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    Scribbles and Scrawls - critique welcome

    Oh, hey conceptart.org... long time no see.

    So, before I start up another sketchbook, I wanted to confess something.

    I already had a sketchbook here, began to participate in certain events and drew on a daily basis, and felt that I really improved and liked where my style was going.
    And then, it suddenly stopped. I just stopped drawing. That happened around July 2010, and didn't end until October 2010. And I still don't know the reason behind it. Maybe it was procrastination, maybe depression, maybe simple laziness. I cannot say for sure.

    I am now trying to get back to it, but it has become harder and harder, and I loose more motivation as time goes by. Mostly because I am simply frustrated with my current education/situation, and that is reflected in my motivation/drive, but also because I have very little time and energy to practice and really get into art again. (Usually I'm in school from 8 am to 6 pm, and often I have to do stuff for school afterwards)


    But I want to change that now... I want to really get back to daily practice, to setting myself goals and to LEARN, and RELEARN the things I seem to have forgotten. I may have a really bad time-schedule to work with now, but that should not hinder me from doing art, should it? Nor should my frustration or alarming tendency to procrastinate. I am the only one who is able to change that. So I just need to start.


    So yeah... here I am again, conceptart.org.

    Beginning a new sketchbook with an older, personal piece. Kinda ironic. But I still smile when I see it, so I thought it might be fitting.
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    Alright, I will TRY to update here daily.
    Can be a bit tricky, because - as I said - I have quite a bad time-table to work with, but there's always at least a little bit time.

    Didn't have much time to spare for art today, because of an impending math-test, but I managed to do a speedy painting.
    Buuut... my class did several portraits in acrylics today, for each we had a timeframe of 30 minutes. That was a whole lot of fun.


    So, here are two referenced speedpaintings.

    First one was yesterday, 15 minutes, second one today, 30 minutes.
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    Came home pretty late, because I have a figure drawing class twice a month. We worked with acrylics today. Was a lot of fun, and I felt like I kinda improved in blocking out forms with colours, as we only had 30 minutes for a pose, I just focused on how the shadows and the light created different blocks and painted that. It was really interesting!


    But as the size of the paintings is a bit difficult to scan, I'll give you guys a friendly spider-dude. 35 - 40 minutes.
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    I'm a bit on edge because I have a very important maths-test tomorrow. Couldn't really concentrate or be focused on drawing.

    Didn't have much time anyway.

    So just three simple figure studies from characterdesign.com, this set

    Just wanted to break down the colours into simple forms, and see what effect it has.... I kinda like how it came out, and will try to do that more often.

    Have a nice day, and wish me luck for the test!
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    Math-test finally over and done! Oh god, I have had that on my mind for the last month... that's a huge weight of my chest.

    So... here's something cheerful(?) for you.

    40 minutes. Partly referenced
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    This week was nuts... I am SO tired! But at least the weekend is here, so that's something to look forward to, right?

    I wanted to do more, but at one point you just cannot muster your energy anymore, and I cannot really concentrate today. So, only two 15 min studies from characterdesign.com.
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    Alright, new day, new update.

    First a one hour screencap-study. Kinda messed up the hair. But whatever!

    Second one is a pile of faces I did with charcoal... I think I have to use less strokes, and don't need to draw the whole outline of head/nose/eyes etc., and keep the pencil-strokes minimal.. we'll see how that works out.


    Now going to work with Bammes' human anatomy!
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    Was invited to relatives today, so I couldn't do much.

    I did manage to wrap up something for the daily sketch group, though. Topic was "interpretation of a skull" About 1 hour.

    On a sidenote: Bullfighting is a horrid practice...
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    Time for some anatomy-studies!

    I got the big book on human anatomy by Gottfried Bammes for christmas, and slowly work myself through the chapters.
    In the moment I am at the chapter of static, balance, balance point etc. More specifically "support leg/free leg" and how it changes the balance point and whole stature.

    So here are some studies I did today.
    First row is drawn from the book, second row first two are my own poses, next two are referenced from sculptures.
    And then are some notes on the bottom.
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    Today was a more productive day... as I kinda drew a lot instead of learning *coughcough*

    Also I got a new sketchbook for "outdoors" (school, lifedrawing etc.) and luckily it was warm enough today to sit outside and scribble some people. Oh how I have missed that during the winter...

    So the first is some stuff I drew in school. (upper three are my teacher and two classmates, the other two are inspirated by a very, very old movie-adaption of "Das Nibelungenlied" we watched in German. It was so funny...
    Second one are people I drew on the street. (And I tried to use very few lines to capture just the most essential)
    Third one are some nude studies from characterdesign.com, and I kinda wanted to see what I can do with the outlines. I like how it turned out
    Fourth one are just ink-blurbs. I have four ink-colours and no clue how to use them. - Haha!
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    I have two tests coming up so I don't have much time for anything except learning and sleeping.

    So I'll just leave something silly here because I needed something silly today.
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    sehr guter start in ein neues sb! mir gefallen am besten die 2 speedpaintings und die schul/straßen skizzen.
    bin schon auf die nächsten bilder gespannt!
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    Hey, ein Österreicher! Kaum zu glauben.

    Vielen Dank für den netten Kommentar! Freut mich wirklich, dass dir meine... fragwürdigen Experimente soweit gefallen. Hoffentlich bringt's was, haha!

    (Ich werde auch gerne mal in deinem Skizzenbuch kommentieren, sobald meine Prüfungen endlich überstanden sind!)

    ...

    So, but now back to art.

    Managed to cut off some time to do some studies in a café. it was a lot of fun... and I finally feel like being creative again. The ideas are coming slowly but they are coming.
    I've missed that feeling.

    So here are the studies. I personally like the man in the left upper corner the most. I like where my linework is going.
    I still struggle a lot with frontal portaits... I always slip back into an "old more scribbely" style when doing them... so I have to practice it!
    I also have some cool colours and rarely use them... I'll try to implement them more often in my sketches.

    Then there are some studies from Gottfried Bammes' bible of anatomy. I am currently at the chapter of statics and dynamics / balance of the human body, and I am a bit confused right now.
    Bammes' isn't exactly forthcoming with all the balance-points explanations. I'll have to re-read some parts and redo a lot of studies. But it's all trial and error anyway...

    Oh yeah. And a frontal portrait. 15 minutes. Because I need to practice it.
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