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    Sketchbook of the pretty and the grotesqe

    NOTE: Newest work from the attachment is found in the last post!

    hi all,
    I'm an illustrator, web and graphic designer from Croatia.
    I freelance for small book publishers, but most of all I'm interested in creating my own art, and I want to become better at it.

    Well, I don't know where to begin, first here's some finished work I did before I realized I should draw from reference and stubbornly insisted on my own imagination... some of it is published on covers of books (*gasp!* yes, they do have low standards I guess ) and fantasy/SF fanzines.

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    Here is work that was previously attached, so it doesn't appear in the thumb, I hope you don't mind.













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    ok, so here's the stuff from observation.

    I did some of it (casts, figures and portraits) at a workshop I attended for a few months last year. now I practice alone.

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    and last, some of the newer work

    Digital, mixed media and the last is acrylic on canvas.

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    Great work so far, you are getting better as you post. keep up the good work!

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    Look what the cat dragged in

    Oh hi. I wasn't drawing for a long time so I didn't have much to post..
    I'm working on a painting based on this sketch: http://cwtam.inobscuro.com/catty-behavior-81/ - this is current state of the face with makeup layers turned off.
    5 hours of work, based on my face.
    I plan to work on the hair more, add some detail to the background, foliage or something.. maybe add some more texture to the skin, maybe. Let me know if you see any obvious mistakes. Most of the features will be covered in makeup. I will post that picture later.

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    Finished Well, I might work a bit more on sharpening the details (eyebrows, mouth, necklace..) but it's pretty much it.

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    Pencil sketch for a future painting I'm planning a bit asymmetrical, I'll work on that.

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    EDIT: scanned, the photo was awful.

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    Some still life studies with a sheep skull I have, because bones are always such an interesting subject.
    The first one is made with black and white sketching pencils, and red watercolor pencils on toned paper.
    The second one is an attempt at comic-like drawing with a marker and ink, but I'm not very thrilled, I guess stippling would work much better.

    I'll be doing more of these in the following days to experiment with traditional techniques.

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    Great, my post went into moderation and still hasn't shown up, so here are the images that were supposed to be uploaded: http://cwtam.inobscuro.com/sheep-skulls-i-93/

    Continuing with sheep skull studies. This one is done in soft pastel on toned paper.

    The second drawing are some quick portraits referenced form photos.

    The third is a quick speedpaint referenced from: http://mjranum-stock.deviantart.com/...shell-57458802

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    You have some damn nice studies of anatomy but I like the skull drawing/painting (?) best

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    Thank you Trixtar! it's a pastel drawing. I really enjoy drawing this skull.

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    Watercolor pencils still life studies from life, both are 12x20cm

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    Another skull study, minimal approach with ink (better than the last one done in ink). Backdrop was white silk this time.
    I screwed up the thumb muscle shading, there was no help to it

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    Good start so far. Watch your proportions on the portraits. You have a tendency to place the eyes a little too far from each other, but you seem to be overcoming this in your later works. Keep up the studies and happy sketching

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    Thank you very much Ghast, I'll keep an eye on that issue I'm glad you can see the improvement!

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    I'm not too sure if someone's told you this before, but you should probably look up "Figure Drawing for All it's worth" By Andrew Loomis, as well as "constructive Anatomy" by George B. Bridgman. I believe they're both free to download, but I'm not sure. What I am sure of though, is that this will make your life remarkably easier, and improve your work as well. Always try to understand what you are drawing or painting.

    As for general tips, I would suggest that you become more aware of value, and contrast. Try not to make the values muddy, either. This will make your work seem more interesting, and like it has more depth.

    And lastly, keep doing those studies. Keep doing them, and keep minding your brush strokes while you are doing them. Keep it simple, keep thinking while you're doing them, and keep trying to understand. As far as I know that is the key; thinking lots, and thinking hard.


    You are doing a fine job so far, and I wish you the best. Keep up the good work, and you'll see remarkable improvement! Just look at the other people that have worked hard on this site, and what they have become. I'm sure you will be one of them.

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    Very neat, you got some talent going for you here

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    Toffers thank you very much for the thoughtful comment and encouragement! I think I have both books on my comp., but I find it so tedious to read from the monitor I never really gave it a go, I just used Jack Hamm and Stephen Rogers Peck's anatomy since I have them in paperback. But it's about time I look into Loomis and Bridgman too
    Thanks, I am trying to be mindful when I do the studies so that some of the knowledge sticks in. I will try to pay attention to everything you have mentioned
    Thank you once again, and I'm glad you think I have the potential to become really good, this surroundings is very inspiring!

