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    99 Thousand Bad Drawings

    In Chuck Amuck, an autobiography by Chuck Jones, the famed Warner Brothers animator, Jones recalls that his first instructor at Chouinard Art Institute greeted the class with a grim edict: "All of you here have one hundred thousand bad drawings in you. The sooner you get rid of them, the better it will be for everyone."
    Slacker that I am, I estimate I have done less than a thousand drawings in 29 years, despite loving both the process and the product. I'm starting this sketchbook to share the process of working through my remaining bad drawings and, with your critiques/encouragement, maybe stop sucking a little ahead of schedule.

    If you see studies of your art (or even yourself from a camwhore thread) here, I assure you it is for my own scholarship and will not be used without permission. I hope you'll take it as a compliment! If you want me to take them down, just send me a PM.
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    I really want to be one of those artists who shows such improvement from the first to last page of his sketchbook that it seems like it could not have been done by the same person. I'm going to cheat a little bit by starting with some sketches that are several years old. My rationalization is that I only recently finished the sketchbook they're from. That's how little drawing I have done in the past few years. Forgive me, for I have sinned.

    Those of you who have gone through "tiny heads suspended in the middle of the page" and anime phases should be able to relate to some of these, although I still have a lot of love for Hellsing.

    Can any PSO vets identify the class of my beloved character or two of the most notorious hacked rare weapons she's holding?
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    At long last, we're getting to stuff I've done this year. It would be more valuable if you started critiquing with these, but, hey, beggars can't be choosers.

    Some of these represent a conscious effort to draw quickly instead of slaving over endlessly redrawn details on top of bad bases.
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    Despite the awesome subject matter, this feels a little "uptight" and more concerned with details than overall form.
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    Some Loomis heads. I forced myself to draw the weird little cartoon heads despite hating them, figuring "Loomis knows best," but by the time I got to the end, I actually liked the little guys.

    I'd upload more Loomis stuff, but the attachment manager and my scanner combine to make it a somewhat laborious process.
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    Welcome to CA.org somehow you've acquired the sense of structure, but not completely, I can see a great level in the drawing of "Leonidas". So my friend I suggest you to work completely in gesture and structure, right now you should avoid rendering, and try to get full of life drawings, this has worked for me.
    Take Care and Keep it up!!!
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    Morbo on Futurama combined with the edict to use the whole page resulted in something surprising.

    The brain is also Futurama inspired. I got some great PITT pens in 6 of my least favorite colors and really tried to make the best of it. Between my amateur scanning abilities and less-than-pro 13" MacBook screen, the colors look even worse.
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    Thanks for being my first reply, andres! I took a life drawing class today and will get some of the drawings up here ASAP.
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    A few pages of manikins.
    Check out my Sketchbook and I promise I'll return the favor.
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    Good to see the Loomis studies . They're going to go a long way, specially when combined with life drawing (if you cant get a model, draw people on the train). Keep it up.
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    I always struggled with traditional painting (or just avoided it) and found doing it in PS to be even more frustrating. Nothing made sense until I did a study (the girl below) based on a quick Prometheus|ANJ painting that showed his process. It's a million times better than what I was doing before, but still lacks any blending.

    It wasn't until I followed a couple of Randis' tutorials that blending made any sense to me at all. That bean might not look like much, but I treasure it for the "ah-ha" moment it represents.

    Using some of those ideas, I did an anatomical study of this.
    Check out my Sketchbook and I promise I'll return the favor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidharth Chaturvedi View Post
    Good to see the Loomis studies . They're going to go a long way, specially when combined with life drawing (if you cant get a model, draw people on the train). Keep it up.
    Thanks, man. Your PA Elton John avatar always makes me chuckle! Loomis' books are a pleasure to read, so I should have no problem keeping up and doing what he says. I know I should take a pocket sketchbook with me to crowded places but I have yet to do it. I'm a little worried people will think I'm a creep, even though I always admire artists I see sketching like that.
    Check out my Sketchbook and I promise I'll return the favor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Triffin View Post
    Thanks, man. Your PA Elton John avatar always makes me chuckle! Loomis' books are a pleasure to read, so I should have no problem keeping up and doing what he says. I know I should take a pocket sketchbook with me to crowded places but I have yet to do it. I'm a little worried people will think I'm a creep, even though I always admire artists I see sketching like that.
    That's the beauty of it- teaches you to draw fast and get the gesture down. The Loomis stuff will really feed into it too, it's hard to draw the head or figure that quickly without having some underlying knowledge. All in all though it's a lot of fun, once you get into the habit you'll curse yourself whenever you forget your sketchbook at home .

    Incidentally, there's something I forgot to add earlier- you should get an 18X24 pad of newsprint (they're dirt cheap), some charcoal, and start drawing BIG! It'll train you to make longer, more confident lines with your whole arm. Hard to learn, since we're trained to hold a pencil a certain way (you need to hold it between thumb and forefinger, pointed outward for this), but when it starts to pay off it REALLY pays off.
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