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    Butterknife's poo scented sketchbook

    Hello ConceptArt.org denizens,

    I am not good at drawing.. This is my attempt to change that, periodically, over the next year or more.

    My goal is to get into school for 3d animation, or just good ol' hand drawn animation, I will apply sometime in the period of December 2011-January 2012.

    I was inspired to start this after I'd gotten a big fat rejection letter to a University course I'd applied to this year. My art is 'not to a sufficiently high standard'. So this, THIS, is something I must correct.

    My plan is to draw, hopefully daily, and get better. I'll read books, tutorials, or anything any future viewers of this thread suggest to me.

    Right now, I'm reading 'Fun With A Pencil' by Andrew Loomis, I'm going to try to get through the book and upload my progress as I go along each day. Though, maybe that's not actually something anyone wants to see.. I'll draw enough that hopefully someone will post lol.

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    First update.. I've been following the book fairly exactly. Not sure if that's the correct way to be doing it. Nothing interesting so far .
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    Another update from yesterday. Still, nothing.. I'll keep at it though.
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    Good start, I like the way your characters dont all have the same head shapes, thats good. I would however recommend you draw through the form and shapes before rending hard edges and shadows, just to have a better understand of the head.

    Keep it up.
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    Yay, my first reply ! Thanks so much for even taking the time to comment. When you say draw through the form and shapes, do you mean like shape out the head with circles, etc to get a base before I try to add details?

    From reading this book, I'm understanding how to do it on just a plain sphere, but for something like the actual human head, I don't know where to start.. I try to start out with an egg shape, but it always seems so flat, the features are always placed so terribly x.x.

    Thanks again for your comment , I appreciate it so so much.
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    Check this link out, it gives you a better understanding of that. http://www.stanprokopenko.com/blog/2...ead-any-angle/

    Here's a quick doodle I made for someone about the same subject,
    http://attachments.conceptart.org/fo...1&d=1298931124

    You already got a good start though. It's all about trail and error, keep drawing man
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    I'd tried that method in the link PLeon provided (thanks so much for that, it's so helpful!) It helped me a ton in placing the features in the face, and actually giving me an idea of where to begin. I always viewed the face as just like a mess of features, unsure of where to start.

    Though, this isn't great, it's just a small update of my start with it. I had trouble knowing where to place the features exactly still, I should have remembered to check your attachment, showing the spacing between all of the features using this method. That would have been so helpful x.x, I'll remember to do it though.

    One thing I do have to say, I DRAW SO DAMNED SLOWLY. Every line seems to take me a year to make, it's always fudged as well.
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    Okay, so I'd stumbled upon someone's sketchbook and I was inspired by the progress they'd made following Betty Edwards' book 'Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain'. So I thought I'd try it out.. I'm about 122 pages in, and I don't think it's helping me.. I can't find the materials to create a proper 'viewfinder', I'd tried to make one out of plastic wrap lol.. Total failure there. Some of exercises, like the drawing upside down one.. I don't think they'll really help me. The first one is just SO bad.

    I'm just always at a loss of where to start.. I feel like I'm in a state of continually starting some part of learning and I'm inadequate at comprehending it all. I'm absolutely awful at drawing lines, I can't shade at all, no concept of perspective..
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    Helloo hello

    Quote Originally Posted by Butterknife View Post
    I can't find the materials to create a proper 'viewfinder', I'd tried to make one out of plastic wrap lol.. Total failure there. Some of exercises, like the drawing upside down one.. I don't think they'll really help me. The first one is just SO bad.

    I'm just always at a loss of where to start.. I feel like I'm in a state of continually starting some part of learning and I'm inadequate at comprehending it all. I'm absolutely awful at drawing lines, I can't shade at all, no concept of perspective..
    LOL I had the same problems with the viewfinder, I tried to use plastic wrap too but it failed miserably. In the end I bought an A4 sheet of clear plastic perspex on ebay, it was surprisingly cheap (something like £2 including P&P). It will really help you having a clear sheet of plastic you can draw on...Sometimes I just sit and trace what's on my desk or in my room directly on to the plastic, it helps you to see how to flatten what you see around you into a 2D shape (if that makes sense?)

    Your exercises look good, keep going! And don't skip over parts of the book, read it all slowly, understand it, and then read it again and try the exercises

    Keep posting!
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    Listen, if you are new to drawing as you said, your drawing are very good !
    It is just that you are a beginner, you cannot start drawing like if you was drawing regularly from years. You can visit my sketchbook and see how I started, and until now, at each drawing I learn something !

    "Practice", this is the key to the success. From the book that you are reading, you should take this, "draw what you see and not what you think are seeing". It is easy to understand, but actually only practice make it possible.

    If you don't know how to start, put a line or a circle, any thing, it is not important, just don't draw it too hard. For example I put 2 lines to limit the top and the bottom of a head when I draw a portrait.

    Just remember, you will draw shit, I draw shit, but after years of drawing shit, you will look at a drawing and say "Did I really draw it ? is that me?", it happened to me and to every one who had found some improvement after years of hard work.
    To be or not to be , this is the question !

    Help me drawing the head


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    PS: Sorry for my bad English
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    Thanks so much for your encouragement . I know it's going to take me a long long time to make meaningful progress.. I get down on myself, because sometimes I draw things and it looks worse than something I did a year ago lol. Which is really bad x.x.

    I want to keep practicing.. I'm not exactly sure where to start x.x. I should maybe look at references, but when I do just do reference sketches, I never feel like I'm learning anything ? I have a big problem with lines, I'm fail at them. I see a lot of people who have just clean strokes, mine go all wonky, or are too light.. Hopefully I'll get better at it eventually.

    I was able to construct a viewfinder for the Betty Edwards' exercises.

    I also tried that posemaniac website, but my 30 second drawings are unintelligible lol. So I won't bother to post them >.>.
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    Okay, so, I did the most AMAZING thing two days ago. I've been following Betty Edward's book, which requires a glass/plastic panel 'viewfinder' to draw on with marker. I put it beside my desk without thinking, and stepped on it ! So It pretty much exploded all over my foot.

    So I'd had to buy a new one and these are the crap sketches I've made over the past few days following that book.

    These are including my first perspective drawings, using her method of 'sighting' where you just use your pencil to gauge proportions by creating rations between objects in pictures.

    I REALLY need help understanding how to draw objects at an angle in perspective with this 'sighting method' With the regular '2 point perspective, etc' I could just use a ruler, but it's not allowed with this ..
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    So in the past couple of days, I've been a bit low on myself again about my progress. I'm unsure of my studies. The problem I have really is that I have a hard time knowing where to start, or if what I actually WANT to do will lead to progress..

    So my friend had helped me develop sort of a schedule to stick to.

    1 day of drawing something I'm good at
    1 day of drawing something I'm bad at
    1 day of studying old masters paintings (optional assignment to draw from a more current artist in which I'm interested in)
    1 day of life study

    Normally when I try to study anatomy, it goes straight over my head. So my thinking was that maybe I could just draw from observation until I establish some principles in my head, then read anatomy to supplement it.

    I'd done that yesterday with the '1 day of drawing something I'm good at', a couple of really shit observations of the skull.

    This was my day of drawing the head/skull
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