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    Great expressive mark making. That SP is awesome! Your landscape sketches are sooo nice, thanks for sharing....


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    Hey dude i joined life drawing classes. currently got 2 sessions a week (the most i cud get practically) thanks for sharing ur work, its motivating, sometimes wen im off track i can just come back here and see wat hard work truely achieves. My drawings are abysmal atm But hey, gotta start somewhere. thx again. peace.

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    jetpack42 I like the way you handle line work. Have you heard of Robert T. Barrett? He's my favorite figure drawing artist and the way you hand lines reminded me of him.

    If you want a change, I recommend working on toned paper and experimenting with chalk. I have found that having your mid tones already established cuts back on how much rendering you have to do.

    Great anatomy. I love the way you have done the faces. Very inspirational. Makes me want to do some more full render studies. Back to drawing!

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    OmyGosh , your work is just to stunning for words , I do love what you wrote about someone on here saying your to good and they felt depressed just looking at all these , and well your reply was quite humble of someone with such mega drawing skills ... not only are you clever but you have a heart and humility ~rare indeed!

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    Hey man, nice work! One thing I think will push your work several steps ahead quite effectively is to limit your goals for your drawings a little bit. It seems like you are trying to do every thing at once, in the span of 20 minutes or so, and the end result usually gives the impression that while you really tried, you only got the gist of what you wanted to accomplish.

    What I would recommend (and it's worked well for me and others), is to attack one weakness in your observation skills at a time, and focus on this one aspect only.

    So, if you want to improve your proportions, and focus on your articulations (ie. how specific you are with line and shape design), you'll want to take modelling out of the equation, and limit your values down to no more than 3 tones: paper value, shadow walue and a middle value if you need to indicate more planes. (or, if there are few shadows, forget about tone altogether). This will help you in getting a better sense of value coherency as well (you don't really need all those core shadows and reflected lights to describe form**. Look at 19th century drawings and paintings...they're like, devoid of that shit...if they are included, they are supressed).

    Besides, once you have established a solid tone design, like suggested above, this clear pattern will help you see faults in proportion more easily.

    **What I mean by this is, you don't want to model form with gradations before you can indicate form by limited means, like line and (maybe) shadow. This way, your understanding of your subject will sing better, and you will be forced to make better marks.

    Man, hope I'm not too preachy...I haven't attending any life classes lately...I could talk about this stuff forever.
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    Really awesome art work these painting picture shows the real art work looking so great and clear,.
    i really appreciate this work,.

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    Fiend- Thanks for the kind words.

    tronrobot- Nice, dude. That's how you get it done. You'll find that as you do more, simple things will become intuitive and your mind can focus on harder problems. Going to the sessions is part of the work, but always look for more ways to learn and push yourself so you can apply it in the session. Takes a lot of time; I have been at it for about 7 years. Don't think about it as something you have to do now, think about it like a lifestyle. Do some every day and down the road you'll be further than you ever would have imagined.

    Lithriel- Thanks you. Thanks for passing along Mr Barrett. His works are nice. He works a little tighter than I prefer but he is solid. There's something I can learn from him. Thanks for the suggestion, I've considered it. I really like a couple of the newer portraits on toned paper I have seen from Yim Mau Kun. I've been debating it.. Keep up the good work!

    Classicalgirl- Thank you again for the kind words. I appreciate the encouragement. I've come to a lot of realizations about work and life through living as an artist. I think that as people accomplish difficult things in their own life they can either have empathy for others who strive, or arrogance. Arrogance gets you nowhere in the end, it stops you from going anywhere past where you are. I have more compassion these days for everyone who is on the path where I once was. It takes a lot of effort to accomplish something and the more we can help each other the easier it gets. So, keep up your own work and stay positive! Go get it!

    AndreasM- You're right. I've been thinking about how to simplify my goals in the shorter sessions a little more. It's hard to get out of the mindset I've been in, I really get fired up and go at it. The 20-25 minutes flies past before I have even realized what has happened, oftentimes. But I do need to slow down for a second and figure out exactly what I want to accomplish. I have been thinking on this.

    I agree completely with you. And you're not preachy at all. I appreciate the constructive cricism. I have a cast at home that I sketch out to try and work out various things inbetween sessions. Also, sometimes my goals in the sessions switch.. so I'll keep working on it. Thanks! You gotta get in some life drawing sessions, man! Kick some ass!

    Albern- Thanks! I appreciate the kind words!

    Here's a few more from the last couple weeks. Still cranking them out. Keep going, peeps. If being an artist is your lifestyle, then you've got to be working all the time. Keep at it! One day at a time. One hour at a time. One moment at a time. Keep pushing!
    I self-published a book on the fundamentals of drawing from life.

