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    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

    Alright, I'm a 24 year old (had to think about that for a minute) guy, and I'm currently doing my master thesis in physics. I have absolutely no formal education within art, but I've been drawing since forever.

    So hopefully I'll be able to update this thing from time to time.

    All critiques and tips are welcome. I'll try to keep my stubbornness out of the equation when I'm recieving it

    Since I got most of my stuff on DeviantArt already, I'll attempt to link to them there (I'm lazy like that). So here's selected stuff from 2006'ish till 2009'ish:

    Charlize Theron:

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...


    Live portrait:

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

    Figurative Portrait:

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

    Shivo (character request on DA):

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

    Anaranë Alcaring (character request on DA):

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

    Horrible portrat (except for the nose):

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

    The biblical God:

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

    The Experiment:

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...


    Tied Up:

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

    Callacca:

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

    Jennifer Garner:

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

    My dad:

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

    After 2009, I slowed down drawing quite a bit. Did a few sketches and stuff, but nothing really noteworthy. And I couldn't be bothered with scanning them to my pc anyway. Then I bought an intuos4 tablet, and I've done a bit sketching, but most practicing the basics and stuff. But there's one quick sketch that I did, that though it has problems, doesn't suck too hard:

    Isabelle:

    Maybe this'll hold me by the neck...

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    Master thesis in physics? blimey
    Great start! Have you looked at Loomis's books? They're really helpful, and they're all free

    Heree

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    I haven't looked at them no. I see them recommended all the time though, and I see what people going through them are doing, so hopefully I'll get to take a look at them somtime soon!

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    Cool stuff! I like the Experiment and Callacca pieces the best.

    The full body drawings of people you did could be better though. Have you looked at any anatomy books yet? If not I would suggest studying those for a bit.

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    Currently I'm working on my linework. I need to have a reasonably good line (it's still a bit sketchy now) before I work on more advanced stuff like anatomy and such. But when I have a line down that I think is reasonable, I'm probably gonna go through a Loomis book or two.

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    Mine is terribly sketchy too. :/

    Best of luck to both of us!

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    Since you didn't hold back with me, I won't hold back with you.

    You have about fifteen years of work to do on these before they are up to snuff.

    I have a friend who jumped from below this level of quality to professional level in about 5 to 6 years time, but he is an insane workaholic who is destroying his health. Art is his life, not a hobby.

    Now, for practical advice. When the head is turned to one side, the eyes do not stay horizontal. They rotate with the head. Are you drawing basic construction lines before drawing the surface details of the character?

    I suspect you are drawing from the outside in rather than the inside out. This is a bad habit of my own, but I am working to break it.

    Draw a simplified skeleton, then draw the musculature around it, then draw the clothing on top of that. Use reference.

    Acquire these books, in physical copy or download a pdf:

    Figure Drawing - Design and Invention by Michael Hampton

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    Dynamic Anatomy by Burne Hogarth

    This is advice from someone who is himself trying to improve.

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    Bahahahaha Benjamin, bitter much? Oh well, none the matter, thanks for the encouraging words!

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    I suppose I should update this from time to time with actual work though. I'm currently going through a Loomis book or 5, but a few basic studies trying to get somewhat of a line down, I've done is one of Eva Habermann (Ref) and Sophie Ellis Bextor (Ref). Both are very unfinished and have a sketchy linework (which I'm currently attempting to adress), but anyway...

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    Reducing the number of strokes should help. Except when you aim for that really roughed up stile. I think you could do some really creepy stuff in that way. ^^

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    "If you don't want to hear that you suck you're in the wrong place. This isn't intended to be a rap battle where your responses lengthens your e-penis accordingly. This is intended to be a place where you get honest opinions on your work. If that's not what you want, then you and people replying here would be better served for you to take your business elsewhere."

    That's total bullshit, by the way. There's no such thing as "honesty," shitbird. It's all subjective. All art is great, all art is crap. And people like you are more jealous than honest. Dude.

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    I don't want to be a broken record, so I won't repeat what everyone else here is saying. But, one tip for getting rid of sketchy lines is to get a piece of paper, and just draw straight lines. Doesn't have to be anything, just straight lines that extend across the paper.

    Then, when you're drawing and the sketch looks too sketchy, stop and try to correct yourself by doing longer, more deliberate lines.

    Ultimately though, I think it all comes with confidence. I still do the sketchy lines quite a bit (especially when I'm drawing with an ink pen), but I usually catch myself doing it and try to correct it.

    Keep it up and good luck!

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