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    Missed five days because of computer problems, but here is some new stuff, based on the Vilpu drawing manual as well as life drawing.... comments and such are appreciated.


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    it's awesome that you're looking at loomis and vilppu for figure drawing basics. they're awesome.
    it looks like you have good observational skill, too.
    my suggestion [and i might have to come back sometime after i find perhaps a visual to help say what i mean] is to not rely on outlining forms to say that they're there.
    i see very good hatching in the abdomen area of your life drawings in the last post, which show both where the light is coming from and what shape his ribs, muscles or belly are. try that for places like the legs and shoulders too!

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    That is awesome advice.I think this post by Vastel might illustrate your point

    These are all images from tonight. Tried focusing on drawing value as opposed to lines. Used charcoal and squinted a lot. To spice things up I also used some pen, still focused on values, but tried crosshatching a lot. Didn't look as good as I hoped, alas some day.

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    Feeling bummed out tonight... nothing seems to look good, my lines are crap and I my eyes hurt. Sigh... maybe things will be better tomorrow.

    These are all from tonight and yesterday. They are inspired by life drawing session / photo/ other drawings around this very forum. If anything looks decent t probably means I copied it from a better artist (I think Miles's or Algenpflege' sketchbooks inspired me for the last few drawings, but I don't remember 100%)


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    Here is another batch of updates from the past few days.

    Most of this should be either from Loomis or Villpu or life drawing. I really like the idea of the flowing gesture/ force motivating the actions of the figure. This book(Dynamic life drawing for animators) really helped me understand the concept, it's awesome in combination with Villpu

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    Although I didn't update recently I've been constantly working (finished the sketchbook I used before and started a new one , most recently I completed 70 head/ face studies over a period of two weeks. However all of that is done traditionally and my camera is currently broken, so I had no way to showcase it on-line.

    I recently started working on 30 second gestures on my PC so I guess that will make for a good way to show progress. I also started doing more life studies and will post some here. (I have a few self-portraits that are simply too horrid to look at)

    Here is a quick life study:
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    Finally a DSG for an artificial intelligence repairing itself.

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    I love the onion, and there is improvement in your self portraits, though look at your subejct more. On the train self portrait your cheek looks slightly large, making it look like you've put on weight, it just needed 'trimming' if you know what I mean. Spotting things like that will come with time. Keep going!

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    Nice!

    I envy your people drawing skills and your energi at trying to get better at drawing!
    I really suck at drawing people so cant' give you any critique. But Keep On rocking! and keep up the good work!

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    Yo man u need a scanner if ur producing this volume of work ;]

    Concerning your head studies : Always the head is 5 eye's wide. i think one thats in place, your features will fall into place. also dont drop the eyes too low under the brows. other than that, solid progress, definately on the right track to be a sick artist.

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    Ahh a scanner would be nice... Alas, in the meantime here is some more digital stuff. I'll try to borrow a camera in the coming days and put some more stuff up, or maybe scan some stuff at work. Till then enjoy some poor quality digital drawings As usual, the quality of these is horrid, but maybe some day I'll be better.

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    Here are some dumps from the past month or so. A bunch of cartoon heads from Loomis and a bunch of 30 sec gestures and a few heads from reference.

    Many of these drawings are inspired from the sketchbooks here. If it looks good you can assume it was copied from a better artist. In fact if you lurk around here a lot you should recognize some of the concepts (that house on the third post was from Dan's schetchbook ? maybe? not sure... too many talented people on this forum, too much insporation).

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    Some of those cartoon heads are really good. I love the Mario inspired Mushroom, haha, I always wondered why they had eyes! I actually had a dream last night where I was walking around shops trying to find a new Mario game to play, haha I haven't played video games at home since I was seventeen, I only play the odd arcade machine or wii at friends house, i've grown out of games, funny how these things come back in dreams though.

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    Urgh, today was a bad day. Sometimes, I just look at what I draw and want to cry with frustration. Something that starts out looking promising just fails miserably because I suck... GRRRR.

    7 months daily of work and I still can't draw convincing stick figures... drives me insane. I'm not even going to comment on my painting skills, because they are inexistent.


    Anyway, here are 30 sec/ 2-5 minute poses from tonight and my failed painting. Fun times.

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    Having bad days is the burden every single artist have to bear, saddly.
    But I can definitely see you improved a lot since you started this SB, so don't lose your motivation !

    Plus those stick figures are not that bad ! I guess you should try to loosen your pen a little more. Try some fast, or very fast observation drawing ( try 30secs poses, 1 min real life obs, etc... ! ), it'll sure help you drawing faster in the end !
    (And cartoon heads from last updates were very good ! )

    Bookmarked, I want to see your improvement

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    ahh ive noticed some giovanni civardi drawings in there (i think that's his name?) good stuff man. uve done alot of work, i like to see that. I guess for me, i struggled with drawing alot, and still do, i used to stop drawing for weeks to months on end cause i was getting enormously frustrated. Nothing was working out. But eventually i kept going and going....and eventually things start falling into place. The ball just needs to keep rolling. And try to keep things simple, generally the best approach. Ur work will get marginally better (its really fucking slow) so take it day by day.....and try draw every single day (if ur not already) 1 missed day = 2 missed, = a week, etc. and then u realise how much work u CUD HAVE DONE, and its depressing as shit. Anyway, that's wat ive done. Now i draw every day, ignoring the fact that im not as good as i want to be. i have accepted it, that i fail in comparison to my idols. But i got a goal, and nothing else comes close to important as that. (except for chasin those ladies XD).

    hope ive motivated you somewhat, and if not, sorry :/


    oh yer, and BAD DAYS happen ALL THE DAMN TIME. just power through it, only way.

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