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    Smile Mateus, just my heart n' soul

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    Hey guys, thanks for checking out my sketchbook!
    My name is Matthew, and I'm currently a college student in Huntington Beach, CA. I am making a transition from graphic design to the fine arts. My overall goal is to better my skills, better yet...PERFECT my skills and be able to make a living through the production of my art, no matter what form!! Anyways, my main focus at this point is anatomy and still life. I would greatly appreciate a critique from you and any advice your willing to give. Thanks!

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    Alright, well i worked a little bit on a piece today but sadly i gave up on it, Maybe ill finish her later. But here it is anyways! And i also put in some older stuff...

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    Hey dude, thanks for stopping by.

    Good luck on the switch. Keep up the studies!

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    Just a few sketches from an anatomy book I have. My scanner is down so sorry for the poor quality
    Thanks Enydimon, I will definatley keep up my studies!

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    Some studies I did earlier today. My book of reference is Constructive Anatomy by Bridgman. I love the book, but does anyone know of any other good anatomy books?

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    More studies (Legs a little too short?)

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    Hi Matthew, I have come to the same conclusion that graphic design is not my favorite thing to do although I've had 4 years of experience with photoshop, Illustrator, and other adobe programs. I'm using photoshop now to paint some stuff which is pretty entertaining. I've learned alot and experienced a lot being at college but to be successful in a field you really have to apply yourself and have passion for what you want to do. I'm definitely passionate with art, and It is so very satisfying producing a finished portrait or a piece of artwork that I'm proud of. It has also taught me patience and how to focus.

    I grew up without any art instruction even through highschool. I think it was mostly a gift I was born with. The first exposure to any structured art class was in my college years. At first I was really excited and now realize how I didn't even get proper instruction and professors would not put the effort of quality instruction into their classes. That has led me on to seek better instruction and I would like to attend a art and design school with more focus on the arts and painting and drawing than I get here, like much more. I've discovered a few schools on my own, such as Ringling College of Art and Design which I'm sure you're aware of, SCAD (Savannah College of art and Design) and Cooper Union, School of Visual arts in NYC, and a few other good ones. I would love to get into one of those, preferably SCAD. It has quite a good rating.

    Now on to some of your work. First of all; Wicked skull at the top first post. I really like the detailed shading. You definitely took some patience with that one. I believe we should always do a good finished drawing once in awhile as it spurs on our creativity and motivates us.

    In your bridgeman studies, they look cartoonish, and somewhat undeveloped like you rushed them (the last page specifically). Spend more time on those bridgeman studies, draw a few of them and try and understand what the structure of the body is and how it moves in space. That I believe is what Bridgeman is trying to get across to us. Good skull and head studies. Maybe if you draw smaller versions they wont take as long and you'll finish them more quickly giving you added motivation and satisfaction. I like to vary the sizes of my drawings on the paper, although some are relatively the same size if im drawing Bridgeman studies.

    Another thing I've started to try and do is walk around and draw outside, people, buildings, structure, nature, trees, animals, anything from life is absolutely great for observation and will help you improve greatly. I'm trying to make an effort to get out and do more life studies of people.

    As you draw more and become more confident your lines will get smoother and more fluid. Some of your sketching up here seems scratchy and jerky, but with practice you'll no doubt get more confident with your lines. I'm working on that myself. it takes focus and determination but its worth it.

    Some books I like to draw from are of course
    Burne Hogarth anatomy books and Bridgeman, which looks like you're using already. Also check out "The Complete Book of Drawing and Painting by Hugh Laidman". Probably really cheap on amazon and it has alot of good information and guidance on drawing and sketching from life.

    Hope this helps. Keep up the good work! and thanks for dropping by my SB.

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    Wow, thank you so much Dan. I really appreciate the time and honesty you put into your reply, it means alot! Well I too have came to that conclusion about graphic design! lol, for some reason its just not as satisfying to me as drawing and painting are. I have never heard of any of those schools actually, I'll have to look into them! One art school in particular I;m aware of is LCAD (Laguna College of Art and Design), I looked into them but they just seemed overpriced for what they offered. Thank you for your compliments on the skull, and as for my other work goes; I most definately see what your saying. They do seem somewhat cartoonish, I will keep up my studies and hopefully with time that will change! I will definately check out that book, I need some more literature on drawing. Again, Thanks alot

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    Hey rhoades, thanks for dropping by my SB. On that last study, I would say the guy on the left has a bit to lengthy of arms, and the feet are a bit too long (says me with huge feet irl)=P but for proportionate reasons they are. As stated it does take time to get confidence in your lines, but its great you are doing studies! Something I think is difficult for people is following bridgemans line confidence, very loose yet very descriptive lines, hard to achieve without a lot of practice.

    One thing you can try is an excercise where you draw a still life without erasing, and without "scratching" meaning long fluid lines only. no shading is needed either, this helps some people quite a bit.

    I'm glad your making the decision to switch from GD to FA, good choice imo =) Keep at it, all the studying and learning can only do so much, the most important thing is to draw draw draw!

