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    Light's Sketchbook, critiques are welcome.

    I'm an aspiring concept artist, and a working comic artist. and recently I have been studying a few recommendation here at fengzhu and some ideas at ctrlpaint.com. My problem is that as someone who's self studying is there some training regimen you could suggest to help organize my study, as if i'm studying at art school? like if you're going to go bodybuilding you have to have a set of specific goals right? some short term and long term one. How about in art? Having so many things that I want to learn paralyses me, but maybe if I could get an organized self curriculum that would help streamline my study? what do you guys think?

    and btw here's my sketchbook as I've been inspired by Mindcandyman

    anyway, enjoy.

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    Day 1

    Day 1: so i stopped making excuses and started my first anatomy study from poses. What I'm afraid of is I'm not used to drawing from references, and I'm afraid that I won't get it right. as opposed to having to draw from imagination, I just let my hand do the work. Now I have to train my eye to be exact and precise, and I just think it's too hard. that's why right now I just stopped rationalizing and just did it.

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    another update since I got an hour free.

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    Sketches 9-12. practiced more sketches from real models. I have a tendency to make heads bigger than they are. I don't wanna cheat by using rulers in photoshop, depending instead on my eyes. any ideas on copying from references?

    other sketches I did on my sketchbook.

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    Got a chance to practice anatomy studies again. please bear with me. hehehe I plan to draw 100 poses, just to get the anatomy right. I noticed that when I copy images, I tend to draw the upper body larger than it really is. big heads. tsk tsk.

    and the reason I draw with photoshop is that I don't waste too much paper. But I try to apply traditional techniques with it.

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    Got a chance to practice anatomy studies again. please bear with me. hehehe I plan to draw 100 poses, just to get the anatomy right. I noticed that when I copy images, I tend to draw the upper body larger than it really is. big heads. tsk tsk.

    and the reason I draw with photoshop is that I don't waste too much paper. But I try to apply traditional techniques with it.

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    sorry double post.

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    Nice sketchbook!your studies are looking good and colors is also nice just keep posting.take care=)

    My sketchbook.

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    I agree with Strangedawn with the addition that it seems like you are having fun in your personal pieces.

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    @strangedawn thanks kababayan!

    @dan thanks for looking. I appreciate it. Glad you like it.

    anyway here's today's posting. The drawings are not mine, but I've been hired to do the colors for this comic, Princess Reborn, characters by Lee Tidball. I've experimented with color harmony here, made the colors look very 80's. It's my first time coloring a comic book and now that I've got the job this is going to be a learning tool for me in terms of colors.

    will do some sketches later today.

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    nice comics kabayan!nice colors too keep it up i want to see more

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    paintings are nice, the figures look good, but maybe its time for some anatomy studies so you understand the figure better

    -We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

    -Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

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    @Strangedawn. sadly I'm not allowed to post any more of the comic. It's a work for hire condition you see. hehehe pero salamat.

    @Rem thanks for looking. Yes, I really need to do that. my goal is to do my first 100, but the coloring job is nearing the deadline so I have to do that first. which explains the lack of update in the last few days. I'm taking advantage of the job to study color harmonies, to maximize my focus on art.

    again thanks for looking guys.

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    Updates Aug 16, 2011

    Sorry I haven't been abke to update my sketchbook. I really have to find time to draw other than my job. so here it is.

    And I've got awful camera skills. I just got one, and I don't have a scanner so please bear with me.

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    Nice updates & I like the colouring of the comic & the shower scene (albeit you have done one of my crooked hands ~ )

    keep it up, and have fun.

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    your sketches look awsome
    keep up the good work =]

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    Heya your work is looking good! Some of the characters have real presence and your tonal work is good too I would suggest using the drawing tools from www.posemaniacs.com for quick gestures and for anatomy studies, and www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing for a more structure 'life drawing' experience. Personally I find the second link is really good for structuring regular drawing for improvement. Hope that helps Keep it up, you're improving already!

