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    Sara's Sketchbook

    I'm trying to improve, and the best way is to draw, draw, and draw. So here's where all the attempts are going. Attempt number one!

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    hey sara,great start! how long have you been drawing for? i'll keep an eye on your sketchbook so you'd better keep posting missy *crosses arms*


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    Hi Sara, good start. Tells us a little about yourself. What are some of your art related goals?

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    Oh geez! I forgot about this shortly after I started, whoops! Time to get serious. If I don't, I'm gonna kick myself in the butt.

    Hmm, some of my art related goals. I had goals, at one point until I started college and realized I'm not anywhere near where I need to be to reach them. I'm 18 and obviously not very disciplined. My goal right now is to simply get better. I want to be able to draw the human form without reference more often then not.

    Today's sketches, the top I drew without reference, the bottom is me just getting the feel of hip and spine placement with frames. Ignore the hands.:

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    the best way to improve is to think about what you're doing and understand what you're making. actually drawing it is the easy part! so i don't agree with the 'draw, draw, draw' philosophy. you can draw for all time and never improve.

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    Working in between studying

    Slowly getting along. The beginning of this semester is a tad confusing, and I still don't have a car so I have to sort of go with the flow and rely on other people, which seems to have me always out and about. Finding good drawing time is difficult, but I got it tonight. I need to start just drawing in public, but having people stand over me is awkward. It's also awkward when someone realizes you're drawing them...

    Anyways, quick sketches, as this IS a sketchbook. Working with pulling out highlights from charcoal in the first one, which is hard on newsprint. A visit to posemaniacs in the second sketch. It would be much more convenient if I had a personal model. Any suggestions on improving, anyone? All opinions welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Nonplussed View Post
    the best way to improve is to think about what you're doing and understand what you're making. actually drawing it is the easy part! so i don't agree with the 'draw, draw, draw' philosophy. you can draw for all time and never improve.

    /second this post!
    I had goals, at one point until I started college and realized I'm not anywhere near where I need to be to reach them. I'm 18 and obviously not very disciplined.
    I never had an art class until I was 20. I was terrible!! My school only accepted me because my essay was really convincing and during my interview they thought I was "Suborn enough to make it" There were guys in my class 30+ years old (one was 65!) So never feel like your too late to jump in the game- you just have to be extra super stubborn.

    On to the advice:
    Drawing frames for characters is not productive if you don't know what your trying to draw. Spend some time drawing skeletons, look at the bones- what shape are they, how do they relate to one another.
    Look at some life drawing books - bridgeman's my favorite because he uses very simple blocky shapes to describe forms.

    Draw simple forms in perspective- cubes, cylinders, spheres, cones. - It's boring but do it. Then when you think you've gotten the hang of it - do more. Add lights, add shapes.

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    Thanks a lot Rhubix! I'll try to study it and look at it that way a bit more.

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    It's very good advice to study simpler shapes, not only for perspective study but also because these shapes can be applied to the human body. Get yourself a Vilppu book as well, it's very handy for studying anatomy and some excellent strategies to approach sketching it :]

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    Well, I did draw today, but it was much too big to scan and my camera phone made it lopsided, so my only work of today isn't getting uploaded. It was a two hour life drawing of some lilies in my living room on 18 by 24 newsprint (I LOVE CHEAP NEWSPRINT FOR SKETCHING!)

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    Quick sketch of the day! I was playing around with charcoal that I had just bought while waiting for my boyfriend to pick me up from the campus I attend. I didn't want to try shading it because I didn't have an eraser with me so I just made it using darks. I have alot to learn about darks and lights. Soon I want to take a black piece of paper and create an image just using white for the lighting on it.

    It's a tree, if you can't tell...

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    School work has consumed my life, but here's an eraser drawing a did a few days ago. I've also worked on some big stuff, like 18x 24 newsprint pads, but they're too big to upload. I've also gotten a new tablet, so I may start digital painting soon.

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