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    Tan-Sau's Sketchbook

    It has been I think about three years since I joined CA, and I have not posted any of my artwork ever since. So, I'll post some of my more recent drawings. I don't know if anyone's allowed to post critiques, but if so, I would really appreciate it. I really wanna get better at drawing.

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    One Year Later

    I haven't really posted anything for like, almost a year. I really don't know if I'm allowed to dig up this old thread, but it is my sketchbook, and now that I've returned to drawing and improved a bit along the way, I think it would be a good idea if I continued to post my progress.

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    I think it's generally more frowned upon to make a new sketchbook when you already have one that's only a post long, so I think you're in the clear.

    Seem to have a grasp on lighting and form.

    Post more! (EDIT: And slightly smaller, if the image is too large it's hard to read.)

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    Fifth Page

    Another value drawing. Used pencils of various grades this time.

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    4/11

    Sixth image. Tried my hand at composition. I need to work on my rendering a bit more.

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    Hi and welcome to CA.

    Good pencil studies, I would suggest you increase the contrast between the shadows and light and I don't know, but I feel like the shades aren't blended well.They're so light.
    And unless you're goal is photo realistic look, you should refine the outlines where it's dark, cause' with blending, they lose they're strength and become blurry.But if you want photo-realistic look then increase the contrast.
    I found good tutorials on DA, I hope it'll help you with your rendering.
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    And keep up the good work

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    Contour Drawings

    Lately, I've been doing some anatomy studies (furthest I've gotten was the arm), and I had the feeling that I was missing a certain skill; not sure what skill, but something did not feel right. I assumed I rushed ahead in my studies, so I decided to work on the stuff that I've learned earlier by doing some contour drawings.

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    Proportion Drawing

    Today, I tried to do a proportion drawing of a Styrofoam mannequin wig head. All this time, I've been just measuring whole parts instead of using units of measurement (such as an eye). I wish I could've drawn a little bit bigger, though.

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    5/19

    I've been having tons of problems with this one table for a while. The first time I drew it, it looked all wonky. The second time, I couldn't really finish. Then after learning how to measure proportions correctly, I managed to pull through on the third drawing. Of course, it still looks a little off, but it looks fine aside from the linework.

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    6/14

    Another still life. I managed to incorporate the things I've learned from all the previous sighting and measuring that I've done. Although I think it looks good, I feel like something's off.

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    July

    More entries. All drawn from photos because there was nothing interesting to draw. Done on a 5.5 x 8.5 Canson XL sketchbook. The first drawing was done entirely with an HB pencil. Also, I've noticed that the scanner I used had screwed up the darks in my previous drawings, so I had used the Auto Brightness feature in Microsoft Office to darken these drawings.

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    Nice apples!

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    Thanks. I'm trying to learn how to render my drawings a bit more smoothly, because I tend to scribble a lot when I shade. Not to mention my line quality could use some work.

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    You seem to have a good grasp of perspective and drawing what you see, just need to get them values up to par with your other skills and you will be mad pro .

    "The whole point of practice is to do it until you can do it right." - dpaint

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    Thanks, man. Any tips on shading and rendering?

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    More Drawings

    Some more drawings. First, I decided to work some more on my contours. I still kinda have to work on them. Then, I decided to finally tackle portraiture, starting with a couple of self-portraits. With each drawing, I realized that my proportions were off and I needed to work on my values. It was at this point that I realized that I wasn't going as dark as I needed to. So, I forced myself to use 4B, 6B, and 8B pencils instead of the usual HB, B, and 2B pencils. Later, I decided to do a couple of drawings of DJs James Zabiela and Carl Craig, and I was pleased with the results. Check 'em out.

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    Tan-sau, I really enjoy seeing your dedication to improving. I can tell you feel something is missing though, and preventing you from improving as fast as you could be. Your tonal drawings are getting seriously badass, and I can see so much improvement from your first to most recent uploads.

    You've uploaded a lot of observational drawings, but I haven't seen anything drawn from imagination yet! If you want to be a concept artist, as a general guide it is best to spend half your time drawing from life, half your time from imagination. This is the best way to apply the lessons you learned from observation! Absorb information through observation, assimilate by applying it with your imagination.


    Forgive me if you already know this: there are also two views on how drawing from life should be done, realist and constructional. The realist approach is to copy exactly what you see, without judgement, trying to forget everything you think you know, in order to more accurately copy reality. The constructional approach is where you consider things like 3D construction and perspective just as much as visual accuracy.

    While training to be a concept artist, I think it's especially useful to think constructionally, so that every time you draw from life, you don't simply copy the visual image your eyes are providing you. You actively recreate a 3D image of the object you're drawing in your mind. You can then pull out that mental construction next time you want to draw something from imagination!

