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    There and Back Again - an artist's tale

    Hello all,

    I'm an absolute beginner to this thing called "drawing". Much like the stature of the fellow referenced in the title, my skill is very small. But, we all gotta grab our cloaks and head out our round doors eventually, right? Consider this my little push to get me to take those first steps.



    Now, I'm such a beginner that I'm not confident with my linework, and it shows. The only thing I'm trying to do at this point is get down line quality and correct representation of contours. Maybe I need to branch out more into shading, but I don't know where to start at all with this practice. I try it on my pictures, but it looks like I just filled it in with conspicuous blotches - doesn't look good at all.


    That's it, for now.
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    Welcome aboard and a nice start.

    Nice line drawings, you have good control. Nice place to begin.

    Keep it up, post more, more, more!
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    Hi, Matt, nice start. That Loomis copy looks really good. Keep us posted.

    And keep drawing.
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    Hi guys, just an update.

    I've mainly been practicing from Loomis and "Drawing the head from any angle" site, concerning head construction (making spheres with guidelines, etc.) Trying to get them to look 3-dimensional.

    I know my line quality is horrendous, I'm trying to work on it to get that nice "sketch" quality.

    The cup is bad too. I was trying to practice shading with the handle but it didn't turn out well. I sketched out the thing near the end. Bleh.

    Also, (I'm sure it's posted somewhere) but how do you make that icon that links to your work - the yellow guy who is doodling?

    Thanks.
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    Hey, you know where to start which is valuable, therefore you will improve fast. Keep working and good luck.
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    Go to User CP at the top left of the forum. Then in the menu on the left click Edit Your Options. Then scroll to the very end and there is Link to your Concept Art Sketchbook column. Paste there the link to your sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=213614

    Done.

    Nice studies.
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    good studies keep them up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jouzinka View Post
    Go to User CP at the top left of the forum. Then in the menu on the left click Edit Your Options. Then scroll to the very end and there is Link to your Concept Art Sketchbook column. Paste there the link to your sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=213614

    Done.

    Nice studies.
    Hey, thanks a bunch.
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    You're welcome.
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    Here's some stuff from Stephen Rogers Peck book "Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist".

    I really need to learn how to shade properly. Really piss poor here.

    On a side-note, I'm waiting on my copy of Bridgeman's book to come to me in the mail. It'll be fun to finally have a decent book that breaks down the construction of the human figure.
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    great stuff in here matt, just keep doing what you're doing. Those studies can be really tedious but they give a really strong foundation for later works, and in fact most people on here agree that you are never "too good" to go back and practice a bit of the old loomis "ball" method of construction.

    P.S. usually "shading" is referred to a "rendering" on CA, just to avoid confusion. Shading refers to greys really, and rendering refers to adding values to help give form to something.
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    Hey thanks for stopping by, I will use your advice
    Keep on drawing, studying and so on, but never forget, you do it because you like/love drawing...
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    Just posting some of my older stuff that I had to delete for my profile pic.

    One is of a piece of garlic: I didn't know how to render it at all.


    The other is a Loomis figure.
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