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    Colin's Daily Timed Thread 2011-2012

    Just a place for my daily doodles. For time's sake, I'm keeping all the drawings short. I will try to post more finished stuff if time allows. Comments and Crit's always welcome! Happy New Year!

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    nice begining , keep going

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    lovely combination of wavy curves and soft shading. hope to see more.

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    Thanks for the well wishes guys!

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    You draw 2 minute each day? Or just hiding the rest ... Good start post more.

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    Beautiful line-work! Reminds me of Schiele a bit!

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    gregster: thanks! I've seen his stuff before but never knew the name... it's always great to learn new artists!

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    I like the expression in your lines and how you convey form. The softness is beautiful. Keep going!

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    nice ones!

    i'd maybe watch your outlines, you tend to keep those very hard and not very gestural in a lot of cases - especially obvious on the shadowed leg of the running woman. those lines could be a lot looser

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    neon duck: Thank you for pointing that out... i think gestures start to look stiff when you spend too much time looking at the drawing rather than the model.. I will be more mindful of that now!

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    Wow, these are AMAZINGG. Seriously, very very good work man.
    I love how your incorporating tones into your gestures as well, I can never get the hang of putting tone into gestures, Im guessing it helps being able to make those big flat tonal marks.
    What are you using for these? theyre quite small too; correct?

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    PHATandy: Thank You! I'm glad you enjoy them! As far as materials, i am working simple and cheap.. just some pitt pressed charcoal (medium to soft) sharpened to a long point on a sanding stick, on 18x24 newsprint, all on an eisel so i can stand and draw big sweeping marks with my whole arm, elbow, and wrist combined. These are actually quite big, a few of them i've had to stitch together two images in photoshop... too large for the scanner... When i get some lighting equipment, i am going to take photos of some work in color... acrylics, pastel, oil etc. Cheers!

    O and when i add big tones i like to relax my eye, so that the core shadow areas simplify, then i just lay in the simple shapes i see with the flat edge of the charcoal, as you've mentioned.

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    These are really strong! You say you are drawing way more than this...so why don't you post it as well? I am very curious to see what else you can do as you clearly know how to draw.

    Also, any tips on gesture? You seem to have it down pretty well.

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    Keep going man, Im really loving post#26, really great sense of form and the foreshortening. Theres a lot to learn from your work, thanks for posting man!

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    These studies are awesome! I agree with the Egon Scheile comparison and I'd say that is a big compliment (he is one of my favourite artists). Keep them coming - can't wait to see more.

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    No words to describe, those are some of the best gestures I've seen in quite awhile ! Keep it up. I'll be checking often and you definitely are making me start on a series of my own ...soon .

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    Wow! Thanks for all the interest people! I'm learning a lot doing this and love the feedback!

    Andrew Sonea: Thanks for the comment, I think i'll revive my old sketchbook with new stuff. As far as tips for gestures, my best advice would be to try a few hundred pages of them and see what happens! Other than that, i would consider the following:
    -Spend more time looking at the model than your own drawing.
    -Remember your principles of composition, REVERB-CU, rhythm, emphasis, variety, ecology, repetition, balance, continuity and unity. (at least i think every gesture is like a mini composition by itself.)
    -There is no correct procedure. Every time is different, sometimes i start with center lines, sometimes i start with big shapes, sometimes contour, sometimes mass tone. Go with what the pose tells you.
    -It's OK to exagerate and/or simplify.
    -Look at gestures from the masters for inspiration.
    -Don't be afraid to fail big. (I owe that one to the great George Pratt!)

    If art had a unified field theory, i think gestures would be like quantum mechanics...all the rules about what things are supposed to look like break down, yet within those first couple lines, the entire power of an image is born and unleashed like an atomic blast! I see now why they are so important in learning how to draw. Gestures teach the brain/body the immediacy of mark making. Hope that helps!
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    Wilko: Thanks! I am growing partial to Scheile now that i know who he is!
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    Wow, thanks so much for that response man! REALLY great advice. I wrote it all down and put it up at my desk so I can always see it. I think I will try doing gestures on a regular basis from now on. It would mean a lot if you can stop by my sketchbook. I have a few gestures from life drawing in there that you can crit the hell out of (actually you can crit the hell out of everything and anything!).

    I also checked out your old sketchbook (didn't know you had one until you mentioned it), and holy shit it is good. Why did you stop posting?

    Keep up the regular updates, and thanks again for the advice!

    EDIT: Forgot to ask--you say to study gestures from masters...I haven't really seen much in terms of gestures from old masters. Are you talking about doing gestures from finished paintings? Can you maybe be a bit more specific or give some examples of who to study?

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    Andrew: I noticed your edit, I guess i meant to say study master drawings, although there are enough examples of great gestures out there if you look hard enough! For example, check out what mark english can do in just 10 min.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJK3jph-7Ac That's basically a long gesture, he nails the basic form within the first 2 min... His lecture on simplicity was quite interesting, http://www.conceptartstore.com/stcl.html

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    oh my. this is different. this is REAL skill. may i ask how long you've been doing these for?

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