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    Nicole's sketch book

    Since I plan on having an art career, it would be super awesome to show my work now and get some critiques. I've been drawing for most of my life but a few years ago I decided to crack down and actually learn to draw. Unfortunately, I was still stagnate for a long time because I was still misguided. Just for reference, I've taken a few art classes so I'm no longer "self taught."

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    More sketches. I've been working on mass conception, it's amazing how much more solid things look now. I tried it on the hands and the couple. The kids in the family started out as skull studies. And I had issues with the pelvis so I'll have to get back to that one. The pelvis is brutal.

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    More sketches. In the hatching excercises and the still life, I took the advice of a cross hatching tutorial somewhere here on CA. I don't remember the exact thread.

    A few skulls were copied out of an anatomy book and a few I tried to draw based on what I remembered.

    The people at the bottom I drew while watching Bourne Identity (great movie btw) and Pitt Boss.

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    Yesterday I did some eyes. A few were from observation, but I also did some from my imagination. I wanted to put eyes on a face so I drew the guy.

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    Hi!

    Cool progress! Keep that up, you're doing great! I noticed the adult faces (and body proportions in the top picture look more young than you may have intended. The bodies of the couple seem a little scrunched together, makes them appear shorter. I think some heads look young because they're more rounded, mainly at the cheeks and jaw. Might just be something to look at for later on. The kids look adorable!

    Very nice work on the eyes!

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    Thanks for your input. I can see what you mean about the skull space. They look like little kid heads and they're supposed to be adults (except that one skull with just a line for a mouth). I'll keep your crit in mind.

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    I like how you draw your strokes (especially on the hand drawing). The crisp quality looks confident and is pleasing to the eye.

    I love how you drew the guy on your last post! The nose is well done (the proportions are great too!).

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    Hey, thanks for posting in my sketchbook!

    Nice studies so far, especially the eyes. Keep it up!

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    Thursday I started my life drawing class. My teacher wants to make sure we really get gestures and understand why we're doing them so we did 1 minute gestures the whole class. That was extremely useful. Apparently in gestures, I concentrate too much on outlines. so here are the fruits of my labor.

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    More gestures. Also, all these are done in 4B charcoal pencil. The last one was interesting. We had 5 minutes to do a gesture, he made us erase it and change the composition, and made us erase and redraw it 2 more times. The composition we liked the most got fleshed out.

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    I did more gestures. This time from my imagination on PS. Also another face. I promise I'll draw something different.

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    Hi there,

    Congrats on starting the classes, they should help you no end! I would suggest looking at some classical academic drawing, such as that by Bammes ('Dynamis anatomy') or Bridgman to get an idea of where you may want to head with quick life sketches (which can be amazing).

    Keep going with the practice, it's great,

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    I drew some random gestures. Aaaaand... perspective! See, I said I'd do something different. I was trying out multiple view points and am fairly certain it's wrong. I have some more rectangle drawings laying around from Labor day weekend, I should dig those up.

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    My life drawing teacher wanted us to draw scribbly-er gestures with little emphasis on outline. At first I thought he was insane. Then I felt like crap because I couldn't do it. As you can see at this point it's still got outlines. Then yesterday, it just clicked. I see the point in starting out really rough, you can build mass, relationships and then focus on light. Edges should be an afteer thought because you can just move them over later as needed. Needless to say, I understand now why he has us drawing like that.

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    I finally found time to read a Loomis book. I copied the some pictures but I also drew a few on my own from other angles. And those are the rectangles I drew from life.

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    A head study. I delved alittle bit deeper into Loomis head studies. The ones with "copy" under them are copied from the book. The other ones are heads I attempted without looking. It was hard to resist the urge to try everything at once. I'll get some more life drawing on here whenever I can find it in my heart to lug the portfolio home.

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    I'm starting a self portrait. It's on PS and I'm using a photo for reference.

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    very good studies

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    In life drawing, he really broke down anatomy and demonstrated different skeletal landmarks that are present on every one. I took notes on them for future reference. It was super helpful because not only did he draw, but he pointed to them on the skeleton and on the model. Anatomy makes so much more sense now. I tried some drawing of my own.

    I did the skulls earlier today. It was wonderful getting to draw a skull in person instead of from pictures.

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    I did some more work on my self portrait. I don't like were it's going all that much, I think I'll do another one.

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    I haven't spent much time learning to paint digitally, if my self portrait is any indication. Since it's apparent I can't paint planes, I'm taking it ALL the way back. It's annoying, but I'll thank myself later.

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    I drew the 1st floor of my school's dining hall and a couple of mens' leg studies. Hooray for people wearing shorts when it's 50 degrees Fahrenheit outside. How do they do it :/ ?

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    I've finally finished my painting of an eraser and pocket Bible.

    epic fail, I forgot the picture.

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    I'm impressed. You totally skip trying to make purty pictures but deliver in exploring form and gesture, and that's an attitude that could be called exemplar. Please do carry on!

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    Thanks. I've wasted years trying to be awesome with no substance to back it up. I'm starting over from the very basics so I don't make that mistake again.

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    Nice studies, i like the way you are touching a bit of everything(anatomy, figure, head, objects,rendering, perspective) I see that you are getting all the basics layed out, keep em coming

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    Yesterday I was super pumped to draw after getting out of life drawing, even more than usually. I'm happy we're on mass conception, it is so helpful and alot clicked yesterday. So after class, I drew these.

    The bottom two I drew this morning. Gestures of guys practicing on a tightrope.

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    Behold, the giant picture dump of doom. Most of the work I've done in llfe drawing class. Also, the 3rd is a redo of the 2nd one. I didn't like were it was going.

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    I haven't been able to draw a lot lately. I have been working on a little landscape. This is what I have so far.

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    Just a few figures I've drawn in the past week. I haven't had much time to do personal studies, wrestling with class assignments. Now that this grueling week is over I can make up for lost time.

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