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    Emmeline's sketchbook

    Pleased to be joining the sketchbook section on the forums!

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    Dragon Lizard

    Here's a sketch that I completed today. Perhaps I should have made more decisive choices whether to shade it or not...?

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    Life drawing

    I have been doing a life drawing course, which'll end next week. Have found it helpful being forced to experiment with drawing using line, using tone, and with materials other than familiar stylus / tablet (such as charcoal).

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    Life drawing from Wednesday 15th June

    This was my final life drawing class in a series of six.

    On Tuesday this week I also meandered past my local library and I had forgotten that I had asked for Andrew Loomis' book - which I saw recommended on ConceptArt.org - so I picked that up, too. My life drawing teacher suggested that it is really useful to understand the skeleton. I've studied musculature for humans a looooong time ago using Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Anatomy book. I look forward to seeing my skills up when I learn some of the skeletal stuff, too. It's making more sense after doing the six sessions of life drawing over the last two months.


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    Hello, Emeraldsong!

    It's great that you've studied the muscular build and started attending a drawing class! (If I read right)

    As for critique, your figures almost appear to be..melting, the skin sags and droops and the facial features are skewered. I suggest keep attending the drawing class and listening to what your teacher will say now and in the future. Unless you're drawing older folks, too much saggy and droopy skin and limbs are not good. Your figures just need some solid form and structure.

    Goodluck! Keep going!

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    Entries to Daily Sketch Group forum

    I want to keep all my stuff in this thread, so here are some entries I've made to the Daily Sketch Group forum:

    Familiar animal with concave (as opposed to normal convex) skull and ribcage (pencil):
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...65&postcount=9

    Three black and while super vehicles (Manga Studio):
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...1&postcount=16

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    Monday 27th life drawing in Cardiff

    Life drawing - final 30-40 minute pose done in Cardiff yesterday. I started trying out Reilly Method which I'd briefly read-up on from ImagineFX magazine's Anatomy special. Enjoyed meeting other artists and sharing around our sketchbooks and feedbacks.


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    My right foot

    My right foot. And a face.

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    posemaniacs.com figure sketching exercises

    I had a go yesterday and today at using posemaniacs.com and the 30 second random pose tool there. The page with ten figures was 30 second poses, attempted yesterday. The site advises to increase the time limit if you cannot finish sketching the pose so today I tried 90 second poses and the two sheets of four figures each are today's exercises.

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    3/1/2012 posemaniacs.com exercising

    8 x 90 second sketches using the random pose generator.

    I started studying Andrew Loomis' Figure Drawing for All It's Worth last night and it's helped my grasp of eight-head-height proportions coalesce in my memory. I think it's been a help with doing this sheet.

    This post possibly to appear in a mini-avalanche of these when they go through moderation maybe.

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    Still life using tablet PC, Wacom stylus and Photoshop

    Drawing from observation practice from Saturday 11/2/2012. This too about 1h20.

    I've just started reading Drawing on The Right Side of the Brain and wish to do the starter exercises recommended there before I progress with reading the book further. I hope I have the satisfaction of seeing future improvement to look forward to!

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    Hi, great start here...are you still attending those life classes? Update more..the last one you did on your tablet pc looks pretty neat. Keep going I'm interested to see where this goes. Spend more time on still life and really see. Upload more

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    Thank you Damien! I was able to attend a life drawing class last Wednesday. Recently I've found various SketchCrawl, meetup.com and Facebook group-based resources for life drawing, along with the opportunities I have on Wednesdays I may be able to do more, it depends on my choosing to prioritise it!

    Following are three exercises I did today, the first exercises from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. These are from before I've dug into the body of the book; have just read the introduction so far. Glasses is a self-portrait. Mad hair is drawn from memory - somebody I know. Finally the hand is my off-hand (I'm a leftie!) I've photographed these with my digital camera to upload (flash off as I find it washes things out and the pencil reflects the light, spoiling dark areas anyway). Next time I'll light the pages better before I snap them as the faces are a bit fuzzy.

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    Drawing what I see

    Here's some life drawing from yesterday afternoon, and a still life done at home this evening. Figure drawings were something like 30 minutes each, using charcoal and compressed charcoal. I didn't take in the timings, but I'm pleased with the improvement in what I can capture in that time. The flowers took 2h20 using Photoshop. I think I need to learn and practice more drawing line and values before trying colour.

    Reflecting on the life drawing and earlier comments in this sketchbook about my figures looking like they're "melting", I would like to try controlling the lines I make more carefully and trying to construct more solid 3D forms. It could be that because I like the way Yoshitaka Amano's drawings of figures from imagination are rendered with very whimsical, flowing curves I'm trying to apply this line style to figure drawing uncritically.

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    Two 30 minute poses and a 15 minute pose (in the blue and purple crayon - not quite sure what the timing was...)

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    I tried life drawing with digital media (Photoshop). I'm not getting the best out of PS until I really grasp using brushes. If I can find a demo for Corel Painter (should have one somewhere among my ImagineFX cover discs collection...) I'd like to try using that.

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    More warm-ups and sketches focused on different techniques. Am v v pleased with the standing 15 minute pose where instructed to "draw the shadows".

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    More life drawing. I should do more other stuff for practice to make this sketchbook more varied!! I was challenged to render some texture / detail on the final one hour pose. So I focused on the face, even the veins on our model's forehead. V pleased with the detail. Not sure what has been up w me this week, have struggled with constructing the figure overall. Could be distracted by warmer weather, or fighting with the materials (didn't realise I'd picked LIGHT compressed charcoal, which didn't take well on newsprint paper, which is what the majority of the attachments were drawn on). I seem to get good results when I focus on rendering values rather than lines.

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    Self-portrait

    I got really in the zone for this one. When I tracked how long I'd been working it was 1h20 and I was very surprised at that.

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    Facial Expressions for Artists by Gary Faigin

    I copied this page from Gary Faigin's Facial Expressions for Artists in order to try better to assimilate the technique. I note that my faces don't have the subtle tilt of the head that Faigin's examples do. While I was drawing the final face I found I got the eyes too big. I think drawing at fairly small size didn't help, but it was a bit ironic to get the eyes too big while copying from a page teaching you a technique to help combat the beginner's error of making facial features too big in relation to the head.

    Also a page of self-portrait images drawn this morning. Am also studying Colour and Light (Gurney) and noted the "Terminator" shadow down the middle of my face. If I'd paid attention earlier I'd probably have lit the room differently, it really made it very challenging to draw effectively, I could save more subtle light for when I'm going to do a longer drawing!

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    Drawings from life session last night in Holborn (via meetup.com).

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    Sketches from flowers in aquarelle pencil. I've been trying to learn how to use the material, perhaps I should look for some tips. 2h each. I can see for the pink hydrangeas that my ellipses structuring the bottle cap should be... more elliptical. At the time it seemed to stand to reason that the lip closer to me should be modelled closer to a circle than the far top lip. Is this a faulty way of thinking, or should this effect be less pronounced, I wonder?

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    Some of the life drawing pieces that I've done recently:

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