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    Nother very nice wortercolor, man. Looks like... water... on the ground plane there

    EDIT: Aw, snap. Just missed your dino update. Sweet one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasM View Post
    Step 1: find ref
    step 2: copy it
    step 3: Annotate and think about WHAT EXACTLY makes the subject uniquely identifiable
    step 4: draw my own in various forms within the studies whilst reading the annotations

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    dude. fo sho. i tried this before and it really does help understand the subject matter AND creating your own stuff from mind based on it. anyway, i really appreciate all these watercolor posts. you make it look easy-- roughly, how long do they take you? really gorgeous work tom, i already have them saved in my inspirations folder .

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    Wow! Sweet progress on your sketchbook! Im loving the pencil works! Great steps for your sketchbook as well. I keep making the mistake of not doing those steps. It is important to further discover what we draw so we are not just being a printer lol keep up the good work!

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    awesome studies. i like the dinosaur ones very helpful!

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    Thanks for stopping by and a usefull comment mate.

    I like our sketches, you're not afraid of valye, unlike alot of people here at CA.org. Oh and i've started to learn watercolour myself, it's an extremely tough media, altho i think it will pay of in the futre.

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    Ha, Ha thanks for the warning Tom, you just know I WILL want it!

    That's great news that you sold a drawing, it's good to know that someone liked your drawing enough to pay for it, so well done you. A good sign for the future.

    40 quid is a lot for a brush, especially for us at the moment when we have little to no income from our art but what feels like constant out lay. Good brushes are a good investment though and I'm sure it will last a long time and serve you well.

    Liking this new approach to your studies, very exciting times for us all at the moment I think and I'm glad you're back to posting regularly, as I do enjoy watching your progress, always very inspiring.

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    Marian - exciting times! Yeah tell me about it. I'm loving returning to art full-time and seriously studying again.. To be honest I always feel a little lost without something to concentrate on and work towards. Its not always a healthy way to be, but its just how I work, so I'll keep on churning out the studies and learning. Thanks for the kind words, and yes 40 is a lot for a brush, but unfortunately they don't really produce quill watercolour brushes for a lot less in the size I was after. They hold a lot of water for washes but also have a good point for more detailed work.

    Icecold - no, well I'm certainly not afraid to use a full range of values, as thats what I've encountered in studies from life. Unfortunately this isnt always the best option so I have to rein myself in sometimes. Thanks for the kind words

    mrd33ds - I'm glad you found them helpful, I worked hard on those ones and I'm loving this new way of learning (for me)

    Joe777k7 - thanks, yeah I LOVE graphite. Pencil is my favourite medium (and always will be I imagine) and I hope one day this sb will be added to some of those lists of "pencil masters" sketchbooks. Who knows.

    Ok.. came in from work and I haven't even changed yet. But happy with the result. This is a nod to Darren Yeow's work as I have been looking at his and James Gurney's use of edges over the past week. This is exactly that, graphite and PS for highlights and adding form. Really proud of this if I'm honest but feel free to tear it to pieces with criticism! This is the sum of all my dinosaur studies from the past few days - from imagination, although I haven't deviated too far from the "standard" carnivorous dinosaur structure.

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    ah, so sweet man! gotta love dinossaurs

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    Love that pages of dinosaur studies, it looks really useful

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    raaaaaaaaaaaaar! replies later tonight, promise. More playing around with edges on the train and some ink sketches of st.pancras station.

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    The graphite sketches are great, I'm not surprised its your favourite medium. Really subtle rendering. I feel the same way about biros.
    Its good seeing some amazing traditional work around these parts.

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    Your imaginative pieces are improving! Really nice forms on the last two. Rawr.

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    orochigenocide - thanks man, roll on dinosaurs and more!

    project_razor - Thanks, I checked out your sb and you have some serious skills with a biro, kudos

    AlexTooth - thanks man, yeah its something different for me so I'm enjoying it

    Aragh - yeah you do! Cheers


    Some sketches from life, from the british library. struggled to get these done without people noticing, but it was worth it!

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    Really a great idea to go to a library... people are less distracted and tend to sit still longer at a library than at a shopping mall. It still forces you to be quicker at observation, though.

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    Great stuff Tom did you manage to get a good look at Joseph Zbukvic's book? (Sent you PM about the newsprint.)

