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    "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

    - Samuel Beckett

    Hi, I'm Jenn. I'm 23 and I want to stop wasting time, so please offer any helpful comments or criticism you have. Thanks!

    I'm also getting two degrees totally unrelated to art! So it's very hard to keep up sometimes. But I keep doing this or it starts to feel like something's missing, so I do, because I have to.
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    Hey LB.

    As LordLouis once told me, "can you whack up the contrast on your scans a few notches?" I'm having a tough time seeing the details of your sketches, and I think I have an idea of a few suggestions for you, but I just can't tell. Also, look into either Fun with a Pencil or Figure Drawing for All It's worth with Loomis. If you study Loomis, he'll treat you very well.
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    I can do that! Or at least, try. Or instead of yanking the contrast up I'll just try to draw/shade more boldly because damn, I draw so light sometimes my scanner doesn't even pick it up.

    Re: Loomis - I have a free weekend ahead of me and I live right by a used book store that sells art books. Plundering time!

    EDIT: Got a better photo editing program, messed with the contrast!
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    Alright, so now that you can all actually see my scans you can look at this... thing I did this afternoon. I know little about drawing scenery and buildings but I'll never know until I try, so. I had about 15 free minutes on my lunch break to do this... today's been a regrettably artless one.
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    Sat down on this lovely Saturday afternewn with some good tunes and Fun With a Pencil.

    I first started off watching the video I got from the downloads section here, the Mike Bierek one about form, and I shaded a circle and my own little lumpy dough pile, and then just went along with the skull he was doing, so there's that too!

    Now it's potluck time!
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    Hi there! Thanjs for the comment on my SB. You seem to be taking to loomis very quickly, can already see some good improvement here.

    In order to draw perspective stuff freehand (like those buildings) it is good to practice your lines. A good way to do this is by connecting dots. Draw 2 dots around an inch apart and then connect them in 1 fluent stroke, then draw 2 more dots a further distance apart and connect them, increasing the distance each time, add more dots in between if the distance is too far - but always use jsut 1 fluent line to connect them. Next you can place un-uniformly placed dots (not in a straight line, more of a curve) and then connect them in one fluent line also. Use our elbow and shoulder rather than your wrist and you should start to find it much more confortable to draw more accurate freehand lines.

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    Got up this morning and went directly for my sketchbook. Found Posemaniacs again and decided to do a bunch of practice poses, none of which came out perfectly but it's practice, at any rate.

    The lady who looks like she's poopin' in the woods was from a photo reference, and the lighter was drawn from life. I'm proud of it because I went to reach for my lighter out of the corner of my eye and reached for my drawing instead, so it can't be that bad!

    EDIT: Thanks glaudarien, I'll try that out!
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    Great start Jenn!Keep practising like this and you'll improve very fast. If you like posemaniacs then you might like this site http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php It has a lots of photos of nude/clothed people in varius poses
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    hey who says you are not qualified to crit my SB? I think you are definitely qualified. we are at the same level, at least.

    legs too teeny tiny? -- yup

    cute cat, by the way
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    krysjez: Oh, I just mean I don't much know what to say to help that others can't likely say better, but thanks! Haha. Also yeah, her legs are really small, I picture her standing up and I'm like, lol.

    Anyway here are some more poses. I looked at So You Think You Can Dance videos and did what I could do with blurry youtube stills. I just wanted to see if I could get something a little more dynamic going on.
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    Great work so far, can definitely see some awesome improvements! Keep going!
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    Good stuff, you're really showing a commitment to learning the basics. Your figures are nice and gestural and easy to read, but it might do you some good to do even a day or two of hardcore proportional drills - they're all looking kind of short, and thick in the legs. I think your best stuff is the stuff you've drawn from life, it's very, uh... lively.

    (I like the SYTYCD ones too, that show's hella fun to draw from.)
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    It's been a busy few days so I haven't had time to upload, but I did have the chance to draw here and there.

    jdem: Thanks! I will!

    Revidescent: Advice taken! You can see the start of that here. Not done with it yet though. I used Figure Drawing for All it's Worth as a resource, and did my best not to copy directly but to use it as a guideline. It took me so long and it's still not quite right but I intend to get these ideas down.
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