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    Me sketchbook!

    Hellooo my fellow artists! I've been checking out this site for about a month now and decided to join. I LOVE your guys' work, whatever skill level; it just gives me this awesome motivation to draw. Perhaps it's because I can easily relate and understand your many frustrations when it comes to art. ANYWAYS...here is my first sketch.

    First off, I must tell you that this is a Michelangelo; however, I used this piece to study the rhomboids.


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    Here's a quick figure drawing...

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    Your pencil work in the first sketch looks very promising, but the charcoal used for the shading just isn't working for me... same for the charcoal in the second sketch (possibly due to the texture of the paper).

    I've found charcoal to be a very unforgiving medium on most art papers, so might I suggest you stick to pencils for sketchbooks? But if you really like charcoal, then newsprint or pastel paper is great for it.

    At any rate, I like what I'm seeing in terms of the line quality and proportions, so keep at it and maybe try a few different drawing supplies along the way.
    "Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali

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    Thanks a bunch, bad painter!

    Hmmm...I never gave much thought about the paper i was using, but i WILL keep it in mind. Now I know why we ALWAYS used newsprint in figure drawing class...
    Anyways, I do need to use more drawing utencils; i've become comfortable with graphite and charcoal but that's it. Thanks again for your comments. 8)

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    Here's one by Anthony Van Dyke. I used it for a proportion study...

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    Great start man. I like your studies, especially the last one. I'll definitely visit your sketchbook in the future.

    Keep it up and thank you ver much for dropping by my sketchbook!

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    Nice work, man. Keep it up!

    I'll visit more offten.

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    Yes, it's been forever since the last update, i know i know. I'm horrible! Hahaha, well the good news is that i've been drawing EVERYDAY since then, be it an hour or three hours I make sure it's everyday.

    this sketch is a scene from my favorite movie, Saving Private Ryan...

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    Man, that last sketch is so great! My only suggestion is that you should vary your lineweight a bit more, let the eye know what is dominate by thickening your lines and darkening them up a bit. It will help punch up your sketches a bit more.. but I'm really looking forward to seeing your later work!

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    havent seen that movie...seems to be worth it sketch looks nice, maybe work on your line quality like majortom mentioned
    keep it up

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    Wow, nice sketches! SPR is also one of my favorite movies... hard to believe it lost out to Shakespeare In Love for best picture that year. >_<

    Anyway, keep up the good work!
    If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all. -Michelangelo


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    Hey Flanagan,

    Thanks for the visit to my SB!

    The above posters are spot on-- you need paper with the right amount of "tooth" to make charcoal work right.

    Nicolaides is well worth study-- lotta wisdom in that book. But, my advice? Hit the "fast forward" button! Don't torture yourself with strict adherence to the schedules. And, don't put all your eggs in that one basket. Read the "How To Proceed" section in Loomis's Figure Drawing For All It's Worth and check some of the Civardi books out of the library.

    You've got some good basic line drawing skills, as evidenced by the Private Ryan work, over focus on Nicolaides would just bog you down!

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    Good to see an update from you. Did you get your hands on a new scanner?
    I like your latest sketch, especially the guy in the middle. And I think your sketches will look awesome if you work a bit on the lines as majortom mentioned. Keep it up!

    And yes, Saving Private Ryan rocks!

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    Spaggen- Naa, dude, i just started using my mom's scanner. I'm not sure why, but all the images I upload on here come out HUUGE. It's a little irritating. Anyways, thanks for dropping by, man. I really appreciate your time. PEACE!

    Kamber Park- Heeeeey, buddy! You're welcome, but i must thank you for visiting mine...thanks! Soo, I bought a pad of newsprint and some new charcoals the other day, it should have the right kind of "teeth"
    Btw, you're right about the Nicholaides' book. I've a really bad habit of getting a book and clinging to it's every word. I plan on reading it, but i'm not going to stick to the schedule. It starts to make art feel like chores...or going to the gym. Lol, alright thanks again for stopping by and giving me some thoughtful words. PEACE!

    Scribble King - *high fives* THANK YOU!! I can't believe it lost to that movie...man, so disappointing. Well, thanks for stopping by, man. And of course, i shall draw EVERYDAY. PEACE!

    Jathertip- Hey man, what's up? Oh dude, you should definately see that movie, it's great! I'm really interested in WWII, very..."classy". I don't know how else to describe it, but thanks for your time and words. Keep up the drawing, man! PEACE!

    Majortom- 4,3,2,1! Eaarth beeloow us, liifting, faallling...hahahaha, if you haven't heard that song and you're just looking at this message with raised eyebrows and confusion, forgive me. Hmmm, more weight, eh? Well, I will make a note of this in today's sketches and post them up as soon as possible. Thanks for you advice! I've some more movie sketches that i'll post up soon enough. Again, thank you. PEACE!

    Hmmm, so work on line quality? I know i know, i put thousands of lines down just to "feel" the form. SO, to help with this i bought some nibs and ink. I started using them yesterday- it's nice! So refreshing to break away from the pencil. I'll post those later on, but here's what i've been doing the past couple weeks...

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    I feel like you have some untapped potential. The 3 men around the table is great. Tells you whats going on with very simple means. Keep it man!
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