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    Strawhat's Scribbles

    Hi. I'm pretty much a beginner. Would appreciate any critique/help I can get! Here are some of my sketches...

    Update May 11th: Do skip to the later pages which are much better

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    It's been a while since I uploaded some..I think I've improved a bit

    Shall be more regular.

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    I definitely agree about the improvement. You can really see it, especially in comparing the still lives. I really like the second last image, with the beads. I hope you do keep updating. I keep saying I will. The one thing I think when I look through the images here is that you could do with being a whole lot bolder with your strokes. The images all feel sort of greyish to me - how about some really pushing the values with some mega dark bits? If you don't think your set up goes with that, you could always mess around with the lighting - have a lamp instead of a ceiling light, or something. I always think a drawing comes alive when you push the shadows beyond a mid-grey. How about trying some drawings in pen, as well, if you fancy it? That will force you to be a bit bolder in your mark making, I think. That said, I really like the hand drawings too. This isn't the right word, I'm sure, but they feel like they have a lot of 'character' - sort of a force behind the movement. The two fingers on the right bother me a bit, though - try dividing the fingers into a two/three cylinders. I like the lines generally though. They look confident.

    Hope to see more soon. Update.

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    Totally agree about pushing the value more! I keep telling myself to have the three value system and yeah I just realized the importance of lighting things properly .

    And yeah I ought to update more regularly.

    Thanks so much! Here are some more

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    The first still life in the second post is awesome! The dragon is pretty cool too. You could work a bit on your anatomy though, such as the legs in the drawing of the man with the cane, but it takes a long time to study anatomy so you're doing fine. I would recommend searching for anatomy and figure drawing books such as Loomis or Bridgman if you haven't heard of them before. They help a lot with understanding how to draw the figure using a constructive meathod. Anyway just keep drawing and you'll always improve, good luck.

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    Thank you RickyS! Yeah, I'm working through Loomis at the moment. His construction methods are very helpful I'll post some of them up later!

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    good work

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    More updates.

    Figure drawings(reference), Loomis studies, a cast drawing and a study.

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    Great start! Really like the still lifes you're doing. I need to get on some figure studies myself!

    Keep it up!

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    Hi! ^_^

    Have to say, I really like the still life with the vase and beads - I love the subtle pattern on the fabric and the vase/beads are really well done.

    I also like your last one with the book. Nice colors!

    Keep it up!

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    Nice studies! I can't tell if you're doing this in your figure drawings, but it helps to think of the limbs as three dimensional objects (like cubes or cylinders) connected to central masses (pelvis and rib cage). Also remember perspective effects everything, including figures. Your cast drawing is nice, it looks 3D and the values on the digital painting study are good. Keep pushing the studies!

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    The digital stuff is really coming along. I seriously need to get going on Photoshop myself someday. I think in your next one you should have a few different objects so you can paint different textures within the same piece. Or not, er. I will echo RickyS though on the figure drawings, though I do think it's okay to start off with some purely observational studies of the figure. It has taken me forever to begin to see the body as a composite of 3D shapes (and I still fail at it). Maybe you could check out posemaniacs 30 second thing, as well; I think it's quite useful for getting you to capture the whole form quickly, without worrying about the details that might not make sense yet.

    Love the cast drawing. Your line quality is fab.

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    Nice work on the figure drawings. I'd try to loosen up a bit on your figure drawing...do you know www.posemaniacs.com? They have a tool that lets you do 30 second gesture drawings, which will help your sense of energy and posing.

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