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    My Sketchbook

    It begins.

    I've lurked CA for too long. Years. Now I'm making time to participate--I don't think I'll advance much without being part of an art community.

    A little about me: I'm a 19 year old guy, going to college to be an electrical engineer/mathematician. I live in Nashville, TN (my house is okay), but can't wait to travel.

    I've had two classes in high school of formal art education. I enjoyed it and learned a lot, but I don't think I'll ever take a formal art class again. I feel that I can teach myself at my own pace pretty efficiently. That's the basis of this sketchbook.

    My goal is to be able to draw anything from my head successfully.
    Additionally, I'd like to master form/shape/line/space/tone/color. As well as the "principles" of art: Balance, unity, composition, etc.

    Finally, something I'll be doing on my own time is learning art history. This will be reflected by eventual master studies in my sketchbook.

    In the past month or so I've been reading out of the Loomis books. They've helped a lot and I love the 50's style illustration. I love how Loomis explains things and I jive with his philosophies on art. That said, I'm eager to move to different books, namely the ubiquitous Bridgman book/s.

    I just scanned about 30 drawings. If you notice something off about the scanning let me know, I don't think I have the brightness/contrast/black and white or grayscale thing down yet. I also did some things in photoshop to enhance contrast. These first fifteen or so are the ones done months ago. I'll post some from last month tomorrow.



    That all being said, I welcome any and all criticisms and comments.

    Thank you for looking at my sketchbook. =)
    ~Carl


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    As promised, stuff from last month:

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    i like the first picture, i can definitely agree on learning at your own pace, you being your best teacher in my opinion, anywyas good luck and welcome to CA
    hi

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    Glad to see I am not the only one who procrastinated on putting put a sketchbook. Nice studies. I especially like the skeletal movements. Keep motivated and keep posting.
    Thank you Thank you Thank you!

    SKETCH BOOK in need of some comments and critiques please.

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    Some great studies going on here, i would recommend that your do some more skull studies, your chins seem a little floppy? wobbly? i dunno lol undefined?...yea maybe thats what i was thinking.

    I like the perspective stuff keep it up
    "The whole point of practice is to do it until you can do it right." - dpaint

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    Something new, something old

    ModestMouse Thanks for the welcome. : ) Yeah I try to learn just about everything except math by myself. The more you teach yourself the better you get at it.

    Bolo Appreciate it. I'll try to keep this a daily thing.

    element1988 Tonight's skull is just for you! I focused on the chin and tried to feel it as I laid it down but I'll probably need a few more skulls before it's solid.

    The first is the last of my older stuff. I used a reference for the girl but put the bones in myself, so I'm pretty proud of that.

    The skull's for element haha. I needed something to loosen me up as I was working on my main project.

    Then, a character from Final Fantasy IX. Referenced. Trying to focus on tighter lines, think I succeeded from the neck down.

    My friend challenged me to draw the last one. I tried twice before getting it right. The first one, I put in medium values and tried to build around that but that ended up not being scan-worthy. The second I decided to do lines but started on details too soon. Proportions goobered up. Last time, I spent too long on it, like, three hours, but it's done and I think it looks pretty good. Here's a link to the reference picture Monk.

    = )

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    Thanks for the kind words in my SB. : )

    I like your skeletal work, and that last picture with the monk - is promising! It's great you have a friend to set you challenges- there's always so much to learn when it looks pretty tough.

    I find that most of your faces are very asymmetrical- particularly when you draw eyes and cheeks. Consider the distance of the features to the centre of the faces and I think you'll overcome that soon enough.
    it's not the end that matters but the journey

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    Just to let everyone know. There's always room for improvement. Except for in my hot chocolate. I just made a cup of hot chocolate and there was no room for improvement because every cubic nanometer was filled with a mixture of 2% milk and pure, delicious, melted, semi-sweet choco-goodness.

    I wish I could draw as perfectly as I can make a cup of hot chocolate:

    I'm not sure how to do the texture for hairy legs. I need to draw more feet. moar moar moar
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    Little brother. From life. Finding shapes/planes.
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    Started still life. Stopped.
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    More better stuff tomorrow hopefully.

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    Maelstrom - if you haven't already, you should join www.crimsondaggers.com - which is a daily sketch group run by Dave Rapoza (you can find the sketchbook for everyone's work on here), but its great as it makes you set a time every day for study. Everyone does it together and posts on there afterwards, and any other work they do as study.
    Hope to see you there! (i'm not on there alot lately though as i've got a lot of work on!).
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    ps, love the first face sketch on here, lovely stylization.
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    ps, love the first face sketch on here, lovely stylization.
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    First two from last night, forgot to scan.

    Next three Bridgman studies. Complete Guide to Drawing From Life
    The good stuff.

    Last, a sketch from imagination. I knew kind of in my head what I wanted. I think I succeeded. I need to draw more from imagination.
    And to start on lighting/tone stuff. And reinforce/learn more about perspective.

    Another day down. Hopefully I'll get on the gun earlier tomorrow.
    Also, if you need math tutoring in the Nashville area. PM me, hahaha. [/shameless plug]

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    I should also do some fun gun studies. No?

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    Zidane!

    i like the messy portraits! Are they from life or picture? Some of your drawings have really nice lines. Like the one of a hand and the one of feet. Have you tried structure of man? link: http://www.alienthink.com/

    I've done a few of them. Really good!

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    I really liked the 3rd and 5th sketches in your last post.

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    johanyeah: Thanks man. Glad somebody can recognize Zidane, heh. FFIX was great. The messy portraits are from life. I checked out alienthink.com. I just can't bring myself to spend money on art except for supplies. I think I'm coming along at a good rate, and I'm broke, haha. Thanks for checking my SB though.

    Dope Fiend: Thanks. I'm really trying to understand what I draw.

    So, I've missed posting recently but I have a few things to make up for it. Normal excuses: I've been sick/unexpected company/car troubles/life/etc.

    Actually I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla and the battery light keeps flickering. I just replaced the alternator myself after some electrical mishaps a few weeks ago. Light just started flickering last night. Checked the voltage--14+ at 2500 RPM idle. Checked the connections and one of the 10mm nuts used to fasten a wire to the side of my alternator was really hot and charred/white. Is that normal? Maybe my alternator's not grounding? Hmm. Just some thoughts.

    Enjoy:

    Tonal study and a gun study in one!
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    Real loose/quick.
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    I did a few pages of this, but I like the top left/top right part of this page the most.
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    Out.

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