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    merrycarousel's back to basics

    hey all,

    have been a super lurker around CA for quite a bit now; and have wanted to post my drawings for quite some time, but didn't have the courage to step in among the amazing sketchbooks here. so sorta taking a plunge, here's my humble addition to this section; hopefully by posting my sketches up plus any comments and crits, i would be more motivated and be able to make progress with my works.

    i saw this quote in someone's sig which i really liked, which went smthg like, "if you're not making mistakes, it means you're not solving harder problems. and that is a mistake." i think i'll be making a mountain of mistakes now, but it'll be worth it.

    i'm not good at figure drawing, and have been painting (not-very-accurate) portraits. avoided drawing anything below the neck for most of my works because i didn't like it when i suck. when i do draw the body, sometimes it's more guesswork than skill (i've put up some of my prev. illus to show you what i mean). i can't cheat myself forever, so yea... planning to do more studies (muscles, mass, colour, men etc) and not be a beached whale.

    feel free to comment, kick my butt when i suck etc...

    (a short who-am-i: i'm 23 years old; i studied multimedia design in school, trying a lot of things [from websites to motion graphic to 3d to traditional animation etc] and now i'm a tutor for 3D modeling.]
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    studying muscles now; wish i wasn't working so i could just practice the whole day because i'm sorta getting into it LOL... or can i split myself into two? Hmm, could leave one at home to practice drawing and send the other halve to hoppity hop to work...

    1st-> from imagination
    2nd-5th-> posemaniac warm-up sketch (first 3, 30 sec; last 1, 60 sec)
    6th-> muscle study from rey bustos' website. i drew the fully fleshed girl first, then the muscles, then i drew the same girl again with what i understand from the underlying muscle below her flesh. uhm, hopefully i'm doing the study right.

    as usual, comments/suggestions/critiques etc are always welcomed~
    Last edited by merrycarousel; December 14th, 2009 at 01:08 PM. Reason: wanted to explain a bit more abt the muscle study
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    another update... reached home real late today, so no sketches for today =(. what i did though, was to dig out an old illustration of mine, and improve the arm and neck/shoulder area. er... hope i made it better and not worse orz!!

    if you can tell which is the improved one, then i'll breathe a little better LOL

    also, attaching a study i did last month of my favourite model, gemma ward. ultimate failed on the first two tries LOL. on the third try, i actually flipped the image horizontally to slap my brain into shape, and it works! XD


    peace out, peeps.
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    so hai guys. i actually was doing some hogarth studies, but really, i needed some sleep, so wanted to post tomorrow.

    when i was about to sleep, out of the blue, i decided to do a self-portrait.

    note to self: thou shalt not plan to sleep, then suddenly decide to paint instead. i'm supposed to be up in 4 hours orz. i'm so friggin' dead.

    this study took me about 2 hours... i learnt smthg abt my own face wtf. (and yes, my headphones are slightly busted TT___TT) there are many flaws, like, the eyes are kind of fucked up, i look somewhat petrified and why do i look like i'm pouting...??

    But for now... SLEEP~!!

    some comments would be awesome btw TT___TT.
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    Hey Merrycarousel,

    Thanks for visiting my sketchbook. I totally know what you mean about being dead tired and deciding to draw. lol
    Really nice work on the digital self portrait. I'm diggin your anatomy poses too.
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    I really like the anatomy studies! Like the digital work too!
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    Hey, thanks a lot for visiting my sketchbook.
    Unbelievable improvement in the last two updates. Like, outstanding.
    The biggest crit I can give, is to remember about your eye structure. There is the socket, and ball, and all that fleshy stuff . Right now your eyes seem quite flat, due to you not paying enough attention to this.
    Be careful about the necks too. In the one you referenced, It looks a off, I think it is because you put it straight down at the back, instead of the slight angle that it is.
    Anyway, you are improving with leaps and bounds. Keep it it!
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    hey, thanks for visiting my skecthbook!

    You´ve got amazing photoshop sketches here!
    like your selfportrait.
    Keep it up!
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    hello, thank you very much u comment my art work as well, let me know more and more my mistake here... thank visiting my sketchbook too~! hope you can visit more and comment me

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    Hello merrycarousel, thank you for commenting! I like your anatomical sketches ... and your selfportrait as well! Some of the photoshop drawings are a little bit overdone in my opinion... while your sketches have a lot more liveliness in them! Concerning anatomy, I´d recommend Bridgman over Hogarth, I find, the first one´s drawings have much more vividness within them.
    Keep posting!
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    merry xmas & happy new year everyone!!

    kevin_mcdowell:thanks for your comment! the anatomy poses were by observation... it usually looks really odd or stiff if i draw it from imagination. need to improve that!
    jderooij: thank you... so much more to learn!! ;___;
    FraserMcT: whoa, right about the neck... didn't notice that! i agree with your abt the eyes in the self-portrait. thanks so much for your critique and comment!
    sarbro: thanks, dude!
    Guan: no prob...hope the critique helped you!
    Thomas Schwanke: thanks for your comments/crit/recommendation!! hehe, sketches have +1 awesome point because it shows the decision making and the construction beneath the surface... my problem is that once i start rendering it to look finished, it look boring TT__TT... is that what you meant by overdone (over-polishing the piece?).

    here's what i've done when i MIA-ed... there are some pieces from imagination, where u can see i'm still struggling with the anatomy and their pose looks stiff and odd aiks.
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    Nice SB!
    I can see that you've been working hard, anatomy studies are looking great!!
    I think you should work more on structure, and a little in gesture. This way you'll reaffirm your actual knowledges.

    All the best
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    I have to say I'm really liking the one in your first post, with the couple wearing gas masks. It's a really neat concept.
    Your human bodies are already getting better - just keep the good work up!
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