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    David Keen's Sketchbook

    Hi guys,

    I'm aiming for this to be my regular place to post a selection of sketches from what I'm doing at University and for personal projects. Any and all crits are welcome and suggestions for artists to look to for inspiration are always appreciated.
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    really pretty works, i love the light reflections in the first image and also your hand studies are pretty cool
    what media did you use? it looks like ink to me but maybe it is pencilwork which just looks really strong ^^
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    Hi Lux,

    Thanks for the comments! Most of of those drawings are done in willow charcoal with a little charcoal pencil and conté here and there, but I do like to play with ink as well.
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    I'm working on a portraiture project for my human figure class at Uni and have always heard that self portraits are a great way to improve. With this in mind I'll be trying to add a few of these with every post for a while. Some line quality has been lost on the pencil images which is a bummer, anyone have any recommendations for standard scanner settings for line work?

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    Really great studies you have here. Man oh man you draw hands well and the portraits looking awesom too. Definitely looking forward to more works from you!
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    @adelenta Thanks for the feedback! Hands have always been really tough for me so I'm trying to get a little more familiar with them, it's a slow burn.

    These are some work I did for last week's Chow, the topic was a Japanese Mecha Pilot. Unfortunately I didn't get anywhere near finishing but still enjoyed mucking around with the concept.

    Hopefully this week work and uni aren't going to dominate my world!

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    I'm a little overdue for this update. Uni has been keeping me pretty busy and any spare time has been spent on the Chow topics.

    Sorry for the poor quality of these photo's, all these pieces are between A2 and A0 paper size and so I'm forced to use crappy lighting and my phone camera.

    Any crits are as usual more than welcome!

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    This one is in progress at the moment, I'll upload a finished image soon.
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    I'm working on this for Chow, the topic this week is an image inspired by a chess piece.
    I hope I finally get one done in time!
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    Cool stuff man. I dig your stuff where you use just enough lines/marks, instead of just making more. Your style works really well for your old dude.

    Keep it up man
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    Hey Man, Thanks for stopping by my SB. It's good to make connections with other artists and if we got nothing else out of TAD Explore than that is ok. I'm not sure if I should post my responses to your questions here or back in my SB so instead, I'll just comment on your work and we can keep the dialogue somewhat organized. I'm seeing some good work and progress here. What I find immediately apparent is your individual feet studies are very loose and gestural yet that same treatment hasn't yet found its way into your posted figure work. You state that you are working from reference and that might be the difference. If you can find a way to maintain the energy from your studies into your figure's, I think you will find the results quite successful. I need to do more figure studies too as one can NEVER do enough.
    Look forward to talking to you some more.

    Cheers!
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    I fell off the grid for a little bit with uni work and staying up all hours of the night for TAD's Explore program, but I'll be around a lot more for the next few months. I'm trying to get my hands on a friends camera to take some photo's of my recent work so a massive update should be incoming. Until then below is my predictably late entry for last week's Chow. Thanks for visiting!
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    Hey, Ebersol, great SB start so far. I've noticed that in your figure drawings you have a great amount of stylized lines that draw me in quite a bit. Really enjoying the sketches so far.
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    yeah great start to this sb, really dig ur linework and faces man, keep it up
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    I managed to borrow a camera to take a few photo's but am now starting to question whether the point and shoot is much better than my iPhone. Regardless, below are a few of the pieces I completed for uni this semester. Feedback is greatly appreciated!

    @MrFrenik: Thanks for having a look at my sketchbook!

    @Jesus Food: Thank you for the kind words. There's some great stuff in your sketchbook, from my quick glance the other day. Such a huge amount of growth since you started it! I'll be sure drop past your SB and post something more specific soon.
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