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    OGDaniel: Thank you much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I'm happy that you're enjoying the SB so far. I see that you're new to the forums so I'll mention that you can subscribe to any thread by clicking on the "Thread Tools" dropdown menu at the top of the page.

    And here's another page

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    hey sup Traveler really cool sketchbook you have going here!
    Really dig your lines and style man looking forward to seeing more
    keep it up and have a good one
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    Loving the variation of people you draw from life! Like what other people before me have said, your drawings show a lot of personality about the individuals you draw. One thing I suggest though is drawing interactions between your subjects. That way there is more of a story to be told through your drawings. You have a lot of amazing potential! Keep updatingggg +subscribe

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    OmertA: Thank you. Keep checking back for more updates

    Yinyue:Thanks for the comments and suggestion. Although my cafe sketches, etc. are mainly for practice, I like your idea of trying to depict more of a story in some sketches. I feel like I'm just arriving at the speed and skill level required to successfully pull off multiple-character sketches from life (without professional models, that is). I actually did one such sketch last night while sitting in a restaurant and was reasonably pleased with it. However, it may be a little while before you see them posted since I still have a fair number of sketches to post before I'll have brought my SB up to what I'm doing at present.

    Apologies for my verbosity. Here's some art.

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    Feeding time

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    Sketches and sketches

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    Your life drawings are awesome! I like how you use a thick black and white outline around some drawings to make them stand out. Your linework is also really clean and your imagination sketches are good too. Keep them coming.

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    RickyS: Thanks a bunch for the kind words. More on the way

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    i love your stuff man! it would be cool to see some experimentation but the style of your work is great

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    avocado: Thanks for dropping a line. Here's some experimentation for you. This is something I whipped up to print out as Christmas gifts for a few people last month. It's my first attempt at a landscape piece and am fairly happy with it. Originally my plan was to do more actual painting but I was running out of time and it was looking reasonably well so I just called it good.

    I used some pieces of 3d renders, photos, and clipart, painted them together to make things gel a bit and finished things off with some heavy color adjustments. Painter and PS.

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    Quite enjoyable sketchbook I must say, I like that style, most of the stuff is quite fresh and clean, nice linework.. don't afraid to go messy though sometimes, if there's a need for it, for getting your brain loose.. Keep uploading.

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    spark_zero: Thanks for the words; and I hear what you're saying about getting messy sometimes. Right now I've got my mind on some comics and the clean lines seem like the best way to convey the stories I want to tell. That being said, I've been watching some impressive artists like Richard Anderson and Ashley Wood and would really like to play with the "messy" style as well.

    Here are a few corner designs I was playing with. They're two or three years old but they still look alright to me. Pure design can be a nice break from the constant battle for perfect representational form.

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    Ha! I totally envy your café sketches, you must be incredibly fast and precise. Needs more paintings though.

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    Keevin: Thanks for the words. I'm definitely getting faster the more I practice. You should have seen my sketches just two or three years back. Slow and sloppy then. I've found that focused studies from photos, etc. also help a lot in increasing speed and accuracy when you're "in the field."

    As far as painting goes, I'm just starting to get into that. I wanted to solidify my lines a bit before branching out too much, though.

    Here's a splash or two of color to hold you over until I get some "proper" painting done.

    First two are from imagination and the last one is a memory sketch of someone I saw walking down the sidewalk and then sketched when I got home.

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    Great work, its a really compelling and clean style and the studies are packed with character and individuality. I particularly like the ones which are a bit more stylised and. Look forward to seeing your paintings.

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    Chris_Johns: Thank you for the words; and welcome to the forums. I see you're fairly new (so am I, actually). Lot's of good stuff happening here.


    Here are a few silhouettes made in Painter using photo ref.

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    Couldn't resist posting my avatar with my other silhouettes. No ref. used for this one.

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    awesome stuff!! keep posting. And yes, I have added those sketch lines to my mental encyclopaedia. There interesting to look at. look forward to seeing more, peace!

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    i was wondering how you could make so many different cartoon faces~ that's really incredible~~~ i need to learn it from you~ my faces always look alike~
    cheers~

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    poetry man: Thanks!

    ZhouPeng: When it comes to life drawing or cafe sketching I just draw whoever I see in front of me. There's an infinite variety in nature if you just look around. That being said, I do often exaggerate prominent features such as a big nose or round face in order to accentuate that variety.

    When it comes to drawing from imagination, studies and life drawing that you've done in the past help a lot because they create a mental library of shape and form (even if much of it is subconscious). However, one technique which I like to use is to just fill up a page with different shapes as shown below (I've got a little repetition here but you'll get the idea). Then go back and fill in the shapes with facial features while taking care to vary the features a bit as well.

    Keep a dialog (mentally, at least) going with yourself as to whether the eyes will be high or low on the face, whether the nose will be big or small, wide or narrow, and so on.

    I hope this helps.

    The pencils below are all from imagination.

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    Great silhouettes, great to study shapes that way.
    Your caricature faces are creative.

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    danlucas: Thanks. I to do a variety of study types because I think they each inform in different ways.

    Now here are a couple pages of "cafes" for everyone's viewing pleasure.

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    Great portraits!.. I love your style (:

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    Love the constant variety of your portraits, and your ability to make everyone look truely unique while keeping a house style. The silhouettes also work rather well.

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    Those portraits in post 49 are quite impressive for being from the imagination. What makes all your portraiture great is the actual connection I feel I have with the people. I can clearly see what they're thinking, their mood, and a little about them personally. Truly sensational work

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    Chelli: Thank you.

    Jangmai: Glad you like. More to come.

    OGDaniel: Thanks so much for sharing, OG. It looks like you're the first person to put two comments in my SB. It's good to know somebody liked it well enough to come back. I've got a lot more coming from imagination. Stay tuned...

    And now for today's update:
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    Post #49 was informative, thanks!

    Since you draw people from life a lot I was just curious, do people ever get angry or respond if they notice you're drawing them? I feel uncomfortable staring at people because they'll probably think I'm creepy, but to draw someone from life you obviously have to get more than a quick glace. Do you use any stealth tactics to observe people or do you find they generally don't care? Sorry if this question seems a bit wierd...


    Anyway nice sketches. It's great how you capture each individual's character through exaggeration, but I like the more realistic drawings in post #57 too.

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    RickyS: Glad to see you back for more. Let me try to answer your questions but first I suggest you go back to the first page of my SB and read post #10. I give a hint about my process there. That being said, I'll add the following points:

    The only people that have ever said anything were friendly and interested. A couple people even asked me why I didn't draw them. The people who don't say anything (almost everyone) display a variety of signals such as nervousness, curiosity, flattery, disinterest, etc. I don't think I've ever seen someone get angry about it, though. If we make eye contact I try to diffuse any discomfort with a simple smile.

    As far as staring goes, I do more of it if I'm not in the direct line of sight of the person. The more aware or uncomfortable my subject seems, the more I resort to short glances. Sometimes I glance around or "sweep" the room with my eyes being sure to include my subject in there as well. That's a good way to prevent people from feeling like you're looking at "them." Hope that helps.


    Now here are a few characters I created from imagination. The old lady was made completely in Manga Studio 4 EX and was my first completed digital drawing. No pencils, no scanning on that one.

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    These are some sketches I did to prepare myself for a short comic I had planned. Most done from ref. while taking the liberty to change things up to fit my comic style. Not much color in these since the comic was intended to be B&W.

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