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    Brandon returns (dinosaurs, ancient warriors, and studies)

    Right now, as much as I love to draw, I'm not as good as I would like to be. This thread will be a documentation of my efforts to improve at drawing.

    The first image in this OP shows my current level of skill, while the other two are anatomical studies and attempts at facial construction.
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    Some studies pertaining to Tyrannosaurus rex...
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    I like the first one it's really cool but it would be a lot better if you put a background in that you drew yourself. I know it's tempting to use photo backdrops - I have done it before but it really just makes your art look bad and doesnt match either.

    You seem to have a pretty good grasp of perspective on the skull, but on your t rex on the upper right one, the top jaw needs to be longer than the bottom to be anatomically correct. Pay attention to the subtle curvatures of the actual skull, and how they are positioned in relation to the outer edges of the complete subject.

    And I hope you are using reference.
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    Figure study using an online photo reference:
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    More of the same:
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    Human female portrait and perspective practice:
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    Shading practice
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    If I may take a break from studies, here's a soldier from ancient Egypt:
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    Very nicely defined line art! The dinosaurs especially 'move' well on the page.

    I recommend drawing in some guidelines for the figures to better define where the shadows will fall. Exercises in light and shadow contrast are always helpful no matter who you are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultarant View Post
    I recommend drawing in some guidelines for the figures to better define where the shadows will fall. Exercises in light and shadow contrast are always helpful no matter who you are.
    I already do this. I first draw a stick figure and then attach muscles to the "sticks".
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    Cool, but try making the outline a bit more defined before you start adding detail. Draw circles for the various parts of the body, breaking down the form first. This will really add a 3 dimensional effect to the figures.
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    Another practice picture, this time using a photo of an African model as a reference:
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    I see you have a new sketchbook up! It's good to see you're starting to look back on the fundimentals.

    I think one way you could make your pictures look more three dimensional is if you changed how you coloured. If we take you last post, for example, the strokes you've used don't coincide with the form and the rigid lines make it look flatter to me. But if you were to be softer with your shading, and to try and picture the form you're going over, then I bet your pictures would definitely look more realistic.

    Anyways, keep on working and you'll see improvements, so keep up the good work.
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