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    Zeezee's Journey from a Rookie - Crits welcomed

    Hi Guys,

    So here it is.....my first ever post! Suppose I better introduce myself briefly and tell you my aim for this thread.

    My name is Joe and I decided a month or so ago that one day I would love to be a concept artist and digital painter.
    I've been hanging around reading the intro to CA thread and also MindCandyMan's Journey which has really inspired me and set me off to do a "rookie's journey (part 2!)"

    I will be committing to at least one sketch and one bit of digital painting a day, which no matter how bad they are I'll be uploading to here.
    On Wednesdays for the last 5 weeks I've been taking Life Drawing classes, so that day I'll upload all my sketches from the session.

    Hope I can get anywhere close to the great support and constructive crits that MindCandyMan got and one day the skills he now has too :-) I'm very open to any comments and feedback you can give to help me improve.

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    Some more sketches from 2/2/2011

    Here's the rest I'll put up for this particular Life Drawing class:

    All of these were 10 minute sketches done with these pastel pencils on brown paper, crit away lol
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    great looking drawings bro

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    the sketches look good! can't wait to see more

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    Life Drawing Class 9/2/2011

    ...and here's this weeks results.

    We were looking at tone this week as opposed the measuring the week before.
    I don't feel very confident at all with tone as it never really seems to have enough depth to look real. MUST PRACTICE!!

    15 Min drawing looking at model sat in a chair, I like the cushion and the chair itself but not so much the tone on the model. Always confused on how to make it look convincing, do I follow contours? smoothly blend? :-S
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    Another 15 min one, not really happy at all with the way this turned out but hey "everything gets posted":
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    For this we were given 30 mins and I feel a little better for it. Seems to have a little depth and the black background helps I think. Not too happy with the front breast though, looks very flat (think that's the heavy chalk use?):
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    Thanks guys...

    Thanks Kill byte and dirty_sox3, appreciate the encouragement.

    I love the stuff in your sketchbooks.
    You both have an amazing grasp of tone and from your imaginations too! Really inspiring.

    Hopefully I can figure it out eventually, seem to be struggling with tone a lot.
    Ah well practice, practice, practice I guess :-)

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    Nice work! Once a day is a good goal, you're sure to improve. i think your use of white is what messes up your tone, I feel like the paper is a pretty light tone and white should only be used for spots of highlight. On that front breast you mentioned the white goes back into the armpit, on a spherical form like that white would just be a dot.

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    really pretty drawings

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    10/02/2011

    Not much today, been super busy. Here's just some sketches of a dragon and some manga-ish ones....promise to post a fair bit of digital painting and fresh sketches tomorrow after some quality sleep!

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    Do you use a drawing schedule?

    Before I post some stuff I'll be doing today I thought I'd put up a schedule I just bashed together to see what you guys think? Do any of you have a structure to your learning? This one any good, any suggestions? Only really for drawing anatomy and people.

    Weekly drawing schedule (bare minimum to be done, extra sketches or paintings on top are good too)

    Mondays [HEADS]
    - Sketch some front, side, back and 3/4 of skulls/primitives/skinned
    - At least one or two taken a bit further on Photoshop

    Tuesdays [ARMS&LEGS]
    - Sketch various views and bends of legs both skeletal and skinned
    - At least one or two taken a bit further on Photoshop

    Wednesday [LIFE DRAWING]
    - Practice some warm up sketches if time permits before class
    - After class scan all images to sketchbook.

    Thursday [HANDS&FEET]
    - Basic proportioning practice and then various angles and postures
    - At least one or two taken a bit further on Photoshop

    Friday [TORSO]
    - Multiple angles,bends and muscle studies
    - At least one or two taken a bit further on Photoshop

    Saturday [DYNAMIC POSES]
    - Work through the dynamic drawing book by Michael Mattesi trying to focus on the flow and weight he gets in his figures

    Sunday [FREE DAY+ANIMATION]
    - Loads of free sketches from the imagination or whatever takes my fancy.
    - Some sort of animation practice in a software package of my choice preferably 2D. Maybe rework through Animators Survival Kit.

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    11/02/2011 Part 1

    Decided to put a few things up I did today, but there will be more....Anybody know any decent tutorials/books to learn tone from?

    Decided to really start concentrating on what I feel is my biggest weakness TONE! So first look at Giovanni Civardi's drawing book:
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    Here's a quick couple of sketches to keep up my learning of Anatomy (I think these are another example of why I need to work on tone):
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    I never really used a drawing schedule before, but yours looks like it would work nicely. Loomis goes over tone starting on page 70 of successful figure drawing, maybe that would help.

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    great start!

    I see you're very organised, schedule and all. you have to realise that your main problem will be keeping up your motivation though, so I'd suggest simplifying your schedule so you don't end up feeling trapped by it.
    when I started my schedule for the 1st year was very simple: draw for 1 hour every day, no matter what. i really had to force myself to sit down and draw on a lot of those days, but I stuck with it and now it's sort of become a habit. I feel odd if I don't draw.

    it's also great that you're doing a life drawing class, they're great! but from what I can see you're not going to get a whole lot out of shading or digital practice yet - you'll need to build up your foundations first to understand how light and shadow work.

    I'd recommend focusing on the 3-dimensional shapes (constructing things out of primitives, 'drawing through'), line quality, and gesture to bring out your poses a bit more. mike mattesi is great for lines and gesture, maybe have a look at andrew loomis' books for construction

    most important: draw! every day! doesn't matter what, as long as you know what you're going to learn from it

    best of luck!

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