start trying to draw portraits. I will start with a self portrait in a week or two. I will also try to construct the figure or parts of the figure from the imagination in order to put the anatomy I learn into practice. Vilppu's videos will be my guide in this. I will try to attend life drawing sessions as soon and as often as I can.

    Please don't hesitate to offer advice or criticism.

    Evan
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    The Older Stuff

    Five older drawings
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    The Older Stuff

    The rest of the older drawings
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    The Newer Stuff

    This is when I started to draw again.
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    More Newer Sketches

    As you can see I have found Loomis.
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    Still More

    Still pretty much line drawings.
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    More Sketches

    Trying to learn how to handle shadows.
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    The Last of the Old Sketches

    Two value studies and a careful copy of a da Vinci drawing. I will post new work as I complete it.

    The man with no name: Thanks, I'm gonna check out your sketchbook.
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    Wine Bottle and Milk Carton

    A fairly dreadful sketch I did this morning. Oh well. I will upload everything for the sake of having a complete document of my progress.
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    Michelangelo Head

    A version of one of Michelangelo's drawings.
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    Skull

    An attempt to learn the anatomy of the skull, as promised.
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    Mannequin

    I bought an artist's mannequin yesterday. Just making a few line drawings of it. I've noticed an increase in my ability to judge proportions already. Lots of work still to do.
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