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    Vapour's sketchbook

    Hi and welcome to my sketchbook. I am Vapour and I live in Germany. I recently started to be a bit more serious about drawing and plan to visit an Illustration School either spring 2011 or if I manage to get good enough to be accepted autumn 2010.

    I should have started this Sketchbook a long time ago so I just gonna dump my stuff from the last couple of months so you can (hopefully) see some progres.

    Crits are always much welcome.

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    This mermaid is part of a fountain in my town featuring two huge centaurs fighting over a fish. I decided to start with the mermaid to avoid getting overwhelmed by the centaurs which will be pretty challenging.

    Just the Mermaid alone took me about 4-5 hours. I am so damn slow. Hopefully the life figure drawing i intend to start next week will help with getting faster.

    I used to draw way too much from imagination not learning much. A week ago I started visiting a zoological museum with lots o stuffed animals to draw. I really like it there and am about to make it a habbit to spend my weekend afternoons there drawing.

    If anybody knows why my second post's attachments are still shown as links and how i can ix this please notify me.

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    Dude great sketchbook so far. The mermaid is commin out pretty sweet, can't wait to see the centaurs with it. I really need to start working on some shading and tonal values like you have, my stuff is mostly line work.

    But yea, love that robot thing (the first pic), and your eye studies too. I'm getting ready to do some in depth eye studies myself, right now I'm trying to figure out exactly how the eye sits in the eye socket... when you break it down, the entire eye is actually kinda complicated.
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    Yay Love Tank i just very very recently started to go into tonal with using the side of the pencil and it feels like I took a step forward when i did so. After all Loomis basicly tells us to use the side of the pencil to render and not the point.
    I am afraid you will have to wait a bit longer for the full shot of the fountain. I am still very intimidated by those centaurs. They are huge they are in tight manhorse on manhorse action and there is even a fish invoved. Real oldschool epic stuff right there! Basicly it kinda looks like this:

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    So I did the merman instead for now. I ended up rushing it at the end because I have been really cold owards the end and just wanted to get into somewhere warm and drink something hot. It shall remind me to never use only one pencil. With the mermaid I used F HB B 2B 3B and 6B the merman I think i used only HB and B and now the the values are all middle tones.
    I dont want to go back and finish the rendering though I rather want to do him again from scratch and hopefully also do a better job on the basic construction.

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    random sketch while waiting at the station

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    yea manhorse on manhorse action is the worst! But the results are always sexy.

    Can't wait to see what it all looks like put together.
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    I had my first nude figure life drawing session yesterday. I've got to say: Wow that stuff is tough. After the three hours of desperately trying to hit at least some proportions sometimes and to see and dscribe the planes or at least the areas of light shadow and halftone I did feel tired and kind of exhausted.

    The results are pretty humbling. I am planing to attend to this stuff on a regular basis from now on since there are two sessions every week for only 4€ each and another more expensive one for 8€. Hopefully I learn fast.

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    Random sketches from imagination I did instead of more helpfull studies. At least no-ref stuff like this funktions as a huge flashing arrow pointing to where learning is needed the most.
    I need to study hands and feet for real.

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    I intended to post tonight's nude life drawing session's results here.

    Only that the model was missing in action, so one of the students volunteered to stand for us. She would wear top and shorts though.
    I would not actually feel comfortable to pose nude myself so fair is fair the cloth tended to get in the way of the anatomy though not making things necessarily easier. Given the fact that I am still struggeling with basic stuff like proportions though I wont complain. There was still more then enough challenge for me

    Behold tonight's "The clothed nude figure" life drawing

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    Life drawing session 3 and random stuff

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    Life drawing session 4

    I really enjoyed yesterday's life drawing. Had a feeling of improving in the better moments of the session that made me grin like a madman during the drawing. Definately had more flow in the drawing of some lines then the sessions before.

    I am really looking forward to tomorrows life drawing.



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    great lifedrawings, keep that up! its important to draw from life as much as possible, not only akt but real everyday life like people from coffeeshops, from the bahn and stuff that lives on your desk.

    also look at many different anatomy books to find out which you like best. i for one sont really like hogarth, I'm more the Vilppu Guy ;-) he also has GREAT Videos!

    where are you from?


    cheers,

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