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    Melo's Happy Little Sketchbook

    Wanted to start my own sketchbook to hopefully improve~ Don't have much yet, but I really do want to make sure to update this regularly c:

    Melo's Happy Little Sketchbook

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    Welcome!

    Your first post...congrats you've started the journey...here's to your next 100 pages!! : )


    - A man diligent and skillful in his work will stand before kings -
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    @Jephyr X - Thank you! I certainly hope I get that far!

    Update for today... I'm gonna try to update once a week. There'll probably be a good amount of pictures posted~

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    Nice still life! You wrapped the letters around the form really well. Try not to use pure black, it doesn't actually show up in real life too often and it looks pretty unnatural. Just use a really dark, desaturated color. If you're not familiar with Andrew Loomis, it would help you to study some of his books, they're great. You can find them online as PDFs, they're really old so that's legal. good luck, keep it up!

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    @Vertical - Thanks for the tips! I'm usually pretty good with not using black... at least on ski tones xD Guess I didn't really think about the pop can. Ah well, lesson learned!

    I also picked up all of Loomis' stuff I could get c: Great read! Here's a small update with what I've done so far:

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    Very nice so far! The contour lines on the figures shows that you're starting to think dimensionally, which is good. Keep it up, you're on the right track.

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    @etui - Thank you! Hopefully I can just stay on the right track, now 8D

    A little change from what I've been doing. I haven't drawn much at all this week - it's exams, and.. well, admittedly I've been lazy, haha.

    I did this today. It was suppose to be to practice male anatomy... but when I started to finish it up, I realized it completely slipped my mind to refer to references! Such a horrible habit... I'll post this now, and then go over it a little later to see what I did wrong. I suppose that's an alright learning strategy, though not one to use to often.

    If I do work more on him, I'm hoping to change him into a roman soldier. Maybe even a gladiator preparing for battle... hmm... gotta put more thought into it xD

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    The marquee and polygon lasso tools in Photoshop could help you get nice clean straight edges on things like that pop can, which looks a little too soft, especially around the rim.

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    It looks like your proportions are off. In the first image the girls stomach area was too long, the can was too short, etc. Otherwise you really look like you're putting your all into this. Keep practicing, and try to see the image as a whole as you draw it so that you are giving everything the dimensions they need.

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    @GeniusFetus - Nice tip! I hadn't even thought about that... will be using it in the future, though!

    @Telephonoscope - Yeah.... I realized that after I scanned it in. Dunno what I was thinking when I drew it, but, ah well, lesson learned. Hopefully my proportions will improve as this sketchbook goes on. Must keep practicing!

    Anyway, little update today. I'll probably post again tomorrow, simply because I'm going on vacation for a bit on Sunday, I won't be able to post for close to two weeks.
    The first was something I did from imagination after my chemistry exam. Not really proud of it... more posting it to remind myself how much I need to practice/improve xD
    The rest are my attempt at gesture drawings, more anatomy practice (will be doing a LOT more on guys...) and value practice. I don't really like the gesture drawings... don't think they have enough energy Should also be doing more of those, I suppose.
    The last one was digital painting/value/shading/colour practice, with the black circled being those I'll continue to work on when I can.

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    Your figures are looking great. It looks like you are loosening up your lines a bit, which is good.

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