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    My Sketchy Past, Present and Future

    Hellloooo everyone. My name is Gus, I am 19 and I have been sketching on and off for pretty much my whole life. Having done a few WIPs I have now decided it is time to get back to some fundamentals of drawing and start a sketch thread. I have done a few part time art courses at collage but now I feel up to presenting some stuff on the web to be critiqued.
    Oh, and I am currently attending a Games Development course at Liverpool college.


    Along with presenting some new stuff I will show you some stuff I have been working on over the last few years.

    Please, I welcome you to point out flaws and mistakes I may and probably am making.

    I will upload more soon...

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    Some Updates...

    Here are some life drawing sketches I did in 09 and 10.

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    Hi Guys, I've been doing a lot of gesture drawing recently...
    I'm really trying to grasp the human form but there is just so much to consider... Shadow, highlight, form, value, color, clothing, environmental lighting, etc.

    BLIMEY!! Understating what you are drawing apposed to just drawing it is like doing quantum physics on the fly! My head aches after just 30 minutes!

    Anyway... See what you think.

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    More Stuff

    Here is some more...

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    Studies

    I'm trying to learn more about the structure of the body...
    Any recommendations?

    PS sorry about the scratchy writing. :p

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    your cartoony style looks so funny and original! I´m loving those bones studies

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    like your cartoony style on the first post, my advice would be to look at the bigger shapes what you are drawing and develop on them, btw I live in Liverpool too.

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    More stuff from the week...

    Some more...

    (Last Image)
    I've been reading Jurassic Park and it compelled me try out disneyfying the characters. I was trying to emulate in some way what Tealin' did to the Harry Potter characters.
    Click http://www.nocturnalsoldier.org/Tealin/artindex.html to see what I’m talking about.

    Oh.. and as before any advice greatly appreciated. ;P

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    New tablet?

    Hi guys and gals.
    I have had my bargain bin graphics tablet for a few years now and am now considering buying a new one (cheap ebay graphire4 looked good). It is a G-Pen 450 and has 1024 pressure levels according to the casing but I have suspicions this may not be the whole truth.

    Anyway it would be great if you could check out the image below and tell what you think of the one I have now. ;P

    More sketches soon...

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    More Stuff

    Hi all, here's the next batch of stuff I though worthy of sharing. I am trying to get a better grips with the lower body bones before moving on with the muscles. I am currently working using Jeno Barcsay's anatomy for the artist book although I am finding the images a little small.
    I am also finding difficulty getting the lighting right for the images so they have been photoshopped a great deal. Sorry about that.

    The last three are from imagination. I was trying to mimic Miles Johnsons early work on the first of them. I am very frustrated with it but I though it good to put up to "wake me up" into doing better work!

    PS. By the way I’m looking at buying the Graphire4 graphics tablet as it is cheap and also, I believe, an improvement of the G-pen 450 of mine.

    Anyhoo, please feel free to comment.

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    nice bone studies like that black white with 1 colour thing

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    April Sketches

    Here are some more sketches I have been making when out and about.
    (I am sorry about the "graininess". I really need to figure out how to quickly capture images and clean them up without that grubbiness.)

    Hopefully in the next post I would have figured out how to make the images cleaner...

    Critique away!

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    Good stuff. I really like how your faces have a cartoon style to them, really adds character

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    Thanks Mistle. Although at the moment I am focusing on the "real" stuff to improve faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GustheAussie View Post
    Thanks Mistle. Although at the moment I am focusing on the "real" stuff to improve faster.
    yeah, that's my plan also lol. I really want to start going wild with cartoonish styles, but I'm staying grounded in realistic drawing for the time being so I learn all the fundamentals properly. Will help in the long run.

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    New Stuff

    Hi everyone.

    I've been finishing up college and have another batch of sketch work to show you.

    The first 3 are from my travelling sketchbook and contain drawings from life.
    Most of the rest are drawings from imagination but I am trying to implement stuff I see from life into them. (You can perhaps make out a sketchy Scarlett Johansson as well as Gabriele from the Xena TV series)

    I also have a few caricatures of classmates thrown in there as well. These required a little understanding of line weight when using my B fiber castel pen.

    In many of these I am trying to master drawing hair. I have since moved on to understanding the principals of the figure. I am also now the recent and proud owner of two particular books from Bammes and Peck.

    More on that later...

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    really cool stuff! you can definitely tell you've put a lot of work into the basic fundamentals! i love all the values you put into your sketches

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    More Sketchwork

    Back again with some more sketches.

    Thanks sleepingrabbit, I am always impressed by your stuff.


    These are all from my travelling sketchbook and contain mostly images from life. The paper is a little on the yellow side which is making it a pain to photograph.


    I am working more on my mark making here. I'm playing around with hatching to give the outlines some form. I also have been testing out pencils of different grades. At the moment I am using an 8H for the preliminary outline and shading and using a 4B for the darker outlining and shading. (Although for many of these I am just using a HB)


    I have also found the derwent pencils give a "crisper" line than the steadler or even fabre castel pencils.

    Anywhoo... take a look and tell me what you think.

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    good stuff man! keep up with the life drawings!
    its always good to try to do 50/50 imagination/study

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    Really fun stuff! I like all of your studies and the like. Keep up the good work!

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    October Update...

    I have been working more on the fundamentals of drawing as well as my sculpting over the last few months so I haven't got a lot to show. I have tried to keep my sketches varied to maximize my learning. I enjoy sketching with an 8H pencil as I can get some really smooth shading and can avoid the messy quality that my sketches seem to have.

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    Remember, remember the end of November

    Here we go again...

    I'm getting into more and more fantasy art as I go along. Brian Froud and Larry MacDougal are my new favorites.
    I'm starting to really like the textures that one can make with a pencil. I am now going to life drawing twice a week after hearing people say it was very good for your art... and they are most certainly RIGHT! That last life drawing was done yesterday and I'm pretty pleased with how I managed to convey her weight.

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