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    Steffens' Sketchbook

    Hello everyone!

    I am quite new here (my first login date is quite long ago, I know that, but I was a little scared of posting here, seeing all this fantastic stuff. Now I find courage while thinking: "Do you really want to spend your time dreaming what could be or are you willing to take the way and reach this goal?"). This is my thread, where I will learn drawing. You read this kind of stuff all day, so I will not make this longer as it must be. I already got Gottfried Bammes and all the equipment for digital painting, too.

    I am 22 years old, living in Germany and going to the 'hamburger technische kunstschule' (let's say: Art Student in 2nd semester). The time is now to do all that things and learn how this works (and don't be shy to demand new things ^_^). But first of all, I need constructive critics of all kind. I don't know where I stand, what makes sense to try next and where I need to practice more. Long term goal I set to me is the following: One day, and that will take years of practicing and trying, I will be a great artist.

    Edit 1: I will try update this thread every day. On the first few pages I was very lazy... a very bad start. In the next semester, I'll go strait forward to archive more goals.

    Edit 2: The actual things can be found at the last page. I try not to change something old except for this post.

    Yours, Steffen

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    Here are the first ones. I realized that it doesn't make sense to start with little parts where it needs to capture the whole figure. I will do more 60second sketches of whole persons. Does it makes sense to start this from imagination?

    1. Art Rage 2
    2. Copic-Markers W3 to W7
    3. Pencil
    4. Pencil

    And I need to find out how to change the sketchbook-picture... oO

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    I've found posemaniacs.com in the web. An awesome site, which let me do the next sketches. I've tried 20 sketches, each 30 seconds. It was pretty hectic, but I think the nervous 'args!' will go away when I practice more. I also thought about 60 second sketches, but there wasn't a way to get this... D:

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    Here the daily Update. Done some perspective exercises due to Rob Alexanders book and more 30 second sketches. Tomorrow I will try some 60 second. Always when I thought "Ah, just the leg..." *ptchuu!* Time over... I also will not upload things which are older than 24 hours.

    EDIT 1: Oh my god, this sketches let the frame explode... how can I scale that a little?
    EDIT 2: Fixed.

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    And one more, this time from Gottfried Bammes. Done in about 1,5 hours.

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    Hiho!
    Very cool studies.
    Very, very good leg study.

    Bammes fetzt!
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    Absolutely! The best book I've ever owned. It's worth every cent : D Will keep practicing with that book, and I am alwas happy to hear about new sites and books!

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    Ah yes, Gottfried Bammes. I too work with it, but I am just at the chapter of contrapost (do you say it like that in english?) but I love it to pieces. Best book on anatomy I've ever had.

    Really good studies of the leg! But I also like your figure drawings, they've got a certain expressive character. And the linework looks really nice.

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    Thanks! I totally recognized how continuous working gives drawings 'more life'. I just peeked in your sketchbook. Good drawings, I'm curious in what your pencil works look like, especially poses in 30 seconds. Try it out, http://www.posemaniacs.com/ is really good. Keep practicing!

    Grüße, Steffen

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    Some more perspective exercises done.

    1. Church from above, from imagination
    2. Old Town, from observation

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    Here are the predicted 60 second sketches. I'm pride how that worked out, especially the end of that. Is it only a problem that I have alone, or is a lone simple standing human tricky to draw? oO Besides... thinking about how to do next. Colors, coloring and more detailed human work seems appropriate, doesn't it?

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    Done more more linework for perspective and mood. It shows the Hamburger train station at Dammtor.

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    Yesterday I was away, so hadn't a scanner for putting all this online. First, some more 60 second sketches, then three additional scribbles, incarnations of feelings like obsession, hunting urge and arrogance. hope you like that stuff, too. Done outside from time to time yesterday.

    More will follow today. I'll try some colored stilllifes.

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    Here are the first digital drawings in Photoshop I ever did. Done in about 15 to 30 min each... at least I think °__° First one is a lemon, second one is an apple.

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    Here I drew a carafe. Metallic isn't that tough as I thought it would be, but I think that's because of the gray-tones and no color. Dammit, I shouldn't waste my time with these gray things. Focus, Steffen. Colors are key! By the way, is there a source of pictures which are good to practice color-drawing? Or am I too fast in trying everything at the same time? I lost a little bit of focus what to do next. Should I do more human drawing, especially form, scribbling and worked-out things? Is it to early to draw colored stuff? What do you think?

