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    Learning new drawing principles

    Learning new drawing principles

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    Hello all!

    Since a couple of years I'm drawing a lot. But mainly cartoon art (http://www.mitchleeuwe.nl). However I never did an art education nore learned much about realistic drawing. Now it's my goal to learn more about "realistic drawing". When I saw this threads section I really wanted to start an own thread, where I can post all kinds of studies.

    Critiques are always welcome, encouraged and much appreciated.

    For start I made these 2 drawings. The skull comes from a study I'm doing (drawing the human figure from the mind). I didn't finish it all yet, I've just finished learning all the bones I'm now learning the muscles. I got the poses from posemaniacs.

    Do you all think I'm on the right track or not?
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    I would say so. It's a great start. You have a lot of fluidity in your figures. Only thing I'd recommend is looking at is jaw structure - the teeth/mouth seem a bit off. Keep it up!

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    Made some new studies. Does anyone have suggestions what I should study?
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    not a bad start, altho i reckon if you're trying to learn "realistic" drawing you should do some more slow studies. the quick gestures you're doing will make your figures look more expressive, but won't help you draw realistically - they still look very cartoony. if you wanna shake your cartoon habits, you gotta do studies.

    maybe also have a look at "drawing on the right side of the brain" by betty edwards, it's a book all about shaking old habits and learning how to see properly. very good, if a bit long-winded.
    another great reference is andrew loomis. he's very technical, but teaches a correct professional way of drawing. which you already do in a way, he might just give you some extra ideas.

    i'd probably also leave colour and value for now, and focus on learning anatomical shapes. no need to memorize all the bones and muscles, you'll learn them anyway while you're drawing hundreds of studies. it's more important to understand the shapes the muscles create in different poses.

    have fun, keep drawing! and remember that drawing = seeing

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    Hey there, great start you got there.

    Not much to say, since others have said it.., keep drawing, that's the only way to get good at this.., also, even though studies are great, don't forget about doing some drawings from imagination, try to focus on applying what you've learned into them.

    Keep at it!
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    Thanks for all the feedback! It's really encouraging and helps me on what I should practice.

    I made some new study's. A while back I did some Andrew Loomis study's, I also posted that one. The last drawing I did is the one with the faces, I really suck at them. Do you know some place where I can find some more reference photo's? I already using some magazines.

    Thinking now about making some landscape/composition study's.

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    Some doodles I just made. I really looked allot at creature box art for these doodles, some are "copy's" and others are more own versions in the same style.

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    Made some figure drawings (this time not in PS but with a pencil), tried holding my pencil different than normal. Seeing it back now after a couple of hours im not that happy with it anymore. Do you think I'm still on the right track? Or should I try a different approach. Thnks.

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    Trying some new render styles.

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    Practice, practice... still fun. Planning to make a figure drawing in grey tones, to learn a bit about values.

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    Hey, nice update..., your digital rendering is coming along nicely.. and your doodles and gestures aswel, don't worry about not being "happy" with the results..., keep doing them and you'll get there... besides, you got some pretty good poses in there.. Next time, try to mix it up a bit and have some people jumping around and stuff.

    Keep updating!
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    Thanks Fernandoart, yeah you're right!

    Here's some new stuff and a new approach.

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    Focusing a lot on figure drawing and anatomy. My goal is to make my own poses and characters from imagination.

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    Some new drawings. Thinking about doing something else next time, maybe I should take some distance from characters and focus more on backgrounds and composition.

    I've find it hard to draw from live (like the head study's), I have less problems with drawing from photo's etc.

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    Mitchoo, you've been a drawing machine the last several days. I checked out your website and it seems your cartooning skills are helping a lot with the transition towards more realism in your sketchbook. Your website has some professional work. Are you wanting to go into illustration and concept art? Also, where are you from?

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