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    Summer Training >:)

    Hello everyone, my name is James Joyce, I'm 22 and like all of you I'm an aspiring artist. I changed my major a year ago from Computer Science to Studio Art and worked my butt off to finish where I was attending so I could move on to an art school to get some proper training. I tried to start a sketchbook last year but the work load was too much and I had to focus on my classes (you'd be surprised how little drawing there was in my studio art classes). My work has paid off so far, I've got my degree, I'll be going to LCAD in the fall, and I might have even improved at drawing However I still have a long way to go and I hope this second chance at making a sketchbook here will be more fruitful than the last.

    On a side note I have some progress from my past year on my blog(link in the signature) in case anyone wants to take a look.


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    We did blind contour drawings of these things then drew them after for like 20min
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    Self Portrait
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    First time doing gesture drawings
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    Some people we had 20min to draw
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    Mass drawings
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    Some sculpture drawing and cloth
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    Styrofoam cup
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    Hands (in order of which I did them)
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    My midterm (in order)
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    Portrait of my friend
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    My final which is the most recent thing I've done
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    and some random pages outa my sketchbook
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    I'm not posting everything I did in the past week, frankly I'm embarrassed by some of the stuff I do lol I'm sure I'll get it over it eventually!

    some loomis stuff
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    vilpuu, I've been playing around with gesture and the sphere form but I didn't want to post the pages of circles and spheres lol so here's one
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    an awful self portrait and after that I got frustrated and since I can't draw eyes or lips I decided to draw some using loomis head and hands as a guide
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    banana and pepper shaker thing
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    and some pen stuff, again theres more but didn't post it, didn't want it to get redundant
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    some pictures are wierd cuz of the lighting from the photo I took...

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    Good thing you're checking out Loomis books, It's a good start. My main tip for you would be trust what you see (specially at the beginning). ex. If doing a portrait drawing don't think of the nose as a nose, think of the shape you see instead.
    Sorry if I'm being confusing.

    Another tip would be get a good quality and variation of line. (Vary thickness, speed etc).

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    Hey thanks for posting and your not being confusing at all, I've been through the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain book (think it's betty edwards) and she talks all about that. Never thought about variation of line but when I looked it up you can tell it adds more personality to drawings so thanks for the tip I'll try it out.

    Anyways here's something I did today of this sculpture in the garden
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    Good start, keep on drawing and posting. I'm liking where you're going with that pen sketching.
    'long as you keep on doing those basic exercises and studies, you'll be on your way.

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    Thanks NeloWolf, I'm just working away on the basics

    I've been away at Mass Art and Design taking a Life Drawing course where we learned how to draw the figure from life. It was an amazing class and I learned so much in only about two weeks and the teacher was just as amazing. His name is Gerry Hoag and I found some of his work http://www.giotto.org/cimabue/hoag/index.html in case anyone wants to see the quality of his work.

    I'll be putting up all the things I drew in the next few hours...there's like 55 pictures so it will take a while.


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    Nice drawings, you're way better than me
    I decided to become a concept artist literally a week ago, and it seems that's my way to go, so I have to learn and learn and learn and practice much. Hehehe.
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    Boney Landmarks

    The first thing we learned in class besides how to setup the figure with arcs was the bony landmarks of the body.

    The first image I messed up on the proportion, the line farthest to the left is mine then the other is the teachers. Also for a while I had trouble making my drawings smaller so you'll see a lot of body shots before we go over composition. The little drawing in the corner of the third picture was because I was getting to curvy with my lines for the head and he showed me how if you were using straight lines(or arcs) how you could make a circle.
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    Next we had a to wait for the model so we drew the scuplture of the body used for anatomy reference, then we had a female model.
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    I think this is where we had another model (some of these are probably out of order sorry lol) Our teacher started to give us poses with foreshortening and as you can tell I had some trouble with it.

    You'll be able to notice on these drawings that there are vertical and horizontal lines and that's because we learned some sighting techniques.

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    Ok switching back to male model and more foreshortening. The first picture I started probably three times the pose caused so many problems for me. But there were some I got the hang of like the one of him laying down.
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    and more pictures...
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    some more practice...I even started to refine some of the drawings and I made it bigger so some smaller marks could be seen.
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    So this should be the last post. We started using L frames to make a better composition which are basically those L rulers except cardboard and two of them so you can create a composition and size it to your liking. It's like a sizable viewfinder and it was very handy.
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    We only learned a small amount about shading and it was fairly simple.

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    So that's all I have sorry to have such a huge update but I wanted to get it all out there.

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    Thanks philip, yea I'm headed to concept art too but I want to "conquer" some fine arts techniques along the way hehe.

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