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    Cranix' Sketchbook of sketchiness

    Hi everyone. I've been lurking here for a few weeks now and I like what I see.

    As I have somewhat neglected my drawing over the past two years I need to get back in the game (thats if I was in the game in the first place ) so all help in future will be much appreciated

    Well I thought I'd get the ball rolling with a few posts of some work I did when I was 17 and go from there. Apologises for the bad scan quality on some I had a fragged scanner back then lol)

    So here we go:

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    Great work so far, I really like the soldier sketches, they look great. Keep up the good work, I hope to see more soon.

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    @Icedearth15876 : Thank you for the comment

    Right here are a few old eye studies and a random hand study. Once again I blame my old scanner for the brightness and high contrast.

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    Edit: Here is something I whiped up before in about 1hour 30

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    I liked the first portraits you had. Keep at it! Hope to see more.

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    Thank you, I will start to produce some more portrait work soon once my university work is done and dusted. I really need to get back into the swing of things.

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    Hi all, its been awhile since I have posted. Reason why is that I've been running around like a headless chicken for my degreewhich am happy to say I passed. As a reward i bought myself a new graphics tablet as the one I had before was ageing to say the least.

    So over the next few months I will be practicing quite abit. As I am a totally newbie to this kind of thing expect the worst ;P

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    Well I gave my new graphics tablet a whirl before, still got to get used to the hand eye co-ordination, should take long though (seeing as I play guitar)

    Heres my first little doodles each only took 40mins sounds alot for the quality of them but Iam a beginner after all.

    Obviously I have much to learn so hit me (not literally) with those crits so I can start learning!

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    I liked the expression on your first portrait. Welcome and keep up the good work.

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    Talking about excellence, those are damn near top-notch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FightingSeraph View Post
    Talking about excellence, those are damn near top-notch!
    You sure your in the right sketchbook lol. Thank you very much but may I ask which piece is near top-notch?

    I'll have an updated version of the pear on a string on soon hopefully it will look abit more refined.

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    Updated Pear on a string

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    I like it, powerful stuff, both the sketches and the digitals.

    I guess I should dig up my pen and paper, because at the moment my skills in traditional don't give much reason to brag about, been too lazy I guess

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    Thanks for stopping by to comment

    I haven't drawn properly for ages haven't had the time too because of university. However now that thats over I can dedicate more time to improving my skills and generally learning .

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    Here's another quick digi painting Forgive the bad brush work I'm still trying to get used to the tablet and how to handle it.

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    Another quick sketch.


    Am having some trouble deciding what brushes I use, I usually default back to a circle any recommendations of brushes to sketch and shade with?

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    2nd soldier portrait is dope man.
    nice work

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    Those first three sketches are excellent. It's good to see you're going both really dark and really light — a lot of people don't bother pushing the contrast of their sketches but it's great practice.

    Some of the proportions on your soldiers are off, I guess because you're either drawing from imagination or you're drawing from reference and not measuring enough. If something isn't coming out quite right, measure measure measure. Even if it seems right, you can't go wrong double checking where things should be/their size/angles.

    It goes without saying that you should be practicing anatomy, and that will probably never change. If I were you, I'd focus on studying heads and hands. Maybe feet too, because if your posts so far are any indication you tend to avoid them.

    As for brushes, I usually use hard round unless I'm trying for particular textures or effects, which seems to be a pretty typical approach around here. Whatever feels right to you, though, and gives you what you're looking for.

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    PITCHBLACK: Thank you for the comment.

    mdbauman: Thank you for your great post. The soldier drawings are a few year old now so I did a life drawing course which helped abit.

    However now that I haven't drawn for along time I feel like am on a clean slate. So learning anatomy would most probably be a good move for me and would no doubt improve me immensly.

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    the very first sketch looks like that guy from saving private ryan haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ostroponis View Post
    the very first sketch looks like that guy from saving private ryan haha
    Thats cos' it is him

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    I'm in the same boat as you! I'm running on new fuel after a long break. I've forgotten how to draw hands!

    I'm lovin' what you've put up so far. Your portraits are alive.

    I hope to see more! Goodluck just incase I lose you though.

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    Nutella: Thank you, I'll have to pay a visit to your SB

    Quick update here are some 30-40 min anatomy drawings. One of the legs looks abit fat cos' my camera slightly bulbed it for some reason. So I apologise for the bad photos.

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    Just a quick update of what am working on at the moment. Its a study of a Caravaggio painting as I am a great lover of his work I thought I'd dive in the deep end and try to study it. Use it as a benchmark and see where I can go from there. Its in its very early stages at the moment but I think its coming along nicely taking into consideration that I'm a novice at this kind of thing.

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    i like your drawings! oddly enough, that first one is still the best! so much emotion

    i'd recommend doing a fair bit more anatomy study (for accuracy) and gestural drawing (to bring emotion/tension into your figures), you're already off to a good start. if you can find a life drawing class that'd help you heaps i reckon

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    Hans Liska would be proud! Keep it coming.

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    Well its been awhile since I posted last. I have been busy lately practicing for the rock band that I'm in so I haven't really had much time to draw as it where. So here's a few up dates.

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    Well am back after god only knows how long. I've been working like a hell, so there has been no time to make anything creative. So my skill levels are diabolical (not that they werent in the first place) I finally got an afternoon to dust off my tablet and have a go at drawing something again. This is what I've got so far. Nothing special really, just relearning everything basically.

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    A update on that transformers figure. I decided to changed the legs to a static stance; I will change the hands to me open instead of clenched.

    I am really struggling to get non pixelated details and detail definition, so any tips would be fantastic

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