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    You're making nice improvements! The long studies of the drapery and paper bag among others were very impressive. I'll have to try that sometime, looks like I could learn a lot from a long value study.

    You're really on the right track, just keep doing what you're doing and I look forward to seeing further improvement, there was some really nice stuff in the last post!


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    cdejong - Thanks, I really appreciate it. Long studies get me really focused and I can sometimes get lost easily. I did quite a few this semester, I'm going to try some quicker studies.

    The semester has ended and I decided to merge this thread with a new sketchbook.

    - Self Portrait
    - Larger version of a study previously posted
    - Final for Life Drawing 101. Took about 12 hours with mostly vine charcoal with a charcoal pencil for the darks. Once again, a terrible photo but I bought my family a point and shoot for Christmas so I hope that will improve the quality from now on.
    - Some more studies after school with a few friends. (That huge eye is really buggin me in one of the gestures, just ignore it! ) There's one girl who's great at posing, she seems like a natural model. The next day she brought a friend who's a ballet dancer. Looking forward to getting together with everyone again in January.
    - And I might as well post my sp from Nov. 1st. I'm having big problems with the digital medium so Photoshop is going to wait for a little while.

    I'm on break for two weeks. I was going to start doing some quick oils everyday but I forgot to buy some supplies. Will try to get that asap.

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    OLDER WORK FROM LATE 08 TO LATE 09

    I decided I should put up the stuff I did right before I started school. Most of it is godawful, but I'm not here to just post pretty pictures. That will come later.

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    These are some sketches since September to this week in order. I've been trying to nail one or two things down at a time. I have a goal to concentrate on specific things at a time. Since Life Drawing was my main focus this past semester, I decided to study anatomy and work on certain things like the hands and now heads. I feel like it's getting somewhere but I still need to nail the planes of the face.

    Working with ball point has helped, I don't need to worry about overworking something by too much shading and it makes me try for less mistakes.

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    Woah! The amount of work on this page actually scared me haha. therefore wasn't able to get a good luck at everyhting.
    I really like your anatomy studies. They're really forcefully. Superb done.
    For crits I'd say watch your porportions in the face. THey tend to be kinda off at times. Just look up the proportion dimension and you should be fine.
    Awesome sb keepitup.

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    jordyskateboardy - Thanks Jordy, don't be scared! I agree, proportions are my enemy, will keep doing more studies.

    One more painting from a session before school got out. I was basically the last person to leave the school since it was last Friday night and everyone either skipped or left early to kick start their break. It almost feels odd how a lot of people impatiently wait for the clock to hit 5 so they can run home. Then I ask them if they have to go to their job or if it's something important and they say, nah, I just wanted to get out of school. Anyways, a digital piece I worked on one night from a sketch I posted earlier for a school submission. Pretty lame but whatever. Was just trying out different brushes.

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    - One more study from school
    - Started a new sketchbook as the previous one is almost full. Tried some extreme foreshortening using myself.
    - Got a oil study in from last night. Took an hour and a half, 9 x 12 canvas board using only Winsor & Newton Winsor titanium white and ivory black. Trying to get the form down.

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    Damn, that is a hell of a lot of drawings. I really have nothing useful to say, just keep going. This is awesome.

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    Very nice. You've been improving. The last couple batches of life drawings have a very nice movement to them.

    One thing I notice especially in the earlier posts were that your hands seems to lose their form. The more recent studies with the single shades rectify the issues for the most part, but it is something you may want to watch for.

    The two pen portraits of your friend are very nice, very lively. The nose of the one on the right looks a little odd on the left side (his right).

    Overall there is a lot of nice work in here and your definitely on the right track. Keep it up
    "To say a work of art is good but incomphrensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but most people can't eat it." Leo Tolstoy
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    sketchibo - I'll keep on keeping on.

    Euthyphro - Thanks for catching that, I kind of squished his nose a little. it was interesting that you mention form as the day before school started again I went to attend a figure drawing workshop in Chicago for 3 hours. It was a pay at the door no instruction session. It was awesome I was the youngest person there at 20 years. There were ladies there who were turning 70 years old and the old men were complaining about their medicine.

    After the three hours were up I was waiting for my ride and the instructor came over and asked if I would like a critique on my work I did (gestures and poses from 20 seconds to 25 minutes). I said I'd love it and we ended up talking for over an hour. He basically said it came done to form and that I have none. His take on it was one should learn the skeletal structure and not by just reading books and studying anatomy but by sculpting the bones. Individual bones of the skull, the pelvis, etc... until you have such a grasp on it that you are able to instantly visualize the inside of the figure so that you can draw the outside. I'll definitely keep it in mind...

    Got some sketchbook and figure drawing warm ups. Finished one sketchbook so I want to finish the moleskin next. I've been inspired by Chromosome recently if anyone notices in some of the work. The model further down kept moving a lot so she became really hulked up for some reason. :/ Overall I feel kind of rusty even though my break was only 2 weeks long, like I've stepped back to September of last year but with fresh ideas. Another side project I want to keep focus on is the idea of a "daily" self portrait. I've been lurking in the sub forum for over a year now and have wanted to start one up but I never felt like I could commit to it so here it goes, but in a different way. Instead of doing one everyday, I just want to have 365 done by the end of the year even if I skip a few days.

    So I've got a lot on my plate and will try to make the most of it. Besides school, the self portraits, after school drawing, and open painting sessions, I signed up for the portrait club run by one of my teachers, a weekly 3 hour session to do one oil portrait of the model which is either a student or instructor, I'm planning on really getting into digital seriously this year, and I've been reading over some books besides Bridgeman like Vanderpoel, Micheal Hampton, and Henry Yan (that book is just pure eye candy).

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    Hey man. Great life drawing. I must say your line work is lovely. You build up the structure very well. Have you thought about etching? It would suit your style perfectly.

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    Thanks for the comment in my sketchbook. Your improvement is awesome. It seems that you too want too overload CA servers hehe. Your life drawings are splendid. Keep posting more

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    JasonHickey - Thanks, I went not too long ago to the Art Institute of Chicago and was amazed by Rembrandts etchings. I'd like to try it out some day.

    leanunlibro - Thanks will do. Need to update a little more frequently a few projects come up from time to time that eat up my entire day. Going on 2 hour nights of sleep recently.

    I've joined the after school portrait painting club. I've been using Utrecht artists canvas either 9 x 12 or 11 x 14. I'm currently using

    Titanium White (W&NW)
    Ivory Black (W&NW)
    Ultramarine Blue (Utrecht)
    Alizarin Crimson (Utrecht)
    Cadmium Yellow Light (Utrecht)
    Terra Rosa (W&N)
    Burnt Sienna (W&NW)

    1: Still Life from near the beginning of the year when I first picked up charcoal
    2-6: More oil studies
    7: Recent white charcoal on black paper figure drawing
    8: Getting to use toned paper with black and white charcoal now
    9-11: Oil Portraits. I really despise the first one. I was ill prepared and I ran out of Ultramarine blue about half way through.
    12-14: Sitting in on other peoples classes and some sketches for a painting that I completely screwed up. Yay.

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    Hey! Thanks for commenting on my sketchbook! You have some amazing life drawings here and I especially admire your oil paintings! Keep it up!
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