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    Volute's sketchbook

    Hello all,

    I've been watching this forum for quite a while now and I've finally decided to start a sketchbook.

    I've always loved to draw even though I haven't drawn much in my life. I'd really like to improve and I hope having this sketchbook will give me motivation to draw more. I'll try to post on a regular basis, the drawings I like as well as the ones I'm really not happy with.

    I'll have to illustrate a Flash game very soon, so I need practice !

    Comments, advices and crits are welcome

    Thanks for watching.

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    Here are some sketches to start with. For the first two ones I used a photograph as ref.

    I draw a lot of Space Marines these days for a project. I use 28mm Games Workshop miniatures as ref.

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    Here are more updates. Still drawing Space Marines from miniatures. I'm getting a little tired of them but I'd like to get them right. Legs and feet give me a lot of trouble, guns even more. It's never the right orientation nor the right shape.
    For the drawing on the last image, I used a photograph of miniatures as ref.

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    I put the Space Marines aside for a while and struggled with some Bridgmans studies
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    Still working on Bridgmans.

    I try to apply the 7 1/2 head division of the human figure in my drawings. It's very helpful as long as the figure stands upright. But when the attitude is more complex I get confused. Sometimes I'm not even sure where to make start and end the first head !

    I'm quite unhappy with the drawings in the last image. There was always something wrong and they didn't even seemed to get better at all.
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    Hello,

    Here are some skeletons. In some drawings, I tried to apply a vertical symmetry to the ref, and in the last one I tried to draw the ref upside down. I read somewhere that it's a good exercice.
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    Nice work so far. I hope to see a fully drawn person soon; either way keep it up.
    "How'd you like them apples?"

    ->Sketchbook <-
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    @ dsacc : Thanks for the nice com' and encouragement

    Here are new studies.

    Drawings in image 2 are quite ugly. Tiny refs give me huge trouble !
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    what can i say? you're doing it absolutely right!!

    keep up the studies, maybe vary your subjects a bit now and then or draw from life (it's the best way to understand forms)
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    Thanks NeonDuck, that's very encouraging !

    For now, I try to stick with Bridgmans as much as I can. Following a book gives me some kind of focus and direction. Without that, I tend to lose motivation (happened before ). I'll switch to other subjects and try to draw from life when I'm more comfortable.

    I just finished my A5 sketchbook. That's the first time I ever fill a sketchbook with drawings. Having this thread is great

    Here are more drawings :

    Image 2 : When I saw the ref I knew I wouldn't get it right. And it happened as expected : the figure came out way to large. I don't know exactly where such a distortion came from. Maybe the arm on the left. At least, the second drawing is better.
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    More studies It's the chapter about balance.
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    Thanks for your comment in my sketchbook, and i think I may "borrow" your idea to try drawing warhammer figures if that's ok - I'm sure my other half has a few lying around

    Your studies are coming along well, I'm finding bridgeman to be pretty helpful too It may be good to vary what you do though, like NeonDuck suggested, just to stop yourself getting bored and bogged down in anatomy. Still lifes are always good or drawing people from life ( which i should do more of ) on a train, or bus, or in a public place like a mall or park maybe. Even try sketching family members if you can get them to sit still for long enough

    All in all a good start. Keep up the hard work and motivation
    My sketchbook : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...15#post3032315

    I do draw every day, but being a busy mum, don't always get time to update.

    Comments and crits are always welcome
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    @ Saffire Dragon : Glad you dropped a word on my sketchbook. Looking forward to seeing warhammer figures studies on yours

    I listened to your advices and tried drawing something else for a change. Here is a praying mantis from a photo :

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    I did some memory and imaginations sketches after that.

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    Then I went back to Bridgmans studies but I decided to change my approach. Instead of trying so hard to make each drawing look exactly like the original, I gave myself 5 to 10 minutes for each studie. I hope it'll help me improve my tolerance to doing very ugly drawings so that I can try to draw more from imagination otherwise it's too depressing.

    So here are some Bridgmans studies and some random doodles. It's mainly the chapter about rythm.

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    On the last one I tried to force myself to draw less unecessary lines.


    Tried watercolors a bit. Last time I did it was when I was 9 or something

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    I also did a study of a MattiasA drawing but I guess it's not ok to post studies of other people' sketchbooks. Anyways, it was a lot of fun
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    Sketches from the last few days.


    Bridmans studies and imagination :

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    Penguins from photos, mostly.

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    More Bridgmans quick studies :

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    Photo studies and some details from imagination :

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    Photo studies. Not as bad as I thought it would be. The guitar neck is not a success though

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