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    Here some more things I've done. Focused on human body.
    Yours, Steffen

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    Your anatomy studies are impressive, and colour just comes down to practice and maybe learning a bit of colour theory. As far as what to persue next, just keep doing what you enjoy! But don't be afraid to drift from your comfort zone, keep it up! XD

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    hey, where are your daily updates you wanted at the begining of this thread? Just kidding. I was unsuccesful to keep weekly updates so there is no room to crit the speed of your studies. Some progress is already noticable on the anatomy sketches. Lack of construction in your hand studies though. Hands are pretty complex structure so you need to build them as much as you build main body shapes. Keep progressing.

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    Hello everyone!

    Here the daily sketches. They are all about 60 seconds, except for the crappy two left. I am sure, that's not all for today, so stay tuned! : D
    EDIT: Just found an awesome clip I'd like to share with you. Azereus Rising. Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agk2svo7svI

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    I've done some other parts, mainly token from Bammes. First one is a 5 minute drawing, second one is done with Plychomos Cold Gray VI and W3 Copic CIAO and the last one is a body/upper arm studie (the one left below is just a surface look, I've shadowed it in the right). Critiques are very welcome! : D

    @J-P: Thanks! The comfort zone is one thing I wanted to ignore this year. You always think you can go the easy way and would blame yourself if you don't do what you already can - but then you will never progress and just stuck running in a circle. XD

    @Jr.Molcak: Yeah, hands are really tough. Next week I'll get my very first (Real Life) Sketchbook, I think I've spend also time in 60 second scribbling of hands which I see when I'm around. There is always time for such things. Thanks!

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    And here are the daily Sketches! Amazing. Exactly seven days today and I reached the 100 sketches-mark. I thought about 500/year, but while I see this, there will be but rather 5,000 + additional works. AWESOME!! : D

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    I got a huuuge list of things to do today, so I hadn't really the time to do some additional humans. But the more I'll do tomorrow, I ensure you.

    1. Light falling in, day & night (Copic Markers CIAO W3, W5 & W7), imagination.
    2. Photograph, different angles. I only had a crappy picture, so I needed to understand form to draw, imagination. It was pretty fun ^^

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    Hello you all! : D

    I just finished a bunch of new things I want to share with you. I focused on muscular things. I thought, that learning how it looks like begins with learning how it works (and although imagine how it must look like).

    First of all are the 5 minutes sketches i worked on. I like nearly all of them, except for the 104. Focused massively on the outlines, not the sketchy muscular build as I did that before.

    Second one is a study of (on?) muscles, I named everything so I can help others and get helped by naming what I mean instead of loosing myself in describing of what I mean : D

    Third and fourth one are arm studies. I always cached myself in imagining how it could work instead of seeing what I need to draw in sketches. That's it for today.

    I hope you like this. Bammes was a great help by doing those things. Critiques are very welcome!! Yours, Steffen

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    Great variety with mediums and studies. The train station looked really good Keep it up!

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    Thanks Ghast! I wanted to try more, especially color mixing. Messing around with acrylics and wanted to try watercolor soon. Will you start your own sketchbook?

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    Hello everybody! Today I did some 60 second scribbles, some 5 minutes scribbles and some pose clarification. I'm not really happy with this, I'll try some color blending / colored digital works in addition today.

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    And here is my very first colored human! : D Done in about 45 min. I used outlines and over-painted it with colors, using the technique of blending, killing.people introduced here at CA. Looks a bit scary, I know. Need to practice more!

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    nice sketchbook, and great anatomy studies, be sure to look out of books by vanderpoel, bridgeman and hogarth. keep fighting!

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    Thanks Exon-Ion! I'm always glad about book suggestions.

    Edit: I'm not at home the next few days, but I will draw anytime I can. I will post all this stuff when I'm back (think it will be Tuesday). So long: Stay creative!

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    So, now I'm back. Just finished some more sketches and a thighbone with PS. The past few days I was working on some concepts for a little 'just-to-practice'-comic, to get some more understanding of colors.

    Although I worked on a homepage/blog for a project. It's about 'drink&draw' in Hamburg, Germany. We'd like to meet twice a month in some bars drawing, laughing and exchange experiences. Just to get better! :D

    1. Daily Sketches, 2. Thighbone, 3. Header.

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