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    @Dan- Thank you so much for your support. I have troubles with hands too, I'm going to practice those more.

    @Michael Lang Thank you so much.

    @A-May- thank you for your recommendations. I'll be sure to give it a go. though the second link gives me a 404. But I have found the link on their site. Thank you for referring it to me.

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    salamat sa pagbisita sa sketchbook ko. I agree with A-may posemaniacs is good for gesture studies and have some very dynamic poses. you can also try lovecastle.org for a more realistic reference for figures. try 30 sec gesture studies gawa ka ng 50 na ganun araw araw mag iimprove anatomy bigla

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    @Nkristian no problem. I really like how you're improving. I'm trying to squeeze in as much drawing as I can. Right now I'm working on coloring a comic book from a client in the states. It's taking too much time, but at least I'm learning tons about colors. Thanks, I'll be sure to follow what you suggest.

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    Work on a comic book contract had been keeping me busy, but last week a long weekend allowed me to paint a few pics and create a video. so here it is.

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    and here's the vid:




    feel free to critique my process

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    Hi. First thing I would suggest you to do is get rid of the manga style. Simply because it is very misleading when learning anatomy and proportions. Try to draw more from life and when your skills and knowledge of anatomy is good enough, then you can start stylizing your drawings. Also, at the beginning, try to avoid color and focus only on grey (B&W) tones. And another good thing to do is to look at other (good) artists and old masters and try to analyze their works and understand WHY are they doing things in a certain way.
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    @Darjan- Thank you for your suggestions. I'll take note of that and practice values and copying from life. thanks again.

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    I've been practicing values, since I'm lacking in that department plus realistic anatomy. And composition, anybody has suggestions?

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    Oh my god your good! I dont see many problems with anatomy. But there are a few, (many less then me lol).

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    @Dakotahnok- Thanks! are the problems in this piece or other pieces?

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    Hi Johanne, thanks for stopping by my sketchbook! In your first post you asked if there was a training regimen as if you were in art school. The best recommendation I can give is to start from the bottom: get a few books if you don't have them, "George Bridgeman's Complete guide to drawing from life", "The Human Figure" by Vanderpoel, "Anatomy for the Artist" by Sarah Simblet. If you don't mind me being too forward, in your work I see the beginnings of structure mostly supported by the usage of reference. I'm sure I don't have to emphasize the importance of having amazingly good structural knowledge, and it's good that you've learned to use reference but I think it would be a good idea to start moving away from using reference to draw stuff and start using it purely to study.

    The difference being that using it as reference you are merely recreating what you see, by studying it you are asking yourself questions about why things are in certain places- you break things down, you analyze. Your purpose isn't to recreate the image exactly as you see it, it's to understand all the underlying forces going on completely- understanding all the individual (superficial) muscles, where they attach to bone and tuck in and over and under eachother, how they change when they are flexed (and how to know when there is force on them or not). There are a million good ways to accomplish this: with bridgman and anatomy for the artist, you can learn all the important muscles and their general functions: memorize them. Be able to draw a leg from memory, from the pelvis to each last specific tiny metatarsal. Then layer the muscles on top of it, being sure to attach them to the bone where they attach. Then draw it from different angles- through this, instead of memorizing 'what a leg looks like" from photos, you will have intuitive, internal knowledge of the body so when you see it happening in real life, or in a photo, you will be able to draw the leg well not because of your ability to reproduce what you see, but because of your knowledge of how it works. This way you don't always have to rely on your eye, and will make your power to simplify, exaggerate, and otherwise stylize much much greater. Do not settle for 'fake' knowledge, work hard to be confident and precise and your improvement will be drastic.

    I hope this wall of text can help you, keep posting!

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    @Justin, thank you so much for your explanation. I'm looking over those book you reccomended so I can shop around as soon as I get my salary. Thanks.

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    Been saving up to buy artbooks, especially since I haven't been practicing anatomy lately. anyways, here's a tone study. It's my first time practicing robots. here's a WIP. I need references. T.T

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