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    Natzuur-JK, thanks for your critique! I would have to agree with you, he's most definitely not proportionate lol. I'm going to keep practicing though, and I'm definitely going to try out your exercise! Sounds challenging, but also sounds like it will actually help. Maybe I'll post some of my attempts. Thanks again

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    Hey Rhoades, nice work you have here, I remember when I started studying from Bridgman books, when i started i probably had the same pics as you have, my little advice is, that maybe you should draw more precise and just draw as much as you can, at first Bridgman's anatomy stuff didn't make any sense to me, but I drew one of his pic many times, in school brake I took almost the whole book through in 2 days. And I obviously still copy from the master, because practice makes perfect. Keep it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heix33 View Post
    Hey Rhoades, nice work you have here, I remember when I started studying from Bridgman books, when i started i probably had the same pics as you have, my little advice is, that maybe you should draw more precise and just draw as much as you can, at first Bridgman's anatomy stuff didn't make any sense to me, but I drew one of his pic many times, in school brake I took almost the whole book through in 2 days. And I obviously still copy from the master, because practice makes perfect. Keep it up.
    This is what i'm doing. I've been drawing mainly from the Bridgeman book. Sometimes it doesn't make sense to me but i'm still drawing his figures because I believe after drawing a thousand or more drawings of his I will finally get it. I sometimes draw the same picture many times also. Good advice.

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    nice scatches,
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    killer skull at the top dude, and awesome zombie hehe keep at it and work hard and you get where you wanna be

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    Thanks so much for your compliments and advice guys, It really means alot. and I totally agree Dan, that's great advice. Thanks to both of you

    I've recently been intrigued by Michelangelo's work. He was most definitely an amazing artist and a well rounded person. He did it all, from sculpting, to painting, to even architecture (and I'm sure much more that I'm not aware of). With that said, I think i might do some studies from some of his work. Look for an update later today.

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    "Hey bro" to you too...bro. I've been meaning to post on here that your skull is one of my favorites. It reminds me of the illustrations of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for some reason. Everything else I could say has pretty much already been said, but one more anatomy book for you to check out: Anatomy for the Artist by Jeno Barcsay. I'll be checking in again to see more.

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    It's good to see that you're drawing from Bridgman, and also drawing from an anatomy book will help a lot. I'd like to see some still life drawings as well.

    For the Bridgman studies, the best thing to do is to copy the drawing (and try to think about it and understand it while you're copying it), then find a reference picture of a body in a similar pose and apply the idea of the Bridgman study to that reference and that will help you understand the similarities.

    Also when studying from anatomy books, copy the muscles, then find a reference picture to see the muscles on the surface, then draw the muscle study from imagination, and then go back and look at the original and see where your mistakes lie. This is the way to engrave the information into your mind faster. Good luck and keep up the good work!

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    jeremyg0rd0n-Thanks a lot for your input and advice. And great idea on the bridgman studies! I will definitely try that out. Im going to do some still life, if not tonight definitely tomorrow Thanks again

    GoGoJojo-lol, sorry for the bro thing. I guess i just assumed you were a male. Thanks for the compliment on my skull! I'll have to check that book out too by the way, thanks for the reference

    So for my post! The first image is a reference from a sketch by Michelangelo and the hand is from the painting Creation of Adam, also by Michelangelo. The second image is of a grenade is started, its obviously not finished but I thought I'd post it anyways

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    Oh it's fine if you call me bro. I actually took it as a compliment, because that means my crap doesn't look all girly. If it causes less confusion though, you can call me Betsy.

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    Great study. Noticeable progress there on the last page. I'm a switching Graphic Designer as well, by the way, although a bit late :p.

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    Thanks witcrack! Progress is definitely a good thing, makes me feel like I'm not running in place lol. And yeah, graphic design is cool, but its not the same

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    One more thing before i go to bed. I know the scale and perspective aren't the best. But i wanted to take a wack at the Vitruvian Man! Thanks to Leonardo da Vinci. lol anyways, critiques are welcome! Thanks

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    Hey guys, I have a question. Under our display names there is a ranking (I'm assuming thats what it is), for instance I'm "Level 1 Gladiator: Andabatae". How do you rank up? Or is there a thread that I can look at that has this information? I've looked around but haven't had any luck. Thanks!

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    hi. you have improved from your first post. keep up the great work. the level thing is influanced by the amount of posts you make. I think when you get to 100 posts you go up a level

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    phoenicorn, Thanks! That was very helpful, I've been racking my brain over that. lol. And thanks for the compliment/encouragement

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    Thanks for stopping by my thread. The skull in the first post is outstanding. There's some nice shading on the figure #18. I think your figures have a tendancy to have their heads a little too large, however. I don't know if you've seen or heard of the Andrew Loomis books, but I believe his figure drawing one breaks the different proportions of figures in a lot of detail. Have a look for it if you get the chance.

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    Thanks MrParker, Yeah about the head thing. I've noticed I have trouble making the head to the right scale as the body. I keep working on it though! And as for Andrew Loomis, I've never heard of him before. I'll have to check him out. Thanks Parker.

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    Ok, just got done with a few Bridgman skull studies. Here they are!

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    Does anyone know of any other books by Bridgman, other than the human machine and constructive anatomy?

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