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    Red face Squid's Sketchbook

    Hallo Hallo, Squid here. It's a pleasure to meetcha.

    I'm a 22 year old commerce student with a chronic doodling problem, who finally has enough money scraped together to study medicine (yay). However, if my plans to become an illustrious doctor living in a fifty-room mansion on the edge of the Bahamas falls through, I've decided I'll go to art-school and live on a bench.

    This is where you come in.

    My formal art education ended roughly around the time my kinder-teachers found out who was eating all the clag paste (mmm clag). So any and all critique and advice would be appreciated. I've begun picking up books on the subject (I've recently begin drawing from Loomis) and since I'm already working my way through a massive door-stop of a physiology book, I thought it only logical to study my anatomy while I'm at it. I'll admit I'm terrible at gesture drawing (all the people I draw look horribly stiff) and my grasp of colour theory is spotted and tenuous at best. I've just started making an effort at picking up perspective (I'm using the 'Perspective Drawing Handbook' by Joseph D'Amelio), and there are some concepts that still puzzle me (which I'll no doubt harass you good people about later).

    In the meantime, here are some anatomy sketches I've done using 'The Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (Fourth Edition)' - the book I need to know almost entirely by heart if I want to have any hope of (legally) approaching a person while wearing rubber gloves.

    Note how technical my sketches started off before devolving into a sketchy, grey, formless soup.

    EDIT: I forgot to add I also used the book 'Atlas of Anatomy for the Artist' by Stephen Rogers Peck.
    Edit Edit: I removed all the sketches from the first post, and put them in the next one.

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    Sorry for the wait: Had an argument with my scanner.
    From the pictures, I think its pretty clear who won :/

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    Aaaand more:

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    A few old images, some from my old devianart which can be found HERE.

    Also, an acrylic bird on canvas.
    REFERENCE
    I would really appreciate any comments on colour, and colour blending (especially when it comes to stuff like making the front object seem.....fronter then the background ).

    The very last one is a sketch I did last night.

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    I'm not sure if its me, but my avatar doesn't appear to be animating :/

    If thats the case, here's what its supposed to be doing....

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    More old stuff, before my tablet dissolved into a fine mist

    The last one I've come to view as kind of a fluke. I'm not entirely sure how I did it - all I know is its there and slightly less awful then usual.

    Awesome

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    My goodness... don't be so hard on yourself! I like your work a lot.

    I especially like the pencil drawing of the stork/ old man; it reminds me a bit of Kit Williams' work.

    I'm no expert at painting but I use acrylics from time to time. You asked a question about making objects pop out from the background, I think? If you were referring to the painting of the bird, I have a couple of suggestions:

    1) Pick a light source for both bird and background.
    2) Experiment with focus. A lot of the artists in here do wonderful things with blurring that show understanding of the way the eye tracks an image over a background.

    Good luck!

    sketchbook

    I want to be a writer when I grow up.

    My first book is going on sale in 2011!
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    Great stuff here...I like your style. Hope to see more

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    Phew, back again.
    I had no luck re-animating my scanner yesterday, so here's a coupla pages from last night.
    Today, on Squids sketchbook:
    A muddy self-portrait replete with random faces,
    Some sketches taken from characterdesign.com aaaand:
    Graham.
    Anywho, more tonight (probably).

    @ataxas: Thanks for the encouragement^^ I'd never heard of Kit Williams before now, but a quick look at what google images turns up looks awesome. Thanks.
    Also, I'll try to keep that in mind the next time I paint. I guess I didn't really take focus of lighting into consideration while I was painting - mainly cos I was trying to imitate what I saw in the reference more then anything.


    @sufuri: Thanks. I'll try not to disappoint

    P.S. sorry if some of them look funny. I have an A3 sketchbook but an A4 scanner. I tried to tack them together with varying results.
    Enjoy
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    You can clean up with Photoshop the problematic
    scans, and you can heal up the visible page
    breaks. That is, you can use other software,
    but I used Photoshop for this one:


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    Thanks for that Plisskin, I'll do that in the future.

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    Phew, its been a heck of a weekend.
    Buuuut I did manage to scrawl a coupla quick sketches between spring-cleaning and getting mauled by a mob of ten year olds (true story).

    I found an old copy of The Man in the Iron Mask (before diCaprio truly found his niche in the mind-fuck movie genre), which explains all the latent frenchiness.
    Also, more quick sketches from CharacterDesigns.com. I'm really trying to break the figure down into basic shapes, and shortening the amount of time I spend on a sketch.
    Oddly, I find them more helpful then posemaniacs when it comes to studying anatomy O.o

    Cheerio
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    Two more that failed to upload >.<

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    Line practice, value/line studies.

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    Quick post before I got to bed (its 1 am!)

    To make those peanut shapes convey more form, u need to make it so that its not a continous line, but rather two distorted circles that were put in front of the other. Like u did on ur first page =D The line breaks as if its was trying to wrap around the one in front. Argh. I need to sleep. I will explain better tomorrow.

    Gnight!

    Please stop by my sketchbook!

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    Hey there Alt, thanks for that.
    Yes, you're right in that they don't convey much form. I think I was concentrating too much on line variance as opposed to line variance to express form.
    I'll do another page of peanuts later today to try and solidify that.
    In the meantime, heres stuff from yesterday
    Includes: shadow studies, more form stuff aaaand reverse gradients.

    Thanks again alt^^

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    Aaaand a self-portrait - 45 mins

    Stuck in a photo for comparison

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    "The wind on my cheeks"? What the heck! XD Haha funny stuff.
    Nice studies! If you have Photoshop or any other image editing software, you can edit the brightness contrast in your scans/photos to make the over all look of your studies even better. You know, to bring the pencilwork more forth and make the paper whiter.

    Keep up the good work!

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    very cool sketchbook so far
    I absolutely love the first sketch in post 4!

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