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    Pencil got dull and was too lazy to sharpen^^^

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    hey man, keep doing these studies.. .they help a lot. just make sure that when you do them, you arent just copying the picture, you are studying it and implanting it in your brain. also, dont be scared to put down your lines.. .everything you have here is really light.. .use bolder lines.. be confident in your stroke. even if it starts off bad at first, just keep at it. .and if you do, youll learn much faster

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    I'm working on this one just a little bit each day. Ref port comming.



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    I think I've just found my new favorite pencil.

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    Alright I'm working on some more stuff but I would really love it if someone could tell me what they think I should be working and focusing on most at this point. Of course I'd like to work on what I need to. I'm still doing my anatomy and reference drawings. What else do you see needs work?

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    Some quick life drawings, just for practice.







    Damn bird wouldn't stop moving

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    I dig the tree study man. I think tree studies like that are an especially good oppurtunity to practice manipulating your line weight. You should ink over that sketch and see how much depth you can infuse into it by just using different line weights.

    Keep pushing!

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    My first attempt at still life, I think I did ok, but I could've done better with a blending stump. Had to use the ol' finger.:p



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    Hey Dako,

    Thanks for posting in my book. You've got some good stuff here. Mike's got you pegged, so listen to what he says. He's a damn good illustrator with a passion to push himself.

    my one suggestion is to dump the stump for the time being and work strictly with pencil. Bring it back in later when you are little more comfortable with your shading. You can do *a lot* with strickly pencil shading, and get deeper/richer shadows to boot. Stumps tend to wash things out, and should only be used as an intermediate step, not for the final shading.

    Looks like you've got an anatomy book there (Loomis?). Good. Keep it handy along with anything else that has a human form that speaks to you (and I'm not talking about porn shit). Use reference *often*. Draw from your head, but reference it.

    And keep the pencil sharp, dude. or just purchase a mechanical pencil. Oh, if the bird moves too much, kill it.
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    I use HB .05 for my mecanical pencil. Get a solid one. I've had mine for something like 12 years. You don't want any of those orange crappy ones that come something like 12 to a bag. I also use HB Turquoise for sketching. The mechanical is used for bringing detail out or sharpening an edge.

    Loomis is fantastic. Not familiar with Hogarth, unless you referring to William Hogarth.

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    Okay, *that* Hogarth. Gotcha.

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    Here's something I started on this morning.


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    Is this one dead?

    Seriously, nice work. I would suggest strengthening your outline and leave the sketchiness for the shadow areas. It also looks like you are still trying to smudge some, though it looks like you've got a better handle on it here than before.

    Keep an eye on your light and shadow, and how they work with each other to create shape, form and mass.

    You're doing good.

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    Loomis Figure study. This stuff really helps..

    I think I'll finish that parrot now.



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    Worked on it a bit more..



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    Hey Dako,

    Looking good, but there is something about the shadowing on the buzzurd there that's bugging me.

    I think it's two fold: one, it is coming across a little flat, so you may want to keep an eye out for that. The other is that your hatching for the shadow doesn't follow along the shape of the parrots' body, which in turn is creating the flat appearance. It's looking more like scratching instead of shadow contour.

    Remember, drawing (unless you doing strictly line) is more about light and shadow. Both follow the curves and angle of the body and give shape to mass.

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    Thanks for the help, I guess I was trying to convey color darkness as well as shadows, whatever. I'll do some rendering tutorials cause it's looking like I really need to.

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    Quick sketch, trying to work on what you said, needs work but I guess that's what practice is for. I'll do some simpler stuff. Just posting this so I can find the thread easily later to update.



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    Latest WIP, inspired by metalwinds eagles, hope you like..



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    nice work man, good studies.

    I'm just going to tell you what some peoples tells me.

    1. Rubygenesis suggested that you make the hatch lines describe the shape of the surface, this is'nt always the case but works tremendously in describing a form.

    2. My Illustration teacher emphasises the gesture as the underlying structure. When you draw the animals try quickly sketching out the entire structure, head, eyes, ears, mouth, - quick notes. This will help you understand the structure and not just the value. Both equally important.

    Sorry for rambling, keep up the good work dude

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    Thanks a lot man. You're definitely right about the hatch lines, I'll try a couple sketches to see how that works out. I do sketch out the animal sometimes, but other times I get to caught up and wanna go straight to the fun stuff, like the eagle. I'll also start taking notes like you said, that should help alot. Thanks again.

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    Dont think I'll finish this, it's getting tedious and I'm not really gonna learn anymore..



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    Self Portrait I did for the Colloseum thread. I see the head needs to be elongated at the top as it wouldn't fit in the hat.



    More later.

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    good stuff!, but i think you should start using some softer grade media, get some 9B pencils and have at it! your sketches seem too light, though they are accurate. some good techniques for seeing the luminance values of an object is to squint your eyes when drawing, i find it helps a lot, it fuzzes the details and you just see value, so you can then just compare the value of what your looking at to the value of what you are drawing, im still suprised at how dark some things are when im drawing them. hope that helps.

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    Thanks alot man. Softest I have is a 6b, I'll use that for now. I have a few more things but I haven't updated because I haven't been feeling that great lately, and I'm swamped with school work. I'll take up your tips and post some updates sometime.

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    Thanks, that'll be no prob. *Weekend*:cool:

    Also I have to complete a comic strip interpretation for Of Mice and Men in.. English class oddly enough, best assignment all year. So I'll post that too, and maybe kill bill 2 will inspire some imaginative drawings.

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    cool looking animal sketches..

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