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    Putting in the work

    Hi! Standard story, new here but long time, admiring browser. I've always doodled but never really put in the work needed to get better. Doodling isn't focused study and practice.

    At the start of the year I decided to change that, trying to practice every day. 6 months later, I'm definitely seeing improvement. Enough that I now feel confident enough to start a sketchbook here

    Please, any critiques are welcome. I have no formal training, I'm a programmer by trade. I read books and watch tutorials but there is nothing like experts giving you personal advice. I look forward to any suggestions you guys might give to help me improve.

    Here's some of the better stuff I've done this year.

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    Thanks!

    They're all digital actually. My line work is just sloppy.

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    Hey Naked Ninja! Where else you post? Some of your work looks fimiliar. From SA too, are you on the legionink.com site?

    Some cool work, hope to see more soon!

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    Hey Kidult!

    I also post on ImagineFX, doing their 365 day challenge there. Nope, never heard of legionink, take it that it's an SA artist site, will check it out!

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    Weekend updates.

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    Study of a greek statue.

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    Some more studies.

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    Some face studies.

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    Work in progress, study of a girl.

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    You are very good at pointing out the character of someone by showing his appearance. At least I can see a lot of different characters here. Very inspring!

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    @mat04art : Thanks!

    An update. I need to study rendering fabric more.

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    Sweet sketchbook you have going here man! Your figures have a nice sense of proportion and volume.

    Loving the colors on that frog, and the head studies are looking good.

    The only suggestion I have would be to push the darks even darker in some of your grayscale pieces for more contrast.

    Keep up the good work!

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    Thanks Matt! And yeah, I know what you mean. Been trying to push the contrast more.

    More studies! Some quick heads, a study of one of Wanimal's photos and an enviro.

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    Studies looking good man!

    You really caught the lighting in that environment. Portraying a scene like that at night seems difficult. But you definitely got it.

    Wanimal study looking sweet also

    Keep 'em coming man!

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    A hand study (dammit, my printer is broken, keep getting that vertical line :/) and put some colour on the wanimal study.

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    Some practice studies. Posemaniacs, a study of Pixar's Brave character where I horribly stuffed up the arm and didn't have my eraser and a quick value blocking study of some dude.

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    Some new studies.

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    Progress on the Gladiator study.

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    Some colour on the gladiator piece (I'm really not happy with the face) and a quick study of a girl in a river.

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    Coloured the girl sketch.

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    Busy busy, so just some posemaniacs practice the last few days.

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    Quick male study.

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    A quick study of James McAvoy as Professor X and the initial work on an illustration of one of my mates' D&D character.

    Any crits on the D&D char are welcome, I know I have a lot to learn.

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    Overall your doing pretty good. You've got good general proportions, anatomy, all that jazz.
    Really it's just a matter of refinement.
    I did a bit of a sketch over on your D&D picture -there's a bunch of red but it's all nit picky things.

    first- remember the body has volume. The center wont be strait down but will follow the curve of the torso. on the fist drawing, you can see if you round out the center line a little it adds a lot of volume to the figure.

    in this particular image I think the legs are the weakest part. In the first image I colored the different parts of the leg to emphasize the size problems. The far thigh is longer, the distance between the bottom of the knee and the top of the strap gets shorter and the lower leg is very short.
    Also -don't forget to count those straps/stripes/buttons/what-have-you on symmetrical items. Your bracers have 6/5 stripes a piece, the boots 5/4 I was in my 2nd year of college when my prof pointed out a similar issue on one of my drawings and I couldn't believe how obvious it was, or how I hadn't thought of it.

    lastly you just want to pay attention to the little things - the way clothes over laps the body- the directions of where your lines intersect.
    One example I showed was where the cloth overlaps the near thigh. It's a teeny-tiny difference, but it's these little differences that turn an ok drawing to a good one or a good one to a great one.

    I hope this is helpful! Happy sketching.

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    Nice studies! Have you considered doing some studies from one of the oft recommended anatomy books like loomis or bridgman? I'm finding that working from Bridgman is really helping me to understand the forms that I'm drawing when I'm doing poses.

    It might help you with some of the issues that Rhubix brought up.

    This is a great start, keep going!

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    Thanks Rhubix! That is really helpful. The leg especially leaps out at me now that you've pointed it out.

    I'm getting better at working from ref, but my ability to construct figures from imagination is still pretty weak, one of the reasons I'm doing the D&D character, to practice thinking about these kinds of things. Appreciate the tips.

    GHudston, yeah, I think I need to spend some time with those books. I've done a touch of Loomis, but I think it's time to dig in.

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    I ended up faffing around for ages on that Jenn pic, trying to get a good background before i eventually decided it just pulled the focus off the character. I'm not super happy with the end result, but I learned a lot trying different things and not liking them.

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    Some studies.

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    Another study.

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