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    CTrance's Sketchbook - Looking to improve

    I've recently decided to buckle down, as I have a little over two years before I graduate from highschool, and I want to see if I can turn this into a career. I'll be doing daily sketchbook entries, most of which will be drawn from photos, but I will certainly be looking into figure drawing classes, and finding places I can people watch to draw more from life.

    I've got 2 years, 1 month, and 14 days left. Let's see if we can make this work, together.

    Deviantart : http://citrustrance.deviantart.com/

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    May 18th

    The portrait, horrible figure sketch and the horrible orange in the top right were drawn from imagination. The rest was drawn from reference with some slight things added or taken away

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    All done from reference. I drew these from my school's yearbook >.> I felt uber creepy staring at girls I go to school with for like 30 minutes straight xD

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    Ran low on steam last night and didn't draw very much :/ but I did draw, so I'm sticking to my commitment.

    Both drawn from some clothing store's summer flyer.
    Anyone have any good links to the human head at all angles that I can draw as reference?

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    Drew both of these from a House and Home magazine my mom had lying around
    She has quite the collection of them so I'll be looking further into those for sure.

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    I got a little lazy last night, didn't draw very much.
    I erased that portrait at the top left because it looked awful :l

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    That thing on the left was done from imagination. Note to self, stop drawing at 3 am >.>
    The rest was drawn from observing a couple friend's facebook pictures.

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    All drawn from imagination. I just sat back and enjoyed myself while listening to the radio

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    Drawn from imagination again :/

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    Getting back to business and using reference to study.

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    Did some portraits from photo ref in the school yearbook

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    I got sick and was too drugged up to stay awake for very long -__-
    I drew those quickly and then passed out so... yeah. The 'derp' drawing was done from imagination obviously... the other two portraits were still from my school yearbook.

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    I'm still sick, but these turned out better than last nights atleast. :/
    All drawn from reference.

    I really like the fact this I actually drew someone yelling in the top left >.>

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    More portraits, and still feeling creepy observing the faces of people I go to school with for so long.. >.>

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    Drew these a tad bit too late >.> Bottom right I managed to make one of the most beautiful girls in my school look horrible... meh.

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    Drew some pretty basic figures... yeah >.>

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    Woops, I forgot to upload yesterday. But I did draw so it doesn't matter much...

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    I like how this page turned out
    All from observation.

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    It was late. I almost fell asleep when I realized I hadn't drawn yet. I was too lazy to turn on my laptop and all the magazines or books I could find sucked, or the drawing was too hard for me in that state >.>
    All from imagination.

    If I get spare time I'll be colouring some of my sketches from the past few weeks. It should be interesting.

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    Well uhh... I'm not exactly proud of this entry.
    Still no replies :/ Any advice guys? Any websites that can give me photos of the human body, limbs, etc at different angles?

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    Hey there! It looks like you're off to a great start. I like your blocky shadows, and your poses have a good feeling of movement and vitality.

    Your faces, though, are a bit vague and generalized. Try doing some exercises on observation, like blind contour drawing. (Where you draw an object/face/whatever without looking at the paper or lifting your pencil, trying to set down all the details. You'll end up with a weird scribbly mess, but it's good for training your eye and actually quite fun.) Or read the book 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' and try some of the exercises in there.

    For anatomical references, try the site Posemaniacs. It has 3d images that you can rotate to look at from different angles.

    The Loomis books are also excellent references:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/501782/And...Head-and-Hands

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/255814/And...Figure-Drawing

    I hope some of that was helpful to you.

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    Those 3 buildings were drawn from imagination, and the portrait at the bottom was from ref.

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    Not too proud of that sketch on the right but I was pretty busy with homework last night :/

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    All from imagination.

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    Meh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clur View Post
    Hey there! It looks like you're off to a great start. I like your blocky shadows, and your poses have a good feeling of movement and vitality.

    Your faces, though, are a bit vague and generalized. Try doing some exercises on observation, like blind contour drawing. (Where you draw an object/face/whatever without looking at the paper or lifting your pencil, trying to set down all the details. You'll end up with a weird scribbly mess, but it's good for training your eye and actually quite fun.) Or read the book 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' and try some of the exercises in there.

    For anatomical references, try the site Posemaniacs. It has 3d images that you can rotate to look at from different angles.

    The Loomis books are also excellent references:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/501782/And...Head-and-Hands

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/255814/And...Figure-Drawing

    I hope some of that was helpful to you.


    Oh my!! I can't believe I didn't see your reply. I thought I would never get one :/
    I'll try and look into blind contouring again! It's been a few months since I've done one of those. I should listen to my highschool art teachers I guess hahah
    I'm really humbled that I actually received help from an artist as skilled as you.

    Thanks Clur, I greatly appreciate your input!

    Now for today's sketchbook.
    I drew those two bottom portraits while watching TV really late at night. I would see someone's face on tv and try to take in the image as much as possible and when it went away I tried to draw it. The other two were from imagination.

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    I went to posemaniacs and drew some figures while listening to some music.
    I had fun

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    All from ref.

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    more buildings lol

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    Finals are insane, but school's almost over thankfully.
    I drew but didn't have time to scan and upload.

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