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    Miri's Sketchbook - Pursuit of Radness

    ...because one day I want to have rad drawing skills.

    I love comments and feedback, and any observations and advice that will help me in my Pursuit of Radness will be loved, cherished, and pored over so I can make better works.

    Thank you guys!

    MY SILLY FACE

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    Some older studies from end of 2010 (like, October to December, maybe?).

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    Studies from February - 5 min gestures, mostly. Earlier to most recent.

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    I can tell I'm gonna enjoy this thread! Keep posting :0

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    @Emperor Boy: Thanks, man!

    These are still a bit older, but longer studies:

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    Your lines in your figures are getting more confident with each post! Not to much to critique at the moment, but maybe work on some value studies/shading/hatching? Looks fine actually, on those faces, but they are pretty small. Oh, and facial structure, I'd work on that a little, some of the features are a little wonky. (good word usage?)

    Kinda generic critique, sorry, but I look forward to seeing more!!

    ...the imperfections make it interesting...

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    @ Dope Fiend: Thanks so much! From those yellow-paged gestures, I got some feedback about not being so scratchy, and working in long, loose lines - it really helped me!

    I definitely need to get some value studies in there, and some colour studies; thanks for reiterating that! Definitely gonna get on it

    And hahaha, yes wonky is a technical term...

    Thank you, man!

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    really good studies, lovin it. maybe a splash of colour? he he.

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    @ Jeremy Swan: Thanks so much - I've been feeling like I really need to beef up my figure skills, but I agree! I definitely need to start doing some colour studies and things Thank you so much for the feedback

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    Self portrait from life - about 2 hours.

    Did this about a month ago, and I thought the nose looked fine. Now it looks funny. Hah.

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    This is awesome work. How long have you been drawing for?

    I agree with everyone that it's hard to critique this level of work, maybe add some still life study, perspective and color...

    Just for my curiosity, are these drawing from life or based on photos?

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    Yo i'm loving your observational skecthes, there just awesome. I don't know what advice that I can give you but just keep sketching away and use a lot of dynamic drawing books aswell if you know people like George Bridgman and Burne Hogarth. Wil definitely love to see more of you

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    @ Dracken: Thanks, man! I still feel like my figures need so much work lololol. I definitely need to kick it into high-gear with colour and still lives. Once my commissions are done, haha... I've been drawing with the intention of becoming a professional for about 6 years now? I've always drawn though Most of these are based on photos, as I am still looking for a local lifedrawing class.

    @ Silent-Samurai: Thanks! Been working at those a bunch. Thanks for the names - I'm not familiar (shameful, I'm sure), but I'll look 'em up. I appreciate the comments and support

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    Trying to draw hands without coming off like a total douche.

    Mixture of life and photo-ref.
    Colour is coming soon, I promise!!!

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    Cool! Your figures have very realistic and lifelike gesture; they are quite believable.

    It took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done.



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    J@n!t: Hey thanks so much. I still think I need to do some work on more subtle gestures haha...

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    Just some silly fashion doodles; trying to figure out a consistent way to stylize. No refs, just imagination

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    I'm really liking the character and expression you're bringing to your sketches.
    And your hand studies are wonderful!
    Again not much to critique on except maybe facial proportions? Either way your drawings are awesome

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    Super cool face expressions, I really like your works. Last girl looks very much like Ariel the Little Mermaid, seems Disney got into imagination of us all .

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    Quote Originally Posted by HtoTheHIZZAY View Post
    I'm really liking the character and expression you're bringing to your sketches.
    And your hand studies are wonderful!
    Again not much to critique on except maybe facial proportions? Either way your drawings are awesome
    Thank you very much ^^

    Can you give me a little more specific feedback on the facial proportions? What can I work on?

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    great drawings! sorry i cant crit much cause im a noob
    one of the faces, the proportions are a little off. i guess just watch out for that.
    good stufffffffffffffffffff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galarion View Post
    Super cool face expressions, I really like your works. Last girl looks very much like Ariel the Little Mermaid, seems Disney got into imagination of us all .
    Thanks man And hah... yea, I think it's the hair

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    Silly doodle ahahaha

    Sometimes it's nice to push and pull anatomy as you see fit

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    Quote Originally Posted by tronrobot View Post
    great drawings! sorry i cant crit much cause im a noob
    one of the faces, the proportions are a little off. i guess just watch out for that.
    good stufffffffffffffffffff
    Thanks man! Can you tell me what face specifically so I can look at those issues?

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    At long last... some colour!

    These are a sampling of my headshot commissions. Any suggestions on texture, lighting, or colour would be a HUGE help. I feel I struggle particularly in these areas.

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    Nice work!

    I suggest some more studies from life with emphasis on shapes versus objects (i.e amorphous dark and light shapes vs noses eyes, etc)

    hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unlink40 View Post
    Nice work!

    I suggest some more studies from life with emphasis on shapes versus objects (i.e amorphous dark and light shapes vs noses eyes, etc)

    hope that helps
    Helps a ton! Thanks so much!

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    Hi Lii-chan

    Studies that are primarily shape-based will help with color, values and 2d observation, but you need to balance that sort of thing with studies that are constructive and VERY object specific, so that you can understand the full three-dimensionality of the object.

    The color of your work would benefit from greater observation of nature, the colors are a little too pastel and not showing the full range of temperature shifts and values seen in real life. Even stylized work would benefit from a working knowledge of these phenomena.

    In your fashion doodles, really PUSH your shapes. Play straights vs. curves and emphasize the primary characteristics of your model. If she's skinny, make her REALLY skinny to drive the idea home. If her nose is pointy, make it REALLY pointy, etc.

    Your self portrait has a nice overall quality, but you need to be more mindful of the planes and how their relationship to the lights determines the values you see. Values are not just random patches of tone. There are very definite places where the form turns and causes changes in value.

    Check out my teacher's plane breakdowns, they might help.
    http://www.willwestonstudio.com/wws/free-downloads/

    I can post some more examples of planar studies done from life if you're interested.

    Best,

    -Ramon

    Ps. your studies of silly faces are lovely, nice work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchosimpson View Post
    Hi Lii-chan

    Studies that are primarily shape-based will help with color, values and 2d observation, but you need to balance that sort of thing with studies that are constructive and VERY object specific, so that you can understand the full three-dimensionality of the object.
    I respectfully disagree. If everything is visually composed of shapes, why would you draw anything else? Metaphorically speaking, you're telling her first learn how to play mary had a little lamb, then row row row your boat, and I'm telling her to learn to read music.

    Heres a step by step demo done in class by my teacher. Notice how when he renders in his shapes there is absolutely no bias towards eyes nose etc? All the darks are one equal dark value.

    Your eyes aren't bias towards objects, your brain is, the real question is, who are we ultimately trying to fool?

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    I respectfully disagree as well When you draw the way your teacher does, you're drawing the visual field, the shapes created in the retina by light rays. So you're creating an abstract map and not gaining any knowledge of the figure. Basically you're taking an impressionist approach to the figure, in that the drawing is purely optical. What do you do when the model moves? What do you do when you need to draw out of your head? The approach you're taking will help you develop a lot of skill. I think that's great, but it's incomplete. Especially for the kind of imaginative drawing Lii-chan is doing.

    The well informed draftsman has a superbly trained eye and can see shapes very well, but it's coupled with a keen awareness of every inch of the form of the model.

    Michelangelo didn't draw the way your teacher does, this approach only started developing around the 1830s (at the earliest) and people didn't start relying on pure shape observation till the 20th century.

    If want more information, check out my posts in the realism vs construction thread
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...11&postcount=5
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...5&postcount=13

    Best,

    -Ramon

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