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    Sketch until my hand falls off

    I've been lurking here for a long time (years in fact) admiring the crap out of everyone's stuff, and wishing that I knew how to draw. I decided it was time to stop making excuses for myself and start a sketch book, so that I could improve while getting advice and critiques. I'm an adult beginner, trying to learn the fundamentals, and trying to put in the work to get to the level where I want to be. I count 8/22/11 as my start date. Harsh critiques and words of advice sustain me better than juicy delicious cheese burgers.
    Sketch until my hand falls off
    Sketch until my hand falls off
    Sketch until my hand falls off
    Sketch until my hand falls off
    Sketch until my hand falls off
    Sketch until my hand falls off
    Sketch until my hand falls off
    Sketch until my hand falls off
    Sketch until my hand falls off
    Sketch until my hand falls off
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    more stuff

    I have a problem where I see that something is off, but then I'm not sure how to fix it. :/

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    It's never too late, and you are doing a great job! Keep up with your anatomy studies!

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    So my hand actually started to get a nasty cramp last night. I can only assume I must be holding the pencil completely wrong or something. Has anyone else experienced this?

    Also here are yesterdays sketches.

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    Today was extremely difficult for some reason, I kept getting discouraged about my level of suck. Anyway here are the pages, as always critiques extremely desired. Anyone have tips on staying motivated?

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    oooh good start! Want Motivation, then look at sketchbooks like Miles_, Mr.Delicious, SamC, Algenpfleger, etc. My critique would be to draw from life alot. Good luck

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    Your anatomy studies are awesome! I must make my ears look like yours...Keep rockin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonanon View Post
    I have a problem where I see that something is off, but then I'm not sure how to fix it. :/
    1. Look closer (concentrate harder)
    2. Measure
    3. Perspective sometimes help solve drawing problems. Draw a 3D box around your subject, find the side, front, and top projections from your subject and then check the symmetry. (Harder to do, but it works brilliantly)

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    So my hand actually started to get a nasty cramp last night. I can only assume I must be holding the pencil completely wrong or something.
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    ranunkel: thank you for the kind words
    Ven S: thank you for the suggested motivations I will definitely check them out
    Hem: thank you! O_o never in my life did I think I would hear someone say they wish they could draw something like me.
    p sage:Thank you for taking the time to respond to my specific concerns. I watched those videos and I am going to put what they say into practice. Also your sketchbook is downright inspirational. I think that unless I start working as hard as you are I need to not complain about my slow progress.

    I got stuck on a bus pretty much all day and couldn't draw with it bouncing up and down. Unfortunately that means I only have two new pages to post
    Anyway, I am trying to work on adding shading, and thinking about things in terms of their mass.

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    My right hand was in some serious pain yesterday so I tried to do some large drawings of basic shapes on some newsprint with my left hand. They were mostly a complete failure, but I think that I did learn something about ellipses from doing them. Here are the drawings for today. The anatomy studies are from Loomis. I am not sure if I am learning anything from copying them, but I certainly hope I am. I am extremely grateful for any critiques and suggests.

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    I have done a decent amount of drawing since my last post. I was actually really really really not looking forward to scanning all of it, so to avoid this being a massive dump I will post 10 at a time. I have been getting a bit discouraged about this whole trying to get better at this art thing. I am thinking that perhaps at my age I ought not to bother because I am just too behind. When I think that I tell my stupid brain to STFU and I go draw some more. Positivity and hard work are the key I think. However, I would love to hear if anyone thinks I am improving, or if I am just reinforcing the same mistakes and bad habits.

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    Here is the rest of the sketch dump.
    I have so many questions I wish I could ask someone who started from where I am and became really skilled. I will put them here in the off chance that someone actually stumbles into this thread.
    Is it useful to draw from a photo? Any recommendations for what sort of exercises I should be doing? How can I make the most of my drawing time?

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    anonanon I'm liking your animal studies. I'd love for you to shade them, show more detail. As far as copying Loomis, I think you're suppose to keep copying until you feel like you can do it from your imagination.

    Keep pushing that pencil!
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    I'll parrot some advice I've been getting, but your work is definitely showing.

    1) Gesture drawing on posemaniacs are good.

    2) Studying anatomy is smart, studying how to represent the whole body first is probably smarter, (for the past week I've just been studying the first 40 pages of this, http://www.scribd.com/doc/6692986/br...wing-from-life other things I study are loomis, vilpu and this fellow http://www.scribd.com/doc/22466506/M...hrough-Drawing you're further on than I am, but this has been what I've been getting advice on studying. All studying is good, but getting the basic of the whole human form down before focusing on details makes sense.)

    3) Drawing from pictures is useful and good for you, just not as good as drawing from life and you should try to get that in when you can. If you want humans, join a figure drawing class, or head to a park or somewhere like that and sketch people.

    4) It's really never to late to get into the game. The figure drawing course I just started has a fellow who is 74, started serious art study at 69, and has his own gallery going on now.

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    Weeell the amount of work in here is certainly inspiring

    Keep going! I'll be watching

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