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    Marian - thanks for the email, it was one of those infuriating situations where someone messages you just minutes after you've already ordered the same thing for triple the price.. Hahah oh well, I know for when I've used the 100 sheets I just bought. Thanks for sharing the info again

    p sage -yeah you're right about that. And the problem with the library is that everyone's faces are buried, so its very difficult to get any portraiture in there


    This is what I'm doing this weekend.. the aim on friday was 20 hours by monday morning but I don't think thats going to happen realistically, as I ended up going to London on saturday. Anyway.. this is 11 hours in.. I realised very late it might be nice to have some process shots to compare with other studies I make.

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    yo man thanks for dropping by my sb, last one is looking really three dimensional, nice management of tone pardon my ignorance but what's a cast study? : P

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    Ah, looks like a cast study, I see. Be sure to pull put those lighter values. They'll make your form pop out more. Kudos to the progress.

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    andres333 - what I've put in this post is a cast study, where you take a strongly lit subject (usually a cast) and basically draw it... as accurately as possible.. Anything less than 20 hours is unusual and some take months and hundreds of hours.

    orochigenocide - Thanks for the advice, I will!


    13.5 hours in and have to stop for the evening - its too much of a strain on my eyes with the lamp I have at home to do these lighter values.

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    Hey, this page from your sketchbook is looking absolutely stunning.

    The cast study also looks great, but at this point, it looks like the shadow region is a bit too uniform. I don't know, maybe it is that way, or maybe the photograph is ruining the subtle value transitions. Either way, I hope you keep pushing it.

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    vritra - thanks for the useful feedback. The shadow is pretty uniform, but I will be working on the study a fair bit more before completion. I aim to do 20 hours, so at least 6.5 left. I will be doing two more of similar difficulty before tackling a full bust.

    Just some studies. I've not done any like this for a while now, favouring imaginary sketching, but I'd like to introduce some more into my sketchbook just to keep training. The more I draw from life, the less these studies are about learning to copy and get accurate proportion, and more about learning the actual content I'm studying. Anyway, rant over.

    Rhythm in musculature is an interesting concept to me, I'm not sure how I feel about it

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    Looking good i like your sb make sure you keep on this studies they do you good

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    m0uS3r - thanks, its good to get back to doing some

    Just some biro bridgman studies to reinforce the arm anatomy I learnt from other sources in the past few weeks

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    Good Bridgmans. Very clean and readable.

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    Hi again,

    I the rhythm in musculature studies from #1381 and the Bridgman anatomy studies. Really good!

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    Ok... well not my most "polished" post of late, but then I feel my sb has become a bit "sterile" recently. A lot of finished work exhibition and nowhere near enough studies and general scribblings.
    Keeps it all "loose" too...eh?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasM View Post
    Marian it was one of those infuriating situations where someone messages you just minutes after you've already ordered the same thing for triple the price.

    Oh sorry Tom! Great to see the cast drawing, I did wonder what had happened to them and the bust. Studies also look good and it's great that you have a much deeper understanding of them now. Seriously well done with your work ethic.

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    hey there thomas. wow;now I'm actually proud you visited my sb and liked it. this place is a treasure trove! where to begin.. I really liked those sunsets.. you said they were digital?
    and the ostridge- colored. and your animal inks. and the models .. haha! so much great stuff it's hard to believe this sb is only about 1 1/2 year old! great work ethic too then obviously.
    oh and the aquarels ofc. lovely medium huh? only thing is, ye, the colors never scan right. also I'm always afraid to touch a piece I like and continue because it usually 'breaks' if there's too much paint on there.
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    Nice work , i really like your anatomy studies , keep the good work

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    WaSsiM - thanks man. They're not very original, but then sometimes you just gotta get down to learning the content and forget about the style for a while

    ashess - wow thanks for the comment. I love that rembrandt, I suppose I should really do some more research into how to create that sort of gestural look, but I'm sure it will come with time (as I loosen up and generally focus less on attaining correct proportions and focus on style).

    Just some scribblings tonight. A page of studies before bed and some of my own hand drawn quickly at work whilst I grabbed a minute here and there.. I've done more on the cast study too, but that will have to wait to be posted until I've done the full 20 hours.

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    oh and nearly forgot.. thanks for the stars whoever just voted me them, I'm creeping closer to that elusive 5* point

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    beautiful studies!!! the lines are great. Cant wait for application of the knowledge

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