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    @justin--thanks. I am working with a mentor and go at the pace that he prescribes. If not, I would be all over the place and not making much progress ^_-

    @Evolvana. You are telling me about perspective ^_^ I would love to take a life drawing class, but I have had no luck finding any. I have had to rely on my husband, since I am in Japan and don`t know the language. We live in a small factory town, and the big city is about 30-60 minutes by train. I am almost ready to study some anatomy more seriously, but I will have to make do with books and pictures
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    I tried with books and pictures, but it's less natural, I never could learn easily that way. But I know, it's hard to find life model classes, especially "not too expensive ones", because sometimes when I check the rates of evening art classes, I see very high prices and I cannot afford that x_x

    I was lucky there was in my town a group that gather and pay a model, so there's no teacher but it's cheaper for everyone, because we share the price. But I'm not in that town anymore... good luck for finding something in Japan, I lived one year there, but I could speak Japanese so it was easier ^^

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    Thanks, Evolvana. Yeah, I can speak it but not well. I can`t read, especially Kanjji--and so far, I have had no luck finding a community group like that. I have been trying, though. Working with shapes is helping a lot though, and the human form is about breaking down shapes.....well, we`ll see ^_^ If anything, I can ask my inlaws to pose--even if with clothes on lol
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    Keep up the hard work and studies. It's paying off!

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    Thanks, Eddieee ^_^
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    Update! Well, I am still working on forms and shading, but I was given permission to start looking more seriously into anatomy. I see that it all comes together, and I am excited to finally move on to that step. I am also trying to figure out how to work with charcoal/conte on toned paper. Well, red carbon. Haven`t had much luck with finding conte in red--found it in black and brown, though! I think I am thinking too hard about it and that is why I am struggling with it. I wonder if chalk would work instead of conte...


    Anyway, here are a few studies of anatomy from my japanese book. I want to just look at the muscles and bones for a bit before continuing on with loomis. I also have found a few other more illustrated ebooks and a video I want to check out ^_^ This is the time when the family starts giving me weird looks and wonder when I am giong to come at them with a machete lol.

    I haven`t had any luck finding a Life class of any kind in this area It is really frustrating because I really want to do it! I told my husband that I am more than happy and willing to take the train all the way to Nagoya if necessary. He says there is probably one somewhere around in Nagoya, but he isn`t sure where yet. Sigh....
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    Keep up the anatomy studies. One suggestion is to do the studies and then a second set from memory right afterwards. So things stick.
    Make a sketchbook happy, feed it a tip to improve!

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=85628

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    I wonder if it's really necessary to draw all the bones and everything? I mean, it's good to know the general shapes of the bones, but maybe you could improve faster if you spend more time on the general shapes than on details. Like this, you can make more sketches, faster. Unless you want to learn how to draw skeletons or zombies for example ^^

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    @ pigeonkill--Thanks for the tip. I was thinking of doing that, but I get so caught up in the book sometimes lol.

    @Evolvana. It may seem like it would be good to skip this part, but I have already found that it is greatly affecting my figures by knowing the bones and muscles--as well as helping with understanding how shadows fall. There is a huge difference between what I used to do before I studied anatomy and what I am starting to accomplish now ^_^
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    A little behind. I have some updates. There were some outdoor sketches when the weather was nice, and then I also did some nose studies and some new skull studies, using more Loomis style construction. I had found out some pieces of what he did on my own from earlier studies, but there was a lot I didn`t know about as far as techniques. Learning on your own is fine, but sometimes seeing a master at work helps ^_^ I am so glad I got a mentor to coach me through this, too.

    Anyway, here is my update..small as it is. ^_^ The skulls were from imagination, everything else from observation. I had also done some quick gesture sketches at the park along with the tree--but you can barely see them. People just won`t sit still for more than five seconds!!! Grr!!!
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    I think I am up to date---so here is some stuff I have been working on this week ^_^

    Here`s a skull that I did, front view only. Still working on it, so I didn`t darken the lines too much or shade. I am using a picture that I found that looks anatomical, just not doing the colored sections ^_^ I think it is okay, but the top of the head really bothers me. You can see where I started the original circle, and I raised the top a bit because it looked too short by the time I finished. Not sure...hm..

    Then I did some hand-bones ^_^ In bone-form, hands actually aren`t so hard lol. Oh, and I skimmed through the car video! The tires are waaay bad, especially proportion-wise. But now that I have a basic understanding of construction, I can apply it to life models that are outside my window lol.

    The last one is a set of skulls I did from a book prior to just focusing on one view.
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    A small update---just a skull, this time using an actual photo reference rather than the weird anatomical drawings that tend to flatten it in funny ways. Lesson learned ^_^
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    :: I think so far I have spent 30 or 60 hours on this thing over the last week. I am almost ready to say done, even though it is not. I can see the mistakes in it--the shading in color is off, the eyes are too far apart (going to move them in a bit), and the feet and hands are a little funny...but I thought I would get a fresh pair of eyes.

    So this is what I want to enter for that angel contest ^_^ Critiques are welcome, though I think some things are just out of my knowledge right now, even if I can see them

    Oh, and I am also uploading the original that I did in charcoal/graphite. This one took me around 20 hours or so....
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    Hi!
    Good job with the charcoal. Shades look way better there. While coloring, you lost some details, some light areas. If we can not see the water with this light, we shouldn't be seeing the angel this clear. And the stone in the water was nice, you should add this in your coloring. This way we would get water feeling better. I can't see it, though maybe it's because of my old monitor, it plays games with me sometimes You should add some dark shades to both the girl and to the surroundings, especially places near the girl. The nearer to us, the darker it becomes. And you certainly should have some sparks on the water, where it meets girl's foot and the rocks. You also should choose the light source, and be accurate with it. What color is it, where it comes from, things like that.
    Well, this is all I can say for now, I'm sure you will do a better job with working on it some more
    I hope this was helpful

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    Thanks, Berguts ^_^ I did keep all those in, but I toned them down. I am really timid of the shading as I am not sure how to translate the shade from b/w into color. Everytime I try something, it looks wrong -_-; I am thinking of trying to saturate the original colors, then take them down a shade and see if that helps with shading--especially the skin

    How about the composition in general? I have heard some people say that it doesn`t flow. Flipping it looks toppled, but I like it (may just be my untrained eye)
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