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    Life Drawings

    Some drawings from recent sessions. Primo 3B or Generals 6B on Archival Vellum.

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    These are very nice! I especially like the third one down.

    These remind me a bit of EM Gist's drawings...where do you study?

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    Thanks. I did study at Watts, and take quite a few classes with Erik, for a year and a half (about 4 years ago). Since then, I also studied at Studio Second Street for a year and a half, took a 2.5 year break doing almost no art, sketched a little part-time for a year, and have been drawing and painting full time for the last 8 months. I haven't taken a class in years but I study from the masters daily. (Richard Schmid, Yim Mau Kun, Scott Christensen, John Singer Sargent, Charles Bargue, Sorolla, Serov, John Vanderpoel)

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    These are beautiful!

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    Thanks Lightpunk.

    Few more smaller pencil sketches.

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    the scans look great, the big pad stuff looks a bit out of focus and dark... what do you shoot em with?

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    Ya these are pretty sweet. How long are the poses? I usually draw my figures with vine charcoal but have been considering using some graphite pencils for a change. Wish I could critique them but they seem pretty solid to my noob eye.

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    Thanks guys. Shot with my crappy Casio camera. Learning to shoot these better. Trial and error. Most of these are 25 minutes, sometimes I work on it for a few minutes during the break. The 2nd and 6th were 3 hours. Here's a few more. 25 minutes, except the 2nd, 3 hours.

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    Some of this weekends efforts.

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    Few more life drawings. First is a self-portrait submitted for the Gage self portrait contest.

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    REally nice work mr J. Pack! ( Michael ?) - are these newer drawings or older ? hope you get to draw the figure still--

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    Great work! You have nice control over your values. And your gestures are beautifully done.

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    Matt- Thanks. The value control works much better on gestures, I still struggle in the longer drawings, but I am aware and working on it.

    Kevin- Thanks. Your gestures have been a big inspiration to me lately. All of these drawings are within the last month. I've been hitting 4 life drawing session a week, almost every week, since July of last year. Doing cast drawings in between, and trying to teach myself how to paint oil (in small landscapes). Thank you for the encouragement. -Michael indeed.

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    wow jet pack nice drawings really like the self portrait... and i love seattle too born there and lived there first half of my life still wish the seahawkes won the superbowl ha anyway really like your work. may i ask where or who you learned to draw from?

    nevermind on the last question just read one of your previous post answering it

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    great drawings!
    I always wanted to draw like that.

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    it really blew me away

    I am a big big girl in the big big world who has a variety of habits. I love playing with kids; I love singing; I love dancing; I love playing piano; Above all, I love shopping!!!!especially shopping online: http://www.goabercrombie.com for example.
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    this makes me wanna try harder. thanks for sharing!
    truely stunning work imo

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    tronrobot- Thanks! That's all I hope to do! You never know what you are capable of until you try!
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    RSLM- Thanks! Practice and perhaps you will probably find you can draw better than this.
    prsnsweeney- Thanks! Seattle is great. Appreciate the kind words.

    Here's a few new drawings, peeps. About 2 hours on the portraits. 30 minutes on the figures. Charcoal on vellum, 18x24''. Hitting up at least 3 life drawing sessions weekly. Only way to get better is to do more.

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    Awesome stuff as ever dude

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    Lightpunk, Thanks for the kind words.

    2 more. First one, about an hour. Second, just over an hour. Was rushed in both cases, but you just gotta do the best you can with what you have.

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    One more from this weekend. Two 20 minute sittings.

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    really nice stuff love the quality of the strokes

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    prs- Thanks. Appreciate the kind words.

    Here's a few more recent drawing studies.

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    Also, some recent pencil drawings. All in the coffeeshop, except for a quick cast study, demonstrating to a student the basics of starting. When I go sit in the coffeeshop to sketch, I like to sketch the people waiting in line. Quick gestures and measurements. Just to build up my ability to visually problem solve. Taking measurements and looking at the way things are working in front of me. I have hundreds of pages that look like these first few, most not more than a few lines coming together.. but it's building up my ability to problem solve which helps out in longer drawings. And then a few sketches where peeps sat still long enough for me to work something up.

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    Oh my Gosh , I want be like you when I grow up , well not really , really I want my own style to emerge, but I love your quality of lines and minimal progression of strokes in your work ... Practice I know.....lol , I may even get game and post some work on this site one day ..

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    I love the gesture in post #21 on the mouth. Just gorgeous, man!

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    deadlyhazard- Thanks! Appreciate it.
    ClassicalGIRL- It's just practice. Do as much as you can each day, then try to learn from it and do better the next day. I appreciate the kind words and you should always strive to not only do better than everyone, but do better than you did yesterday! Go for it!

    Here's some new life drawings. I included a picture of me next to the portraits so you can see the scale. I've been trying to go a little bigger. Almost twice life-size, I think. Also, I've started a new small sketchbook for landscape ink sketches. Helps to go out and see values. inks are 3''x5''. It looks like they are displaying at about life-size. Charcoals are 18x24. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement, peeps!

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    Awesome stuff,really nice work.

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    Feeling a bit depressed looking at this stuff man... really nice. I wish I had this much access to life drawing classes.

    I would say (and only because I personally like to be told something I can improve rather than be told nice things all the time) your ears are a bit off in some of them.

    (ear hole sits just below the zygomatic arch) Some it's the size but the main thing that I noticed is that some are way out in left field as you guys in the US might say and sometimes a little high . Pretty easy thing to look out for and apart from that, beautiful lines and smashing work.

    Keep it up. Also really like your landscapes, nice and lively.

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    Random Hobo - Thanks!
    Marine Blue- Don't get depressed, homie. Another person showing you how fast they can run just means it is possible for you to run as fast, if not faster. Thanks for the kind words and the critique. I've been trying to keep an eye on my ears in recent drawings. I usually don't build up the ears anatomically, but more in relation to the other parts.. it's also possible I draw people with strange ears. My measuring is never perfect but I'm working on getting it better all the time.

    Here's some new drawings. It's sweet to be able to see the improvement in my own work since I started this thread in February. Keep working peeps. As simple things become intuitive you can focus on harder things.

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