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    M-Min's Sketchbook & exercises

    Gonna keep it real simple here. I'd love to be able to draw well and decided to jump right into it. Here are some quick gestures that I threw up using Vilppu last night. I used

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    for the models. Some of them I'm happy with. Some, not so much. Crits or comments are welcome.

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    nice! that's a great idea. I realize this is your first post, but some suggestions for other things to work on are: portrait sketches, landscape composition thumbnails, hands, feet, detailed figure drawings (loomis books are great), and then any finished work you have. Try never to fall into a comfort zone, and just keep posting art as much as possible. Welcome to CA!

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    thanks jbrown! i'll work in some loomis and environment sketches in my next post.

    here are more gestures, noses, head rotations and two drawings from last year.

    the noses actually came out better than i thought but i seem to be having difficulties with shading and value. any advice on how i can improve on it?

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    haven't posted in a while. i've only got myself to blame for it. anyways, here's my failed attempt at an environment from reference. a few more gestures and poses using the pixelovely gesture tool. i'm working on an a2 drawing board but i'm tilting my head a bit too much to look at the screen. (i'm working off a laptop) is there some other way of measuring proportions? sight-sizing doesn't seem to be working at an angle.

    priority to work on:
    - proportions
    - shading
    - less sketchy lines

    it's my first time working with ink. i love the feel of these pigma microns. definitely going to be working with them a lot.


    p/s: i have no idea what those swirly things are either but i had a very random moment.

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    Nice work on the gestures! I've done a lot of my gesture drawing from pixelovely and lovecastle as well. Something I've learned is that it's very important to keep drawing from life as well! Transferring from one 2D plane to another will leave some gaps in your knowledge. If you're not already, I'd suggest finding a few interesting objects, as well as geometric shapes, and draw those daily. I have a skull model I enjoy drawing, but now I'm finding even it is just too complex. Gotta start basic!

    Keep up the good work!

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    Clead3d, Thanks for sharing that link to lovecastle. That site looks awesome!

    Still not drawing as often as I should. Gotta try and rectify that.

    Here's an update. I really struggled with that last one. The edges on the value studies I think are a bit too dark and there's not enough of a gradual transition on the curved surfaces. There's almost no highlight on the spheres and the cast shadow feels wrong somehow.

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    Another quick update.

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    I took a trip to the countryside over the weekend for a commercial shoot and brought my sketchbook along. My only regret is that I wish I had more time up there.

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    The horse kept moving away out of sight almost every two minutes.

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    An earlier sketch that I found in my book. Shadow construction and generating a smooth transition between tones still seem to be my main enemy.

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    Here's the result from the life drawing session I attended last night. It was a lot of fun and an amazing environment. I think I might just make this a weekly thing. There were some very challenging poses but I hope to improve on my sketches.

    I just received my copy of "Natural Way to Draw" this morning with "Drawing Essentials" by Deborah Rockman and "Figure Drawingesign & Invention" on their way. Can't wait to dig in!! Fun Times! Crits and comments are encouraged.

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    Hi again all! After a few months of soul searching, working and deciding on what it is I wanted to do with my life, I'm back now with a mission. I'm not gonna make anymore excuses (or at least try not to). The problem I'm having is discipline but I am trying to work on that.

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    I reeeaally need to work on those elipses

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    Some cubes in perspective. I got a bit impatient on some of these I think.

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    Some practice elipses. I keep running into the issue of having "tails" or the lines not connecting. I did some practices using graphite as well. Tried slowing down, speeding up and I keep coming up with the same results.

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    This time I tried to change my hand grip and used the broad side of the pencil. I don't like the soft line quality but at least the ends are starting to meet. Maybe it's the way I'm observing??

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    Gestures and stuff

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    I found a photo of a jug that had a dark background. I thought I was doing okay then I leaned back some more... *sigh*

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    Some objects that were scattered on my table. I think I like the cone the best

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    I recalled a tutorial on CtrlPaint where Matt Kohr was teaching about breaking down objects into simpler forms. Spoons were the subject, so I decided to do the same.

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    Some kitchen utensils. Gah! my shading's terrible!!

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    Some small thumbnails I've done in my pocket sketchbook.

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    With the gestures that I've done I'm a little bit confused in terms of what I'm meant to show/depict. In Michael Hampton's book, he talks about trying to understand what the model is doing/ or its story. I've been told to avoid contours and just focus on the pose itself but most of the gestures that I've seen in the sketchbooks ARE contours. Am I highlighting the contours as well as the general flow or are they both one and the same when it comes to gestural drawing?

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    i really should smack myself for not drawing enough.

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    Patience and Discipline, Good luck!

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    I've looked through your sketchbook and you've made a good start but there's one thing I really notice that you can work on that will really help you improve and that's the structure of the things you are drawing. Especially the human form and animal anatomy, don't concentrate on getting the values down but rather concentrate on getting the shapes in the right place with the correct proportions, traing yourself to see the shapes instead of 'this is arm or this is a leg' it may help to leave the values until you've got a good grip on that then begin to incorporate them into your sketches.

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    my biggest suggestions for you sir are avoiding the deadly "chicken scratch line" and structure structure structure! Don't be so hesitant with you lines. Try and get the line you want in one sweep, and if you dont get it the first time, erase it and do try it again. And as far as structure, on the gestures, keep the fluidity you have, but still indicate where the spine and joints are. drawing rough shapes to indicate the direction of the hands and feet wouldn't hurt either. For the longer poses, really think of the body as shapes (I usually think of the skull, the spine, the ribs and pelvis). But still get the gesture down as fast as you did for the shorter poses, then build off of that. Good luck!

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