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    Electric demons in love

    Hi everyone!
    I'm new here at CA and I'm starting this sketchbook hoping it'll push me to draw more and better. I've been lurking around here for a while, and I'm massively impressed with the push-forward attitude of the community; I want in too!
    I have a few years of art school behind me, but that was a long time ago now. I started studying computer science instead of trying to make some kind of art career, and I'm starting to feel uncomfortably rusty. Time to do some art pushups!

    I think I'll mainly post studies in the beginning, but we'll se where it ends up.

    Comments and critiques are always welcome!
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    I've spent the last two days drawing hands. I always think they lack character and look generally uninteresting in my drawings... I guess my understanding of joints and knuckles has been kind of limited.
    I think I'm starting to get it now though, so time well spent!

    First batch is my own hand, for the other two I looked at photos.
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    Wow! Beautiful hands. Can't wait to see you post more
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    YUM - Super-awesome hand studies! :3
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    Thanks Dana_T and velderia!

    Here's a wip of something I'm working on now, just to fill out my very empty sketchbook some...
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    Nothing much happening in my sketchbook... :-/
    I got a job in another city, and it's really hard to find time for anything else. Hoping to move closer soon!

    Anyway, I managed 2 color/face studies tonight. I feel like I'm always too lazy when I paint digital, I cheat with gradients and overlays and don't really get into the color... So weird. I love color!

    Drawn from photo ref
    Brandon Gray: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kZgMM0w8S6...ndonGray04.jpg
    Tyson Ballou: http://prefmag.files.wordpress.com/2...pg?w=450&h=641
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    A very dark self portrait... the lighting is really crappy in my little computer corner.
    Last edited by FuzzyTingleTimes; November 20th, 2011 at 04:25 PM. Reason: double post...
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    Recently I've started following Riven Phoenix online figure drawing tutorial: http://www.alienthink.com/inventiont....blogspot.html
    It's been quite helpful so far, I really need to brush up on general proportitons and stuff. I like his structured approach to memorizing the form; if this goes here, then this goes here and so on. I've worked my way to lesson 6, construction a mannequin front, back and side view and now starting to put it into perspective... that's when things started to get confusing, lol.

    Instead of doing a lot of guesswork, I went to posemaniacs, figuring the crazy perspectives there would be great to figure out how to work with the mannequin from different angles. I think I need to do a lot more of these...
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    Been busy with work, as usual...
    Tonight I saw an awesome photo at deviantart, and I decided it would be perfect as a color exercise. I spent a lot more time on it than I intended...
    I wish I could draw skin color like that from my head!
    link to original: http://weisschristian.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d45rkni
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    Fun colour studies- thanks for the link there are some really nice references on there
    I like what you've got so far- keep posting & happy sketching!
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    Thanks Rhubix, I'll keep sketching on whenever I find the time!
    In a way I think it's a good thing I have so little time to draw nowaday, it forces me to do sketches and studies instead of spending massive amounts of time on single pieces.

    Speaking of studies, I've made it to lesson 12 in Riven Phoenix' online figure-drawing-from-imagination tutorial. The last lessons have been about the profile view of the skull. I've learned to draw a funky little chart, and also drawn a couple of real skulls from photo ref to try and ground this knowledge in something real. I have learned that every skull looks different... :p
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    Skull dump

    I've kept concentrating on skulls... really starting to get sick of them now, lol! I found a pretty nice resource pack somewhere with shots of a skull from a myriad different angles. My goal was to draw all of them, but jeez! They're so many!

    The drawings were all pretty long sessions, I tried my best to capture the forms, but I find it really hard to do using just lines. I'm more of a painter I guess, and it started to turn out to be more of a cross-hatching exercise than anatomy study, so I decided to just paint instead... For me it feels like I understand the forms much better when I paint them, because then the brush stroke becomes the plane, but when I'm drawing I have to rely on outlines and where there are none it feels like I lose a lot of shape. Of course line can describe shape as well, but it's more subtle. A brush stroke is shape, and a line more hints at shape, I guess.
    The paintings are quickies, all done tonight. Funny that it still feels like they have more information in them than the drawings!
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    Self portrait.
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