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    So, I've been hanging around the forums for the past fortnight or so, feeling inspired and working on the basics on my own, but not wanting to join as I'm in the middle of my GCSE's at school; I kept telling myself to wait until I finish school and can commit to it properly.

    I realised today I was using that as an excuse to continue being shy, and that I wasn't going to get any better if I kept putting things off.

    So, here's to improvement! Gonna try and swallow my pride/shyness and post everything in here.

    Any help at all you can give is amazing. (let's hope I've got this posting thing right)

    Recently: I've been doing some lighting/values basics 'cause I suck at that, and some small watercolour studies I've been trying to do everyday to improve my (non-existent) watercolour skills, and some hogarth studies (with some doodles thrown in, I think). Sorry if the first post is a bit over kill!
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    A bit pathetic that this is all I have to show since last post.

    More mini watercolour studies from a crumpled piece of paper:
    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~

    a self portrait + perspective practice:
    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~

    another lighting study - found this slightly challenging, think I learnt from it.
    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~

    and lastly, some loomis proportions studies. Sorry if this is a little messy, why I chose to draw it over something else (boxes in perspective) is anyone's guess.
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    Right, new post. Been a bit lazy, not artwise, but i-didn't-want-to-scan-and-edit-wise.

    School ends in 4 weeks, and the exams about 2-3 weeks after that - and then I can properly throw myself into art.

    Loomis studies (proportion/perspective), vilppu exercises, a wind-down doodle trying to apply, and an unfinished still life of a buddha ornament.
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    Also, didn't really want to post this, but I said I'd post everything, so...
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    This was started before I realised I had to go right back to the very basics, and I've had to finish it up since I'd promised it to someone else.
    I wanted alot to scrap it, since it's kinda the sort of thing I'm trying to move away from, but ahh well. Here's to being able to kick the ass of this painting soon!
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    Love the girl with the windswept hair. All the studies you're doing will definitely help with the fundamentals, but don't be so worried about getting everything exactly right that you miss out doing faster studies as well. Quick gesture drawings will help train your eye and loosen you up. Plus being messy is fun ^_^
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    Your back-to-basics focus is such a good one! So many artists (myself included) have not properly honed basic abilities of imagining and executing simple forms at will, have been unable to see how key these tools of perception and rendering really are... These lessons that you're doing are the exercises that allow magic brain muscles to grow in an organized and balanced fashion and they eventually allow us to carry very heavy concepts that would otherwise be inconceivable, much less moveable. These are the lessons that, as we really really learn them over time/practice, slowly reveal themselves as our best buddies. Bravo in these endeavours!
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    Glycerine:You're right, I have a perfectionist streak that I find hard to ignore. x) Guess it does stop me being as loose as I should be. I've been doing quick gestures in the morning, but I think I'm gonna do more as I'm obviously not getting enough out of them - thankyou!
    William B. Hand: Thanks for the reassurance, I needed that! Going back to the basics kinda made me realise how bad I actually am, and I was starting to wonder if it was helping at all.Still, gotta keep going!

    Not as much this time; hit a very slight slump, back on track now I think.

    The last of my watercolour studies for a while, because I'm kinda bored of these. Gonna do something different, to shake it up a little - thinking of pulling out the acrylics, but when I've finished my exams.
    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~

    A little bit more perspective/vilppu, and some random depressed android-y girl - trying to improve my crappy line economy:
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    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~

    and some quick figure studies, limited myself to ten minutes each, focusing on gesture and proportion. These are on a3 sheets and had to be scanned in 4 parts, so sorry for my crappy photoshop skills in piecing them together, haha:
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    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~

    And I've finally filled the moleskine! I can move into a bigger sketchbook, wahhey!
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    crap, it's been ages (or feels like it) since I posted, and I have almost nothing to show for it. Been having trouble juggling exams/revision, social-life and art - although I know that's really no excuse.

    So, here's what I got.

