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    crawling out of the woodwork

    hi cA. i'm xyn and i will be good! watch my drawing struggles/etc.


    crits are greatly appreciated!

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    today i did some arm & feet studies (the feet were for figuredrawing class) and sketched around a bit. there's a selfportrait and posemaniacs mixed in there too. i attempted doing an environment study but I quickly realized that I had no idea how to approach it, so I abandoned it. uhh and I painted a tomato and an orange next to each other, but I ran out of time, and I only finished the tomato. the rest are sketches from imaginaion... they show how little I retain from study! :( gotta start thinking more when I do studies.

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    I woke up late today and so didn't do as much work as I had hoped for
    had an art epiphany today though in regards to torso/pelvis relation. greatest feeling in the world.

    anyway, here's some sketches from my sketchbook, a few studies of arm/chest/shoulders, a few figures from imagination, and sketches from a workshop i went to today. it was michael jackson themed!

    crits please? i-i like feedback

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    today i spent 7 hours with some friends drawing animals at the LA zoo!
    so tiring.... but the animals were all very cool and unique.
    also some leg studies and poopy imagination stuff..

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    sketchbook stuff from today

    there's a head in a woman's chest here, lol bad placing.

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    First, thank you for your crits on my SB
    I must say I really like what i see here!! I like your faces a lot, all of them, and especially I like how you can sketch them in digital...the lines are so nice.
    And I LIKE the gestures in post #3, they look alive and smooth...subscribed to your thread and waiting to see more!! ^_^

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    Nice going....specially as your just 16.....yeesh I wasted my time as teenager! I really like your linework very flowy and organic, just dont be afraid to tighten up some lines too. Having a variation of lines can really add to a pic!

    Keep going!

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    @kidult- thank you for the critique! yea i should really focus more on tightening up my lines, i'll work on it!
    @AliceA- haha you're welcome! and thanks.

    just one page today
    i watched inception today and fell in love again with joseph gordon-levitt. then, of course, i had to watch 500 days of summer again... there goes my time, heheh.

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    Well I'm subscribing! keen to watch some progress. I like the dedication, that's what i need, give me some of yours

    my main critique would be your figures, some of them look a little stiff and some have limbs at weird angles? the mj's look good though, I'd say practice gesture lines, try get you figures flowing. the animal sketchs are awsoem though really sweet, nice lines and gesture

    look forward to more I'm watching this S#$@!!! DRAAAAWWWW!!! lol

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    Very nice! I like the energy in your linework. The animal drawings are pretty great, very gestural. And I'm gonna be a senior too D: Are you applying for illustration at AC?

    Anyway, just keep up the great work! And more color!

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    Awesome faces and animals! Keep them coming. (damn, 7 hours is a lot)

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    @Oatestwder - ahh yea i know! stiffness all over i always seem to mess up center of balance/ can't think of poses/can't visualize limbs in different poses, lol. working on it >< thank you for the critique!

    @Eddieee - yes I am! ooh awesome, are you applying for illustration too? if so, i sure need to catch up

    @Devrak - thank you! yes i will :3

    omg comments!
    i've been keeping up better drawing habits than usual because of this sketchbook btw, really glad i finally decided to make one.
    today i didn't have anything at all to bother me, i literally had the whole day to draw and i got up early just for that purpose...
    but i still ended up wasting half of the day away :| sigh. i can never seem to work long in digital either (unless i'm doing studies) cause the internet distracts me, heh. i have terrible self control.
    so...
    normal sketchbook stuff, 2 half-reffed faces, a stiff figure with strange buggy eyes and a peach, which i ate right after painting.
    note to self - stop putting so much space between eyes

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    looking schweet, but again those arms are at weird angles. maybe draw form life? get someone to pose for you or failing that, just stand up and find a comfortable pose yourself, that's what i do when i animate.

    but seriously jealous i need some time off so i can get this kind of serious drawing done!

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    Nice update. I definately know what you mean when you say that you have better drawing habits because of the sketchbook, it's very motivating to have one.

    Wish I had something more constructive to say though, hmm.. keep drawing? :3

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    @Oatestwder - yea D: tried to focus on it today... still stiff but i had some epiphanies
    @Devrak - thank you! and yea i really hope i keep up this pace of work..

    working on fluidity! (failing still). sketchbook pages, a face study, a REALLY BAD environment study (on that note, environment studies really frustrate me, because i don't know how to approach them at all), a movie still i sorta gave up on (pan's labyrinth), and a random digital sketch.

