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    Initially i wanted to be Napoleon

    Hello, I Plan on doing something with my art but currently i need a lot of work before i am capable of producing the work i want to.. I plan on using this thread to keep track of progress, and also to discuss art with people who share my passion.


    Critiques and Comments are most welcome,

    Thank You for taking your time to look through my mediocre drawings!

    Note: Sorry for Picture Quality...

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    Another Portrait with Process... Felt like i struggled more with this one.. but that might just be noticing more mistakes.


    Sorry.. for the quality... Hopefully ill get a Scanner soon.

    Im also Reading.. "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards


    if anyone has any recommendations as far as instructional books or videos on drawing please let me know.

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    Hey ermm there so many simularites between our skechbooks

    But yeah good start and Drawing on the right side of the brain is a good book im also reading it lol

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    Here are some really crappy negative space studies...

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    Beautiful portraits!

    Seek your own acceptance.

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    Today a little perspective using negative space and coffee... and since i just got photoshop i decided to try it out...

    my first attempt was rather disappointing on top of that i thought my file didn't save, so i made a second attempt..

    Perspective Drawing - about 1 Hour

    Helicopter and Ship - about 2 and a half hours.

    Single Ship, 2nd attempt - 45min.

    Used a Reference picture for all three.

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    Nice work here. Try focusing more on values. Remember to think in simple shapes when shading. This will not only make it easier to render, but will make everything seem that much more believable. I also recommend working only in greyscale for now so you can concentrate strictly on values.

    Keep going!

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    Keep it up the buildings look nice. Your lines have a nice straight and clean quality. I suggest taking one specific thing and focusing most of your energy on it. For example, focusing on shading or contour or gestures.

    That's great that your reading Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. That book is fantastic at illustrating how to learn to see. Make sure to not just read it, but also try the exercises. Good luck and keep it up! You'll be amazing in no time.

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    Thanks for visiting my SB! Those negative shapes are looking good and that acrilic came out very nicely, it is also an interesting idea. Keep it up!

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    Nice start, I like the acrylic with the puzzle pieces. I agree with cgaddict that you should stick with the grayscale to focus. I'm learning how to paint digitally right now and I've noticed its helped me a bunch to focus on the value instead of getting caught up with colors right off the bat. Also don't be afraid to use a hard-edge brush, it looks like you used just soft brushes and that gives it a fuzzy, slightly out of focused look. Keep up the good work!

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    @cgaddict - thanks for the advice ill make sure to practice and work on my values.

    @looper42 - Yeah i think im going to work more on my values, and i have done just about every exercise in the book so far.

    @Pixel Cheetah - thanks, but i cant really take credit for the acrylic painting concept... it was a picture in a Time Magazine from earlier this year.

    @Kalowin - Yeah i realized that but wasn't sure why... or how to fix it.. thanks for the advice


    For today another perspective drawing, and study of foreshortened hands.. struggled with the hands... i think they look more like monkey hands...

    Hmm i feel i could still do more today, maybe some value studies.

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    Found some work i did back in february 2010 when i first got my tablet... i used Painter Essentials and an Image from the Mass Effect 2 controller booklet..

    copyrights - Bioware

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    Some studies for today... i was supposed to do a profile portrait from life... but i couldn't find anybody who was willing to sit still for even 2 minutes let alone 35... :/

    The drawings are not very good but i felt i learned a lot from them.

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    My Progress Sketchbook Aug 4th

    For today... a couple profile studies, yes i am finally towards the end of the book,(Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain) and i can start working on portraits again,

    The studies come from Da Vinci, i like the male profile study better then the female. im going to do some profile portraits tonight, ill have to bribe someone to let me use there face for half an hour.

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    Update...

    Today some fast sketches... i think ill lay of cross hatching for a while... as much as i like the look of it..

    Mainly quick studies.. about 10-20 minutes each.

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    Today i did a Self portrait using a mirror, ... it didn't com out that well, i think the lips and the hair line are a bit off...

    Also i fooled around in Photoshop... messing around with the little sketch from yesterday.. and also a study of a skull from my room.. the skull probably isn't anatomically accurate.

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    ......

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    Today a couple of frontal portraits... i really did a number on the girl hopefully ill start seeing improvements soon.

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    today i did a self portrait.. this one is still a little off i think the cheek bones are to low.

    I included the way i shade... i don't think im doing right for some reason.

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    Thanks for the vist, as far as critique goes youll want to work on drawing first. try doing a ton of 5 min sketches of the head getting the scale and locations of the major features of the head into place. Then move into 10 min studies 20, 30, etc, the process isint just to help you to get warmed up but to help you see how to take a sketch to completion(you should be able to pick any of your 5 min sketches and work on them longer etc).

    For rendering try to simplify everything into 2-4 values/shapes of value, as few as possible. just focus on the large abstract shapes of value simplifying things as much as possible. The posterize filter(under adjustments) in photoshop is great for helping with this.

    Tenminutedrawing - awesome learn to draw series http://www.youtube.com/user/moatddtutorials
    A short list of my favorite tutorials http://surfandsnow.deviantart.com/journal/22269212/


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    Well here's a quick little sketch i did in PS, i haven't been able to post because not only do i not have a Printer i now don't have a camera...

    I Haven't been doing stuff in PS Just because i want to get good with the pencil first, i have mostly been doing Loomis and Anatomy studies.

    This is inspired by the story of Daniel and the Lions Den... sort of a futuristic take on it.

    About 30- mins, Give or Take the time it takes to heat and Eat a Hot Pocket.

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    Oh no!!!!!!!!

    Here is a little Request i did for my brothers blog. he fell in love with a girl in the ER.... apparently she had a pink bucket.

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    love your work keep posting your awesome stuffs

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    very nice goals you have set out (now let's achieve them together!). i love the traditional painting and that puzzle effect you gave it makes it stand out can't wait for you to start posting ^-^ and welcome to CA~

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    Teapo thanks, and now lets achieve those goals.

    So tried to do some figure work using photoshop... tried two very different techniques on both...

    If anyone has any tips for using Photoshop.. please tell me. working with 100% opacity is ok but it seems easier to blend with 80% or lower.

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    Some more figure Photoshop studies... i redid the girl on the right from yesterday using my Traditional Method.

    ( Drawing the Outlines and then Adding tones)

    and i also tried the other method again...

    ( Drawing the Shape of the figure in all black and then adding lighter tones)


    This time im Pretty evenly split between the two although i could have put more time into both.

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    Some stuff from my sketchbook.

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    When drawing woman, try not to make the shoulders very broad, this way the female will look way more masculine than she should

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    Hey. Those sound like some decent goals. If you want to get into a good art school you should focus on bringing your observational drawing and rendering skills up to scratch. Schools want to see that you have the basics under your belt. Have you tried Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain? It worked really well for me when I was preparing a portfolio.

    You could also check out the website http://posemaniacs.com/ for figure drawing practice.

    Also try to draw still life's as well as portraits. This is a good start. Keep working hard and keep posting.

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    Looking good, nice to see you focusing on values, should really help you improve. Keep it going!

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