    For that reason, I think it might be useful for you to check out this webpage of basic head construction. While I'm not a fan of having a "formula to make heads", I think studying that for a little while has helped me a gain a better sense of how the basic shapes of the head are placed. What I would even more highly recommend is that you find some good references of a human skull or a model, and study the shapes from there. Draw it from every angle, learn to know all the contours, dips and bulges. Then start a new page, and do the same, without a reference. If your drawings from imagination look anything like those from observation, good job! But basically, we all have our work cut out

    Here is a really helpful video on Matt Kohr's website: Exaggeration. The guy is plain awesome. He explains how exaggeration be really helpful in getting to know the shapes of the head and face. What connotations do certain features have? What effect does a large nose, or a prominent forehead, have on a viewer? By exaggerating, you get to know what makes a person individual, and you learn how to create believable characters from imagination.

    I hope this post was helpful to you! Keep up the good work buddy
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    Thanks for the advice, ced. After first reading your post, I had decided to apply what I had learned by drawing a head and then shading it. But I realized something: I had realized that I really didn't learn anything. Most of my recent posts were from photographs, so I actually copied them. The only things I was concerned about was getting the drawing to look right, getting the proportions down, rendering, and pushing my darks. I really didn't think about how or why light behaves on an object. I guess it goes back to Rhineville's "A Consice Guide To Getting Better At Art" article, where he states that the reason why some artists do not improve is because they've never bothered to learn. I guess I've got a lot to learn as well.

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    I can't believe it's been a year since I last posted anything here. Guess I've got some explaining to do...
    Earlier this year, I managed to get my hands on a book called "Start Drawing and Sketching Now" by Grant Fuller, which is basically a beginner's book that teaches you how to sketch in a loose, gestural style. So, along with Bert Dodson's "Keys to Drawing" and Sarah Simblet's "Sketchbook for the Artist", this book taught me to loosen up. I needed it, because I was hating the tight and restrictive way I drew. After weeks of loosening up with endless gestures, I felt more confident in my drawing ability, so I moved on to other subjects, but I had this habit of jumping through subject to subject with only a couple of weeks of practice, as though I was rushing.
    Anyway, I wanted to post my best drawings from March to now, but I don't have a scanner (these were taken with my crappy phone camera), so I'll post my current drawings, because I want to know where I stand as of now and I want critiques. Also, most of these are from photos.

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    Here some more drawings. Managed to get my roommate's scanner, so now I can post some drawings. Yes! A while ago, I found out that kung fu and martial arts make awesome subjects for gesture drawings. Also included: a self-portrait.

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    I barely post any of my creative drawings here. Reason why is that in recent years, I've grown a bit embarrassed of them. Also, anime is pretty much the only thing I know how to draw. Well, that and geometric solids. Ever since I got into an argument on dA in 2007 which left me butthurt, I've been afraid to post my creative drawings here. Well, in order to get better at drawing, I have to show my weaknesses, so I may know know to correct them. Here are my creative drawings.
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    Also, I have been drawing from life and photos as well.Name:  drawing 004.jpg
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    Figured out how to use the scanner. I just have to use a setting of 1200dpi.

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    Gonna start posting here everyday, just like I used to. Today, I didn't do much, even though it was my day off.

    From life, I drew this SNES controller. On the bottom of that page, I drew a sassy cat character I have yet to name. To be honest, I was trying to draw something from my mind, but I couldn't really think of anything.
    From photo, I drew a shaolin monk. Next to it is a sketch of my roommate's guitar, which you probably won't be able to see.

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    Last night, I decided I wanted to design one of my characters, Raga. So, I began looking up images of Indian gurus. The first image I clicked led me to an Indian painter named Raja Ravi Varma, where I saw one of his paintings, "Saraswati", and I wondered if I could draw the figure in it. I managed to get the contours down, but my roommate wanted to use the computer, so I didn't finish. Next, I got down to looking up some images of langur monkeys, because they looked like old men, and since Raga is an old monkey, I would make sense to incorporate the langur monkey's appearance into his. I was pleased with the design of his face, but I felt it could be better, so I looked up images of sadhus and after drawing them, I gave Raga an awesome mustache based off the two sadhus I drew.

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    More sketches. First thing I drew was a soda bottle inside my roommate's mug. I used HB, B, 2B, and 4B pencils for the shading.

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    Next, I didn't have much to draw, so I began looking up photos of Shaolin monks and made a few gestures.

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    And finally, I did some character designs. To be honest, I don't like how these look.

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    Bursting with energy!!!! Some more sketches today.

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    I went outside to sketch something, but all I drew was this car. It was freezing out.

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    After coming home, I decided to practice my gesture drawing using Posemaniac's 30-second drawing function. I was having too much fun.

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    Then I decided to draw from my head again using gestural strokes, which is something I haven't done in a while. Again, I was having a blast.

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