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    Halogen's Sketchbook

    Hello CA, first of all I hope everyone is having a great Christmas.

    I think it is time to start working and practicing art with a more serious manner. I would like to be able to draw portraits mostly, even though I love a great deal of other work. I find faces faces so difficult to draw, so I would like the challenge of learning how to do them.
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    First post. A portrait of my friends dog I did as a christmas gift and some practice in fundamentals (which I want to keep practicing, because I need to)

    I am afraid this is all for now, but I hope to be updating soon..Thank you.
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    nice start the dog is great keep posting!c;
    My sketchbook.

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...=203100&page=7


    Awesome artist and friends

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    Really like the head studies. Keep at it!

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    Hi Halogen, thanks for dropping by my sketchbook =) I like your head studies. Where's it from? For the cuts to the side of the sphere, I always had a hard time thinking how much to cut, although Loomis mentioned that the width is about the distance from the centre point to the base of the nose.

    Really nice drawing and rendering of fur in the christmas gift!

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    Thanks all for your comments. A little more here after investing in a moleskine for 2011. I wish I had more time to draw outside of my day job and general life stuff that everyone has to do. I really want to get good at this...I'm starting to get old

    Anyways, with seriousness in mind, I decided to hunt down some life drawing classes. With success, I enrolled and they begin on Thursday

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    Hi halogen, since you're into portraits, I highly recommend taking a look at Betty Edwards book. It talks about using the right brain to draw to capture the likeness of faces. It's about drawing negative spaces.

    For eg, when drawing a particular person's nose, you first abandon the thought that it is a nose but concentrate on shape of the negative space around it. By defining the negative space exactly as you see it, you are drawing the nose. This technique helps because to capture likeness, every facial feature must match exactly as you see it. But before beginning, make the proportion markings as accurate as you can, as a good construction is equivalent to half the drawing to done.

    After reading it, I tried it on my value studies in portraits, you can see some in my sketchbook and I find it helps alot in capturing likeness. Do take a look, the pdf can be downloaded.
    Keep going, keep drawing!

    My Sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=202920

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    pisces_painter - Thanks for stopping by again and thank you for your advice. I will take a look at the Betty Edwards book.

    First attempt at a digital portrait....one step closer with a very long way to go.

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    ....I want to get better.....

    EDIT: Attachment manager is giving me grief.
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    ok, there! Here's some more bad sketches for you :/

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    Some good animal studies (especially since I can't draw animals for toffee) but you need to practice facial anatomy and composition. As a lot of people would say, try Loomis (you can find his books on .pdf by googling his name). Other than that, keep on drawing and keep studying.

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    dsaac - Thank you very much. I will look at Loomis sometime soon I hope. I don't get much chance to do as much as I'd like with having a day job...well, day, afternoons and night job. Depends how my shifts fall with every rota.

    Another page. A friend would like me to pencil draw a CD cover for him. That's why the wolves etc.. I know I am not at any standard for taking comissions, but I would like the challenge and practice..

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    ...another wolfie and a couple life drawing from today. Apologies for blank pages, they shall be filled, rendered, destroyed....however you wish to put it

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    Good start with the studies. Your pencil shading is already quite good. Proportions are a bit off in some of the faces so I would suggest you look up Loomis or some other books about head construction.

    Here's a couple of good tutorials on the web: http://www.anticz.com/heads2.htm and http://www.stanprokopenko.com/blog/2...ead-any-angle/

    Good luck and keep posting.
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    "You might be disappointed if you fail, but you will be doomed if you don't try"

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    ismo Kiitos paljon and thank you for the links!

    Here's some crap...I have done outside my regular job..gotta keep going and doing what I can. I will be looking more at bridgman/loomis with upcoming posts.

    I will improve...promise

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