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    Hello and welcome to my sketchbook, soon to be home to my imagination.

    I am completely useless without routine, I have wanted to 'work on' becoming an artist for just about ever, but everything is very distracting. So I'm going to set my self the goal of spending 3 nights a week here, working.

    I'm looking forward to getting some critique, encouragement and to making some friends along the way.
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    Ennnnd of evening one.

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    Life drawing dump

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    I started evening school at the Putney School of Art earlier this January which is so far fantastic, every class I produce something better than I could have on my own which after so many years drawing untutored is a really exciting thing. The course is oil painting and our project for the term is drapes.

    Having barely ever painting with actual paint before let alone with oil paints I'm glad for the soft and forgiving forms! Ian the tutor has a background in art history and chatters away about colour theory and which artists paint in which ways and who influenced who. I should take a note book, he lays out a selection of books with work from the artists he is discussing but it would be great to remember the names and look them up later.

    We began the course trying to express the colour of a fabric using chalk and charcoal on black cartridge paper. I have only used chalk and charcoal once before so Ian stepped in to show me that to avoid making the picture to high contrast I could get some scrap paper and make a patch of black and white and use my finger to pick up the dust and apply it much lighter with my fingers! Can guess what colour my fabric was?

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    Not a master piece but I am crazy happy with it, the whole experience and way of approaching drawing was new to me and I learned a lot and enjoyed it.

    Since then we have moved on to oil paints which completely threw me at first, its much more like sculpture than drawing digitally and you can't be as much of a control freak as you can with digital stuff, I think that might be why a lot of digital stuff can look lifeless, the restrictions the medium put on you add to the picture. I don't know why this hasn't occurred to me before, I some times feel a bit lost by the ability to control absolutely everything in digital drawing and tend to get lost with something ridiculous like zooming in and spend 2 hours making sure my line weight is even.

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    The class is too short to finish anything but the above is my best effort so far. The area I spent the least time perfecting is the most obviously fabric.

    I think this is my 3rd attempt at oil painting, I'm surprised how much I like it.
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    Feral Friends

    I have always loved the way hands are drawn in manga, they hold the hands in these elegant but completely unlikely poses where the fingers are very long and slightly bent to reveal the gap between them, the tension it creates is pretty but if you pose your fingers like that its not exactly natural or comfortable.

    I was drawing hands mimicking the style and it meandered into the above slightly creepy line art.
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    Some digital doodles.
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    Lurid colour warning. I'm normally much more sedate. Digital WIP.
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    .... double post
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    Feral Friend... that's a cool name. Good start to the sketchbook. I think your figure drawings are pretty good in terms of contour, but the shading is very flat. It needs to describe the figure form more, and give the illusion of depth.

    You're heading in the right direction with your recent work, so no need to fret too much.
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    Thanks MrParker! I will keep it in mind

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    At evenin' class last friday we did 1 hour 30 min portraits from these tiny shitty inkjet print outs. It normally takes me hours to do as much but the limit in time forced me to try and reach a point where it felt part way complete a lot faster.
    I struggled with the colour mixing for the dark tones, Ian our tutor teaches the colourist way of painting and when the colours were on my pallet I could hardly tell if it was a greeny black or a reddy black or if it was too dark for the area I planned.
    The whole picture looked terrible right up until the last 10 minutes at which point I was wishing for just another half an hour to get some more detail and softer shapes in.

    Baring in mind it is my 4th oil painting ever I'm quite happy with it.
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    oh man.. they one you did yesterday is beautiful! reminds me of a james jean piece... great cloth studies too.

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.
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    I LOVE James Jean (with fan girlish stalking glee) so that's about the sweetest thing ever

    Spent most of my sunday on this and I'm eager to colour it.

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    A legend from the west lake in Hangzhou, China. Graphite on paper.
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