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    Meaisín's Year of Daily Self-Portraits + Video

    Attempting to complete daily self-portraits to improve! I felt inspired and began. It's a great exercise for driving me on and experimenting, and it makes sure that I'm drawing everyday. Keeping up so far, even if there have been some very late nights and terrible drawings. Mixed medias/styles and etc.
    Will try to find more time to make sure I get the images uploaded more frequently.
    Now that I've seen the other threads here, I'm even more inspired, and looking forward to the next day's portrait and hopefully, improvement

    All comments/suggestions welcome, thanks for visiting.

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    Keeping the dailies going. Eighteen so far, here they are. Although I'm not sure if it's the best method, I've kept the medium/approach/angle relatively fresh in the hope of improvement.

    Hope uploads are alright - couple of photos due to A3 book.

    Thanks for views/comments/crits

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    Self Portrait from yesterday. Van Gogh drawing self portrait influence, so light pencil drawing under dip pen and ink.

    Take it easy!

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    'Feeding Time!'
    Today's self portrait. I had a bit of fun with it. Needed a change in theme and expression ^_^
    Quick blue pencil sketch under 3B. I think my toning might need more control/decisions made before I start. A toning chart perhaps. Not sure how good it is to cross from hatching, suddenly into solid tone.

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    Hello again, here's today's. Blue pencil sketch under 4B. Drawing through sunglasses... ¬_¬
    Don't think I'm too fond of this one. Took a little while, as the annotation shows, and I think I need to do a lot more studies. Im presuming more structure/muscle/bone/plane research. Drawing the face straight on as I see it might be flattening the drawing... I'm not sure. If I built up the forms underneath, I'd guess it would appear more three-dimensional.
    Anyway, I'm sort of musing, but please reflect if you feel like it. All comments/crits/views welcome.

    Ádh mór ort!

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    your getting better as these go on, looks like your getting more comfortable with pencil already since your first one. good job =)
    it wouldn't hurt to study the skull, and look at/do anatomy studies for the figure as well, as proportion and structure are your weak points.

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    *ViRuS* - Thanks for your comment. You're right, my figures and proportions need a lot of work; hopefully improving that with my life drawing too! I may try to work with a larger mirror or from a further distance in the future - maybe more practice with my figure in my SPs too . I took the anatomy advice to heart...

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    Had wanted to do a self portrait like this for a while - good for reference studies and anatomy. I had a bit of fun with this one too, enjoyed it. I had a couple of Louise Gordon drawings next to me as reference as I tried to self portrait my skull in blue pencil. Then HB pencil for the self the outside world sees . Should study more head anatomy.

    Thanks, ta-ra!

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    Tried the same thing again today with a different angle/reference book by my side - Joseph Sheppard. Was a great reference for forms, but had to obviously change the skull shaping/lighting/proportions to suit my sitting. I think some of the proportions are a bit off actually, but I'm still quite happy with the result. Took a while, but satisfying product.

    Cheers!

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    good work man! keep it up

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    no87 - Thanks for the encouragement! Sometimes it seems tough with animation/uni work/time etc. to get these done, but I actually really look forward to them, get excited about seeing future progress and trying new things - it's awesome/worthwhile to draw everyday

    Here is yesterday's SP - a rather strange expression, and I think what I intended as a smile at first became a quizzical mouth, but oh well. Hope to improve on proportions and timescales.
    Aim to get today's SP up later when I get a chance to knuckle down.
    (Included - imagination doodles on a 'Merry Christmas' message to someone - learning my face! Crudely, but learning it nonetheless )

    Thanks, love you bye! [Adam+Joe ]

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    SP for today(or yesterday if you're pedantic... but my day hasn't ended till I shut down )

    Looks like I have a lazy eye and am very unhappy... Wanted to get in some colour though. I don't think I know how to use colouring pencils very well. It's tough to find a range, or appropriate colour sometimes. But I'm sure these exercises will help with colour when I start to use it more and try digipainting. Ah well, onwards and upwards...!

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    Happy to have tried a new expression, although I seem to have ended up really evil looking. HB with coloured pencil touches. I wanted to do something different from the start and it was just too tempting to add some sinister colour as the face developed. Hopefully it's alright; maybe my imagination just needed to breath . Imaginary horns were hard to try and render realistically... I wasn't about to start on armour . I should probably try quicker exercises and focus on some figure studies.
    Anyway, 'nuff talk, I appreciate all words and advice.

    *Snarl*

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    Looking out the kitchen window this evening while my good friends cooked dinner

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    Wasn't feeling too great tonight - took me a while to get into this one and get the basic layout/proportions working. Can still note errors with nose and eyes mainly I think, but s'ok. Still beginning by drawing features or edges floating in space, then lining up relationships/interactions with the edges of other features.

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    Yesterday's, number 27, was really great--keep up the good work.

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