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    Step by step - trying to learn

    Hello everyone, my name is Fernando, I've been lurking around these forums for the longest time and I've finally decided to register and start posting some stuff...

    I'm from Uruguay, and as you're about to see, I've never had any proper art instruction in my life. I've been drawing for the past 5 or so years, with some off years, but now I'm back and I want to start learning something on my own time. This is why I'm here.

    Anyways, thanks for reading and clicking on my post, hopefully, posting here will help me improve

    PS: Crits are always welcomed, ofcourse
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    Ok, so here is the first batch of drawings I'm posting....

    Here you can see, a bit of anatomy practice and some face rendering practice...I'm a bit obsessed with achieving realism on a piece of paper I know I'm still far FAR away from that, but that's what my aim is right now.

    I hope you enjoy, and as I will always be saying..., crits are always welcomed

    PS: Oh, and sorry about the crappy image quality, but the scanner is broken right now, so I'll be taking pictures of my drawings.
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    Some really nice stuff in there mate, Keep it up!
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    Achiving realism is pretty hard, youll need to learn a few techniques to get a highly realistic picture, its pretty much all in the shading. Try shading in tiny circles, working light and bulding up on them. It takes longer than crosshatching but the results can be pretty good.

    Have you been drawing from photos/life? If so, really look at the photos, set them in greyscale to see the tones and not be distracted by the colours. Good luck!
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    NothingLikeNoonerz - Thanks mate!
    Nonobot - Thanks for the advice, I have tried to draw from pictures, it is indeed hard and takes a huge amount of time to shade (at least for me), but I try to do it whenever I have time...


    Here are a couple more drawings, these are my lastest two attempts at portraits..., I like the second one better (still, far from looking like the photo ref I used).

    Thanks for the nice replys guys
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    Remember to really observe what you're drawing. Don't guess how things look, draw how they look. Draw with your mind, not with your hand.
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    Enydimon- Thanks for the input, indeed, that's what I gotta do, but it's proving quite hard to do. I'll keep at it anyways

    Here are some more drawings, a few anatomy practices and one with a few gestures from posemaniacs.com

    Enjoy!
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    Hey, thx for stopping by at my sb. I see how you using posemaniacs. I think I have advices )

    First of all try all the time start your study from simple shapes and lines, and only after completing silhouette start detailing.

    Remember that thin lines mean lighter area, and thick - darker. Also difference in value means is the object close or far from us.

    Just keep looking around you, and after some hard practice you'll nail it.

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    Hey There!

    Off to a good start here,I would suggest studying from the books of George Bridgman or Andrew Loomis,those are the best books out there for figure drawing from mind IMO!
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    Seraph Fawkes - Hey, thanks for coming to my sketchbook! And thanks for your advices, I normally try to do what you say, go from basic shapes to more complex ones... I'll try to keep that in mind next time
    DSmith - Thanks for stoping by dude..., I do have several of Loomis books (in pdf format), and I have been trying to apply some of what I've read, I still have a lot of reading to do...

    Anyways, haven't had much time to draw these past few days, but I managed to throw a quick hand practice with my recently adquire tablet.. so here is it...

    Enjoy!
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    Here is a little update, more hand practice, this time done while at work with ball-pen (I think that's how you write it)... two of them are from imagination and one is from posemaniacs.com (damn, I love that site ).


    Anyways, enjoy...
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    The anatomy studies are looking good Especially the hands, they turned out great.

    I would recommend using more real life references for your drawings, especially studying how the neck joins to the head. I would also suggest doing a few drawing studies of skulls to nail head shape, as this really helped me and I think with a little studying you'll see big improvement. : )
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    hey thanks for stopping by i see ur studying the body, u seem to be getting the hang of it, keep at it mate, also try doing some enviros u could be good at it.

    Keep the studies coming, and remember draw what u see not what u know.
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