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    From defeat to defeat, to the final victory!

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    hi there! I was having the same problem as you mate Threw away alot of my works. But it`s better to save them up, because only in that way you can really criticize yourself by checking up on your older drawings compared to your newer ones. My drawing skill at the moment might not be the best. But when I compare them to drawings from a year ago, it`s really a huge HUGE difference. That`s what keeps me going and keeping me positive.

    What also helps to your self confidence from my experience is to also post your shitty drawings. I believe that people can give great comments on your shittiest painting or drawing you`ve done and yet learn the most from that comment.

    Your drawings look badass tough, would love to see more!

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    Never give up and keep pushing!!
    Try harder or something different to develop more skill for yourself.

    I learned it the hard way. Doing 6 years sport with competitions. The best ones were those, who trained their ass off 14 times a week.

    Show more of your work!! =)

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    i think your character drawings are really good. you just need a bit more confidence to get bolder lines and better definition (and possibly stronger posing). don't be so down on yourself. :-)

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    (Edited to cut down on page length)

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    Hey there, you know what, it sounds like you're at a breaking point. The more frustration you experience, the closer you are to a breakthrough!

    Remember that failure is the key to success. Repeat that to yourself, meditate with it. And as some people have already suggested, post your "failures" even if you trash it immediately after. I know that I have trashed a lot of awful things that had valuable learning information in them. There is something redeeming in every drawing, it may take you a while to see it, but you are always learning, every time you put pencil to paper.

    It seems to me that it's time to loosen up. Show us gestures from your life drawing. If you have an hour pose, let's see you do a bunch of 2 minute gestures from different points of view. Don't be afraid to sit on the floor and draw the model, or stand up and be creepy behind someone else drawing.

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    Dude, I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes, I feel like my progression is completely limited by a million things, other times I feel like, without a teacher or classroom methodology, I keep making the same damn mistakes over and over.

    But, fear not! Just keep pushing. kiwigarbage has a good point - the more frustrated you are, the closer you are to a breakthrough. Just keep going, find the specific point that's pissing you off and just wail on it with all that rage until it breaks.

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    Loosen up man, your stuff is really good. I have a similar problem with the work I put out. I usually don't even want to look at my drawings after I finish them. But when I put them side by side to a drawing from a few months ago, it makes me feel good. I can see the improvement, and that pushes me to keep studying and keep drawing. You have a whole community on your side man, post your work no matter what it is. People are going to love it, no matter what!

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    Hey!

    Great job on the sketchbool so far!!! Study some more anatomy and perspective and draw draw draw! IM going to be 24 this year as well. I start drawing faithfully one year and a few months ago. This is always progress to be made and tons and tons of material to be drawing and learning how the disign of it works. Kepp it up and those perspective studies are very impressive. Im going to have to look that book up now. Im still working on perspective. Its a hard cookie to bite into lol

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    Sketch dump 4 Jan 2011

    Sketches done while commuting on the train, and today's gesture practice from posemaniac's 30 sec. Train sketches are done on A5 sketchbook with ballpoint on the left, and graphite on the right, scanner kind of makes them look the same.

    On a side note, am I the only one who feels damn self conscious when trying to sketch people on the train? I try my best to make it seem like I'm writing sometimes..

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    I think that most artist goes through up and downs, so don't give up!
    I like your last sketch. It's so full of life

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    6 January portrait drawing

    Drawing from tonight's 2 hour drawing session at the community center with the older folks. It's graphite on Canson paper, A4 size. Feedback was that there was some improvement, but I messed up the likeness. I'm going to keep pushing on!

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    Hi, I understand what you mean when you say " frustrated", I'm in the same situation with my way of drawing. Maybe your drawing has a lake of volume... or is it a value problem?

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    Nice gestures and train studies! You can really see your work loosening up since your first post. Don't worry about feeling self conscious with that stuff xD Most people are too busy sleeping or listening to music to notice you (especially if it's crowded). And if they DO notice you 90% of the time they'll be flattered that you're drawing them. Wish I could do that kind of exercise more often but I get motion sickness so easy, haha.

    I think every artist on this website can identify with your frustrations. I've learned that it's all part of the lifetime process of discovering yourself as an artist. Just keep drawing every day, whether it's from life or from your head, whether it's a finished image or a doodle, and you'll see improvement.

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    I find when I'm extremely frustrated it's good to spend some time focusing on the specific issue that's really bothering me. If all my stuff looks super stiff and cardbordy I'll find an artist who's work is really fluid and graceful and sketch a whole bunch of their stuff. When I go back to my own work the fluidity translates into what I'm doing. The next week I'll focus on anatomy- or blocking.
    Sometimes it's fun to just draw hippos and adorable dragons.

    I've gotten pretty good at inconspicuous train drawing. Looking next to a person is usually pretty good. Every now and then I get caught but 95% of the time they don't say anything. When they do say something it's usually just curiosity. I've never had an angry person *knock on wood* I only know 2 people who have.

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    Sketch dump 7 Feb 11

    Sketches done today, started a new sketchbook, hurrah!

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    just do loads more youll be shit hot in a couple of months. literally better than ever. man up and get on with it.

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    Sketches 08 - 15 Feb

    More sketches within the week.

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    September 2011 Update

    Been really busy with school, here are some recent sketches/studies:

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    nice sketches

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    pro sketches i like your values


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    Oct-Nov 2011 Sketches

    Haven't had time to execute a proper painting or larger scale work, but here are more pages from my observation sketchbook:

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    Nice perspective and gesture studies, man. My crit is that the rendering is a little unexciting. Try experimenting with stronger light sources. Your figure painting is structurally strong but the colors just aren't vibrant enough. Jacob Collins is an example of a painter whose figure paintings really pop off the canvas. Try looking at him: http://www.jacobcollinspaintings.com/

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    Really love those quick sketches on bus/train/etc. Keep it up

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