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    The thread in which I hope to become a better artist or TIWIHTBBA for short

    Hi, after seeing all the lovely artwork on conceptart and cgtalk, I've been inspired to start my own sketchbook thread. I'm not sure if i'm even artistically inclined but I quite like doing art at school, though we haven't done any figure drawing, so i thought i'd like to brush up my drawing skills and make digital painting later. I hope you'll help me on my journey by giving advice and critique. Um... after that long intro, I think I'll show you a few of the head drawings i did after looking at Rebecca Kimmel's drawing heads challenge on CG Talk.

    So what do you think I need to improve one? I know i definitely need to improve on my shading, feauture placement and proportions (there's something wrong with the man's head shape). I'm not sure how to go about improving these though.

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    Sorry for posting again, (I guess I'm a little impatient) but how exactly do you go around becoming good at drawing the human form? I mean, do you start just drawing from life or do you buy anatomy books and study from them? I would also like to know which anatomy books you think would be best for a sort of beginner like me

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    We I am a beginner myself so I will just relay the information I gathered best I can. First yes and yes. Draw from life as much as possible and study from books. This way you learn to draw by seeing ad well as learn more about techniques or structure, depending on what book you get. I started with Bridgman (really cheap on amazon) but other names like Hogarth and Loomis (found here in pdf) seem to be the three most referred here and other sites. This is what I have gethered so far from my studies. Bridgman give a lot of direction and understanding towards structure and how the bodys masses connect and disperse from one another(sketchy), Hogarth is more of a understanding of general shapes and forms that make up the body not necessarily applying 100 percent acurate anatomy (he learning from imaginative drawing from what I understand so it can be bendy, rubbery) and Loomis was a student of Bridgman that takes the fundamentals of Bridgman and teaches from his own style with more detail, as well as more woman references.

    My first anatomy book was drawing from life by Bridgman and it helped me out a lot with muscle systems and understanding the mechanics of the body. I got it from amazon for like 16 bucks I believe.

    If I miss represented any of these artists I am sure someone will chime in, but check out those three and examples of there works (flip through the pages on the amazon peek inside option). Theres loads of this information found here on CA as well. Hope this helps from one hard working beginner to another.

    P.S. I enjoyed your portraits, my only advice is to try and have less lines (more purpose behind each line) I'm working on that too, apparently this comes with time, or so they tell me.

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    Thank's GuruGaia for taking the time to post, I think I'll try and buy one of Bridgman's books since you and others recommend it a lot. I'm not sure if i want to buy a burne hogarth book now because since as you said, he takes some liberties with anatomy, then i feel it would be better if i got the fundamentals down first before being more stylistic. Also thanks for the advice about doing anatomy and life drawing, which i've started and will post my results up when scanning it up doesn't seem like such a hassle
    And about having more purpose with my lines, is there a kind of technique to that or do i have to keep practicing?

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    hi workin well i see..try doin these more bravely..what i mean express the line try to do em like strong lines..take a 8b pencil and feel try to feel it ,try to push these to more contrast and well observe do more copys now to improve your eyes..try to see and show all the right values..in time youll do it i just know it good luck

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    OMG I'm practicing :o

    I've done more art so far this summer than i've ever done in my life, probably shows how lazy I am. I've started doing some anatomy studies, still life and Loomis studies, though i definitely need to improve on my values and every part on anatomy

    I apologize in advance for the random maths that appears on one of the doodle sheets

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    sum more

    Heres some more that i didn't add to the last post cos they're taking up space. I think i'll make these image sizes much smaller, sorry
    I also did my first drawing of someone from life, my brother when he's asleep (i think the only time he stays still) My drawings look even more sketchier after i resized them grr

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    grr didn't post my still life

    I find doing still lifes quite calming

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    hmm maybe i'll take photos of my artwork next time

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    I love those eyes and all the portraits. I think you've got a great start on values and the proportions. The attachments are a little on the large size, and I think it would be easier to view them if they were shrunk down to at least life size. It takes hard work to become a good artist, and I like the effort I see in your posts. You're going to be very good if you keep this up!
    Also, don't get too perfectionist about the anatomy, take your time/patience in learning it. A good way to warm up for a bit is to do some 30 second (or so) figure sketches. I know this site http://www.posemaniacs.com/?pagename=thirtysecond provides an easy tool for doing that. After you warm up, you can do some more in depth figure studies for longer times.

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    drawings

    I decided to resize my images for easier viewing, so here they are again

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    Thanks MyioDeSopsia I'll try out the posemaniacs 30 sec pose and I've also found out how to resize my images. I think i'll post some more stuff tomorrow or as soon as possible. I'm going on holiday soon (next week), so i wont be able to post for a while cos we don't have any internet. But I'll still try to practice anatomy and still life!

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    going on holiday

    hmm haven't posted for a bit, I'm feeling sooo lazy and uploading images on to my computer is tiring but i have done a few hand studies, 30 seconds gestures from posemaniacs and a short stint of drawing a flower tree/shrub/bush thing in my garden until it started raining
    However i did get in a still life study, drawing my dad's shoe (badly). I think i'll start drawing my self potrait as seems to be the tradition on conceptart and also get some drawings done when i go to Ghana so i wont be posting till september!

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