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    Focus on one thing - do 100 exercises - improve

    Hi there,

    my name is Robin, I am employed at a small software company in northern Germany - and I want to learn to draw.

    My first goal is to learn as much as I can about the human figure.

    My idea is to focus on one thing - and draw it 100 times.
    Now let's see how far I can get with this idea.

    And if you have tips for me - please leave a reply. Thank you!!!

    Ok, here we go!
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    Ok, here is my first goal: to draw 100 skulls.

    All from ref, of course (a plastic skull, sketchup-models, photos, books...)

    Other drawings are from ref as well. ;-)
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    Man I think you have a very good understanding of faces , but I would recommand you pushing those skull studies, because they are a bit under the head ones.

    That top right chick on the last page is pretty hot !

    Looking forward to see more from you
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    Hi Shad , thank you for visiting my sketchbook :-)

    I will definetely do more skull studies since I want to understand the underlying structure of a head/face someday. It's really hard for me to bring the 3d-Forms to paper.
    Well, I think my skulls are really distorted (the cranium is too small, the chin too long and too narrow etc...). I hope this will get better soon!

    Ok, here are some random figure doodles (Posemaniacs, photos, imagination, Youtube-Videos) as well as my next skull studies.

    And - does anyone remember the C64-Game "H.E.R.O." from the 80s?
    I did a cartoonish approach on an illustration for a fictional second part (done in Photoshop).
    Hmmmmmmmmm.... I think, I had no idea what I was doing on this one considering the light and forms and composition and so on, but thats why I am here - to learn!
    Hope to hear from you, guys!!
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    good studies Keep it up!
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    Hi again !

    Those gesture studies are cool, because I think you have a good rendering of the body in simple volumes. Just do tons of those !

    The skull studies gets really better and less distorted from the 58 or 59 one. You sure a going the good way !

    Waiting for more stuff from you ! ^_^
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    durzoblint: thank you for encouraging me!
    shad: I agree - you can never do enough of those gesture studies... By the way: I have found some old gestures/faces I did back in 2008 (posemaniacs). The proportions are wayyyyyy offff!!

    Ok, well, I finished the skulls! *wheee*

    ... and I went on to the next project - drawing 100 Faces.
    (I started with some Photos from Mark Simons Book "Facial Expression")

    I also painted a friends pen&paper-roleplaying-character. A witch named Tay-Lee. Her clothes look a little bit like Morrigans (Dragon Age)... not that this was intended....

    Hm.. can anyone give me tips on colors/lighting?
    With this Tay-Lee-Piece I tried to get away from a cartoonish style - but somehow I cant figure out how I do this properly.

    Maybe doing photostudies is the right way to learn realistic painting...?


    Edit: Can someone tell me how to put images directly into the post instead of attachments?
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    More face studies....
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    Nice sketchbook!

    I like the faces in the latest post, there are some nice expressions there.

    my only suggestion at the moment is that some of the faces might benefit from a bit more shading to highlight the contours of the face.

    apart from that i think this is looking really good, keep it up!
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    Joe: You are right, this is a general problem of mine - I shouldn't try to define every form with a line, I should use shadows/highlights instead... or at least I should put more variation in line weight and intensity...

    Hmm, ok, 49 and 52 of my next face studies are the best, I think, because in these two I used the most variation in my lines...

    Besides, I have improved the scan quality of my images.

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    This is a nice sketchbook. I really like the heads study, some of the expressions are really good and there is some improvement from the old stuff.

    I'd recommend trying to focus more on perspective as some faces look a bit skewed. Other than that, just keep up the good work and post your updates
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    Thank you, dracken! Yeah, I definetly should focus on perspective (and form... and lines... and so on...)

    There's a lot to learn, so lets go - here's another two pages with faces. Refd from personal photos and deviant art.

    I tried to vary the lines more to get away from a cartoonish look to a more realistic one. Dunno, if I'm on the right track....
    ...but I have learned some things about rendering hair with highlights and stuff.

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    The next cartload of refd faces - wohoo - I'm heading towards the 100!!

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