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    Classicalgirl- Thank you again for the kind words. I appreciate the encouragement. I've come to a lot of realizations about work and life through living as an artist. I think that as people accomplish difficult things in their own life they can either have empathy for others who strive, or arrogance. Arrogance gets you nowhere in the end, it stops you from going anywhere past where you are. I have more compassion these days for everyone who is on the path where I once was. It takes a lot of effort to accomplish something and the more we can help each other the easier it gets. So, keep up your own work and stay positive! Go get it!
    You are my kinda Artist for sure , I have been posting on Wc but Im getting more and more drawn to this website , Im full time at this , heading off to Fine Arts school soon , Im the same I dont like to give negative feedback , but I appreciate honesty and maybe thats what Im not getting as to feed back to my own work ...so feel new beginnings are the go I guess ...and Ive a long way to go but Im also happy to do the hard road , I know theres no gain without pain!!!

    ....my love for this Art in general and to just sit here and look stare , my jaw dropping n hitting the floor as it looks at you work , is truly inspiring!!! the head study is mesmerizing, and the reclining nude has nice feel of line and flow!!

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    Very good stuff bro, I like your technique alot! I just started getting good/comfortable with charcoal heh. I don't really have any critiques except maybe more contrast??? *shrug* still though *thumbs up*

    I'm curious, what kind of paper do use?

    Oh, I'm totally going to use this as motivation .


    Edit: like for contrast that head study(old guy) really stands out the most from the others if that makes sense
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    IchiBrun- Thanks homie! Contrast is relative. It's necessary when the idea suggests it, but in the instances where contrast isn't needed...it wouldn't be as important. I need to get better relative values though, which is related to contrast. I'm always striving to simplify and see the values better. Some of the quicker sketches are on smooth newsprint, and the longer drawings are on vellum. Archival tracing paper, basically. Finally, glad to hear it. Get fired up, bro. Go get your draw on and make it happen! Show us how high you can fly!

    Classicalgirl- Thank you again for the kind words. You are very nice and I appreciate the encouragements. Is Wc Wetcanvas? Where are you going to go to school and what kind of work do you want to do? There's no reason for people to be negative, but constructive criticism is vital. Absolutely vital. You can't fix mistakes you aren't aware of. Also, the mistakes are there, whether people point them out or not, it's just that now you're aware of them. So, nothing to get too upset about. Will help you overcome them in the future. Glad you're enjoying looking at the work. That's one reason why I put it up. In order to communicate, you have to have somebody to communicate to. It's nice to have peeps enjoy the work. Thank you again for saying so.

    Being an artist is a lifestyle. There are no future artists. It's not a destination you arrive at. You are either an artist here, now, in this moment, or you are not. It's a lifelong pursuit. But, I've discovered that most worthwhile pursuits are lifelong pursuits. So, don't get discouraged! Do the best that you can each moment and it'll add up to a hurculean effort over the course of a lifetime. Anytime you find yourself down, remember that the next moment is an opportunity to turn it around. Show us what you've got!
    I self-published a book on the fundamentals of drawing from life.

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    Thankyou Michael loved reading your thoughts wonderful stuff !! yes wc was what I meant , I guess I may have sounded negative to you but Im not about it just talking aloud ~ dont get me wrong its a great site , Ive talked to some great /wonderful artists on there ...and sometimes you just get the feeling why am I here to begin with... .. oh my love of Art is strong in me for sure , I paint when I can , Ive even started selling my work its a wonderful thing to achieve , but I also see how important it is getting to me ~ the hole art thing and Drawing in general is becoming like a first love , in fact I think I almost draw in paint too

    Im off the A Fine arts Atelier over here in Oz... mostly to get more hands on training I want to beable to draw and paint every day , so Im getting addicted badly I guess you would say !! in a good way , Im all for that type of art , realism with a touch of impression , I LOVE both types I guess .. oh -Im not discouraged in the slightest , Im an Artist that will stand the test of time -- Im also humble enough to know and see this without thinking my self to wonderful its good to shake it up !! and I love to look at other artists like yourself for instant and admire your fine work!! , thats what it is for me , inspirers me no end ... I will start sharing in my work on here , No worries !! I look forward to sharing with yo aLL! ; )

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    Some great new figures Michael! keep it up ! - Kevin

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    Oh, relative value? *notes down in notebook*

    Yea, hopefully I'll have the courage to put up some drawings up in the near future. Until then I'll just admire your art!

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    excellent work!.

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    emmanuel- Thanks homie!
    IchiBrun- Yeah, everything is so relative. Look for how light or dark something looks relative to the other things around it. This is the key. Don't fear doing your own thing. It's not a comparison of how good you are to others, it's a comparison of how good you are to how good you can be. Go for it!
    Kevin- Thanks! Enjoying your recent update. Your work is awesome, and one of the few reasons I keep looking and posting in here. Thanks for the kind words! Keep kicking ass!
    ClassicalGirl- Good job putting up your work. Keep up at it. It's funny, I think the best paintings are well drawn and the best drawings look almost painted. Funny how, for me at least, there's this sweet spot somewhere in the middle. Keep up the positive attitude and willingness to work hard. Once you realize that it's an effort that will take your whole life and all of your energy, you can begin to work hard and let the results come. Keep doing your thing and keep the drawings and paintings coming!

    Here's a few more drawings peeps. Mostly all short ones except the portrait. Trying my best to see and organize the values but it takes time to get this skill. In the shorter ones, focusing on getting the problem solving down to accurate simplification; the essence.
    I self-published a book on the fundamentals of drawing from life.

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