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    My drawing sketchbook, keep on drawing

    My website: http://huangzhenyanghz.carbonmade.com/

    My first steps to drawing the human face.
    Practising on the head sketches. Trying to draw it from a standard circle, trying to define the proportion of the head.
    Still have difficulty filling in the details like drawing the eyes on the head so it doesn't look like it's mapped on it.

    Comments and perhaps useful tutorials you would like to suggest will be very much appreciated^^
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    Skull practice, based on Andrew Loomis (a great book).

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    i was so sure that loomis explained eyes in detail, but maybe it was someone else. o_o
    i hope i did more good than harm with this D:
    My drawing sketchbook, keep on drawing

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    Hi a la bapsi, thanks, it'll be helpful^^. I think I'll focus on the head and the placings for now though.

    More head sketches:

    Practice on Plates 3 as suggested by author, from Andrew Loomis' book. Really love this practice, feels good to be on a right track, solidifying foundation bit by bit^^
    Perhaps will be spending some time on this area for a while
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    More heads practice using Andrew Loomis' method.
    The heads look inconsistent and sometimes it looks bad, had trouble defining the shape of the eyes. Is it a elongated hexagon?

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    The studies are looking good. Please...whatever you do...don't worry about the sketches looking bad. I made this mistake and it turned art into misery for me, and it took awhile to break away from that thinking. Anyways, just keep drawing faces and heads, you'll get it trust me. I'd recommend drawing from pictures and getting people to pose for you even if it's just for 5-10 mins. Keep it up and it will come to you.

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    Flanagan: I just wanna say I'm really grateful for your words, your statement came in at such a crucial moment when I was kinda down a little and that kept me going. Thank you.

    a la bapsi: Thank you too!

    Heads practice from Andrew Loomis book today, wasted too much time today, I must make up for it! Perhaps will proceed to man and woman head variations. Understood a little about drawing head but I kept having the need to refer to the steps of Andrew Loomis on what facial feature to draw next. Need more understanding of where each part is located (jaw etc). I would like to be able to get to the stage (head) whereby I will know what to draw next and where to draw it, hope practice can give me that.

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    Proportion with grids. I think I got my head overloaded with calculations (alot of halves going on, and I wonder how to draw this one in 3/4 view?) on this one, since there're many subdivisions and grid lines in Andrew Loomis' example. I find the hardest to be the upper part of the jaw as I had to guess it. Plus I'm also reluctant to use grids in drawings. HELP!

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    Good start!
    Dont get too caught up with the geometry of things. Keep posting.

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    Nice study, man. Give a go at shading and see where that takes you. Keep it up.

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    you're going at a very good pace with your studies.
    keep em coming.

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    Your Loomis head studies look good and you're drawing these digitally. Have you got any traditional media work. Paint, Pens, Pencils etc..?

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    When I started drawing I always used grids and helping lines in order to understand proportions and how to properly draw complex shapes. It took me about two weeks of daily practice before I could draw something half-way decent without helping lines... it just takes time while your brain learns how to deal with lines, you're basically learning how to solve complex problems. The equivalent would be trying to solve a Calculus problem without knowing how adding and subtracting works, if that makes sense.

    That being said, the heads look good and there seems to be a bit of improvement, just keep practicing and whenever you feel that something is difficult (you mention having trouble with eyes) grab some photos or a friend and look at their eyes, try drawing just the eye in various styles or methods; learn how to solve the problem.

    I hope this makes sense and will help you improve.

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    Hi, I'm back again, today caught a flu and got delayed but this time more in-depth proportion study of Andrew Loomis head sketch.

    Still figuring out where the lower jaw break line (everybody's seems to be located differently with comparison to photos) is, I think is at bottom of lower lip (according to the sketch in Andrew Loomis)?

    Kambei Shimada: Thank you, I will remember that^^

    Flanagan: Thank you, but I might hold off shading for now since I'm aiming to be able to sketch a full human, females actually^^ But I will consider about shading when I have a nice finished piece =)

    a la bapsi: Thank you! Really appreciate that^^

    Halogen: Thank you. I used to have traditional but I'm going full digital now though, due to the advantages of photoshop and digital^^ I'm actually trying to make myself get used to wacom sketching too.

    dracken: Thank you! Your words gave me confidence to practise more. It reminds me of the japanese comic artist (Slam Dunk or Bleach), who said he couldn't draw anything in the beginning but just kept drawing and drawing till he finally got good and became a manga artist, and now a famous one. Thank you again! I will practise more.
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    Another grid proportion Andrew Loomis practice.

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