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    Elaine's sketchbook - Do or do not, there is no try.

    Hello Ca I've been lurking on the site for a few months now and have finally gotten the guts to open up my own sketchbook thread. As seems to be customary I'll start with a little bit about myself.

    My name is elaine and I'm a 36 year old stay at home mum to a 4 year old, maybe a little old to be starting on the road to improve my art but we'll see how it goes. When i was younger I studied art at my local college, and went on to a fashion and textile design course that turned out not to be my real cup of tea and didn't lead anywhere. Through it all though I have kept my love of art, especially fantasy and sci-fi art, drawing pictures for friends and family and just for fun. Lately though I have become inspired to try and improve and hopefully along with the aid of the helpful community at CA I will keep alive my lifelong dream of one day drawing professionaly.

    For my first post I've scanned the most recent pages of my sketchbook , a self portrait that failed, some quick still lifes, some face/nose practices from magazines and one of my more interesting hogarth studies. I also have a shedload of loomis head practices and some stuff from anatomy books but i won't bore anyone with that at the moment. Will try to post every day with pretty much all I do but any parents among you will hopefully forgive me if I miss a few days

    Crits always welcome

    Edit: To get a better thumbnail image Have added the images from this first post to the next one below
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    Didn't have a lot of time for drawing today, but will post what i did

    For the first time i tried doing some gesture drawings, they haven't turned out particularly well but no-one is great at anything the very first time The first couple are 45 second poses from posemaniacs, the others are one minute poses from http://pixelovely.com/tools/gesture.html. There were more but these turned out the best i think. I thought I'd give myself a bit longer to start with, then work my way down to 30 second poses as i get more confident with it. Will try to do some of these every day, I need to learn to work faster Not sure if i did them exactly right but i think i got the right idea.

    Also a page of faces from a magazine - trying to work on values/rendering using the planes of the face.

    Edit: added the images from the first post
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    Today I did a few gesture sketches, one page from posemaniacs at 45sec, and a page from the gesture tool site at 60 secs. drew them with fineline pen this time to try to get a bit more confidence. I spent the rest of the day on the Renoir study - trying to improve my rendering/values, using a greater range of pencils. Have also posted an acrylic painting of my fiance from life that I finished recently for my online figure drawing course. i had to scan it in two parts as it's about A3 size so wouldn't fit on the scanner so if it's a bit wonky in the middle, that's where i joined it together

    Am guessing that because of the renoir boobage I'll have to mark this as nsfw now
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    Some bridgeman anatomy from last night, which seemed to help with todays gesture drawings - they seem a little better to me at least. The project for today was to work on rendering the basic forms - an exersise from loomis successful drawing book. I tried in pencil and also took about my first attempt at a digital painting using gimp. Still need work on blending in digital I think
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    Nice start for your sketchbook Elaine !

    The onions drawings in the first post are beautiful, and the shading in last post looks good. If you keep practicing head construction like you do, your people drawings will be great.

    Hope to see more updates soon.
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    Volute - Thanks for the comment and encouragement

    Some gesture drawings for today ( i think i'm starting to get the hang of them ) and some studies. One from Hogarths book of dynamic hands and the rest are bridgeman. My Bridgeman book of 100 hands arrived today so I may spend a few days practicing hands...at the moment hands are my nemesis so I aim to change that
    My sketchbook : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...15#post3032315

    I do draw every day, but being a busy mum, don't always get time to update.

    Comments and crits are always welcome
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    Today I had a quick look at the beginning of vilppu's drawing manual and tried to do my gesture drawings in the style he recommended. Not sure i quite got it but the last few seem better. As usual, posemaniacs 45 sec and gesture drawing tool 60 sec. Also found that the gesture drawing site has an animal section so messed about with a page of animal gestures too. Also managed a quick ( 20 mins or so ) biro pen sketch of my fiance and son ( who decided to fall asleep with his legs on daddy's lap about halfway through).

    Then.... hands, hands and more hands. from bridgeman's constructive anatomy and 100 hands book.
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    great rendering, only you anatomy is a slightly off (same like me)
    but your studying good so you learn it in no time.
    good job and keep working
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    Deadlyhamster- Thanks for commenting Anatomy is a pain - so much to learn. It'll take a fair while but if we both keep up the studies we'll get there. Practice makes perfect as they say

    A bit boring today I'm afraid Gesture drawings for today to warm up - as per usual Then i tried to start working from bridgeman's Faces and features book, but i struggled a lot with the perspective so i followed this perspective tutorial http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=181436 for a refresher course. May do some more hand studies from bridgeman to wind down after trying to get my brain around 3 point perspective. Will post them as an edit if I get time before bed, tomorrow if not

    Edit : added a page of bridgeman hands and a partial page of studies of Michaelangelo hands, trying to construct them using bridgeman's method wherever i could work out the construction lines.
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    Posemaniacs refused to load for me today so i did two pages of pixlovely gestures. then I did some more Loomis, head and hands studies before finally deciding i was brave enough to draw some heads from imagination. On the fourth sheet - the top row of heads are copied from loomis and the rest are from my head....fairly obviously Then a sheet of bridgeman hands before bed.
    My sketchbook : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...15#post3032315

    I do draw every day, but being a busy mum, don't always get time to update.

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    Did the usual 2 sheets of gesture drawings today, both from pixelovely...only scanned one though as I thought they may be getting a bit boring Today's assignment was studies from Bridgman's heads,features and faces book, and a page of hands. Also did a another sketch of my long-suffering fiance which i think shows some improvement - I think all these hand studies may be paying off : Took about 40mins with 3b pencil and as usual I had to attach more bits of paper to fit everything on. All together it was a little smaller than A3 so i had to scan it in sections and join it together with some tidying up to erase the masking tape
    My sketchbook : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...15#post3032315

    I do draw every day, but being a busy mum, don't always get time to update.

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    Nice studies! Make sure you apply Bridgeman's lessons with some imagination and life studies instead of just copying the book's drawings.
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    The key to getting better at anything is to do it a lot.
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    Vertical - Thanks for the comment and advice. i tried to use what I had recently covered in my bridgman studies in todays work ( what little there is of it )

    Today was a busy day so not much drawing time, but while out running errands i found a copy of Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain in our pitiful little library ( also a book on the pre-raphaelites so may do some studies from that as well at some point ). I've read some people recomend it, and some recomend against it but I figured I'd pick it up for a read and maybe tackle a few of the exercises. The first thing it tells you to do is a self portrait, a drawing of your hand and a drawing of someone you know done from memory so....here they are, along with a page of gestures. A slightly less fail self portrait, a page of studies of my own hand trying to draw from what i've learned from bridgman, and a very fail portrait of my fiance from memory ( much appologies hun ) From what i can gather these are for reference so you can look back and laugh at them after finishing all the exercises in the book. Here's hoping
    My sketchbook : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...15#post3032315

    I do draw every day, but being a busy mum, don't always get time to update.

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