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    Xelby's sketchbook - hit and crit and ill be smit

    Hi all. Yip you guessed it right, another noob to the whole art thing looking for some general pointers or what not to help me progress as an artist.

    Only have the one digital painting the now as complete beginner but ill load up some of my pencil sketches when my scanner stops being a useless piece of junk.

    [edit: put up a better image than the banana for my front cover]
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    actually found 2 drawings from pre scanner broken days so posting them up.
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    Had a wee bit of difficulty in getting the lines to go the right way. Still think their a bit squint though.

    This took just under 2 hours
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    howdy internetland.

    Few lips references for practise.

    First few pages of Loomis (man are legs hard to draw!)

    And the final image is from a graphic novel called The Originals. I just took the characters and added my own backround and this is my attempt to colour it in. Its still a WIP mind you but Im getting really frustrated with it as my Photoshop skills are worse than my pencil skills.

    Any advice (specially on colouring in Photoshop would be majick.

    And lastly, why are graphics tablets such a pain in the ass to draw lines in!?!? I dunno if its my tablet (DigiPro WP5540) but drawing a line in it is like drawing with my opposite arm, on a shaky high up bridge, in a tornado.

    Cheers for looking!
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    Not been on here for a while. Wish I had another reason other than procrastination but I dont. Will try and update more often.

    Anyways, here's some more Loomis and a life drawing.
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    hey there. great start to a sketchbook.

    when your drawing your figures, you should be starting with a very light, almost invisible sketch consisting of the basic shapes that make up the body. the best way to think about (i have found) is to draw a mannequin or toy-like version of the body, where each leg is just two cylinders and the feet are little boxes ect. in fact, its great practice to just draw pages of these dummy/simplified human forms jsut to get proportion right.

    with all drawings, proportion comes first in importance. if the legs are too long the whole thing looks like shit. then get into rendering, value color yada yada yada.

    hope this helps. keep posting your stuff!

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    Avocado - Cheers, I shall look into that for my next life drawing. I always have difficulty with proportions, I end up just using the tip of my pencil and sorta judge it by how many pencil leads something is height wise and have diagonal patters etc but Ill try basic shapes next time round. For the Loomis stuff I find myself griding things out which takes absolutely ages and tbh feels like Im cheating.

    Anyways, here's 3 more Loomis pages.

    Anything else I should be drawing you guys think? Dont wanna bore the arse of everyone with Loomis constantly. And just now Im skipping all the pages with perspective in it as they went way over my head and it just ended up looking really really crap. Book on perspective getting order come payday!!
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    Here's a A3 drawing of Eddie done on A3 Acrylic paper using HB pencils. Never again. Was so damn bumpy and really hard to get dark tones. Anyways Ill post it up.

    Oh yeah, anyone know how to change the pic beside the sketchbook? I hate that banana image? Colour is something Im gonna stay away from for a while till I learn the basics...

    Cheers for looking ladies and gents.
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    Ok coke. Well that sucked ass. Posermaniacs is hard. 60 second poses as well and they look like melted jellybabies. Must try harder I guess. Done a few black and white contours as well to help on my hand eye co-ordination. Gonna try and do a few everyday to get better.

    And im kinda happy with the drawing from life although somethings up with it I cant put my finger on. As soon as i added the shadow at the bottom and the "backround" it went downhill pretty quick.

    Back to the drawing board!
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    those drawings from life are realy quite good !!
    Just draw more from refs and life and youll be great in notime

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    More posemaniacs. More Loomis.
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    Trying to stop gridding everything out so much. Not really working out too well..

    Loomis, posemaniacs and some ref's from Mens Health and UFC

    Oh and does anyone know how to post images one at a time and then put some writing inbetween? These aint coming out in the right order and having to explain at the top is annoying.
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    faces suck. not worrying too much about the rendering, just trying to get the right proportions.

    Meh.
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