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    Lumari's Sketch-aris! Help me learn to draw!

    Hi all, I made this SB in the hopes of improving like just about everyone else here. I'm starting from the very beginning of learning to draw and paint, so if you gave me some advice I'd be really happy! =]

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    29/8/11: Since the start of this SB, I think I'm slowly starting to spend more time on drawing and painting. One of my goals is to get to algenpfleger's level of dedication. I'm a little competitive haha^^;
    9/9/11: Just wanted to change the title a little, as well as the picture
    19/9/11: Stopped updating daily, but will try to update as frequently as possible!

    So to start of my sketchbook I have:

    - An observational drawing of two rubbers and a pad of stickies
    - Some heads based on Loomis' Ball & Plane method
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    (Originally in first post) So, to start off my sketchbook I have:

    - An observational drawing of two rubbers and a pad of stickies
    - Some heads based on Loomis' Ball & Plane method

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    This week I've started learning about perspective. I started off by reading Loomis' Successful Drawing but didn't really understand his explanation of 2-point perspective so instead I searched for other perspective tutorials and found this. I've started learning the material but haven't gotten too far because of uni assignments... I'm hoping I can make my time management more efficient after the mid-semester break so that I can work on my skills more.

    Anyways, here's my first two attempts at perspective according to Loomis' instruction. I'm not too sure why my edges don't seem to be turning out parallel...^^; Hopefully I can find that out soon.

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    Check the verticals in the second cube and u see how off they are. Also do draw the back vertical of the cube it is much better to draw through you get more practice ;p

    What do you mean by edges don't turn out parallel?
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    Well, I think it's especially evident in my first attempt where the two closest edges on the right weren't parallel when I tried to draw them according to the vanishing point. I tried to fix the bottom edge to be more parallel with the top edge but if that line is extended, it doesn't meet the vanishing point.

    Thanks for those two tips! Especially the first one, I can instantly see how far off my drawings are now^^;;
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    Use a 45 degree cone of vision perspective if you want to set a block with 90 degree angles. A Good book for perspective would be Perspective! For comic book artists. This book is in comic format and teaches art techniques just like the ones by Scott McCloud, and this book, IMO, is more in depth in the subject of perspective compared to Loomis's Successful Drawing (since Loomis' book deals with other subjects too), and it explains very well 1PP and 2PP. Although it attempts to explain 3PP, it does not do as great of a job. I recommend mastering lower number perspectives before touching 3PP. Also, don't draw the block directly at the station point, which is the point that forms the exact 90 degree angle in a 45 degree cone of vision. Instead, you should draw it above the station point. The station point is where you are standing and viewing the block.
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    Thanks for the advice Vay! I'll have to try it out once I get enough spare time on my hands. As for that book you mentioned, I'll try and get my hands on a copy. I realised I should probably start from lower points of perspective once I started reading up more about it. It sounds like that book is a great way to learn it^^
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    Ok, so I got my hands on a copy of Perspective for Comic Book Artists and I've been taking notes and doing the exercises. So here's some 1-point perspective exercises.

    Heh, I feel so newb compared to all the other awesome artists and sketchbooks here, but it's good motivation and inspiration to keep practising and learning^^
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    Some 60 second gesture drawings I did today as well as an observational drawing from a while ago.

    My first time gesture drawing. Hopefully I can reduce those 60 seconds to 30 seconds with practice.
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    A few 60-sec gesture drawings and a quick 5 minute still life drawing I did today. In the future, I need to focus on the bigger shapes to ensure I get proportions and perspective right.
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    ---Hi, thanks for stopping on my SB. I assume you're working really hard, & I'd say GOOD LUCK on your studying & your 3D artists dream. I'm living in Kings Cross... btw: really sorry about my English... KEEP CREATING & UPLOADING IN HERE..... have a lovely days...
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    Thanks^^ I try and fit drawing sessions in between my work from uni.

    I'm living in Lewisham - I think that's an hour of public transport to get to King's Cross. Your English seems pretty good to me! No need to apologize =]
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    I made another attempt at the 2-point perspective cube today but I read a lot more and took a lot more notes than I actually drew

    Also did a few 60-sec gestural drawings. I think I'm understanding the benefit of gesture drawings a bit better now.

    Oh and in class we did a still life of a statue, but that's too big for my scanner >.>;
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    It's been a long time since I last updated, but now that the semester has ended I'm going to focus more on improving my drawing.

    I felt that I wasn't drawing as much as I should have been when I was trying to learn perspective, so instead I've decided to start on Nicolaides' The Natural Way to Draw. I've only just started it and need to get the hang of doing 1/2 blind contour drawings.

    For now though, here's a painting that I just finished.
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