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    Mateus, just my heart n' soul

    >>>>Check out my more recent shhtuuff!

    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!
    Last edited by Rhoades; December 6th, 2009 at 06:43 PM. Reason: Forgot to add the photo lol
    "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
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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?
    "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
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    More studies (Legs a little too short?)
    "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
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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
    "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
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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
    "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
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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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