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    The amateur art of R.J.C.

    Ok, I'll begin with some sketches I did today, and the ones at the bottom of the page have more detail.






    As you can see I don't have a scanner and they don't sell any at the PX here in Soto Cano Air Base (Honduras). Therefore, until I get back home from this deployment, I will have to rely on my camera. I'm going to study more realistic anatomy before I post more sketches and I didn't post realistic drawings yet because it's kind of difficult for me to make the transition from Manga to realistic drawings and those drawings I did look horrible, but I think I'm making some progress so far.
    So, what do you think about these sketches?

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    You want to remember some things on the body don't flex, like a ribcage or skull or any bones; keep those things the same size and shape when drawing; right now the proportions get away from you and you are distorting the less flexable forms too much.

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    What's with the body building exercise? Haha. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely a good start, but I see a lot of repetitive poses in there and I doubt that it's important to know how long the character should rest and repeat. Try going outside, perhaps to a trainstation or other busy place and sketch the people standing and walking around. You get much more variety in body structure and a better feel for loose, natural poses.

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    @dpaint, thanks for the advice. I didn't notice I was distorting the less flexible forms.
    @Lhune, thanks I will follow your advice and try sketching the people standing and walking around.

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    ¿Para qué hacerlo fácil, si lo podemos hacer difícil?

    This is another sketch I did:

    I drew only the vehicle from a photo reference.

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    Realistic drawing of Jesus

    I checked for tutorials online on how to draw realistic faces and this is my first try:

    I think I did not draw the nose correctly, maybe It looks to Manga styled. What do you think?

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    Check out "Successful Drawing" by Loomis at fineart.sk. It should be a good demonstration of how to construct a drawing that works.

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    Trying to draw realistic Manga

    I scanned this a few days ago.

    Critiques are welcome.

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    I hate to say this, but I see no progress.. Decide what it is you want to do; do you want to draw on a more professional level and study realism, or do you want to remain a hobbyist and draw for fun?

    If you want to draw realistic-looking manga like the true masters, you will have no choice but to study realism (as arenhaus suggested, look up Andrew Loomis on fineart.sk) . If you want to draw for your own entertainment only, then this is probably not the right place to look for improvement. Manga art isn't quite original on it's own and not many people here will put effort in helping you if you're not serious about what you're doing.

    There's not much to say about your last two pictures. The eyes aren't aligned very well and the hair looks odd on both of them (as in off-perspective and not flowing right). They're not particularly special or attractive otherwise, just two typical manga-women busts.

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    @ Lhune, thank you for your sincere critiques. I did decide a long time ago that once I am done with the Army I will enroll in an art school. In the meantime I will keep practicing and trying to do best and continue posting, obviously it will take some time for me to improve. I am a busy soldier and still I am checking out "Successful Drawing" by Loomis whenever free time I got. When I draw I feel it keeps my mind sane and stress free. Like I said thanks for your sincere critiques, I will definitely continue practicing. I will post realistic sketches soon.

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    Here is another one:

    Critiques are welcome.

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    Tip: Don't draw manga. Ever. It gets you almost nowhere in life (unless you are extremely talented) and it limits your work. Try realism instead!
    'Nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.J.C. View Post
    I didn't post realistic drawings yet because it's kind of difficult for me to make the transition from Manga to realistic drawings and those drawings I did look horrible, but I think I'm making some progress so far.
    Go nab a sketchbook on the forum and post those. It doesn't matter if they look horrible, it's all about the learning process. And you'll have different eyes looking at it and helping you. Trust me, showing the art you struggle with on here really pays off.

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    This is turning into a sketchbook - I'll move it if you want. Use your colleagues as models to practice.


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    Thanks for the critiques.
    This drawing is Manga-free.

    As I said this is Manga- free and it look like a hero from comic books, I will try to draw realistically from this point forward.

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    Sketch

    I did this sketch today and it is the most realistic that I have made so far:

    I also looked at the mirror for reference, what do you think?

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    Looks really good except for the perspective and bend on the right arm. Getting up into that pose myself I can feel my elbow touching my bottom ribs and being bent a lot more than what you're showing.

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    I did this drawing yesterday and I tried to be as realistic as possible.

    In order to complete the drawing I need a background. Any suggestions?

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    I think what was meant earlier by "drawing realistic" was to actually learn to draw realistically.
    It's not about "all right then, I'll just whack up some realistic stuff!" I wish it was

    I think your works have potential, but you need to go back to Loomis and may I say Hogarth first.

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    I think what was meant earlier by "drawing realistic" was to actually learn to draw realistically.
    It's not about "all right then, I'll just whack up some realistic stuff!" I wish it was

    I think your works have potential, but you need to go back to Loomis and may I say Hogarth first.

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    How about you move this thread to Sketchbooks?

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    Just a guy.

    It's been a while since I posted here and my old scanner is not working properly that is why my drawing looks as if it were aligned to the left.

    I've been very busy but I'm still checking out "Successful Drawing" by Loomis whenever free time I got. Eventually I'll post more drawings.

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    Hi matey

    I have the location of a site where you can download five Andrew Loomis books in .pdf format to sample and read of course because nobody agrees with internet piracy and also if you like them they are starting to print them again at titan books on the internet.

    http://www.placidchaos.com/AM/index..../andrew_loomis

    all the best matey keep drawing and keep posting.

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    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=209918 = my Sketchbook
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    Smile Thanks!!

    @Lightship69: Thank you for the site, I'm going to check it out right now!!!!

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    *sigh*

    Those Loomis books will NEVER stay in print or all be printed at this rate...

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