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    looking sweet again, but poses poses. I'm gonna keep saying it. try using a bigger brush on your digital portraits to define major differences in value and then move on to the smaller brush

    btw thanks for that link but I'd say to be on the safe side probably remove the link now just in case the mods don't like it

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    @Oatestwder - will do! @_@ ahh i always subconsciously avoid full figures because of inevitably awkward poses, need to fight that. and yep, deleted it. hope that link helps though, it's like my art lifesaver hehe

    i woke up wayyyy late today as a result from sleeping way late last night. didn't get much done today, was watching movies
    i did a random sketch that i painted.. remembered how much i liked color LOL. so i went to go do a skintone study, learned a bit, going to dive back into it tomorrow. however, just mentioning... picking the right colors is really hard. i always end up with a pic that has a lot less contrast than the actual image.
    didn't scan today, only did some head studies from loomis though.

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    Holy cow I really love the animal studies and the last portrait! What I think you should try out (and I should do the opposite of that) is to draw people in different ages. It really broadens your backpack of facial structures. And some characters look a bit like they have a metal rod as a spine.

    I think your linework is delicious!

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    my friend taught me stuff.... and now i am on the verge of actually working on something.. big? portfolio material?

    although this is fun i definitely need to get back to fundamentals though, and do the gestures/ experimentation.... even my silhouettes look awkwardly posed.

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    from the last 2 days.
    i did a lot today :3

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    i hate filling out details on the attachment manager.

    anyway
    figures from imagination, then did some from refs, then did some more from imagination to see if anything stuck. the ones marked NR are noreffed and the ones marked R are reffed, etcetc.
    tried doing environments again today, still not sure how to approach them but i guess at least i'm trying.... it'll hopefully get better after time. the one at the end is something from the head, looks very 2d lol. the reffed environments are 4min each, the other one is 10.

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    awww please give me some of your motivation and free time!!!! but still, figures very stiff. there is an improvement in some of them though, and your face's look wonderful!

    as for the environments - I'll try to be constructive - its sort of obvious you really don't know what you painting, you don't understand how it works and that's why its hard to understand your environments. you are just painting what you see but not understanding it, I do it with people all the time, do you know what i mean? before you can paint landscapes you need to understand the principles like perspective, atmospheric perspective ho light travels through the atmosphere etc, I'm by no means an expert but i think its similar to anatomy, don't try and draw a person without understanding how to draw them.
    hope that doesn't sound condescending, I'm by no means an authority, just want to help

    but seriously looking sweet!

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    thanks oates! :3 i did spend some time looking through the environmentoring threads here on cA and learned quite a bit...
    here's a slightly (just slightly) better one i did in 10 minutes or so, i hope it somewhat makes more sense although honestly i didn't put as much effort into it as i should have
    don't feel like scanning, resizing, and uploading sketchbook pages today, i'll be updating those tomorrow
    sigh why is anatomy such a constant struggle for me... and why are muscles so hard to conceptualize?

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    sketches from the last 3 days, might have missed uploading a few pages here and there
    oh and a scribble in photoshop for fun
    trying to break down the figure into basic shapes, it's actually harder than i thought it would be.
    lol i have too much material in this sketchbook page, checking it is like sloshing through mud
    too many pictures to loaddd

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    Tons of work and effort going on in your studies and in so little time. Fantastic.

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    Hey, thanks for stopping by. Your studies are great and plentiful. All I can say is keep at it! and I'll definitely be stopping by some more!

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    scanning sketchbook stuff tomorrow
    i think i need to do more stuff from imagination... and work on values

    crawling out of the woodwork
    selfportrait, getting a little closer

    and this guy from imagination, trying to work out the body's 3d-ness in my head
    crawling out of the woodwork

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    Hey, self portrait looks nice. I know next to nothing about photoshop, but maybe try bigger brushes for cleaner rendering? Looks good though! Keep it up!

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    everything today is from mind, need to get down feet and lower legs first before i experiment with cooler poses (especially feet)... that's tomorrow's homework for me
    and need to learn to use bigger brushes to block in values first so i can speed up... putting in value is taking way too much time for me
    on another note i should really try to make these characters less stringy
    ech

    btw thanks lang and xam! :3

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