    Conniekat8 thank you Well, I started from the beginning like most people, I don't know if it's talent that helps one learn things quicker, but if it is, I'm grateful for it

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    Blah, here's some sketches...

    1. Line drawing of Tarsatica caste and mausoleum from life (started coloring it, but didn't finish, I was freezing)
    2. An old ink sketch from life
    3. Michelangelo's Bacchus
    4. sketches of an imaginary character.. supposed to be the same character, but that didn't go too well...
    5. sketches from imagination, trying out for more curvy figure and larger breasts since I usually draw skinny girls, such as myself...
    6. continuing of imaginary stuff, an attempt of a fashion sketch
    7. half-drunk sketches of my work colleagues in a pub (I tried to be discreet so I did it really fast)

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    Nice, nice, keep up the good work, especially the anatomy studies. By the way I really like the first one (with the candle)...

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    Thank you!
    I'm glad you do, that is my favorite digital painting to date ^_^

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    I saw some members here referring to this tool: http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php so I decided to give it a run
    First batch is 1-minute sketches, and the second one I paused and did for maybe 5 minutes. I'll try to do these every day if I can make myself.

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    Thanks for visiting my sketchbook. Good work here, I particularly like your still life drawings/ paintings of the animal skull.

    One thing I would say about drawing 1 minute poses is to look for the line action, try to feel the movement of the whole figure and don't get bogged down by details. Try to combine this kind of study with slower, more in depth studies of anatomy (e.g. use a mirror, look at your own contours, structure, get a feel for how and why people move as they do, get a sense of where the center of gravity is on a figure)

    Thanks again, I hope you post more

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    Hi matey

    Thanks for the the SB visit it was much appreciated, I really like the work you are doing with the animal skull. Repeat studies help me a lot and I worry that I'm being weird so its always good to see someone else grinding thier skills too.

    Please dont take this the wrong way, as I say this in a helpful way but I have noticed that in some of your images that the perspective drifts a bit, I would suggest that you do do a great big bunch of studies to get it more ingrained in your mental art toolkit. They can be quite fun and rewarding too, and after looking at the stuff you have so far you will blast through them with no problem.

    all the very best to you matey.

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    Thanks for visiting and commenting!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hunin View Post
    One thing I would say about drawing 1 minute poses is to look for the line action, try to feel the movement of the whole figure and don't get bogged down by details. Try to combine this kind of study with slower, more in depth studies of anatomy (e.g. use a mirror, look at your own contours, structure, get a feel for how and why people move as they do, get a sense of where the center of gravity is on a figure)
    Thanks, I will try that

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    Please dont take this the wrong way, as I say this in a helpful way but I have noticed that in some of your images that the perspective drifts a bit, I would suggest that you do do a great big bunch of studies to get it more ingrained in your mental art toolkit. They can be quite fun and rewarding too, and after looking at the stuff you have so far you will blast through them with no problem.
    Hey I'm here for critique, so don't worry, I am grateful for all the advice I can get
    I tried to do just that recently and I'll keep practicing. I finally collected Metzger's book that I borrowed to my friend years ago so I am going through some excersizes there. I tried Loomis first, but some things were a bit unclear so I'm glad I have Metzger too.

    Here's some of my work I did in the meantime, some sketches...

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    ...and some finished artwork I did.

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    Some quick studies of nude photos I did... I didn't finish the digital sketch, I noticed I did the leg angle was wrong and gave up an did the one with the pencil instead.

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    Thanks for stopping by my SB! I love yours -- it's so diverse. Seems like you're working on everything.

    I have to ask, what is the 8th image from the top of the second post (this one) referenced from? Seems familiar.

    Your figures are looking great, but somehow there isn't the same level of sophistication with the faces. You might like the book the Artist's Complete Guide to Facial expression. It goes into loads of detail about subtle things in the face, like how the shape of the eyelid changes in relation to where the iris is, how to distinguish between an eye closing and an eye looking down, how covering the iris slightly changes expression, etc.

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    Thank you very much Sounds like a very interesting and useful book, sadly from the reviews I read the new softcover edition is very poorly printed, but I hope the reading part is worth it.
    I plan to do the "50 heads challenge" with old masters' paintings these days, that should help too.

    The torso is done from a real life plaster cast, but these are rather popular in drawing classes so you may have seen a similar one on the photo

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    Here is a selection of some of my sketches I did lately.
    Mostly done with a brush pen, watercolor or watercolor pencils in my sketchbooks. Almost everything is done from observation (except the fairy obviously).

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