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    It's time I finally get my act together

    and get serious about drawing. Going to post a sketch a day. Crits are necessary. I'm a product designer, but I've always been passionate about concept art and drawing the human figure.

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    It's time I finally get my act together

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    What am I doing wrong?

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    You're not doing anything wrong...you just need to sketch more.

    First and foremost I'd say you need to be doing more anatomy work. Grab some books, get to some life drawing classes, and start filling up pages to familiarize your mind with how the body actually is constructed and looks. We have alot of ingrained preconceptions when we first start out that have to be, essentially, unlearned. Keep posting and you'll improve with time.

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    Torso's too long with your last pic. Aside from that, I'd recommend beefing up a lot on your basic proportions.

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    good start. if i look the last drawing, i can recomend to look more the negative forms (the space around) when drawing from model or a photo. for example the space between the arm and leg is in the reference smaller as in the drawing. also try to observe the angles of the lines.

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    I do want to let people know that I use stick figure skeletons to rough out all poses, but it's hard to tell because they are light and my camera stinks

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    i like the anatomy studies and the way u create a new design from reference photo...i noticed u use one medium.. is there a reason for nt using the good old pencil ?

    i love to do everything and learn everything... i hate to be cornered in one place.. i believe u can be anything u want... Your mind is limitless... check out my sketchbook ... u will find a bit of everything

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=203429
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Walker View Post
    i like the anatomy studies and the way u create a new design from reference photo...i noticed u use one medium.. is there a reason for nt using the good old pencil ?
    Thank you. I will do more
    It's a colored mechanical pencil. I like it because it's forgiving and it doesn't smear. I'd use a verithin but the lead always breaks and I hate sharpening every 5 seconds. Wish I could find it in a color other than blue or red :/

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    u got a point here.. i used mechanechal pencil its easier to sharp.. but it do smear... its nt always a bad thing.. and u may get darker results.. u have a range of 8H - 8B .. bt i should try ur way for once... bt i meant to ask if u considered any other medium like digital, oil, acrylic, chrochol.. stuff like that..

    i love to do everything and learn everything... i hate to be cornered in one place.. i believe u can be anything u want... Your mind is limitless... check out my sketchbook ... u will find a bit of everything

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    pretty good start so far. dont forget to not just blindly copy but think about WHY it looks the way it does (whats foreshortened, underlying STRUCTURE, etc).

    And if u find pencils keep breaking and u hate sharpening why not try a lead holder?

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    Hey, nice progress! I think we have a bit in common.. I'm a miniature designer and am beefing up on anatomy and things like that. One thing as you progress, a lot of people like to discount Bridgman as a hack or an abstract representation of anatomy.. but I recommend studying him to everyone because he shows you the "essence" of the body...and motion. There's a lot of gesture drawing in his books that helps loosen up poses and add dynamics to your work that you can't get from just mechanically reproducing photos or Loomis or whatever (even Hoggarth is too stiff compared to good old GB). Your planes study is great and understanding the masses of the body is a real key to moving forward.. then comes the specifics of anatomy and foreshortening and all of that. This is all assuming you need guidance.. if not (and even if you do and think I'm full of crap) you can tell me to piss off.
    To loosen up, one thing I heard Dave Rapoza say alot in his live stream is use broad but light strokes. If you press too hard and use short strokes you'll find your work being stiff and confined.
    Well, keep up the sketches, it will pay off eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Walker View Post
    u got a point here.. i used mechanechal pencil its easier to sharp.. but it do smear... its nt always a bad thing.. and u may get darker results.. u have a range of 8H - 8B .. bt i should try ur way for once... bt i meant to ask if u considered any other medium like digital, oil, acrylic, chrochol.. stuff like that..
    I have a wacom tablet at work. Maybe I'll give that a shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghast View Post
    pretty good start so far. dont forget to not just blindly copy but think about WHY it looks the way it does (whats foreshortened, underlying STRUCTURE, etc).

    And if u find pencils keep breaking and u hate sharpening why not try a lead holder?
    What other whys should I think about? I have one of those lying around somewhere. thanks for reminding me about it LOL

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    Hey, nice progress! I think we have a bit in common.. I'm a miniature designer and am beefing up on anatomy and things like that. One thing as you progress, a lot of people like to discount Bridgman as a hack or an abstract representation of anatomy.. but I recommend studying him to everyone because he shows you the "essence" of the body...and motion. There's a lot of gesture drawing in his books that helps loosen up poses and add dynamics to your work that you can't get from just mechanically reproducing photos or Loomis or whatever (even Hoggarth is too stiff compared to good old GB). Your planes study is great and understanding the masses of the body is a real key to moving forward.. then comes the specifics of anatomy and foreshortening and all of that. This is all assuming you need guidance.. if not (and even if you do and think I'm full of crap) you can tell me to piss off.
    To loosen up, one thing I heard Dave Rapoza say alot in his live stream is use broad but light strokes. If you press too hard and use short strokes you'll find your work being stiff and confined.
    Well, keep up the sketches, it will pay off eventually.
    Thank you! I definitely feel I am way too tight when it comes to drawing the human body. Do you have a link to Bridgman?

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    some concepts for the yakuza CHOW

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    If you haven't done yet, check out Loomis and bridgeman work on anatomy, it would help give some structure to your characters.
    Keep up the hard work

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