    More loomis/vilppu. I find Vilppu easier to grasp I think; but when I do start to understand Loomis, it helps so much. Having trouble analysing the studies as opposed to copying:
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    some gestures - been doing these every morning, these are my latest. Mixture of 10, 15 and 30 secs. Again, having trouble finding/feeling the pose as opposed to copying it. sorry for the crappy phone pictures :
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    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~

    and some imagination stuff - sketchbook and schoolbook pages:
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    Hey Dominode,
    You are definitely moving in the right direction... The studies are really looking good.
    Keep up the great stuff!
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    Zombifried: thankyou! I guess I'd be moving in the right direction alot quicker if I could just draw more...

    okay, so the reason for the lack of uploads lately = cramming for exams. Damnn, I just want them to be over. I have a week off that I can draw and revise in, then the first day I go back, I have nearly four hours worth of exams. D':

    So, I know, I suck, this is all I have to show. More loomis studies - gonna do the last few studies of his skeletons after these, then do a minimum of fifty from my head, just to make sure the understanding's cemented there.
    oh, the lined things are an exersize from vilppu, too.
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    These were done at school, since I decided the time spent in PE is alot better spent taking advantage of the art classrooms. first some ink skulls from a plastic skull model, since I love ink but suck at it and wanted to improve my lines, then a mannequin drawn in pencil, overhand.
    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~
    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~

    and some sketches from imagination:
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    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~

    I also have gestures, but I'm struggling finding a good way to get them on the computer, since they're too big to fit the scanner.
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    new update gonna try and get into the habit of uploading at least every other day. Should become easier after Monday, when I get 3 of my remaining 6 exams out of the way.

    First, today's gestures - ugh, this is the closest I can get to a good photo when I'm working on anything larger than A4, I'm afraid.
    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~

    looking at basic line/form - I think it's from a thread on CA actually, if I remember the link I'll post it.. it helped tons with me understanding gesture, anyway - I've finally stopped looking at the spine as the line of action.
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    More loomis skeletons - the first page is studies, the rest, as promised, is me starting on the fifty from my head. Realising how much *fifty* actually is, but I'm goddamn stubborn - I said I'm doing fifty, I'm doing fifty. eep.
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    and lastly, some of the topics from this thread. I know I messed up the side planes on the first, but I can't figure out the way the shadows would fall - any help with that would be amazing :] and the second is a novelty salt and pepper shaker of my mums, from life.
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    Long time, no post. I got three of my big exams over today - nearly four hours of exams! - so I'm hoping from here on in to focus completely on my art, especially over the summer. I've set up a loose schedule which I may tighten when I know what works for me, and gonna try and upload every other day at least.

    So here's to more art!

    I finally finished those loomis skeletons, maaan fifty is a big number. But I feel much better for doing it. (Sorry for the overload, I get that this isnt as interesting)
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    whe-ew, bigger load than I thought. Giving loomis a short break to go onto bridgeman, since I found his complete guide to drawing from life at the library (I was so happy when I saw it - they're so not getting it back for a while xD).

    Also, quick and dirrty doodle done to chill out between ethics and maths exams. Shows I desperately, desperately need to work on legs. And hands. And guns. And, well, everything.
    Also, am I the only one who finds it ironic that I draw a girl with a bigass gun on the back of an ethics revision guide?
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    Waheyy! This is the first free day I've had since the start of exam season.
    So I spent it almost exclusively on drawing. :] And I still have the rest of the night yet!

    Starting to teach myself acrylics - hoping to get the hang of them before I start college in september, since I'm pretty sure they'll come in useful. Gonna do a small one of these still lives every day. Today - an egg. I could not get the scan right, at all.
    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~

    Some practice with line - contour, blind contour, half-blind contour and negative space. (Btw, it's an ashtray shaped like a crab, where the shell is the lid. I use it to sharpen my pencils into. )
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    And some Bridgeman, with a still life of an empty perfume bottle. Man, glass is hard to render:
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    Trails of Crumpled Paper and Chewed-up Pencil Stubs~
    I'm just gonna be working my way through the bridgeman book chronologically, making studies of it all and reading it - is there any better way to do it? Just wondering, since the way I'm planning... it doesn't seem as... efficient... as it could be. *shrug* idk.

    In town tomorrow, gonna try and get some life drawing done, and hopefully get a job somehow! Fingers crossed.
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    Thanks for visiting my sketchbook! I like your from imagination poses, looks like a lot of work. congrats on doing all 50. I'm reading through my Bridgeman book as well, I just want to have gone through the book and studied it all, even if kinda quickly, so that I'll know it a little. And I'll just use it for reference and studies and stuff when I finish. I'm not sure it makes a ton of sense either, but if two unrelated people got the same idea, how bad can it be?
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